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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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a lovely dinner. We enjoyed our food and there’s no other real choice in Davis...

IT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit in the last few months. In both cases, the meals were superb. What a treat to have a gem like this in our town! So far we have sampled the ahi tuna, scallops, and duck entrees. The presentation is absolutely lovely. We don't eat a lot, so take advantage of the $6 split fee – still beautifully served. That way we can get an appetizer and a salad. The service was gracious and attentive, and our waiter made a great wine suggestion. Have not yet tried the desserts.

j
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place in Davis right next to the Pence Gallery. Everything was excellent and we will definitely return. They split the ahi dinner for us and it was more than enough after a few salads and appetizers. And nice to see wine by the glass wasn't over priced.

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Service was slow.

OF
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy friendly with Innovative food and excellent wine list. Attentive service. A gem!

FL
Sacramento
52 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New management. Same chefs. Same menu. Food was excellent. The crab cake appetizer and smoked salmon appetizers were amazing. Could be at any overly expensive restaurant. Prices are a little high but likely to support the excellent staff. Would go again without hesitation.

R
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, attentive service, very nice people.

OT
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!

s
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a very pleasant dinner (not our first time at the Mustard Seed but the first time under the new owners). The food (shared appetizer, main, and dessert) was excellent and the service efficient and unobtrusive. We enjoyed the wine choices. We started out sitting inside, but the lighting was much too bright for our liking (much brighter than our previous visit) and it was too cold due to the excessive A/C (not an uncommon problem in many restaurants here). We changed to an outdoor table which was perfect - quiet, with subdued lighting and perfect temperature (October in California!).

LS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall our trip was good! It has a nice romantic atmosphere, but there were many large parties that were able to be taken, especially in the outdoor area. The music was a bit loud, but manageable. The service was also fantastic.

1
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my business partner on the last day in Davis. We were here for several meetings, and while the food in Davis is generally good it really caters to the students. The Mustard Seed is different, very reminiscent of a French bistro (as in France!) with excellent service and food. Wine list is very good, and all the food was great so not sure what to recommend. I visit UC Davis infrequently, but will certainly make this a part of any future visit.

M
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always top notch!

d
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful setting and service. Delicious food

LD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BL
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best restaurant in Davis in all respects!

SN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and good service

JP
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Private business meeting

OT
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

J
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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