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About The Mustard Seed

Enhance Your Romance. Wine and dine in the rustic elegance of our cabin in the trees inside by the fire or outside on our garden patio. Chef-owners Steve & Lynn Kwon and their 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

222 D Street
Davis, CA 95616
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Tuesday-Saturday From 11:30 Am to 1:30 Pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday From 5:30 Pm Until It Is No Longer Smart to be Open

Cross Street:
Second and Third Streets

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 758-5750

Website:
http://www.mustardseeddavis.com/

Executive Chef:
Josh Bergman & Roxanna Fenton

Private Party Contact:
Roxanna Fenton: (530) 758-5750

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Mustard Seed Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Romantic (22)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
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Neighborhood Gem (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Cozy (19)
Special Occasion (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Great for Lunch (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Healthy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Casual (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Authentic (6)
Business Meals (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I have always liked this restaurant very much, so I expected a great meal for Valentine's Day. However, both the short ribs and lamb were seasoned with overwhelming amounts of rosemary, and the lamb was well done despite requesting it as medium rare. Furthermore the restaurant hiked their prices up considerably, just because it was Valentine's Day. A very disappointing experience.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in Davis.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent service. Food tasty. Spacious seating perfect for time with someone special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food and service were exemplary! The only problem was being in a small room with two very loud obnoxious women. It’s too bad they couldn’t have toned down their conversation and laughter a bit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very good food, well prepared and presented. We would return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Service was great! The tomato bisque was delicious, but the trout was just okay. We enjoyed the atmosphere and being in downtown Davis!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Mustard Seed is off its game right now. Service still fine, ambience okay. Wasn't happy to have to dine out on the covered patio--I know I reserved late, but they might have warned me. Food--surprisingly mediocre, given their track record or history. Duck both tough and tasteless. Onion soup tasted suspiciously like it came out of a jar. Pate kind of blah. Not bad exactly, but not what it has been or could be. Makes me remember Soga's around the block a few years back when they sold the restaurant and apparently left behind the recipe book while forgetting to leave directions on how to cook it. If this once is typical, then for the moment I'd say Bernardo's around the corner is probably the best in Davis.

Afterthought: excellent glass of pinot, though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The Mustard Seed is our "go-to" spot for pre-Mondavi concert dining. The food is always outstanding at Mustard Seed, and the service is solid (very friendly staff). The last few times, we have been seated in the outside area, which in winter time is enclosed, with heaters.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Wonderful....best restaurant in Davis...no need to say more

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great local place serving fantastic ingredients and creative cuisine. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I have enjoyed several meals at Mustard Seed. They are consistent in their good service and excellent food .

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 17, 2018

This place was once one of the best restaurants in the area, but it has been on the decline for a while. It was about half full on this occasion, on a performance night at the nearby Mondavi Centet for the Performing Arts, when the better restaurants in town are all packed. That says it all.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We've been going to this restaurant for decades but have been increasingly unhappy with our experiences after new owners took it over some years ago. We have very very few nice, charming and quiet restaurants in our town so if you want to visit with family and friends in a lovely, cozy atmosphere this is the best place, physically. The menu has stayed mainly the same but the prices have risen for the meals, which is understandable, although not always justified in my opinion. Focaccia bread, a bowl of olives and a hearty serving of an herby spread use to be complementary. Now it's $1 for four half slices of bread with a small amount of the spread, no olives. My main gripe is that the wine prices have gone sky high and are out of proportion to the price of the food and for the clientele. There is a lone bottle or two of wine in the upper $30 price, more in the mid to upper $40 range and on up to ~$350 range. Corkage is a very high $18. This alone deters us from enjoying dinner at this restaurant more frequently. Dinner for four, with each of us having salad or soup and a main, plus just one dessert to share and the $18 corkage fee was just over $200, pre-tax and pre-tip. I still would recommend, especially those with a hardy budget, but with some hesitation.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We like the Mustard Seed in Davis as being one of the only restaurants in Town that doesn't feel over-catered to students, with a pleasant atmosphere,and pretty good food.

But we are a bit disappointed in the food. It is good but not creative or spectacular. I had sea bass which was rather bland, very slightly fishy, and would have benefited by some slight garnish. The veggies were fresh but very plain, nothing unusual.

We want Mustard Seed to survive and prosper and will continue to dine there, but wish the economics could find a way to bump up the creativity a notch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Mustard Seed is a favorite of our family. New Years Eve plus a Birthday we were there. Food and service great but we ate on the patio and have to admit it gets cold - particularly floor - even though very good heaters

Tags: Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Romantic, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I have been here several times which is why I made this New Year's Eve reservation. It's a small, intimate, home converted to a restaurant. Great ambiance; almost always quiet. The setting is great, the service has always been good, the food has always been good (until tonight) but the knock on Mustard Seed has always been that they're way too expensive ... and they are.

Tonight, my food was the problem. One in a party of four. I ordered the rack of lamb to be done medium. It came very rare...I sent it back and it was returned warm but the same, red, not even pink. When I told the Server, she offered to take it back yet again. I asked why? Because of the entre' not being done properly, they compted my dessert. When our Server showed the Chef the lamb, he said it never should have happened. I appreciate their honesty and their sharing it with me. The other three in the party were satisfied with their meals but all agreed it was far too expensive. Including tip (and an $18.00 corkage fee for 1 bottle of wine!) the check for two of us was $180.00. So, do I recommend it? I said 'yes' and there's no question, it's a nice little place. It's usually quiet and was that night until a loud party of four (New Year's Eve, remember) were seated next to us. It was annoying but we were close to being finished. So, no guarantee about quiet, and it depends on the occasion and how much you're willing to spend on it. So, it's a very qualified 'yes'.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We headed to Mustard Seed on Christmas Eve. It was chilly and I was looking for a warming meal. I started with the tomato soup, which did the trick!
There is a nice selection of wine by the glass to accompany any menu choice.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Love this place. My favorite in all of David
Nice place. Nice people. Delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Everything was wonderful. We got there at opening time and it was a bit chilly

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Mustard Seed remains a very good steady place for fine food, warm friendly well-informed staff and interesting delicious menu selections; cozy intimate atmosphere, not noisy. It is for adults!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

What a lovely spot! Everything was handled very professionally. They even called us to say we'd left a book at the table! Food was excellent. The wait staff very good.
Great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Having had many evening meals at Mustard Seed I am very familiar with their menu and delight every visit in the choices, some of which I find I gravitate towards every time, knowing they will be perfectly prepared and served. The service is exemplary, the wines lovely and the atmosphere and general ambiance are both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. It is my go to place in Davis.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had tix to the mondavi center, and we had arrived late due to traffic. The server made sure we were done in plenty of time without feeling like we were rushed. The food was great; nice wine list. Will definitely return.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Romantic, Healthy, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is one of our favorite places. We booked a reservation for 6:30 pm on a Saturday night and decided to sit on the patio that was enclosed and heated. Our server Esther discussed the menu and wine list with us. I ordered the Sea Scallops, and my date chose the Sea Bass. Both were excellent as was the wine.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We love this place! Excellent food... especially the desserts. Quite pricey but worth the extra money.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great experience,minor problem with the background music being inaudible in the outdoor setting

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Very nice meal overall. Pear salad and French onion soup were quite good. Lamb was very tasty and well-prepared. Scallops were ok, but not real flavorful. Service very efficient and the restaurant is quite cozy and inviting. Prices are high. Enjoyed our evening and will return

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Ever single bite was absolutely phenomenal! It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. I could not give it a higher recommendation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Second visit and look forward to my third, fourth etc. Highly recommend this gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I haven't been to Mustard Seed in years and am delighted to report that it is still just as outstanding as it was "long" ago! The food - French Onion Soup and Shrimp Louie - were outstanding and the desserts - Chocolate Bread Pudding and Pumpkin Creme Brulee - were ok. The Chocolate Bread Pudding was probably the best I've ever had. The Brulee had no flavor and was a disappointment - it sounded so good! My friend and I had a leisurely lunch - 2 and a half hours - and never felt rushed by the server. The atmosphere is quiet so we could hear ourselves talk. Over all, it was a wonderful event and lunch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

With such lovely atmosphere and service you would think this would be a great place for lunch. Unfortunately the food was definitely below average. The chicken in my Chinese chicken salad was very tough and not tasty. It’s a shame because this restaurant has so much going for it. Get the kitchen back on track.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Loved our waitress so much- friendly and very attentive. Also loved the ambience- such a cute little house with multiple rooms. Tomato soup so good as was the pumpkin chocolate bread pudding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fantastic, quality food! Everything wass world class. Very friendly staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We sat outside which was lovely, but I don't know if it was loud inside or not. We had the salmon carpaccio for an appetizer which was quite yummy. My husband had rib eye which was melt-in-your mouth delicious. My daughter had the Langostino gnocci, which was amazing. I had a the Autumn salad and the french onion soup, both fantastic. We split the pumpkin Creme Brulee for dessert. I gave it only 4/5 stars for value because it's a bit expensive, but I would not hesitate to go back.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It has been a few years since I have had the joy of dining at The Mustard Seed. Always charming, always interesting, creative menu choices, using local produce. The restaurant has changed ownership since I last dined there. Service was good but not great. I thought the patio dining area felt a little unkempt with unused tables kind of shoved together, all tables bare (no vase of flowers, no salt and pepper, no place settings until after we were seated). It just felt a bit thrown together and unwelcoming. The food still was good and the atmosphere quiet enough to visit. Try the grilled-cheese eggs Benedict! Very good and the poached eggs perfectly done (I asked for medium).

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Lovely meal but the service was not top notch for the price. Took server a long time to come to our table and was slow to check on refilling our drink orders. Otherwise it was a nice dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Excellent cuisine. Service was respectful, engaging and fun. Good and presentation very good. Highly recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Outdoor patio was really comfortable and cozy. Meal and service were excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Enjoyed our first-time experience at the Mustard Seed. Would have loved to have eaten outdoors but there was some construction work noise on an adjoining establishment, which was initially creating difficulty with conversations to be heard. An indoor cozy atmosphere with a very attentive waitperson added to our experience. Both the shrimp louie and cobb salads were delicious. Also the apple gratin with a dollop of vanilla ice cream were yummy.
Next time will try their much touted bread pudding. Am looking forward to going again and would highly recommend.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 19, 2017

A woman friend mentioned that she'd never dined here, so I reserved a table for a Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. I prefer the outside patio, but it was too cold. My friend commented on the homey atmosphere as we were seated inside. Our server Caroline answered our questions about the drink and dinner menus. My friend ordered a glass of Turkovich 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon that she really liked. I went with the Hahn 2015 Pinot Noir. Caroline brought us Ciabatta bread with a butter blended with goat cheese and took our orders. My friend chose the French Onion Soup and commented that it didn't have too much sherry as if often the case. Instead of a main course, she went with the Smoked Salmon Carpaccio. I chose a salad with goat cheese, pecans and dried cherries and the Mahi Mahi over Pearl Cous Cous and grilled Ciabatta. We both agreed that the food and service this evening were excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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