My tenderloin was perfectlyMy tenderloin was perfectly cooked. My girl got the special, Grouper filet surrounded by shrimp and clams. Very good as well. Service was great. A bit pricey. I think we dropped 2 bills (including tip) and only ordered 1 alcoholic drink. We got the two most expensive entrees and the most expensive app though, 1 appy (lobster mac and cheese), 1 Salad, 2 entrees, 1 desert, 2 ginger ales and 1 fancy pants alcoholic drink. Perfect if you can afford it or a special occasion. I liked it better than Opus.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!This is not just the best restaurant in Williamsburgh but it can compete with any restaurant in any major city in terms of quality, creativity and service. Seared scallops cooked to perfection. Foie Gras was so good we wanted more and on and on.... Wine list is impressive and reasonably priced comparatively.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA Williamsburg MustThe Fat Canary and adjoining Cheese Shop should be at the top of your list when in the 'Burg.
Outstanding service & an excellent menu.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMStill a Williamsburg eliteNick our waiter was superb. Wine prices are very diner friendly with much less markup than most restaurants and a great selection. Our main issue is that if you are a regular customer the menu has not changed very much over the last several years. Personally I am not a fish eater which leaves only a few selections.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWe never miss this place --We never miss this place -- it is for all occasions! A can't miss experience!5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of our favoritesWonderful place for celebrations - great food, service, etc. Consistently excellent; fresh and inventive food, and makes use of local/ regional ingredients.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our third visit andThis was our third visit and it just keeps getting better. The chef is an artist! Incredible preparation. Wait staff is very knowledgable and polite. Every dish has been remarkable. Cannot wait for fourth visit!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreatWe have been to the Fat Canary whenever we are in Williamsburg. The food is outstanding.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyable mealWe had mixed reviews on some of the items at our table. The friend oyster appetizer was just okay. The oysters were small and slightly gritty and the sauce was a little bland, but they were cooked to perfection. The salads were excellent. And the entrees were top notch. The tenderloin was delicious. We liked some, but not all of the desserts. We would recommend the chocolate mousse. Our waiter was fantastic and switched out a dessert that one member of our party didn't like. Make sure you request a table near the window. There is really only one good 4 top in the front by the bay window. The rest are a little tight, face the wall or are right up against a solid wall.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely wonderful! My allAbsolutely wonderful! My all time favorite place to eat for special occasions with friends. I have never had a bad meal here!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Fat Canary is one of ourThe Fat Canary is one of our favorites in Williamsburg.
The Bar staff is knowledgable & fun. We like the wine list & offering of micro brews.
The small menu offers an excellent selection of seafood, beef and more.
There are always lots of local ingredients incorporated into their dishes.
Dessert & coffe are a must!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWONDERFULCannot say enough about this place! A must-go! They made my birthday so incredibly special. Can't wait to come back again!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMI brought my mother here forI brought my mother here for her 70th birthday, and we couldn't have had a better time. From the time we walked in the door, we were impressed with everything. The food was superb and our server was a true delight.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMOur experience was top-rate.Our experience was top-rate. From the reservations personnel who confirmed our reservation and offered to do a personalized menu for our special occasion to the bar staff as we waited for our table (which was available right on schedule) to the wait staff who were appropriately attentive and interested in our story, everyone at the Fat canary could not have been nicer or more professional. The seafood and tenderloin entrees were all a hit, and the recommended champagne was the perfect compliment.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMMemorable night at the Fat CanaryDinner at the Fat Canary was wonderful. There were friendly smiles when we entered, our waiter was personable and efficient and the food selections were tasty and innovative. The wine list was especially good, lots of wines like Verdicchio, that you don't find on most restaurant's wine lists and moderately priced. It was our anniversary and they printed a menu for us with the date and our names signed by all the associates there. It's also in a lovely setting in downtown Williamsburg near the college. Great area for walking and the Fat Canary fits in quite well. A definite reorder!4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had an outstanding mealWe had an outstanding meal with very attentive staff and excellent service. We ordered the special of the evening (grouper) and certainly were not disappointed. The combination of flavors blended perfectly and was further enhanced by the wine suggestion from the steward. All in all, an especially memorable dining experience. Thank you.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMQuaint and Worth the EffortThe restaurant is small, but worth the effort. Reservations are the only bet. Expect $60 per person + Tip w/o alcoholic beverages or wine.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place was amazing! TookThis place was amazing! Took my wife there for her birthday. The service was outstanding, very attentive but not intrusive. Food was so good and the portions were perfect.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMFood, wine and service wereFood, wine and service were all excellent, which has been the case each time I have eaten here.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food and service.Wonderful food and service. Good alternative/contrast to the colonial taverns. Best four gras I have had. Atttentive and nice service. Can't ask for much more.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent!!We had a wonderful experience at Fat Canary!! The food is excellent, the service was attentive and the scene was delightful! I would highly recommend Fat Canary!!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMEvery time we eat there itEvery time we eat there it is a memorable dining adventure. The menu is crammed full of interesting, and more to the point, delicious entrees. Desserts are a treasure. All this is served by a well informed staff who make everyone very comfortable.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular meal, creativeSpectacular meal, creative menu presented with flair and attention to detail. The house cocktails are well worth hanging out at the bar for.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWe never miss a change toWe never miss a change to have dinner at Fat Canary every time we are visiting in Williamsburg, Va. Everything is always exceptional without fail and we have had dinner there many many times.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMa Wmsbg tradition which excelsfood, service, ambiance, and interaction with everyone were all superb....had the best table in the house. menu items and specials were varied & interesting, and all sounded wonderful. Our selections were executed flawlessly, and the great rapport with maitre d' and waiter made our evening special. Wine was excellent, dessert divine. can't wait to return.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service are veryFood and service are very good but the noise level is high. Due mainly to the bar which is very close to the dining area.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMOUR SPECIAL NIGHTThis was the best restaurant we have eaten at in a long time. The waitress was very friendly and quick to respond to our needs. She made our 20th Wedding Anniversary very special. The food was great and the service fantastic. We are planning on returning very soon. You have to book your reservation early because they book up quick.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond visit and look forwardSecond visit and look forward to our return when next in town.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Best!!In planning our trip to Williamsburg I checked out the reviews on Opentable for several restaurants in Williamsburg including the Fat Canary. The reviews were very positive so we decided to try it. I travel a great deal and typically spend two or three nights in New York City every week. Within the past year I have eaten at many of the best places there including Per Se, Jean Georges, Daniel and many, many others. I am delighted to say that the Fat Canary ranks right up their with them for food. Ambiance and service is more relaxed, but certainly good. I do not know anything about the chef, but if I were Thomas Keller I would be looking to add this gem to my group.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a place at which relationshThis is a place at which relationships are built the minute you walk in through the door. Tom, the owner, ofter greets you, takes you to your table, and shares the latest news with you. From there the service takes over finishing with excellent food and wine. Don't miss this place!4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best of Williamsburg diningFay Canary is one of our 2 favorite restaurants here in Williamsburg. After a debilitating injury, met husband &'I celebrated his birthday at Fat Canary. Our hostess/ waitress /friend, Tink made our evening a delight as always. The rockfish special melded local favors in an ingenious mixture of the sweetness of the fish and the tartness of Brussels sprouts - it worked beautifully. As always Chef Tommy's oysters cannot be beat - anywhere - NYC, DC... An evening at Fat Canary never fails as a special evening.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat experianceWent for anniversary dinner. We got there early and went to sit at the bar, the hostess was very friendly and looked to really enjoy being there(a plus). The bar was full with the exception of two seats that we took. My wife and I had a drink and enjoyed the atmosphere and before we had finished our drinks, our table was ready. the food, atmosphere, drinks, EVERYTHING about this place was 110%. It was pricy, but I expected it to be. I picked The Fat Canary for the food and atmosphere not the bill. I was NOT disappointed and would go there again in a heartbeat!!!!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Fat Canary never disappoints.The Fat Canary never disappoints.
Wonderful food, excellent wine list
and superior service in a comfortable,
not too stuffy setting.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMEvery single dish we had wasEvery single dish we had was perfectly amazing! I loved how they alter any menu item for children. My kids were much happier with a small piece of salmon and a small steak rather than chicken nuggets! Especially memorable was the fresh mozzarella appetizer. You must get this when you go!4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMBest meal everOne of the best meals I have every had! Daily special of grilled rockfish on a bed of brusel sprout leaves sorrounded by grilled scalops.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food, esp. the RibsDelicious food, esp. the Ribs under appetizers. We have a 5 year old who doesn't always sit in his seat, the staff was very friendly and patient. We had a wonderful dinner.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was extremely good,The food was extremely good, well prepared and presented nicely. I do not like to eat some place where I can cook just as good as where I have gone out to eat and that is not the case at Fat Canary. Very original food and very tasty. I would recommend this establishment to others.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGood menu. Food was veryGood menu. Food was very good, service excellent. Dessert was very good also.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMFriendly, welcoming placeFriendly, welcoming place w/ food that was off the charts delicious! A great feel to it as well.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBest food in Williamsburg!Best food in Williamsburg! We're going to move to the area and it is going to be our go to place for sure.3/25/2013 12:00:00 AMCreative, well-prepared food.Creative, well-prepared food. Service is attentive and unhurried. We felt that the wine list was unusually overpriced--even for a fine dining restaurant.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I loved theMy husband and I loved the restaurant but on a Sat. night it would have been tough to have had another couple with us because it was a bit noisy for coversation. I had the best chocolate dessert I have ever had; I loved it.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile already recommendedWhile already recommended to us, the Fat Canary far surpassed out expectations. The service was excellent and the food was off the charts. Highly recommend the lamb shank - one of the best we have had. The sauce and yukon potatoes were seasoned to perfection. Lastly, our waitress was both professional and attending to us without hovering.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I enjoyed aMy husband and I enjoyed a very pleasant Sunday evening dinner recently. The two appetizers we shared were outstanding, and the special of the day (rockfish) and the dessert were very good. The wine was outstanding. The waiter was prompt, polite and informative without being pushy.
Our only comment is that the seating (both on the chairs and on the banquette) is not all that comfortable, and that the tables are very close to each other. If these two things were remedied, then we would also rate this as a wonderful place for a romantic dinner.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous tuna tempura appetizer!!!Fabulous tuna tempura appetizer!!! Out
Of this world !!!!3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you ask they will serveIf you ask they will serve half portions of their fare.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAfter trying to get a reservationAfter trying to get a reservation and time to make it up to Williamsburg to try this place I finally had an 8:30 reservation mid-week and was seated promptly by 8:32. The service was perfect, attentive without being bothersome and they knew the menu very well to include food allergies. The ambiance of the place was great, not loud enough so you cant hear the person you are talking to but not so dim it puts you to sleep, just a lively atmosphere. The food was phenomenal, with a focus on fresh, local, and unique ingredients. The drink menu and wine list are extensive with many different selections. I usually find fault somewhere, but this was one of the best dining experiences I have had.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce you get over the noiseOnce you get over the noise level, this is a great place for fantastic dining. A non-tourist establishment in a tourist/college town.3/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, a perect evening.....casAs always, a perect evening.....casual with extrodinary cuisine and service. As always, Tink sets the standard for professional, knowledgeable, friendly service.3/1/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and service.Excellent food and service. Not a tourist restaurant at all, which is great given that it's in the center of a tourist area. My only negative is the seating which is too close to others. Very much in the style of NYC where you find table next to table. Otherwise, if this doesn't bother you, go for it.1/27/2013 12:00:00 AM