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The Waterboy

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2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215 (20th)
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
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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Sacramento, California
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587 reviews
339 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Often overlooked, but this restaurant serves delicious, farm fresh cuisine year round. Been going here for 6 years and it never disappoints. Would easily recommend this to anyone and it holds its own against all the other fine Sac establishments.

Thank traveller2332
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

My buddy and I both wanted to try the burger here; it was excellent. It had a great synergy of taste with the quality of the chuck meat; the produce; the added bacon; and the sauce; complete harmony. The female server was excellent; the tall bearded person who poured the water had an absolutely flat affect and was not pleasant... More 

1 Thank Matthew K
Silverton, Oregon
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412 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

We went here with local friends who love this place; we could see why. Every dish we had was excellently prepared and well presented and the service was great, personable and helpful without being intrusive, just what you'd expect in a nice place. The dining room is very airy and pleasant with unobtrusive decor, but when we were there it... More 

Thank 03Val48
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

As I thought about writing this review, saying the food was the best came to mind, but then I thought, "That wouldn't be fair......everything is the best!!" The Waterboy is located in the heart of the city, which means the heart of midtown. It is on the corner, easy to find and there is plenty of nearby parking. Two sides... More 

1 Thank Paul K
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Our third visit here. Always with another couple. The service is top notch. The atmosphere is casual with outdoor seating available. The menu changes which is nice and food is outstanding. Great food starts with great ingredients, theirs is fresh and mostly local products. The cocktail, beer and wine menu is great as well.

Thank mejamman
Port Townsend, Wa
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188 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

There were ten of us and everyone said "spectacular!!!!" Menu varies according to season and also the availability of ingredients. Unusual sauces, light and flavorful. I had delicious sea scallops, but tried bites of halibut and lamb. Yum. Beet salad and minestrone soup. Great. Perfect creme brûlée. Strong wine list. Attentive service. Restaurant was a little noisy initially, but interestingly... More 

1 Thank RestlessFeet
Kennesaw, Georgia
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The food was delicious, service was special. This was my last night in Sacramento, family gathered to celebrate my time here. We had a fabulous time. I would definitely recommend the restaurant to anyone wanting to have an outstanding meal with great ambience.

Thank bhlytle
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190 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

One of the best meals we have ever had. Everything was fresh and bursting with flavor. Perfectly prepared and presented. Knowledgeable, friendly and very professional waitstaff. Nice to sit outside on a mild evening. Limited parking at restaurant, lots of street parking, but also lots of restaurants so at mealtime streets are full. A five dollar pay lot right across... More 

1 Thank MACVirginia
Kings Langley, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Went with friends who dine here a lot. The menu is very good with mostly, I gather, locally sourced fresh produce. Very tasty dishes without being over large. Good wine list and great service from a very knowledgable server. Very buzzy atmosphere makes for an enjoyable evening.

Thank TonyPKL
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

A full restaurant on a Monday night speaks for itself... Quick informed service, good wine list with a large choice of half bottles which is great if you want to have different wines with courses. Food very tasty and themed by French and Italian though not presented in the classical style they would do, but instead all sects together, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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: 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?