Aurora

4.5
255 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.

Experiences

  • Valentines Couples Pre Fixe Menu

    $95.00 per person

    Feb 12 - Feb 14, 2022

    Aurora will be offering a 5 course chef curated menu for couples @$95 per person or $120 per person with wine pairings for each course. The 5 course menu will be the only menu being offered on Saturday February 12th and Monday February 14th from 5pm until close. Full menu may be viewed shortly on open table but will include an amuse bouche trio, first course sea bass, second course alligator stuffed quail, a shared entrée per couple featuring a 28ounce sous vide porterhouse steak with roasted wild mushrooms, char grilled asparagus, smashed yukon potatoes and house steak sauce, finished with a new take on our signature dessert the supernova. This event is intended for couples or even numbered groups due to sharing the entrée and dessert.
  • Easter Brunch Buffet

    $75.00 per person

    Apr 17, 2022 only

    Come hop on over and celebrate Easter with Aurora Restaurant @ The Celeste Hotel on April 17th from 11:00am until 4:00pm for an all you can eat brunch buffet with unlimited mimosas. We will be offering a huge assortment of Chef curated displays including the best and largest cheese and charcuterie display, seafood station, breakfast station with made to order omelets, risotto action station, four carving stations, children's buffet, dessert buffet and much more. Adults $75 per person, $25 for Children 12 and under and free for children 3 and under.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 255 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
Value
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EmilyA
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about Aroura was an experience! The staff was amazing and the food was out of this world! The shrimp and grits was possibly the best I’ve ever had in my life! Everything was delicious and the Super Nova is an experience that is not only delicious but beautiful. Will be back again for sure!

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Jeminat
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food, great ambiance and Great service. The menu is amazing.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Honest review: the drinks are pretty but don’t taste good. The food was amazing. The service was great. They always came just as we needed them and not a min sooner. The atmosphere is great both inside and outside. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

New Year’s Eve

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JuliaD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

If they decide to keep the fruit and cheese plate on the menu full time, they will definitely have a is a steady customer in me.

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Hank
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dinner and service were outstanding! The salmon was cooked to perfection.
We had one glitch in attempting to use a Marriott Gift card that we received from our son for new Year's Eve dinner. We were told that only some Marriotts accepted gift cards-we had no idea that the Celeste Hotel at UCF (Aroura rest) was one NOT taking Marriott Gift Cards. That was disappointing.

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ThereseM
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

We went for New Years Eve dinner. The cheese plate was awesome. My husband ordered the steak medium rare and definitely was not medium rare. It was almost medium well. I had the Black Garlic Parapadelle which was grilled chicken with black mushrooms snd egg pasta. That was very good. It was hard to get the attention of our server; however, the hostess was very attentive

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KimH
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Service was terrible. It didn’t seem that they were short staffed. Other tables didn’t have any issues.

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vipOrazioD
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This an amazing place. The food is fine dining without fine dining prices. As good or better than most fine dining restaurants in NYC or Vegas.
Chef Mike is an extremely talented Chef. His attention to detail and flavors makes this restaurant tower over anything in Central Florida.
Save room for dessert, the Super Nova is treat for the eyes as well as your taste bud’s.

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vipMichellen
Orlando
28 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

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anonymous
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and extremely good service. Definitely priced for special occasions only.

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CindyL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Possibly one of the best hamburgers that I have had in years! Cooked perfectly and just the right portions of beef, lettuce, tomatoes and buns. Decadent and fun - highly recommend the Supernova dessert if you are a chocolate lover!

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IzumiS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Not able to serve an iced tea…

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vipTomG
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great time outside. Beautiful water wall and garden. Very quite and peaceful atmosphere with great staff. Great evening outside hopefully they will add heat lamps for the colder evenings.

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LorrieP
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Many foods were cool temperature that should have been warm, ran out of prime rib.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We went on Christmas

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas dinner

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LilyC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had never even heard of Aurora until OpenTable for what was open on Christmas Day - what a delight! Staff was amazing from being greeted, to every single server, and buffet servers. Food was very good and a nice selection - spoke with manager and let him know what a great team he had and appreciated the great food and service. Will definitely go back:)

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vipAngelaRNLife
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first visit to Aurora was for the Christmas buffet. It was outstanding! The service, food, and ambiance were unmatched! They had a great buffet spread with lots of healthy options and it was so elegantly done! :)

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JOANNO
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there for Christmas Day Brunch... It was awesome and I can only hope they do it again next year!

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ElizabethC
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chef Mike and team presented a beautiful array of delicious foods. It was thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Christmas buffet. The food was service was excellent. The only thing they were missing was turkey… The shrimp, for the price, could also have been peeled. Overall, it was great!

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KarenZ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Some items on the buffet were not warm. The prime rib was overdone. But otherwise, things were well presented and wonderful.

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vipVadim
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Strongly recommended place to visit! Liked it

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everyone was wonderful, they were quick and attentive and very friendly. The food was amazing!

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JulieB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time there,Christmas Eve! Couldn’t have asked for a better place to celebrate! The food was so delicious, service was wonderful, ambiance was so relaxing and serene! Cannot wait to go back!

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vipSherylM
Treasure Coast
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Graduation dinner

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KKMonk
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The service was exceptional, the ambiance was right on point and the food was pretty good. We had a party of 8 and 7 of us thought the quality of food was very good. I person wasn’t too crazy about the prawns and grits, but the did love the crab cake appetizer.

It was a little pricey, but we knew that when we booked and it. It was for a special occasion and totally worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

The ambiance was very different than we were expecting- it is a very well lit dining room. Even the outdoor seating was very very bright despite it being very dark outside. The food was great- I loved having options of things I have never tried before like deviled quail eggs and duck wings! They had live music in the hotel lobby that was so loud it was hard to have a conversation at our table on the other side of the dining area. I don’t know if live music is a normal occurrence but I wouldn’t recommend coming here for an intimate dinner because of the lighting and loud music.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem in UCF area, and one of my favorite places. Warm friendly service, artsy but not pretentious food, and elegantly modern hotel surroundings.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice! First time taking girlfriend, I had been before. We loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

It was just nasty…plain and simple. I ordered shrimp and grits, the grits were way to creamy (reminded of mashed potatoes) they taste like ocean water. The shrimp came with the heads detached but still on the plate so there were burnt eyeballs and tentacles all over the plate. The grits taste more like seafood then the shrimp. While the restaurant it self was nice and the staff was pleasant the food wasn’t great so I would not recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We made a reservation for 4:45. When we got there is was very quiet and not busy. There was a Happy Hour until 6pm with cheaper cocktails and appetizers. We had the chili glazed duck wings, the sliders, and the gator tail empanadas. All were very good with the sliders and duck wings being our favorite. For dessert we tried the supernova and it was AMAZING!! Go for the desert alone, you won’t be disappointed!

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CindyL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely restaurant, excellent service, delicious food, nice portions, reasonably priced. Crab cake and duck wing appetizers were great! Swordfish and pork belly were delicious. Unfortunately, we had room for desserts.
Highly recommend and we will definitely go back again to try other dishes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing first time here! We happened to have the entire restaurant to ourselves. The food was fantastic and the staff was super sweet. They gave us a round of drinks for free since it was my birthday and let me use Google pay since I forgot my card. Would definitely recommend and go back!

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vipJaimeS
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

This was our second time here after a great experience on Thanksgiving and having Halley the manager personally ask us to try it for date night. The food here is amazing however the service is so bad we don’t want to return again. We were seated at 5:30 on Sunday night in an empty restaurant. The server asked us to order drinks and an appetizer which we did and then we were rushed to order our meal. The salad and main course came out within 5 minutes and we never received our appetizer. Although the restaurant was still empty the server never checked on us and it was impossible to ask for drink refills or bread. We told the server about the missed appetizer and it was brought to us after the meal. The server then brought us the check. We wanted to order one of those amazing dome desserts but we were not asked. Truthfully it would have been nice if they offered to take the appetizer off the bill too but that didn’t happen. Our date night dinner was over by 6pm. It was clear that the server was angry they had to be there. The food is amazing but for what they charge for it the service should be much better.

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Welivehere
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Read the other reviews and tried the crab cake - EXCELLENT.
The crab cake by which all other crab cakes are judged.

Service was exceptional starting with the valet through the dinner service and concluding back at the valet again.

Since it was a special occasion for us (daughter made reservation) we were served dessert and opted for the highly recommended caramel, fudge, raspberry, ice cream ball. There are videos of this treat online; however, you will want to experience this.

Overall, an A+ for experience & quality and a strong A for portion size.

Thank you to those responsible for both the creation of this excellent venue in Orlando and to those who provide the excellent service here.

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TomS
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We were seated right away for our reservation. People that arrived early for drinks at the bar were told they couldn’t & were sat at the table but no drinks were served. The rest arrived & ordered drinks that took over 20 minutes to get. We finally ordered dinner. Server was so nice but didn’t know info about items offered (size of steak). Soup was Luke warm & very under seasoned. We finally got salt & pepper to help. Our “Pepita Brittle” garnish was at the bottom of the bowl, very sharp edges, & sticky. Inedible. The Turkey & the filet dinners were well received. Very delicious, but very luke warm. The squash & risotto was not served with roasted vegetables as listed, & was very small. It was tasty, but those that ordered it left hungry. The desserts were VERY hit or miss. The cheese board was great & the chocolate dome was amazing. The added blue color had everyone saying how their plate looked like a swamp. I’d recommend removing the color, but the dish was incredible. The pumpkin mousse tasted like unsweetened whip cream with a hint of pumpkin flavoring. People said it tasted like a pumpkin LaCroix.
We finally had someone go up to speak to a manager about trying to get drinks. We had ordered a glass of wine when the first one was delivered and it never came. All of the cocktails were served with top shelf liquors even though it was not indicated. 4 margaritas were $64 because they were served with Patron & we ordered the house Chardonnay but were served a different one. 20% gratuity was added to the bill. Our service did not warrant a gratuity like that, however due to the holiday we certainly would have left that or more. Many people on staff helped us throughout the evening (apparently our server had been seated tables all around the restaurant & we were told the restaurant was understaffed). We appreciated the team effort, & even though the night was not what we hoped for, the staff was great.
It actually felt like we were there during a soft opening.

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Teresa
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. It was beyond our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the hostess was super friendly to our waiter, Travis who was outstanding. He was personable and attentive which made for a very nice evening. All the food was delicious but the white dwarf white chocolate balloon dome dessert was AMAZING!!! I definitely recommend this restaurant and would return in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

First year EVER, had dinner out for Thanksgiving. Because there is no comparison to home cooked food, I was hoping for the best while expecting the worst. For a fraction of the price of the high end restaurants, Aurora did not serve fraction of the price portions nor did the flavors reflect fraction of the cost.. Aurora absolutely surprised the heck out of me and exceeded my expectations. Thanksgiving dinner at Aurora was not a let down, dinner was excellent. In fact, I’m now on a hunt for the bread pudding stuffing recipe, (I think that’s what it was called).
And we will be going back real soon to try out the regular menu!!

FAQs

Aurora is rated 4.5 stars by 255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.