Fat Canary
Fat Canary
  • Address:
    410 West Duke of Gloucester St
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
    Neighborhood:
    Williamsburg
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $50 and over

Fat Canary

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fatcanarywilliamsburg.com/
  • Phone: 7572293333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Henry and Boundary Sts
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Fat Canary
This high-energy bistro took over as Williamsburg's best restaurant as soon as it opened in 2004. The sophisticated but relaxed dining room sports a long bar down one side -- a favorite local watering hole -- and an open kitchen which uses fresh local and other ingredients for its creative American fare.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Fat Canary reviews from OpenTable diners
225 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (183)fit for foodies (159)romantic (101)neighborhood gem (85)notable wine list (84)hot spot (29)great for outdoor dining (27)vibrant bar scene (22)good for groups (13)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Perfect evening
    traveler
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday and had the best meal we have had in a year! Service was excellent and the meal was delicious. It is not inexpensive but if you want a terrific meal with fresh ingredients and perfect service, eat at The Fat Canary. Traveler
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has to be the best in Williamsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was second visit and it did not disappoint. The food and service was fabulous. We will never visit Williamsburg again and not eat here. Yes, it is that good.y!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top notch
    JA14
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Wonderful food and friendly, professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Fat Canary
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Fantastic food, wonderful wine, super service. Paula helped pair a wonderful wine with our food. Everything was great and they were very helpful with a nut allergy, taking off nuts, serving on side or letting us know which dishes couldn't be change (dessert). Recommend for everyone that enjoys a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    hjcook1
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great food and location for that special evening, one of our favorite spots in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    wllsburgres
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Pork chop was one of the best I have ever eaten. The rest of the food was great, although one person in my party got steak and that was so so. The service was fantastic and it is in a great part of town. Prices are a little on the high side, ie: with salad you are at $50 a head. Probably the best fine dining restaurant in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    GBphoto
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Second time going to the Fat Canary for a birthday. The staff signs your menu. The food is incredible. Cooked to perfection and uses more unique ingredients. I had rabbit and duck.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    doodle
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were so happy to find a restaurant of this caliber within a block of a tourist destination. Our server was exceptionally professional and friendly. The food was novel and delicious. We had the tomato mozzarella appetizer - divine, the duck breast - good (it came with a side of comfit in puffed pastry that was delectable), the pork chop -- good, the asparagus salad with duck prosciutto and duck egg was SPECTACULAR.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best part of the day.
    Hokietom1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food excellent! The service outstanding. My favorite Williamsburg restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious food! Cooked to perfection. Wonderful, friendly, knowledgable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable Dinner
    UKFoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Unable to make our original reservation time, the staff were understanding and accommodating. They seated us at a table in an earlier time slot and did everything they could to ensure that we would be able to savour each course and still finish dinner in time without feeling rushed. Our waitress was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and wine list, and very helpful in our selection. The dinner was excellent in every respect and much enjoyed by all including my daughter, a freshman at college, who had been anxious about missing out on orientation weekend events. The Fat Canary is certainly one of the local highlights. We look forward to having dinner there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always exceptional
    mwagnerwoodshop
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We travel to Williamsburg about twice a year and this is always at the top of our list to visit. The food and service are always outstanding. I get the Salmon dish and my husband the Pork and we are never disappointed. The appetizers are all amazing but particularly the homemade mozzarella dish. If you travel to Williamsburg, make sure you have at least one meal here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    AJCN
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Rockfish special was perfectly prepared. Lobster app is a must
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always
    NannyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fat Canary is on our must-do dining list when we visit Williamsburg. Our server was excellent...made a spot-on wine recommendation and was efficient and personable, without being intrusive. Notable dishes (ones that produced the most ahs of ecstasy at our table) were the mozzarella appetizer, ribs appetizer, cold cucumber soup, and chocolate mousse cake dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The corn soup special was truly remarkable. The rest of the evening was well worth all the effort. The staff did a superb job. Reserve early, they are in demand!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, perfect service!
    Alanna
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    "Hands down" among the "best" in town this "no-holds-barred" New American creations served in portions "fit for a foodie"; "wonderful wines", "fantastic" service and a "sophisticated" setting make it "worth every penny for any occasion"! Tom Land
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fat Canary
    Germangourmet
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have eaten at Fat Canary a number of times, each time when I came to visit my son in Williamsburg. Each time the food has been superb and imaginative. I have always admired the three cooks in the open kitchen who turn out superlative food for a usually sold out restaurant. Incidentally this assessment comes from a European gourmet with a large Michelin star collection. The only drawback is that the restaurant is noisy and it is difficult to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Williamsburg's Finest!!
    TSpaz
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been coming to The Fat Canary for years... The food is excellent! Great atmosphere! Great customer service... Just love it! Best in Williamsburg!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrifically delicious!
    TheRinger
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We made a reservation for 9:30 on a Tuesday evening, and were pleased to see the restaurant still full of patrons when we arrived, since that's often an indicator of a great spot to eat. And we were not disappointed! The food is excellent; the small menu shows imagination, with some local and unusual ingredients. Our meals were expertly prepared, and we savored every bite. Our server was super friendly, knew the menu, and was perfectly attentive without ever being obtrusive. Having been a waiter, I appreciate good service, and was especially pleased when she checked to be sure our meals were ok after we'd tried our first bites, rather than 20 minutes later. Fat Canary is a bit pricey, but well worth it. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives Up to It's Reputation.
    NaptownDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The menu is relatively short and features creative dishes and fresh seasonal ingredients. Everything we ordered was delicious. I don't think you can go wrong with anything on the menu. One of the diners in our party is vegetarian and while the menu did not offer a vegetarian entrée, the kitchen prepared a special dish for her. Just what one would expect from a restaurant of this caliber. The service is very attentive without being obtrusive. A delightful alternative to the traditional Colonial Williamsburg eateries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ckperalta
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Food was really good. My wife and I enjoyed it. Would go back there again...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Southern Gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I have been waiting for over 8 years to go to this restaurant and it was worth the wait. From the food, to the service, to the ambiance, everything was awesome. I hope that it will not be another 8 years before I go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food; beer is a mystery here
    lhmiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is creative, delicious, first rate. Super in every way! But the draft beer offerings are just plain confused: the bar does not seem to be able to distinguish high alpha acid brews from mash tuns or wort chillers. If you enjoy beer with food, stick to the bottled options and have the server bring the bottle to the table to be sure you get the style of beer that you really want.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience! We will be back
    EaglesFanKT1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Fat Canary was recommended by a friend. We were not disappointed! What a great find. We will definitely be back when we are in the area and will recommend it to others. Great drinks and great food. We enjoyed everything we had from our drinks, appetizer, entree, and dessert! Delicious and interesting pairings. Great for a special occasion. Business casual. We saw children there, however, it was mainly adults.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Andie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We loved this restaurant! The food was fabulous, the staff was professional, the noise level was very low, lighting perfect, etc., etc.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a pleasure
    msjudyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This restaurant, on DOG Street in Colonial Williamsburg, never disappoints. The service is friendly and professional, the décor pleasing and the food excellent. It is one of our favorites, and we try to bring out-of-towners here whenever they visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Staff was very personable and able to make a special occasion memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great innovative food
    HistoryLoverVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Another great meal from Chef Tommy. His corn soup was divine- not heavy, but intensely flavorful w/ fresh corn in abundance. The grouper special was a great w/ a remarkable hint of green chili to give just the right amount of kick. New wine selections offer variety & out of the ordinary options. A great evening! Service was impeccable & joyful w/ Tink in charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing...as always
    sugarbritches
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've eaten at Fat Canary many times over the years & it is always amazing. The food & wine are top-notch & servers are knowledgeable. I typically don't ask staff for wine recommendations, but every time I eat here, I let them pick(I trust them...it's always a perfect selection). Perfect spot for an anniversary, special occasion or date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    Debbiann
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The staff could not have been more welcoming & accommodating to our desire for a great family evening. With 2 children with us, we were treated with the same kindness as anyone who might have been there for a romantic outing. Food was outstanding, served to perfection. Consistent attention without being overbearing was our experience. Exceeded expectations for a great finale to our vacation in the Williamsburg area!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not another tourist trap
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    In an area filled with tourist traps, gimmicky eateries, and overpriced food of mediocre quality, Fat Canary stands out as the real deal. Excellent quality ingredients and great finesse to the seasonings. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. Our server and the staff in general were excellent, attentive but not intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great foodie find
    Ripcord
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I have dined in many fine restaurants over the years: fat canary ranks I the top five. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Our dinners were fabulous. I had the grouper over succotash that was divine. My husband had the guineafowl and was impressed. We highly recommend a visit if you are in Williamsburg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    DCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is the best meal in Williamsburg. Outstanding location, food and service. Perfect for a romantic dinner or catching up with the parents when they come to visit. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a pleasure!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Made reservations to Fat Canary while in town on business. This was our third time dining at Fat Canary. Service was great, food was great, and the specials are always worth trying. Highly recommend this restaurant for its quality, price and consistency.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    FishandSteph
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Great restaurant with some of the best service and attention to detail I have I have seen in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Birthday Dinner
    Cindy
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Fat Canary is a Williamsburg gem. The food is always deliciously prepared; the wine list is exceptional and the servers are well informed and very friendly, without being obtrusive. We had a lovely evening and look forward to our next dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best food in Virginia
    EricDRVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The tuna tartare napoleon was beautiful and delightful. All of the food we had showed so much creativity, but unlike many other "creative" chefs, this one pulled off all the dishes consistently. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CLsmooth
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was a very upscale dining experience with a down to earth staff and outstanding food. I highly recommend them for special occasions because they make your night one to remember. The signed and bowed menu is a great touch. If you must bring your kids ask for a location that will allow those guest having a special night to enjoy themselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently very good
    Dentgirl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We always have dinner here when in the area. Always very good food and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in VA
    foodielover
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    No other area restaurant can compete with the Fat Canary on an all-around experience. Their food & wine are spectacular; the people are differentiating. From the greeting at the hostess stand to the engaging & knowledgeable bartenders, to the servers’ ability to understand both timing & type of interaction. Whether a business meeting, romantic dinner, or a fun girls night out, the Fat Canary team know how to CONNECT with their clientele & their service is impeccable. I have traveled internationally for years, the Fat Canary remains in the top 3 restaurants. Go there once & they will remember you on your return trips. If you go for the food, your palate will thank you but be prepared for the entire experience to be off the charts fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.