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The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
+1 916-498-9891
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Overview
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sweetbreads” (15 reviews)
“potato gratin” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
€€€€
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LOCATION
2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
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1 - 10 of 268 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a place that we go to for special occasion and never disappoints. The food is always fresh and delicious, servers attentive and fast service. I've had their scallops and their steak and as always fresh seafood and cooked just right. The steak is tender...More

Thank Places2Cee
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad you have enjoyed your experiences with us. Thanks for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful dining experience. The service is unparalleled and sincere. I despise fine dining where the service is stuffy, pretentious or fake. Like they are phoning in manners when they would rather be doing anything else but serving YOU. The Waterboy is not like this at...More

Thank Caroline794
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The fall menu recently arrived. The current version of sweetbreads is outstanding. The sweetbreads are served on a slider-sized cheese brisk in a lemon-caper-marsala sauce. This item is always the best version in two, and can be upsized at dinner as an entree. The Taco...More

Thank traveltype8
Reviewed 2 October 2017

A group of 6 of us attending as a business dinner - what an amazing restaurant. Our server (Jake I think) was amazing - he expertly explained the menu to us and was incredibly pleasant. All 6 of us had different variations of menu items...More

Thank LuvinGCM
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

We're glad you and your group enjoyed your experience with us. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 21 September 2017 via mobile

The Waterboy has been a marker of good taste among well heeled Sacramentans for some time. And I'd yet to dine there. So when my cousin came to town I made a reservation and we went for lunch. I arrived on time but my Iowa...More

Thank Julie S
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Hi Julie, Thanks for coming in to give us a try. We're glad you enjoyed your overall experience with us. Our current steak offering does include a salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, Potatoes & Roasted Onions, but if there is ever something about your meal that...More

Reviewed 12 September 2017

Made reservations for our 28th anniversary dinner and when we arrived we were greeted with a "happy anniversary" from both the hostess and the waitress. Very nice ambiance. A bit noisy but able to have a conversation with no problem. Lovely white table cloths and...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

For the last 20 or so years the restaurant has ranked among the best Sacramento has to offer. The food always seasonally correct and prepared perfectly. The visit we had , oysters on the half shell, cervichi, duck and Halibut! All great. The service matches...More

Thank rassociate
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We visited for lunch, and enjoyed it. The atmosphere is pleasant, with crisp white tablecloths, a room that is bright and spacious. An interesting variety of influences on the menu - we had gnocchi with pesto and what is listed on the menu as "lunch...More

Thank Mike_in_CO
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Two of us enjoyed a truly delicious dinner - scallops prepared perfectly and presented so nicely, yummy seasonal salad, nicely mixed cocktails, and great rye selection- all delivered in a professional and non-hurried manner. The decor is comfortable and stylish. Although it was too warm...More

Thank lisan664
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We have been eating at The Waterboy for close to 20 years. We are foodies and consider it one of the top five restaurants in Sacramento (objective ranking) and #1 on our list (subjective claim). We are most fond of the small plates part of...More

Thank traveltype8
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jojosail2
19 April 2017|
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Response from Mahan_Restaurants | Property representative |
Hi jojosail2, our noise level is low-moderate depending on the time of day (peak times being louder). The noise is moderate enough that we are popular with guests looking to hold business meetings during lunch or entertain... More
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I bet if you call them enough in advance they may close the restaurant or there is an upstairs area that might work too. They owner and staff are great. But advance planning is key! S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
Saturday
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
    (20th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-498-9891
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Description
We feature a seasonal menu, inspired primarily by the beautiful cuisines of northern Italy and southern France. In addition, we offer a diverse wine list and a full bar featuring artisanal cocktails and aperitifs.
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