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The Mustard Seed

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222 D St, Ste 11, Davis, CA 95616-4543 (Second and Third Streets)
+1 530-758-5750
Today
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
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Tue - Sat 11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
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California
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both of us had the scallops. They tasted better than excellent. The dish was 3 scallops served on 3 subtly-spiced little beds of very smooth mashed potatoes topped with spinach. Very yummy. Five stars for the food and excellent service, but some concerns will keep me from going back. First, the place is small and packed with too many tables.... More 

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Thank Mike R
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For special occasions, this is my "go to" restaurant. The food is very well prepared. Nice selection. Disappointed the new owners didn't honor our gift certificate, but the quality is worth it.

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Thank JOHN M
Davis, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went to the restaurant after the Farmer's Market as it is quite convenient. We sat in the front dining room where it was quiet and comfortable. All of us had soup and sandwiches. We have been coming here through the years and have always been pleased with the food and service.

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Thank Sanine W
Redwood City, CA
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had eaten at Mustard Seed previously, as it was a fast, convenient, and decent quality lunch on our drive to Northern California. On this visit, we arrived at 1:10pm, hungry after a 3 hour drive, and were told the kitchen was closed, even though the closing time posted was 1:30. We asked why the kitchen was closed, when the... More 

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Cottonwood, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a small restaurant in the heart of Davis. The food is delicious and the presentation of each plate is outstanding. If you are attending a concert at the Mondavi Center it is wise to book an early table at least by 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. for an 8:00 p.m. performance so you will not be rushed. Service is... More 

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Davis, California
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111 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

Went for dinner and some dishes were good and others were average. The salmon carpaccio with shaved fennel and orange was very good but the crab cake appetizer was bland. The tomato bisque in puff pastry was excellent but the rack of lamb with potato croquette needed more assertive seasoning. The chocolate croissant bread pudding would have benefitted from Ghiradelli... More 

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Davis, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I've eaten here for many years but notice that since the new ownership, the prices have really gone up. The least expensive bottle of wine was $39 with most being $45 and above. The service is good but the main server is hard to hear and understand. English is not her first language and though she was very nice and... More 

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Thank Claire D
Columbia, Missouri
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This is a small place with a cozy atmosphere and delectable food. The tomato bisque with puffed pastry was a tasty start followed by a mustard seed sauce and pork tender loin cooked to perfection. There was an amplitude of mashed potatoes which were a good compliment but a bit too generous. Supper was finished off with a dark chocolate... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We were looking for a place to eat before going to a show at the Mondavi. The Mustard Seed has an excellent tripadvisor rating so we decided to check it out. Our food was excellent and the atmosphere was quaint. Our server was weak but our impression was that she was new and that that's not the norm for this... More 

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Thank rjbouch
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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499 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Excellent place, quiet, and laid back with excellent food. I had to go back a second night it was so good. Great fish and other dishes and a good wine selection.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 25 - USD 35
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
Thursday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
Friday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
Saturday
11:30 - 13:30
17:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 222 D St, Ste 11, Davis, CA 95616-4543
    (Second and Third Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Davis
  • Phone Number: +1 530-758-5750
Description
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

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