613 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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07/05/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We ate at Aura last night . It has the best Lamb Shis-Kebab I've ever had in my life. The waiter Azis was great, bringing the food promptly. We were given 2 free Mojitos as well as a meatball for our dog. What can I say about Jay, the host? He was so warm and friendly that we decided to try his restaurant, and boy were we glad. The food is great, the prices are reasonable, and they are extremely dog friendly. We've eaten at many restaurants on Lincoln Road, as we go there often, and this was by far the best experience we've had. A MUST TRY!
06/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend and I recently went to SoBe for a weekend getaway. I have visited a few times before and I wanted her to have the full experience and having dinner on Lincoln Rd is a must.
The manager offered us 2 free cocktails with our dinner to entice us to eat there, it worked. I thought the food would be below par and mediocre but I was wrong. I HATE seafood and yet I ordered the seafood linguine and I cleaned my plate, my girlfriend had the 1/2stuffed lobster with pasta which was equally good. I was so overly impressed that I insisted we eat there again the following night. Again, the food and service was beyond excellent. I will eat here every time I visit SoBe, it's my new favorite place.
YOU HAVE TO EAT HERE WHILE IN SoBe. 5 stars don't do justice to this place. It deserves 10 :)
04/12/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Chic hot-spot, fashionable crowd, and super service by a great looking staff...
Best of all is the Food!! everyone in my party of 6 was blown away with delight !! Superbly prepared cuisine. Aura's specialty cocktails are equally tantalizing. Can anyone say Lychee Mojito ? ! ! ?
01/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We ate at several restaurants while on vacation in South Beach. I have to say this was the best food I have ever eaten. I had the seafood linguine and it was amazingly good. It was so fresh and seasoned perfectly. I don't think I have ever had pasta that good. Service was a little slow but then again we were on vacation and it was great just sitting and people watching. I want to go back to South Beach just to eat there again. 5 stars are just not enough. I give Aura a 10 :)
10/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and i vacationed in South Beach for 5 days.
We were very impressed with the delicious cuisine at Aura.
Delicious meals with friendly and attentive staff.
For my husband; Surf Turf w/ Lobster, Shrimp, Filet Mignon. For me; seared Tuna with delicious light citrus.
Excellent Mojito cocktails !!!!
07/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I live in south beach, therefore I have been to most of the restaurants on lincoln road and as me and my friend where shopping, we where hungry and decided to check it out. It was their specials sign that got us it said lunch specials 7.95$, and then listed them. But no they start at 7$. And they had happy hour. Well my salad came and it said goat cheese tart, but there was really a goat cheese pastry over a soup of lettuce and balsamic glaze. My meal then came which was the lobster ravioli topped with crab meat. The sauce was firm not silky and the meal did not contain crab. So I told the waitress and she said thats the way it is. And there is no one that is going to fix it for you. So I ate it because I was hungry, but it was bad. Then I get up to use the bathroom and see the manager to which I explain nicely that my meal had not been what I expected AND SHE ANSWERED THAT IS NOT MY PROBLEM IT MUST BE YOUR TASTE THAT IS F*CKED UP BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE LIKE THE RESTAURANT.
P.S. I AM A CHEF.
06/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We stayed in SoBe 1 block from Lincoln Road Mall. There are many great places to eat. We decided on Aura 1 night. Raymond was our server and was over-the-top. He genuinely cared whether we loved the food or not. For a place who entertains so many out-of-towners he made us feel very important. The manager was very friendly and passionate about their place. The location is right on the walk so you can watch all the people walk by. My wife had the Sea Bass which was incredible! I had the crusted snapper and it was also delicious. We had such a great time that we dined their again the following night! they remembered us and followed through on the same outstanding service and food. My wife had the lobster ravioli....delicious! I could not deter and had the snapper again! It was great! I highly recommend dining at Aura atleast 1 night of your stay. We will certainly return on our next vacation to Miami! Thank you so much for contributing to what was an overall outstanding trip to South Beach! Drew & Bethany
03/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My favorite restaurant ! They have everything on their menu and it is all culinary excellence.
I recently went their with a party of 14. They were gracious in their service.
Each person in my goup was delighted! The food was superb.
Very reasonably priced. We had seafood, steaks, pasta, and it was made with a modern twist.
Also important to note, the restaurant has the best location in South Beach. Perfect for watching the fabulous people walk by!
This is the first and only time I have written a review of a restaurant and believe me it is well justified.
02/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The top restaurant my husband and I have eaten at since visiting South Beach for 1 week.
Sea Bas to die for!! Grilled Lamb Chops for my husband!! WOOOWWWW !!!
This place is absolutely THE BEST on Lincoln Road.
The Service at this restaurant was professional, friendly and personal.
The staff at most restaurants and hotels here in South Beach are pretentious, rude, arrogant and lack overall customer service .
But we couldn't have been more delighted with this fine restaurant.
We shared a thin-crust pizza(tomato-basil) as an appetizer and we have never tasted a pizza like that since visiting Rome.
It was perfect. Super thin, crispy, with fresh Buffalo mozzarella.
I can't say enough about how good this restaurant is,
and how mediocre all other restaurants on Lincoln Road truly are.
As with all South Beach restaurants, gratuity is already included on the bill.
However, we were so delighted with the outcome of our meals and the total experience;
we happily left our gracious waiter extra gratuity.
Aura is top-choice.
01/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
There are many restaurants on Lincoln Road, I have tried all of them over many years. This had to be the worst service of any restaurant I had experienced in the US. The table next to me was cleaned using the napkin of the lady that had just left. I had seen her wipe her nose on it and then the waitress wiped the table with it. I was told to order as soon as I sat down and the specials were thrust under my nose, cold and wrapped in cellophane. No thanks! No bread was offered and the main course was thrown at my table while I was still eating the starter. I asked for Soy Sauce but was told ""I'm too busy, ask your own waiter"". Finally, there was no offer of Dessert or coffee. The check was again thrust under my nose as soon as I finished the main course. I won't be back!
10/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We ate at Aura only because we came late to Lincoln Road and they had space. The meal began well, nice salads, free drinks and a pleasant setting. It all went down from there. The food was terrible all around and the service was a joke. I think the waiter needed reminders for every request my friend and I had made. Sorry to give such a bad review, but I could never recommend this place to anyone and would not concider going back, I'd go to the drive through first!
09/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend and I dined here one night during our vacation in South Beach. The free bottle of wine was great. The Chard was good for a free bottle, and they give you a nice wine chiller by your table. We ordered the coconut crusted fried shrimp - EXCELLENT! great flavor, cooked perfectly. The highlight of the meal was the Paella. It was by far the best paella we've ever had. Rice was seasoned sooooo well, cooked in a chicken stock with lots of flavor. Service was great as well. Would definitley go back..
09/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I visited South Beach with my boyfriend this past weekend and we spent a good deal of time looking for a place to eat on Lincoln Road before we were (admittedly) suckered in to Aura by the free drinks. We had two awful (but free, at least) mojitos that tasted like they were made from a mix. We ordered the tuna encrusted with sesame, which came with rice and spinach. The tuna was rubbery and encrusted with about a pound of sesame seeds. It did not taste like it was even cooked (though I guess it was) and it was not warm. The rice was so bland that even a dash of salt would have made a difference. The spinach was edible but there was only two bites and it was loaded with garlic. The server was nice but the food was literally the worst I have ever eaten in a restaurant. I understand that other people think Aura is a great restaurant, but this was our experience: awful!
08/15/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have noticed that everyone has different tastes.. On City Search there are restaurants that have a varying group of comments.. Some people like them and swear they are the best,, and some eat at the same restaurant and say it's the worst.
I was surprised to see however the couple of bad comments people have left about AURA. These people must be from Planet Bizzaro and eat Rocks and sand...... I live on South Beach.. I am not a tourist that doesn't know their way around the cluster of overhyped restaurants in South Beach..
AURA IS TERRIFIC !!! I eat at Aura again and again; It's always consistent in serving top quality meals with great staff..
The Lobster Bisque is rich and creamy with Lobster meat in every spoonful.. Filet Mignon so tender that it melts in your mouth.. Braised Lamb shank with red-wine sauce.. and last night I enjoyed their special of the night: Paella .. full of fresh seafood.. for $25.. Give me a break,, on lincoln rd in super trendy & expensive South Beach.. I have had Paella at another Linc. Rd. restaurant and it was priced at $55.. and it didn't compare to Aura's paella ..
The owners are there side by side with staff providing excellent service. You see genuine passion in the owners and their staff. This is the way to run a restaurant.. It's always crowded with tourists and locals alike.. yet the service is attentive and the food arrives prompt and deliciously prepared EVERY TIME......
The restaurant was designed by Morris Lapidus, the architect who designed most of Miami's trendiest Hotels and the result is Super Unique !!! Aura's outdoor dining patio is on Lincoln road where you see celebrities and models walking right by you...... As far as the best dining experience,, AURA stands out among the competition on the highly fashionable Lincoln road..
07/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My friend visited South Beach for the first time from L.A. and to my surprise researched on City SEARCH where he wanted to go for dinner. He chose a restaurant that I've eaten at 3 times with below average experiences. I told him that I wanted to take him to my favorite restaurant, Aura. Quickly whipping open his laptop he showed me the reviews. I was surprised. I have dined at Aura at least 20 times and it is dollar-for-dollar; the BEST restaurant in South Beach. Trusting me rather than strangers, we strolled over to beautiful Lincoln Rd. Upon completion, my friend agreed with what I already knew. This is a Great restaurant. i had a Filet Mignon in a wine sauce( I think Barolo) with polenta. My friend had the Lobster & Crab ravioli, and in no way was it similiar to the prior review i read. My friend described it as the best dish he may have ever had in his life! Lobster filled ravioli in a saffron cream sauce with fresh crabmeat. Top of the line!! My friend felt his Caesar salad was overly coated with dressing, but he did note that it was fresh made Caesar dressing which was very good; just a kittle too much. My crabcake was exceptional. A huge fresh crabmeat filled cake with cocktail sauce. That's the thing, the portions are HUGE, not that stuffy finger-food sized entrees. Prices are affordable to say the least. Lobster Ravioli $17 - Filet $32. Entrees start from $14 and up. More surprising were the comments regarding service. Who writes this stuff, the competition?? This is not a stuffy white-glove type of place. However the staff are the most accomodating, friendly group of people you will find on South Beach. I dine out 7 nights a week and i visit AURA 2 or 3 times a week. In a city full of tourists, most South Beach restaurants are expensive ripoffs that lack quality. I'm not the competition. I'm a real dining customer. I have brought a countless amount of guests to Aura
and have always been delighted. This is an exceptional restaurant.
06/04/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is my first time writing a review...I just had to write because I cannot take the experience out of my mind. When I think about the ""lobster bisque"" that I had, it still makes me feel queezy. It was basically canned tomato soup with chucks of somebody's left over lobster sparingly sprinkled in to it. I could not believe the low quality of the food...My yellow tail snapper tasted like it was a reheated frozen dinner and the lobster ravioli with crab had the same kind of comparison. I was under the impression that food on Southbeach was exceptional, this was below any of my expectations. Granted not all of the food was terrible, the Greek salad and caprice salad were well prepared and a friend who ordered the lobster said it was fresh. The only thing that slightly made up for the experience was the 2 free bottles of wine, but it wasn't worth it.
05/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This is the first time I am writing a review.. After reading the previous reviews I felt compelled to add mine. My wife and I have been dining at Aura since moving to Miami Beach 7 years ago. We have dined at almost every restaurant on South Beach. In a city full of great restaurants, Aura is one of the best !! The food is consistently DELICIOUS ! The menu offers the widest variety of choices that works perfectly when with a large group.
I have always enjoyed the huge Grilled Veal Chop / the Seafood Linguini with mussels, clams, scallops, and shrimp / and as a starter I enjoy the dozen different types of super-thin crust Pizzas.
My wife loves the Lobster and Crab Ravioli and the Pistachio Crusted Sea Bass.
As far as service, we have always felt that this was the BEST service in all of South Beach..
I mean really attentive, warm-friendly service. Not the ""I'm a supermodel attitude"" that you get in most South Beach restaurants.
Over the years I have dined at Aura a countless amount of times with my wife, family, friends and business associates and it has always been a top-quality experience. Everyone I have ever brought there has raved about it.
Aura is a ""must.""
07/23/2002Provided by Citysearch -
Please do not let anyone you know or love go to Aura. To begin, it took about 5-10 minutes to be greeted; it took another 10 minutes to receive bread and water; followed by another 15 minutes to receive our salads (the table next to us sat 10 minutes after us and received salads first). After a quick trip to the restroom, I heard the waitress giving our order to the chef (about 45 minutes into the meal); on the bill, we noticed fire entree (meaning the waitress forgot to put in our order). The food was merely satisfactory. I should also note that Aura adds 17% gratuity post-tax. FINALLY - we both asked for change for a $50 and got the response ""we don't have change; nearly all of our customers pay by credit card.""