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The Mustard Seed

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222 D St, Ste 11, Davis, CA 95616 (Second and Third Streets)
15307585750
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11:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Enhance Your Romance. Wine and dine in the rustic elegance of our cabin in...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Patio lunch

Lunch on a weekday at noon was surprisingly not crowded. Food is quite good -- fresh and well prepared. The lemonade tasted house made and was very refreshing on a hot Davis day. Service was a bit lacking. Although we were one of only 3 tables, they took awhile to take our drink order and then we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We have dined at this restaurant many times. We do not live in Davis, and have reason to eat out every time we come to this nice town/city. This time, we had our 18 month old grandson, who sat and watched a movie on a tablet during the whole meal. As we walked in it was well noted, by us...that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Lunch on a weekday at noon was surprisingly not crowded. Food is quite good -- fresh and well prepared. The lemonade tasted house made and was very refreshing on a hot Davis day. Service was a bit lacking. Although we were one of only 3 tables, they took awhile to take our drink order and then we had to ask... More 

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Sausalito, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Stopping by The Mustard Seed for lunch on our way from Marin County to Lake Tahoe has become an annual tradition. The interior looks cozy, but we always opt for the outdoor patio, which is shaded by large awnings. Although all the dishes look very appetizing, for the last few visits we keep ordering the Grilled Salmon Caesar, which is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As a local, I visit often. Great food. Great service. Cozy, even romantic, dining rooms. Fireplace. Patio seating. Interesting and broad wine list. Rack of lamb is fantastic and the bread pudding will send you to rehab. Not a ton of tables so book early. On the upper end of the dining experience and the bill will reflect it. Worth... More 

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Enjoyed a delicious lunch on their lovely patio. The crab cake salad was perfectly dressed and the crab cakes delicate and flavorful. Highly recommend for the atmosphere, solid service, and tasty food.

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is by far my favorite restaurant in town. I've lived in Davis for 20 years, and this restaurant continues to be my favorite spot for lunch or a nice dinner. The food is fresh and delicious, and their wines are top notch. If you like dessert, do not miss their bread pudding. The cozy, intimate atmosphere makes dining a... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Setting is cozy and quite charming, staff is pleasant and service is efficient. Unfortunately the food is hit and miss:rack of lamb was predictable and pleasant through medium rare instead of rare as requested, the rare tuna was overcooked and lack in seasonings, the crab cakes were average at best, on the other hand the artichokes were excellent and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I have been going to the Mustard Seed for 20+ years and it has reached a true low. Ownership changed at some stage and the menu today looked very sad. The Sandwiches I make at home are more exciting. The salads were the sandwiches on lettuce. The lack of selection in Davis has kept them open and it is a... More 

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Dubuque, IA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Visited the Mustard Seed after my Sons graduation. They knew exactly what time to make reservations based upon experience of past. They serve wine and beer only for cocktails. The wine list was very good. I ordered the Caesar salad and ribeye steak. The salad was adequate, nice croutons. The steak was cooked close to as ordered. Mashed spuds under... More 

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This continues to be one of my favorite places to dine in downtown Davis, for both lunch and dinner. I brought an out of town guest here recently because I wanted to be sure that the meal was perfect - and it was. The restaurant is housed in an old building with three small indoor seating areas as well as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 222 D St, Ste 11, Davis, CA 95616
    (Second and Third Streets)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Davis
  • Phone Number: 15307585750

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 35
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?