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The Waterboy

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American, French, Italian, Californian
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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215 (20th)
(916) 498-9891
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 85
    Excellent
  • 45
    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
Most recent review
Simply no

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.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Gildor1503
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It was Valentines night, as we didn't plan anything special, we choose this restaurant based on a search we did over the internet, and we didn't expect them to have a table, and indeed they didn't have. But they offered us to sit on the bar. So we did. Best choice ever. When the barman is cool and friendly with... More 

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Prineville, Oregon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Some hits and misses with The Waterboy: Being ranked so highly by Tripadvisor, we guessed that everything would be exemplary. We had deviled eggs as an appetizer; they were lame. Our salads and entrees were variable; some were excellent, some were average. The desserts were delicious. Can't say that I'd return; there are too many restaurants to try...

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Surprise, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

On business, at Unified Convention. Had Oysters on a half-shell, no Cocktail sauce available. Also their special rib eye, which was slightly undercooked and not very prime. Wines were acceptable and the ambiance is nice. Limited menu, a "girly" place re: menu.

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El Dorado Hills, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The Waterboy came highly reccommended and was within walking distance from our B&B. Try the leek soup and the pot pie! So good!! Perfect birthday surprise for my boyfriend.

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Lodi, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

I've eaten here on business lunches several times and decided it would be a romantic place to take my wife for dinner. Waterboy did not disappoint. Their food is classical, but creative and innovative are words I would use as well. One of my favorite dishes I've had here is a rolled and pan seared petrale sole, with a tapenade,... More 

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Had a really good meal here. Only negative would be the space is pretty cramped and the tables are too close to each other. Would recommend the following: - Crostini Tonnato - Antipasto Plate - Salad of Riverdog Beets, Avocado & Tombo Tuna - Waterboy Bouillabaisse

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Rancho Cordova
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57 reviews 57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Expect the best in any of their entree. Choice in any of their menu of pasta, poultry, seafood and beef. Food well prepared with fresh ingredients. Great wine selection. Must leave enough room for dessert.

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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: American, French, Italian, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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?