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Aurora Ristorante Italiano

8 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA
(415) 382-8488
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Ranked #8 of 118 restaurants in Novato
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Bel Marin Keys
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21 reviews from our community

90% Recommend
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English first
Folsom, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The menu selections are varied, and not "chain Italian." The food is prepared fresh, and portions are generous. Wine by the glass is reasonably priced. My husband said his Chianti was the best he's ever tasted. We shared a spinach salad. He had Rigatoni with a meat sauce that was extremely hearty and generously filled with meat. I had the... More

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Novato, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I've always had a great meal here and I always feel like I'm in Italy as the owners are true Italians, Aurora being the name of the wife. For me I like to go and practice my italian, but they make the best fried Calamari anywhere. My husband loves the Carbonara, and I the seafood risotto or any sandwich for... More

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Soquel, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

You must go looking for Aurora Ristorante Italiano because it is located in a commercial park but it is worth looking for. Tiny but comfortable seating and a wonderful menu. My prawns in garlic sauce were perfect and my husband's salmon in piccata sauce made him very happy.

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43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Although I have dined numerous times at this restaurant,this was the only time for an official function.The appetizers,food and service were excellent,considering the small spaces between tables.As this was a bridal luncheon,many people chose fish over other Italian dishes.Everyone remarked on the fish vegetables and small pasta serving.All in all a great experience.

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Oakland, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Lunch or dinner - Aurora consistently has great service, great food with authentic taste and presentation. The small size of the dining room sometimes makes for a little more noise than you might like - but it is offset by the service & meals. Whether it be potato leek soup, or one of the pasta dishes, or even calamari it... More

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San Rafael, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The Aurora restaurant is Italian restaurant for lunch as well as dinner. It is located in an industrial park area of Bel Marin Keys and therefore is not easy to find. It seats about 80 people in comfortable surroundings and if weather permits, has an outside patio. The menu has many common Italian dishes as well as "specials" of the... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

We were told about this little gem off the beaten path by friends in our downtown Novato neighborhood. We live within walking distance of several of Novato's "best" known restaurants, but none have ever delivered a truly excellent meal. We were greeted by the friendly host immediately as we were heading toward the front of the building, but being first... More

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Medford, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Three of us enjoyed great service and great food. DH had a pasta with seafood that he raved about. My filet of sole was done perfectly and our friend's gnocchi with pesto was really really good. Small dining room which could be a little noisy when full, but the food overrides that concern.

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Bandon, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Neat restaurant that is tucked into a business-park-ish area. Off the beaten path, but the full parking lot was a good indication we chose wisely! They had an accordian playing as we entered - nice! Excellent service from the host down tot he waterboy. Food was great and exactly what we hoped for. Everyone chose something different and everyone enjoyed... More

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Novato, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2012

Authentic Italian cuisine from Lucca in a casual friendly environment. Reminded me of the trattorias I frequented when I lived in Tuscany as a child.

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