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The Mustard Seed

4.7
4.7
1464 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.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 758-5750

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Bergman and Roxanna Fenton

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at 530-758-5750. Thank You!!

  • Private party contact

    Taeja or Kim Reiss: (530) 758-5750

  • Neighborhood

    Davis

  • Cross street

    Second and Third Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,464 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. M

    Margaux

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Mustard Seed is one of our favorite places to dine. Always excellent cuisine and service. Highly recommend.
  2. PL

    PaulL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of entre's. Friendly and accommodating service. Vegetables were a bit mushy.
  3. RE

    REVIEW

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent!!
  4. KB

    KarenB

    Sacramento

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love The Mustard Seed, the food and service are always wonderful!
  5. j

    jybr

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service especially for a special occasion.
  6. KM

    KatherineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food albeit a little pricey. Our server, Tiffany, was excellent.
  7. DS

    DavidS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were looking for a quiet, local, restaurant to celebrate our 52nd anniversary after the blowout party we had last year. The Mustard Seed was the only place open on Monday, and we are glad to have rediscovered it after living out of town for the last 22 years. Because they gave their usual staff a day off, we were served by the owners who were very attentive and pleasant. The food was as good as Davis has to offer.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day dinner, we had an excellent meal!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Father’s Day
  10. l

    lgc73

    Sacramento

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    They were too busy - still i can not complain about the service…
  11. JS

    JenniferS

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner
  12. LB

    LizzyBrown

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Extremely expensive for the experience. Last night we dined at the Mustard Seed to celebrate my daughter’s graduation from UC Davis. The restaurant had a special graduation menu that included gazpacho or a Caesar as a starter with the meal. Each meal ranged from about $60-75 a plate. They also imposed 23% gratuity. The service was definitely good but two of the meals were not great. My husband had the scallops, and his comment was that he has had better. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and the personnel were very friendly. Tip: Skip the gazpacho!
  13. EG

    00EGP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, wine, staff, ambiance and location.
  14. JB

    JulieB

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have the best time when dining at the Mustard Seed, wonderful food, excellent staff and beautiful venue!
  15. S

    Sean

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We had a 7:30 reservation at Mustard Seed and got there on time. Waited about 15 minutes to be seated. Table was for 2 and the location was good. Staff didn’t service our table for about 25 minutes, until about 8:10, so it was getting a bit frustrating seeing other customers who arrived after us get service. Finally, they came and said there was a mix-up with another staff member. They took our order and brought the wine and then the salad. Both were good. Food came as we were still working on the salad, definitely felt rushed. I had the steak that I wanted medium-rare. It was definitely medium and the cut was 40% chewy fat. Vegetables were dry and mashed potatoes weren’t fluffy, felt like they were reheated. My friend had the halibut, which came with a nice presentation. I tasted a small piece and it was way too dry, pretty bland. After leaving, I received an email from opentable about not having shown up for my reservation. Apparently, Mustard Seed was too disorganized to let opentable know that we made our reservation. Our bill including tip ended up being $170 for 2. We were there to have a relaxing evening with a good meal, 0 for 2 there. Service and food were really marginal for what they charge. Certainly would not recommend.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Good experience but two flys fluttering around were very annoying the waiter even joked about them. The table was very wobbly which became an issue as the table became more crowded. Food excellent, service good will come back again just not in same room. Maybe outside
  17. J

    Jackie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Quality food and great wine. Overall had a wonderful time for a special occasion.
  18. PB

    PeterB

    Sacramento

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Enjoyed a lovely dinner at Mustard Seed last night. Good and service was quite good. It wasn’t cheap but in line with what you’d expect to pay for a white table dinner these days. My one complaint is to avoid sitting at the table for 2 right next to the kitchen door. Waitstaff were constantly in or out and the swinging door was very distracting. In fact I would remove the table if I were in charge. Otherwise it was a nice evening out.
  19. MT

    MarkT

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Think it is the best restaurant in Davis.
  20. AG

    AnneG

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and Wait team were friendly, great and very accommodating. Loved eating outside- great outdoor seating and ambiance
  21. i

    italiano40

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waiter brought wrong entre to both of us and had to return them for the correct entre. Food was okay. Cappuccino was coffee with dollop of some type of white dairy-like blob on top.
  22. MM

    MarilynM

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was excellent!! We will come back again for sure!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The crab cake was great, the duck was chewy but the Halibut was yummy
  24. MK

    MaryKH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious inventive food, great service, nice wine list and lovely ambience.
  25. MI

    MansfIss

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food service and ambiance.
  26. MW

    MarianneW

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal of rack of lamb and scallops, spinach salad and artichoke. Everything was well prepared with excellent presentation. I was able to substitute vegetables for the starch with the scallops. Great evening.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always go to Mustard Seed for my wife’s birthday. Always have an excellent meal and great service.
  28. d

    dinergreat

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great choice. Food was delicious and service was great. Menu was limited but we all found a choice. My husband did not like his short ribs. He felt they were nothing special but my grandson loved his duck and my halibut was good. We all ordered a different salad and the salads were all good. Cheese plate was very good too . Nice restaurant.
  29. B

    Bunny1e

    Sacramento

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was warm, friendly and efficient. Food was superb. All four entrees were outstanding.
  30. AK

    AndrewK

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    delicious/fantastic as usual! Thank you Mustard Seed Team for a wonderful experience and evening :)
  31. WL

    WohlwerthL

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great intimate spot off the beaten path in Davis. Looks like it is in a small house in Davis. Great service, we were greeted as we walked in and were taken to their lovely outside area. The wine menu was extensive, wish they had more "by the glass" then bottles. The waiter recommend the pork loin which comes with mashed potato and apples. This dish was delicious especially the cinnamon apples. All in all it was a great experience. Not inexpensive but well worth the price.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb food and service. Interesting and varied menu.
  33. N

    Nonickname

    Sacramento

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service was very good. Nice variety of menu selections. Had requested a booth away from front door but we got a table right next to the front door. We arrived a bit early but the restaurant was not crowded but they would not reseat us. But I would still go back it was a nice lunch spot.
  34. AK

    AndrewK

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Mustard Seed Team for a wonderful/delightful experience, as usual! This is my favorite restaurant in Davis, and such an important part of our Davis and Yolo community experience, especially when it comes to fine-dining :) Looking forward to returning again soon! Best - Andrew
  35. PW

    PenelopeW

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Birthday lunch with friends. We could not hear each other. A very noisy place.
  36. K

    Kahala

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Enjoyed food and service, will recommend to others seeking high end continental food and intimate setting.
  37. S

    Scarletrose

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    I really wanted to love the food. The area was nice and the atmosphere was good. I had the pate which I did like and the tomato bisque which I loved. But the entree of the steel head trout was subpar. A bit on the saltier side, but very one note. The veggies were better than the fish. My partner has the short rib ragú which didn’t taste bad at all but rather there was little meat. I do wish I could have tried other things but I wouldn’t spend my money there again.
  38. JL

    JanL

    Sacramento

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Dinner before a concert was just what we wanted and got. Tasty food, friendly service and we were able to have just what we wanted and have time to get to the concert, too. Would highly recommend and suggest telling your server as well as OpenTable comments about after-dinner commitments.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Food was too salty
  40. KB

    KarenB

    Sacramento

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love The Mustard Seed!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 1464 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The Mustard Seed

222 D Street Davis, CA 95616

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Second and Third Street

  • Neighborhood

    Davis

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–1:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking only.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Joshua Bergman and Roxanna Fenton

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (530) 758-5750

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact us at 530-758-5750. Thank You!!

  • Private party contact

    Taeja or Kim Reiss: (530) 758-5750

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