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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 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We always have dinner here when in the area. Always very good food and nice atmosphere."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We love great food and were so happy this restaurant accommdated our kids too with handmade posts and sauce..."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As always our dining experience at the Fat Canary was just perfect. From the first bite of our appetizers ( lobster on pasta and some of the best ribs we have ever eaten) to our entree ( grouper with shrimp and gnocchi) to our dessert (macadamia nut pie with ice cream) we were once again so impressed. Thanks again for a wonderful and memorable dining experience. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I was in Williamsburg for a week managing a conference. Each evening I had groups of members or staff with me for dinner. I tried to visit the traditional name restaurants (out of nostalgia as family spent some good times there when daughter was at W&M). And I visited places new to the scene since my last visit, such as Fat Canary. Hands down, Fat Canary was the dining experience of the week. Foremost, the food was outstanding; soft shell crabs followed by seared and moist mussels. My friends had salmon and lamb chops. Beautifully (simply) presented and done exactly right. Wine list is very good. We were also lucky to have an outstanding waiter whose style and humor really did improve the experience. No one living on the past here!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We had a wonderful at your restaruant. The food and service were both amazing. We look forward to eating here again"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Some excellent fish and great salads and soups. Vibrant atmosphere and knowledgeable waitress. Definitely on a repeat list. Only criticism was the duck entree was only an appetizer portion, but, well executed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Fat Canary is one of a half a dozen restaurants in the area that I consider to be outstanding. I frequent the following restaurants in addition to Fat Canary: River Stone Chophouse, Vintage Tavern, Opus 9, Zoe's, Stove. these are the most representative of the best restaurants in the Hampton Roads/Williamsburg area."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our 5th year anniversary dinner couldn't have been better! Loved everything from start to finish!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "Right in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg. Definitely one if the best restaurants there. Get reservations!!!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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
  • "Had a wonderful Anniversary Dinner!! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Excellent food and service - a cut above even the best restaurants. Highly recommended."
    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
  • "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
  • "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