Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot
Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot

Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://aumidi.com/about.php
  • Phone: 8316852600
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Wed-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner: W-Su 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Muriel Loubiere
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Au Midi offers a seasonal menu of traditional and contemporary french cooking featuring fresh and locally sourced meats and produce.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Park Drive
  • Public Transit: The Santa Cruz/Watsonville MTA bus #71 and #91 Express drops patrons off within easy walking distance of Au Midi.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Conveniently located near the heart of Aptos, CA, Au Midi offers front-door parking in a well-lit and accessible private lot.
A word from Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot
For Muriel, cooking is more than a career; it is an ever-growing passion. Starting with a deep appreciation for the raw product and with unflinching attention to every detail, everything is done to create and present deceptively simple dishes. Open to every flavor, curious about new ideas, Muriel is constantly trying to refine her art. It is done with passion, deep knowledge and a humble attitude. Of course the flavors of Provence are often present in the dishes she prepares, but it is no surprise that many of these are also found in our area. Olive oil, garlic and artichoke, plus much of the produce are grown on this lovely Central coast. Muriel"s other tempting culinary creations are simply the result of her affinity for good food, no matter whence comes! With the husband greeting the customers and the wife feeding them, "Au Midi" is definitely a family restaurant. It is also a cosmopolitan place with a warm ambiance and a sunny soul!
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Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (28)fit for foodies (27)romantic (19)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (2)good for groups (2)Show More
  • Delicious!
    JFunk
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went in on a quiet weekday night. Food and wine were amazing, every coarse was so delicious. Service was a bit slow, but there was only one server (owner maybe) taking care of all tables.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    Dinner42please
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Fantastic presentation wonderful sauces and very traditional French cuisine. With a nicer portion then you would expect, all around enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Good To Pass By
    Seacliff
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have been to Au Midi 3 0r 4 times and it is always a treat. The food is terrific and the service is very attentive. We will go there more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real treat
    Kibbly
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've been here many times. It really is the best in our neighborhood. Whenever we have friends over and want to take them somewhere special this is where we choose. The food is absolutely delicious and almost artwork on a plate. Highly recommended. We appreciate it and will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Provence is here! Alive and well.
    provencal
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We are regulars to this provencal restaurant. Now that they are have summer specials, we had to try the bouillabaise.Tres magnifique! Starting the dinner with appetizers, cream of onion soup ( my husband's favorite), and I had the Napoleon ( not on the menu) which was beautiful to look at and so delicious. It had tapenade , buffalo mozzarella,crostini. I have not had this type of tapenade since I was in Aix-en-Provence. Michel and Muriel, the chef extradinaire are always warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic date night with my wife.
    RaBa
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our third visit to Au Midi was as pleasant as the first two visits. As before, we were greeted quickly and warmly and promptly seated by owner Michel. Our server was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. The pace of service was relaxed and we never felt rushed. The older I get the more I appreciate a quiet atmosphere. Barbara and I could easily talk without raising our voices. The food - start to finish - was excellent and the portions were just right for a satisfied feeling and a clean plate. The wine list isn't extensive but includes a very nice selection including some French wines. Don't let the strip mall location dissuade you from trying Au Midi. You will be very pleased once inside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner with friends.
    Likes2notcook
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The salads and soups are not only visually stunning, but the taste was wonderful. My husband and I had the fresh wild salmon. Excellent. Our friends had the steak which was cooked perfect. It had a reduced mushroom sauce that was outstanding. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good French food fair prices
    Byoung3rd
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The menu is short, but diverse. The selection is traditional bistro fare, with a little bit from all four corners of France. I started with the Veal Sweetbread, marinated with cherry vinegar and soy sauce and served with an incredible herb sauce (I used all of my bread to soak up the sauce) ...perfection! My wife started with the Braised Halibut, cooked in a lemongrass and ginger emulsion, served with potato cloud, mushrooms and ravioli. My entre was the Duck Magret seared in a honey rosemary sauce...sliced on the bias in the traditional style, served medium rare. The highlight of the evening came with the owner and the chef stopping by our table to ask about our experience...very personal and very French.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bastille Day Feast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    For the second time, my wife and I attended the Bastille Day celebration at Au Midi Bistrot, and once again we were enthralled by the summery flavors of southern France. We heartily recommend chef Muriel Loubiere's special holiday menus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening experience
    GES1
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The food was exquisitely prepared and presented. A novel experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This restaurant offers a delightful experience. A lot of time, care, and attention is put into the food. Au Midi, we need you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow!
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fine French cuisine in a little gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed Results
    dineout
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The waiter/host greeted us. He was charming, well versed on the menu but inattentive to our party of 6. On two occasions, I had to leave the table and find him; once to remind him about the glass of wine I ordered and the second time to bring the check. This was on a weeknight when there were only 2-3 tables filled with other diners. We all enjoyed a variety of entrees; beautifully presented and tasty. Several of our group skipped the delicious sounding salad courses as they seemed overpriced @ $14.00. We shared bites of the apple tart which tasted very fresh. The wine list had interesting selections both from local wineries and the Anderson Valley. All of our group had dined here previously, would return, but not for awhile.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Duck was exceptional!...so was the sweetbreads...some of the portions are a bit slite..the new chicken entre... I do realize that French cuisine usually errors on the side of small portions, however, I had a hungry young man with me and he had apps, dinner and desert, and could have eaten more....that being said, we will always come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Excellent
    JohnDVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    They always come through with fine French cooking and great service. I always wish it was in a better location, but then it might get too busy and noisy. We love this place -- easily our favorite in Santa Cruz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special place in Aptos
    Britgirl
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Au Midi is such a gem for the small town of Aptos to have. We go there when we want to treat ourselves to fantastic food. The duck magret is excellent, the cassoulet is something special and my husband loves the sweetbreads. Muriel comes up with amazing combinations that always taste amazing and her desserts are to die for. We are moving away and will very much miss Michel and Muriel and their wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Wellwisher2
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food is consistently excellent and the service honest and personal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home town gem
    C130FEJKP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Every time I go here it amazes me with how it gets better. They are constantly refreshing things to keep it new and exciting while keeping old favorites as well. The food is always exquisite and the owners are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. They make you feel like family. I'm in the military and often gone for long stretches of time, and this is the place that I come to to feel like I'm back home. No better restaurant I found anywhere in the world. Truly a one of a kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice ambience and great food across
    Maria
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Great food across the board. The filet mignon was cooked perfectly
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French cuisine at its finest
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Au Midi is a jewel of a French Bistro tucked into a little shopping center. Innovative dishes, expertly prepared and oh how delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly
    GourmetKidVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This is a nice French restaurant. The owners pour their hearts into your enjoyment by providing good food and good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 109 reviews are from the Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot reviews archive.
  • Piece of Provence
    WSSC1
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Au Midi is magnifique! We felt like we had been transported to southern France. Everything about the place is authentic. Each course was a delight, bite after surprisingly tasty bite. Even the most ordinary looking/sounding items turn out to be a culinary gem worthy of the best bistros of Nice or Toulouse. Chef Muriel watching people's faces from behind the kitchen curtain as they take their first bites, and later coming out to mingle with clients; husband/co-owner/waiter Michel shaking hands with every client as they arrive and leave, both him and the waitress from New York with a penchant for sarcastic humor, all add up to a wonderful dining experience. There is no other French place like it in the whole Santa Cruz area!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hidden jewel in Aptos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    the food was exquisite! Service was fair. But if you can forgo the service, you have to try the food! Absolutely wonderful! Flavors were right on!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was expecting more
    AptosDiner
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    I ordered the scallops and risotto. It came with an unidentifiable foam on top that made the dish look unappetizing. Some of the rice grains were undercooked and a bit hard, but the scallops were cooked nicely. The overall flavor was good, but that foam kept me from enjoying the dish. I asked for hot tea and the water was not hot enough for the tea bag to steep in the cup, so I drank a warm very very light tea. We had to stop at Starbucks on the way home so I could get that strange foam taste out of my mouth.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining in an Igloo!
    GlobeTrotter
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Dress warmly and then some.....It was too cold in the restaurant. They refused to turn on the heating inspite of our request with some feeble excuse that the heating is always turned on prior to opening for dinner but off during? All 4 of us in party were extremely cold. I am not going back here till summer. My appetizer and main course was so so but the rest of the table really loved their orders.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved every bite. The presentation
    Debbie
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Loved every bite. The presentation was superb. Will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Find
    jjy55
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Was not crazy about French food but decided to try this restaurant. It turned out to be an excellent discovery. We thought we would be the first ones there when they opened at 5:30 but a table for 4 was already seated. Service was excellent with 3 servers for the entire restaurant. The food was delivered in a timely manner. My husband had the soup and cassoulet and I had the green salad with the scallops. When I got the scallops, there were only 3 large ones and I thought it wouldn't be enough but the richness and flavor made it the perfect size. We both had the apple pie for dessert and it was a perfect ending to a perfect meal. We will definitely be eating here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Thad
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We love this place. Great food, and the service is outstanding. We've been three times now in the last few months, and will continue to go back. The Cassoulet is my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, mediocre atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Au midi's food was delicious! The service was mediocre (it was peak time on a Friday so I will let this one slide). The wine list was ligit (we ordered a few bottles from a local winery: Windy Oaks, which I highly reccomend) We were very pleased to see that they support the local community. The prices points for the food being served are a bit high for what is it and the portions are on the smaller side (which one should expect at a French inspired restaurant). All in all it is one of the best dining experiences I've had overall in the area.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My guests enjoyed the filet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    My guests enjoyed the filet mignon but the vegetarian entrees were nothing special. Portions were so small I had to have dinner (again) when I got home. For what you get the price does not make sense.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Serve wines in appropriate
    BonesVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Serve wines in appropriate glasses if you respect the food do the same for the wine
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French restaurant in Aptos CA
    luv2eat
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My friends and I really enjoyed our meals. I had the scallops and it was delicious. We also had dessert and I shared my French apple pie with vanilla ice cream. Glad we finally got to eat there and will go back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!!!
    Fabulicious
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Excellent food and service!!! Over all Great experience. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Jane
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    No ambiance...service poor...staff not very friendly...food mediocre and overpriced...very small portions...would not come back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely and authentic
    TNYZ
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    The husband and wife team owner of Au Midi impressed us wonderfully with their delicious and creative plates. My husband and I went here for our anniversary and loved every bite of the food, the warm and cozy atmosphere, and the great value of the menu for the quality delivered. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful cuisine
    ReneeK
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    I love Au Midi. The food is always superb and Michel is such a wonderful host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    FoodieInTraining
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    in Santa Cruz county. A hidden gem of a restaurant. Everything our party of 4 tried was delicious. This was my 4th time to Au Midi -- twice for lunch; twice for dinner. My dinner companions had never been to Au Midi before. We will all go back again. Not a huge menu but with something for everyone. Nice presentation. Limited but good wine list. Desserts divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service in this restaurant
    Golosone
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The service in this restaurant is much more professional than many in the area. We have been several times, and this has always been the case. Also, the food is so expertly prepared, that it should get six stars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Au Midi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Au Midi is absolutely FABULOUS! It is the best food we have had in both Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County. The husband/wife team running the restaurant have a real gem nestled away in Aptos! It is a MUST try...believe me, you will be back for more!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable experience!
    foodiechatter
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is a small, intimate restaurant located in a very unpretentious "strip mall". At first glance, you're wondering how it's been so successful in such a common location. The restaurant is rather small and the tables are a bit too close but the immediate and engaging service eliminates your trepidation right away. The menu is quite small but well-chosen with dishes described in amazing detail. The beet and goat cheese appetizer was superb and a great starter. Our entrees of mussels and scallops were amazing and their presentations were beautiful. The wait staff were timely, never too far away but sensitive to any needs. The owner visited each table at least once which makes the experience so much more personal. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.