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  3. Distance: 0.71mi
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About Permanently Closed - Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot

This restaurant is permanently closed. 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!

7960 Soquel Dr Ste E
Aptos, CA 95003
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Wed-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: W-Su 5:30pm-9:00pm

Cross Street:
State Park Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 685-2600

Website:
http://aumidi.com/about.php

Catering:
Au Midi offers a seasonal menu of traditional and contemporary french cooking featuring fresh and locally sourced meats and produce.

Parking Details:
Conveniently located near the heart of Aptos, CA, Au Midi offers front-door parking in a well-lit and accessible private lot.

Public Transit:
The Santa Cruz/Watsonville MTA bus #71 and #91 Express drops patrons off within easy walking distance of Au Midi.

Executive Chef:
Muriel Loubiere

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for a Date (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
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Neighborhood Gem (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Loved it. Food is outstanding and service is friendly and helpful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

French food done right is two steps above anything else and Au Midi does it right. My favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz County.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great Food, Wonderful People, Fantastic Service. Who would have thought such a fine dining experience would be in a little strip mall!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

One of my all time favorites! Also, worth the drive!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Fabulous food and great service. Wonderful local gem of a restaurant.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The French owner/chef at Au Midi is a true artist, a culinary genius. She clearly loves what she does, because she spares no detail.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Good food, good service, nice wines at a reasonable price. We live nearby and we'll be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Excellent food . Michel is very friendly and helpful in choosing a good wine. The service was excellent. Although the restaurant was full , the noise level was very pleasant. conversation was easy and relaxed. great care was given to detail of flavor and content. The portions were perfect. The dessert was a little too sweet but delicious none the less.

Tags: Fun, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

The food was excellent, but the overall experience was disappointing, because I had planned to order specific items on the online menu for my wife and myself, but t there was a prix fixe menu that day, with only a choice between lamb and halibut, and a fixed appetizer and a dessert (Macaroons), which neither of us would have ordered because we are both on fairly strict diets. Moreover, the fixed price was $58, and the bill total (with tip) $161. They DID make
a special salad for my wife, to replace the prix fixe appetizer (crab remoulade), since she's allergic to shellfish, and my wife DID love the halibut, and I found the lamb tasty and delicate. But in the end, it was their choice, not mine, and cost me much more than planned. If they had called me after I made my reservation, to let me know that the menu would be so restricted, I would have gone somewhere else. In their favor, the waitress and owner were very pleasant. I just wished I had had the option to order what I wanted, and dine within my anticipated budget.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Excellent food and service. Portions could be a tad larger but everything we have tried on the menu is exquisite. The chef is a true artist. Service is always friendly and informative. The ambience is ordinary but this place is about the food. Once you take that first bit you are transported to a file Parisian restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

great food and ambiance.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 17, 2017

The meal was good, we celebrated a birthday, and was led to believe we would get a complimentary desert, but we were charged for it, but it was fine because they presented it in a nice way. The service was great. Overall, a really nice restaurant with a great atmosphere, but was expecting just a little more.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

I had not been to Au Midi for many years just by circumstance because it was very good back then. I had been hearing great things recently so I tried it again and was extremely impressed by the progress they have made. The menu is small, but every item looks inviting and each dish we ordered was superb. The cassoulet is clearly a house specialty and I highly recommend it. The foie gras was presented beautifully, and tasted even better. The restaurant has a traditional french provincial feel and is very comfortable. The wait staff was excellent. I will try to get back often.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Service lovely, food all excellent, Windy Oaks Pinot Noir at retail (!) price, my vegetarian friend was happy also. Never heard of it until a week ago, will definitely return. Location is not in one of those ugly strip malls despite description. Very welcoming in a gentle charming way.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Amazing food,

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Great French cuisine done with a twist -- spectacular!!! If you are foody type of person, this is the perfect place... This restaurant is a hidden gem👍👍

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Au Midi is our favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz County. The food is absolutely delicious. A must try for all of you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

We enjoyed Au Midi very much. The food was excellent as was the service. Great local place to have authentic French cuisine. Highly recommend !

Tags: Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 3, 2017

I love going to Au Midi. It's like stepping into a nice cafe in France. The ambiance is nice with low lighting and lovely paintings adorning the walls. The service was excellent with the servers constantly checking on us and bringing everything promptly. The menu is a comfortable variety, not overwhelming and everything is delicious. The chef owner, Muriel, often comes out and greets you and that is a wonderful finish to a superb meal. Bon appétit!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 23, 2017

A little gem in Aptos with excellent cuisine and friendly service. They were considerate to accommodate certain food allergies and vegetarian preferences as well. I will definitely return to Au Midi Restaurant & Bistro!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

We enjoyed the meal and the service. The restaurant space seems awfully plain, with little to no privacy - we could see and hear everything happening at the tables around us. For the fine dining price, it would be nice to feel less exposed....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Our meal was excellent as always. Although the Seabass with Chanterelle Risotto arrived with an unseasonal green-pea risotto garnished with a few shiitake mushrooms and definitely no chanterelles, it really was delicious. Au Midi makes the best Steamed Mussels entree I have had anywhere.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Au Midi is our #1 favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz County. Muriel's cooking and Michelle's hosting make Au Midi the most authentic French restaurant in the South Bay and it's a privilege to have it in Santa Cruz!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2017

That Au Midi sits in an Aptos strip mall, next to a hot yoga studio, adds to the whole experience. A jewel of a place has been hidden right in front of us all. The staff assures that your experience transports you from your everyday cares, and the food is astoundingly good. It deserves to be savored. (Going there off-season, before the area again becomes crummy with rude visitors, is especially nice. )

Tags: Outstanding Value, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 1, 2017

Excellent French cuisine and prompt, friendly service. The chef herself visits the tables to ask about your dining experience. I highly recommend Au Midi.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We had not been here for quite awhile and decided to have dinner on a wet weekend evening.
We were pleasantly surprised as the food was delicious, ambiance was warm and cozy, and the service was very, if not, too attentive.
We will definitely go back sooner than not.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2017

I am delighted with Au Midi. I have taken two friends, who can be critical of restaurants, there and they both liked it very much. Chef Muriel is wonderful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Wow! Best restaurant in Santa Cruz county!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2016

We love Au Midi and Michel and Muriel! Food is superb, service is warm, efficient and wonderful.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Classic French recipes, when done well, as happens here, are simply a notch or two better than anything else.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We love Au Midi. Everything we have ever eaten there has been delicious. In particular, the sauces are very well done, interesting and delicious. The other night, the standout was the broth from the mussels. One of the best we have ever tasted. The appetizer foie gras pate was beautifully presented, silky and perfect.

Au Midi is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. However, if I had one suggestion for the owners, it would be to turn up the heat a bit. I'm always cold there and end up eating with my coat on. This won't stop us from returning...the food is just too good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2016

As always, we had a really great meal at Au Midi. Muriel makes the best soups, and that night was serving my favorite, a creamy sweet onion soup. I ordered the sea bass with risotto with peas and mushrooms--a generous serving, done perfectly. My companion ordered the beef, which I tasted--it was incredibly tender and flavorful. We ordered French wine by the glass, and Michel suggested a red and a white that paired really well. Lovely meal!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2016

We've been to Au Midi half a dozen times and loved it every time. They have excellent wine choices, and delicious menu items. The chef is so accommodating and everything she makes is excellent. We like to eat "early" at 6 or so, and so be warned that by 7, the restaurant is full, and it's noisy. Service is always excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2016

Au Midi offers delicious food and a cozy, quiet environment, a rare combination. Try the cassoulet, the daube or any seafood/fish dish as they are just superb! The service is excellent, too!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Superb French food served by attentive and amusing staff.
A table visit by the chef added a very personal touch! Can't wait to return!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Interesting menu, great service, but the food was good, not excellent. For that it's pricey.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Good local place for excellent food and good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Our favorite restaurant in the area... Exceptional, memorable French country food, perfectly prepared. A true neighborhood gem. Casual, low-key ambiance, literally in a strip mall, well worth any effort to find it. Highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Cream of onion soup was delicious, duck magree very tasty and cooked nicely. Dessert, so so. Had the apple pie. It was ok. I would eat here again.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2016

My favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz County. Food is at least one step above all others, and we can have a conversation an actually hear each other.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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