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The Waterboy

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Italian, French, American, Californian, Seafood
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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215 (20th)
(916) 498-9891
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 92
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
One of Sacramento's best restaurants

Consistently good food and service. Great location great atmosphere. I highly suggest the deviled egg appetizer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
atomic r
via mobile
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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English first
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Consistently good food and service. Great location great atmosphere. I highly suggest the deviled egg appetizer.

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Modesto, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The place was packed at 8pm on a Tuesday night, the barman kindly went out of his way to find us a table. I started with sweetbreads that were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented, followed by squid ink pasta tortellini stuffed with cod and accompanied by an imaginative tomato sauce. It was delicious. My friends enjoyed a main course of... More 

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Sacramento
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Waterboy offers fresh ever changing menus channeling country French and Mediterranean cuisine seen thru the eyes of the chef. The menu changes regularly reflecting what is in season. I like to go there with a good bottle of Syrah and always find something that pairs perfectly with it. Too often I have to search the menus of restaurants for something... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Great French bistro atmosphere with a bit of lovely quirkiness. The food is always outstanding and the service personable yet professional. The wine and cocktail lists are curated well. I've taken groups of colleagues here three different times while working in downtown Sacramento and everyone raved about it. This area near the capitol is treed and lovely. The Waterboy is... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Never disappointed eating here. Creative cuisine with a French twist that is delicious. Seafood and meat are specialties. Great food and service.

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Ottawa, Canada
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The ambience of the restaurant is very light- there are palm trees, high ceilings and wicker-like chairs. Even indoors, it feels like you are sitting outside. The menu has interesting choices; we shared the cheese plate with four different types and delicious cranberry bread. I had the lamb which was beautifully presented although a little tough (I should have ordered... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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114 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We stumbled into Waterboy mistakenly. Our destination was Rubicon Brewery next door. It turns out the mistake was a good one. We decided to grab an outside table and do a round of drinks and appetizers. All were excellent. Try the marinated olives, cheese plate and the bruschetta. The cheese plate comes with a brie, goat, blue and hard, parmesan-like... More 

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Carmichael, California
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

A friend and I went to Waterboy for lunch. It was scrumptious. The scallops were fabulous. I forgot how wonderful Waterboy is. It had been years I had last visited. I will be back definitely!

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Sacramento, California
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I visit The Waterboy about 3 or 4 times a year and I'm still waiting to be disappointed:) No poor service - the wait staff is friendly, knowledgeable, & helpful but never pushy! I dislike when you go to a place that wants to clear your plate every two seconds or ignores you for half the meal. They strike a... More 

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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The food at the Waterboy is truly excellent, although the menu descriptions fall flat without the expert knowledge of the wait staff ("warm broccoli salad" doesn't sound particularly appealing, but it's one of the best dishes we've had here, at the recommendation of our waiter). I am a vegetarian, and the chef has always prepared outstanding vegetarian dishes at my... More 

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Additional Information about The Waterboy

Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215
Phone Number: (916) 498-9891
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $18 to $30
Cuisine: Italian, French, American, Californian, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215
    (20th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: (916) 498-9891

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $18 to $30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, American, Californian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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