It's time to dine out again
The salmon off the Menu, decadent chocolate
dessert all too delicious.
Service, efficient, courteous and skilled.
See you in Lotus @ Cafe Mahjaic....
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've eaten here many times, and it's always been good. Nothing's rushed. Quality experience. Very pleasant staff.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
what a gem
We are sooooo grateful that Mahjaic is in the neighborhood as it is a delightful and delicious alternative! We love supporting our local businesses and this one is at the top of our list!
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our guests love Cafe Mahjaic
Cafe Mahjaic is our first choice for our guests at our bed and breakfast. They all love it and can't say enough good things about it. Some go twice!!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
expensive, but worth 1-time
expensive, but worth 1-time special occasion visit because food was great!
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food vs Service
Wonderful setting in the country with fantastic food and relaxing atmosphere. The service was very slow but still worth waiting for.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a special night at
Always a special night at Cafe Mahjaic. We took our son (a private chef) and his wife for a celebratory dinner and they loved it!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant but not stuffy. Friendly
Elegant but not stuffy. Friendly and efficient but relaxed and non-intrusive service.
Delicious and creative dishes. Top quality fresh ingredients expertly prepared.
The soup was heavenly and chocolate cake divine!
A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
The owner is a very good waitress. Sees to all your needs immediately.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and the dinner
Great food and the dinner selection was vert good. The reason why I give it 4 stars is that the time between each course was a bit longer than what we would have expected. Other than that it was a great experience.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Real good food and service
Wonderful food and wonderful service. Perfect presentation of food. And our waitress was perfect. Thanks
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food-Need to improve service
Have been here several times and know that it's a place to enjoy and relax. However, our last visit the service was so slow it got annoying waiting for our food. We go there for their prix fix dinner, excellent choices and excellent portions. It took 20 minutes to get our appetizer, the salads came out shortly after that. Then another 20 minutes or so for the entrée. The dessert took another 30 minutes. The waitress said there was a back up on the ice-cream..........REALLY? Will definitely go back but they need to either speed up the kitchen or the waitress needs to be re-trained. She must have walked into the kitchen 25 times coming out empty handed.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love, love, love this place! On every level it is an asset to the food scene in the Foothills! Fresh dahlias on the table, great bread,
imaginative and savory food, attentive service and some super wines to enjoy.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second trip this year (don't know why we don't go more often)! We normally wait for a special occasion. We were able to persuade our friends to join us in the Foothills for this dinner. It was a birthday celebration. The restaurant did a nice job of acknowledging the birthday and decorated the table. We all ordered from the prix fix menu which allowed for some smaller portions. The fresh salad was just that, FRESH. I know we will be coming back again soon.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for dinner.
Cute place with great food, good servers, decently priced good wine. We had pork schnitzel and it was very good. Really appreciate the fact that they have organic produce and humanely-raised meat. Great chocolate dessert and cheesecake. The only thing we would change is that the chairs are hard as a rock. Otherwise this is a wonderful place that we will go back to. We especially liked the prix fix option. Oh, the website is not up to date, no chili rellenos.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
flavor explosions in your mouth
The food was extremely good. Resturant was quiet and romantic. Plus its right next to the river so it was nice to head over there after for a nice stroll.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place. I took
I love this place. I took friends from Berkeley there on my last visit and they compared it favorably to Chez Panisse.
The last time I went my friend and I ordered off the fixed price menu and everything was fabulous. Left completely satisfied and comfortably full.
This time I had to go back to the regular menu because I hadn't had the chocolate prawns in a while. We all wanted to lick our plates.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Staff
My wife and I went to Cafe Mahjaic for her birthday. We had a wonderful meal, the service was very good, and the ambiance was warm and friendly. We had been told that the place was pricey, but we had our meal, an appetizer, wine, dessert and coffee and the bill was around 100 dollars which seemed very reasonable to me. The place is a bit off the beaten track but well worth the trip to Lotus.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just as good the second time!
This is the second time we have gone to Cafe Mahjaic. The food is fantastic and have decided to go more often. Great place and well worth the drive to Lotus.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed the unique menu. The favor combinations were awesome. Nice place and wished it was near our home so we could visit again.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, service
Have been here several times, consistently pleased. This time had prix fixe menu which had plenty of options. Portions were smaller than a la carte, but I like that. In a way, more civilized, and certainly healthier. Felt completely satisfied with chipotle shrimp appetizer, beautifully composed salad, wild king salmon with a melange of vegetables, and fabulous creamy cheesecake for dessert. My husband had the steak on the prix fixe menu and appreciated the fact that it was appropriately portioned and not 10oz. (He had already decided not to order the steak a la carte because he didn't want so much meat, and was much happier with the prix fixe 4 course menu. Wine list was definitely well thought out and featured local vineyards.
8/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is our favorite place to go for special occasions and meeting friends.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
My absolute FAVORITE restaurant !!!
Chef John, is incredibly creative, gorgeous plates, and the food is over the top. I've had every dish on his menu (and specials) and each one was unique and delicious. I take all my friends and family there. A true GEM out in the country.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never having been to this area of California, I wasn't sure what to expect, as it is quite rural. I knew when we walked in to this charming romantic restaurant that we were going to have a good experience. The waitress was welcoming and friendly and the menu offered a great variety. The fish tacos we had for an appetizer were probably the best I've ever had, and the tomato cucumber salad was delightful! The salmon was prepared to perfection atop creamy mashed potatoes and a variety of roasted vegetables. Would highly recommend and hope to go back to this area and this restaurant again!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service. one of the best salads (Mahjaic Salad) i have ever enjoyed.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the few Placerville
One of the few Placerville area restaurants that has truly fresh, innovative, appetizing food, and personal service.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food and Atmosphere
Café Mahjaic is tucked away in the beautiful Lotus/Coloma valley along the American River. It is in a rustic old building that oozes charm with a modern twist. It has a small dining room with an intimate feel, but not crowded. Food is amazing!!! We usually get the 4 course meal for $28, which is a great deal and you get to sample several dishes. Dress is anywhere from nice-casual to dressy. It is close to several wineries so you can make a day of wine tasting, visiting Apple Hill, checking out Old Placerville, then ending with dinner here. Make reservations ahead of time, you'll need them! Every time we've been there on the weekends it has been a full house.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had never been to the area and found this restaurant online. The other reviews were very positive, so I thought I'd make a reservation for my boyfriend's birthday. We absolutely love this place. The food was spectacular! Just the perfect place for a romantic dinner. We absolutely recommend trying this restaurant. We can't wait to go back.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Nice Eveniing
We had a very nice dining experience last Friday. Making a reservation was painless, the menu was very interesting and the service was exceptional. My only reservation about giving 5 stars for food was because my entre was pasta with wild mushrooms. I could not find the mushrooms; they must have been finely diced. I was expecting large, distinguishable chunks of the variety of mushrooms listed on the menu. Still, the dinner was excellent, the value for the price was exceptional and we will certainly be back.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
dine at the CAFE..
THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC, THE FOOD IS WONDERFUL, SERVICE WAS GREAT, AND THE PRE FAB DINNER IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. THE SALMON WAS THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD. TAKE A FRIEND OR YOUR SPECIAL NEIGHBORS AND CHECK THIS PLACE OUT.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoy trying restaurants
We really enjoy trying restaurants that are off the beaten path and not part of a chain. Cafe Mahjaic is unique and the food was delicious. : )
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best food in El Dorado County
A simply stellar dining experience. A delightful blend of exquisite food with charming yet never pretentious surroundings. Exquisite flavors, textures, and combinations of taste sensations in a historic setting. The location is as unexpected as the excellence.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a pleasure to take a drive to Lotus for an exciting menu selection. The artwork on the ole brick walls is enjoyed always and I look forward to the new pieces. The waitress was very informative which was needed to help me decide which selection to choose, something new with unusual ingredients. Looking forward to my next visit. Thank you.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Mahjaic is extra special. It is in an old converted brick/stone store from the gold rush era in the middle of the woods. The service is always exceptional and the food extra special.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
You can count on amazing food and a peaceful ambience here. We feel so fortunate to have this lovely place in our little community.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Mahjaic is magnificent
The Cafe is close to where we live, but don't go as often as you would think we would, considering how good it is. We ate there Thursday evening with seven others, to make a party of nine. And all of us thought the food was fantastic and very reasonably priced. We each had the prix fixe (spelling?) dinners. So good. And the service, Jeri, was great.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
fantastic food & value...
A consistently wonderful dining experience. We are fortunate to have such a gem in the Gold rush Country!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Real Golden Gem
Nestled in a former gold era warehouse, the Cafe Mahjaic is a true gold find. The menu is uncrowded, 3 appetizers, 4 salads, 7 entrees , and three desserts, but each selection is carefully thought out and will meet almost everyone's expectation. They also have a 4 course selection where you can chooses most items from the menu. I normally do not choose a 4 course dinner, as it is usually much more than I can consume at a meal. However, each course is size appropriate and each leaves you looking forward to the next course. And at $28, it is an incredible value. Each dish we ordered was prepared with deliberance and attention. Fresh ingredients. Beautiful presentation. Suburb taste. Topped off with a Savinonge Blanc from Di Arie Winery.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in the Foothills
We had a fabulous meal at the Café on Wednesday last week. The 4 course menu was a great hit and every course was delicious! Not only presentation, but the quality and amount of food was perfect. The wine by the glass for the evening was very good and we had a wonderful experience.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food, great service,
Wonderful food, great service, lovely atmosphere. Acoustics are a bit noisy. One of my favorite restaurants.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very well arranged , tasted absolutely great. The chef is outstanding.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service,
Great food, great service, great ambiance. Seafood dishes have always been excellent, but most everything is!!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have been to Mahjaic several times and enjoyed all visits.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
We wanted something special for our anniversary and this fit the bill! Food was amazing with every bite full of wonderful flavor! Just loved that everything was so fresh and delicious! We will be back soon!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gold Country surprise
The building dates back to the 1850's, when it was the town's general store. The planks for the wood floor were milled at Sutter's Mill, where the original gold discovery was made in 1848. The modern fixtures enhanced the historical feel of the space.
We ordered the four-course prix fixe meal ($28), a real bargain. Almost everything on the menu was available, and everything we had as well executed. The portions were scaled to a multi-course meal, so we weren't too full (but definitely not hungry.
The service was friendly and attentive.
The wine list featured California wines, including several from the Gold Country, and had several wines under $30 a bottle.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food in El Dorado County
A gem. The ambience is distinctive, a cozy intimate setting in a lovely historic building near the American River. The food is always exquisite. A consistently delightful experience, and not to be missed.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dear Café Mahjaic..........my family and I had a wonderful experience dining at Café Mahjaic for my birthday. We all tried something different, from the appetizers to the entres to the dessert, we were able to taste a broad range of what you offer. We especially loved the fried cheese, wonderfully paired with the bed of veggies underneath! My daughter loved the bruschetta, a sweet blend of cherry tomatoes, really tasty! I think our favorite was the superb halibut, cooked a little crispy but not dry....delicious! We also tried three different desserts and my favorite was the cheese cake topped with pomegranate sauce.
The ambiance was truly beautiful, artistic but very cozy and warm.
Thanks for making my birthday special....
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
It's a pleasant drive (about 15 minutes north of Shingle Springs at Highway 50). The customer service was great and most of the food was fantastic. It was Thanksgiving, so I ordered the turkey dinner. The fresh crab legs for an appetizer was a pleasant surprise and the butternut squash soup tasted wonderful. However the turkey was a bit of a disappointment. It was a turkey roll...rather than sliced turkey. It was an expensive (for me) prix fixe meal ($45)...so I would have appreciated sliced turkey rather than a turkey roll...which is something I would expect from Denny's. Next came the desserts, all of which tasted wonderful. It looks nice inside. I will go back!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never a Poor Experience
My wife and I have been going to Cafe Mahjaic for years. Each occasion is as enjoyable a dining experience as the next. We almost want to keep this place a secret but the owners deserve all manner of success from their efforts!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is amazing what John and
It is amazing what John and his staff can do with food. His flavor combinations are amazing, the presentation dazzling, and I am never disipointed! The newer 4 course meal is just the perfect size for a midweek treat at an exceptional price. This is a perfect place to go for a romantic dinner, a special occassion, or just because you want to eat amazing food! What ever your reason it is well worth the trip!
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM