Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn
Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn

Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafemahjaic.com/
  • Phone: (530) 622-9587
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: John Metropulos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Gina 5306229587

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (45)romantic (38)special occasion (38)neighborhood gem (31)notable wine list (14)good for groups (9)scenic view (5)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • A great place for romantic dining
    JP1113
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We love Cafe Mahjaic! We were there for our 21st anniversary and it set just the right tone for a romantic dinner. We like the fixed price menu where you can enjoy appetizer, soup or salad, entrée and dessert all in smaller portions so you feel pleasantly full - not overstuffed. The pace of service was just right to allow time to enjoy one course fully before anticipating the next. The wine was good and the food exceptional. Wouldn't change a thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    grayVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food always good and well presented. Had the cog au vin this time - wonderful reduction sauce. Espresso crème brulee to die for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • upscale local
    coolfoodie
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Café Mahjaic is a local gem, wonderful food and wine. If you have your heart set on that nights special, check to make sure they will have it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carnosewer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Cafe Mahjaic is our 'go-to' place to take friends because it's representative of the Gold Country mystique while at the same time, has some class - it is NOT a downtown lawyer's steel and chrome hangout. We love the old California ambiance - a little loud but goes with the territory. The wait-persons make you feel that they genuinely care and have a good knowledge of the food they are serving. Food selections are tasty and varied - not too much nor too little and something for every taste. All though the Cafe has the ambiance of an old time saloon, it is really quite romantic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Spot
    flowers4U
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our friends from Sacramento always want to dine at Mahjaic when they come to El Dorado County. Everything was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely fixed price menu
    edfoodies
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fixed price dinner had many choices--small, artistic portions but with 4 courses it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RescueRob
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    While the food is nicely prepared, albeit usually on a pile of beans, on our last visit each course took longer and longer, culminating in a 30 minute wait for dessert. Question Is the food worth making the customer wait so very long. I say nay, nay
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Wonderful
    SteveMVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was our second visit and was as nice as the first time. Brought out of town family who also enjoyed the food and total experience. Tasting menus was right on and the wine list very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodies delight!
    kitzkamp
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I love the fact that Cafe Mahjaic offers two menus: a regular dinner menu and a pre-fix menu in which the portions of each serving are much smaller than a normal dinner plate. Both menus and the specials provide a fabulous selection from which to choose. I opted for the Niman Ranch lamb chop and hubby ordered the wild salmon from the pre-fix menu. My dinner was not up to the normal standard, but hubby's was fine. I love the ambiance of this old historic building and the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mahjaic
    Richard
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Enjoyed the ambiance with my wife, food was good, but service detracted from the overall experience. From the time we sat down to leaving the restaurant was nearly two hours. Restaurant became busier as the evening progressed and the waitresses (2) had trouble keeping up with things. With reservations required you would think they would know how much staff would be required.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not miss out!
    cjrescue
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in the area - the ambiance and staff are wonderful and the food is fantastic! If you live in the area be sure to give it a try - you'll keep coming back. If you're passing through, stop in and enjoy - it's lovely, charming and the food is without compare!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    Boris
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My wife and I dined here twice in the week we were visiting Gold Country. The first time was superb, with the exception of too much noise. The second time -- which was the last day of the week for the restaurant -- was disappointing: the chef had a heavy hand on the garlic and lemon, and the chicken was sparse and over-cooked. The chocolate decadence dessert was fabulous, however, and the restaurant is tops in the area for innovative and decent cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not magic - just charming!
    foothillfox
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This little restaurant is in a historical but rather plain looking brick building along the So. Fork of the American River - though we could not see the River from the restaurant. The dining room had a rustic elegance, with the bare brick walls and impressive structural wooden beams, with just the right amount of lighting to set a pleasant ambiance. The staff was very welcoming and attentive. The menu was filled with interesting choices, and the specials all were enticing, too. The wine list was adequate, and we enjoyed our selection. We both went with the "$30 fixed price" menu, which offered nice choices for all the courses, from appetizer to dessert. The entrees were not huge, but together they were completely satisfying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party of 6
    LaLa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    All 6 raved about the meal. Service is always lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Mahjaic is a gem
    LindafromGV
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    In it's lovely rural setting, Cafe Mahjaic serves up sophisticated food. The service is unhurried and personal. I like the fixed prix menu with plenty of options for each of the four courses. As a vegetarian, I find plenty of choices and a willingness to make substitutions with creativity. I had a fine wild mushroom pasta and asked for the berries without the cheesecake underneath and they came beautifully arrayed. The fairly extensive wine list includes many local wines from El Dorado County.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    skyred
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We visited this cafe to celebrate a birthday. The place is nothing fancy from the outside. The building itself is old and historic, the parking lot is just gravel. But inside it seems cozy and inviting. The menu offered some very interesting choices - dishes we could not and would not try to make at home. Two in our party had the salmon, one had the steak, and I had the schnitzel. All were excellent. We had opted for the fixed price menu, which gave us an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert, and we were all well satisfied. There were plenty of craft beer choices (although all were in bottles rather than on draft, as far as I know), so we had the opportunity to try something different. We'll go back on a special occasion I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kauaigirl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We Loved It. Food Was Really Outstanding; Ambiance Is Great. Server Was Helpful And Pleasant. Service Time Was A Bit Slow But European In Nature Making A Relaxing Evening.Only Thing I Would Change Is To Have A Small Sitting Area Outside To Enjoy Some Wine before Being Seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have been about 5 times to this wonderful restaurant. Always brings first timers with us. Bill & Carol
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Friends recommended this place and it did not disappoint. I will return, food and service were very good - a nice destination from Sacramento
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite Restaurant
    Rosanna
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Cafe Mahjaic continues to be our absolute favorite restaurant. Located in rural Lotus, it always has the most delicious and beautifully presented foods which are often times organic and/or locally grown. And the service has always been perfect. Dining at Cafe Mahjaic is always a lovely and relaxing experience. THANK YOU, Cafe Mahjaic!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Evening
    nicenightout
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Especially appreciative that the gentleman who answered the phone at 3:00 was able to increase our reservation from 2 to 5 as we were celebrating my husband's birthday and friends called earlier in the day to ask if they could join us. Dinner was delightful (our friends had the prix fixed menu and really enjoyed the smaller portions) and we had a wonderful server who paced the evening perfectly. Finally able to experience a place I have driven by so many times in the last 7 months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding cuisine and service
    lieutenant
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The menu selection and fixed dinner are wonderful. The mix of seafood plates with chicken, pork and beef entree's satisfies all pallets. My wife and I had the filet with a prawn and both were cooked to perfection with a tasty sauce. The waitress was attentive, cheerful, and her descriptions of the various entree's were spot on. Overall, it was a wonderful evening shared with our neighbors and friends. Outstanding and worthy of many return visits. Although we brought wine, your wine list is impressive and reasonable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • in a hurry to close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    They made us feel rushed to leave at 8:40pm... got there at 7:30pm with rez on a Wed. no coffee available with desert. I don't recommend going here on a weeknight. Stick to weekends when there is full staff and they are not in a rush to close and can't give you basics like coffee.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A find, a keeper!
    Sunshine95762
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We took a dear friend for a special occasion. The four of us were delighted with every course and selection of their prix fixe menu. We will return, soon!.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Incredible find
    Winter
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was our second time at Cafe Mahjaic and we are looking for ways to get back as soon as we can! As a matter of fact I'm all ready planning a birthday dinner there for family. You don't find such great service, incredibly delicious food and great pricing at restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always fabulous !!!!
    kellieJ
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my 3rd. time at Café Mahjaic. My boyfriend took me there back in May of 2013 for one of our first dinner dates. I immediately fell in love with the place. I am a "foodie". I love to cook and I can appreciate a good meal. This place is amazing !! The food is ALWAYS fabulous. The service is good. It's small and intimate (16 tables of 4). White linen tablecloths and nice dishes. We always order from the "fixed menu". The cost is $30 per person and it is a full 4 course dinner. Be sure to give yourself @ 2 hours for the whole "experience". It is well worth your time and money. The chef is a genius and his dishes are beyond fantastic. You owe it to yourself to try this place. You will NOT be disappointed. EXCELLENT food !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint
    absolament
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A hidden gem. Definitely a worthwhile place to have dinner when you are in the area and looking for a bit of casual fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just what the area needs.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Good food, nice setting. Service needs just a little work but overall good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love It
    parkerfu
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Several years ago, we came to Cafe Mahjaic as a site of a reception after the funeral of a dear-loved friend of the family. It took us several years to find the place again. My partner and I went to celebrate our anniversary. It was just as wonderful as we remembered. The food was terrific, the service, top-notch, and the whole experience was really great. We frequently dine at the Culinary Institute of America's restaurant, Greystone. Cafe Mahjaic's food was just as delicious, if not better, and for a much more wallet-friendly price. We will continue to return to Cafe Mahjaic. It's top-notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner was magnificent.
    Patsbestyet
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I've dined at Cafe Mahjaic numerous times; it is a gem and my favorite! I had out-of-town guests and wanted to introduce them to Cafe Mahjaic. I requested a window-side table via Open Table. Although one was available we were told that table was for another party. However no one arrived for that table for forty-five minutes into our meal. Additionally, this evening a couple with a baby who appeared to be a year of age were dining. The baby was "loudly" screeching continuously throughout the evening. The ambiance was ruined for the three of us. I cannot speak for other diners of course. Because your ambiance is usually perfect, tonight was disappointing. Our dinner however was magnificent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple - the place to eat
    coolman95614
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The place to eat in the Divide area. Wonderful El Dorado and Amador counties wine selection. We are so fortunate that it is so close to us. Be sure to make reservations as it is quite popular.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; relaxed vibe
    AdventureFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is a place you could go for a special celebration or just to relax over a great meal after a day of river rafting or hiking. We love this cafe for excellently prepared food and great service, presented in a rustic but classy atmosphere. Despite the top-quality, imaginative food, it's not a "fancy" restaurant, and the people at the next table are as likely to be wearing flip-flops and shorts as they are to be wearing dressier clothes. I love the four-course fixed-price menu, because the portions are small...which means I can enjoy everything from appetizer to dessert without getting too full. Yet others with bigger appetites also loved it (with more bread and wine). Corn chowder was fab. Salmon, perfect. Berries, sweet and juicy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I don't think I have ever had to wait so long to get my food to the table. Worst waitress ever. No apologies for delay. Almost like that was to be expected. I have been there before and it has taken a while to get our dinner but never an hour and a half. Bread was given to us without ever asking us what we wanted to drink. Water was given to us after I asked for it. I know we have a drought but really?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 245 reviews are from the Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn reviews archive.
  • wonderful time
    slyfox5355
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    What a wonderful experience we had there once again. We chose the price fixed four course meal with an additional side of heirloom tomatoes with some kind of smooth cheese on it.... they were to die for. The wait staff were great as well and experienced and I really enjoyed talking to them. Even though they were packed the food came out in very short time and we really enjoyed the whole experience. Since we have been many times you might think that the service might change or the food would be a little different over time, but it was the same and consistent as I had remembered from the last time. Looking forward to my next visit there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rustic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant, it's small so reservations are a must. Great views of wildlife out the big front windows. The food was very good, you also have the choice of ordering from a fixed fare menu, the portions are perfect. I made the mistake of not asking about the fish special since it was only on the fixed fare menu, it can be ordered even though it's not on the regular menu, ah a little confusing and something they might want to correct. I would have ordered the fish special if I knew I could have. I just ordered an entree and my husband ordered the fixed fare meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Order the Grilled Prawns!
    grayVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I had the prawns, salad. and the lamb chop. The grilled prawn appetizer was beyond delicious. All of the presentations were excellent. I am not a fan of sweet sauce on lamb, but I am a fan of chocolate decadance with the last sips of Barbera for dessert! Try this place ... and stay at the Inn.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small gem in Lotus
    2dine4
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had an enjoyable dinner at Cafe Mahjaic. The food presentation was appealing, the flavors delicious. The service was friendly and helpful. Overall our dining experience was memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience
    Localfoodie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Something about the internal decor just misses the spot. It's intentionally minimalist but somehow that translates as 'harsh'. Some softening interior design aspects would lessen the industrial feel and promote conversation at the table. As it is, every word can be heard by everyone in the e room.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    londonjeanVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant was recommended to us by the B&B we were staying at. We had a wonderful meal off the fixed price menu. Perfect for us. I recommend that you make a reservation as the restaurant is quite small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate