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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
5:00 pm - 9:00 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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48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank hesterp
Sacramento, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all let me say that this place has good food. So I have no problem with that. However it is a snooty place. My husband and I went in there on a hot summer day without a reservation, and the waiter said "you'd have to be out of your mind to not have a reservation" . It is... More 

Thank yilyil
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159 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We showed up late, after theater, for dessert only.....and glad we did. It ALL looked amazing and the pear tart was superb (very buttery).....

Thank Marc L
Sacramento, California
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Waterboy used to be our second favorite restaurant in Sacramento. The past two times we have gone I was disappointed in the meal they prepared for my girlfriend(vegan) and the service has gone downhill.

Thank Stuart B
Sacramento, California
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102 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have dined here many times over the years. It never fails to be very good. The menu changes with the seasons, and most is locally sourced. We had the lamb and local veggies, and I had oysters on half shell and halibut. Every thing was very good with service to match!

Thank rassociate
Sacramento, CA
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126 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service was the best part of the meal. The appetizers we all shared were good. However, two of the four entrees were just good, not exceptional. I expected better. The duck breast was ordered medium, but was so rare, that it was literally dark red/raw. The outside was seared, but it wasn't then cooked long enough to cook the... More 

Thank 2004_Retirees
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love to eat at the Waterboy! It has become our #1 choice for a special dinner. Customer service is over the top. Expensive but so worth it! Easy access.

Thank NJEsposito
Sacramento, California
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86 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

2 appetizers, 2 entrees, 2 glasses of wine (no dessert or salads) $140 (so that is why 4 stars not 5). So, be prepared. The food is excellent & very continental.

Thank LoveToTravelSamson
Rocklin, California, United States
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97 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our favorite place to eat in Sacramento !! It offers such interesting creations and is a real "foodie's " dream !! You'll experience flavors here you can't find anywhere else in this region. We can't wait to return !!

Thank Cheryl G

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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, Gluten Free Options, 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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
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?