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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
Relaxing, don't be in a hurry! This is a great place to converse with family and friends
enjoying a historic surrounding from the gold rush days. We enjoy the creative menu
Chef John assembles with healthy ingredients and a little different twist to create
Take time to do dinner with Mahjaic.
We've been to Cafe Mahjaic many times and are never disappointed. This was a Wednesday night birthday. The service was excellent and accommodating. The restaurant had other of our friends as diners and a wedding party. A very happy evening. The waiter recommended the Truchard Chardonnay and it was great!
Living in SF we are used to a higher quality of food, but Cafe Mahjaic surpasses this and more. The food is original, interesting and most of all excellent, and our waiter was fantastic. We watched our waiter have the most patience with two elderly couples, who I would say were a pain in the rear end, with regards to ordering wine. The fuss they made would have pushed some waiters over their patience, but not this guy. He was patient and respectful. Good local wine list and local wines. We ordered off the 4-course menu and added a bowl of their Greek soup to share. Both of us ordered something different and we shared. Each bite was beyond our expectation. I would highly recommend Cafe Mahjaic.
This is a great hidden little place in the foothills. Food is superb and very reasonably prices. They offer a 4 course dinner for $37.95 per person. Good wine selection although wish they offered more local to El dorado county wines.
This place is a best kept secert of fine dining.
The service was fast, the waiter was very attentive and the food was great.
We had to wait a long while for our check at the end of the meal, but in their defense a few large parties arrived and they only have two food servers.
My recommendation is to go early if you want to be fast; on the other hand you go to this place for an experience it is not Dennys.
We were one of two parties in the restaurant and the music was very loud. My husband asked the waiter if the music could be changed or turned down. The owner/chef came out and rudely
confronted us with "I understand you have a problem." He said he had no other music options and would not have a "silent restaurant". We left before ordering. I will not go there again.
Our reservation was at 7:00 pm and we were not seated until 7:15. They did not take our order until 7:45 and the appetizer was served at 8:10! Over an hour at the table with NO FOOD (Except bread).
You need 2 waiters NOT 1. The buser made no eye contract and only filled up the water upon request.
Either the cook was slammed, short handed or the waitress was slammed but the service was SLOW SLOW SLOW. I will not wait a n hour and 10 minutes for an appetizer again. Sorry. The staff were nice but need help in customer service or add employees.
We experienced a wonderful anniversary dinner: fabulous chef, stellar server (thanks Dana), and a meal that was worth every cent. I certainly don't know what those one and two star folks are about (maybe just hard to please types), but we would recommend this to any family or friends wanting to experience the exquisite menu offered here. Will definitely be returning.
I love this restaurant. This is my second visit, not as magical as the first visit, but still my new favorite restaurant. Don't come here if you are in a hurry, with a small kitchen and a small staff we've had to wait to be seated as orders get backed up, but the food, OMG the food is worth the wait! I say this visit was not as magical only because we knew what we were getting into the second time around. We ordered the four course meal, had saganaki and bruacshetta both way different than anything we'd ever had, explosions of complementary flavors. I prefer the Mahjaic salad to the Caesar (which I found a little over the top on anchovy flavor). Our entrees, sun dried tomato ravioli and the sea bass fish special were stunning. This chef puts so much creativity into the various dishes and they virtually explode with numerous complementary flavors. Topped off with espresso creme brulee - another OMG.
Our very nice waitress comped our corkage fee in return for the wait. I wish the menu was larger so we could order two new things for every course new every time, but of course I can't expect that. I expect to return many times in the future. Be well my new favorite restaurant!
All four of us enjoyed our meals. There are interesting choices on the menu and the meals are presented with attention. I had a ravioli special which was delicious. My only suggestion applies to the wheel chair access. My wife is temporarily in a chair and it wasn't easy getting into the restaurant.
It was wonderful! The food was outstanding. I had the lamb porterhouse which was cooked to perfection and melted in my mouth. The four of us ate special apitizers; a tomato salad with a basil puree that was truly remarkable; and whatever our server gave us. It was a wonderful evening. We ended up closing the place!
This was our 2nd time here. First time was a great experience and we ordered off the Pre Fixe menu. We did the same this time. We waited exactly 1 hour and 8 minutes for our first dish which was literally 1 prawn so not sure why it took so long. We then waited 20 minutes for the salad. It was torture! We still had the entree and the dessert to go. Total time for us to get all of our food and pay the bill was 2 whole hours. :-(
The atmosphere was charming, the food was beautifully presented with excellent flavor, and the servers were very friendly. Unfortunately the service was unpardonably slow; after ordering, our salads did not arrive for 45 minutes, and the entrees took another 20 minutes after that. When we questioned our server about the delay he apologized profusely and brought out soup for our party at no charge. Additionally, Majaic should address the uncomfortable warmth in the dining area, perhaps through installing ceiling fans in conjunction with the air conditioning.
We have been customers at Cafe Mahjaic for 12 years. I've never had a complaint until now. We have brought guests with us on 2 of the last 3 occasions and each time the wait time for dinner got longer. The last occasion on July 26th was my wifes birthday, we had 6:15 dinner reservations. We arrived 5 minutes early and inspite of our table being ready were asked to sit and wait by a somewhat disgruntled, unsmiling male. Our female waitress seated us and we ordered our meal and wine. It appeared that there were only two people for the whole room. They both bused tables, waited on tables and greeted new arrivals. About an hour and a half later my hors duerves arrived, shrimp and they were cold. A few minutes later our meal arrived, luke warm. My wife requested silver ware, it never came, I cornered the waitress and she brought it to the table. I have no idea what the issue is here but 3 out of 3 times we've waited and extraordinary amount of time for our meal. I can no longer recommend Cafe Mahjaic because of this problem. I am saddened by this situation because we loved having a good restaurant on our side of the river. I hope things work out for the better and soon.
My rating overall would have been higher were it not for the long gaps between receiving our drinks, which came promptly, and all other courses. We waitin nearly half an hour for the appetizers, then another 30 minutes for the salads, and finally about 30 minutes fir the main course. There was no wait staff initiated information regarding what was happening. That really might have helped. The food, when it arrived was excellent.
I went with my cousin, we are both local(Placerville). We enjoyed our dinner very much. The person(s) in the kitchen certainly knows what they are doing. Very surprising for a cosy rural spot. I liked very much that the other guests were quiet and nicely dressed which is always nice when you are paying a bit more than normal for the area. I did think that for the quality of the food and lovely presentation, the price was justified. Our bill was a bit high because we ordered 4 glasses of wine instead of a bottle. If I had only one critism, it would be that two of the dishes I ordered were a bit on the acidic side, a bit too sour, but still very good. The tomato sauce on the goatcheese ravioli and the pesto that was on the seabass. The local baby veggies were of course, great. Loved the stuffed zucchini blossoms! We will certainly be back.
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