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Aurora Ristorante Italiano

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8 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA (Bel Marin Keys)
+1 415-382-8488
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Marin County, California
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106 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After living in the area for many years, I was surprised I had never heard of Aurora until a client mentioned how we had to try it. Looking at the reviews here and on Yelp, I made reservations for a late Valentines dinner last evening. We were in the mood for something casual but cozy, and looked forward to a... More 

Thank Epiphany1953
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our food. Service excellent. Gluten free options much appreciated. Would recommend. Easy parking. Great before movie at smith range regency.

Thank JudyJudyJudyH
Tacoma, Washington
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156 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a business dinner at Aurora and was very pleased. I ordered the special of chicken ravioli and I was practically licking the plate. My colleague had the calamari steak and she could not stop eating - all was excellent

Thank TacomaTraveler2013
Novato, California
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66 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

It was 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged the four of us were there. Finally, we flagged down a waiter who acted surprised that we wanted service. After that, service was minimal; had to keep asking for things not offered, i.e. water, clean glasses for the red wine after finishing the bottle of red (waiter surprised we wanted them, actually),... More 

Thank Hoonihoo
San Rafael, California, United States
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79 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

My wife and I had our anniversary dinner at the restaurant. Had spinach salad and petrale sole and the crème puff desert. Food was great. Service was bad. Server seemed to be having a bad day or just not wanting to serve us. Not an ameniable person. Changed a 5 rating to an overall 3 for this visit.

Thank Bill M
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Nice restaurant tucked quietly into a light commercial park in Novato just off 101. Refreshingly free of the loud new-moneyed crowd who annoyingly frequent the exceedingly numerous expensive Italian restaurants in Marin that exist and compete for their dollars. Obviously a favorite of the locals for both takeout and dining in. White tablecloths, attentive service. I have had two meals... More 

Thank Paula W
San Francisco, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We went there for dinner last night. It was raining, so it wasn't very crowded. Had the Hearts of Romaine with Gorgonzola salad split for two. Large portions of crisp romaine with a nice helping of cheese and fresh tomato. We had the petrale dore and the eggplant parmesan, both prepared well, along with a glass of wine. Aurora also... More 

Thank BubbieBasha
Sonoma, California
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313 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

Not downtown but easy access from hwy 101. Nice neighborhood spot, with a comprehensive Italian menu. Simple pasta dish tasted very fresh, substantial size and well presented. Lots of bread and olive oil accompanies your meal. Service was great and attentive. They know what their doing.

Thank BoulderNut
Novato, California
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270 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

If another couple we were dining with did not suggest we come back here, we might not have. I forgot just how good their food is. The waitpersons were friendly engaging, efficient and good. The food is awesome. As an aside I enjoyed conversing with the wait staff in Spanish was both our servers were from Central America. I always... More 

Thank TheBlum
Novato, California
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82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Food and service were really good. It's nice to have a neighborhood gem like this. Good for a large group.

Thank Laura J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Commercial Blvd., Novato, CA
    (Bel Marin Keys)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Marin County  >  Novato
  • Phone Number: +1 415-382-8488

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