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The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215
(916) 498-9891
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Ranked #13 of 1,723 restaurants in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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English first
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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87 reviews 87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Eureka, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We had a reservation but chose to have dinner at the bar with Josh. Had nice, interesting wines, a beautiful sweetbreads appetizer, an inventive Caesar salad which included dressed croutons, and two great entrees. One was the Bolognese pasta which was rich, meaty and perfectly done, the other was one the kitchen came up with based on our request for... More

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Sacramento, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This is our favorite restaurant in Sacramento and we have lived here for 20 years. It continues to surprise with innovations yet be fun and reasonably priced..for a nice restaurant.

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Menlo Park, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Waterboy is a real bohemian find with very friendly service & an eclectic menu & clientele. It is relatively small & thus "cozy". The neighborhood is alive with bars & restaurants for a stop before, or after dinner. Three of our four meals were outstanding and one was just average. The outstanding meals were the daily specials (pork and duck),... More

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California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Waterboy has persevered for years, and has never missed a beat. Service is a real strength here, but the limited menu might deter some...Prices are in the midrange for nice restaurants , but each plate seems to have had some attention iin the kitchen. Do make reservations.

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Fair Oaks
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I couldn't wait to come home and write a review for this restaurant. First of all I had originally made a reservation at Biba's for 8 - retired teachers and our principal. I was told only one check and a 17% gratuity. The second time I needed to call I asked for 4 separate checks to which they said no.... More

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California
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314 reviews 314 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We enjoyed our return visit to Waterboy with friends for Valentines Day. It offers a few touches rare in even the Michelin starred US restaurants. Non intrusive service, space to have a conversation without deafening noise and relaxed well timed dining. We were never rushed , yet always served. It's really the perfect setting to enjoy an evening. The food... More

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Sacramento, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The Waterboy has been one of my go to restaurants since I have lived here. All of the meals that I've had there have been good. The service is also very good,they all work together very well and have a neighborhood kind of warmth. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, but make reservations. Oh, the bar is great too... More

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Carmichael, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We have always considered the Waterboy as one of our three most favorite special occasion go to places. We are here only two to three times a year as we save this place as a Birthday or Anniversary place. We have never been unhappy with our meal and our service. The menu is fresh and current in the fact that... More

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