The Mustard Seed

4.7
1352 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 1352 people are saying
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vipSteve
Sacramento
126 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
1 review
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

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
40 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friend’s 99th birthday and we had a wonderful time! As always, the food was delicious and the warm chocolate cake with whipped cream was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice food. Strongly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a very cozy and even romantic restaurant. Three of the four things we had were excellent one was average, Overall a very good dining experience

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vipBooksandart
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I was surprised that there was a lack of social distancing in the restaurant between tables. Nor were attendees vaccination status requested.

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EvelynA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious from appetizers to desserts.
Service was excellent from the time we were seated till the end of our meal.
We brought our dog and they even gave him a treat😍😍

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vipSteve
Sacramento
127 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The new ahi tuna dish is excellent. Modest wine list covers a good spectrum of type and price. Service always very personable. Nice covered outdoor patio

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Underhill
Sacramento
44 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a very pleasant and tasty lunch at The Mustard Seed a day ago. The remodeling of the patio was beautifully done, although we sat inside. Service was excellent and the food delicious and served in good order--no long waits. Our melted cheddar sandwiches with tomato bisque were excellent, and the desserts were as always superb. Good COVID precautions were in place; we felt safe. Can't wait to go back.

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TomH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in a fine-dining yet homey setting. Felt very COVID-safe as well on their patio with heaters.
Excellent, unpretentious service.

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johno
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a quaint restaurant. Staff friendly and attentive. Never been there before.
Chose it as it is very near the Mondavi Center. Food was very good. Only demerit based on the Squash Soup was served almost room temp. In spite of that, we would definitely consider going there again.

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
41 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at Mustard Seed are always excellent!!

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RudyZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owners are hands on wonderful. They and the staff create a warm and comfortable experience. The menu is simple but there is depth and thought to the dishes which make them interesting intriguing. The wine list offers a variety of strong selections which are balanced and true "food wines" that pair nicely with the menu.
There is no wonder this little gem was voted the best restaurant in Yolo County.
Highly recommend and will make it point to re-visit anytime I am in the area.

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JuliaS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service! Looking forward for next time.

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JerryS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone excelled. Unfortunately, we sat behind the most talkative, over sharing person who had no filter. Not the restaurant’s fault. In the plus side for the restaurant we needed to order multiple bottles of wine because of said ‘Chatty Kathy’

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MelissaL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This was probably my 5-6 time going to The Mustard Seed. I've always enjoyed the ambiance and the food is good too. They could update their menu, if I were to criticize anything at all. But even with that, I will be back.

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Danwalhal
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

All was good as it should be at this price point but, when my wife request the duck breast done medium well and it is served rare fully plated sliced and in sauce it was disheartening. Our mistake for not sending it back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful in every way.

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DrewL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Small food and not a great value. It may be a trendy place but I found neither the food, the surroundings, nor the service were anything to write home about

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BeverleyW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delightful setting, cozy atmosphere, service attentive. They couldn't have been nicer or more helpful.
Parking can be a challenge but we all found spots within walking distance.

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vipSteve
Sacramento
127 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. New menu has a wonderful seared Ahi tuna dish you need to try... Always friendly and professional service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal and the ambiance! Great for an intimate dinner.

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JoeO
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very customer oriented; eager to please.

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my 100 year old mom out to dinner. She absolutely loved their roasted tomato soup with puff pastry on top. I always love their duck breast dish!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

took a long time for the dinner to come out

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vipLadera1
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Definitely a regular stop for dining when in Davis.

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Callie
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice, special occasion place to dine. Highly recommend for freshness and quality of food, ambience and wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful find in Davis. Delicious steak and some of the best service we’ve had at any restaurant! A bit light on vegetarian options if that matters

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service and great atmosphere on the patio. We love this place for special occasions!

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Ricardo
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place with my wife for dinner dates. Yes, it is not cheap, but the food is amazing and the service excellent.

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Kaye
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! Our waiter, Ken, did a perfect job! Outdoor seating was warm and comfortable! Had the absolute best lobster gnocchi of my life and a gorgeous steak!! Felt welcomed and was provided impeccable service and food!

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PaulM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Without a doubt, best in Davis

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LilyH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food. Tomato bisque soup is a must. Ribeye and lamb were delicious.

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vipBayAreaNative
San Francisco
203 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It's a charming location in Davis and a creative space. The menu items were varied enough, wine list was limited but quite reasonable. Crab cakes were small but delicious as appetizers. Caesar salad average. Entrees were nicely portioned and well-seasoned. The dominant issue was that the service was very rushed and not relaxing or truly attentive at all, from food delivery to the placing of the check at the end; we seemed to be more of a task than welcomed guests. If one orders a frankly expensive steak, a steak knife should either be offered or accompany it, it's not too much attention to detail to figure that out. Dessert was also generously sized and enjoyable. Ultimately, the food is fine but it is overpriced for the product, certainly the service.

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PamfromDavis
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place I love the food but I draw the line at $46 entrees. I appreciate restaurants need to get back on their feet after Covid but that is very expensive

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vipDick
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had a perfectly cooked duck breast. Delicious! My date had lobster gnocchi which was very tasty. Our server, Ken, was efficient and friendly.

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vipEdgarP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food & service! Our waiter was superb! Great place for dinner before a concert at the Mondavi Center! Thx so much!

FAQs

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

The Mustard Seed is rated 4.7 stars by 1352 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.