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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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Milton, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We drove in from San Francisco one rainy day to meet my cousin and we had a wonderful, leisurely lunch that was second to none. Having met her here 10+ years ago, we were only too happy to make this our rendezvous point again. The Waterboy has a decor and casual elegance that is matched by their outstanding food and... More 

Thank PJZimm
Roseville, California
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108 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The chef here is excellent with consistently good and creative food. One of the city's "in" chefs. Location is nice and near several other really good restaurants. My only beef is with the noise. It's a large hollow box with concrete floors so sound bounces and travels everywhere. It's not a fun hip kind of noisy, just noisy.

Thank Steve R
Los Angeles, CA
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is my second favorite restaurant in Sacramento but this time I was disappointed. Went here with three of my staff. Two had the steak special which was amazing. One had the scallops which were heavenly. I had the bouillabaisse which couldn't decide if it was a bouillabaisse or a cioppino. It had a tomato base with not a lot... More 

Thank TaxLass
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Another farm to table specialist, Waterboy combines great use of its former machine-shop space, outstanding service, and food that was to die for. Our waitress exuded the perfect combination of attentiveness and privacy, also bringing us glasses of champagne as a treat to celebrate a retirement (we had our own wine). The cheese plate starter was superb and the salad... More 

Thank BryanSil
Sacramento, California
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful, classy restaurant. It has wonderful paintings on the walls and is very elegant. Our waiter was great and very accommodating. The food and drinks were very good! The only problem was that the waiting area near the door is too small!

Thank Phyllis B
Sacramento, California
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is still serving up great food, still, 20 years after first opening it's doors. Service is still superior for the area as well as the food. We went here to check out this restaurant after a few yews to see ho it stacked up against all the new and really good restaurants that have opened in this city... More 

Thank Andy B
Sacramento, California
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a very nice quaint place that sits on the corner of 20th and Capital st. in Mid Town. The restaurant isn't that big, so I would recommend that you make reservations using Opentable perhaps. There's a full bar for mixed drinks upon entering the establishment. There's limited seating at the bar, so you may not be able to... More 

Thank PNCEngineering
Sacramento, California
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587 reviews
339 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Often overlooked, but this restaurant serves delicious, farm fresh cuisine year round. Been going here for 6 years and it never disappoints. Would easily recommend this to anyone and it holds its own against all the other fine Sac establishments.

Thank traveller2332
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

My buddy and I both wanted to try the burger here; it was excellent. It had a great synergy of taste with the quality of the chuck meat; the produce; the added bacon; and the sauce; complete harmony. The female server was excellent; the tall bearded person who poured the water had an absolutely flat affect and was not pleasant... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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414 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We went here with local friends who love this place; we could see why. Every dish we had was excellently prepared and well presented and the service was great, personable and helpful without being intrusive, just what you'd expect in a nice place. The dining room is very airy and pleasant with unobtrusive decor, but when we were there it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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: 19164989891
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?