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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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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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Woodland, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I may be biased, but I always enjoy my visits. Wonderful servers, no rush to move you on, fresh 'farm to fork' dishes. Don't forget about the sister restaurant for casual pizza: One Speed

1 Thank gailgruber
Hood River, Oregon
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This one cracks the Top 5 - I had the best tasting duck of my life! Service was excellent - attentive, but not hovering. Excellent wine selection, food that was out of this world, great atmosphere; I have to think this is the best restaurant in downtown Sac!

1 Thank Saenglo
Sacramento, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Waterboy is my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. Their food is fresh, inventive, and delicious. It is not a large place, and I have not found it to be too loud. The decor is charming and quirky, the atmosphere is welcoming and gracious thanks to the outstanding staff.

Thank Michele4614
Sacramento, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Waterboy is a go to place to eat for special occasions both private and business. The food is always good, not great, but consistent. On last visit we had a very pushy waitress who kept asking about having appetizers for the table. Saying no once was not accepted. Yet where was she to pour the wine during dinner? Where... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

My wife and I stayed at the Amber House B & B on 22nd off Capitol. We decided to eat an an Italian restaurant on 24th. On our way we passed by The Waterboy and looked at their menu, which was intrigueing. The interior was inviting and we were welcomed even though we did not have a reservation and it... More 

1 Thank bobostours
Sacramento, California
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

My friends and I stopped in to see a particular bar tender that makes good tiki drinks- unfortunately he was not there but no worries; the Waterboy team totally delivered! We had oysters and they gladly made us fantastic tiki. The food is excellent. The service is excellent. Everyone from the hostess to the owner was awesome. You should go... More 

1 Thank Nick K
Newport Beach, California
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117 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We have enjoyed dining at Waterboy many times the staff is friendly and professional. The wine list is great and because they use fresh local ingredients the menu is always changing. Situated on a nice corner in mid-town you will enjoy the inventiveness of the chef!!!

1 Thank thehandsometraveler
Carmichael, California
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I got an email about a tiki dinner so I instantly made a reservation. So glad I did. The place was decorated up and looked great! Fantastic mai tai to start things off. Then the courses started. Pupus of house mad spam crostini, and pork belly rolls were excellent as was foil wrapped chicken. Then a salad... More 

1 Thank whaleman1958
Modesto, California
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

if you are trying to impress a date then let me give you a little advice. I called ahead and talked to the manager Greg and told him i was on a first date and really wanted to impress this girl. Greg hooked me up. Gave us a custom Menu with my dates name on it. It worked!!!! made me... More 

1 Thank mponticelli209
Berkeley, California
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

The dinner four of us ate at the Waterboy on a fairly busy Thursday evening was absolutely delicious. The appetizers sparkled: white anchovies with watercress and shaved parmesan and for the table we ordered the "appetizer plate" filled with various pates, marinated veges and delicious cheeses.. The bread was so good that we ran out before we finished the appetizers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$18 - $30
American, Italian, French, Seafood
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
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?