The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mustardseeddavis.com/
  • Phone: 5307585750
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast & Lunch : Tuesday-Sunday From 9am to 2pm
    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday From 5:30pm Until It Is No Longer Smart to be Open
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Robyn & Paul Bergman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Having a celebration? Hosting a conference? Or are you having just too many people over for a meal? For over twenty years our catering service has had an unparalleled reputation for quality, presentation and punctuality.

    Our many and varied menus range in style from the very casual to simply elegant.

    Please check our website for our catering menus.
  • Private Party Contact: Robyn Bergman 5305785750

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Second and Third Streets
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Mustard Seed
Enhance Your Romance. Wine and dine in the rustic elegance of our cabin in the trees inside by the fire or outside on our garden patio. Chef-owners Steve & Lynn Kwon and their talented crew are dedicated to feeding the hungry people of Davis and the surrounding communities, recently receiving a Zagat Rating for food of 27, and voted Best Restaurant in Davis by the readers of Sacramento Magazine. We have also been called by Sunset Magazine has also called us quintessential Davis dining experience. Our seasonal menu has something new weekly to freshen the compact yet diversified selections, specializing in sustainable fresh fish, natural meats, local seasonal produce and house made desserts.
Our reasonably priced, exclusively California wine list has something for every palate.
MONDAVI VISITORS: We are just five short minutes away. Be sure to check early in the week for reservations. For an 8:00PM Curtain 6:00PM is the latest suggested comfortable reservation time
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
The Mustard Seed reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (34)neighborhood gem (31)special occasion (30)fit for foodies (24)romantic (20)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (7)good for groups (6)hot spot (4)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Frustrated
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A big disappointment. Used to love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    GOOD FOOD SELECTION . MY HUSBAND ENJOYED HIS DUCK MENU AND MY DAUGHTER HER LAMB DISH. A LITTLE QUIANT PLACE. SERVICE WAS GOOD.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    May be the best restaurant in Davis. Warm, unpretentious staff... Excellent food... We had a memorial dinner here... I highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fishylicious
    fishylicious
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I dined outside on the lovely, shaded patio with a nice soothing waterfall. The ambiance was intimate and relaxing. Our waitress was extremely friendly and attentive. Our salads and entrées were well seasoned and the vegetables were cooked to perfections. I enjoyed the trout while my husband loved his cornmeal breaded scallops. For dessert, I had a creamy and flavorful creme brule while my husband enjoyed a decadent chocolate gelato. The Mustard Seed serves an innovative cuisine, and they put much effort into preparation and presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the mustard seed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was excellent, service was superb , every thing was just delightful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ...a wonderful return
    RandTSVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nearly 35 years ago we would visit this restaurant before it ever became the Mustard Seed. It has been so long we cannot remember the name of the restaurant then but we still remember the warm feeling and good food we shared so long ago. We were more than pleased to discover the same warm feelings and delicious food as we celebrated our 40th anniversary. A friendly greeting as we entered the door, the cozy ambiance and the wonderful smells from the kitchen greeted us. The bread, salads, scallops, rack of lamb and the warm chocolate souffle cake were all wonderful and we will enjoy returning to because the Mustard Seed has proven to be a worthy successor to that restaurant long ago that brought us so much pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for Special Occasions!
    Abbie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I am a graduate student at UC Davis, so I don't generally get a chance to eat at the more expensive establishments. When I do have the opportunity, The Mustard Seed is a great option! Excellent food and atmosphere, I particularly like their back porch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slamdunk39
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I cant stress how much I enjoyed this visit.It was my 3rd occasion to have dinner there and the quality and experienced never wavered.Each plate was prettier than the next.My guest and I had each 3 courses, abottle of pelligrino,and the bill was only $112 which was reasonable for the wonderful evening.the owner and wait staff were attentive,but never cloying.I seriousle can't wait for the scallops,crabcakes,lamb etc.again
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just a Gem!
    davistraveler
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Early lunch on Friday. That deserves a glass of wine! And a great wine list there was. Navarro wines and many other great choices. Chose the Sauvignon Blanc and friend had the Pinot Blanc. Great way to start the weekend. And that was just the wine. So nice to see the restaurant has maintained the same wonderful food too. Superb service and beautiful setting. Thanks for keeping this neighborhood gem alive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parking is an issue
    jblmom
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It is not the restaurants fault but parking in downtown davis is an real issue. If you go at certain times it is near impossible to find parking, someis even limited to 90 minutes. So please take this into consideration. But, highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is my second visit to the Mustard Seed and it was great both times. Everything was exceedingly fresh and all of the dishes we ordered (pork, steak and fish) disappeared. Great wine list and very attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We dine at Mustard Seed at least once a month. As always it was an enjoyable experience. It was a warm day and it did get a bit uncomfortable in the restaurant. The air conditioning should have been set at a lower temperature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second bad experience
    AndreHamel
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    First time we have been there , they reported us on Open table as we did not show wich was false. Now they only offered us 6pm or 7:30 and when we showed at 7:30 (wich was late for us), the restaurant was empty. At 9pm, the server was so clearly pushing us out that it was impolite and offending. They won't have a third chance to do bad with us.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Declining in Quality
    TomSVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We used to come to Mustard Seed a lot. Since they changed ownership we have noticed a gradual decline. On this occasion, we ordered three courses each -- and discussed with the waitress the notion that we would like, if possible to have them come in order. She agreed with this and then the courses came out on top of one another. When one course was done, I had to find room on an adjoining table to leave the previous dish. We had to ask someone to ask the server to come back so that we could order another glass of wine. I had pork and asked it not to be over cooked, and it was over cooked. My wife had scallops and they were severely undercooked. The place is expensive but the food and service have not kept up. Previous owners were so great.
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  • Nice place for dinner
    GillBates
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We visited The Mustard Seed for the first time on a recommendation and were not disappointed. The food is excellent although the menu is not long. Prices seem reasonable for a nice restaurant. The outdoor area is clean and mostly shaded, but otherwise nothing special. The staff was courteous and attentive. Would definitely come back for another special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite al fresco lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    It is so lovely on the shaded deck/patio at Mustard Seed on a warm day for lunch - so relaxing and like being on vacation. The staff is welcoming, helpful and prompt; the food is fresh, with good salads and sandwiches and great bread. It's a welcome interlude to meet a friend at Mustard Seed for lunch and step out of the busy world for a couple of hours.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food is excellent - easily the best in Davis. Service is also great - friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time & definitely going back
    Yummy
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Lots of good food good service nice atmosphere lots of nice wine to choose from definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have been a patron of the Mustard Seed off and on for over 18 years. Observing the transition of new ownership is a plus. The employees seem content, the food is delicious, and there is a positive vibe to the place. My teenage daughter and I had a wonderful dinner and we were served by the gracious owner. We also saw many locals. There is something to be said about going to a restaurant and seeing "neighbors" enjoy an evening out on the town. As for food, we shared crab cakes and watermelon salad, two favorites. We each had the scallops, which were beautifully served atop a dollop of mashed potatoes and spinach. Finally we shared sorbet to top off the meal. My coffee was fresh and my glass of wine was crisp! It was an enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was superb. seating was slightly crowded at the table we were at
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent culinary interlude
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The Mustard Seed is a place that welcomes one with its attractive, intimate setting. With the new ownership, the food is particularly excellent, as was our dinner, wonderful wine, the service unimposing, calm yet perfectly timed. I am looking forward soon to another excellent meal in these comfortable and inviting surroundings.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Davis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    My wife and I debate whether MS is the best restaurant in Davis -- I believe it is, even after change in ownership. The menu is filled with specialties that are predictably excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    StevAVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were delighted to find the best place with menu that fit for vegan also Everything was just right. Amazing lamb dish. Artichoke just right also. A great experience. Close to Pence Gallery
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great outdoor lunch spot
    DrSummer
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The Mustard Seed's back patio is a great outdoor lunch spot in downtown Davis.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 519 reviews are from the The Mustard Seed reviews archive.
  • Romantic Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We dined at the Mustard Seed for our anniversary. The outdoor patio was quiet and very comfortable. The service was top-notch and their wine list was very comprehensive. We shared an artichoke and salad to start. My husband enjoyed the duck and I had the crab-stuffed trout. For dessert, the creme brulee was fantastic. All of the food was delicious and freshly prepared. We had a very enjoyable, romantic anniversary dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best romantic dinner in town.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I love the service and the atmosphere of thşs plsce them most and you can talk pretty easily with much şess noise then most ğlsces becsuse its small and intimate. Its fine dining place so as expected it is a bit pricey. It is definety needed gem in Davis. Most delicous food was thhe quail I had until now, but its seasonal. Mostly really good food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on the patio
    Chance4meVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We had a lovely lunch on the patio before a movie downtown. As always, the ABLT was outstanding as was the tuna curry salad. The new owners have done a good job keeping up the consistency of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day in Davis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great Mother's Day dinner spot in Davis! We requested seating in the very cozy and comfortable back patio... quiet, airy, and with comfortable seating. The menu choices and wine list were excellent. Terrific country pate, watermelon salad, Caesar salad, risotto, and duck breast. Their croissant bread pudding is outstanding! Definitely a place to return to time and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great location/nice setting
    cbgo
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    we had Mother's Day brunch. although not a buffet, the menu had something for every taste. b-fast as well as lunch selections and reasonably priced. moderate tasty portions. sat in the back garden. dueling music from another restaurant nearby. nothing "really" special, but an overall pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost good
    Misty
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Cute, small old house restaurant, nice atmosphere, was noisy when full, service was slow as we waited awhile after being seated for waiter, apps and wine came out right away then waited a very long time for main courses. Halibut entree was overcooked, dry and did not go well with asian viniagrette and mango salsa, forbidden rice, disjointed combo and the waiter recommended it! Lamb, crabcakes and tomoto bisque were good. Given the prices and overall experience, not sure I'd return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The service was outstanding. Wish I remembered our servers name. She was great. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance.
    LaLaV
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great place for a low key dinner for 2. The food was really good and we loved the wine. Our waitress was awesome and friendly. We would definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find!
    Suzie
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The Mustard Seed is a gem in the heart of Davis. The food was terrific, the staff were very personable and just attentive enough and the wine was fine too! The friend from out of town said The Mustard Seed was the best place he'd eaten on his entire trip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will return
    Chance4meVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I had not been back to The Mustard Seed since it has new owners. All 3 of us were delighted with the food and the service. We cleaned our plates of the BLT and the egg salad sandwich. Even though it was a very warm day we sat outside under the umbrellas and were quite comfortable. For desert we shared the rhubarb-strawberry pastry with ice cream and caramel sauce. Delicious, and I would make a return trip for just that.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cottage with the best food in town
    fambly
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The new owners have done a wonderful job with the restaurant. The wait staff is pleasant, friendly and well-trained. There are menu items for all palates light to heavy. And the desserts, did I mention the desserts? Fabulous!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing and delicious
    Ctrue3901
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Another evening of fresh local food and a calming dining experience. Try the artichoke for starters and make sure to have the asparagus strawberry salad.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • European Feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Wonderful service and spectacular outdoor seating. Food was above par.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Food!!!
    FoodieLady
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    I had heard great things about Mustard Seed, and we were very pleased with dinner there. Food is innovative, expertly prepared, with interesting use of grains and healthy seasonal veggies. The best gnocchi I have ever had, with crisp asparagus and creme fraiche. My friend had the halibut . . . .crispy on the outside, tender and moist on the inside, with forbidden (black) rice. Dessert was equally amazing . . .a warm chocolate cake with strawberry puree and fresh whipped cream. Service was top notch . . . our server was warm, attentive but not overly so, and did an expert job. We live in Granite Bay, but I will treat my husband to dinner at Mustard Seed soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Davis' best
    duff
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our table was ready at our reservation time, the menu although somewhat limited compared to larger venues, was quite adequate and varied. It was noisy when we arrived, the tables are rather close, but soon quieted down. Street parking is always problematic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food and service,
    Megmous
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Wonderful food and service, perfect for celebrating our anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.