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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
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:30 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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 48
    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
Great French food.

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
margie c
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Sacramento, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
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150 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • French first
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English first
Sacramento, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 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 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 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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Sacramento, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

WOW!! Superb service,amazing food. A little pricey,but you get what you pay for. Absolutely loved it!!

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Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The personnel is nice and can do their work. I think this is the only positive thing I can say about the Waterboy. The food is well below expectation (just edible I would describe it). The wine list did not impress me. The cost is not adequate. Will never go back there, thats for sure.

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Denver, Colorado
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Reservations easy to get parking a little tricky but overall not a problem drinks were very nicely poured the show drinks were especially tasty and not light. Beef tar tar was light perfectly seasoned and melted in your mouth. The Ceasars salad was fresh and not overly dressed, and the anchovies were slight. The side of bacon Brussel sprouts were... More 

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Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is my best friend favorite restaurant for lunch. The reason is she likes very high quality food, cooked & seasoned perfectly, and a portion that won't make you fall asleep when your back at the office. Fresh fish, amazing salads, home made pasta ragu and much much more. Service is exceptional and fast which is another reason its perfect... More 

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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, Californian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?