About Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn
Lotus, CA 95651
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
As usual, a delightful dining experience ...
As usual, a delightful dining experience. A wonderful way to ring in the New Year with good friends and good food. New Year's Eve 2017. Thank you Chef John, Gina, and Kaela who is wonderful plus the entire staff.
This lovely cafe always has excellent fo ...
This lovely cafe always has excellent food! Service is good although on this trip, it was a bit erratic. There was a full house with two servers doing everything including dealing with a large party, and at least one very picky diner. The fixed price menu is a great value! There is a nice variety of options in smaller size portions. We each had a different fish. Each was excellently prepared and presented!
Two night in a row! Food very, very good ...
Two night in a row! Food very, very good this second night. What we found surprising was the Chef's insistence on NO SUBSTITUTIONS! Wow, how un-Californian. The first night we had asked for a simple substitution and had to really beg for it. This time it was to ADD chicken to a Ceaser Salad. Seems like a no-brainer...add Chicken, collect $12.00, make customers happy. Noooooo! "Chef does not do that, in fact, he never has..." Oh well. Just beware: When you find this great little spot you are apparently entering "Food meets Artist" territory, so pack your "customer is always right" notions and simply order exactly what is on the menu, or else! All in all it had to be good or we would not have returned two night in a row. As noted, food and service (except the chef's stubbornness) was A+
this was supposed to be 20th anniv celeb ...
this was supposed to be 20th anniv celeb. All was so great my husband wrote at the table great review. Within an hour of getting home I came down with what doctor confirmed was food poisoning - thought fish or green sauce that completely covered stuffed sole with prawn on pick only identifiable item. By 10PM I had severe cramps, and spent most of the time in the bathroom until 7AM - notified owners by email, Gina called but hadn't read email - said couldn't be their fault since fish delivered AM - since I had nothing that day except bagel and coffee at 8AM - doctor said definitely something from one of the four courses - and that not everyone reacts same to tainted food. Owner said no one else got sick, but DR also said depending on severity, most people don't realize what it's from - Great substitute for the icky salty stuff they give you for a colonoscopy - We were referred by friends but wasted money and build up for such a special occassion. Friends won't be back either
To celebrate our 56th wedding anniversar ...
To celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary, we decided to dine at Café Mahjaic. We had a 6:30 evening reservation and arrived at 6:16. We were told to have a seat on the bench in a small area facing the front door, and we would be seated in five minutes. After 10, I asked a server why we were being quarantined in the holding tank when many tables were available. She said, “Our policy is to only seat six people each 15-minute period.” Who are they serving their customers or themselves. They need to change their policy. Waiting in the holding tank is degrading, and not conducive to promoting goodwill. Being seated at a table, and told that service will begin as soon as possible would have left a better taste in our mouths.
Our luck changed immediately when another server, Alex, overheard our conversation and sprang into action saying, with a broad smile, “I will seat you now.”
My wife, who’s not a big eater had the four-course menu special. It was wonderful. I know because I helped her taking small delicious bites. I ordered the Coulotte steak, medium rare. It was perfect, as were the trimmings.
Scott Harvey, Amador Barbara 2013 was poured by the glass. Man, what an extraordinary compliment to a fine dining experience.
A bad beginning was fortunately rehabilitated into a memorable celebration. Thank you, Alex and Café Mahjaic. To paraphrase the great General Douglas MacArthur, “We shall return, often.”
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.
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