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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
+1 916-498-9891
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:30
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West Menlo Park, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fresh and yummy meals, great service, and an attractive yet casual (not fussy!) atmosphere! We'll definitely go back whenever we are in Sacramento again!

Thank Maaike H
seattle, wa
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158 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we are in Sacramento we make the effort to eat here. Casual but you won't feel uncomfortable dressing up a little. The waitstaff is charming, friendly and professional and they know their food. And the food is just wonderful, well prepared and beautifully plated. The menu is always engaging and the bar is excellent so order your drink and... More 

Thank fredSeattle_Wa
Roseville, California
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73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Excellent lunch which between the 2 of us included a heavenly potato & leek soup, the pan-seared scallops plate and the fish special which was halibut, perfectly baked. The food was outstanding with sensible portions and very nice spring vegetables with both main dishes. Very attentive service throughout the meal, but don't come there if you're in a rush. This... More 

Thank calyptephile
Sacramento, California
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140 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The Waterboy always makes the Top 10 list of Sac restaurants and it's all about the food. The atmosphere and decor is nicely casual. I would say it's not a "see and be seen" scene but by now it probably is. But, once again, it's the food. Everything is perfect. And the staff. They are well-trained and, should there be... More 

Thank John W
Greenville, North Carolina
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Was fabulous! The atmosphere was quaint and cute! Staff was amazing! Everyone was very friendly! Food was delicious! Five stars all the way!

Thank mgw0114
Management response:

We're so glad you enjoyed, see you again soon! More 

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73 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

I decided to visit this restaurant after it was recommended to me by another business traveler. It did not disappoint. The restaurant is located in downtown Sacramento. The service was very good and the staff was very knowledgeable on the plates being served and the wine list. The food was extremely good and high end. Highly recommended

Thank ecestafe
Management response:

Thanks for your review, we're so glad you enjoyed! We hope to see you again the next time you're in town. More 

Los angeles
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233 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

I was here a few years ago with friends and remembered how good the food was. It is one of the best restaurants I have ever eaten in and that is saying a lot. I have had some good food and dined in fine dining all over the world. This food is special, every bite you take gets better and... More 

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Sacramento, California
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166 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of Sacramento's best restaurants. We have been coming here for years, and the food as well as service never fails to impress. The oysters were had by all, salads perfect as well. Steak to scallops exceptional. All served with a smile!

1 Thank rassociate
Milton, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

We drove in from San Francisco one rainy day to meet my cousin and we had a wonderful, leisurely lunch that was second to none. Having met her here 10+ years ago, we were only too happy to make this our rendezvous point again. The Waterboy has a decor and casual elegance that is matched by their outstanding food and... More 

Thank PJZimm
Roseville, California
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209 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

The chef here is excellent with consistently good and creative food. One of the city's "in" chefs. Location is nice and near several other really good restaurants. My only beef is with the noise. It's a large hollow box with concrete floors so sound bounces and travels everywhere. It's not a fun hip kind of noisy, just noisy.

Thank Steve R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sacramento
  • Phone Number: +1 916-498-9891
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?