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
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.
This is the best restaurant in our rural ...
This is the best restaurant in our rural area and usually has beautifully prepared food. This time was a disappointment to me. The bread is cold, tasteless and boring with too little butter. My yellow-tail fish was heavily breaded and greasy, served on boring mashed potatoes. The single cooked carrot was tough. Dessert and coffee were good but it would be nice to have a light choice for dessert -- say sorbet or fresh fruit.
We tool a Bay Area couple with us who we ...
We tool a Bay Area couple with us who were visiting us and are foodies. Our table was perfect, next to a window. Service was outstanding. The four of us opted for the fixed price menu. Each bite, for all of us, was delicious. The timing between plates was perfect. We brought our two bottles of wine as we are wine makers. Your corkage fee is fair $14 per botle. Desserts were lusious! Overall, our guests said they want to return to Cafe Mahjaic next time they visit us! We will!!
The chef here is very good a cultivating ...
The chef here is very good a cultivating bold flavors, such as the flavor of my flank steak or the chocolate in the dessert - but less good at subtle flavors - no herb notes in a roasted pepper soup - a 'bourbon whipped cream' with no bourbon flavor, etc.
The service was VERY slow when we were there. It was a holiday weekend - but it took almost an hour to get our appetizers! Wait staff was over worked, didn't refill our drinks until we were ready to go, then spilled water on my foot.
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.
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