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Waterboy

4.5
2368 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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About

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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French American, Italian, Californian
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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

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Phone number
(916) 498-9891
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rick Mahan
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
20th
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Parking details
There is a small parking lot behind the building, as well as ample street parking on block.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Fresh seasonal ingredients. excellent seasoning and perfectly cooked items. Outstanding service. None better in Sacramento.

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kennyloy (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2017

This is my favorite restaurant in Sacramento. You can count on the quality and service. They also have excellent wine. Great desserts too. Very consistent. This is a great place for a long lunch or dinner. You do not want to rush this experience. Sophisticated.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

still a GEM among venues anywhere Blessed it is in Sacramento
Can always bring guests here & get rave reviews

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meggie (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

One of my favorite places to dine lunch or dinner. Farm to Fork wonderful!

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DrRob (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2017

Three of us had the halibut and it was perfectly cooked; the accompanying corn and tomato butter were tasty. The fourth person in our group had the "picnic special" and enjoyed that as well.

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vipEats (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

In Sacramento on business for a few days and discovered this gem. If we lived here, this would become our place. Engaging menu and all around special spot. The potato gratin is not to be missed. One of the best wine lists I've seen in quite awhile - including a nice selection of half bottles.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Delightful

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vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

Everything was great except for the service that evening. Our server, Naomi was absent most of the time and rarely seen on the floor. Thankfully the manager delivered our meals and another server assist us with our bill.
We normally have exceptional service unfortunately on this particular evening we didn't have a memorable experience.
We will go back because we love the restaurant and its changing menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was delicious and service was good, it will definitely be on my list again!

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

Best meal out my husband and I have had in a long time. Food was superb and service was excellent!

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Foodiereview (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

two of us loved entire meals. two of us loved the salad and dessert but not impressed with the entree.

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vipTrish (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Elizabeth was an amazing server. We had a great time.

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Barbel (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

This was my second time coming here. The first experience was underwhelming. So it took a while to return. I'm glad I did as it was a lovely experience this time. It's not inexpensive but it's good. We had the cheese plate, Caesar salad, beer salad, Ahi tuna entree, and lamb and sausage entree. The cheese plate, Caesar, and lamb were the best dishes ordered. The beet salad was nice but had a slightly too sour dressing. So I didn't finish hat. The Ahi tuna pieces were very thick - a little difficult to cut and hence enjoy. The wine and beer options were very good. I'd have liked the Pinot noir to have been served in Pinot glasses. When these little things are the critiques, the place is good.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

The food and service was excellent. The Chef came out and only greeted his regular customers. We would have loved to meet him and express our appreciation of the great flavors.

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JanJan (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

The food is excellent all the time. Use of fresh ingredients and creating wonderful flavors makes the Water Boy a top choice.

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Kndy111 (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2017

Waterboy is one of my favorite places. Menu & quality of food is always great. It was very loud making it very hard to have a business conversation.

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EastSacChuck (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

Best restaurant in Sacramento...hands down.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 16, 2017

It is always a pleasure dining at The Waterboy. The food, service were impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

the food was good with the exception of my steak tartar. Instead of the usual and expected preparation it was served as three sliders. the "buns" of the sliders were the sort of pastry one might expect in a cream puff. The meat was not chopped finely enough and I had to ask for mustard since the preparation did not have any. I prefer grey pupon (spelling?) in it but the restaurant had only grainy French mustard. That was just OK. The fish was good and the caesar salad was good too. It was just the affectation with the steak tartar that turned me off.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on September 14, 2017

Shared rabbit ravioli, skirt steak and profiteroles with a friend. An absolutely amazing lunch
enhanced by Marcella's always good cheer and advice and Rick actually delivering the
cappucino! Waterboy is my go-to place!

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