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The Mustard Seed

4.5
850 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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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
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Phone number
(530) 758-5750
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Josh Bergman & Roxanna Fenton
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Private party contact
Roxanna Fenton: (530) 758-5750
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Second and Third Streets
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 850 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
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4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Mustard Seed is my favorite restaurant in Davis. However, a little on the pricy side, they serve excellent meat and fish, and have selection of good wines. The service is excellent.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Some of the best food I have ever had. My scallops were perfect. I will go back when I am in town again.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

the food was Ok, a bit disappointed in my dessert and the service. I dod not feel that the waitress paid attention. for example I ordered a soup for an appetizer and it arrived with my meal with little room to spare.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful little house provides great ambiance. The food was excellent and the service very good without being overly aggressive. Overall, a very nice experience.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I ordered a Cobb salad which was described as roasted rosemary chicken with the usual
things a Cobb salad has. The chicken had no rosemary flavor at all; in fact it had no flavor
which also describes the salad. The dressing was basically just olive oil,,,very blah.

My friend ordered the Chinese chicken salad which he said was just OK. Very expensive for two
salads that were mediocre at best.

Very disappointing, as it looks to be a nice spot for lunch in Davis.

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1.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had the fish it was horrible and the texture was gross
Clearly was frozen. The asparagus appetizers were also nothing special. Overall very disappointing

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This was our 3rd visit to the Mustard Seed. It is easily the best restaurant in Davis - very good food and good service. The wine list is small, but they have some good affordable selections.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This is a lovely restaurant with wonderful food. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Small restaurant so be sure to reserve. Menu is not huge but has something for most all tastes. Good wine list. Friendly service. Parking should not be a problem

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Did not know what to expect because we are from out of town. I ordered the tomato bisque with puff pastry. Soup was good, puff pastry ordinary.Smoked salmon carpaccio was fresh with an unusual topping of raw fennel, dill. Rack of lamb and pork chop were good. Nice wine selections.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The Mustard Seed always has wonderful food and great service in a quiet and comfortable atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My husband and I selected this restaurant for our anniversary, following a movie. We especially enjoyed the ambiance at The Mustard Seed and the service was excellent. I had the rack of lamb which was quite good. For me, the rack of lamb would have been a little better with lighter or no sauce. My husband had the pork which was quiet tender and juicy. We also enjoyed two excellent desserts. I had the profiteroles which had great textures and taste. My husband had the chocolate bread pudding. Excellent! All of the dishes were presented attractively. Overall it was a relaxing and enjoyable evening. We look forward to returning. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food and presentation was excellent. It was a little pricey however and portions not very large. I would return

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Visiting in Davis and looking for a place to have dinner. Chose because of great reviews on google. Was not disappointed, excellent food & service. Next time in Davis, will definitely return. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Good for a biz meeting

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

The lamb chops are amazing. The Mustard Seed has long been a favorite restaurant for celebrations.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was delicious! We made a reservation for 7:30pm via opentable. We were not seated until 7:55pm and the waitress took our order from the waiting area bench, very odd especially for a place this nice. We were not offered anything to make up for this mistake.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and everything was just perfect. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Small portions of very good food. Not flexible enough for our special diets.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Their gnocchi with lobster is to die for! For dessert, I had their bread pudding, which was a dream coming true - it was made out of croissants, filled with lovely melted chocolate plus a generous amount of delicious whipped cream. It was amazing! For entré, we also had the lamb and fish with potato croquette. Both were good, but the lobster gnocchi was everyones´favorite. The appetizers (French Onion Soup, Crab Cakes, and Paté with baguette) were fine but if you want to save some money, indulge in the entrés and desserts instead!

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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2.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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

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3.0Dined 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'.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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