This restaurant is one of
This restaurant is one of the best in Santa Cruz County!! We always have an excellent meal here! The wine list is great also.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I hesitate to say too much
I hesitate to say too much nice about this local gem. Suffice to say it is our "go-to" place for delicious country-style French cuisine.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife had the beet salad
My wife had the beet salad and I had the onion soup; both were a great start. She chose the duck and I had the lamb loin. Both were cooked as ordered and to perfection, and the servings were both generous and beautifully presented. The French wine we chose from their modest list was no longer available, but the owner-suggested local pinot noir was a wonderful substitute. We split a very decadant chocolate dessert, and our stomachs smiled all the way home.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was exceptional,
The food was exceptional, and the restaurant is small and the atmosphere great even in the small shopping center it is in. The chefs are creative and the food is prepared and presented with a flair. The restaurant is run by a couple one of whom greeted us when we arrived.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Often dine woth Michel and
Often dine woth Michel and Mu at u Midi..Never disappointed..The new treatment of the duck l'organge was delic and the lamb entree waqs superb..The monkfish and choizo appetizer was a bit mild for my palate but understand the need to tone down,,
Can highly recommend this establishment and the special occassion menues (Bastille Day/new years etc are not to be missed
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Au Midi is one of the very
Au Midi is one of the very best restaurants in Santa Cruz county. The food is consistently excellent (a rarity in SC) and beautifully served. Michel and Muriel, owners/chef, are perfect hosts, attentive and knowledgeable about food and wine. This hidden gem is a great place to have a relaxing, wonderful meal on par with the best San Francisco has to offer.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Calamari risotto with sole!!
By far the best food in Santa Cruz county. Once you get past the parking lot, you will feel like you are in France. We had the mussels and the sole. The sole was served with a calamari risotto which was just amazing! My friends also seemed to really enjoy the mussels. You can get many nice carefully selected French wines at a very reasonable price, I like the Provence rose from the owners region this time of tear for an aperitif.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad to finally dine at this
Glad to finally dine at this great little restaurant.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful restaurant with
A wonderful restaurant with exceptional food and friendly service.
This is a gem. If this restaurant was located in San Francisco you would wait
a month to get a reservation. We ate here two weeks ago for dinner and returned
yesterday for lunch. Both times were delightful, the food delicious. I highly
recommend you try this restaurant for a most enjoyable meal.
Authentic French food and lovely ambiance. This is the best restaurant in Aptos
and the Santa Cruz area.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Michel made the experience
Michel made the experience very special. He is truly a typical energetic French man. Made us feel almost at home. Loved to hear him speak French with my husband and put up with my FrancoSpanglish. We had the monkfish appetizer with a kir royal. The Bordeaux my husband chose was exquisite and complimented the entrees very well. I enjoyed my favorite French dessert -Île Flotante! It's almost as good as the one my sister-in-law makes back in France. Certainly a repeat for us. Merci Michel!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Wonderful Dining Experience!
Overall excellent! Would heartily recommend for someone desiring a fine dining experience with great food very well presented and with wonderful eye appeal. Speaking as one with over 35 years in the hospitality industry, who was a restaurater in a fine dining 7 course dinner house in the Central Valley, we were very impressed. We were made to feel very welcome, and very much enjoyed ourselves the entire evening.
4/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
True French dining in Aptos
We enjoyed our visit to Au Midi very much. The food was typical of what you find in the south of France. Service was excellent; however I should add that we were one of three tables; it was a Thursday evening. I had a great onion/mushroom soup as a starter and a filet of sole as main course; the sole was served on a bed of risotto, corn, and calamari pieces...very unique. For dessert we both ordered the floating island. It was one of the best I have had in any restaurant.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, the dining experience
As always, the dining experience at Au Midi is special.
The food is exceptional. Skuna Bay Salmon is a new-found
treat for foodies. The mussels are the best around!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quaint & Delicious.
My husband and I were on the hunt for some great local spots to frequent regularly. This unassuming restaurant in in a strip plaza, sandwiched in between a yarn store and a UPS location. The service was excellent, and the food was exquisite. The whipped polenta had a taste and texture I had never known before... and I hope it stays on the menu forever. The beet and goat cheese "salad" made me LOVE red beets, though I generally do not like them. They were finely diced, and the goat cheese was magnificently whipped. I ordered the pork loin (first time ordering pork loin ever) and my husband ordered the sole with risotto. Both were SPLENDID. The floating island meringue dessert was unique, beautiful and wonderful.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Provencal restaurant
I've been to Au Midi many times, and would highly recommend this restaurant. The selections are always
delicious and beautifully presented. We had the sweet onion soup, monkfish appetizer with chorizo, petrale sole on a bed of risottos,squid
and sweet onion reduction ,and a new ravioli dish, dessert was to die for: poached peach with fresh strawberry and raspberry colis, chocolate and ginger cake with creme brulee,orange and flourless chocolate and nuts biscuit!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Michel & Muriel are very accessible & accomodating. They are consummate professionals
We all were very happy with every aspect of our afternoon, even having some wonderful surprises!
This is by far the best run bistro in the county. It should go without saying
That the food is delightful and one should never bypass a dessert from Au MIDI.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Provencal restaurant in Aptos
We are fans of this restaurant and this dinner was fantastic. They had a special menu for the day which they called a " Summer
Blast." It started off with monkish with fennel and carrots in a vodka sauce, short ribs so tender you could cut it with a spoon with
polenta and vegetables in a red wine sauce. The sauce for the first course and second course were both unique and delicious.
The dessert was a vanilla panna cotta with pineapple, crushed coconut macaroon which was the best . My husband who usually
favors the floating island said this was the best dessert ever. It was light and delicious. The service was impeccable. Great dining experience.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner is An Event
My husband and I returned to Au Midi last week and were happily reminded of the outstanding food and excellent service. It's hard to believe that this wonderful restaurant is minutes from our home. Well worth the visit for any occasion or for none at all!
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food - had their snail ravioli for an appetizer, and wished it was an entree! Entrees were equally delicious, and French apple pie for desert was to die for! Definitely pay them a visit if you are in the area. Windy Oaks Estate Pinot Noir that they recommended was also great!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like a trip to Provence. The
Like a trip to Provence. The atmoshere, the food; all like a trip to Aix, or Antibes. We're going back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've eaten at Au Midi twice recently, times very nice. We both had the stuffed piquillo peppers first then we had pork, perfectly cooked with an excellent sweet/tart sauce, and salmon on baby peas with an excellent saffron/vanilla savory custard sauce. We were asked how we like our entre with respect to doneness. Both were cooked exactly right. The nougat ice cream dessert was very good. Another time we had the duck legs. The sauce was nice but the legs were a bit tough and stringy. The white peach dessert was excellent.
We have eaten at Au Midi many times since it opened. I recommend any dish with a custard sauce and any meat or fish that needs to be cooked rare to medium rare. When they serve duck breast it is always excellent.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A true taste of Provence
After a visit to Au Midi in the town of Aptos a few minutes south of Santa Cruz you will never again think Left Bank serves French food. While not likely to win a Michelin star Au Midi serves up genuine French dishes that remind one of what cooking can be like if we actually paid attention. The meal we had here felt hand made and reflected carefully chosen and fresh ingredients. A marvelous goat cheese salad was followed by a great bowl of tasty mussels no doubt fished out of the nearby ocean that very AM. A couple of marvelous unique deserts followed. Stereotypically I had hoped for some escargot and creme brûlée but I was pleased to try some new dishes as these were not on the lunch menu.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A well-kept secret hidden
A well-kept secret hidden behind the UPS store, this little French gem is the genuine article, owned by a French chef and her maitre de husband. Great food, great staff, great experience.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Au Midi is FABULOUS!!!!!
Hadn't been to Au Midi in a while and took some friends for dinner. Well, the food was magnificent!!!!! Had the snail ravioli, to die for, the wines by the glass or bottle are really good, a good selection of French and local wines. My main course was incredible. I had the filet with morrel sauce and it was cooked to perfection with a side of scalloped potatoes and a stuff zucchini. All of it was delicious.
Of course Muriel's desserts are great too. I highly recommend this restaurant to anybody. It is truly a GEM!!!!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Dining in a Strip Mall
You'd never know it existed - in a non-descript strip mall in Aptos. But go! We were there for lunch and
it was a wonderful experience - the food, the presentation, the service and the ambience. Every dish we tried was
great! The soup du our was a fresh vegetable soup, we had the crispy goat cheese salad, Mue's mussels (the sauce was excellent) and the Couscuous of Quinoa (vegetarian but very flavorful. Don' t miss the desserts - the french apple pie (served warm) and the white poached peach (the basil-verbena sherbet - wow!) were both very good. We'll be back for dinner.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This one is a don't miss!
This has to be one of the top five restaurants we have ever eaten at (and that includes France and New York). DO NOT be put off by the location in the strip mall or the lack of ambiance. They have put their efforts and love into the food. We started with the snail ravioli ... a fusion of Asian and French cuisine. My husband had the sole with the squid risotto ... amazing! I had the pork loin with (wait for it) a rhubarb reduction ... it was heaven with every bite. We usually don't do dessert but the apple tartine with ginger ice cream and the berries with the lemon gelatto was the perfect ending. This was more than a meal, this was a culinary experience. It's worth the trip to Aptos.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
there were 5 in our party. One stated it was the BEST salmon her ever had. 2 of us had the delicious mussels and 2 had the fantastic pork tenderloin with a rhubarb sauce. The staff was very attentive without hovering. Would highly recommend and we are looking forward to a return visit.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Bastille Feast
Great job, you guys. Seated immediately. Warm greeting, great food, fabulous service by an entire team. Definitely going back.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic French Unexpected Locale
Awesome food and wine in a little Aptos strip mall - LOVE it and will be back many times. The food and service are outstanding!
7/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Searching for a special event meal
7 of us will be going to the theater in 2 weeks, at 7:30. We will be talking a lot, and most have hearing loss of varying degree. If we can get right down to the business of choosing and ordering, the 5:30 opening dinner hour will be fine. As it was, no one wanted to look at the menu while we greeted and chatted with each other, and the 6:00 dinner hour wiould have been too late. I'll suggest reading your menu on-line beforehand, so that questions can be quickly resolved. We'll appreciate the quiet, but will probably be noisy oursleves!
But if that party does not work out we will return - maybe all 4 of us - and be quiet, and order snails, some other time!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Onion cream soup was outstanding, itself worth the trip to Aptos. Would definitely return to try more of the lunch offerings, especially the ratatouille.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
An Aptos Tradition
I have always appreciated the restaurant scene in Aptos (there's a restaurant scene in Aptos????). Er,....yes! Chez Renee, Ma Maison, Sushi On the Run, Sid's (great cheeseburger), Gordos (typico tacos), Bittersweet. You name it, Aptos has it. Au Medi? It's not suppose to be cheap! For what you get in terms of quality, WOW! Never had one dish that wasn't in the 8-9 range. The duck my son had the other night was a 10. My pork loin was close. Why go to Monterey, Carmel or SF? Au Medi competes with the best!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My boyfriend and I thought we'd switch it up a little bit and try something different and this place was great! Great food, great atmosphere, good wine selection, and food I normally wouldn't order. My only complaint is the portion sizes but it is french cuisine so it totally makes sense, but I would still highly recommend it!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
My connection to provencal cuisine
Wonderful dinner! As always creative and delicious sauces . I had the escargot ravioli appetizer, filet mignon with morrill mushroom sauce, our friends had the Papeton , and Couscous of Quinoa. Dessert was floating island and apple pie with ginger ice cream.
Service was attentive . We had had fantastic dining experience.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't let its location fool you!
Love, love, love Au Midi! I have been a couple times and will be back again and again - not only because it is close to my office, but the food is delicious and the service is very nice. I am so glad a colleague told me about it - I may have passed it up (or not noticed it) in its strip mall location. Don't make that mistake!
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
prix fixe menu delight
Our experience at Au Midi is always great, lunch or dinner. If we lived closer or had no traffic issues to get here, we'd be here all the time. It is a gem of a restaurant, always a little surprising, always top notch. The prix fixe dinner that was served on Wednesday was as good as anything you'd find anywhere in France. My rating is "sublime".
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Trip to provence!
I just returned from provence, and the food at Au Midi is so much better!
My husband started the meal with the soup du jour, sweet onion topped with a dollop of pesto
and hazelnuts. He then had the braised halibut that comes with a ravioli and potato cloud.
I had the filet mignon with morel mushroom and Madeira wine sauce and thinly sliced tart
of potato. Very delicious sauce.The final piece de resisitance was the vanilla panna cotta
with rhubarb jelly,and strawberries.
The minute we entered the restaurant, we felt welcomed. It was easy to make a reservation
by using Open Table. The food is always delicious and Muriel, the chef is always finding
creative new sauces to use .
We would recommend Au Midi if you want a taste of provence.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French place in Aptos
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 :-)
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Epicurean Delight
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!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!!!!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM