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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
We had a reservation, but arrived about 30 minutes early and were seated immediately anyways. Our server was wonderful and had great suggestions, and the ambiance was upbeat yet relaxing. The complimentary Prosecco for my boyfriend's birthday was delightfully unexpected.
I always enjoy this restaurant. they understand how to blend the setting, the service, the food and drink. When a restaurant truly does it all with the proper ethic behind it there is a seamless and wonderfully satisfying result available. Waterboy accomplishes this as often and consistently as any place I've dined in Sacramento.
Absolutely loved our meal at Waterboy a few days ago! While the atmosphere in the restaurant is casual and the small, two seat tables feel a bit cramped, the food we ate was out of this world good. We started out with the sweetbreads in wine sauce, with mushrooms, bacon, and capers. I rarely see sweetbreads anywhere in American restaurants and wanted to give Waterboy a chance to prove itself. OMG! Get the sweetbreads! Then, we had the lamb two-way, which was mouthwatering and incredible aromatic. Highly recommend! Finally, we tried the bouillabaisse, which was good, but in no way more fragrant than the lamb or tastier than the sweetbreads. We did not have desert because we were too full (the first courses are a decent size). Bread comes with the meal, but it is nothing to write home about--mostly stale, unfortunately. We had wine with dinner and the bottles were a better deal than the glasses. The service seems to vary. Our server was not a talker and definitely did not go into details about the offerings. The table next to us seemed to have a really knowledgeable and involved server.
Having never been there before I was expecting a fancier place. I would call this very casual dining. The food was excellent but due to all the hard surfaces in the restaurant the noise level was higher than I like. And the service was slow. However, the place was crowded. Still, I would recommend it to others.
Waterboy made my wife's birthday special indeed! I had the duck and she had the Bouillabaisse. Both meals were excellent. We were greeted with a complementary glass of sparkling wine as a birthday greeting and the service was attentive and friendly. I have mentioned special occasions many times when made reservations but this was the first time that the staff of a restaurant actually used that information to make our experience special. Thank you!
When we want to go out for a nice meal, Waterboy has become our "go to" restaurant because of the consistently excellent food and service. The food is fresh, seasonal, well prepared and presented with attention to detail - beautiful! The excellent staff is attentive but not hovering. The environment is very comfortable and generally not too noisy. Highly recommend!
Waterboy is popular for a reason. The service is impeccable and the food delicious. It is a small restaurant, not noisy, so conversations can actually be heard. The servings are small but sooo good. I personally had the scallops and they were the best I've ever had. Reservations a must.
I think this is the best restaurant in Sacramento. I have been going there for 20 years. Our wait person was Jenny, who has been with the restaurant since the beginning. It feels like family to me. Food is excellent and there are always great choices of wine. Nice ambiance too.
Maybe it was an off evening. Sunday past 8 pm. Ordered the fish special with asparagus and pan fired baby potatoes. The fish was fresh and cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, the potatoes were tough like they'd been sitting at a cook's station for too long. The asparagus was the same--kudos though, for shaving the bottoms of the stalks to make them more tender. Again, think I hit Waterboy on an off night.
Surprisingly off their game (especially on a Fri night. We waited well over an hour for our entree (the waiter blamed it on a small kitchen--really?). How about a comp starter to keep us occupied? All of the dishes were just ok, lacked the sparkle we've come to expect.
It'lI be awhile before we return.
Waterboy is our go to restaurant for every occasion and we think it is always wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My husband and two sons ate lunch there every day when the work allowed and now that my husband is not working anymore, it still figures into our life ---- whenever anyone asks where we want to eat, we always say Waterboy
Fabulous as always. Everyone at our table thought their meals were wonderful! Coq au Vin was the very best I have ever had. The scallops, Bouillabaisse and Duck L'Orange were also wonderful as were the starters of sweetbreads, deviled eggs and grilled polenta. Great service, as always. Thanks Rick and Chef Adam!!
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