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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Quiet Conversation (19)
Cozy (18)
Romantic (18)
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Special Occasion (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Healthy (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Business Meals (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Authentic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Comfort Food (1)
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 6, 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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 25, 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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·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 22, 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 17, 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 15, 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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·Dined on December 9, 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 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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vip
 (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

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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 28, 2017

We went to Mustard Seed for business meeting lunch. The food was just okay and very expensive ($20 for salads!). the bread pudding was amazing though!

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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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vip
 (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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