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The Waterboy

2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
+1 916-498-9891
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“bouillabaisse” (12 reviews)
“scallops” (19 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 14:30All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
2000 Capitol Ave, Sacramento, CA 95811-4215
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Reviews (251)
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1 - 10 of 249 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

One of my best meals anyway ever. Cool little bar, cool bar man, great wine by the glass. The food, are you kidding. Every dish just got better and better. Tried again the next night without a reservation no luck, my bad. Please do not...More

Thank DPKH
Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, thanks for taking the time to write a review! Don't have a reservation? Try early in the evening or after 8 pm.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just got in to town. Checked out Old Town But when we asked a local she said go to Mid Town for better food Looked on TripAdvisor & Thewaterboy Came up. Sooo glad we came upon it Excellent food. Great wine selection Friendly staff. What...More

Thank Carla H
Reviewed 2 May 2017

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
Reviewed 30 April 2017 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....More

Thank fredSeattle_Wa
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...More

Thank calyptephile
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...More

Thank John W
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:Responded 31 March 2017

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

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...More

Thank ecestafe
Management response:Responded 31 March 2017

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

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...More

1  Thank susannaa2000
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
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How bad is the noise level?
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
Hello Can you accommodate a party of 25 for a special occasion. I'm looking for an informal buffet so that people can mingle. Table seating but not a formal sit down dinner. Perhaps a semi private space. The date is Sunday Sept 5 Sunday. Is this possible? Thank you Darcie Fohrman 408-832-4217
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
Is it kid friendly?
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
  • E-mail
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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