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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.
Sacramento, CA 95814
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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Waterboy Ratings and Reviews
As always awesome food. Service is also excellent . This is still one of the best restaurants in Sacramento along with Biba's and Esquire Grill. I have been going there for so many years I cannot remember and it never gets old or tiresome. They are always freshening the menu. Rick runs a tight ship and never seems to rest on his laurels but keeps up the high standards. This is the place for foodies. They have some excellent wines but the list is not as extensive as it probably should be considering the quality of the food. You can bring you own of course and for a special occasion that would be my suggestion if you have something special .
Generally, reliable standby, solid service and good food. Didn't like that at the pricepoint of it menu (higher end), Waterboy now charges $1.00 for bread and $.25 per olive for blue cheese stuffed olives on a $10+ martini. Seems petty and slightly diminished my experience of a formerly more classy restaurant
First visit to Waterboy and it didn't disappoint. The food was extraordinarily good, the ambience was lovely, and service was just right. We will definitely be back. Hangar steak was perfectly cooked and came with an incredible potato gratin of what seemed like dozens of paper-thin layers of delicate potato. Bacon wrapped endive also delicious. Scallop dish equally well-cooked and very tasty. Only complaint would be that two scallops for $22 lunch was a bit miserly. Should have been three. But in total it was a fantastic experience and we'll definitely return.
The Waterboy never disappoints. A distinctive cool vibe and reliably well sourced ingredients. The wine list is spectacular and priced barely over retail-- they want you to have wine, so I do. The service people have been there forEVER and their confidence and experience keep things flowing and relaxed. I know I'm tired of hearing "farm to fork" but the Waterboy absolutely blazed that trail here in Sac so here it actually means something. The steak tartare is divine.
We had a lovely dinner and the antipasto appetizer was excellent. We had a special, the waitress described it just as it was, we loved it! My husband and I will return, we loved in ambiance, we are off to Europe and this was our send off, this restaurant will no doubt be like the many we will visit while traveling, we found it romantic! Thanks to the staff, they are exceptional.
It had potential but alas was disappointing. I ordered the beet salad...I love beets...but couldn't even taste the beets because it was soaked in dressing. Scallops were very well cooked but serving only 3 as a main course is ridiculous. It took entirely too long to have our order taken. It wasn't a horrible evening but nothing I would look forward to doing again.
Had a great dinner at Waterboy on Friday. Suprisingly we were able to get a same day reservation. My boyfriend and I started with the Caesar salad and steak tartare (which are mini tartare sandwiches). For dinner he had the coq au vin and I had the scallops with risotto. Both dishes were fantastic. The food was rich and flavorful without being TOO rich. For dessert we had the apple tartlette with fromage ice cream and it was SO GOOD. I highly recommend. All in all, we were impressed with Waterboy and would recommend to others for a "treat yourself" kind of night.
We made reservations for 9:15 pm, just 15 minutes prior to close. It was our first time dining at this location so neither of us knew that we had made a reservation so close to their closing time. We were celebrating our one year anniversary and I made note of that when I made the reservations.
I couldn't be happier with the service and hospitality with which we were treated. We were given two complimentary glasses of Prosecco as soon as we sat down. Our server, Josh, was kind, knowledgeable and patient. The food was amazing! I had the Friseé salad topped with poached egg and the Steak Du Jour (10oz Ribeye) and it was FANTASTIC.
I felt bad that we came in as late as we did but the entire staff was patient and courteous ok the matter. And it was kind of nice having the place to ourselves.
A recent first time meal at Waterboy was outstanding in many ways. I hade noted in the reservation that it was my wife's birthday and we were greeted with two glasses of champagne. Both of our meals were excellent. She had the coq au vin and I had the vegetable ravioli along with an asparagus appetizer that was excellent. My only two complaints about the evening had to do with a) the noise level which was obnoxious when we arrived and only calmed down when the restaurant faded to half full; and b) though the dish was extremely tasty and well prepared, there was only one vegetarian entree on the menu. I am, for medical reasons, a vegetarian and found that limiting and a little disappointing. Otherwise, kudos.
This is still one of my favorite restaurants to bring family and friends. I brought my friend to celebrate her birthday and they made both us feel very special. We were seated quickly. They served as a prosecco since we are celebrating a special occasion. The meals are very flavorful. I ordered scallops and my friend had a steak. Both entrees were excellent. They have great wine selections too. Our server was very attentive of our needs. I love the atmosphere, relax and yet elegant. I will certainly come back in the future to taste the enjoyable meals prepared by the chef.
The Waterboy is always excellent. The menu offers something new every time. The setting us quiet and table talk is easy. The full, clear glass windows provide an open, street view that adds a sense of being in the city. It is a great place to be with friends.
I've been meaning to try this restaurant go a while and was not disappointed. The food, service and ambience are all just great. The onion soup was an updated version that was unique and surprising. I dined solo so appreciated the selection of wine in half bottles. The server was genuine, knowledgeable and comfortable. I'll definitely return!
We went to "A Night in New Orleans" and the entire 5-course meal went beyond expectations. Each plate was a beautiful presentation with very freshly prepared ingredients. The staff were "dressed for the event" and the service was outstanding. We are never disappointed when we dine here. The only thing that I would change is the noise level but the historic building would not lend itself to sound absorbing decor without altering the ambiance of the experience.
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