The Mustard Seed

4.7
1302 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1302 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKarenB
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food and service at the Mustard Seed are consistently very good!

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FrankS
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service every time. A bit pricy, but worth every penny.

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richardm
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Some of the best food in Davis. The scallops in particular are excellent.

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GemmaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first restaurant dinner since COVID began, and it could not have been more perfect. Thank you.

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Bolfer
Sacramento
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We met friends for a meal, and found the ambiance and service just right for us. Their outdoor dining area is covered, comfortable and pleasant. Our waiter was friendly and helpful, but never rushed us as we enjoyed our conversation.

The food was well-prepared and well-presented. It is not inexpensive, but there quality of the food and environment made it worthwhile.

We’ll be back.

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vip1Bob1
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always meets our expectations.

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JudyW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Davisites needs a good restaurant like this for our special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries

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WilliamW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and attentive and the food was incredible. We had the rack of lamb, the steak and pork loin. The Tomato Bisque was excellent as an appetizer. Everything we had was excellent.

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vip1Bob1
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mustard Seed always meets expectations. The menu is standard for California cuisine but the preparation and presentation make the dining experience well worth it.

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BarbaraM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious rack of lamb with all sides excellent. The starter salad of spinach and Asian pear was perfect.

Waitress went above and beyond. Wine was off so she opened a second bottle and it was the same. The 3rd truly as the charm. . Brava!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great ,lovely place ,nice setting staff friendly

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peterv
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The parmesan "chip" on the cesar salad was impossible to cut and a waste of time.

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NancyB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking for a place to dine with my friend for lunch. Davis was a midway point to meet. Found The Mustard Seed online and it looked great. Menu was really good with variety. Had the crab cake salad and it was excellent. Their gazpacho soup was also amazing! Next time I am in Davis I will definitely return to this restaurant. The servers were so polite and friendly. It is a true gem of a restaurant!

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TryingHard
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Great food, but saw prices went up. A couple visits I've had to hunt down someone to take our order or bring our drinks after an extended period. Difficult to have a business or important dinner as service is not predictable. I realize a shortage of people and training and feel it will improve. I recommend based on the food, be prepared to be patient.

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ChristopherL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Excellent food. No air conditioning in the section we were seated.

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Jude
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first visit - such a lovely restaurant and so friendly. I can see this becoming our goto spot when we are visiting Davis!

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JeanneM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was a cute restaurant in Davis. It serves sandwiches and salads for lunch. I’d like to try their dinner dishes sometime.

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DebbieC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was excellent, if not a little dated. Understaffed so service was very slow- needed to ask for beverages, first course….we were very patience as we are fully aware of staff storages due to the pandemic. I was pleased to see that they were busy and that the food was tasty.

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JanetM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I intended to finish only half my chicken-apple-Brie sandwich but Oh my goodness. It was just fantastic!

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vipMargotC
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch for a friend. Everything was excellent. We had the Cobb salad and the almond curry tuna salad. Both were wonderful. For dessert we had raspberry sorbet. Best we’ve ever had. Real berries inside and the plating was beautiful.

Highly recommend Mustard Seed!

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WalterS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was excellent, as always, but the service was slow. When we first arrived, we waited almost 15 minutes to get a glass of water. The whole lunch lasted well over two hours and I was worried about getting a ticket. (I didn't -- whew!)
But I need to reiterate, the food was superb.

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AliW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening out. Delicious food. Thank you for helping us celebrate.

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Davisprof
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mustard Seed is popular for lunch, although the menu is limited to sandwiches (inventive combinations), starters and soup. The service was good; fast and friendly. The food was attractive and tasty, especially the crab cakes.

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JerryC
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

After a long COVID drought, it was very nice to dine outside in the cozy courtyard. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. The service was attentive and accurate, and the food was excellent. A very fine experience.

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vipJimbo
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, salads delicious, entrees of lamb rack, grilled pork and duck breast perfectly cooked-all sides were excellent

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vipGaspode
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and awesome service. Very attentive and friendly. Will be coming back!

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
33 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I love Mustard Seed! The food is always excellent

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Savorer
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Here's the thing about my recent visit. I have been to Mustard Seed several times since I moved to Yolo County. I usually order the duck, but the last time I ordered that dish, I wasn't even convinced it was duck. So this time, I ordered rack of lamb. AND I ordered it to be cooked Medium Rare leaning toward the Rare side. When my dinner came there wasn't even a hint of pink on the lamb. Instead, it was a very, very well done brown. I showed the server who agreed it was well done. The overcooked lamb was virtually flavorless.
Server did not offer to replace the lamb. Management did not offer a discount. This makes me sad because I try to support the small struggling restaurants in the area.
But I will not go back again.

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vipSteve
Sacramento
108 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food – scallops and salmon dish is always excellent (and the gazpacho is back). Modest selection of fairly priced good wines. Great service! Outside patio is nice.

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vipKarenB
Sacramento
33 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I love the Mustard Seed!!

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vipMichael
Sacramento
48 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding! The service was prompt and thorough and friendly. Professional without being stuffy. And the food was perfect. We look forward to returning.

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Ucd9699
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for special occasions. Delicious food,
Nicely prepared and presented. Service is wonderful and outdoor patio is an intimate dinning experience.

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JennW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and will return

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LindaF
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here many times now. Great food and gret people working there. zmy father is 94 they have accommodated him everytime. Thank you.

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ConnieB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Chicken in my salad was very tough otherwise everything else was good. Thank you.

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TimC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will definitely be back.

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vipDparro
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treating a colleague

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is delectable. We enjoyed our visit very much. Staff did their best despite a large party slowing service. The food tho was very much the wait.

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FSMo
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is really excellent. By far the best in Davis. Very comfortable patio seating and attentive service. Highly recommend.

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KarenM
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a wonderful place . from arrival to departure the staff/owners were amazing. the food was delicious & beautiful . i can’t wait to go back again

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 1302 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.