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Review of The Waterboy

The Waterboy
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Ranked #10 of 2,014 Restaurants in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
Cuisines: American, French, Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th
Description: 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.
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2014

We ALWAYS eat at Biba's when in Sacramento. Sadly, on a Sunday night it wasn't open, so we
took a chance and went to Waterboy. Not only were we pleasantly surprised by the ambiance, the drinks, the food, and the pleasant service, but as we were sipping our martinis who should walk in but Biba herself! Then we knew Waterboy was the place to eat. Now, we'll be unsure
of just which place to eat, but this time it was a REAL winner.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank ckgris44
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English first
Manteca, California
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good food, GREAT oysters”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

A really good menu with a nice variety. The staff was very friendly and the service was really great. I was a bartender/waiter during my college years so (always secretly to myself) but I can be very critical of servers and this was the best service I have had in a really long time. If you are in town as a tourist just note that this place is a few miles opposite the water and Old Sacramento. I would eat here again.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Angela M
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Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2014

Great food, great service, great location, great ambiance. Guido the waiter was fantastic. The food was very well prepared and presented. One would like to order everything on their menu--it looked so good!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank ChelseaGardenInn
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“We had a lovely evening here”
Reviewed May 4, 2014

The Waterboy is trendy without being snooty or intimidating. The staff were helpful in so many ways - we got chatty with our server who provided reading glasses and searched on a point of interest on the internet.

The cocktails, wine and food were all great. We both enjoyed everything: fritto misto and chicken liver pate to start, steak with asparagus and scallops, and the desserts: strawberry and rhubarb pie went down well but the salted caramel dessert a little rich after the other food and drink.


  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Fussy_People
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Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

I ordered the special, Halibut, and it was so moist and flavorful. Cooked to perfection. The restaurant is light and airy, service was excellent. We would definitely go there again!

Visited March 2014
2 Thank Maria S
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