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Waterboy Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.waterboyrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (916) 498-9891
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Rick Mahan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a small parking lot behind the building, as well as ample street parking on block.
A word from Waterboy
Our Goal at The Waterboy is to provide you with a wonderful dining experience. Taking inspiration from the cuisines of southern France and northern Italy, we feature a new menu every month to take full advantage of our local, seasonal ingredients. Our menu features naturally raised meats, local organic produce and freshly baked breads. Along with great service and a terrific, reasonably priced wine list, we think you will be quite pleased with a visit to The Waterboy.

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Diner Reviews
  • "A terrific evening to celebrate a family birthday... wonderful food, served beautifully with perfect portions."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Took my blushing bride of 21 years for our anniversary. Saw both positive and negative reviews. Only positive comments from this experience. The service was wonderful and the menu well rounded. Would recommend the cheese plate and wine which set our dining experience on a lovely note. A very nice and extensive wine selection."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The waiter listed all of the items off the menu with their correseponding PRICES - I thought it was strange, but when he didnt do it for the table next to us; I didn't appreciate the service. He definitely changed his demeanor when we were ordering a bottle of wine and at market price main courses. I would rather go to Ten 22, and so would my wife because there they serve great food and they do not treat younger couples differently."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We had steak, fish and seafood gumbo. Steak was tough, halibut was luke warm, seafood gumbo was good. Ceasar Salad was non traditional."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "The reviews were good; the menu looked interesting. The restaurant turned out to be one room, where the maitre'd, bar, serving cart and a dozen tables all share a space totally devoid of ambiance. The west-facing shades were raised much too early, letting in the harsh light and a visage of nothing but parked cars and a derelict apt house across the street. They would be wise to keep the blinds pulled down and add some interior lighting to create an atmosphere to go along with well-presented and tasty entrees. Our "chilled" Reisling bottle was not, the "hot" appetizer lukewarm, and the "exquisite tender pork cheeks" ended up being a stew. Fortunately the meal didn't cost a fortune. A lot of smoke & mirrors at this place. I'll try others."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "As we have had in the past, we had yet another very pleasant dining experience. For starters, we had the bruschetta with scrambled eggs and asparagus, which was very refreshing, and the veal sweetbreads, which are a must. The seafood gumbo and braised pork cheeks were both interesting dishes, very well-prepared and tasty. The service was discrete and efficient."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We dine there about five times a year. The lunch menu is excellent. The waitress always remembers our preferred cocktails and salad. Now thats special."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "I celebrated my 70ieth birthday here. What a wonderful restaurant! Perfect food; perfect staff. Wish I could dine here every day."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Went for anniversary celebration. Had not been there for over a year. Good return visit Appetizer/first course: April 8. 11:30 am sitting. Had beet salad with salmon. Very well prepared and flavorful. My wife had the sardine appetizer, which was tasty. Portion on the small side. Entree: I had posole. It was good-flavorful in rich tomato broth with tender pork. but the corn tortillas were oily did not have an attractive presentation. Wife had fish of the day, which was filet of sole, lightly dusted in flour, set atop a layer of fresh spring vegetables which were prepared at her request. She enjoyed it as well."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Waterboy is only the best restaurant in California! Everything was perfect."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Waterboy for her birthday. The food and service were excellent and started before we arrived. The power went out at our home when my wife was getting ready. I called the restaurant to explain we would be late for our 7:30 reservation and Kevin said not to worry - drive safe and they would see us around 8 with a table waiting. We arrived a little before 8 and were promptly seated and had a wonderful meal with great service. Many thanks!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "excellent meal and service....food always just a little extra special.."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had the steak tar tar as a first course and the dayboat scallops as an entree. The steak tar tar was amazing. It was a perfect balance on the pallet. The scallops was perfectly cooked."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Waterboy is a great restaurant, with delicious food featuring farm-to-fork seasonal menu items. The food is consistent, service is amazing and is a an overall great experience. We will continue to dine at Waterboy!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had an enjoyable dinner. They brought out 2 glasses of champagne which was a great way to start out the dinner! Started with Oysters on the Half Shell, Spring Garlic Soup. Entree's were Fish Special and Braised Niman Ranch Pork Cheeks. Ended with Chocolate Souffle =) Always look forward to evenings at Waterboy!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Service was super excellent! Raw oysters were fresh, well prepared, & delicious. Prime rib was not quite up to par; middle part was tough & ligamentous. Our wine had too much sediments at the bottom of our glass. Their deficits were forgiven because of their exceptional service."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We try different restaurants when we go down town for shows. It is unfortunate that we waited so long to try Waterboy. The food was excellent, especially since we tried two unusual (for us) entrees. The Seafood Gumbo was a surprise with a wonderfully smoky flavor and the Bollito Misto experiment a hit with a special cherry based relish that made the dish extraordinary. The Almond Gateau was also a special treat. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I have eaten here three times now, two for dinner and once for lunch. I prefer the menu and ambience for the dinner service. The food is always good but I like more variety between my lunch and dinner menu choices, particularly if I frequent a restaurant often. The food is good, I adore the scallops and I appreciate they have affordable but very nice bubbles by the glass. Service is always very good and the funky decor is both romantic and fun, if thats possible? My only complaint aside from the lunch menu which lacks a stronger distinction from the dinner menu is, the temperature of the restaurant was so cold we were uncomfortable. I have and will continue though to send people but I'm biased to the evening experience."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This is a great semi-neighborhoody spot within the reaches of mid-town/down-town Sac. Not being familiar with the neighborhoods, we we're kind of lost when looking online for dinner spots, but this was a good hit. Small, but comfortable, stylish but not too trendy, we had a great time eating at the bar -- the bartender, Josh, was a great guy, and a great server, not to mention great bartender! We had a table rez, but got so comfortable chatting with him, that we just decided to give our table up to walk-ins and hang tight at the bar. Interesting and delicious wines, fantastic food, great fun. What more do you need? Oh, yeah! a reservation!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "A gem of a restaurant in the heart of Midtown away from the tourist crowds. Always packed with locals looking for a cozy feel with freshly prepared dining choices. Wine list average in selection but very fairly priced. Service was great. The antipasto plate was a great starter. The seafood gumbo had a nice variety and had the perfect amount of spice and flavor. The Pan Seared Dayboat Scallops were perfectly grilled and the presentation was very nice. I would return in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Everything was O.K., but the prices and reputation had us expecting more. The initial bread plate was lacking and it took a long time for the food to arrive. The wine by the glass list was sparse, although the full wine list was nice and the bottle we ordered was great. The entrees sounded great but they were a bit overpowered by the bacon and also a bit greasy. The dessert and coffee were fantastic. In general the service was very good except for having to wait for the entrees to arrive."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "First time at Waterboy. Was there for lunch. It was a great experience. Service was attentive. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "This was overall one of the best dinner I have had while living in Sacramento. It is in a class similar to that of Ella and I felt slightly better than Mulvaneys. Service was fantastic - well versed on dishes and very kind. DRINKS: well drinks were outstanding, very well rounded wine selection with a sparse beer selection. FOOD: absolutely first class! Highly recommend the scalps! Great for dinning outside as spring/summer in Sacramento begins."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Since moving from Napa County...the land of food and wine, we have been told to try Waterboy to get the great food and great service combo we have been missing, so we had high expectations. The food was high quality, all ingredients were fresh (the chicken liver crostini was AMAZING) and right on par with what we had heard from others. The service was fabulous, attentive but not obtrusive and pleasant. However, even with the yummy food and excellent service we left feeling a little underwhelmed with the menu in general, not a lot stood out to make us want to come back for more. We would go back after a menu change. However I would definately recommend Waterboy to others...and to make a reservation in advance! =)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food was excellent all around as always. Especially loved the pork cheeks and gnocchi for dinner. All of my table loved their appetizers, firsts and main courses. The maitre'd was the only downer to the whole night. He was very rude and pretentious. The rest of the staff are absolutely lovely."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Never disappointed at WB. Food is always excellent. The best scallops in town. Menu changes every 4-6 weeks so always something new to try. Can't say enough about the quality of the food and service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, but a bit pricey. Expect to pay for what you receive, but it will be worth it."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have been trying to get here for years! It was great!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Came here to celebrate an anniversary and we were not disappointed. There is a reason why so many reviews praise their Caesar Salad. It was delicious and quite possibly the best I've had in Sacramento. In addition, the scallops were seasoned and cooked perfectly. The only critique that comes to mind is that the oysters, tho seasoned really well, were not served as chilled as I would have preferred. Other then that, the service was as good as the food was, if not better. I would highly recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Food and service was great! This was our first visit. We already recommended to our friends!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent, imagintive food in a fun setting. Great service and a big and varied menu. Overall, a real gem in Sacramento."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I'm not a huge fan of the places that feel like giving you the least amount of food for the most amount of money...welcome to Waterboy. I know, I know, that's just the way most fine dinning places operate, but if that's the case, then your food better be outta this world, and Waterboy's was not. We started off with the roasted almonds. They came out in a small dish with about 15 almonds. I would have expected these almonds to be warm to bring out more flavor, but they were not. I ordered the scallops, and these were delicious, perfectly cooked. My wife ordered the small plate of risotto, and at least they warn you with the title, because this plate was SMALLL! Overall, Waterboy was just an average place in a crowded market."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We enjoy the food - most of all. The help are excellent. We have been there 5 or 6 times and hasn't failed us yet."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Waterboy is consistently a wonderful place to dine. It never disappoints and great cocktails!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "It was the first time we went out the day before Valentine's Day.... We enjoyed our meal... Service was also great!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "With two walls of windows and lots of greenery, dining at the Waterboy is like dining in an atrium. The food is locally sourced and creatively presented. One does not need a special occasion to visit; but it is one of or favorite celebration spots."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "The server was cold and we were sat right next to kitchen, so my husband was bumped repeatedly by servers. It was boring atmosphere, with too harsh of lightening, no background music, and terribly uncomfortable wicker chairs."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went to The Waterboy for my birthday dinner. When we told the staff it was my birthday, they unexpectedly brought a glass of champagne for both my husband and myself and it was a delightful surprise! For our appetizer, we had the marinated olives which was just about right because neither of us are big eaters. The Roast Mary’s Chicken ala Zuni Café was exquisite and my husband had the fish of the day which was quite good. For dessert, I ordered the Tiramisu Roulade (and the staff added a candle for my birthday!) which was quite yummy! Our service was prompt without being obsequious or intrusive. The restaurant was packed and was quite energetic. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by a friend so 6 of us decided to give it a try for the first time. None of us were disappointed. We brought in a bottle of wine and bought a bottle there. The corkage fee was waved for purchasing a bottle there. I had let the reservation know we had a concert to attend and the staff was very attentive to our time frame. I would return and so would all the friends that went with us."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This is a favorite restaurant for special occasions, mainly my husband's birthday. Interesting menu, casual atmosphere and great service."
    Dined on 2/23/2014