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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215 (20th)
(916) 498-9891
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 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, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 96
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  • 51
    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
comfortable elegance

at aprox. 6pm a thursday night with no reservations we stopped to see if we could have a quick bite. All reservations were full from 6:30 pm on. We promised to be out by then. The host, waiter ect. did everything to take care of us. We had a great table excellent food and service and not once did... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
robbmadd
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Sacramento, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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English first
Sacramento, California
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

at aprox. 6pm a thursday night with no reservations we stopped to see if we could have a quick bite. All reservations were full from 6:30 pm on. We promised to be out by then. The host, waiter ect. did everything to take care of us. We had a great table excellent food and service and not once did we... More 

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Sacramento,CA
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Wife and I have gone to the Waterboy for our anniversary dinner the last few years. The service has always been top-notch and the specials are often exciting combinations. Hostess brought over free glasses of champagne for us to toast with, nice touch. Great outside seating available, always a nice thing in Sacramento during the summer. If you are ever... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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169 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

It was a fine dine at Waterboy, with much good conversation with friends who have not seen each other in many years. One of them recommended the local wine: Revolution sangiovesi Renzo Gandyhill Winery in Sacramento County was a lovely vino locali. It went well with John’s white anchovies and then his skirt steak and Ben’s lobster and corn cream... More 

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Davis, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I eat here about once a month. I think it's the best table cloth restaurant in Sacramento. Very good service. Good wine list and cocktails. Northern California cooking at its best. Reminds me of a great neighborhood restaurant in Paris with a city-wide following. Go.

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Sacramento
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Waterboy hands down has the best martini in Sacramento! The ice floats on top like little snowflakes. And if you ask nicely, the bartender will hand stuff blue cheese olives for you. Our favorite thing to do is to sit at the bar and order a couple of items to share. The food is always impeccable and the staff,... More 

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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015 via mobile

Consistently good food and service. Great location great atmosphere. I highly suggest the deviled egg appetizer.

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Modesto, California
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The place was packed at 8pm on a Tuesday night, the barman kindly went out of his way to find us a table. I started with sweetbreads that were perfectly cooked and beautifully presented, followed by squid ink pasta tortellini stuffed with cod and accompanied by an imaginative tomato sauce. It was delicious. My friends enjoyed a main course of... More 

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Sacramento
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Waterboy offers fresh ever changing menus channeling country French and Mediterranean cuisine seen thru the eyes of the chef. The menu changes regularly reflecting what is in season. I like to go there with a good bottle of Syrah and always find something that pairs perfectly with it. Too often I have to search the menus of restaurants for something... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Great French bistro atmosphere with a bit of lovely quirkiness. The food is always outstanding and the service personable yet professional. The wine and cocktail lists are curated well. I've taken groups of colleagues here three different times while working in downtown Sacramento and everyone raved about it. This area near the capitol is treed and lovely. The Waterboy is... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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Additional Information about The Waterboy

Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95814-4215
Phone Number: (916) 498-9891
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
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
Average Prices: USD $18 to $30
Cuisine: Italian, French, American, Seafood

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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 to $30
  • Cuisine: Italian, French, American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, 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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