Fat Canary
Fat Canary

Fat Canary

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Fat Canary reviews from OpenTable diners
248 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (194)special occasion (190)romantic (109)notable wine list (106)neighborhood gem (101)hot spot (55)great for outdoor dining (36)vibrant bar scene (28)good for groups (18)late-night find (9)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)great for brunch (3)Show More
  • Our waitress was a jem, good information on menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    This is a must if you are looking to make memories, enjoy good food and wine in a relaxing, warm and pleasant environment. While the place is busy it happens with grace like a dance with the staff working as a team and enjoying what they do. We loved it and wanted to return before leaving the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a special occasion.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Surprised a friend for a belated birthday dinner. Great atmosphere and wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Great place. Excellent food and personal service. Look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals I have had..grouper/risotto.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Wish I lived closer, would be a regular. The food and service was amazing. Nice personalized bday menu and chocolate dessert w/a candle was decadent. Have been raving about that mozzarella appetizer, too..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    DCFoodGirl
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have dined here 2-3 times per year for the past six years. It never disappoints. Wonderful regular food on the menu plus always a few specials. This time they had white truffles over fettuccine for a starter. Attentive service. Creative cocktails. The best restaurant in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The service was great. The grouper special was incredible. It's the best meal I have had in recent memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    Fairfax
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    In a city with a lot of good restaurants, the Fat Canary is one of the best. The food is superb and the service is the best you can find anywhere. I went there with my wife for her birthday and they always make a special occasion truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and atmosphere
    wannabefoodies
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Our food was great. Expertly preparedand served meals. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special night out
    YUMMY
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Super friendly staff, very knowledgable about the food and menu. Food is always delicious and very accommodating to food allergies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Bird
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    As tourists in Williamsburg, we were delighted that we selected the Fat Canary based on reviews alone. Top notch from beginning to end: the cheerful gal who called to confirm our reservation, the perfect corner booth, the interesting menu and reasonable wine list, the better than anticipated delicious meal up to the grand finale---dessert consisting of an absolutely fabulous macadamia tart and a candle adorned birthday chocolate delight. The staff, most especially our waiter, were attentive yet unobtrusive. The birthday 'boy' received a menu autographed by the entire staff which we will save as a remembrance of a lovely evening. We would return in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    shugbyVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I can't remember the last time I had such a delicious dinner! The filet was cooked to perfection and was tender and tasty. A must for dinner in Williamsburg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We visit Fat Canary whenever our travels take us to Williamsburg, and it never disappoints. Great food, nicely prepared and presented, good sized portions. It can get loud as tables are close together, but tune out your neighbors and enjoy the fare. Good location in downtown near the historic district. Treat yourself to a meal here. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returning Customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Have been to the Fat Canary at leat six (6) times and have enjoyed ourselves each time. They change the menu with the seasons which allows for diversification and variety. It is sometimes challanging to make a choice, although their menu in not that populated. Excellent Wine selection with respectable pricing. Will definately visit the Fat Canary in the future. Thank you for an enjoyable evening. MartyG
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barb
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    great food and service, you will not be disapointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This canary can really sing
    matinee
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We had heard Fat Canary was one of the best in Williamsburg. It is certainly one of the best I've been to. Wonderful ambiance--casual but elegant. Our server was conscientious and very warm. It seems this place caters more to locals than tourists and that just adds to the charm. I had excellent fried oysters with a tangy sauce and a crisp batter, followed by a lamb shank that was perfectly cooked. Two minor nibbles--the food came out a bit too hot (maybe under the warming lamps too long) and there was a bit too much sauce on the lamb for my taste. We are thinking of moving to Williamsburg for retirement and this will clearly be our local hangout if we do.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best meal of our trip
    travelqueen
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Our experience at fat canary was wonderful. The butternut squash soup was delicious, along with everything else. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. We sat at a cozy booth,which enhanced the experience. Would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Delicious food and great service! I would recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Delightful dinner here on Sunday evening. The chef is one of the most creative in the area. Everything from the kitchen is delicious and offers a little creative twist involving food combinations, seasonings, etc. The dessert chef has created toasted marshmallow ice cream which is also unusual and delicious. I was a little reluctant to order it but after tasting it my only concern is that they willl not have it every time I return. This restaurant is truly a gem.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Great Wines
    ternan
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Or favorite Williamsburg restaurant for special occasions and to entertain guests. Always dependably great food, service and wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Williamsburg
    projectgoboyVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    My wife and I dine here 2-3 times a year. Because of that, price is not a factor. The only thing you need to think about while dining here is how perfectly produced each course will be, because they are. Their fish special/creation of the day on the chalk board is really all you need to order here to get a great experience, it's clockwork good and always prepared differently. This time it was Grouper with potatoes, brussels, sausage, shrimp and mushrooms. Their salads are great, as well as the appetizers - particularly the Rabbit and Lobster pasta choices. You can also purchase any wine from the wine cellar downstairs and have it with dinner for a corkage fee of $10. There are a few gems down there, so be sure to check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXcellent Seafood
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our table had the scallops, which were perfectly prepared, plus one diner took the halibut special--pricey but excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Texasflyer
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    My wife and friends have dined here a number of times and it has always been a great night out. Food, wine and cocktails are always super. On this occasion we hosted another couple from New Jersey who are foodies and wine lovers. The night started with the fabulous Lynn greeting and seating us. Our Server, Nick, was perfect; never rushing us but always there when we needed him. And ended with a visit from Tommy, the executive Chef. All the food was outstanding. We had a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    DiningWilsons
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This was an absolute lovely dinner outing. The food was delicious; and the choices all sounded superb. Our waiter very attentive and all the staff made our anniversary dinner special, starting with our personalized menu. So nice...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Canary
    shangrila
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first visit and the food was all and more than we expected in quality and taste. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu, Will definitely come back on our next stay in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday celebration
    Jean
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were travelling in the area from England and needed a restaurant to celebrate my husbands 70th birthday. Booking ahead was easy and a reminder just before meant that I was assured a table. The food was excellent and all the staff very responsive. Our waiter was good - attentive when needed, but always in the background. Would certainly recommend this restaurant and would not consider it over expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    First trip was to bring my husband after a 9 month deployment. Best dinner choice we could have made! It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Must Try
    HiSee
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Thank you for always having great food and great service. Always, your restaurant is a great place to celebrate a special occasion or just to have a great dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • little $$$
    johnnyboy
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food was great service was great----pricing not so great. Pricing has always been a little over the top. We have been going to the Fat Canary since it has opened, but not as much as other restaurants in Williamsburg. It is because of the pricing. Still the food and service are good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Colonial Williamsburg proximity
    Saradee
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was a lovely restaurant within very close proximity of the Colonial Williamsburg historic area. The food was very good, but the wine list was not very good. The tables were a little close together for our liking. Our waiter was good, but not as attentive as we would have liked. Maybe they were a little short staffed? My soda was taken away for a refill but never returned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great restaurant, that's not in many of the guide books. Enjoyed the food, ambiance and service. Our waitress was attentive, humorous and efficient. The salads were very fresh, great presentation. Our group had scallops, salmon and duck, all were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but quite pricey.
    60something
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Menu is limited so you have to check it out in advance to see if what is on the menu suits your taste. You're going to pay a lot, so you want something you will enjoy. Night we were there with another couple restaurant was pretty noisy. Hard to have quiet conversation. On the other hand, our server was polite, friendly, and quite attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Williamsburg Birthday
    tripchairman
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My Wife took me to the Fat Canary as the penultimate part of a 3 day birthday observance. They provided excellent reception, drinks and menu choices. I thought it was an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Canary
    simplebutexciting
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Nice place, a little noisy and pricey. Definitely not romantic or cozy. Very upscale restaurant. I would suggest if you are not familiar with the dishes ask for a sample or a picture. If first time ask what they recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great ambiance
    montrealcanuck
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    good restaurant and great atmosphere. my duck was pink,a little more cooked than I would have liked .it is cooked sous-vide and then seared so difficult to serve rare. also had a little bag made of something or other with dried out confit inside which was actually unnessary for the plate.the other accompaniments were good.my wife's acallops were excellent as were the openers
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Place To Be
    DigiDiner
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Everything about our evening here was perfect, from the greeting at the door to the service to the wonderful food. While the tables were all filled, The noisiness just made it seem to be "where it was happening."
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite destination restaurant
    ronH
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Love to come here for a great dinner, and while I am in the area there is Williamsburg.Great location, Virginia wines, interesting menu without being too eclectic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Choice in Williamstown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We were visiting from Boston and were intrigued by the excellent reviews on both Open Table and Trip Advisor, all justified and more. The menu was a treat, so many interesting choices and flavor combinations, it was hard to choose. The meal was at such a high level, fresh and local ingredients, beautiful presentation, wonderful service, all in all a hard to beat experience, thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    crablover
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food, drinks and service were superb! We had an excellent meal to celebrate a getaway weekend for two. Highly recommend the Fat Canary!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    GoodOleSteve
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My wife and I went here for our 26th wedding anniversary. It was cozy, romantic, and the service was outstanding. The best feature was, of course, the food. Prepared perfectly and served attractively, the meals were spot on and memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as always
    Robert
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent food, wine, and service. Always a favorite of ours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.