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
Was perfect in all respects, as expected ...
Was perfect in all respects, as expected and demonstrated in the past.
We went here for our 26th anniversary ce ...
We went here for our 26th anniversary celebration, and really enjoyed our meal and our server. They were both fantastic!
Everything was perfect except the bar se ...
Everything was perfect except the bar seats and overall area is a little cramped. I would definitely recommend this place!!
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.
Halibut was overcooked and dry, fish ste ...
Halibut was overcooked and dry, fish stew was very good but skimpy on the fish/seafood for the price.
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.
If you are looking for a great dinning e ...
If you are looking for a great dinning experience the water boy staff is,in my opinion, one of the best. I've been many places and this ranks in the top ten in the US.
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.
The Water Boy is a top notch restaurant. ...
The Water Boy is a top notch restaurant. The food was perfect. The service was spot on. My friend asked for a recommendation on red wine, we ordered the bottle and it was VERY GOOD wine.
Outstanding meal, excellent service, kno ...
Outstanding meal, excellent service, knowledgeable staf!! We will be back. Thank you.
Nice place with good food. Reserved for ...
Nice place with good food. Reserved for special occasions due to cost.
Food was terrific, but would have prefer ...
Food was terrific, but would have preferred a little more attention from servers.
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.
I always love coming to Waterboy, it nev ...
I always love coming to Waterboy, it never disappoints. Many years ago I wouldn't have rated the service so high but the last few years I've been more than happy with the staff at Waterboy.
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.
Meal, service, professionalism, all up a ...
Meal, service, professionalism, all up at the top. They make it look easy! After taking a haitus, Waterboy reappears at the top of my Best of Sacramento list
My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal. The salads and main courses tasted great and were well presented. The service was top notch as well as was the wine. We will be back.
A real find
Waterboy is hip, casual, bright, cheerful, the service is great and the food outstanding.
Good Food/Iffy Service
We have eaten at The Waterboy many times and always enjoyed it. The menu this time felt limited, like it hasn't changed in a while. Also the service was sloooow. What should have been a 2 hour get-together with friends stretched into 3 hours because of our inattentive server.
I tried to get reservations at Taylor's Kitchen but they are closed on Tuesdays. I told the lady at Taylors that I needed a recommendation for a place she admired. "Oh, hands down... Waterboy." I said, "Of Course." I have always enjoyed Waterboy and agree with the general consensus that it is Sacramento's best restaurant. In this case, it had simply fallen off my radar. My server said, "Oh, would you like your usual... on rocks?" My dinner partner and I felt at home again.
My wife and I both ordered the lamb, hers was excellent mine tasted like rubber. Everything else was good, well prepared and well presented
I had this dish for lunch last week and it was beyond wonderful. I will now eat ANYTHING that includes Ric's tonnato sauce!
My favorite restaurant!
We've dined here several times, never a disappointing bite, and never a disappointing moment. We sat on the patio; the restaurant is situated on a quiet street within a very easy walk from mid-town. The seating is comfortable and the tables are well-spaced and not at all crowded. Our meals were wonderful. The flavors are subtle, rich, and intriguing. We ordered three appetizers to share: deviled eggs with shrimp, bruschetta with goat cheese, walnuts, and squash, and crostini. It was hard to pick a favorite--they were all excellent and piqued our appetites instead of quelling them (which is often what restaurant appetizers seem to do). Three of us ordered the same entree, filet that was marinated in some delectable concoction--I have no idea what it was, but it was delicious and tender. We all loved it. My daughter had scallops--one of my favorites from a previous visit. They were plump, juicy and cooked perfectly. We each ordered a different dessert and passed the plates for samples. We all agreed that the cheesecake was excellent and different, with a sesame seed cookie crust. We also loved the creme brulee, even our guest who usually doesn't like coconut. I asked the waitress to surprise me and bring her favorite dessert, it was a fruit dumpling with ice cream. It was everyone's favorite. We also shared sorbet, another winner. Sorry, I can't think of one negative comment to add. It was a spectacular meal.
Consistently great food and service. Won ...
Consistently great food and service. Wonderful atmosphere!
My wife and I hosted four longtime friends for two birthday celebrations. Cocktails were very fine. We ordered multiple orders of three different appetizers and they were excellent in taste and presentation. We were forewarned on the menu that there would be a charge for bread on the table. The charge was reasonable and the bread was raved about by two guests. The lamb, scallops, skirt steak, and duck were very nice in quality and presentation. We had a bottle of cab that was good. If you want a really fine wine, you would be advised to bring your own. The $20.00 corkage fee was reasonable and next time I will bring my own wine. We declined the deserts, although they sounded fine, for we all elected to polish off our dinner with a visit to Vic's Ice Cream Parlor. The table service was exceptional...attentive and cordial without being overbearing. A fine experience and I would endorse a visit.
Really great service and the food was de ...
Really great service and the food was delicious not to mention they had an excellent rose wine.
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.
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.
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.
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