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
Something was off last night , I was so ...
Something was off last night , I was so sad because I have eaten here for years and my guest did not like their experience. The staff was good about taking the deviled eggs off our bill, but the same heavy handed use of anchovy in the eggs was also present in the Caesar salad. Since I have eaten both of these dishes before, I know that they were off balance last night. Exec chef could consider letting the shrimp provide the depth and leave anchovies out or closely monitor how his staff executes the dish. The duck breast was truly amazing and saved the evening.
We've been dining here for years, and wi ...
We've been dining here for years, and will continue to do so. It's a superb restaurant when all things are considered - particularly the quality and tastefulness of the food, which is the primary reason for going out to dinner.
We decided to visit this old favorite la ...
We decided to visit this old favorite last night and it was as good as ever. Started off by being impressed at how busy the restaurant was for a Tuesday night. There was a very pleasant group of patrons there/ Nearly every table was filled with happy-looking diners. Our server was very helpful and friendly. She brought us a couple of glasses of Ferrari-Carrano Chardonnay. We split a Cesar Salad and had the Duck Breast and the Lamb. Both were spectacular. We accompanied the entrees with a couple of glasses of Rhone wine as suggested by the server. It was a delightful suggestion, that she made. We finished the evening with a Creme Brulee and an Alfogatta. Wonderful experience. Hope to return, soon.
The Waterboy has a good ambiance and i ...
The Waterboy has a good ambiance and is located in a nice spot of Sacramento. The food is okay, but the portion sizes of a meal are small relative to the price. Overall, this is a good restaurant if you're looking for a high-end restaurant that is more of a "trendy dining experience."
As always dinner at Waterboy is wonderfu ...
As always dinner at Waterboy is wonderful! Rick Mahan stopped by to say hello and thanks for coming in for dinner. Elizabeth, as always, provided great and informative service. The Hawaiian swordfish special was fabulous! Butterscotch Brûlée was a perfect ending to a special night. Thanks so much!
Simply the best food in Sacramento. I've ...
Simply the best food in Sacramento. I've tried a lot of the new ones but none compare to Waterboy now or ever. I recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced, locally sourced, delicious meal. Be sure to try at least one thing from each category or you'll miss the variety of tastes and textures they're so good at.
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!
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