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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
  • "Since they promote farm to fork food I expected great vegetables. Veges were overdone. The steak and fish were good but not better than other places and at a higher price"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Never disappointed dining here. My sister's birthday lunch was amazing. From the fish sticks (no, not your Lent Friday variety) to our heirloom tomato BLTs everything was great. We remarked that we had never had such delicious heirlooms, they were just the perfect ripeness and sweet. The focaccia bread was to die for."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Every time we go the food here is fantastic- so inventive with flavors but nothing too out there or risky. just consistently great!! Excellent knowledgeable service. Good cocktails too. the only thing they could maybe improve is the desserts- they are fine but don't match the amazingness of the dinner menu."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal at The Waterboy.... Great recommendations by Josh our fantastic waiter. I'm going back for sure!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was a date night occasion and it was excellent all around with service, food, and atmosphere. We started off with salad and then went to a dozen oysters that were fresh and divine. The waiter, Josh, was very attentive and I went with a special which was Ono. My wife had the duck which was also very tasty. I will be back!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and service. Although we ate inside this time, the outdoor dining is very nice in the evening."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Finally got the chance to eat at the waterboy. We opted to sit outside, though I think the next time I'll go for indoors, it was a bit loud and kind of had a negative effect on the ambiance. We started with a cocktail each, which was very average for both of us. We ordered the melon and prosciutto appetizer, which I really enjoyed! Very tasty, though pretty skimpy on the prosciutto serving. For entrees, my boyfriend chose the picnic plate and I had the bouillabaisse. We were both extremely happy with our choices! My bouillabaisse was full of mussels, clams, shrimp, halibut and rock cod. It was really outstanding, a great recommendation from our server. My boyfriend commented that his picnic plate had the best fried chicken he's ever had!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The shrimp egg rolls were delectable! The picnic basket was divine! Small dining room but comfortable."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Food is great, staff great, very busy place but worth it"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My wife and I visited for the first time on a Monday night. The room was moderately full for most of the evening (not packed but with a good energy). The noise level was comfortable and we could have a conversation without shouting but also without sharing every word with the table next to us. We had a wonderful meal that spanned across the menu (appetizers, firsts, seconds and dessert). The food - every item - was very good and our service excellent. Straightforward french-inspired dishes with their own twist that are well prepared, nicely portioned, and appropriately priced. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We went to Waterboy for the first time on a weekday where there seemed to be plenty of open tables (see what I did there?) and no wait. The restaurant was recommended by many and it did not disappoint. The oysters were some of the best I've ever had, even if the waitress could not count up to the 12 we ordered (we got 11). The service was good, not great, as there seemed to be some disconnect between the servers and our waiter. Surprisingly, they also had an excellent beer selection. Three different entrees were served and were enjoyed by all. The food, casual ambiance, and value are the real attractions here."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I vist Sacramento several times a year on business. Waterboy is a real good location for business dinners. Food is always excellent, best restaurant in Sacramento."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Accomodating, attentive service, appropriate prices, and a lunch menu that gave choice without overwhelming. We had a party of six and were well cared for. Plenty of street parking."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was good. Wait staff was good. But seemed the food came out a little bit slow. But would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My go to in Sacramento for a wonderful meal. Never have to worry about what to order because each dish is perfectly planned out and executed. One of the few places I will eat sweetbreads."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Always a favorite place to bring family and friends for a relaxing evening and awesome food and drinks!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I was in town visiting my sister for the first time since she moved here. I was pleasantly surprised about all the Sacramento has to offer in terms of dining and nightlife. Of all the places we went to during my 4 day visit, Waterboy was by far the best. We ordered mostly seafood with the exception of our appetizers which were a steak tartar and a tomato & borata (sp?) salad. The tartar was amazing and well flavored. The heirloom tomatoes were very tasty and complimented the creamy cheese very well. All of the seafood entrees were fantastic. My only complaint is everything started to taste the same after a while because many of the ingredients were the same. But it was all fresh and delicious."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We are unfamiliar with the Sacramento area and Trip Advisor gave us very good information as to location and type of dining, etc. Making reservatons through Open Table gave us the confidence to know there would be a nice table reserved for us. It is a wonderful service and one we will be using even more of in the future."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I had read great things about the food here but was warned that some of the entries may be small in size as witnessed by my husband's scallop lunch which had three scallops on the plate and were on the bland side. It was kind of like an appetizer. My fish taco dish was fine with two tacos that tasted great. The service was very good."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Water Boy was recommended for a special occasion dinner as it is on the high side of expensive, but was reputed to have excellent food and service. While the food was superb, the service was merely ok. The wait staff was cordial but not friendly or especially informative and the wait for appetizers seemed unnecessarily long. The noise level made conversation difficult. I am willing to pay a premium for a special dinner, but I kind of expect the experience to match the price. This did not."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "My son and husband are thoughtful and creative cooks. They love WaterBoy. Excellent food, wonderful atmosphere and great service."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Requested nice, quiet corner table and that is just what we got. I can never resist their sweetbreads--always delicious. My friend ordered the gnocchi and that dish was also delicious. The beet salad is a standout. We were dessert given what we ordered. Good waiter."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "On a hot Saturday late afternoon Waterboy was a delight. Each of us had something different and were pleased with our choices. Two of us did have the carrot-fennel soup and would order it again. My steak had been marinaded and was served on creamed mixed greens, a pleasing combination. For dessert I had the strawberry-rhubarb sorbet and all but licked the dish. Besides the food, the service really makes Waterboy stand out. Servers were pleasant and knowledgeable and busboys kept us well supplied with ice water and immediately whisked dishes away."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Somehow I usually forget to go here, but every time I do remember, I vow to visit more frequently. Everything so perfectly cooked, so fresh and seasonal, so delicious! This time I had the most scrumptious halibut, which was their special that day. Service is attentive and waiters knowledgeable - though I do hate their long-standing practice of folding your napkin if you step away from the table - makes me feel like a bumpkin for some reason. It's a little loud, but not terrible. Outdoor seating is always a plus."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Overall the food is well prepared and tasty but the menu needs to change more often."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The service as always was excellent, but this time the food wasnt the best. One would expect more that a wing, and thigh for $20+. On top of that the chicken wasnt anything special...it bordered on KFC."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Took my fiancé out for dinner before a show. Her daughter is a chef in L.A. so food is very special in the family! My fiancé took pictures of the meal before we were allowed to touch it. Every bite was wonderful. I had the picnic basket. I don't usually eat fried chicken! Oh my! Wonderful! What a great pick! I will be back!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "My friend and I shared three dishes and all were very good. Go and enjoy"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We have been wanting to go to The Waterboy for some time and finally it worked out to go there. We were impressed by the relaxed feeling of the restaurant and the attentive waitstaff. We had the gnocchi and scallops dishes and both were outstanding. We will return."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Dining at Waterboy is never a disappointment. The menu is always fresh and exciting , along with their friends staff. My husband and I celebrated our 20 year anniversary there last Saturday and had fabulous duck ravioli as an appetizer. It was amazing."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My wife and I took are son and his fiancee to dinner and we loved it. Our son graduated from Sac State and we celebrated with dinner and wine. We started at 6:30 and left around 11:00. Tried all their courses. Wine was excellent and are waiter was very attentive. Time flew by and we had a memorable celebration. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Consistency, excellent food and service - this place has it all. From the moment you walk in the restaurant/bar you are in great company and expert hands that know comfortable dining, excellence in service, consistently excellent and creative food - always an unforgettable evening. I can't believe we don't dine here nightly!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Hamburger was too salty. Pasts was so-so. Waitress was wonderful."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Very Impressed with the service, value and food. Perfect for that special dinner event."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Everything was delicious; but try their bruchetta, amazing!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I brought my visiting family here to celebrate a special occasion. We frequently eat at great restaurants, but my family could not stop exclaiming about how amazing the food at Waterboy was. Everyone loved what they ordered. The waiter was patient and friendly. I will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We came with another couple and none of us had eaten here before. Our server was somewhat stuffy but the rest of the staff was so efficient and friendly. We loved every item that we ordered. The menu offered something for everyone. The Waterboy is a Sacramento gem for diners."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The menu has your standard fare - pork, chicken, steak, fish, and pasta - but the accompaniments are not the usual. Very refreshing and delicious. The wine list was also nice. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were impressed with everything at Waterboy. We sat on a very busy patio and the server didn't miss a beat with service. Food was great and can't wait to go back for the beef tartar. Sweetbreads were also amazing. The manager spent some time at our table talking it up with us and really made us feel welcome. After a long day on the river this place really hit the spot. Next time we are in Sacramento we will be back. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We had such a friendly helpful waiter! The food was very good. Nice variety of dishes to choose from. Decor was nice and bright with a clean feeling. We would defiantly go back."
    Dined on 5/15/2014