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“Rare find , worth the trip ....”

Cafe Mahjaic - Lotus Inn
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Ranked #1 of 9 Restaurants in Lotus
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: 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.
Cameron Park, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Rare find , worth the trip ....”
Reviewed May 4, 2013

We arrived at approximately 5 pm on Saturday evening (05-04-13). We were told that they were booked with reservations for the night, but then found a table that was not going to be used until after 7pm. We were seated right away and our waitress was more than accommodating. We decided on the $25.00 -- 4 course dinner. The portions were small, but amazingly well prepared and quite delicious. We started with the prawn appetizer. It was a wonderfully grilled and topped with a black bean dollop sitting atop a flour tortilla round and presented on a bed of tomatillo salsa..............YUM !!!! Next ,we had a mixed green salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing and sprinkled with crumbled blue cheese. Presentation on this was well done also. The produce used was obviously locally grown and fresh. For the entrée, I had the Niman Ranch coulotte steak. The steak was cooked to my liking and served on top of fingerling potatoes. Fresh beets and brussel sprouts were served on the side. DELICIOUS !!! To top off an incredibly amazing meal........I ordered the West Coast cheesecake. This was served with a tart ( and DELICIOUS) strawberry sauce and sautéed strawberries. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone with a discriminating palate and an appreciation for fine cuisine.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank roger g
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Merced
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“This is a gem of a spot”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

We had the pre fixed dinner and could not have been happier. Who would expect this area to have such a fabulous restaurant.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank Kelly P
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Chico, California
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great find”
Reviewed March 10, 2013

Everyone around recommended this restaurant. It was great! The pre fixe menu was very reasonably priced and gave us a great glimpse of the palette.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Tricerri
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Placerville, California
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Don't Expect Service,”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

By and far the worst service we have ever had any place, anywhere. I at first gave them a pass because it was Valentine's Day. We had made a reservation for 6:15. We live close and glad we arrived a bit early because there was no parking available in their parking lot due to poorly parked vehicles, a trailer taking up room and some debris in the area. My husband moved away some boards and debris to make room so we could safely park. We entered the restaurant at about 6:10. When we arrived there was one couple sitting and waiting and another couple standing. For the 30 minutes we sat there, no hostess acknowledged us, offered a glass of wine/beverage, etc. We had a delightful conversation with another couple waiting. We contemplated leaving and stated so to the couple standing. They said the food is sooo good, and worth the wait. That may be the case, but we made reservations in advance based on their availiability and a simple acknowlegement would have gone miles. You are paying for service too and what was being demonstrated thus far was that our patronage was not appreciated or wanted. Finally at 6:40 the "hostess" asked if two parties were present? She would have know this if we had been greeted upon arrival. We were offered 1 of 3 2-top tables located in the middle of the room spaced very closely together. Not very romantic, but convenient to engage in conversation with other tables. It was a 4-course menu for $40/person for appetizer, salad/soup, main course, dessert. Thank goodness that they served a healthy portion of bread because by the time our order was taken and appetizer served it held us over. We did not receive our appetizers until after 7:30. Hubby had crab cakes, caesar salad, stuffed quail with rack of lamb, and chocolate decadence. I had oysters on half shell, Cafe Mahjaic salad, filet with prawn and bernaise, expresso brulee. The presentation was nice and the food well prepared, savory, and the saving grace of the evening along with running into some business associates. I would have given a score of Terrible had the food been average. It was Very Good. I would suggest that if you state that bleu cheese is on the salad and the server specifically asks if you want bleu cheese, that more than one sparse little crumble is on the salad. They do offer a nice wine selection by the bottle and a couple of whites and reds by the glass. Local vineyards represented are Holly Hills and David Girard. You can bring your own bottle for a $12 corkage fee. I left a tip out of habit and pity for the servers that certainly were ill prepared and overwhelmed for the evening. If the hostess is managing the floor, shame on you. It is unknown if we will return and doubt we will recommend to any of our friends and associates.

  • Visited February 2013
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3 Thank 4everjung
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Level 6 Contributor
148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Ecletic Food; Great Service”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

Hubby and I did the 4 course meal for $25 and enjoyed our dinner. Although we chuckled that my husband's prawn appetizer was really just one specially prepared prawn. The chef is trying to mirror upscale fine dining experiences you find in big cities such as LA, New York or Chicago. Small and creatively arranged portions. Atmosphere simple and old world due to age of building. Biggest complaint was how load the restaurant became. Very large groups and my husband and I could not hear each other speaking after about 30 minutes. Definitely inquire if they are expecting a large group if you make reservations.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank pjmartin1998
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