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“perfect birthday celebration” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aurora

Aurora
49 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AP, England (Soho)
(020) 7494 0514
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Ranked #533 of 18,011 Restaurants in London
Price range: $0 - $78
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Soho
London
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“perfect birthday celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We had dinner for 15 in the private room downstairs for my birthday. It was just perfect. A little cramped round one big table, but this added to the charm and vivaciousness of the evening. The food was wonderful - everyone loved it - and there was something on the menu to everyone's taste. The service was very discreet, but fully involved if we needed them. They very much left us to be for the evening, and we weren't being kicked out at the end, even when it was clear everyone else had long since left. I highly recommend this quirky, stylish and friendly restaurant for any sort of occasion.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Not the greatest ever, but ticks so many boxes for me”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

I have been to Aurora twice now and can say it is one of my favourite places to eat in London. So often in the shadow of the cramped Andrew Edmunds opposite, Aurora is a cute, cosy, romantic and thoroughly British bistro that just sets the right tone for a romantic meal whatever the season. I do believe that it tops the more illustrious restaurant across the road.

With only a handful of tables plus a small courtyard out the back, the setting for Aurora is very much designed for couples. The paper tablecloths and higgledy-piggledy tables and chairs add to a relaxed and cosy atmosphere without the constricts of having to think that you are sat down to a formal meal. The service is attentive and polite without being overbearing and the wine list is extensive without being too expensive. The food itself is also a highlight with the restaurant having a seasonal menu with a few favourites (I had a delicious 'posh' steak and chips last time I was there) to food which has a few nods towards French cooking. Overall, you will get something that is simple and tasty and far from being pretentious or toyed around with.

I would heartily recommend Aurora for those looking for a couples night out. It's affordable, not at all stuffy and just sets the right, relaxed tone for an evening.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Disappointing food and service, nothing special”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Doesn't hold a candle to the restaurant opposite, sadly the same prices. Poor quality food, overcooked steak, greasy chips and soggy veg.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“An amazing place ,a very pleasant surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We went her for a friends birthday party in the private dining room on Nov 30th .
We had an excellent time , the staff were extremely friendly and the food was perfect. It was warm and cosy and the perfect place for a private 'get together' . We will most certainly be going here again next time we are in London. Thank you for a great evening everyone at Aurora.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“A lovely little discovery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012 via mobile

This is one of those hidden gems you'll be delighted to discover. It's compact, a bit quirky - brown paper table coverings - but undeniably cosy. The food is delicious, the service - just the right balance of relaxed efficiency. The only negative was the loo - a bit basic, but clean nonetheless.

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