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
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!
Went for a casual lunch with friends. W ...
Went for a casual lunch with friends. Was expecting great food and service, and it was better. Marcella a long time wait staff professional was in top form, kitchen performed it's usual magic.
Best place in Sacramento.
No exaggeration at all - this was one o ...
No exaggeration at all - this was one of the top five meals of my entire life! Everything was cooked to absolute perfection, The sommelier had excellent wine tips and his choices perfectly complemented the food, and the waitstaff were the utmost of professionalism and elegance. An A+ experience!
Excellent meal as always. Was kind of su ...
Excellent meal as always. Was kind of surprised that we didn't receive a glass of champagne to celebrate 29th anniversary. The couple next to us did receive champagne. Apparently they notified restaurant that they were celebrating a special occasion when they made their reservation. While we didn't do that we did tell our server and the hostess that we were celebrating our 29th. No champagne for me was not important but my wife would have appreciated it.
My husband and I went to the Waterboy on ...
My husband and I went to the Waterboy on a Saturday night just to try it out. There was great tasting food, I recommend he Caesar Salad as your First Course, it was amazing. The place is very small, also a little uncomfortable because you must sit so close to everyone and it feels as though the people at the next table can listen to your entire conversation. This was actually our experience. Both tables on each side of us were other couples (one couple in their 50's , the other in their 40's possibly) and as we were dining and leaving both couple made comments chiming into our conversation which was odd. It's a much older crowd and not much "color" (if you know what I mean). My husband and I are an interracial and young looking couple, so we felt almost like the elephant in the room in the crowd of grey and white hair. Dining was great, I suggest checking the menu before going to make your experience smoother. Drinks were also very great! The service at the Waterboy was very kind and catering to the guests needs and wants which is always great. For the younger crowds like mid 20's- late 30's, I would suggest Dinner as a date but not really a "meet with friends" kind of a place.
This is our favorite restaurant in town. ...
This is our favorite restaurant in town. Always very special (and we have done the other 'elite' restaurants as well). We are always treated like we are just as special as anyone else, the food is outstanding, and the environment always takes us back to Paris without trying to be kitchy.
The food at Waterboy is always excellen ...
The food at Waterboy is always excellent. They even put anchovies (optional) on their Caesar! Meats and seafood are always cooked to order perfectly and sauces are amazing. They have a good selection of wines by the glass as well as full and half-bottles. We have never had their desserts, but this time we were offered a chocolate suffle for dessert. Yum!
The ambiance is quite nice--just not special enough to be termed "outstanding." We plan to return soon.
The food, and the service were very nice ...
The food, and the service were very nice, more than adequate. My husband and I were celebrating our 35 wedding aniversary, but we didn't reveal that until close to the end of our meal. Everything was lovely. But, so was our dinner at another restaurant two days before when we celebrated my birthday. I didn't find Waterboy to be any better ( or worse) than the other elegant restaurant we went to. For my tastes in food and atmosphere, I will always choose ten22 in Old Sacramento everytime for our special occasions.
You can't go wrong with Waterboy . We sa ...
You can't go wrong with Waterboy . We sat outside, and were the only people in the outdoor dining area. The food and service were well worth the price. Waterboy is the most consistently good restaurant in Sacramento. We've been going there for over 15 years, and Waterboy always delivers.
It is so easy to overcook halibut but th ...
It is so easy to overcook halibut but the chef prepared it perfectly so that it fell apart with the touch of the fork and was delicious. The fish was on a bed of fresh vegetables, also perfectly cooked and I added a beet and green bean salad. At Waterboy you can always find a great meal for any food preference, light fare, vegetarian, savory steak, or pasta. The cafe style dining room is vibrant and the service excellent.
We arrived and were immediately seated. ...
We arrived and were immediately seated. The restaurant was quiet and the staff energy was upbeat. From hostess to server to table service, everyone was attentive and not intrusive. Our server was familiar with the menu and helped us make selections that turned out to taste great. Dinner opened with a butter lettuce salad that was crisp, refreshing, and served with just the right amount of dressing. We both had seafood entrees, scallops and Halibut. The scallops and Halibut were cooked perfect, tender, and tasty. The service was wonderful. We look forward to dining at the Waterboy again soon.
Waterboy has never let me down. It is my ...
Waterboy has never let me down. It is my go to restaurant when visitors come. The food is consistently high in quality and the servers are always professional yet affable. Will admit that it is their sweetbreads that keep me coming. They are divine.
Each and every time I dine at The Waterboy, I'm so pleased with the entire experience. Rick Mahan is a true gem: a superb chef and a gracious host who trains his staff well. The care that he takes to put delicious food on the table is only matched by the relaxed yet elegant ambiance and the attentive but not fussy (or hovering) staff. It is my favorite Sacramento restaurant and I would recommend it to anyone at any time.
To me the mark of a great restauranr is to be able to consistently provide excellent food and service every dish, every night. Waterboy achieves that level. My wife have been coming here for a number of years. It is our favorite special occasion restaurant. We measure it against the top Sacramento restaurants, both the established restaurants and the newcomers. the Waterboy remains at the top of our list. The quality of the food, the service and knowledge of the servers, and the attention to detail are all there. Most importantly you are made to feel welcome. In addition we are partial to their style of cooking, which sets them apart. You know it is Waterboy. I seldom add comments but after our last meal there I was compelled to do so.
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