My husband and I had been wanting to visit this restaurant in South Lincoln for a while, so we chose to dine at Aura at lunch yesterday. We arrived shortly after 12:30pm. We were seated within 5 minutes. However, it took at least 15 minutes for anyone to bring us even water, then another 10 minutes or so to get my coffee with cream and my husband's watered-down Diet Coke. He even ordered ANOTHER one (which took a while) and it was STILL watered down! Not very good for a place that has 'bar' in its name. We ordered our meal which included a salad. That took another 15 minutes to come (salad only). They were fine, but nothing outstanding. The entree came about 15 minutes later... My husband ordered a crab macaroni and cheese. (The accompanying garlic bread was the best part for him.) It was bland and the sauce was runny, not thick like one would expect. My yellowfin tuna was a little overdone, but the flavor was fine, as were the grilled vegetables and the rice. Another 10-15 minutes were spent waiting for the check to arrive. By the time we left the restaurant, we had been there over an hour and a half! Too long to wait for such lackluster service and unimpressive food.
The only reason I can think that they would stay in business is that Aura is the Holiday Inn's provider for in-house breakfasts and room service. Also, they cater the events in the hotel as well. Otherwise, if Aura was a stand-alone restaurant, it wouldn't survive.
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