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.
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Waterboy Ratings and Reviews
Great menu, world class mixed drinks, am ...
Great menu, world class mixed drinks, amazing ambiance, and a perfect wait staff.
This was the first time dining here and ...
This was the first time dining here and it was very good as I had been told.
Fantastic! Salmon tartar was like a bit ...
Fantastic! Salmon tartar was like a bit of heaven.
Great food and ambiance. I love that th ...
Great food and ambiance. I love that the chef uses almost all locally sourced products. It is always a wonderful dining experience.
One of Sacramento's finest!
One of Sacramento's finest!
The food and service was excellent. The ...
The food and service was excellent. The Sweetbreads were the highlight, but everything was delicious.
We have wanted to try Waterboy for quite ...
We have wanted to try Waterboy for quite awhile. We made reservations for a Sunday evening dinner and it did not disappoint. The food was wonderful. We ordered a pasta dish and broasted chicken...both dishes were excellent. For dessert we ordered pineapple cream brûlée which was also delicious. There were some interesting mixed drinks on the menu so we ordered a couple and liked them enough to get a second round. The atmosphere and service combined with great food and drinks is more than enough reason to go back again soon. Great spot!
The Waterboy is normally so perfect and ...
The Waterboy is normally so perfect and this time, not so. To start, our server was grumpy. In addition, the food was just meh and normally it is so on-point. I have been several times before so maybe this was just an off-day. We had the fritto misto, which did not have much flavor. The aioli it came with was almost gelatinous. We also had the Cesar salad, which had an overpowering taste of anchovies. I love anchovies and they are key in Cesar dressing, though this was off. I commented on this to the waitress, who said "It's been the same dressing for the past 20 years." They did take this off the bill later though which was appreciated. We had the scallops on a bed of mashed cannelini beans, pancceta, watercress, and mint. The presentation was basic (what a home cook would do) and so was the taste. Again, this was anomalous for The Waterboy so I will go again and hope this was an off night.
We all love coming to Waterboy. Service ...
We all love coming to Waterboy. Service is always exceptional and friendly. We were a bit disappointed with the menu this time. But we would still come here and highly recommend the place.
Very good restaurant, pricey
We have been a number of times in the past. The quality has remained consistently high, something that often doesn't happen with restaurants that have been open a while. Our only complaint is that the portions were small, especially the scallops--although a few vegetables and beans were included, they were not enough to make a meal without ordering an extra side. My sons steak with potatoes au gratin and carrots had larger portions of both meat and sides. It is difficult to know how much to order when amounts are inconsistent and the menu does not clearly indicate this. We will not hesitate to return--it is still one of our go-to choices for fine dining.
wonderful for any occasion
Water Boy is always at the top of my list of places to go in Sacramento area. Once again we were not disappointed as the season's change the menu is being adjusted to feature the freshest items from farm to table. The vegetables that are just now finding there way to market were featured in every dish i saw come out of the kitchen. I enjoyed Mary's Chicken it was perfectly cooked w/ braised leeks,carrots and spring garlic potato puree. while my wife enjoyed the pan seared sea scallops done to perfection accompanied by fresh vegetables. If your in the Sacramento area please give them a try i'm sure you'll be pleased...
See title. Among great restaurants of varying styles in the Sacramento area, this is #1 for me and has been for quite some time.
My (grown) son and I ate here on a Saturday night. We ate early, 6:00, and the place was already packed & buzzing. Our server was friendly & knowledgeable. We both had appetizers & entrees, but were too full for dessert. Our appetizers were very good but our entrees were superb! My only (slight) complaint would be the wimpy cocktail I ordered. It was small and pretty weak. Other than that (which was minor), we loved the place & would definitely go back.
Waterboy is our "go-to" for entertaining.
We have always loved Waterboy. We go between Waterboy and another restaurant that sources local ingredients for special occasions and entertaining out of town guests. It had been some time since we've been...and boy (pun intended), are we glad we returned. It was DELICIOUS. We went for a birthday. Our server (together with the kitchen) were so graciously non-offended by our special requests. Drinks and food were delicious. We won't wait for a special occasion to return!
First rate ingredients put together with great skill and thought. Only real objection: the chairs were uncomfortable.
On the Money!
Great food and service. Outstanding wine selection too. Certainly a favorite spot in Sacramento.
This was our first visit to Waterboy and we will definitely go again. There is so many positives about it--everything was was outstanding.
Fabulous and attentive wait staff. Gorgeous food. Really interesting wine list.
Great food and service
The food and service were excellent. We will make this a usual dining spot.
I have always had a great meal at Waterboy. This time, I tried the special...skirt steak with potatoes and asparagus. Flavors were wonderful, asparagus cooked to perfection. I had asked for a medium rare steak, and received a rare steak. I should have ordered medium well...especially with a cheap cut like skirt steak. I could barely chew it. So, I took it home with me, and cooked it the next night for a steak salad...once well cooked, the steak was awesome.
Asparagus salad was perfect !
Asparagus salad was perfect !
good food, good waiter, good champagne. Only complaint is the ambient noise of so many diners, but overall still excellent.
Wonderful food and great service. Nice p ...
Wonderful food and great service. Nice place to sit outside too. Good for business lunch and dinners as well as hanging with friends!
Waterboy is a Sac Gem!
Waterboy did not disappoint; friendly and attentive service, delicious food, great atmosphere.
Over all very good pre theater dinner
The service was attentive, knowledgable and friendly. The wine list is very reasonably priced. We had a very pleasant Sancerre for $45 which is a reasonable price. The oysters were wonderful. The deviled eggs disappointed a little, lacking a little piquancy. Mushroom gnocchi were very good; roast chicken was delicious.
Once again Waterboy came through with an ...
Once again Waterboy came through with an amazing meal and great service. We were early for our reservation and they sat us immediately. LOVE this place!
One of the very best places to dine in S ...
One of the very best places to dine in Sacramento. Food is innovative and the service is always outstanding. The high quality has remained consistent over the years. It does get noisy but if you can't hear each other the people watching is great.
Delicious & lovely service. Worth the pr ...
Delicious & lovely service. Worth the price for a really nice night out.
A very nice meal with great service
My wife and I went here to celebrate a recent success with her job. We really enjoy great food and have eaten in a number a very nice restaurants. The service was great. Our server hit that right balance of attentiveness without being overbearing. The food was very good, though not as inspired as I would have expected. Part of their shtick is that are local/sustainably farmed. I asked about the veal sweetbreads and was told that they were milk fed. I had figured that the chef, if choosing to put veal on the menu, would have chosen pink veal or some other more humanely raised version. So, all in in all a very nice, though not amazing meal.
Good but a bit noisy
I have tinnitus, so the noise level seemed a little bit much for me. For others it might be OK. I got really dressed up to have dinner here, and it seemed a little bit more casual than what I thought it was going to be. I felt a little overdressed wearing a suit and tie. But that's really OK, the food was great.
Food was perfectly seasoned. Our server ...
Food was perfectly seasoned. Our server was thorough despite being busy. Thank you for being our favorite Sacramento restaurant.
Waterboy was a cute little place; interesting decor as I couldn't quite place the look they were going for. Food was good, but the three of us weren't crazy about their antipasto dish. The tiramisu creme brûlée was amazing! I kept it simple with a Caesar salad and pommes frites, while my friends shared the steak and really liked it. I noticed that they serve Temple coffee, which I love. I would definitely come back here.
Facts from a Foodie!
We had the Deviled Eggs for an appetizer, a rather strange thing to see on the appetizer list, but in fact, they were fantastic! I had the Swordfish, which was very nicely done. Now personally, I would have preferred it slightly less cooked, as I think most places overcook fish. But, I understand from the cooks perspective, most people probably don't like to think of their fish raw... My wife had the spinach ravioli's and they were excellent. A tad too salty, but an excellent flavor; we couldn't imagine how they were made to taste so perfect. They have an excellent wine list and the prices were very reasonable for the quality. I would add that the service was excellent. All the staff were professionals with the perfect demeanor. It was our first time there and we were made to feel like we were regulars. I highly recommend you check it out.
Great Except for the Setting
Our first impression of Waterboy was that it was a restaurant in a former automotive showroom. It has absolutely no character. This is the only negative. The wait person was outstanding. She not only suggested changes that could be made to accommodate the fact that we did not want any meat or meat based sauce but also suggested what substitutes the kitchen could make. She recommended menu items she thought we might enjoy. She was right. The food was excellent and the prices were reasonable. The staff also gave us the impression that the table was our for the entire evening. I would recommend Waterboy for its food and service but if you want atmosphere this is not the place to go.
Always a good experience. It is one of o ...
Always a good experience. It is one of our favorite restaurants in Sacramento
Another Great Meal at Waterboy
We dine at Waterboy three or four times a year. The staff is always friendly, the meal is well-paced (never rushed), and the food consistently high quality. We shared a round of cocktails--they have an excellent selection of spirits. There were three of us on this visit. After a shared liver mousse appetizer that was light and flavorful, we had the frisee salad and steak tartare, both served family style. The greens (also include spinach) were slightly wilted and served warm with bacon, a poached egg and a mustard vinaigrette. The ground steak was fresh and tasty. Two of us shared the braised pork shank with black-eyed peas and greens served over polenta. Everything was fork tender. The third person had the pan-seared scallops, large and juicy, and complemented by crisp pork belly, greens and lemon-ginger butter sauce. For dessert we shared toasted caraway bread pudding with apple compote, a bourbon sauce and rye streusel--quite unique with the addition of the caraway and rye.
We have many favorite restaurants in downtown Sacramento, and this is definitely one of them. We had another fantastic and memorable meal; all four of us ordered one of the evening's specials - Norwegian cod - and we all proclaimed it as excellent. We were a bit wary, as we recently spent several weeks in the U.K., where the cold-water cod was truly excellent every place we ordered it. We weren't sure that the quality of the fish - or the preparation - could match those memories, but Waterboy lived up to the challenge! Highly recommend Waterboy for its consistent quality and good value for that quality.
very good overall. the beet salad was am ...
very good overall. the beet salad was amazing. too loud (energetic, as you call it).
We had a wonderful meal. I brought a fri ...
We had a wonderful meal. I brought a friend who had just moved back to Sacramento and hadn't been to The Waterboy for years. She was delighted at the interesting menu and ordered the perfectly prepared sweetbreads. We shared a melt-in-your-mouth bread pudding, which arrived at the table warm. The bread was equally tender, crusty, and delicious. Service was thoughtful and attentive. We'll be back soon.
one of the best meals ever!!!!
the scallops, pork belly and risotto with celery root was FABULOUS!!!! Server/waiter Mike was great! Would eat there again in a nano second!!
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