Mustard Seed Café

. April 1, 2014.

I admire what they’re doing at the Mustard Seed Café in Bluffton. The quaint restaurant offers a high-quality, distinct menu in a comfortable, fresh atmosphere. Everything there is made from scratch. But unfortunately, we caught them on a tough night.

Ever since making the choice to review Mustard Seed, I had been looking forward to it. Their menu includes dishes like tortellini with gorgonzola crème, lobster bisque, and cold poached scallop with blueberry vinegar aioli. I don’t even know what aioli is, but it sounds good.

The problem was, we waited almost an hour and 45 minutes for our main meal to arrive – with a 5 and 8-year-old in tow. It was a night when the café unveiled a special extra dinner menu for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and the way the orders panned out between two menus became challenging for the kitchen.

Our appetizer of mussels steamed in beer arrived pretty quickly, as well as the wedge salad we ordered for the kids to share. We showed some concern as time ticked away, and our waiter brought a fresh fruit bowl and homemade bread.

Captivating menu with healthy choices

Mustard Seed boasts a captivating menu, including gluten free choices. There are 12 breakfast selections, like toast fingers – eggs baked in heavy cream with herbs and cheese, fruit and toast fingers from house sourdough.

The lunch menu looks delectable too, and they also serve a weekend brunch with different choices from the week. The kids’ menu for dinner is grilled cheese, pasta with cheese or tomato sauce, or spaghetti, all served with fruit.

Eight distinctive dishes make up the usual dinner menu, along with soups, salads, appetizers and tasty desserts. The night we were there, specials such as Gaelic steak flambé and Guinness glazed flounder with Colcannon potatoes and glazed carrots were available.

I ordered the flounder special and found it to be delicious. The fish and potatoes were unique, with a great consistency and flavor. My husband appreciated his shrimp scampi over pasta and the kids enjoyed their meals.

General manager and Chef Rhonda Moor came to our table to apologize for our wait. Her sincerity won us over, and we soon found ourselves eating deep dish brownies with vanilla ice cream on the house.

A relaxing treat with a wait

There is no doubt the fare at Mustard Seed was wonderful with a fun, elegant presentation. The restaurant’s décor is enjoyable – wood tables draped with white cloths, the walls painted in bright yellow and green rising to white lights strung across the high ceiling. Nestled among the lights are colorful tapestries of fruit and vegetables. The kids loved looking around, but I’m torn as to whether it’s a place for them.

A long meal can be a relaxing treat.
I get the impression Mustard Seed is a bit more of a, “enjoy the food and linger” kind of place. While waiting for our food I heard people talking about how much they love the restaurant.

A couple behind us, who watched our saga unfold, told me it’s the “best thing we’ve got going for a good meal” in Bluffton.  I’m not in a rush, but I will probably try it again – the food was good and they have a lot to offer.

The Short Course
Kid-friendly Somewhat
To avoid wait Consider making a reservation on weekend evenings. Weekend brunch is one of their busier times
Noise level Quiet to moderate
Bathroom amenities Nice restroom
High chairs Yes
Got milk? White and chocolate
Kids menu Yes, limited
Healthy kids options? Yes, salads, fruit
Food allergy concerns Yes, let your server know or even call ahead. Gluten-free options on the main menu.

Mustard Seed Cafe
562 N. Main St.
Bluffton, OH 45817
Mon, Wed and Thurs: 9 am to 3 pm,
Closed Tuesdays
Friday: 9 am to 8 pm;
Saturday: 8 am to 8 pm
Sunday: 8 am to 3 pm;
Sat and Sun brunch: 10 am to 3 pm
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Take-out, catering and private
parties available