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 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!
We read several reviews of this restaura ...
We read several reviews of this restaurant before booking our reservation. The five star reviews were quite accurate. The two or three star reviews were not what we experienced. We liked it so much we booked dinner there the next night(WED &THUR). We had 5:00p.m. res. We dined for 2hr. each night: the service was excellent, attentive but not overbearing. the food was very well prepare and presented, every thing we ordered was delicious. We had the chocolate chipolte prawns and chicken grandmere, shared a house salad and finished with west coast cheesecake (not really a cheesecake to us but very good and light). The second night was Saganaki(app), followed by a Salmon special and the Pork Schnitzel with Spaetzle. We asked to have the fish and pork under-cooked(the way we like our fish and pork done). The waiter said that the pork is cooked "through". The pork came with no pink but was still wonderfully moist and delicious. The salmon was excellent. We ended with their flour-less Chocolate Decadence (if you only order one dessert this is the one!). We also had a bottle of Holly's Hill 2014 Viognier each night. It paired perfectly with each of the entrees. It was soft, flavorful, with a surprisingly long lasting finish. (spoiler alert: we had the last two bottles they had and the winery has no more 2014, they told us so when we called to order a case to bring home to Southern California. The winery said the 2015 has a pineapple undertone.)
It was outstanding as always. The best f ...
It was outstanding as always. The best food in El Dorado County, CA. The only comment is that the marinated veggie garnish with the outstanding Saganiki appetizer was spicier than normal, and just a tad too hot for my wife's palate (though not for mine!)
Most food served for our group of 4 was ...
Most food served for our group of 4 was good. However, we have one serious complaint: the red wine was served well above body temperature which is absolutely unacceptable at a fairly expensive restaurant. We had to put ice cubes in an expensive wine to make it drinkable.
Excellent food and ambiance. Service w ...
Excellent food and ambiance. Service was nice. However, I asked server to keep bottle of wine chilled. When I got home instead of a pleasant Viognie I got a very stale Chardonnay. Iam not a wine expert but I know the difference it was tacky and disappointing.
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
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