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The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
+1 916-498-9891
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“scallops” (20 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Made reservations for our 28th anniversary dinner and when we arrived we were greeted with a "happy anniversary" from both the hostess and the waitress. Very nice ambiance. A bit noisy but able to have a conversation with no problem. Lovely white table cloths and...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the last 20 or so years the restaurant has ranked among the best Sacramento has to offer. The food always seasonally correct and prepared perfectly. The visit we had , oysters on the half shell, cervichi, duck and Halibut! All great. The service matches...More

Thank rassociate
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited for lunch, and enjoyed it. The atmosphere is pleasant, with crisp white tablecloths, a room that is bright and spacious. An interesting variety of influences on the menu - we had gnocchi with pesto and what is listed on the menu as "lunch...More

Thank Mike_in_CO
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two of us enjoyed a truly delicious dinner - scallops prepared perfectly and presented so nicely, yummy seasonal salad, nicely mixed cocktails, and great rye selection- all delivered in a professional and non-hurried manner. The decor is comfortable and stylish. Although it was too warm...More

Thank lisan664
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been eating at The Waterboy for close to 20 years. We are foodies and consider it one of the top five restaurants in Sacramento (objective ranking) and #1 on our list (subjective claim). We are most fond of the small plates part of...More

Thank traveltype8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We celebrated our anniversary there, and we got there 20 minutes early. It was just too hot to wait outside, so we sat in the air conditioned room, watching people. The hostess was very kind, seated us as soon as the table was available (only...More

Thank kcdenman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very tasty local restaurant. The place is lively without being chaotic. The food was really good (ingredients seem fresh, was cooked well, and was well seasoned). There is a patio with lots of shade, providing a nice outdoor meal in downtown. I had the Bruschetta...More

Thank RaanNaledIt
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're glad you enjoyed. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 August 2017

The Waterboy is a Sacramento mainstay that was on the forefront of local, farm-to-table food. While I don't live in Sacramento any more, I make it a point to come to The Waterboy with old friends when I'm in town. The deviled egg appetizer has...More

Thank Betty U
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 7 August 2017

Hi Betty, We're glad you enjoy your time with us and appreciate you making the trip when you're in town. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Wow the food here is possibly the best in the area. I eat at all the best places and our meal tonight was spectacular.

Thank travelerfood
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2017

We're glad you enjoyed Travelerfood! Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Waterboy has been the most consistently excellent restaurant in Sacramento for many, many years. Fresh ingredients prepared in an innovative way are the trademarks of this casually elegant restaurant. Their special menus available on a specific Thursday of each month are not to be missed--and...More

Thank Deborah G
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2017

Deborah, we appreciate your business. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we're honored!

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19 April 2017|
Response from Mahan_Restaurants | Property representative |
Hi jojosail2, our noise level is low-moderate depending on the time of day (peak times being louder). The noise is moderate enough that we are popular with guests looking to hold business meetings during lunch or entertain... More
27 June 2016|
Response from Sharron A | Reviewed this property |
I bet if you call them enough in advance they may close the restaurant or there is an upstairs area that might work too. They owner and staff are great. But advance planning is key! S
Rolando N
18 March 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 18 - US$ 30
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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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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