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 service was very good. We ordered th ...
The service was very good.
We ordered the leg of lamb and the California Sea Bass. Both dinners were far below satisfactory. We were both disappointed and wished we had celebrated our (28th) wedding anniversary elsewhere.
Another great meal at Waterboy. Took my ...
Another great meal at Waterboy. Took my husband and son to celebrate husband's birthday. Waterboy did not disappoint as a special place for a special occaision. Loved the craft cocktails. The cassoulet was outstanding. Actually all three dishes were well prepared and delicious. Also had the chicken parmesean - the best I've had anywhere - and the special fish of the night, sea bass. None of us were disappointed with our menu choices. We will be back!
We had a friend visiting from D.C. and s ...
We had a friend visiting from D.C. and she was very Impressed with the restaurant. I like the fact that the atmosphere is upscale, yet intimate and not stuffy. Our sea bass "special" entree was delicious. The service was attentive and not intrusive. Throughout the evening, we did not feel rushed, which we appreciated. I would definitely go here again and take out of town guests. I can see why Water Boy just celebrated 20 years of being in business.
With out-of-towners visiting, The Waterb ...
With out-of-towners visiting, The Waterboy was our chosen destination for those darn sweetbreads. 3 of the 5 of our party wanted them weeeeks ago, so all 3 sweetbread eaters ordered them as a dinner, with all their delicious accompaniments, and all gave 2 thumbs up, and wiped their plates clean. Nowww the dilemma: my husband ordered the Sea Bass special after vacillating between that and the cassoulet, reviewed glowingly in today's Sacramento Bee. A mistake? Not according to him...
I came in craving Diver Scallops, which were not to be found except on the Crudo plate, which hubby and I decided to share. My daughter encouraged me to order the Cioppino, which I knew I would love, but.... Then, without hesitation, our waiter said that the kitchen would happily make me some scallops for dinner if I wished, so I immediately said YES! Without knowing how they'd be prepared, or with what accompaniments, I awaited their arrival on the table and lovvved the result. Lots of happy guests, a wonderful evening spent. Service was spot on, and not hovering, and we were never hurried or felt pressure to leave. Special shout-out to that special Manhattan on your drink menu--savored every sip.
Of course, we will be back--it's Waterboy, for heaven's sake.
Good appetizers, especially oysters, che ...
Good appetizers, especially oysters, cheese plate w/crostini. Rib-eye steak was outstanding. Broccoli rabe was very disappointing, too salty, no taste poor substitute for grilled Brussel sprouts. Great chocolate cake and nut tart. Great service.
Waterboy serves outstanding food and doe ...
Waterboy serves outstanding food and does so with the great consistency that makes an excellent dining experience a sure thing. It has the best, most professional wait staff in the city. Marcella is in a class by herself but others are exceptionally good too.
Wonderful dinner this week at Waterboy. ...
Wonderful dinner this week at Waterboy. Server was attentive and described new menu clearly. Made two checks with kitchen to meet gluten-free needs of one of our group with celiac disease. Meals were fresh (cioppino and fish of the day). I enjoyed the pumpkin creme brûlée to finish off. Our out-of-town visitor commented she would make an effort to return next time she is in town. Sacramento gem!
I have eaten at Waterboy many times in t ...
I have eaten at Waterboy many times in the past. The food remains very good--fresh, well presented and quite tasty. Desert was a tart with ice cream that was sublime. Just a few nits about overdressing the salad and a tad too much fat on the veal in the pasta dish. Beyond that, the service is as always, top notch. Super nice people. Great environment and a very well balanced menu.
the food was amazing, complex flavors wi ...
the food was amazing, complex flavors with out being overwhelming. perfect portion sizes. helpful attentive staff that knew when to leave us alone. on top of that its one of the best values for fine dining in sac, two of us went, we had the meats and pickled veg appetizer, a salad each salads, several drinks, we split the fish special, and walked out for just about $100.
This is one of our three favorite dine o ...
This is one of our three favorite dine out places in Sacramento. We can always expect a wonderful dining experience. The cost is high for us but we splurge three times a year for special occasions. We enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, dinner and desert. We ordered a bottle of wine and I realize wine is always overpriced and a bad value at every restaurant. So for the two of us it came to $206.00 for two. Very high for us. My only issue was my wife ordered a brandy in a snifter and her choice is Christians Brother. They did not have it so we told the waitress give her any brandy. Well lo and behold that was a mistake. They gave her a French Brandy that was $11.50. Took advantage of us, but never again. My Ketel One Martini was $3.50. $11.50 for a brandy in a snifter?? No wrong.
Our favorite dining spot in Sacramento ! ...
Our favorite dining spot in Sacramento !
Locally grown , seasonal ingredients, expertly prepared!
Amazing wine list!
Personable, knowledgeable waitstaff.
Chef/owner Rick Mahon has put Sacramento on the culinary map!
Came for a Friday night date with my fia ...
Came for a Friday night date with my fiancé. We both love Waterboy and this trip did not disappoint. We got the Ahi Tuna and Endive Salad starters. I got the Scallops dish and my fiancé got the Bouillabaisse special. Everything was delicious! I recommend making reservations as it can be difficult to get a table without one, as the restaurant is not very large. The only thing I didn't love was my French 75. It came in a pint glass and I'm used to it being a much smaller, stronger old world craft cocktail. Overall, one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento for a special occasion or just to treat yourself!
I brought a friend whose new to Sacramen ...
I brought a friend whose new to Sacramento to introduce her to Waterboy. We both had delicious meals and very much enjoyed our afternoon out. The wait staff was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful offering to split the ticket for us. As one whose always on the hunt for a great new place I was reminded that Waterboy is still a great place. I'll be back soon!
We went to Waterboy for our first weddin ...
We went to Waterboy for our first wedding anniversary. As I mentioned it while making the reservation, we received complimentary champagne, which was a great touch! The food was, overall, everything we were expecting - good presentation, proper portion and above all, DELICIOUS! The staff were friendly, courteous and helpful - a big plus. The only issue we had was the wait time for the first 2 courses.
In all, we would definitely come back and recommend Waterboy to others!
Guess we should have gone more "traditio ...
Guess we should have gone more "traditional " in our menu choices... my wife ordered the special, "black ink pasta " which she described as a fishy tasting conglomeration of flavors and textures. I ordered the duck "trio" which when served was only a "duo" ...the waiter forgot the pate. the portions were skimpy and underwhelming with flavor. We have been to Waterboy before and had good service and pleasingly different menu offerings, this visit , on a rainy October evening... was disappointing.
It's been on my radar for almost a year ...
It's been on my radar for almost a year now. Wasn't disappointed - the food and service were excellent. European portion sizes - great quality food and not overfaced. Relaxed atmosphere. We probably stayed a little too long after our meal but they were totally fine about it. I will definitely return and would have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant - even to my fussiest of friends.
This was my least favorite visit to one ...
This was my least favorite visit to one of our favorite establishments. Pliny the Elder should not be as "allocated" as we were told. Bland is being generous. Salmon was raw. Returned reheated it looked like the portion was 1/2 of what I sent back. Soup had a higher percentage of sweet potatoes for my liking. If I had known it had any, I wouldn't have ordered the minestrone. Bread pudding was also not as expected. It was ground up cupcake style that I was unable to discern what was in it. We will return, as I was told the veal cheek pasta was grand, and the scallop dish was very well done. The creme brule was also not very flavorable.
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.
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