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“Exceptional food and dining experience”
Review of The Waterboy

The Waterboy
Ranked #4 of 2,148 Restaurants in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$18 - US$30
Cuisines: American, French, Italian
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 20th
Description: We feature a seasonal menu, inspired primarily by the beautiful cuisines of northern Italy and southern France. In addition, we offer a diverse wine list and a full bar featuring artisanal cocktails and aperitifs.
Reviewed 13 February 2018

The Waterboy is one of the best dining experiences we have encountered in a long time. The interior is classy (not drippy) upscale white tablecloth. The patrons (for the most part) were dressed the part, which seems to be an exception these days. Nice to see on a Saturday night out. Our server, Courtney, was top notch in every way. Professional, articulate, and personable. In fact all of the staff was really great. Everyone covered all the bases with ease. And, the pace of the service throughout the evening was perfect.
The food was excellent from beginning to end, with marinated olives, to our salads (chicories salad and the beet salad), I totally could have made a meal out of just the chicories salad (fantastic!). Main courses were the ravioli with a turnips side, and the lamb shank with risotto... All of them spectacularly prepared. It is also great to know that The Waterboy serves sustainable, local food.
We never felt rushed at all, in fact we felt like we were supposed to stay and just revel in the wonderful meal we had just savored.
This place is truly on our "HIT LIST" for dining.

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Thank Dragonfly972
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Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2018

We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. It sounds like our priorities at The Waterboy came across and we will be sure to share your kind words with the staff. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

It is hard to overstate the quality of this restaurant. The menu is seasonal and varied , the wine list is first rate, they charge modest corkage if you bring your own. The service is always fantastic, and always with a smile.

Thank rassociate
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Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

We're so glad you have enjoyed your experiences with us, Rassociate. Thanks for taking the time to write a review!

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We have loved this place for years and years. The service is great and the bar and food quality is consistently fabulous. Never had a bad dish and never have been bored by the selection. Fancy enough for a treat night out, casual enough to just relax and enjoy the meal. Wait staff is professional and they know their food. Wine list has a good selection of mid priced good bottles. We eat here whenever we are in town. Highly recommended.

Thank fredSeattle_Wa
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Reviewed 29 December 2017

Good food, good service and some nice wines on the list at acceptable prices. Only problem was the food came out of the kitchen at different times. We were four and somebody was always waiting for their dish, leaving the other three to either wait and let things get cold or start without. The waiter apologized a lot, but still...

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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

This one of favorite lunch spots. It a great place for business lunch. It is a little pricey but the burger here in my opinion might be the best in the world.

Thank Glenn N
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Mahan_Restaurants, Manager at The Waterboy, responded to this reviewResponded 26 December 2017

We're glad you enjoyed your experience with us, Glenn. Thanks for taking the time to write a review, we hope to see you soon!

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