The Mustard Seed

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$31 to $50
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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.
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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

such a fantastic find in Davis - wonderful delicious food, robust portions, charming and very cozy ambiance, great service. we loved this place and will be back.

M
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is always top notch!

d
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Apparently under new management but good as it used to be. New menu to me. next time I go there I will take a cushion though, chairs not comfortable.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful setting and service. Delicious food

LD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We’ll be back again, for sure.

BL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant in Davis in all respects!

SN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable, food was excellent. Such a beautiful outdoor patio, we had a really lovely evening. Definitely will be back!

OB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food in Mustard Seed. Our only problem was that it took about an hour for food to be serviced, which was a bit more than usual. Except from that, we highly recommend this place for families and couples :)

GG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Exquisite food, well presented from a very tasty menu. Superb for a memory event.

DA
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice spot in Davis, CA. Food and service were both excellent. We will definitely return here the next time were are in Davis.

CH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was good.
We felt the duck was a little undercooked and the amount of sauce on the meat overpowered the meat on the duck and the lamb.
The steak and lamb were good and cooked to perfection.

We would visit the restaurant again.

f
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and good service

JP
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere! What more could you ask for!

MG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is prepared well but with little imagination. Steep prices, but large portions. Service was OK, had to wait a while for the entrees.

GK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Went to visit a friend who relocated from Oakland. A very nice local find. Interesting versions of traditional dishes. The service was just a little bit slow, but would definitely return.

U
Sacramento
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My long-time favorite curried tuna salad is still on the menu, and as good as ever with the new owners. However, I missed having a larger number of purple grapes and, especially, the orange bread that came with the salad version. Plain baguette just doesn't complement the curry flavor.

The profiteroles were delicious, but there were only two instead of the three that used to arrive on a rectangular plate. The presentation, however, was quite beautiful.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal was amazing as usual! And the ambiance and service was impeccable!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Private business meeting

OT
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our 37th anniversary with a very pleasant dining experience at The Mustard Seed. The new owners are very gracious and attentive hosts and the food was outstanding! We loved the rustic pate appetizer, cucumber and watermelon salad (which we shared) and our entrees: the langoustine gnocchi and the very fresh scallops in a spicy curry with forbidden rice. Don’t miss the profiteroles for dessert - perfect with coffee.

R
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked everything about our Dinner at Mustard Seed! High end quality and service at reasonable prices. Would recommend it to anyone and with the cool environment, think it would be especially nice for soecial occasions.

Y
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The patio setting was lively on a warm summer night. Service was very slow. Food very good.

O
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Mustard Seed has new owners who could not be nicer! The quality icgge food is superb. This is my favorite restaurant in Davis.

AK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Mustard Seed was very busy when we came and the density made it fairly loud. we opted to sit outside and once the neighboring table, which was really loud left, it was delightful. The food was excellent and well worth the wait.

Y
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service! We will be back! The scallop dish is very good!

J
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Crab cakes were superb - best I have ever had! Gnocchis as main course was top notch. Poured by glass Wine list was OK, but short list. Overall, excellent.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a perfect place for a quiet birthday dinner. Definitely going back just for the food.

JL
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the seared Ahi which was cooked exactly as I ordered with the waiter - I wanted the sear to be a little longer than normal. My wife had the scallops and they were cooked perfectly and the spice was just right enough to be warm but not too much. Looking forward to more dinners in the fall in the back patio.

b
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent . The service was attentive but not overbearing. The restaurant is divided into separate spaces, which keeps each space quiet and appealingly intimate.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, amazing food, an all around wonderful dining experience!

W
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Sweet lunch place in downtown Davis. They offer alfresco dining, which was nice on a summer day. Street parking only. Food was good, not exceptional. Staff was friendly and attentive.

E
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

LF
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mustard Seed has never disappointed me or my guests. Hope they continue to be a quality restaurant.

RF
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wrote it and it was discarded when the open table rules and regulations overwrote the send box.

KB
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at The Mustard Seed are consistently very good!

g
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, outstanding, outstanding, outstanding!!!

SR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love the Mustard Seed! Absolutely top notch, all across the board. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

ME
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem. So charming - both the ambiance and the owners. We were visiting Davis for a campus tour and wanted a nice dinner out. Food was excellent - we had the gnocchi, the lamb and the duck and enjoyed every one of them. Highly recommend.

DH
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy with our dinner and the service. No complaints here 😊

RZ
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was by far my most disappointing experience ever at this restaurant. They were out of most of the main dishes, which we learned gradually as we requested different items. The waitress took away our menus after our initial order. After our second round of unsuccessful orders, we requested the menus back. A few minutes later she returned without menus but said, "all we have is gnocchi, lamb, and steak," and seemed to expect us to choose from that alone. We had to ask again for the menus, which she finally brought. Then there was a very long wait for the food, which the waitress explained as the kitchen having run out of the brine for one of the dishes and restarting from scratch. (We had not been warned when we ordered that the dish would take especially long.) At the end she comped us one of the desserts....but also billed us for an appetizer that we hadn't ordered. The food itself was good but not stellar enough to overcome all the other problems. I plan to give them one more chance for old times' sake, but unless it's much improved that will be the end for me.

LV
Sacramento
61 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Davis. As always the food, service and atmosphere were excellent.

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