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Aurora Ristorante Italiano

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8 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA (Bel Marin Keys)
(415) 382-8488
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Today
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
italiian surprise

been often and never disappointed - fun staff, good food, moderate prices. good selection of CA and Italian wines. small, cozy atmosphere

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
william t
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Novato, California
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Novato, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

been often and never disappointed - fun staff, good food, moderate prices. good selection of CA and Italian wines. small, cozy atmosphere

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Thank william t
Novato, California
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

WE have gone to Aurora off and on over the years. Pasta dishes are good , but at laseast the carbonara we had was not "Authentic" - service was slow initially and when we asked to split a salad they were unable to oblige so I split the salad on a bread plate... all in all not bad but they... More 

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Thank stevengW2415DA
Novato, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

We like Aurora because the food is good and the service is good. Also, it is not really noisy like so many of the main restaurants. We often see people we know.

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Thank wch565
Novato, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

just be honest, your 100 words are useless . if you have human taste and have and like good food at a nice clean and comfortable place, come one ? is this up to 100 yet?

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Thank temoehnke
London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

A colleague and I visited on a quiet Sunday evening in November. The greeting was friendly. The food quality is distinctly average for an Italian table cloth restaurant: good but not great. You won't be horribly disappointed but I would not recommend going out of your way for this one. Minestrone below average, calamari slightly above average, veal marsala below... More 

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Thank John N
Chesterfield, Virginia
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400 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This place is definitely in an odd place off the beaten path, but what a great find. Was not busy at all on a Thursday evening, but the food and service were great. I had the penne, sausage and mushroom with pesto sauce and it was out of this world. My wife had the cheese tortellini, which was also very... More 

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Thank mike b
Sacramento, California
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I had a first date here last night and it could not have been more perfect. It is in a commercial area, but it could not be a cuter restaurant. I got a pizza and honestly that would have been enough for two, but my date got the carbonara. We loved our food! I also loved the bread that was... More 

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San Rafael, California
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466 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Aurora serves very good, classic Italian fare. Nothing fancy, mostly classics. I especially like the fried calamari, the fettuccini carbonara and the seafood pasta. The wines are very nice and the wait staff folks are great. There is a nice outside seating area that is very comfortable.

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Thank Craig T
California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Service and food always good. Never feel rushed. Can sit and visi and enjoy our visit. Not too busy this time so felt like we were at home. Charming atmosphere

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Thank KBcalifornia
Novato, California
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183 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I thought a restaurant in a commercial area of town on Memorial Day would be empty at lunchtime. I could not be any more wrong. The place was quite busy and there was enough wait staff on hand to get the job done right. The attentive wait service was only topped by the food we had. The minestrone soup was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA
    (Bel Marin Keys)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Novato
  • Phone Number: (415) 382-8488

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?