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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%
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“scallops” (19 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Waterboy has been the most consistently excellent restaurant in Sacramento for many, many years. Fresh ingredients prepared in an innovative way are the trademarks of this casually elegant restaurant. Their special menus available on a specific Thursday of each month are not to be missed--and...More

Thank Deborah G
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Deborah, we appreciate your business. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we're honored!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this place because it was in walking distance of our holiday accommodation on a hot night. We shared a tasty though fairly traditional beet and goat's cheese salad, then I had a pan fried chicken dish and my husband a medium-sized bavette (flank...More

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

Hi Sue, we appreciate you giving us a try while visiting Sacramento. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and thanks for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sumptuous food, top-notch booze selection, discreet staff, sultry setting. Great place to start a torrid summer romance. Just. Go.

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us, thanks for taking the time to write a review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had not been here in many years It is in a large room with no soundproofing so it was a busy and boisterous Friday night crowd. Noise level notwithstanding the atmosphere is friendly and service was attentive Our appetizers were excellent and included Bruschetta and...More

Thank gregtherater
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waterboy is as good as it gets. Food doesn't get any better, been to a lot of restaurants. I'm vegan or vegetarian depending on the mood and the chefs at Waterboy amaze me with things they think up for me. The staff is way more...More

Thank Dougdentist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of my best meals anyway ever. Cool little bar, cool bar man, great wine by the glass. The food, are you kidding. Every dish just got better and better. Tried again the next night without a reservation no luck, my bad. Please do not...More

Thank DPKH
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, thanks for taking the time to write a review! Don't have a reservation? Try early in the evening or after 8 pm.

Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Just got in to town. Checked out Old Town But when we asked a local she said go to Mid Town for better food Looked on TripAdvisor & Thewaterboy Came up. Sooo glad we came upon it Excellent food. Great wine selection Friendly staff. What...More

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Fresh and yummy meals, great service, and an attractive yet casual (not fussy!) atmosphere! We'll definitely go back whenever we are in Sacramento again!

Thank Maaike H
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

When we are in Sacramento we make the effort to eat here. Casual but you won't feel uncomfortable dressing up a little. The waitstaff is charming, friendly and professional and they know their food. And the food is just wonderful, well prepared and beautifully plated....More

Thank fredSeattle_Wa
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Excellent lunch which between the 2 of us included a heavenly potato & leek soup, the pan-seared scallops plate and the fish special which was halibut, perfectly baked. The food was outstanding with sensible portions and very nice spring vegetables with both main dishes. Very...More

Thank calyptephile
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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
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
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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