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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.
Lotus, CA 95651
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
$30 and under
Private Party Contact:
Gina: (530) 622-9587
Beer, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine
Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn Ratings and Reviews
As per usual we had a wonderful time at Cafe Mahjaic. That said for the second time we waited quite a while for dinner to arrive after the order was taken...Not the wait staff's fault as far as I could see. But it was over an hour wait...and this is the second time in a month this has happened. If the restaurant was jammed that's one thing and I understand that...but it was busy but not over flowing. Still, the food was excellent and the wait staff gracious and accommodating. Quite by chance when we arrived, two other couples, friends of ours arrived as well. The staff set us up with a table for six without hesitation. Bravo and many thanks.
It was my first time at Cafe Mahjaic. I have driven by it TONS of times, but my husband was never willing to pay for the good food. I took a friend and we did the Fixed Price Four Course dinner. It was $37 and the food was great! I think it was great value for the money but my husband would disagree so I didn't bring him, lol.
We LOVE Cafe Majhaic! Stayed here for our Coloma wedding honeymoon two years ago and have eaten here multiple times. The food is amazing, wine was also delectable! It's got such a rustic feeling and small enough to be cozy. Always love coming here!
Fantastic food! Server warned us it might be slow due to individual meal prep and so our expectations were well managed. Food came out very timely after a bit of a wait for the first course. The Saganski was unbelievable! Great value on the fixed price menu.
This is a dinner well worth getting reservations for. We were in Coloma for the rafting (what else?) and Cafe Mahjaic was very close (two minutes' drive) to our campground - a great bit of luxury before heading out into the wilderness!
The Lotus Inn reviews were loaded with suggestions to make reservations at this, their partner business, and they were right on: Delicious, intriguing, seasonal food in a lovely atmosphere (must be a historic building). The staff does amazing things with a tiny kitchen (thus the importance of making reservations!).
The Saganaki appetizer is an interesting cousin of fondue - a bubbling, cheesy concoction that pairs very well with their pita and veggies.
The special soup was an asparagus bisque, which I had never had before. It managed to be both rich and to highlight the finer qualities of the vegetable (and not be swamped by cream or roux).
I got the steak and my husband the special steak - they were both perfectly done with well-matching sides. The waiter recommended a pinot noir to go with, and it suited excellently.
The dessert offerings were too heavy on the dairy for me, but by that time I had not a bit of room left for sweets. My husband got the sundae, which he found a little disappointing after the high quality of the meal, as it was not unusually awesome.
The service was excellent - we never had to ask for our waters to be refilled, even though we were one of the last reservations of the night.
There are also some excellent felines in residence here. Make sure to take the time to give them their appropriate levy of scritchings. There are at least two older tabbies, a grey and an orange (the grey seems to be friendlier, oddly).
A great place for an anniversary date, this would also be a great way to relax after coming off the river - as long as you leave time between take-out and before your reservations to shower and change! This is one restaurant where you don't want to feel like a slouch.
We'll definitely be back!
Cafe Mahjaic is in a very historic old building in Lotus, CA (near the gold rush discovery site) and is in an old, historic building that has lots of charm (rustic wood, tall narrow windows, high ceiling, and exposed brick). Pretty romantic atmosphere but noise level is somewhat high. Food is excellent with quite a breadth of offerings...something to satisfy just about any palate.
Our waitress was really friendly and nice but not altogether attentive...didn't put lemon in water in spite of request and didn't bring additional bread when we asked for more dipping olive oil and vinegar. Owner/Chef is a little bit strict...would not add avocado to my wife's salad although we indicated straight up that we were willing to pay extra. Highly recommend the Fix Price option...a real bargain with lots of choices.
The web-site clearly states $32 for the fixed price dinner so I reserved this via OpenTable for girls night out which was my treat. Be prepared for an increase to $37 per person and very small presentations. Possibly ordering from the menu the appetizer and desserts are larger; just guessing. I was disappointed they do not list wine by the glass but they do offer it. I should have brought our bottle from the local winery inside and paid the $14 corkage fee. The glass of wine was $15!
The Grilled Prawn and Flour Tortilla appetizer (just one shrimp) is plated with a delicious butter sauce but it’s a very small offering and what flour tortilla? It was a tiny 1 ½” circle cut from a flour tortilla.
Both the Caesar and the house salads were void of their requested dressings (blue cheese vinaigrette and Caesar dressing). The table near us asked and received additional dressing; should have done the same!
The Pork Schnitzel and Coulotte Steak were both delicious and cooked to perfection delivered piping hot.
The desserts, Chocolate Decadence and Crème Brule were satisfactory but not exceptional.
We thought it odd the very pleasant staff never asked if our food was satisfactory; which it was. When repeatedly asked for water, it was brought quickly. A girls’ night is always fun even with some negatives. Mainly because of the price change without notice and the small portions we can’t bring the husbands and it will probably be a long while before we are back. For the Lotus countryside it’s a shame to charge the big city fare but they do fill the place so what the heck.
We enjoyed the multi-course meal. As the waiter explained, the portions were smaller than those on the a la carte menu but one can sample a larger selection. While the food was prepared and presented nicely, I felt some of the supplemental flavorings were too overpowering. In some cases, I could taste more vinegar, lemon, basil, or other accents than the main ingredient. I would suggest a more delicate cookie to accompany the chocolate decadence. The one I was served was tough rather than "short."
Cafe Mahjaic never disappoints! We had guests visiting us from the Bay Area we knew they would enjoy the country setting and wonderful ambiance and food. They raved about it afterwards. It is so nice to have a restaurant of this quality near our home.
Food was good but the service was awful. It took 45 minutes to get first course of soup. Waiting wouldn't have been so bad but the waiters were ignoring all tables, not refilling water or bread and we couldn't even flag them down for more wine. We saw them peering through the kitchen window avoiding customers. We would have loved to try dessert but we were so worried it could take another hour that we passed on it. Too bad because dinner was impressive.
After an hour and a half we still had not gotten our food so we left - it was a COMPLETE WASTE OF MY TIME to drive there, wait, not get food, and then have to drive into Placerville for dinner at a local diner that DIDN'T TAKE 1 1/2 HOURS. I had to mark something on food quality for your ratings - I put 1 star but really don't know bc we never saw our dinner
We have eaten at Cafe Mahjaic many times and never had a disappointing meal. The food is excellent. On this particular occasion, we were served by Angie. She provided excellent service, making our experience even better.
Food was awful. Sauces tasted of vinegar and were likely past the date, based on our physical response afterword. Pretentious little servings with the four course meal. The sauteed kasseri cheese did not taste of bourbon and was presented on sliced tomatoes; uninspired and disgusting.
Only two other tables, but the food came out painfully slow. The chef's ego was put on display without even being in the room.
I would not recommend to anyone for any occasion, other than drinking wine.
My husband and I were staying in the area for just one night and looking for a good restaurant. Found Cafe Mahjaic while searching online. The chef's credentials nailed it. The food was excellent and our server (D?) was wonderful - very charming and personable. The only downside for dinner when it is dark outside is the lighting. Not very good consistently throughout the room. We were sitting in one of the darker spots and could hardly read the menu. This restaurant is located in a very old and historic building so perhaps that explains it, but do recommend the chef/owner investing in better lighting! Thank you.
I always enjoy dinner at Café Mahjaic. Had the sea bass special and it was great. The tasting menu allows you to have four small courses, and this is good because I don't like to miss their flourless chocolate decadence! It happened that it wasn't real busy that night and the noise level was low and the service level was very attentive.
My wife and I go to Cafe Mahjaic for most special occasions. Food is consistently good, atmosphere is consistent and making and managing your reservation is very easy. Their Prix Faire is reasonable and tasty. I highly recommend the experience to my friends.
Our dinner was excellent as usual. We took our neighbors, who had never been there before, and they loved. it. We also ran into friends there, it was their first time dining there, and they also loved it. A good time and excellent meal was enjoyed by all.
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