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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-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

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

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
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Good for a Date (15)
Romantic (14)
Cozy (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Authentic (3)
Fun (2)
Organic (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
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Hot Spot (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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 3, 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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·Dined on December 3, 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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·Dined on December 2, 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 2, 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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·Dined on November 19, 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 12, 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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vip
 (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 29, 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 29, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 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 28, 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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·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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·Dined on October 26, 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 20, 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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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food is always fresh and prepared on the spot. The wine is outrageously expensive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

perfect date night. beef and lamb cooked perfectly, well seasoned, and service as polite and pleasant as it gets.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

We were very impressed with our experience. All the food was excellent. They do not have a bar, so bear that in mind if you like a pre-dinner cocktail.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food. Staff expertly trained and very helpful with avoiding gluten contamination. Need to update music selections-- a bit heavy-handed on the standard classical. How about classical guitar, Windam Hill, local instrumentals, etc.?

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 11, 2017

very nice service, interesting food combinations, outstanding profiteroles.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great for gluten free when needed, the staff is very aware and helpful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Special birthday dinner! Best restaurant in Davis. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great food & wine list, gracious service, always a delightful evening

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Ambience is very nice in old house. The garden setting is attractive. Service was prompt and polite. The food is prepared well but does not offer any surprises. It is quite traditional, the usual pork loin, salmon etc. Nothing for herbivores.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

They were able to adjust the menu for gluten free options. Thanks MS!

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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Nice little restaurant. Pricy but the menu is original and overall a success. Our waitress was discrete and efficient.

Tags: Seasonal, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

I've eaten lunch here twice since the new owner opened. Nice calm atmosphere and delicious food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great as usual. Special occasion for daughter starting Vet School. Food excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Organic, Business Meals, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 28, 2017

One of the top restaurants in Davis. The food, drinks, and service are always very good. I like that it is a cozy space and tends to be on the quiet side so I can hear the person I'm dining with, but not so quiet that I can easily hear other conversations.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Cozy spot, excellent food and service, lovely wine list. Seasonal menu.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 15, 2017

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.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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