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Aurora, Orlando, FL

Aurora

4.6
4.6
373 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Aurora at the Celeste offers modern American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, locally sourced food and the inspiring culinary genius of Executive Chef Mike Trudnak. Aurora will be a glimmering spectacle within the Celeste Hotel experience. Come experience this beautiful restaurant located inside of the Celeste Hotel on campus at UCF. In turn, we know that true beauty can be found when people from all walks of life come together under one roof for a shared purpose. This is the spirit of Aurora at the Celeste. We believe wonder is created in the midst of communal experiences, particularly over a shared love for delicious food and captivating atmosphere. An immersive concept set apart from all others in Orlando, Aurora will be a restaurant experience that captures vast attention through colorful flavors, stunning ambiance, and refined service and you’re sure to have an out of this world experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (407) 207-4700

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Mike Trudnak

  • Neighborhood

    Waterford Lakes

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 373 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Orlando

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was good, my server Carmen was great. I had the sliders which were flavorful and juicy. Had the black garlic paradelle which was good. To finish the meal off I had the beignets which are amazing, not much of a desert person but I would get these again. Not overly sweet but crispy and warm pair well with the sauce.
  2. LP

    LisaP

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Food was delicious! Can hold large and small groups.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great as well as the service! Will come back for sure!
  4. CL

    CharlieL

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Aurora is a hidden gem in the UCF area. The menu and food quality is exceptional.
  5. TM

    TracyM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Was so excited to try this place! Went for dinner to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Started off great with an order or truffle fries (AH-mazing)! And Happy Hour is every day and we still had a 1/2 hour before it was ending so we got a drink. I realize we weren’t ready right away to order dinner but our waitress didn’t come to check on us much so we were 5 minutes “late” for a second round and then she just left. Our drinks were empty, we would have like another but it was like we bothered her since we waved her over (it was slow, she only had one other table). And we struggled to find her all night. The food wasn’t bad but I wasn’t very impressed. We ordered that amazing dessert, the Supernova, where they pour hot caramel over a chocolate shell and it melts to reveal the ice cream and fruit. The caramel was not hard enough so it did not melt and then the server who brought it to us asked if we wanted him to get some more. We’ll, yes. We wanted the experience of it. It was just disappointing.
  6. JD

    JDofLV

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had never eaten there before nor had we heard anything about it. Wow! Were we all pleasantly surprised! This restaurant is FANTASTIC! Great food! Great ambience! Unique menu! Great service! An all around great experience with a reasonably priced menu! We highly recommend it!
  7. PM

    PascualM

    Tallahassee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wxcellwnt food, great service and the place is a modern style with great ambiance
  8. M

    Mike

    Tampa

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service from Deborah, outstanding food, and very conducive environment for our work related dinner conversation.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I were in the area and we saw the restaurant on Instagram. We just got a couple drinks and dessert and it was delicious! The server was very friendly and the atmosphere was fun and modern. We will definitely be back
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing. Kristian was a superb server, knowledgeable, attentive, and friendly. It was a bit loud but we still loved our evening. Beautiful restaurant!

    AuroraResponded on July 23, 2022Thank you so much for the review, I will certainly pass on your kind words to the kitchen and your server. I value your feedback on the volume of the restaurant during peak times (Friday and Saturday evenings after 7pm especially) it can get a bit loud with the musician playing outside the restaurant and typically Aurora full at that time as well. We hope to see you again perhaps during a less peak time (we are open from 7am-10pm and till 11pm Friday and Saturdays) best regards, chef mike

  11. a

    arielb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was incredible and so was the service! We will be back!

    AuroraResponded on July 22, 2022Thanks so much for stopping by! We are so pleased that enjoyed the experience. We look forward to serving you next time! Best Regards, Chef Mike

  12. FD

    FlDeb

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Aurora Restaurant at the Celeste Hotel is one of the best kept secrets in the Orlando area. Outstanding chefs create amazing cuisine that is not only a treat for the taste buds but also a delight for the eyes. This was our first visit and we were delighted. My salmon was perfection and the sprinkling of flower petals was beautiful. The pistachio crème brûlée, with fruit accompaniment, was a delight and a perfect ending to our meal. We were there for a late lunch and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend the Aurora Restaurant to anyone wanting an excellent dining experience on the east side of Orlando. I am looking forward to a return visit.

    AuroraResponded on July 16, 2022Thanks so much for stopping by! We are so pleased that enjoyed the experience, food and service and will certainly share all of your kind words with the team. We look forward to serving you next time! Best Regards, Chef Mike

  13. C

    Curlygirlfl

    West Palm Beach

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were on the patio which the area around the patio was beautifully designed. Everything was great except our New York strip was a little fibrous. Otherwise, I’d give it a 5 star. Presentation, appetizer, sides, desserts and cocktails were great! I would go back & recommend you try them too

    AuroraResponded on July 16, 2022Thanks so much for stopping by and for the review. Apologies on the shortfall with the Strip Steak, I've reviewed the butchering and spotting of any steaks that may have a less then desirable fat seam with the culinary team so this is never an issue in the future and does not make its way into the dining room. Hope to see you next time and I'm certain we can turn your 4 star experience into a 5 star review. Best Regards, Chef Mike

  14. PP

    PreetiP

    Clacks

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and so good. Chef Mike creates amazing dishes. Arancini was a highlight. We did the bite 30 and loved all the dishes. The pineapple bread pudding and supernova were show stealers
  15. UC

    UCFKnight1991

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Laurie was a fantastic server and really made the dinner enjoyable for us. She described the dishes perfectly so our expextations were set. We had the Salmon dinner and the Black Truffle Pasta and both were excellent. Aurora is a terrific dining option on/near the UCF campus.
  16. m

    melmariee

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We went here as part of the Bite 30 promotion. The value for what we paid was great, we each got to try (and share) an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Everything we had was delicious! The only minor complaint I have is that all of the diners were seated very close together. It was our anniversary so we would have preferred to be a bit removed from others, but we were seated at a table in between two other parties, with others being sat in close proximity behind my husband. I'm sure this is for efficiency of staff with less "travel time," etc., but with a large space to spread out it felt like we were all packed in there together. Overall, it was a good experience and we would definitely go back!
  17. J

    Jojo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! The servers were very friendly and check up on you to make sure everything is going great!
  18. JM

    JM723

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was exceptional from the time we walked into the hotel lobby where the Aurora restaurant was inside. There was acoustic music singing and playing dinner friendly songs from the 90s-today right outside the restaurant entrance. He sounded amazing. The server Melody was so welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. We had the Bite30 menu which was absolutely amazing. Everything was fresh, piping hot from the fryer, seasoned and flavored perfectly.
  19. r

    robb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    food and service were on point. Restaurant is not sound proofed well and as a result was loud.
  20. MD

    MarshallDal

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant! The food was great, as were the uniquely themed drinks. You absolutely must have the Supernova for dessert!!
  21. LG

    LoveGREATfood

    Orlando

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was ok; better than average but nothing super special. The restaurant was a decent hotel restaurant but not a “destination” restaurant where the restaurant IS the establishment and main attraction. Nice local place but will not be one of my “go to” restaurants.
  22. M

    Mike

    Orlando

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice place to have lunch. The food was good as well as the service. Parking was not straightforward especially if you do not want to valet.
  23. CR

    ChloeR

    Orlando

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We did the bite 30 menu and it was awesome. Portion sizes was were all really good size. I needed a box for the entree and dessert.
  24. A

    Alyssa

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was quickly and nicely prepared. The atmosphere was very quiet and everything tied into a space theme without it being overwhelming. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
  25. ML

    MaggieL

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Bite30 and it was an amazing deal! The service was excellent and the food was pretty awesome! Upgrade to get the super nova! It was an interesting experience and really yummy! Some hotel restaurants are duds but this one is one of the exceptions!
  26. TN

    TylerN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drink and service was great. It did feel like the wait from the kitchen and the bar was a little bit long!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed this restaurant, which was reasonably priced and tasty. The galaxy cocktail was amazing!!
  28. CC

    CherylC

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a reservation and were seated right away at a lovely table overlooking the grounds. We were there for Bite 30 menu and it did not disappoint! Everything was fresh and hot and we particularly enjoyed the paella arrincini appetizer, chicken osso bucco entree (with porkbelly truffle mac-n-cheese)and beignets that we had for dessert. Great atmosphere and will definitely return.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Way too noisy. They need something to absorb the sound from the ridiculously loud lobby. Maybe a wall and a door. Other than that it was great
  30. S

    Senoraista

    Orlando

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food good not great. Very noisy. Service good. Had to send back steak grizzly and tough. Ordered tea which took 20 minutes after we finished dessert.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    Disappointing. Ambiance felt like a more upscale cafeteria. Our first round of drinks arrived after the appetizers. Chicken ossobuco was bland, pork belly tasted like a bland, gristly pork chop cut into chunks. Second round of drinks never came, even after we finished our meal. Manager came over to clear a few plates, but couldn’t get away from us fast enough, offering no apology or inquiries. Server was apologetic, which was appreciated.
  32. TL

    TereL

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The service was so poor. Our server kept forgetting about our table. THE BAR was behind orders and the drinks were so bad! The food was cold and the meat was chewy. Not a good experience.. Our Asian server was nice but she was so confused and our orders took forever to come out..
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing and the staff is very friendly.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Menu was very enticing, food was well presented and tasteful.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day Brunch was great! We really enjoyed ourselves, especially the little guy. The signature drinks were all so pretty and tasted as good as they looked. We couldn’t believe there was whole roasted pork! Service was attentive and pleasant from beginning to end.
  36. JO

    JosephineO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Father's Day brunch was definitely NOT worth $50 per person.

    AuroraResponded on June 21, 2022Apologies on the misunderstanding of what you were booking & that we did not offer breakfast items on our Lunch Buffet. However when your reservation was booked on opentable it pops up a window fully explaining the lunch & menu being offered. Certainly not all events are for everyone but there was value; whole pig, pulled pork, belly, ribs, loin, ham, roast beef & about 8 other hot proteins along with individual cheese boards that would run you $25 alone at any ala carte restaurant in town.

  37. RT

    RoyalTravelers

    Orlando

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    We attended the Father’s Day buffet. Much of the food was cold. Some of the items were not quickly replenished. The roasted potatoes were under-seasoned. While our table server was exceptionally friendly and helpful, the gentleman who was serving the roast beef was not at all friendly and did not greet customers. After reading positive reviews of the restaurant, I found my experience to be quite disappointing.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great little restaurant! Su h great food and lovely servers to take care of us. No need to wait for a refil, before you could ask the server was back with another for us! Great variety for the Fathers Day Special Buffet and great ambiance all around! Will be back to taste their normal menu soon!
  39. T

    Theresa

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    We tried the bite30 menu. We started with the baked brie, it came out not very hot or melted. The ny strip steak was very chewy. The pineapple bread pudding was missing pineapple and overly soaked in rum. The food was just ok, not very tasty. The waiter was very nice and attentive. I would not go back anytime soon.
  40. CW

    CarolWB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    We visited for the Bite 30 promotion. The service was fantastic and far outweighed the quality of the food. One hot appetizer was delivered barely room temp. Same with the mashed purple potatoes that accompanied the NY Strip. They were almost cold and the steak was chewy and undercooked from the requested medium rare. The dining room is very modern and sterile, all hard surfaces and very noisy. This is not the place for a romantic or intimate dining experience. Bite 30 was a good deal, but I wouldn't go back and pay full price for anything we had at this time. The bar area outside of the entrance to the restaurant looked like it would be a nice place to go for a drink and listen to live music.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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Aurora is rated 4.6 stars by 373 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Aurora

4105 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waterford Lakes

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Mike Trudnak

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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