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Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot
Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot

Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://aumidi.com/about.php
  • Email: loubiere@aol.com
  • Phone: (831) 685-2600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wed-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
    Dinner: W-Su 5:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub
  • 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!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Loved every bite. The presentation was superb. Will eat there again."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Serve wines in appropriate glasses if you respect the food do the same for the wine"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Excellent food and service!!! Over all Great experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I love Au Midi. The food is always superb and Michel is such a wonderful host."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "No ambiance...service poor...staff not very friendly...food mediocre and overpriced...very small portions...would not come back"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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!!!"
    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!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I have often gone out on Valentine's Day, but we have never before been rewarded with such a sumptuous meal. We had smoked oyster with lemon granité, sea urchin with sunchoke mousse topped by a sabayon sauce and a verbena emulsion, veal tenderloin infused with morels, Madeira, and arabica coffee, and a desert featuring a macaroon filled with custard and raspberries, garnished in true Valentine's Day fashion with sugared rose petals. Muriel Loubiere, the extraordinary chef of Au Midi Bistrot, combined these exotic tastes into novel and incredibly pleasing dishes. My wife was over the moon!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We have become regulars at Au Midi's special events. The chef has never disappointed us. Each event amazes us at the extent of her creativity. The Valentine's Day event was out of this world. Starting off with an oyster in lemon granite, sea urchin in a verbena emulsion, veal tenderloin and a delightful valentine macaroon. The wait staff were attentive, and the meals arrived promptly. We would highly recommend Au Midi for a wonderful provencal experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at Au Midi and woudl definitely be back. Beef stew was amazing and so tender it just melted in you rmouth. Awesome with a bottle of Windy Oaks pinot....."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "My wife and I came to Au Midi for a pre-Valentine's Day dinner & had a great evening. I had the scallops and my wife had the fillet mignon. Both dishes were well prepared and served with delicious sauces. We paired our meal with a tasty Corralitos Ridge Syrah. For the best French food in Santa Cruz county, you will enjoy Au Midi!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Always delicious, the stand outs from this visit were the beef daube ( chunks of perfectly cooked fall apart meat and veggies) in a deep and flavorful sauce with cognac, and the duck which was cooked to pink perfection ( they asked and that's how I like it done), looked lovely on the plate and the flavors were also well put together and tasty. The Cassoulet also won praise.... A very nice evening in a local stand out restaurant. Thank you :)"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "We have been coming to au midi periodically for years. It is always excellent. The food preparations are the most inventive and impressive of any restaraunt in the county. The presentation and flavors are fantastic. Superior sauces and beautiful ingredients. It's a bit off the beaten track but it is clearly the best dining restaraunt in the area."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Superb chef - great concepts, flavours, innovation and delivery."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Always the food was wonderful the birthday dessert. Bergamont was very decadent and delioious highly recommend"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Never ha a bad meal. Very friendly staff and owner."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Muriel Loubiere, chef of Au Midi, is one of the top culinary geniuses of the central coast, and she is here in Aptos. The veal sweetbreads, presented with a pair of perfectly complementing sauces, are out of this world. The duck magret draws out the flavor of the meat in a way that I have not found anywhere else. The braised halibut in a lemongrass and ginger emulsion is the best presentation of that fish that I have ever tasted. The space is a bit boxy, but they have covered the walls in attractive paintings that improve the atmosphere a great deal. If you live in south Santa Cruz county, this should be your main place for special meals. If you are touring the central coast, get off Highway 1 at State Park Drive and to to Au Midi!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "While one would expect to find such gem in a small out of the way shopping center, the detour is well worth it. Be prepared to be mesmerized by the creativity and delicate taste of the offering. Add to it a great dose of genuine care and friendliness from the owner husband and you have a winning formula for a great gastronomic evening. The plus of the shopping mall is the ease of parking. Once inside the restaurant, you quickly forget where it is as you immerse yourself in the delicacy of a great French meal made with care and passion."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I love this place! I've had dinner there once a week lately, and it is always a great experience. The food is wonderful, very authentic French. The deserts are absolutely to die for, and the wine list is a good match for the entrees."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "My first experience at dining at Au Midi, which is tucked into a strip mall and hard to see from the street. The atmosphere was relaxed, quiet and enjoyable. A lot of the patrons looked like "locals" - which to me is always a good sign. Each of us ordered a different entree, and we all tried each others. I was very pleased with my cassoulet (generous), but the mussels (very generous, too) were outstanding because of the wonderful sauce. The other member of the party ordered scallops, which were served in a bed of delicious rissotto. All 3 of us were very pleased with our orders. I also recommend the house salad. I am not a wine expert, but the offerings were French wines. Mine was exceptional and the others also seemed pleased."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Although the prices are a tad high for dinner, the French owner makes everything fresh and, as a result, it's very tasty. Try the Salmon and Potato pie with salad, or the hot ham and cheese sandwich -- both make excellent lunch choices. Desserts are expensive but big enough that two can share one."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Take your friend that loves to eat. You know the one. She loves great flavors, well prepared food and quality. She's been known to book her European trips with a stop in NYC just to dine. You will find those worth traveling to France flavors here! My dining champion ordered the “Daube Provencale”: Beef stew marinated with wine and cognac. Stew does not do this dish justice. Tender beef in beautiful sauce with add. veggies. Bread soaked for last bits.. My scallops with mushrooms, broccolini, risotto/orzo dish was tender and unique. The luxurious creme flavor with foam. So light. Well priced wine, very personal and attentive service despite the full house Wed. Panna cotta with rhubarb jelly, basil infused strawberry with granite!"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "This is our second French Reveillon dinner which was amazing. The first course with the lobster in a cognac sauce was sublime, the second course was a truly unique dish with sea urchin and verbena emulsion, third course with duck breast and macaroon was delicious, four course filet mignon with braised lettuce , berry chutney and crispy potatoes in a truffle and wine reduction was incredible and the fifth course chestnut confit meringue with poached pear, Wow! The lovely dining experience is one you don't want to miss. You can see why Muriel , the chef received the honor of best chefs in America."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "What a wonderful neighborhood restaurant in Aptos! Excellent french cuisine with an emphasis on local, fresh ingredients. The menu changes throughout the year. Worth the drive from the South Bay. Everything we tried were well prepared and presented! The flavors were excellent. Started with the butternut squash soup and ravioli of french snails; entrees - duck magret, cassoulet and the scallops (which were not on the on-line menu) - every dish was just fantastic! We shared the bergamotte dessert based on bergamotte orange. In all a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I am conflicted. Ambiance is certainly lacking, mostly because of location. Yoga Studio on one side and martial arts with kids on the other. I am older and it didn't appeal. Food was good, we all enjoyed. Wine list missing. We did not enjoy our wine, but then we chose it, so not their fault. Overpriced, tho. Small restaurant, for the price, no one was "dressed" so the flavor was not there. 4 of us and we walked out with a $300.00 tab. Was our food good.? Yes. Would I go back? Maybe for lunch. I doubt we would do dinner again."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Had a wonderful dinner celebrating my mother's birthday. She enjoyed her duck entree very much. Everything was great. That floating islands dessert was absolutely delicious!!!!"
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We always feel fortunate to have such a special French restaurant nearby in Aptos. Although located in a small retail center, once inside all diners are bound to feel special. The best thing about Au Midi is, of course, the delicious food! We have recently discovered Skuna Bay Salmon. It is prepared to order and is the tastiest salmon ever; pale pink, tender, almost fluffy, with a delicate flavor. Au Midi's mussel entree is a large dish with "artistically arranged" mussels in a scrumptious sauce. Be sure to take home any extra sauce to use over pasta the next day! This is a special place!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We celebrated our anniversary there this week and were again treated to an excellent and inventive dining experience. A go-to place for that special dinner."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Found out of the way in a shopping center, Au Midi is a real neighborhood gem. It has a small menu which is entirely excellent; we went with a group on 10 and everyone left raving about this place. I had an old friend which I have had an many restaurants, Cassoulet; and it was perfect containing two types of sausage, beans, duck, all in a broths of amazing richness. That's it :-)"
    Dined on 11/2/2013