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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Waterboy Ratings and Reviews
The food was very good, and a great sele ...
The food was very good, and a great selection of different items, so it was hard to choose. (a good thing). Our waiter was very nice but she seemed a little off our night. We had our two young kids (9 & 10) with us and they loved the duck and special pasta. My wife enjoyed here scallops but said they weren't great. Really liked the steak tartare. My lamb was very good but not great.
I am becoming leery of restaurants with ...
I am becoming leery of restaurants with trendy web sites claiming of culinary prowess and artisanal expertise often being disappointed in either the food or atmosphere of the actual restaurant. The Waterboy is a restaurant where visiting and dining exceed any expectations set by web pages or reviews. Set in a nice but authentic part of Sacramento, the service is professional, the menu is outstanding, and the experience memorable. I look forward to another visit.
Everything was fabulous. The food was ex ...
Everything was fabulous. The food was extraordinary....steak tartare was perfect. Ahi was perfect! Ravioli was perfect! Wine was delightful! Our waiter was outstanding...can't wait to go again and have the Sweet Breads!
Staff was friendly and service was excel ...
Staff was friendly and service was excellent. The meal was delicious as usual except for the deviled eggs which were bland. Wish the tables were slightly larger for a party of four as we couldn't fit the wine on ice on the table.
Dining at Waterboy is always a wonderful ...
Dining at Waterboy is always a wonderful experience. We've been going there since it opened and firmly believe it's one of the very best (if not THE best) restaurants in town. Service is outstanding. We usually request Marcella and this last time she was off and we had Elizabeth who was also great!
Love the way Rick frequently changes the menu, while keeping some of the old favorites, like the Caesar, deviled eggs, bouillabaise and duck breast.
We've been to The Waterboy several times ...
We've been to The Waterboy several times and each time it is spectacular. The cocktails are sublime and the food is simply amazing. We had the Steak Tartare, the Roast Lamb on Saffron Pasta, and the Hangar Steak. Everything was succulent and delicious.
A terrific place for lunch with your dad ...
A terrific place for lunch with your dad or friends, the hostesses and waiters are super friendly and professional. The food is out of this world, I've seriously never had a bad anything there whether it's a starter or entree. Parking can be a little tough on Friday's but I have to say that Waterboy is my number one choice for dining with family and friends and I will always make it my number one choice for sitting down with business associates and other professionals.
Corn soup was amazing. The scallop and ...
Corn soup was amazing. The scallop and muscles entree is among my favorites of the many scallop dishes I have had there (and I always order the scallops). Marcella was excellent - helping me get my favorite dessert which was not on the menu. A wonderful experience - as expected.
The food was just as good as I have hear ...
The food was just as good as I have heard it is, even better!!!! The staff was friendly and very attentive and highly informative about the menu. The menu is creative and offers something for everyone. The desserts were beyond creative from small portions to large portions. If you want something special, this is the place to come. I will be back again, and can't wait.
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.
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