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The Waterboy

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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
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 115
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 4
    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
Really Special

What a really special restaurant. Friends brought us here and were we impressed. I started with a Caesar salad, but with cold lettuce, cold plate and cold fork as well as a great tasting salad. I had the Duck Breast which was excellent. My wife had and loved the Scallops after a beet salad... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Palmer R
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a really special restaurant. Friends brought us here and were we impressed. I started with a Caesar salad, but with cold lettuce, cold plate and cold fork as well as a great tasting salad. I had the Duck Breast which was excellent. My wife had and loved the Scallops after a beet salad. Our friends had the Coq au... More 

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Thank Palmer R
San Francisco
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't go somewhere else to get an old fashioned, Sazerac, or martini. No one beats The Waterboy. No one.

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Thank whereverimayrome
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13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food was perfect with hearty winter veggies and savory completeness. Each dish was great. Gnocchi was exquisite. The sweetbreads were rich and balanced. Steak tartar was among best ever.

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Thank Timothychap
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My wife has wanted to try this place for many years, so for a special occasion, we made reservations. We arrived early and was seated quickly. We had made reservations for 5 pm and there were 3 to 4 other couples already seated. We ordered the bruschetta as an appetizer. it was fresh, but way too salty. We ordered each... More 

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2 Thank talley01
dekalb, illinois
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258 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Food was good, service was adequate but not great. Large dining room got very noisy as the evening wore on. Price/quality ratio is not good. Expected better from such a highly rated place.

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1 Thank peter t
California
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89 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

My buddy Kaila and I do an annual holiday lunch at Waterboy, and it's always great. This year was special. When I made the Open Table reszie, I put in a comment that my dining partner tries to stay vegan, but can wander off the course a bit on occasion. After we were seated, our server said that the chef... More 

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Thank JDinNapa
Nebraska
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

My son who is a chef in SF and I met in Sacramento and decided to try the Waterboy ....The result was a delightful dinner. Excellent service, nice wine selection, we tried several appetizers including the oysters on the half shell and white anchovies ... Both excellent. Our entrees were both delicious followed up with a coffee and a cognac.... More 

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Thank Traveler803
Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Great Food Intimate Seating When they first opened they were Excellant Now there is too much emphacise on unusual combination But still there are great things to order

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Thank sglovotti
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

A friend recently invited us for dinner at the Waterboy. We hadn't dined there in some time although my husband and I have always liked the atmosphere, food and service at this longtime establishment. The evening's selections turned out to be of the same high quality as we remembered. Prices are in tune with those of other similar themed restaurants.... More 

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Thank Koblenztreis
Sacramento, California
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130 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

A Sacramento staple. Very nice atmosphere and high quality farm to fork selections. While a little off the Capitol path, it stand its own as a downtown mentionable. Can't go wrong with the nightly selections .

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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 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?