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

Fat Canary Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://fatcanarywilliamsburg.com
  • Phone: (757) 229-3333
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "A colleague who is a native of Williamsburg recommended Fat Canary and I second her review. It's the best restaurant in town. If we come back, it will be on our list."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Our 5th year anniversary dinner couldn't have been better! Loved everything from start to finish!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food was great, service was excellent. A bit on the pricy side but worth it for a nice romantic evening for two or a special celebration of something."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We love this place. Try to go for anniversaries to keep our tradition alive. Well worth the 1 hour drive for us. Excellent service and outstanding food. Unlike any place else locally. One of a kind."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Amazing food and service! Everything was outstanding."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Once it was decided who was to be our server, we had to ask for help, the service was very good, the food outstanding and imaginative."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Right in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. Definitely one if the best restaurants there. Get reservations!!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great spot in the heart of the Marketplace, great food with an inviting atmosphere, family friendly however does not have a kids menu, my kids are foodies so it didn't matter"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The Fat Canary was touted as the best in the area. It lived up to the accolades. The food was unique fresh and delicious. Our waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable. The presentation was excellent. We will definitely be back"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food tasted good and service was up to standard but the restaurant is not fit for fine dining. It was very noisy throughout my dining. The food was over priced."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "First of all, I got a call after I made the reservation to see if it was a special occasion-it was-my husbands bday. When we got there a special menu that said Happy Birthday Kurt! was given to him, and it was signed by all the staff. Our soup of the day was delicious and my fish was presented beautifully and tasted perfect. The cherry tomatoes were great. My husband enjoyed his steak and the dessert-crepes of key lime mousse-very tasty. Also the wine explanations were right on and our red did have blackberry and chocolate bits we could taste. I found these wine notes very helpful. Our server and all the others were great and not intrusive at all."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Had a wonderful Anniversary Dinner!! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with anything at the Fat Canary and we have eaten there numerous times. It is our first choice when family or friends are our guests."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Just one more outstanding meal at Fat Canary. Has yet to disappoint! Everything from apps to desert and drinks in between."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "What is happening on the floor? Food was great as usual, but service was not at a level consistent with the food. May have been manager's night off. Usually see manager intent on service and food offerings. Not so this night."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "After several tries to get a reservation, it was well worth the wait. We were seated right on time, the wait staff was courteous and attentive but definitely not bothersome. Great service and food!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food at Fat Canary is excellent! Never had a bad meal, including appetizers and dessert! The Lobster Fettuccine appetizer is a must! And their seafood specials are always delicious. Wasn't impressed with our waitress this last visit… tried too hard to be funny and was more insulting than anything. I can't remember her name. It won't keep us from going back though. Best food in Williamsburg and a great wine selection!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time at the Fat Canary. We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. The hostess was very gracious and our server Darcy was very attentive. Service was outstanding. The staff is well trained and very courteous. I enjoyed the crispy soft shelled crab appetizer and my husband loved his prime beef tenderloin that was cooked medium. I ordered the sea scallops with couscous and that was satisfying though I felt a bit full. I also order the macadamia pie which I found very sweet. Overall, we had a very pleasant experience. Thanks for a lovely evening!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to the Fat Canary to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Of was wonderful The waitress,Darcy, helped is choose a wine. They had a special menu just for us with a happy anniversary wish on it. The braised lb shank was so tender and delicious. They made sure the evening was special for is. Thankbu everyone at the Fat Canary and especially Darcy."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with an evening at The Fat Canary! Great service at the bar as well as our table. The menu is just the right size and the staff if informed and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Fantastic service and observant waiter that was always there when you wanted something, but never obtrusive. Food was served hot and appealing in presentation. The restaurant is always good, but we had an exceptional waiter as well as food served piping hot. The evening could not have been any better."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I want to especially thank the wait staff for their attentiveness to my wife & I's anniversary. To the kitchen staff, I don't know what to say, the food was absolutely excellent!!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "One of our best recent discoveries in the dining world. Friends had told us we should go here but we just never got there. Finally on Sunday evening we made a reservation and it was truly one of the best dining experiences we had had recently (and we have dined out quite a bit). The food preparations were just creative enough to be a real treat to the palate. Our server was pleasant, friendly, and did an excellent job. No question, we will be back very soon!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This was our second visit, the first being in February. This dining experience did not quite measure up to this restaurant's excellent reputation. It seemed that the menu could have used a "Summer Tweak" perhaps. Also we were in a dark corner booth, perfect if you did not wish to be seen, but the table could have used some added candle type lighting. Outstanding Exception: One of our party is vegetarian, but there was no selection on the menu. Instead the kitchen prepared a menagerie platter that was better than all of our other meals. She is accustomed to having nothing too exciting, but this was absolutely over the top, and she was still raving about it the next day!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent food and service - a cut above even the best restaurants. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fat Canary is a delight in Williamsburg. Chef Tommy excels at seafood & a recent Saturday evening was no exception. The soft shell,crabs were delectable, crunchy, with just the right amount of foil in the spicy side "salsa." The grouper special, was superb with an abundance of fresh local flavors on a bed of well-constructed succotash-like vegetables. The icy cucumber soup was refreshing, & tangy making a very pleasing start to the meal. As always, a table w/ Tink is a joy she is the consummate professional."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Perfect service, great reccomendations, and perfect wine pairings"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Interesting menu, good food and attentive service. Quiet and pleasant atmosphere. The wine list is a bit dull."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Our experience was outstanding. From the hostess, to the wait staff, to the food, every bit was wonderful. Our waitress, Tink, has been there since the opening and was a real pleasure."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Everything was fantastic. I heard it was loud but we had no issue and it was full. Definitely will go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Based on reviews, we chose to go to the Fat Canary on Duke of Gloucester Street to celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary. From making the reservations to the last bit of dessert...it was simply wonderful! Lynn called to follow-up on our online reservations. Tink was our server and did an excellent job...even encouraging us to try something new in wines and entrée. The wait staff refilled glasses and removed completed dishes like a well orchestrated dance. The Crispy Softshell Crab appetizer was browned to perfection. Our favorite was the macadamia nut pie topped with vanilla bean ice cream. Yummy. This is an intimate setting and just the right relaxed feel for a wonderful anniversary dinner. A huge thank you!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "What a wonderful experience! Gracious welcome. Excellent waitress. The food was amazing. Can't wait for the next special occasion to return here!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Fantastic food and great service. Best restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We're glad we chose this for birthday dinner while in Wmburg, but the Blue Talon next night was more fun. Service was friendly, but we felt rushed--for no real reason (it wasn't crowded), the next course popped down just as last bite of previous went up. The plate presentation was good, food (scallops, salad) very good. Nice touches of a signed, personalized menu and candle on dessert. We were able to find an affordable, good wine on the pricey list. But a $40 special entree, others above $30, seems above the cost of comparably fine cuisine in comparable places in Charlottesville or DC. People are in vacation clothing, and the restaurant is essentially part of a great cheese shop."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "From the excellent food preparation and presentation to the superb service of the appropriately attentive wait staff, our night at Fat Canary was sheer perfection. We will definitely return at every opportunity. I had the pork chop and my fiancé ordered the salmon. Both dishes were perfectly prepared and accompanied, and melted in our mouths. The staff is very professional, knowledgable and helpful. This is a great location for special occasions and romantic dinners."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband and I were in Williamsburg for a conference and chose Fat Canary for our wedding anniversary. First off, we were wished Happy Anniversary at check- in and then our menu had our name and best wishes signed by the staff. Such a nice touch. Food was terrific, setting glam and stylish. They do half portions on just about anything - I chose that and the tenderloin was cooked tp perfection- just smaller. Great, affordable wine. Our server was attentive and had great personality. Four thumbs up for Fat Canary!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Guinea fowl was moist and juicy with a thin crunchy skin...excellent. Opted for a quick sorbet and coffee. The noise level was probably as loud as any restaurant I've ever patronized, we had to yell to have a conversation...probably what everyone was doing. Hence, the need for a quick meal before we totally lost all hearing. No romantic dinners here. It's too bad because the food really is quite good."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The best service I have had in years, thank you Tink."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Fantastic! Food was spectacular and perfectly prepared. Service was outstanding. Great wine list. Everything was perfect and made for a very special evening!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "What a great place. I got a reservation for 1 at the last minute. When I got there the hostess was on the phone telling someone that there were no tables available, but there was full food service at the bar. I figured, dining alone, that's where they'd seat me. To my surprise I got a really nice table. My server was Darcy, who was great. Very friendly & knew the menu & dishes very well. The menu isn't huge, but if you cant find something you like, then you should probably stop eating out. Salad was fresh & innovative. Entrée was Guinea Fowl, in the most wonder bed of ramps, mushrooms, & shaved white asparagus. Darcy recommended the crepes for dessert ...they were over the top. Great wines by the glass too."
    Dined on 6/8/2014