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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
Davis, CA 95616
Hours of Operation:
Lunch : Tuesday-Friday From 11:30 Am to 1:30 Pm
Brunch : Saturday From 9:00 Am to 1:30 Pm
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday From 5:30 Pm Until It Is No Longer Smart to be Open
Second and Third Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Josh Bergman & Roxanna Fenton
Private Party Contact:
Roxanna Fenton: (530) 758-5750
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Mustard Seed Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The menu is interesting and provided fine choices. The wine list is well-selected and reasonably priced. The food was perfectly prepared, attractive, and delicious. The waitress was attentive and charming, but did not know about the food or wines, and lacked training or knowledge of protocol. The pleasant patio setting was diminished by the loud-talking, self-aggrandizing party next to us. No solution to that problem or blame to the restaurant for clients that yell about themselves while eating.
We have been dining at The Mustard Seed for more than 20 years but, even though we still love the adorable building and quaint setting, we are disappointed with changes after new owners took it over a few years ago. Food prices have risen (that happens), the olives and about half the volume of butter/cream cheese spread that used to accompany the bread have disappeared (that just seems cheap), but the most off putting is that glasses and especially bottles of wine have dramatically jumped in price and corkage is $18. There use to be a few choices in the mid to upper $20s for a bottle of wine where now the least expensive bottles (just a few) are in the mid to high $30s with majority of bottles in the $44-59 range. This eliminates more frequent dining here if we feel the wine, combined with the higher food prices, is just too pricey to enjoy.
We sat inside for an early birthday lunch. I ordered a couple of my favorites; the tomato bisque and a watermelon and feta salad which are always a treat. My friend loved the bisque, but thought the crab cakes were "nothing special". The restaurant always puts a candle in the dessert to help make a birthday more festive. The 3 of us shared the moist and delicious bread pudding with a very generous helping of whipped cream.
It was hot outside so we stayed inside. When the tables are full, conversation is a bit difficult since the tables are so close.
We have been to Mustard Seed many times over the past few years, but we had not been as thrilled the last couple of times within the past year until this wonderful experience last week. The ambiance, food, service and overall experience picked up for sure and we are pleased to see the Mustard Seed we knew back again. We had a gift certificate from our kids and it was fun to try a few new things. So glad we did.
it was a bit hot, but we decided to eat outside where we were alone and could have a quiet conversation. The best deal for lunch is usually the soup and half sandwich. My gazpacho was a bit bland, but the ABLT is my favorite sandwich here. Since we were celebrating a birthday the attentive waitress kindly put a candle in the ice cream that was on top of the absolutely delicious berry crisp dessert.
It was a disappointing night for my 61st birthday celebration. It started with the wine, we originally asked for two glasses of wine and then did the math and figured it would be better to order a bottle. The waitress said she couldn't do that, which was fine, I think the difference was only about $3.00 but later when we asked for a second glass each, she said it would be better to buy a bottle? My response was, will we get credit for the first two, she replied no but you can take it home. We already paid $26.00 for the two glasses and another $49.00 for the bottle, don't think so. Next, I was torn between ordering the crab cakes as an appetizer and a salad vs. the trout as a main course. The waitress told me the trout was stuffed with crab meat, so I ordered the salad. As she was presenting me with my meal, she told me sorry that she had it wrong and there was no crab meat. We didn't even get a slice of cake or something for my birthday. Finally, I asked for a manager but was told none were on duty, for a Saturday night? I was told they would call me yesterday, still waiting. It's a shame because we have been going there for 14 years now and not too many nice restaurants in Davis to choose from, unless you like pizza.
This was the best lunch we have had at the Mustard Seed. Sandwich was excellent with a nice side salad. Dessert of a nectarine/blueberry tart with ice cream was delicious and enough to share with a friend. It was a perfect day to sit outside on the comfortable back patio and have a long, quiet talk. A very enjoyable lunch.
I thought the food was good. Love the tomato bisque, it rich and creamy. The green salad was delicious with plenty of pecan, apple, cranberry and goat cheese. The rack of lamb was cooked just right, red in the center. My scallop coated with corn meal and was very tasty. I was a little disappointed with the risotto because taste was too pungent. They should have lighten up on the cheese in the risotto.
I really enjoyed dinner at the Mustard Seed; the food was excellent and the service was great. We had dinner on Saturday night and it was busy but I was still able to have a conversation. The halibut was amazing and the pork loin was very good. Our server was attentive, had good suggestions, and service was very timely.
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