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 enjoyed a decent meal. I had a tiny ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Rick has done an amazing job for years. ...
Rick has done an amazing job for years. I used to work in Sacramento and would dine at the Waterboy often. I now live in the East Bay and always hope to work in Sacramento so that I can eat there. The Waterboy is one of the top five resturants in the bay area (we have eaten at a ton of them). It is world class. If Rick and crew were in SF they would be off-the-charts....
We had been wanting I got to go to Water ...
We had been wanting I got to go to Waterboy - it did not disappoint. Fabulous upscale food with great service. The best restaurant I've been to in Sacramento for fine dining. Pricey, and worth revere penny. Grade special occasion place. Definitely will return.
Cozy, old school vibes and great food. L ...
Cozy, old school vibes and great food. Love that they have half bottles of wine so you can enjoy wine and a cocktail reasonably! This place draws an older crowd, and people really dress up here, but we were fine in jeans and sweaters. Friendly service- great chocolate cake!! We will be back
One of our favorite restaurants in the a ...
One of our favorite restaurants in the area. Nice variety of items on the menu. Very friendly personnel. They offer a variety alcoholic drinks but also for non-alcoholic drinks my favorite Navarro grape juice, both versions Gewurtzstraminer and Pinot Noir (the only place I know that offers both!).
Fantastic service, food cooked to perfec ...
Fantastic service, food cooked to perfection. Good ambiance, but for big eaters portions might be a little disappointed. This opinion is is very judgmental, as I am a fairly big eater but was well satisfied. This is a wonderful place!!
Waterboy is one of our two favorite rest ...
Waterboy is one of our two favorite restaurants in Sacramento. The menu and service are consistently excellent. Menu changes seasonally and always provides new insights into old favorites. While we go there for occasions, our waitress always remembers us, as do others on the staff. A wonderful place by any estimation.
Great food, Great Service. However, in ...
Great food, Great Service. However, in my opinion, the atmosphere and environment doesn't compliment the menu and food quality and presentation. In my opinion, the menu, service and fooe presentation is at least 5 points higher to more classy/elegant that the current atmosphere and ambiance. It sends a little mixed message.
We were meeting old friends for dinner i ...
We were meeting old friends for dinner in Sacramento and they suggested Waterboy. When I made the reservation, I requested a round table, if available, for our party of six because the two husbands are hard of hearing and the two daughters are very soft-spoken. The hostess showed us to a rectangular table for six. When I asked her if we could have the round table for six right next to it. She said it was reserved and would check. We decided to stick with the rectangular table. Unfortunately, the parties around us were quite noisy and the general noise level in the restaurant is very high. So the husbands missed out on what the daughters were saying. Otherwise, the food was delicious--the antipasto plate, salads, the steak, chicken, cassoulet, cioppino, gnocchi, and duck breast special. Michael, our waiter was quite attentive. I suppose it is hit or miss whether other diners near you are loud--or it's dependent on how much they are drinking. My husband felt that the food was delicious, but he was cheated out of catching up with his college room mate's family.
Waterboy is one of Sacramento's best and ...
Waterboy is one of Sacramento's best and most well regarded restaurants---and the reason for this is the consistent quality and personality of the food, along with the excellent service. It is like going to Rick Mahan's home every time ---- it is that warm, welcoming, and unpretentious, while you anticipate the magic that emerges from the kitchen. It has been exciting to see Sacramento's food scene become more lively, competitive and reflective of the regional bounty in the last few years. However, it will be interesting to see how many of the distinctive dining venues will sustain themselves as it is a perilous business. Waterboy has already proven it can, having celebrated 20 years. I do think it is time for some spiffing up of the décor. All those beautiful windows remain a plus, but the space needs some TLC.
The food was excellent. I made reservat ...
The food was excellent. I made reservations and they gave me the table I asked for. We shared the fresh oysters. I had the deviled eggs and my companion had the sweet breads. For my entree I had the steak of the day and my friend had their sea bass. Everything was perfect. They brought me samples of wine until I had just the one I wanted. After all of these years still probably the best restaurant in Sacramento.
The Waterboy is my favorite restaurant: ...
The Waterboy is my favorite restaurant: period! The food is always stellar, as is the service. It has a casual elegance that is relaxing, welcoming and warm. Rick Mahan is a wonderful man, who recognizes patrons and is very personable.
Went for holiday lunch with staff - very ...
Went for holiday lunch with staff - very good in all respects. Two people had burger- said really good; one person had sea bass special - said was best she ever had. I had duck cassoulet - wonderful. Server very friendly. A little slow for lunch service, but worth the wait!
Enjoyable spot to have a mother- daughte ...
Enjoyable spot to have a mother- daughter lunch. We were glad we made reservations as the restaurant filled quickly.
The sample cheese tray was a great appetizer start.
Not too noisy as we chatted and devoured our ravioli entrees.
The nutty cake with orange cream topping was the perfect finish.
I dined at Waterboy with my parents and ...
I dined at Waterboy with my parents and my girlfriend for my birthday. They were very gracious when my gf was 15+ minutes late. The service and food were outstanding, I really enjoyed all aspects of the night. My grandparents used to love this place--this was the first time I had been back in over a decade and clearly it has not lost its luster. Hope to return soon.
This reservation was for a business lunc ...
This reservation was for a business lunch, a party of 4 at Noon. A few of us had never been before and will definitely be returning! Each of us ordered something different from the creative menu and were all very pleased with our choices and enjoyed every morsel of our meals!
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