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Permanently Closed - Au Midi Restaurant & Bistrot

4.6
324 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, Fusion / Eclectic, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Wed-Sa 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: W-Su 5:30pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 685-2600
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Muriel Loubiere
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Catering
Au Midi offers a seasonal menu of traditional and contemporary french cooking featuring fresh and locally sourced meats and produce.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
State Park Drive
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Parking details
Conveniently located near the heart of Aptos, CA, Au Midi offers front-door parking in a well-lit and accessible private lot.
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Public transit
The Santa Cruz/Watsonville MTA bus #71 and #91 Express drops patrons off within easy walking distance of Au Midi.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, High Tea, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on all time ratings
4.7
food
4.5
service
4.0
ambience
4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

This was arguably the best restaurant in Santa Cruz County. Everyone I know will be making trips to Monterey to eat at the new restaurant. We ate there three times in the past ten days because we knew Michel and Muriel wouldn't be there after October 28. Excellent cuisine, menu choices, service, and ambiance. The new restaurant will be bigger and I believe their fans will multiply quickly.

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent meal, authentic fresh cuisine , friendly staff, good wine

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Absolutely perfect food and service.
Sorry to see them leave Aptos but we wish them well in Monterey.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2017

I took my wife there for her birthday. She is a foodie and we were both extremely pleased with our meals. The husband and wife owners are French and it shows in everything they do. We were, however, saddened when we heard that they are closing their current location to re-open in Monterey.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Phenomenal food. Accommodated my mom’s restrictive dietary needs with the utmost respect and friendliness. And spoke real French.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Michel and Muriel have made this a great taste of Provence France. She has some creative twists on traditional recipes. Friendly couple who make you feel like you are dining in France.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

This is the place for French food! Very knowledgeable server and inventive food! We ALWAYS enjoy our meal and feel like we are back in the south of France. Go Soon!

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Absolute favorite! Muriel is an incredible chef. Every bite is an epic experience. Must go

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Excellent cuisine and attentive service in a quiet ambience.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2017

Au Midi is a must visit restaurant.
The food presentation is superb, the food and flavor range is superb. I wish we had known about it and visited before now.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

One of the best restaurants in town and Muriel is one of the best chefs in town. Amazing French food and great service. My wife's Halibut in foam was perfect. Chef often comes to the table to say hi. Really worth the visit.

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5.0Dined on September 12, 2017

This is a gourmet restaurant that can stand against the best in the world. the menu is creative with delicate , yet intense, flavors .....
a rare combination . My fish was surrounded by a lemongrass cloud which was sublime. The salad, dessert, and even ice cream had unexpected pairings that make one's taste buds dance.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

We have been to this restaurant several times and always enjoy the food.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

There is really no other restaurant in Santa Cruz/Aptos that cooks real French food. They use wonderfully fresh seasonal ingredients, so there are always new menu items. We have gone there twice now and the service and the food are outstanding. They have a great, reasonably priced wine list and they always have great pairing recommendations. In my view it's the best restaurant in the area, well worth the drive from Santa Cruz.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2017

My first time, and it confirmed the stellar reputation I'd heard of Au Midi. Three of us and I sampled all the entrees. All superb - Magret du canard cooked suitable rare, moulles, and a tenderloin of pork. With a nice burgundian Pinot Noir to fit this variety. Even the enjoyment of talking with the proprietors - chef and service sides. I've already found an excuse to return next week and will look forward to trying the new location in Monterey when it is up and running. Well done Au Midi. Merci Muriel et Michel.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Au Midi is a special treat. Exquisitely prepared French food. Don't let the modest strip mall setting fool you - the cuisine is top notch. The duck is excellent. My husband had the mussels, and they were the best he's had.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Outstanding good. Delightful service. We will go there more often!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

The restaurant was terrific, intimate & gracious. Staff was very friendly, explained menu without being condescending. Food was super. Look forward to our next visit.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

As always, Au Midi prepared a spectacular meal for us. Our very favorite restaurant in all of Santa Cruz County!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Unassuming little gem: authentic French dining at a reasonable price. Superb service and incredibly passionate chef. Made our 20th Anniversary special without pretense.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2017

not good for a birthday as they did not make any attempt to acknowledge.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Charming and warm little place. Creative ad original cuisine. Chef and owner came out to greet everyone.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2017

Lovely get together with okd friend. Rose and mussells, shared the ile flotante

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2017

My warm vegetable salad was AMAZING, and my husband's scalloped potatoes were fantastic. My Halibut was ok, and my husband's filet mignon was cooked perfectly, but the sauce was just ok. My floating Island dessert was disappointing- a ball of flavorless fluff? Nice music playing, good service.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

This place is a hidden gem! Their food is creative, while sticking to the basics of French cooking. My wife and I have eaten here a number of times and have never had a bad meal.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

My wife and I have been frequenting Au Midi since it first opened. Mu is a superb chef of French provincial (provencal) cuisine, and Michel is a warm, knowledgeable host, who also is a jazz aficionado. In our opinion, Au Midi is, hands down, the best restaurant in Santa Cruz County, and a good value as well. The wine list is very short, but extremely well chosen for quality and value.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

As always, Au Midi is a lovely dining experience. I am never disappointed and always look forward to another visit

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2017

The food was spectacular. We took my mother here for her birthday and were not disappointed. I had the lemongrass ginger halibut and it was truly amazing. Super delicate, subtle and complex flavors with a richness that wash lush. Equally amazing was the filet mignon. The soup was unbelievable. Cream of Onion, complex and delightful. The waitor recommended excellent and affordable wine pairings. We were absolutely thrilled with the meal and the chef came out to greet and check with her diners in an effusive yet genuine manner that made us feel like she truly loves what she does. Thank you. We can taste it.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

Always great food and excellent service and very tasty deserts!

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

French cooking done right is two steps above anything else and Au Midi does it right.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Absolutely outstanding in every way! Food, service, experience...all just fantastic! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

great food and pleasant experience

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Always delicious!! Always friendly! Love this place and the owners.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2017

This was my first visit to AU Midi. The food was delicious and it's presentation was in the best French tradition. Portion size was small (I had the scallops) however, the small size of the meal allowed me to have a dessert which I rarely have room for after a main course in most restaurants. Without the goodie at the end I would have ended the meal hungry. In addition, extended delays between the courses interrupted the flow of the meal. The chef was not rushed because only a few other tables were active. I don't know what their problem was. We were at table about two hours. I will try them again.

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2017

We had a gift certificate for this place so we went there. The duck was excellent but I did Not enjoy Paella. I really miss La Foret in San Jose but they are closed.The menu here was a little too limited.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Wonderful meal. Beautiful presentation & delicious flavors. Excellent unhurried service. Will be back!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

This restaurant has always been wonderful. It is truly a gem; the food is amazing and the service is incredible.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2017

Outstanding as usual. The food is excellent. The service is excellent, efficient, friendly, and personal. The chef alone is worth a visit. She personally visits most customers and is a joy to talk with. Really good food and great friends.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2017

The best foods in town. You need to try everything on the menu, deserts are fantastic as well. I wish they have second location near downtown.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Outstanding food and service in quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

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