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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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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
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our third visit here. Always with another couple. The service is top notch. The atmosphere is casual with outdoor seating available. The menu changes which is nice and food is outstanding. Great food starts with great ingredients, theirs is fresh and mostly local products. The cocktail, beer and wine menu is great as well.

Thank mjamman
Port Townsend, Wa
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169 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were ten of us and everyone said "spectacular!!!!" Menu varies according to season and also the availability of ingredients. Unusual sauces, light and flavorful. I had delicious sea scallops, but tried bites of halibut and lamb. Yum. Beet salad and minestrone soup. Great. Perfect creme brûlée. Strong wine list. Attentive service. Restaurant was a little noisy initially, but interestingly... More 

Thank RestlessFeet
Kennesaw, Georgia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was delicious, service was special. This was my last night in Sacramento, family gathered to celebrate my time here. We had a fabulous time. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone wanting to have an outstanding meal with great ambience.

Thank bhlytle
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186 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best meals we have ever had. Everything was fresh and bursting with flavor. Perfectly prepared and presented. Knowledgeable, friendly and very professional waitstaff. Nice to sit outside on a mild evening. Limited parking at restaurant, lots of street parking, but also lots of restaurants so at mealtime streets are full. A five dollar pay lot right across... More 

Thank MACVirginia
Kings Langley, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends who dine here a lot. The menu is very good with mostly, I gather, locally sourced fresh produce. Very tasty dishes without being over large. Good wine list and great service from a very knowledgable server. Very buzzy atmosphere makes for an enjoyable evening.

Thank TonyPKL
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A full restaurant on a Monday night speaks for itself... Quick informed service, good wine list with a large choice of half bottles which is great if you want to have different wines with courses. Food very tasty and themed by French and Italian though not presented in the classical style they would do, but instead all sects together, but... More 

Thank Murdoch S
Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Waterboy has been our special night restaurant for a long time, however it will not be the place for us for a while. Our evening started with a patronizing attitude by our server and ended with our wine being whisked away when we left our table to view the kitchen upon invitation. The appetizers were up to par, and... More 

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219 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had always wanted to try this place and finally got my chance! Our anniversary plans got bungled the day before so I opted for dinner in Sac instead. Made reservations online and wrote that we were celebrating an anniversary. Arrived at the restaurant and we were greeted with comp glasses of champagne! Waited a few minutes for our table which... More 

Thank theresaw
Sacramento, California
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

My daughter treated me to dinner here on my birthday! Amazing food and love the atmosphere. We ordered the anti pasta appetizer, and the portion was full of an assortment of cheese, meats, veggies and pasta prepared fresh. Afterwards and with some coaxing from our server, we opted for coffee and dessert! Well worth it

Thank ibkphoto
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Waterboy has been around for many years- and it is one of my favorite places to go for dinner/lunch. The food is terrific, service is very good- all in all- a special place to go. Parking can be tricky, so be prepared to drive around a bit. This is not an inexpensive place, but you get what you pay for-... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$18 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: 19164989891
We feature a seasonal menu, inspired primarily by the beautiful cuisines of northern Italy and southern France. In addition, we offer a diverse wine list and a full bar featuring artisanal cocktails and aperitifs.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?