The Mustard Seed was friend
The Mustard Seed was friend recommended. The restaurant and the food exceeded our expectations. We will visit again and recommend it to anyone that enjoys high quality food.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a hidden gem! I have
This is a hidden gem! I have heard of Mustard Seed for some time, but I have driven past it many times and didn't even know a restaurant was there. Made a special trip specifically to meet friends for dinner here and had a great experience. The service was perfect, the food fantastic, we will definitely be back.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Smooth Transition
We have enjoyed dining at The Mustard Seed for years and are happy to report the new owners have not changed the ambiance, prices or the menu (although seasonally changing the menu and introducing new dishes is a good thing!). We appreciate the price point of the main dishes but the starters all seem a tad higher than they should be. We especially enjoy the adorable charm of the building and back patio. We do miss seeing and interacting with the previous owners since they often served in the restaurant.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a Disapointment
This was our third visit to The Mustard Seed. Each has been better than the previous. The service was fantastic and the food was even better. We can hardly wait until our next visit with our daughter at UC Davis so we can return.
4/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was glad to see they reopened.
I was glad to see they reopened. Food very good, they did not rush you to eat. Patio area a bit tight but weather was great.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
So much better now that the
So much better now that the new owners took over. How do I say this gently? The last woman owner was a server and shouldn't have been. Much better now.:)
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved it !
Food was delicious and service was great. More than ample portions.. We sat out on the patio and it was very comfortable. Can't wait to go back.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great! I had
The food was great! I had the duck and my husband had trout. Both are delicious
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Mustard Seed prior to Mondavi concert. Atmosphere was perfect out on the patio. Servers were attentive and gracious - kept the iced tea flowing. Food was delicious - I don't eat seafood or much red meat, so had the Duck Breast - perfectly done. Enjoyed a good salad beforehand. Salads are a high point - fresh ingredients and somewhat adventurous in their make-up. Duck came with grilled asparagus and mashed sweet potato - great. Server was sure to get me off to the concert in plenty of time. In Davis, a good experience.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were on our way back from the Foothills to the Bay Area and decided to stop for dinner. We felt fortunate to have snagged a last minute reservation. We've been here before and have always been impressed by everything - from the time we are greeted at the door, seated at our table, meal selection, our meals (this time - Gazpacho, Risotto with Prawns, Rack of Lamb) and the attentive service (Thanks, Alex for taking such good care of us!) Our only regret? Not having room for dessert! Well, there's always next time and we will return.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food from a simple menu, with good service in a comfortable atmosphere.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great local food
Mustard Seed is my favorite restaurant in Davis. They make a real effort to incorporate a host of local foods into a diverse menu. Portions are generous and service is efficient and friendly. Beautiful outdoor dining on a summer evening.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely wonderful date spot. Romantic atmosphere. Outdoor seating. Small candles on tables. Comfortable seating. Food was delicious. The wine list could use some help though.... a bot sparse and overpriced for a restaurant so close to wine country. Typical appetizer was $9 (+/- $3), entree $20 (+/- $5), and wine was $10-13/ glass.
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A genuinely pleasant evening. If they improve the beer list it will be even better.
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth it
Went out for a fancy-ish dinner before a dance. All the food was delicious (caesar salad, sea scallops, rack of lamb, tiramisu gelato) , albeit a bit pricy. But for the nice ambiance, wonderful food, and great service, it was definitely worth the price.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
great for all occasions
This place has casual elegant ambiance, we have been here a few times for meals to mark occasions, we prefer it above other restaurants in Davis because the food is consistently of high quality. Interesting combinations of flavours with enough choice on the menu to tempt you but not be overwhelmed by the selection. This gives you confidence he knows what he is doing and that it is important that all the dishes are going to have the time spent to ensure the execution is the best it can be. Delighted to see duck Breast and not leg, and lamb. I chose the pate - akin to European Ardennes pate - more hearty texture. Delicious herb crusted lamb - perfectly cooked medium rare chops tasty and succulent. Strawberry and rhubarb tart - sublime.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dinner Experiece
The food in this restaurants is fantastic, try the roasted artichoke. I love the atmosphere cozy and quiet.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for breakfast!
We ended up having breakfast here, and I absolutely fell in love with the lemon ricotta pancakes! The mimosas here are also fantastic! We sat outside in the patio - and it really added to the specialness of the occasion (celebrating a birthday). My only qualm was our server - she was okay, but you could just tell she wasn't happy to be there. Upon our exit, though, another server thanked us for coming - with a genuine smile - and I kinda wished she had been our server instead. Regardless - it's a great place, and I will definitely be back to try their lunch or dinner!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dining experience
We celebrated our 45th anniversary at the Mustard Seed Restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and not rushed. We arrived at the restaurant a little before our 6:30 reserved time and were seated at the outside patio immediately. It was a leisurely paced dinner -- the time was spaced just right between the salad, main meal and dessert courses. My husband order the Idaho trout and I ordered the duck -- both entrees were prepared to perfection. The dessert, the chocolate souffle cake, was worth the extra calories! We will return.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful meal for an anniversary
Wonderful meal for an anniversary celebration. Great service, wine, food.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Why can't people think...and then
They surprise you. When we arrived the restaurant has ~25% occupied. With many open tables, the hostess/server seated us immediately next to one of the two other seated tables. There were four other tables for two in that section of the restaurant alone. I scratched my head. When my partner arrived, she did ask to move us. The server went to the reservation list and responded with resistance. We had to point out the next table away and request that before she relented. What was she thinking?
Then later, the same server was asked about a wine btg that wasn't showing on the menu. The server then volunteered to see if they had an open bottle. Nicely she returned with the glass.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
My girlfriend and I went there for our anniversary and we loved it! The server was really kind, helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. Definitely a place that I plan on going back to!
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Somewhat of a wait after being
Somewhat of a wait after being seated, but very friendly and helpful waitress and our food was very tasty
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farm to Fork Delicious
Fresh and flavorful ingrediants and a creative flair made for an unexpectedly delicious dinner. Save room for dessert!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We've been eating @ Mustard Seed now for over 20 years, but the current incarnation is especially rewarding in that the menu has considerable depth, the food is excellently prepared, the wine list is varied and good value, the service is good and it's just a great, dependable dining experience. I have yet to find any entree on their menu unworthy of some praise. While Davis has many restaurants, the Mustard Seed currently sits comfortably among the best in town. I would recommend this to Davis visitors and residents alike and look forward to my next visit!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful GEM in Davis
We had the grilled artichoke with basil vinaigrette and garlic/lemon aioli followed by cornmeal crusted scallops on bed of sweet corn risotto. EXCELLENT !!!!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very pleasant dining experience
Similar menu and ambience from the original Mustard Seed, but oh so much more pleasant! New owners have enticed me back. We had stayed away for several years. Love the menu and service was excellent!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this little place!!!!
What a wonderful find!!! So many great choices!!! The mimosas are delicious! The smoked salmon with fennel & capers in the BOMB!!! The sandwiches, especially the tuna is really YUMMY!!! I also love the egg salad sandwich with more smoked salmon
EMMA, our server, is darling!!!!
Can't wait to return!!!!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary here, and wow, was it memorable. We sat on the patio, had great food, even greater service from Esther, and will always remember this fantastic night. If you are celebrating something special, this should be your go-to restaurant.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
unique menu, great food
I really enjoyed my experience. Menu was unique. The food was great and service was perfect.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sandwiches and salads very
Sandwiches and salads very fresh. Gazpacho excellent !
Service very attentive and accommodating.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely dinner. We were hesitant because we were faithful diners before the new ownership. We were concerned that the quality would change. Not a problem. We had a delicious dinner. My only complaint was the bench I sat on...the pillows met right where my seat was and it was uncomfortable. I will take a chair next time.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Classy but not pretentious
We went there for their Sunday brunch and delightfully impressed by the sandwiches and omelets. All our dishes were prepared perfectly and the server was very attentive. On this particular day we decided to sit outside in their backyard patio - it was a warm 90-95 degree day but the shade made it feel just right.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely place for special occasions
Food was good. Ambience on patio in the evening was quiet and romantic. One of few choices for finer dining in Davis.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gals Get Together
My girlfriends and I are so appreciative of our experience at this lovely restaurant...
It felt as if we were dining in our own special garden, with waterfall, twinkly lights, and delicious food and drink.
The service was excellent! We stayed until closing and will return for certain to this magical spot.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for dinner in davis
Both ordered the trout. We decided to skip a starter, and save room for dessert. Luckily we decided to split the chocolate cake, as it was huge! Only hiccup was a new waitress who brought some red wine instead of the chardonnay...
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
When You Want Something Special
We wanted a good meal to celebrate our adult son's birthday not far from his Sacramento home. It was perfect. The small rooms and candlelight created a cosy and romantic atmosphere easy for conversation. The menu offered unusual and tempting selections for every course. The servings were generous, beautifully presented, and most importantly...delicious. For this special occasion, we each ordered dessert...good decision. The dark chocolate gelato was outstanding - a rarity we seldom find outside of Italy. Our son's molten chocolate cake was as mouthwateringly delicious as it was beautiful. Although there are many fine restaurants nearer to our Bay Area home, we would be tempted to make the drive just to enjoy this restaurant again.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
cozy atmosphere and good food
I have had lunch twice at the Mustard Seed in the last few months and each time I received friendly, prompt service. I have eaten inside and outside and both experiences were relaxing and enjoyable. My meals were very tasty, and I recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a charming, cozy and calm environment to have a meal.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Satisfied Birthday Girl
The Mustard Seed was a wonderful place to enjoy my special occasion. The reservations were quick and easy, even flexible with notification. Food and wine were fantastic. You definitely get what you pay for. However, the only downside is that the tables are a bit close together so the conversation flow from one table to another is a bit excessive. A really great place overall to enjoy someone's company in a romantic setting, within a relaxed and classy environment.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the country pate! Everything was cooked perfectly. Flavors and quality was amazing. Will definitely return.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
attention to detail...
...is what comes out of the kitchen, looks fabulous and tastes even better, attentive service without needless interruption or the insipid "how's your food" just as you take a bite - wines and desserts matched the quality of the food - I love the outdoor seating on a cool evening.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in Town!
The original owners' son remains the imaginative, perfectionist chef in this converted bungalow charmer. Every meal here has at least one outstanding moment, sometimes several. The good art in each room enhances the quiet comfort of dining on such joys as the superb puff-pastry topped tomato bisque, huckleberry-glazed duck, crab-stuffed trout or Mustard Seeds' signature croissant-pastry bread pudding. Davis' finest dining is worth traveling for!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, few drinks
We've been to the Mustard Seed a few times. My daughter is at UC Davis, so nice to have a great restaurant when we visit. I love the risotto, more European style (a little bit more runny than typically found in the US). The wine list is great and not too expensive. Make sure you leave room for the dessert. I know getting a full liquor license can be tough, so its disappointing but understandable that you can't get a nice cocktail to start the dining experience. However, I really don't understand why they don't get an espresso machine so you can finish with a nice coffee.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
For Ppetizer we had crab cakes which rated with some of the best I'd had. We both had to eyes. They were done to perfection. Our server, Erika, was attentive and professional, and handled our wine selection questions expertly and hit a home run with her charming manner of service. We will recommend The Mustard Seed to our friends.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Such a great dinner with perfectly cooked pork loin and lamb and risotto
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
A Gem in a darling town
We always head to The Mustard Seed when in town visiting our daughter. The staff is always warm & friendly. The food is consistently good & the ambience is sweetly rustic. The wines by the glass are excellent.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful destination restaurant
We took my 84-year old foodie mom here for her birthday. The meal was fabulous from beginning to end. Every single course was outstanding. The table was beautiful, wait staff were sharp and well trained, the restaurant itself is very pretty. The whole experience from beginning to end was five star. My mom has dined at some of the greatest restaurants in the world, and is horribly picky-she loved everything!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tucked away in downtown Davis
This restaurant changed hands a year or so ago. It was always good and now is as good as previously. It is small and can get noisy but was fine for late brunch on Sunday. Parking can be difficult but worth taking the time to find.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Did not do anything to honor
Did not do anything to honor birthday even though I put it in my reservation
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I have been here to celebrate my birthday/wedding anniversaries and my experiences have been great! The Mustard Seed has always been the first place that comes to our mind when we feel like celebrating anything :)
I would have given 5 stars for the food but the souffle we had during our last visit was a bit dry. The creme brulee was our favorite on the desert menu.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM