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“Special Dinner for Easter”

Aurora Inn Dining Room
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Ranked #2 of 8 Restaurants in Aurora
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Whether dining indoors in our elegant dining room or enjoying lakeside dining on the veranda, the Aurora Inn is the best restaurant in the Finger Lakes region for waterfront dining and spectacular sunsets. Our award-winning, refined American cuisine is inspired by the changing seasons and fresh regional products and pairs perfectly with the many Finger Lakes wines on our list.Warm and welcoming with exquisite décor, our dining room combines traditional tables with intimate booths and banquettes—all topped by sparkling silver and crisp linen napkins. During cooler months, there is always a fire blazing on the hearth.The Aurora Inn Dining Room is a perfect place to celebrate special occasions—from intimate anniversary dinners to parties for up to 25 guests, we are prepared to make yours an event to remember. We can also accommodate larger events in our private Lakeside Room. Whatever the occasion, it will be remembered for fine cuisine, warm service and beautiful surroundings.
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
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“Special Dinner for Easter”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

We were away from home for Easter and wanted somewhere special to go for dinner. We took a drive and ended up at the Aurora Inn. We arrived without a reservation on Easter Sunday but they were very accomidating and we had an amazing dinner. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and desert. The Inn is beautiful and the dining room was just lovely and it looked like the outdoor deck would be great in the summer to enjoy a nice meal overlooking the lake. Thanks - it was great.

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Ithaca, New York, United States
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Extremely Overpriced Decent Food”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

I'll start by saying that the ambiance was excellent and the waitperson friendly and certainly competent. I noticed that she properly served the oldest woman in attendance first, followed by the rest of the women, followed by me, the only man. I've eaten at enough fine dining establishments to recognize proper service when it is delivered, and it was.

That being said, the food, while tasty enough, was nothing extraordinary and was, in my opinion, very over-priced. My beef tenderloin was served with fingerling potatoes instead of with the potato dauphinoise it would ordinarily be served with. (Our waitperson had informed us of this change to the menu before I ordered.) But the fingerling potatoes were quite small, and there were only five or six of them. There was far less actual potato there than there would have been in even a medium sized baked potato.

My wife opted for the braised short ribs. The portion size for those was also small, and she thought the ribs were not nearly tender enough.

Both my daughters opted for the goat cheese gnocchi, at $21 per dish. These were probably the greatest pricing travesty of the night. Each dish had about eight to ten small gnocchi. They would have been fine as a $9 appetizer. But a $21 main dish? No way!

Note that none of the main dishes included so much as a salad. We paid $8 for an overpriced Panzanella salad that should have cost $5 at most, and $12 for some pretzel bites in melted cheese. That would have been an excellent appetizer at $6 or even $7, but $12? For $12 there should have been twice as much cheese and twice as many pretzel bites.

We ordered two desserts that were decent, and were somewhat more reasonably priced at, I believe, $7 or $8 each.

The Aurora Inn is really the only high-end restaurant in Aurora, and Aurora is pretty isolated. I feel like they know that, so they really gouge their customers on the prices of their menu items. If you don't mind over-paying for a meal, the food was fine. It wasn't exceptional by any means, but it was OK. I just felt incredibly ripped off based on what was provided.

I will not return.

  • Visited April 2013
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western ny state
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70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Delish with awesome presentation”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Not a bad table in the place. Great food proudly prepared using ingredients obtained locally. My husband had the scallops and said they were to die for. I had halibut, which for some reason, is not offered often in this area. Yummmmm

Visited April 2013
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Thank suzieq77
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Cortland, New York
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“Auroa Inn...wonderful spot in central NY”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Wonderful atmosphere, located on the lake, great accommodations should you wish to spend an evening (or more). Very rustic village with a wonderful women's shop directly across the street from the Inn...interesting wine choices form local vineyards...a must see for folks visiting central NY...MacKensie Childs just up the road

Visited October 2012
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Waterloo, New York
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Atmosphere & Food”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

Brunch here is always superb! It nearly feels lke you have the place to yourselves due to the way the tables and rooms are arranged. We are not rushed, the service impeccable, and the food selections all tempting and tasty. We go here happily and always feel it a special treat! They also have a grand gallery of very impressive paintings through out the beautiful inn. And a yummy bakery/store conveniently located next door that offers food and baked goods served at the inn.

  • Visited December 2012
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