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 went to "A Night in New Orleans" and the entire 5-course meal went beyond expectations. Each plate was a beautiful presentation with very freshly prepared ingredients. The staff were "dressed for the event" and the service was outstanding. We are never disappointed when we dine here. The only thing that I would change is the noise level but the historic building would not lend itself to sound absorbing decor without altering the ambiance of the experience.
We came here for our anniversary dinner. It was our 1st time coming here. I made mention that we wouldn't be drinking wine at all. The restaurant offered us alcoholic drinks , but nothing non alcoholic for our night.
I had the caramelized onion soup and it was yummy. I then had ravioli for the main course. I also had the hazelnut chocolate for dessert. I guess I had the soupy meals. My husband had the braised lamb shank with rice. His looked yummy. He had the lemon cake for dessert. Service was really good and our waiter was quite attentive to our table. Overall it was a great dinner.
Open, friendly dining space without closely spaced tables. Comfortable, carefully thought out ambiance. On the server's recommendation I ordered the bouillabaisse. Excellent broth, quite delicious. Well-stocked bar. The bartender meticulously stirred (and properly didn't shake) my Perfect Manhattan and hand-delivered it to the table – a nice touch. They were very accommodating with my last-minute reservation changes. A go-to restaurant in the Sacramento burgeoning uptown restaurant scene.
Our birthdays ( my husband and I have the same date). Our kids treated us! How great that we "have arrived " as parents for this to happen!
I order the lamb special, typically I have my steaks medium, so the waitress suggested the same with the lamb. It was over cooked.
The sides were great as well as the starters. The house smoked salmon was excellent, the white anchovies were tasty, the Caesar salad was great.
Disappointed. Server asked everyone around us if they had a special occasion but never asked us. We were dressed casually and he spent more time on the couples to both sides of us who were dressed up. Spent $150 and will never go back again. Very unhappy with the experience.
We were delighted at Waterboy. We were going to see Kinky Boots and decided to eat first.
What a treat! Right by a window and private. As the tables filled, we were still private.
Our waiter was professional and we were handled beautifully!
We walked to the Convention Cener. We will return!
I have not been to The Waterboy for a few years and I cannot understand why. The six of us were all pleased with every thing. We had cocktails, appetizers, soup, salad, first courses, entree's and dessert.
The salmon, the chicken,the bouillabaisse, the steak were all stars.
The desserts were awesome.
The service was excellent and very attentive, we are a group of woman and most of us are grandmothers and we love to engage with the staff and really enjoy it when they treat us with respect as the staff did. We had a lot of fun and a great dinner.
I believe we have now spent at least 3 of my daughter's birthdays at the Waterboy. We have yet to have anything that was not outstanding. My only constructive criticism would be the wine list but only in relation to what we like. The issue was solved by simply bringing our own wine and paying the $24 corkage fee which is not totally unreasonable. We brought an expensive bottle (2006) so paying the $24 was worth it. The service was outstanding as it always is.
Another wonderful dinner at Waterboy. Our server was fabulous. He sensed we wanted to talk and we had a leisurely cocktail time followed by courses in a paced way. Two of us had the lamb special. One had the tri tip special and the fourth person had the boullabaise. Each couple shared a salad and a dessert. I especially liked the potato dish with a crisp crusted brown top and creamy potatoes that was served with the tri-tip. The Caesar salad was perfect and also the butter lettuce salad with shrimp, cucumbers, radishes was tasty. I thought one shrimp halved on each butter lettuce plate was a little skimpy. Dressing flavors were well blended. The desserts were fabulous: chocolate cake with crunchy hazelnut topping and the apple crostini with ice cream were winners with all four of us. A special shout out to the wait staff who kept bread available and water glasses filled. Our server was knowledgeable about the whole menu and the lengthy daily specials. He was fun and always professional. We all had a terrific time.
Fantastic, spent three days and nights dining around the area and Waterboy takes the cake. Great wine list, very well prepared food, ingredients were fresh. Creative menu that was clean, outstanding and the final plates not "over created".
There are some great places in town, but the Waterboy stop hit the spot.
At Waterboy for our 28th Wedding Anniversary this past Saturday night. We asked for and received a great center table and had always excellent server Andrew. We ordered a bottle of the 2010 Adamvs (Napa) Cabernet, which was excellent especially after Andrew decanted it. My wife had a delicious butter lettuce salad and the coq au vin which she loved. I started with their great beef tartare, shifted to an amazing Caesar with white anchovies, and really enjoyed mesquite grilled leg of lamb. We shared a caramelized apple crostata with 'Fromage Blanc Ice Cream' -- it tasted like a lovely goat cheese made into ice cream, perfect with the sweetness of the superb puff pastry with the sweet apple filling. She had some decaf and I had a great Armagnac. We were stuffed and very happy. It doesn't get any better than this.
Fabulous food! Impeccable service! Cannot say enough to praise Marcella for always making our evening special. Kevin went out of his way to accommodate our change from 2 to 4, on top of a time change. We love Waterboy and have for many years. Kudos Rick Mahen for a great restaurant, food and fantastic employees.
I went to Waterboy on 1/19/17. My wife and I joined my cousin and his wife for a dinner outing. I have been to Waterboy many time and the food has always been excellent. It was our turn to treat for dinner so we decided to taken them to a restaurant they had never been to. The food was excellent. I had the lamb special, my wife had the veal, and my cousin and his wife had the ravioli. Before our mains we enjoyed salads. I am especially fond of Waterboy's beet salad; I think it is one of the best in town. Waterboy has an excellent selection of wine. We enjoyed three bottles during our meal. We will be back.
We enjoyed a decent meal. I had a tiny anchovy appetizer and a well-prepared sweat bread first course. My wife had an excellent ravioli. To judge from the amount of gristle he had to cut off, our dining companion's steak was rather mediocre. The profiteroles were unconventionally sauced in caramel instead of chocolate and very good. I generally like Dolcetto but our bottle was so-so. In summary, the food was mixed. Service was friendly but quite slow that Sunday evening -the place was quite busy. We would give Waterboy another try should we ever be in the area again.
Dinner was very good. The French Onion Soup was rich and delicious. The Daily Special was cod and it was good. However, the mashed potatoes were disappointing. The service was attentive, but they did not rush you through your meal. That brought their score higher.
The wait staff were very helpful, but no special consideration was provided for birthday celebration. The bouillabaise was excellent, but the special appetizer (bread, egg and caviar) was not particularly special. The online menu said Cioppino was on the menu, but the printed menu had bouillabaise...Given how good it was, the change was not a disappointment.
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