About Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn
Dinners at Cafe' Mahjaic are New American, a mixture of all ethnic backgrounds. All foods, sauces and breads made from scratch daily using naturally raise meats and grains. Fresh fish from the ocean. Organic produce when available.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
$30 and under
Private Party Contact:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine
Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn Ratings and Reviews
We drove 45 minutes but the experiece wa ...
We drove 45 minutes but the experiece was worth it. Excellent food in an unpretentious historical building with a creative but not avante garde menu. The portions will seem small if you are used to bringing extra home but they are right sized for eating your entire meal. We had the fixed menu which had enough selection and was very reasonable for the quality of the food.
This was Thanksgiving and the experience ...
This was Thanksgiving and the experience was very lovely but the food could be better without much trouble. Specifically, the bread is cold, boring and almost seems stale. This is an easy fix. The appetizers were outstanding but my salad was limp, boring and small -- again, easy fix. My turkey was excellent and moist but served on top of both boring mashed potatoes and unremarkable stuffing -- too salty and greasy. The menu said "fresh vegetables" which they were but I got four green beans, one skinny carrot and 1/4 of a beet, all excellent but they were just a colorful garnish, not a serving. The wine, service, coffee and dessert were all fine. This is the best restaurant around but still could improve. I keep hoping and trying again.
We had Thanksgiving here and this was ex ...
We had Thanksgiving here and this was exactly what I was looking for. An experience. Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Just the right amount of attention without being over-the-top. The wine list was excellent and there were no high chairs. Highly recommended
Many friends raved about Cafe Mohajaic a ...
Many friends raved about Cafe Mohajaic and I finally went last month. I was stunned by the flavors, unique and delicious. I knew my husband would love it too, so I took him for our anniversary. We have to go back again because it was so hard to decide which of the dishes we wanted. The fish, amazing and the pumpkin relleno super. What a fine meal. I recommend the fixed menu...at first we were thinking it would be too much food, but the server explained that the portions were smaller. Well worth it because we got to taste the butternut squash soup, the shrimp appetizer, our main course and chocolate decadence for dessert. I do wish it wasn't such a long drive from my house, because I know we would return a lot. Even with the drive I will bring guests from out of town to Cafe M. because of the hight quality.
Wife & I went here on a date hoping for ...
Wife & I went here on a date hoping for an exquisite dining experience, it did NOT happen. We tried their 4 course meals for $35, which sounds like a good value and would have been if the food was any good.
Appetizers: Bruschetta for her and fried cheese for me; just "okay"
Salads: House for her Cesar for me - Cesar salad was essentially tasteless.
She ordered the Schnitzel with spaetzle and I order a pumpkin stuffed chile relleno on a bed of chipotle risotto (sounds yummy right?), the spaetzle tasted like vinegar, so much so that she didn't even try the pork schnitzel just sent the dish back with the intent to order something more edible. I tried the risotto 1st and it tasted pretty good, but when I tried the small stuffed poblano chile it was a JALAPENO pepper instead (I know the difference) so I mentioned it to the server and sent mine back ... I don't know what the server told the chef, but he came back & told us they would not cook for us and asked us to leave.
They didn't charge us for anything, so no financial impact, but it cost us an hour of our time and we didn't have dinner that evening :(
Very interesting and different menu. Ev ...
Very interesting and different menu. Everything we ordered from the prix fixe menu was very good. We had read online that service can be slow, but we found it just right. We arrived when they opened and on a weeknight in November.
Wow, feel real lucky to have found this ...
Wow, feel real lucky to have found this spot. We are recent transplants from the Bay Area and there are few restaurants that live up to that competition, but this place does. I had the flank steak and it was done perfectly with a fantastic balsamic-red wine reduction sauce. My wife had the pork schnitzel with spaetzle and it was great, too. Perfect crust. Wonderfully building and interior. Wish it was closer to Placerville, but we'll be back nonetheless.
Once again we had a super meal at Cafe M ...
Once again we had a super meal at Cafe Mahjaic. Unfortunately, our service was a bit slow. It took us probably 30 minutes to get our salad once we ordered. Not sure what the problem was. If there was a problem with not enough servers or they had a problem in the kitchen it would have been nice to have been informed. Fortunately, once we received our food we were thrilled with it. Everything was excellent.
This was our second visit and the food w ...
This was our second visit and the food was delicious both times. We love the small-menu.
Our waiter was very personable but for some reason the food delivery was VERY slow. We
waited for the first course and then between each course for much longer than it should have
been (over 20 minutes sometimes). We were never offered a touch up on our coffee which was
unusual. The outside bathroom was appropriate for the Gold Rush era building but getting there in the rain without a covered walkway was uncomfortable. Rustic beauty doesn't preclude comfort.
We received a gift certificate for this ...
We received a gift certificate for this restaurant. It was a 1 1/2 hour drive from our residence but worth the time. The location was lovely, the food was great and service was excellent. I would highly recommend this place to family and friends.
Have dined at Café Mahjaic several times ...
Have dined at Café Mahjaic several times. The food never disappoints. Creative, expertly prepared, seasonal specialties plus regular menu items. The $35 fixed-price 4 course dinner is a bargain: smaller portions than regular menu portions, but a chance to have several of the special items all in one meal. Get on their email list to be tempted by their menu descriptions!
There are only one waitress and one serv ...
There are only one waitress and one server/cleanup to handle the whole restaurant. There also appears to be only one cook. So, don't be in a hurry and plan to relax while your meal comes with some long waits between courses. The presentation was excellent on the Salmon with seasonal vegetables. The meal was large so we didn't have room to order deserts but they did appear to be very good at the other tables. Make reservations, as the wait for a place may be way too long for your empty stomach.
This is a wonderful experience for speci ...
This is a wonderful experience for special occasions in an adult atmosphere - not great for kiddos. Don't expect a fast paced dinner but a meal you can enjoy a bottle of wine enjoying. You can order an full entree and salad separately or order a sampling of an appetizer, salad, entree, and dessert for a bit. Small samples (one shrimp for the app) but a good way to have a small four course meal for a bit over $30. We will be back.
This is the best restaurant in our rural ...
This is the best restaurant in our rural area and usually has beautifully prepared food. This time was a disappointment to me. The bread is cold, tasteless and boring with too little butter. My yellow-tail fish was heavily breaded and greasy, served on boring mashed potatoes. The single cooked carrot was tough. Dessert and coffee were good but it would be nice to have a light choice for dessert -- say sorbet or fresh fruit.
We tool a Bay Area couple with us who we ...
We tool a Bay Area couple with us who were visiting us and are foodies. Our table was perfect, next to a window. Service was outstanding. The four of us opted for the fixed price menu. Each bite, for all of us, was delicious. The timing between plates was perfect. We brought our two bottles of wine as we are wine makers. Your corkage fee is fair $14 per botle. Desserts were lusious! Overall, our guests said they want to return to Cafe Mahjaic next time they visit us! We will!!
The chef here is very good a cultivating ...
The chef here is very good a cultivating bold flavors, such as the flavor of my flank steak or the chocolate in the dessert - but less good at subtle flavors - no herb notes in a roasted pepper soup - a 'bourbon whipped cream' with no bourbon flavor, etc.
The service was VERY slow when we were there. It was a holiday weekend - but it took almost an hour to get our appetizers! Wait staff was over worked, didn't refill our drinks until we were ready to go, then spilled water on my foot.
We should have left when the whole resta ...
We should have left when the whole restaurant was empty and we had to wait over 10 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. My husband said lets go but I said lets try a few more minutes. He went and asked one of the staff again and they finally seated us.
Would have been nice if they had removed the extra setting and chair since it was a round table and they had plenty of time. This is supposed to be a nice restaurant so we had different expectations then a local coffee shop.
My husband and I ordered the chefs 4 course meal but our other guests did not. So I asked the waitress if she would please bring the appetizer with our soup/salad course so the other guests didn't have to sit through 4 courses. She told us that wasn't possible everything had to come out in a certain order. I asked her again to please just hold them in the kitchen then and bring out with the salads. However, she still brought them out first. Then another long delay for the salads and another until the meals finally arrived.
My son liked his salmon, his Italian girlfriend played with the pasta but really didn't eat it (I am guessing she didn't like it). My daughter had enjoyed her salad. My risotto was okay and my husband said the same about his Halibut. Neither one of us would order again. They enjoyed our deserts. The bottle of wine we ordered was nice and a good price.
The next night at dinner my husband said to me "can you believe the horrible service? They where so rude". I should have listened to him when he wanted to leave.
Seated us right on time! Food was absolu ...
Seated us right on time! Food was absolutely amazing. The staff knew exactly what to recommend! My favorite part is that the owner is the chef! If you are looking for amazing food this is the spot to go. Not really recommended with children!
Went to Cafe Mahjaic for our anniversar ...
Went to Cafe Mahjaic for our anniversary and we had a great meal! We chose the price fixe menu which had lots of choices and was the perfect amount of food for us. The servings are smaller than the regular menu, but you get 4 courses and get to try more dishes.
We had not been to the cafe in 10 years and glad it is still there, going strong! Hope to return again soon!
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