The Mustard Seed

4.8
1374 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Wine and dine in the rustic elegance of our cabin or outside on our patio. Our 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 We do not cater.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1374 people are saying
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vipAnnC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were seated and a couple were seated in the same section right after us bully about 5 minutes. Their order was taken first, appetizer and entree. Their entrees arrived about 25 minutes before ours. Something was definitely wrong in the kitchen. The woman ordered the identical meal to my son’s, the rack of lamb. Hers was vibrant and full of vegetables. My son’s was overcooked and had very little vegetables. My scallops were under cooked. The profiteroles were coated in cocoa powder making them difficult to eat without coughing. A really poorly executed meal. The waitress was sweet but she had been seated 3 tables in less than 19 minutes. She was overwhelmed.

I cannot recommend this place.

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PattiJo
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was tasty. The Golden squash soup , however, had a spice I wasn’t familiar with. Perhaps curry. Not my favorite. My friend had the tomato bisque and was happy. We both had half sandwiches also. Very good. I would definitely go back. Very comfortable in the outdoor patio.

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Mary
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mustard Seed continues to be THE restaurant in Davis that exemplifies our values of community, humility, excellence, empathy and kindness.

I always want to support local and we have a few outstanding local restaurants that are more fine dining but can also be casual for tea or a glass of wine by the fire or out in the back in a covered, quiet, warm area. I say this for you coming from out of town as the menu is always outstanding, seasonal and fresh - and rivals or tops many restaurants I've eaten at across the world in my travels.

But The Mustard Seed is the only restaurant who has called me, not once, but twice to ensure that the experience for me bringing my 83 yr old mother was outstanding. 1st as her first outing since Covid and this week, when they called to plan a special dessert for her to help her feel warm and loved as Winter for many reasons is tough for my mom.

I mean -- who does that? The Mustard Seed owners do - so they continue to have my loyalty for my birthday meal every year, bringing my mom, and that oh so special meal even every day when it feels right.

Pls support local and try The Mustard Seed!

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vipbluecardinal
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal on their charming patio.

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LisaL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, wonderful service! I would highly recommend The Mustard Seed.

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LingC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the lamb chop was very nice done and presentation nicely done. The cream brûlée was very good. Would definitely come back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love this sweet little restaurant. We go here while our cat is having semi annual checks on her heart issues so we tend to be a little preoccupied and distracted. Our lunch yesterday was lovely. The sandwiches were great. French dip meat and bread were terrific. The fries were really good. My CABLT was a delightful mixture of crunch and smooth, cool and warm on country bread. The butternut squash soup made me want the recipe. I think we made excellent menu choices but I suspect most things on the menu are as interesting and satisfying.

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PennyD
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The night got off to a poor start when the waiter asked if we were celebrating and I said yes we are celebrating my friends birthday. He looked at her and said congratulations then guessed her age, he was wrong , and guesses older! but who does that?? nobody should be guessing a woman’s age on her birthday unless they’re going to be guessing 25 or younger.! But better to leave that alone..It was like a lead balloon had dropped in the room. So awkward.
However the food was delicious served piping hot, in fact the tomato soup was so hot we had to wait for it to cool down before we could eat it. Creamy, fresh tasting soup! The lobster gnocchi we split and we’re glad we did because we still had leftovers. The sauce on the lobster was a little heavy on the garlic but very tasty. $6 charge to split was added to the bill but not explained at the time of order. We enjoyed the hot out of the oven rosemary rolls, but would have loved the option of plain butter, the rolls didn’t need the cream cheese? It was served with. So good! We will go back to try the lamb, and hopefully leave room for dessert

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CeciliaP
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, excellent service, good ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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FayannP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! I will definitely be back!

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
42 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the Mustard Seed are always wonderful!

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DonDav
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our evening at The Mustard Seed very much. The food was very good and there was a nice selection. The service was excellent, we felt completely taken care of.

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AnnaG
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food! Enjoyed our New Year Eve’s dinner!

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MichaelW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food very good. Friendly efficient was it staff. Got us very safe outdoor table warmed by two heaters.

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vipAndrewT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect date, great service and superb food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for New Year’s and several other times and every time the food is selected and prepared with skill and care, bringing out flavor and quality. There is a perfect skilled traditional balance to the ingredients even within the fusion dishes of coconut curry with scallops or the ahi with miso potatoes…. It’s my favorite in Davis right now. The owners are kind and attentive

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Suzanna
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very warm and attentive. They tried hard to change our reservation at my request even though they were fully booked for New Years Eve.

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lilpny
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

As I entered the restaurant, we were promptly greeted and seated. It was a cute and cozy little restaurant and I was excited for the food based on the ratings. The salmon carpaccio and the server (initially) was good. The crab cake melt was great but the salad was so vinegar-y, it was not palatable. The thing was, my husband has to ask for water 3 times, and we were never checked up on at all during out visit until it was time to ask for the check. The experiance was not worthy enough to stay for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best bet in Davis for a special meal. Fresh, tasty meals and excellent service.

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vipmbb123
Sacramento
59 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mustard Seed is always an excellent restaurant with friendly service, excellent food, and a solid value.

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vipSteve
Sacramento
135 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and very consistent. Crabcakes and the pate were great. Excellent duck breast and lamb chops. Service is very friendly. Owners are terrific. Very pleasant and friendly ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely divine duck and Ribeye, perfect place to take the Mrs. for her birthday and a little time away from a visit to her In-Laws. 10/10, would go again.

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vipChance4me
Sacramento
82 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BROUGHT TWO BAY AREA FRIENDS FOR LUNCH. WE DECIDED TO EAT INDOORS AND ATE IN THE SMALL, COZY FRONT AREA. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT, THE FOOD, SERVICE AND AMBIANCE. MY GUESTS ALREADY WANT TO RETURN FOR ANOTHER VISIT.

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vipJanL
Sacramento
72 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another holiday celebration and we again enjoyed ourselves at The Mustard Seed. The staff were not only friendly but also met all of our needs without being obtrusive. The food was tasty and the ambiance was lovely.

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GaryB
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for dinner in Davis as it's half-way between where each of us live and chose the Mustard Seed as it looked like a great place to hang out for a few hours. The food and service were absolutely outstanding and I'd visit again for sure!

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StevieG
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mustard Seed is hands down the best restaurant in Davis. It never disappoints. Lunch yesterday was no exception. The bisque in puff pastry was fabulous, hot, steamy and delicious on a cold day. Accompanied with a little bubbly for a special holiday toast....devine.

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CarrieW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food was outstanding, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere is always warm and welcoming. I love the owners, who go out of their way to make everything perfect! They are the loveliest people, who take immense pride in their restaurant, and making your dining experience an enjoyable one.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, lovely ambience

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice ambience. Just a little over priced but it’s worth it for a nice date night.

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vipSteve
Sacramento
135 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two dinner favorites are gnocchi and ahi tuna. Tomato bisque and pate were great starters. Service excellent and friendly.

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DeborahS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our son's graduation from UC Davis with lunch at The Mustard Seed. We had concerns about covid safety and, talking with them in advance, the folks were kind enough to set up an outdoor table in front of the restaurant where we were the only diners. The food was delicious. The service was exemplary. There was not a touch of snootiness. They were accommodating when my son arrived late (getting out of the garage after the graduation ceremony was an ordeal). We had the perfect lunch and could not recommend this restaurant more highly.

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vip2Klecks
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A wonderful afternoon brunch. The tomato bisque was fantastic. We commented on it several times the rest of the day and into the following day. Each of us really enjoyed our meal and the staff was very accommodating and efficient. We have dined there several times in the past, and each time it gets better. The new owners have really stepped it up.

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JoyceS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! Professional and very efficient! Can’t wait to come back

JC
vipJoeC
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pork loin with mustard sauce and apples is outrageously good.

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BoyFromTheCountry
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for an anniversary dinner. Great experience. Crab cakes appetizer, Asian pear salad, rack of lamb and duck breast. All done to perfection. Our waiter offered very good wine suggestions.

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vipSteve
Sacramento
135 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. I love the langoustine gnocchi; the lamb chops were delicious. Service is very professional and friendly. Nice ambiance.

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FoodSeeker
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Service and food. Just wish it was a tad bit hotter.

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vipBrenLouHen
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My dad really enjoyed the ribeye. He has cooked a lot of ribeyes himself and said this one was one of the best he’s ever had.

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RamitL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good, service very slow, had to ask 3 times for a 2nd glass of wine and bread

FAQs

The Mustard Seed offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 758-5750.

The Mustard Seed is rated 4.8 stars by 1374 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.