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The Mustard Seed

4.4
830 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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 830 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cricket (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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KerryC 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined 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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Randy (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

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

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cesf (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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Slav (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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vipTardigrade (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined 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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Dedonut (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined 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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KathyD (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

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

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BeenAroundDiner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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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