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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn Ratings and Reviews
I would really like to give this place a ...
I would really like to give this place a better review. We live close by so they are convenient and I like the ambience and the food.
My big problem with this place is there lack of a hostess. This is the third time we have been to this restaurant and had the same experience.We got there on time for our reservation and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for someone to acknowledge us. With no hostess you have to just stand around waiting for one of the waitresses to notice you. Even after my husband approached a waiter, we still waited. I had to go pitch a minor fit with one of the other waitresses before someone finally acknowledged we were waiting.
This is not a cheap restaurant. They really need to invest in a hostess. This is a recurring problem. I don't intend to go back unless I hear that they have a hostess. Service is important at a restaurant and that is where this restaurant really struggles.
Once we were finally seated, our waitress was quite good. However, we were just about to leave by then after waiting so long.
We wee both really aggravated by then. After a glass of wine, we calmed down, but we don't go out to eat so that we can be annoyed. Even though the food was good, it was overshadowed by our initial wait.
Even if someone had come by and acknowledged we were waiting and said they were busy, it would have been better than being ignored.
If I have a special occasion, or special guests I want to entertain I always chose Cafe Mahjaic on our side of the American River Canyon...They never fail to impress with service, menu and ambiance. A warm smile upon entry to the sincere thank you upon your exit, I love this restaurant.
Go to dinner are Cafe Mahjaic
We live in the area and were thrilled when Café Mahjaic opened and even more thrilled that we can still enjoy its great food and lovely atmosphere. Not only is the food great but the wine list is super and so reasonable! Make a reservation now!
We go here every month or two. Have always had a great meal. Dana our server was right on when it came to giving us attention and serving our food, which was outstanding and hot. Totally recommend, keep in mind you go to this restaurant to dine, not fast food. Some reviews mention the length of time spent there. If you want a 30 minute meal, go somewhere else.
Disappointed in Pilot Hill
I usually love this place, but was extremely disappointed on this occasion. It was a late Mother's Day celebration, and we had taken our 92-year old mother. We had a horrible experience trying to get her into the restaurant with her walker. The air conditioning was not functioning properly, so we were all sweating. The service was almost non-existent - very slow. It took 45 minutes to get butter! My sea bass was overcooked and dry, and others commented negatively on their meals when they finally arrived. I am sad to say I will choose a different location to celebrate my anniversary next week.
The food was excellent, and the old buil ...
The food was excellent, and the old building occupied by the restaurant is full of character. My husband and I celebrated our 15th anniversary here. We both opted for the fixed menu ($34 per person), and enjoyed everything we tried. A couple of highlights: The Bruschetta was very flavorful and delicious, and the Asparagus Bisque was surprisingly spicy and really lovely on a cool rainy evening.
Unfortunately a few things detracted from the overall experience. First, the noise level was very high, especially for such a nice restaurant, making it difficult to have a normal conversation. Second, the service was quite slow and seemed to get worse as the evening went on. When we finished dessert we had to wait for about 10 minutes before our server brought the check. During this time she made several trips to another table without even glancing our direction. Perhaps it was because we hadn't ordered wine or other drinks, and she didn't see us as having big money making potential compared to a table of 4 ordering multiple bottles of wine. Whatever the cause, it is very unlikely we will go here again, because although the food was very good, the overall experience was somewhat dissapointing.
Absolutely the BEST restaurant!!! We LOV ...
Absolutely the BEST restaurant!!! We LOVE the OUTSTANDING, DELICIOUS food; the great dinner choices; the service - it was the BEST ever this last weekend; the environment both inside and out. It is a relaxing and very enjoyable get-away for an evening.
Great Mother's Day dining!
The menu is pretty limited, but enough variety to satisfy! My vegan son and his wife even found a vegan dish, which my non-vegan husband also choose. They all enjoyed their selections, as did I - which was the pepper encrusted tuna. The dinners were very nicely presented, and delicious, as was the cheesecake my husband and I shared for dessert! The wine selection was limited too, but adequate. The server was very knowledgeable and pleasant. We will be back!
This was our 5th visit to Mahjaic, and o ...
This was our 5th visit to Mahjaic, and once again the service and the food delivered! The chef is a food genius and artist! He pays homage to serving what is in season, and it never disappoints. The servers are amazing; providing excellent service - never hovering, but always available and attentive. The ambiance of this little gem is heavenly. Not stuffy, very relaxed, and reasonably priced for the high quality this chef puts out. Without a doubt, we will be visiting again soon!
Superb food and atmosphere. A real gem.
Cafe Mahjaic is an outstanding restaurant tucked away in the town of Lotus in the Sierra foothills. I have dined all over the world, and at some of the best restaurants, and this little place can compete with most. Make it a destination when going to explore the gold country. You wont regret it.
My boyfriend and I stayed at an AMAZING local bed and breakfast, Bella Vista, where the host HIGHLY recommend we try Cafe Mahjaic, gave us the website for reservations and we couldn't be more pleased. Our dinners were exquisite! We did the special where we each got an appetizer, soup or salad, entree and desert for around $34 each. Each course was on the small side, compared to most American restaurant standards now a days, but they were perfect size to keep your appetite going through the desert and be full at the end! The only complaint is would have was that the bread they serve when you are first seated was burnt on the bottom, I'm sure just a slight over-look. I would still recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys fine dining at a reasonable price!
The food was excellent as always. Howeve ...
The food was excellent as always. However the service was poor. It took 20 minutes to get our drink order. Once served no one asked if we needed anything. No follow-up for drinks. The dinner took a total of two hours and 45 minutes
Sad to say that our meal was mediocre, at best.
Bruschetta was underseasoned with nicely toasted bread. Salads arrived without dressing and we were told that they were meant to be "lightly dressed" by the waitress. Yes, "lightly" implies that there is actually dressing ON the salad.
Steaks were overdone, drenched in sauces. Pasta dish was so overwhelmed by the number of ingredients in it that it was hard to tell them apart.
I think the concept of this restaurant nestled in the hills is so great- please reconsider simplifying your overdone dishes because I could tell that some of those ingredients- perhaps choosing 2-3 from each plate- would be great just on their own without all the extra 'fluff.' Celebrate your fresh flavors!
I'll try you again after some time. Hope round two is a winner!
Food: good Service: good Ambiance: very ...
Ambiance: very nice
Time of service: terrible
Had reservations for 5:15pm. Arrived at 5:05pm right after opening. Were seated right away (third table seated). Waitress was helpful, gave great wine recommendation, and had bread and water coming. We waited for 1 hour and 20minutes for the first course to be served. All in all we were done with the meal and got out check at 7:45pm. Two hours and forty minutes is unreasonably long for a regular 2-person meal. All in all a nice evening, but we were not in a hurry this time.
Saturday night dinner
We are frequent return customers, the food is always first rate. My only concern was the wait staff, they were a bit busy when we arrived but there were empty tables to be seated at. The wait staff had us stand in the entrance for about 10 minutes and they never assured us we would be seated shortly or apologize for the wait. We saw other customers receive the same treatment. Our waitress was super but the assistant bring bread and water was very cool and aloof. Not what we were expecting from a favorite spot. We still love the restaurant.
Rural Charm and Urban Falir
Cafe Mahjaic is a charming little restaurant and an ideal dinner spot for anyone staying at Eden Vale Inn or Bella Vista B&B. The food is well prepared, the wine pours generous, and the wine list reasonable. You can enjoy a nice meal and friendly service in a charming room without the long drive into Placerville.
Not for us
We arrived on time 545 reservation. 30 min later soup and salad served. Much later dinner was served. We left at 820. Other patrons arrived after us. They were served and left before us. One of us had the special halibut and the other your packaged meal. The presentation and bread was good. She actually brought us more bread to hold us over. This service is not acceptable for anyone and especially for a diabetic taking insulin. We will not be returning.
A little bit of heaven.
We were a group of four. We all chose the special $34 per person appetizer, soup or salad, main dish,and desert.Lots to chose from in the paired menu. The steak dish and home made papardelli with vegetables were amazing. My friend said it was the best steak she has ever had. Desert of chocolate cake and cheese cake ...heavenly. Every morsal from beginning to end was delicious. Warm cozy atmosphere, white table clothes lite with candles and one red flower, rustic wood floors and red brick walls decorated sparingly and tastfully with artwork. Add the wonderful, friendly, and helpful service with spectacular wine to all I have described and you have a very beautiful evening with friends. Enjoy.
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