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.

1006 Lotus Road
Lotus, CA 95651
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 622-9587

Website:
http://www.cafemahjaic.com/

Executive Chef:
John Metropulos

Private Party Contact:
Gina: (530) 622-9587

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Takeout, Wine

Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
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Fit for Foodies (29)
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Local Ingredients (29)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Good for a Date (29)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Romantic (23)
Cozy (20)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Authentic (12)
Casual (12)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Organic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Fun (5)
Seasonal (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
People Watching (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

Service was fantastic. Bruschetta was fantastic. Atmosphere was fantastic. Um. the whole experience was fantastic. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined 2 days ago

Love this place, we have been several times and plan to return

Tags: Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Vegan, Casual
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This is our favorite special restaurant. The food is always delicious with outstanding sauces. The atmosphere is lovely and the service friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love this old brick building and the food is always good. Seasonal fare this time included butternut squash soup which was very tasty. The coq au vin was delicious! Butternut squash ravioli were good as was the chopping. Service was a little slow as there were quite a few diners for a Thursday night with only one server. Desserts were delicious!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I love café Mahjaic! I hadn’t been there in a couple years and was pleased to discover the food is as good as it was the few times I have been there in the past. I think the chef is masterful with his use of spices and seasonings! My only complaint is that while the crème brûlée was wonderful, it was made with espresso and having finished dinner at 7 o’clock I wasnt able to fall sleep till 4:00 AM! I would have appreciated being forewarned that it had that much caffeine in it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food and atmosphere were fine, but we were not served our salad appetizer or dinners until 90 minutes after we sat down. The restaurant was perhaps 2/3 full, so it wasn't a busy night. With a 6 year old child in tow, who was extremely well behaved the entire time, I would have thought they'd be more attentive. It has been our favorite place to recommend to friends, but now I will suggest elsewhere.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love this gem of a restaurant! A small, elegant space with tablecloths, flowers and tea lights. Lovely hardwood floors. An older building, lovingly cared for. Attention to detail evident everywhere. The staff were friendly and sweet, which made our evening. The food, as always, was a taste treat. Every bite was tasty, the meat tender, the vegetables perfectly seasoned and cooked. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. It’s a bit out of the way, but it’s a lovely drive up Hwy 49 to Coloma and then to Lotus. We usually take these back roads for the scenic drive.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We had a lovely dinner and our server was polite and professional, not to many people at the restaurant though. The selection was very nice and we wanted to buy extra sausages and taken them home:)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Nice to have a finer dining option in our little town of lotus. Compliments to the owner and chef for bringing this kind restaurant to a area that typically would have limited support. Five stars for the food, ambiance and atmosphere.
The front end of the restaurant needs a bit of fine tuning. Service lacked personality and were very rushed. We waited over a hour from the time of our reservation to the time we received our apitizer. All together it took three hours. That's a bit long for a four course meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Second visit, food and service are exceptional. Only improvement needed is a better wine selection

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Café Mahjaic is a neighborhood gem. We love to go here for special occasions and it never disappoints. The price fixe menu is a fantastic opportunity to get smaller tastes of many different menu options. Love, love, love Café Mahjaic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food over all were good. The restaurant is nice but need more lights outside in the parking lot and around the restroom area.

Tags: Late-night Find
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

everything was wonderful. glad to have this local gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was tasty. Nice presentation. VERY noisy! Although I made the reservation and listed "birthday" it was completely ignored. Disappointed........

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was great and we had a very friendly waiter. We will go back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

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
unique flavors.
Take time to do dinner with Mahjaic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great Beer, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Organic, Seasonal, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Outstanding! Food was amazing, and service was great. Please take the drive out to Lotus to enjoy this beautiful spot.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Organic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 24, 2017

A gourmet dinner experience way out in the Sierra Foothills. It is an evening, slow paced, great ambiance and wonderful food.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, People Watching, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We heard about this place from friends and wanted to go when the weather was good. It is a beautiful drive from the Roseville area and the cafe was antique and rustic. The service and food was excellent. A great dining experience. Will go again.
M&L

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

This is by far the best restaurant from Lotus to Cool. We have come here several times and the food, ambiance and overall experience is always very good. I would highly recommend it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food is fabulous!!. The server did a great job to make my sons birthday special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

We ate at Cafe Mahjaic for 2 peoples birthday. The food and service were fantastic. The ambience was very good. Thank you.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

I loved the hold thing. No pressure. Laid back, take your time. Service outstanding and the food was a 100% awesome, delicious.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Never fails to wow you with scratch made food from highest quality ingredients.
It isn't fast because of it.
A treasure in the Foothills.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Dana and Alex are wonderful employees. We were there a month ago and Alex remembered us and said welcome back!!!!

Dana is always wonderful and great at her job!!!!

Kirsten Orrick

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Why didn't I know about this restaurant before? Robust unique flavor profiles- all new experiences, every bite wonderful, from appetizer to dessert. And not expensive at all for fine dining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was great and inventive and Dana was perfect. Both times we've been the food and service are great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 12, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This place never disappoints. Excellent flavors and menu options. Great wine list too. We drive an hour one way to get to this restaurant and will continue to do so.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

No doubt, best food I have ever had. Just moved to this area from San Diego and found this treasure. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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. :-(

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had another great meal. Both of us had the fixed four course menu and enjoyed the many tastes and entree. Will definitely return as we have often over the past three years.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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