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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
(916) 498-9891
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All 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
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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Level Contributor
25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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 

Thank Robert S
San Francisco, CA
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 10 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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108 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank Pfitzgerald1946
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Waterboy will never disappoint. The food is consistently good, service is personable. Just go! You will love it. I like the variety of the small plates.

Thank kellylyoung1961
San Francisco, California
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114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

A large dining room and bar in a open area made for a noisy evening and ruined an otherwise good experience. We scheduled and early meal to help avoid the noise but it did not help. Their sweetbreads are excellent. Even though the food is good, the atmosphere will probably keep us from returning.

2 Thank dmc52

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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
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, 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: (916) 498-9891

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