Coloma/ Lotus

Tiny Lotus has several restaurants, ranging from upper end to super casual.

Cafe Mahjaic and the Lotus Inn is one of our favorite places when we can afford it. The menu is described as “New American” but we just call it delicious. Get the soup. It is always amazing. On the expensive side, but still casual–take off your wet shoes and kayak skirt first, but you’ll be fine in shorts or jeans. They are located just off Lotus Rd, right next to the All-Outdoors River Center.

More casual is Marco’s Pizza, just off Hwy 49. They have tasty Roman style pizza, good salads (we really like the pear salad), and, inexplicably, thai-style noodles and rice dishes now and then. You can also get beer on tap and local wines. This is definitely the place to go for a casual hang out. Frequent live music, slideshows, and films–call them to see what’s happening or just wing it. Open seasonally. (550) 642-2025.

Want to keep the party rollin’ after Marco’s? Head on over to the Coloma Club, the ultimate El Dorado County dive bar: colorful locals, pool table, tanned river beauties, and a karaoke night that is truly beautiful in its enthusiasm if not talent.

Bars and Saloons

Coloma is semi-notorious for having a very lively summer nightlife. On busy weekend, Marco’s, the Coloma Club Saloon, and the Sierra Nevada House are all packed. The River Shack often throws fun theme parties during the week as well.

For morning after-recovery, check out Sierra Rizing Bakery, which has coffee to get you going, sweets, and a breakfast menu. Or, roll out of your pick-up and head back to the Coloma Club for a gut-busting greasy spoon breakfast guaranteed to fill you up and provide ballast for a day on the river.

And, if all you really want is a grocery store, head to Placerville, a 20 minute drive where you will find supermarkets galore.

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