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The Mustard Seed

The Mustard Seed Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mustardseeddavis.com
  • Email: tmsrestaurant@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (530) 758-5750
  • 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: Californian, American
  • 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 (530) 578-5750

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Wonderful service and spectacular outdoor seating. Food was above par."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Good food though exceptionally small servings and overpriced for the quality. Service could be improved; the waitress was not engaging at all - better training would help."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I was taking my best friend out for dinner and concert for her birthday. She is not a foodie so I was a little worried. However she was delighted with the food. Our waitress was funny, witty and knew her menu both for wine and food. It was a beautiful evening so we had seating in the outside patio."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful food and service, perfect for celebrating our anniversary."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a good overall restaurant. Nice ambiance. Good service. I ordered the pork tenderloin which was more like a pork chop. The mustard sauce was nice. The mash potatoes were good but too rich for me. I would have preferred more vegetables. A glass of wine was way too expensive but a glass is way too expensive everywhere. I went to a restaurant recently that was similar in quality to mustards and it was a joy that they offered a good glass of wine for a reasonable price. WE DO LIVE IN WINE COUNTRY!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We have eaten here many times over several years. It has had consistenly good food. The service has varied. It was a little slow during our last visit. It took us about twice as long to be served the various courses compared to other restaurants. They may need another server. Nevertheless, it is a unique, small place."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great for a small romantic dinner..the place is small ans they really squeeze people into tight spaces...i guess they want to get as many patrons in as possible to make the most $$. The food was all fresh and good portions and well priced. I had the Cesar salad and the streak, both were very good. The steak I couldnt finish after eating salad and bread and butter...Our waitress was very pleasant, she was extremely happy about her job and excited to assist and help with questions."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have enjoyed special dinners at Mustard Seed for many years. The new owners have continued the excellence they inherited and we remain loyal patrons."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My husband and I went to this restaurant for a much needed date night and were not disappointed. The food was great! Wine list limited but a good selection. Found our new favorite Pinot. Service was ok. Not sure if our server even knew English because she hardly said anything. She also wanted to hurry us so we just kept telling her we weren't ready to order so we could enjoy the most excellent bottle of wine we just ordered. Food was very good! We would definitely come back ."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Best food, service staff, and atmosphere in Davis, Sacramento."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "High quality ingredients expertly prepared in tasty, unpretentious dishes."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The food is always excellent. I had the pork with Dijon mustard sauce, baked apples and mashed potatoes.... It was delish! My husband had the prime rib with white mushrooms that was just as tasty! Great place with great ambience and wonderful food. Oh and we had the yummy crab cakes as a starter."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Went for romantic dinner. Had cozy table in back. Every dish was excellent. Cons: nicer if bread warm vs cold. Server could have been a bit more knowledgable about the menus and/ or history of the restaurant. She also let us sit while she collected the payment from other dinners before acknowledging us. BUT over all great restaurant and will return."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my date there for Valentine's Day dinner. The restaurant was fully booked, yet we could hear each other talk, unlike some of the other restaurants we had been to recently. There was a special menu with a fixed price, so it's hard to judge what their regular fare might be like. However, everything we had was prepared well and beautifully presented. The waitress said she was fairly new, but she was cheerful and helpful. Very pricey, so a return visit would have to be for a really special occasion."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The Mustard Seed is very beautiful and the food was the best I've had in Davis. It's relatively expensive (with wine, salads and entrees, our dinner for 2 was right around $100)."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Food was delicious and service was excellent. I thought the wine (by the glass) tasted somewhat oxidized to my guest and me, but the waitress let me try a freshly opened bottle and it didn't taste much different."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This was my second experience and it was wonderful, good service, good food and perfect ambience for dining before a concert at Mondavi. It is worth the drive from Fair Oaks!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Besides the food being delish, the service was amazing. First, we were running late due to a work issue and they were understanding then, a diner came with perfume that wouldn't allow my asthmatic hubby to enjoy so they scrambled for a new table. I am sure this is a big treat for students at Davis but if you order lightly, it's worth having this experience."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Waitress talking for a very, very long time to customers at one table, while we waited more than 20 minutes for the dessert menu."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Low key and relaxed, this is a great restaurant with an interesting and delicious menu."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Resident of the SF Bay Area where great restaurant discovery is an easy process. On assignment in Solano County meeting a friend for dinner in Davis. Mustard Seed recommended by one of my co-workers billed as the only memorable eatery in Davis. Wonderful experience for any location with fine food, excellent service, great choice in premium vino and price reachable especially Navarro. Would return in a moment."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "This was our second time there, after an excellent experience last time. This time not all the food was excellent but still very good. Obviously it is a matter of taste and the dish you choose. But the service was excellent and so was the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend it to a friend."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "The food and the service was good. It was just a little awkward because there was virtually no one else there, it was the first day they were open since the holidays apparently. The lady that sat us and waited on us, possibly the owner, would only let us sit in the front next to the register which was not ideal - especially in an empty restaurant! The coffee was room temperature but otherwise everything was fine, other than feeling odd to be alone in the place."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Our waitress took care of all in the restaurant and was friendly and kind to all of us. It has been a long time since we received such attentive service at the Mustard Seed."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food was excellent. The service was very good also. The server was learning the trade but was still fairly good. A very nice, intimate place to dine. We have eaten here several times and it has always been excellent."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The pacing, food, and ambiance were all excellent, but it was the great attitude and the attention of the staff that I found most impressive."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Mastery of food is exhibited, nice dinning area and decor. Uncomfortable chairs, but not deal breaker. Overall very nice experience."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Warm and lovely little dining areas. Would recommend for couples or small groups. Attentive service. Salmon caesar salad was delicous. Would definately go there again when in Davis."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Did not do anything to honor birthday even though I put it in my reservation"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Such a great dinner with perfectly cooked pork loin and lamb and risotto"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "...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."
    Dined on 10/10/2013