We had a very pleasant dinner last night at Ma Maison in Aptos, our first time there. We live in HMB and are often in the Santa Cruz area and are generally disappointed in the offerings there. But this was a bright spot to us and the couple we dined with, and I thought it was just as good as Le P'tit Laurent, the newish bistro in San Francisco's Glen Park . The restaurant is in a small house and has a cozy, homey atmosphere, and there is quite adequate space between tables. There is a fireplace in the main dining room and a small bar in the front. Service was top-notch (we don't always encounter such good service in the SC area) and professional. Bread was delicious. My only disappointment was with the French onion soup, which tasted a bit bland. However, the entrees were all good: my Coquille Saint-Jacques had generous portions and the other diners were quite pleased with their duck with blueberry sauce and lamb shanks. A profiterole dessert was huge and our other diners enjoyed their creme brulee and sorbet. Bill came to approximately $212 for four people, which included two glasses of chardonnay, a bottle of La Foret Pinot Noir (I think it was about $36), four starters, four entrees, three desserts and two non-alcoholic drinks plus two coffees and one tea.
Web site is here: http://www.mamaisonrestaurant.com/