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The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215
(916) 498-9891
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Ranked #11 of 1,748 restaurants in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: American, French, Italian, Californian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th
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90% Recommend
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English first
Lincoln, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Nice restaurant in downtown Sacramento. Same location for 20 years. I started with Tuna Tartar, the had the Veal Sweetbreads which were as good as I have had anywhere in the world. My main course was the bouillabaisse which was small buy very tasty, followed by a dessert of affagoto which is home made vanilla ice cream covered with espresso... More

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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

I celebrated my anniversary with Mr Wonderful at this restaurant. I wasn't expecting it to be noisy, overly crowded and the waitress to seldom appear. Everything is ordered separately. Salad, main dish and vegetable sides. All are pricy for what you are getting. Small salads are 10-12 dollars each. Main dishes are around $28-34.00. Sides are 6.00 each. Desserts are... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We were here for a celebration dinner and were treated beautifully. Excellent food and service! Relaxed atmosphere and no rushing to get you out. A nice treat.

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Sacramento, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I just had a wonderful dinner for my birthday and enjoyed every bite at this well known local restaurant. I had not been here, even though I live in town, for quite awhile. I think it is because I have a few favorite restaurants in town that are my "go to" places. However, I am so glad we decided to... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We ALWAYS eat at Biba's when in Sacramento. Sadly, on a Sunday night it wasn't open, so we took a chance and went to Waterboy. Not only were we pleasantly surprised by the ambiance, the drinks, the food, and the pleasant service, but as we were sipping our martinis who should walk in but Biba herself! Then we knew Waterboy... More

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Manteca, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

A really good menu with a nice variety. The staff was very friendly and the service was really great. I was a bartender/waiter during my college years so (always secretly to myself) but I can be very critical of servers and this was the best service I have had in a really long time. If you are in town as... More

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Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Great food, great service, great location, great ambiance. Guido the waiter was fantastic. The food was very well prepared and presented. One would like to order everything on their menu--it looked so good!

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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Waterboy is trendy without being snooty or intimidating. The staff were helpful in so many ways - we got chatty with our server who provided reading glasses and searched on a point of interest on the internet. The cocktails, wine and food were all great. We both enjoyed everything: fritto misto and chicken liver pate to start, steak with... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

I ordered the special, Halibut, and it was so moist and flavorful. Cooked to perfection. The restaurant is light and airy, service was excellent. We would definitely go there again!

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Sacramento, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

A gem of a restaurant in the heart of Midtown away from the tourist crowds. Always packed with locals looking for a cozy feel with freshly prepared dining choices. Wine list average in selection but very fairly priced. Service was great. The antipasto plate was a great starter. The Seafood Gumbo had a nice variety and had the perfect amount... More

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