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.
French American, Italian, Californian
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a small parking lot behind the building, as well as ample street parking on block.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Waterboy Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I were celebrating out 11 ...
My husband and I were celebrating out 11 year anniversary. We had been to the Waterboy before with friends and decided it would be a great place for our special day. It did not disappoint. Everything was fantastic. The food was "off the hook", so delicious. The service was great, a group had cancelled that had a window seat so they offered to move us to that table....so very nice of them to do this. We had a awesome time!
I've dined here a few times now. Each t ...
I've dined here a few times now. Each time was marginal. Thought I would give it another go, but no need for me to return in the future. I came in as a single diner, was handed off to a number of people who did not know if my drink order had been taken. Sat there for many more minutes before finally being served. Ordered the ribeye. Although the exterior was flavorful, it was poorly marbeled and tough...things you almost never hear about ribeye. I asked for a specific wine, the waiter researched and said they did not have it, so I ordered a different bottle. He later returned to tell me that they in fact did have it and it was his mistake. Too late, cork already popped on the prior bottle. No offer to replace the wine. Noise level very high, which was not a problem, but the drunk diner at the table next to me, using profanity throughout his meal was. I don't know why an establishment would continue to refill drinks at a table with an obviously intoxicated man. What should have been a nice meal at the end of a long business day, was not. I cut my meal short, boxed up my meal for a leftover lunch and corked the bottle after 1 glass. Not worth the hype...and expense. $35 for steak, preemade scalloped potatoes and a few vegetables. They even charge for bread service. Nope, not coming back. I'll spend my hard earned money elsewhere.
We had a terrific evening at Waterboy. ...
We had a terrific evening at Waterboy. Our waiter, who is normally the bartender, suggested some great riffs on some of the more traditional cocktails. His food recommendations were right on - even steering us away from the oysters since they are typically not at their best in the summer. The sweet bread was delicious as was the fish stew. The creme brulee was perfection - I had to hold myself back from licking the plate.
Food was amazing and there were so many ...
Food was amazing and there were so many things on the menu we both wanted to try. Plates were inventive, well portioned and incredibly yummy. Service was informed, polite, and just added to the experience. We will be back for more.
Got seated immediately (we had reservati ...
Got seated immediately (we had reservations). Our waiter was pleasant, knowledgeable and even though it was a busy Friday night, he was there whenever we needed him.
The food was very good - we had salmon. I would have liked to have more seafood selections; there were only two seafood entrees, the salmon and scallops. Nice ambience, not too noisy.
I made a reservation for my husband's bi ...
I made a reservation for my husband's birthday and I noted that. When we came in the restaurant, nobody seemed to know that we were celebrating his bday. Food service was very slow and was overpriced. Overrated. We won't go there again or recommend to my friends who are foodies..
Excellent food. Good and attentive servi ...
Excellent food. Good and attentive service. Clearly there were many long time customers or friends of the staff in the house, and those tables got a huge amount of time, attention, special dishes made or drinks offered. As a first time customer it was a bit awkward sitting between two of these tables and watching how different their experience was to ours. Several tables were offered a complimentary glass of wine for a special occasion, though we were not (anniversary).
Menu provided a diverse and a vast array ...
Menu provided a diverse and a vast array of selections for salads and entrees. The special seafood for the evening-halibut with tomato/potato salad- was exceptional. The service was attentive but not hurried. My Chopin martini was perfectly chilled and salad of green beans and beats had a tangy and light lemon dressing. My father took me to the Waterboy for my birthday--a totally fantastic dining experience.
Waterboy has been for many years a favor ...
Waterboy has been for many years a favorite spot for both locals and tourists. I have been here f on two occasions and was pleased during both visits. The menu has a variety of selections and the price point is consistent with the type of items available and the preparation involved.
My wife and I went here for our annivers ...
My wife and I went here for our anniversary for the first time. It's possible that we came on a strange night but the service was sub-par for the pay scale, over-all not bad but just something I'd expect from a chilis. The food was great though, not a super romantic setting, a bit more laid back then expected.
It was just another anniversary dinner ( ...
It was just another anniversary dinner (#23). I had pre-ordered a bottle of Jordan Cab to be on the table (an anniversary tradition for us). We arrived 20 minutes early not knowing what the traffic would be like. Not only were we greeted with a friendly smile, but our table (with wine) was ready and waiting for us. Our incomparable server (Nicole) greeted us with two glasses of champagne ready for the evening to begin. From this point on the evening just kept going up and up and up. The food was stellar. Oysters (fresh as can be) and bruschetta (a marvel) opened up our palettes and just lead us into course after course of nirvana. All along the way Nicole insured that we wanted for nothing. It was truly an evening to remember. I would highly recommend Waterboy and look forward to our return.
The hubby and I celebrated our anniversa ...
The hubby and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner here. We had oysters, duck frites and steak du jour (bavette). All items were delicious, including the crime brûlée dessert. The service here is top notch even on a busy Friday. Make reservations.
We were seated promptly. The service was ...
We were seated promptly. The service was great. The wait staff knew when to approach our table and when to give privacy. Malbec wine paired very well with the cheese plate appetizer. The main dishes, the leg of lamb and the ravioli, were delicious. Every thing was on mark.
We both had the Burgers. Extremely tasty ...
We both had the Burgers. Extremely tasty. About a half pound of high quality burger cooked perfectly on both the well done for my wife( which for some reason is hard to get right in many restaurants) and medium rare for myself. We will be back.
This was my fourth time at Waterboy, goi ...
This was my fourth time at Waterboy, going back many years. It has been a staple of my visits to Sacramento. The restaurant was very welcoming, but I get the sense it has been resting on its laurels rather than staying on the cutting edge. Local farms were not as featured as in the past. The lamb entree I ordered was terribly salty, though the side vegetables were sublime. The drink I ordered was watered down, lacked flavor, and was small but expensive. The sourdough bread as always was wonderful, and the salad very fresh. Yet I may not return, because the value of the meal did not justify the cost.
The Waterboy never disappoints! We went ...
The Waterboy never disappoints! We went for the Summer Garden dinner and the food and service were spectacular. As much as I love my meats, we didn't miss them at all in this special menu. The corn risotto was the star of the evening but everything else tied for an extremely close second. Our server was attentive, had great suggestions, and extremely pleasant. Overall, an excellent evening as always!
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