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The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
+1 916-498-9891
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sweetbreads” (15 reviews)
“potato gratin” (3 reviews)
“crostata” (7 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Waterboy is one of the best dining experiences we have encountered in a long time. The interior is classy (not drippy) upscale white tablecloth. The patrons (for the most part) were dressed the part, which seems to be an exception these days. Nice to...More

Thank Dragonfly972
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. It sounds like our priorities at The Waterboy came across and we will be sure to share your kind words with the staff. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is hard to overstate the quality of this restaurant. The menu is seasonal and varied , the wine list is first rate, they charge modest corkage if you bring your own. The service is always fantastic, and always with a smile.

Thank rassociate
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We have loved this place for years and years. The service is great and the bar and food quality is consistently fabulous. Never had a bad dish and never have been bored by the selection. Fancy enough for a treat night out, casual enough to...More

Thank fredSeattle_Wa
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Good food, good service and some nice wines on the list at acceptable prices. Only problem was the food came out of the kitchen at different times. We were four and somebody was always waiting for their dish, leaving the other three to either wait...More

Thank LePirateDeAvalon
Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

This one of favorite lunch spots. It a great place for business lunch. It is a little pricey but the burger here in my opinion might be the best in the world.

Thank Glenn N
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us, Glenn. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 21 December 2017

i like Waterboy. it's one of my two go to places in downtown/midtown (the other being Mulvaney's which is two blocks away. Service is excellent. The menu is seasonal, and the ishes are well prepared. it's not cutting edge, but it is contemporary California cuisine....More

Thank Hickman62
Reviewed 9 November 2017

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 13 November 2017

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

Reviewed 8 November 2017

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 Carolyn S
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!

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19 April 2017|
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
26 June 2016|
Response from Sharron A | Reviewed this property |
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
Rolando N
17 March 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-498-9891
  • E-mail
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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