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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Fat Canary reviews from OpenTable diners
237 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
99% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (186)fit for foodies (179)romantic (106)neighborhood gem (102)notable wine list (102)hot spot (43)great for outdoor dining (33)vibrant bar scene (24)good for groups (19)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A SPECIAL TREAT
    Hulsie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have returned to Fat Canary every time we are in Williamsburg for a William and Mary event or as we pass through Williamsburg on our way to OuterBanks. It never disappoints us. This time, our special waitress Tinkerbell aka Tink made it even more fun. As always, the food was fabulous. We were with 4 friends who live in Williamsburg and don't often get to the Fat Canary. We all loved our meals and had a wonderful time visiting and catching up. The staff was responsive and didn't rush us as we dawdled at the end, not really anxious to end the experience. Kudos! Many restaurants I have loved over the years lose their edge over time. The Fat Canary still has it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Really interesting menu selection. Our waitress was exceptionally pleasant. I would definitely go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Canary never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We visit Williamsburg about once a year and we alway visit the Fat Canary. The staff is so friendly and helpful and the food is alway very good. I had the Pork Chop which was plentiful and full of flavor. My wife had seared scallops which were tender and tasty and a good size portion. I feel like Fat Canary is one of my "hometown" spots to dine. I recommend it to my circle of friends who also travel to Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fat Canary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    My wife's pork chops and my lamb shanks were wonderfully done. The flourless chocolate mousse dessert was great.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible food and wine
    SuzanneVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We dined at Fat Canary with a large party (6) -- all of us wine drinkers and self-proclaimed foodies. The entire dining experience was wonderful. Fun and friendly waiter (sadly, I cannot remember his name) did a wonderful job, made great suggestions and helped ensure we had an overall fabulous evening. Will definitely put Fat Canary on the schedule next time we are in Williamsburg!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    cer24
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My husband and I dined here for our mini-moon, when they called to confirm our reservation they asked if we were coming for a special occasion. They made a special menu with our a congratulations to us as newlyweds and had the entire staff sign it; they also gave it to us to keep after our meal. The food was absolutely amazing and the whole experience was excellent. I highly recommend the Fat Canary!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the best
    redzin99VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Great food, interesting menu, intriguing presentation, dedicated service....Fat Canary consistently delivers a fine dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food!!!
    sdigl
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Not first time @ Fat Canary, but the quality of their food offering amazes each time. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The Canary is always an outstanding experience. We visit Colonial Williamsburg once or twice every year. We always plan our visit around our Canary reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Occasional Visitor to Fat Canary
    likegoodfood
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Whenever we make a weekend getaway trip to Williamsburg, we make sure we reserve a table at the Fat Canary for dinner. The food is always wonderful, the atmosphere is just right for a romantic dinner for two or conversation with a small group for dinner, and the service is impeccable. The prices are moderate but not exorbitant and worth every penny for a memorable dining experience. I always recommend the Fat Canary to people I meet while in Williamsburg or those I know making a trip to the area. Make reservations ahead of time because, well, with food and service this good, they book up fast. That in itself should be an indication of the quality of the Fat Canary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Klsud
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food is cooked to perfection. I always look forward to my annual shopping trip and dinner at the Fat Canary. Best meal all year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, unfussy, friendly
    Foodislove
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    What a treat! We were greeted by name upon arrival, and handed a menu that had been specially printed with anniversary wishes, and signed by all the restaurant staff. The waitress, Paula, was attentive without hovering; knowledgeable about the dishes and the wine list; friendly without gushing. The food was very good: layers of flavor, using the freshest ingredients and cooked to perfection, but not fussy. We were the youngest people eating there that evening, but if you're looking for a party scene, you're probably looking elsewhere for your celebration! My husband and I enjoyed the Fat Canary very much, and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion. We're looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Special Attention
    SkylarsMomVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Made a reservation and got a phone call asking if we were celebrating a special occasion. EVERYONE wished me a happy birthday and my menu was printed with my name and EVERYONE personally signed it. I happened to mention on the phone that I had food allergies ... this was reviewed with the chef, they called me back to make sure they were handling it correctly, and I spoke with the chef on the phone. One could not have asked for more special attention!!! My husband LOVED his food. On the expensive side, but for a special occasion definitely worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in all regards!
    Legal1
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Dinner could not have been better! Outstanding hospitality and gracious service from first moment thru the door. Evening dinner specials wer off the charts....Grouper with crab topping, better than any had locally in Florida! Not a large venue, and virtually all the patrons seemed to genuinely be enjoying the moment. Has been some time since I've dined in Williamsburg, but Fat Canary tops the list, bar-none!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unusual bad night
    JackVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Even a great restaurant has an off night and that was the case this evening at Fat Canary. On a 3 night visit to Williamsburg we cancelled previous dinner reservations to have a second meal here. FC had a bad night. My wife's lobster appetizer was tough, salty and chewy and her scallop entre was so salty that she couldn't eat it. My pork chop was also very salty and tough. Our server, Nicholas, did what he could to salvage the situation (free coffee and a dessert), but, the damage was done as our last evening in town was ruined.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great meal
    DukeVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Over the last 4 years, we have had the pleasure of eating at Fat Canary over 20 times. Each and every time the food, service, and ambiance are fantastic. Would not go to Williamsburg without a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the travel
    JackVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We travel many hours to visit Williamsburg and key to our scheduling is our reservation at the Fat Canary. My wife's appetizer, a fresh green salad with fabulous figs was awesome. Her beef tenderloin was perfect. My lamb shank was extraordinary. The entire experience was fantastic especially coming at the end of a 7 hour drive. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent in every way
    pat451
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This was probably one of our top all time meals. The Fat Canary is a terrific restaurant that shouldn't be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    Colete
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My husband and I came to Williamsburg for our 3rd Anniversary and went to Fat Canary because of the wonderful reviews we read online. It meet our expectations and then some. The staff was exceptionally courteous/ kind. They even sat us 15 minutes early because we had arrived earlier than expected. They also gave us copy of the menu inscribed with our names for us to keep to remember the occasion. The wait staff were also wonderful. The drinks of water and tea were always full, and anytime a plate was finished it was whisked away. The food we expected to be exceptional and it was. Fresh ingredients combined in unexpected ways made it one of the best meals I've had in my adult life. I would highly recommend Fat Canary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive!
    Gabi
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Amazing experience for those looking for fine food. World class dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    toodles
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We treated friends here for dinner as we have done previously when we visit Williamsburg. It lived up to expectations and more - always excellent. My husband had the duck which he said was great and the other three entrees were equally well prepared and delicious. Salads were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My wife and I went to Fat Canary for our anniversary dinner, on a recommendation from a friend. Everything was excellent; food, service and environment. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    WilmFT
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The food was amazing - but a little expensive. The wine list might be good for wine aficionados but it was a little intimidating for casual drinkers and made it hard to fine a glass. Our server was Tink and she was honestly the best server we have had at any restaurant ever. The only real complaint is that the restaurant is a little noisy. Overall highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    LuluVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were celebratingy husbands birthday. From the minute we walked through the door and were greeted like old friends, he was given a personalized menu signed by all the staff, to the wonderful waitress who took our picture we were delighted. Thank you Fat Canary I hope we can go back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    we try to get to the Fat Canary once a year in October, great food and staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    Denver
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We went for my wife's birthday while visiting Williamsburg and found a real gem. The food was outstanding and so was the service. We enjoyed the fish special and the duck breast and the wonderful wine selection. We plan to return on our next visit to Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Reletively small restaurant with slightly crowded seating. Reservation made weeks in advance, worst table in the place, directly adjacent to the open kitchen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never. Disappoints!
    ooftie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Fourth dinner here in last few years. Celebrated 36 anniversary this time. Everything was unrushed. Service was perfect. Menu is not huge but there are some very unique dishes without being "arty" & trendy. From appetizers, salads, to entrees everything was delicious. But make sure to leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    JohnKVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I took my wife to the Fat Canary for her birthday hoping it would be special - and it was. Food was great, and service was top notch. We are traveling so we won't have an opportunity to eat there again, but certainaly would if we lived in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it!
    Scooter
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Recommended by our hotel and we couldn't have been happier. Both the food and service was great - a local find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Restaurant in Williamsburg VA
    foodguruVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went here because of the amazing reviews they got and it was all well deserved. Partly because our waitress, Tinkerbell (yep that's her name!), gave us Michelin star service with our outstanding meal and made us feel like royalty on our anniversary. She's been with the restaurant since the beginning and it shows in the way she explains the dishes. We highly recommend this restaurant if you visit Williamsburg, VA and you must ask to sit in her section if you want the ultimate experience. You will be thanking us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Sammy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have been to the Fat Canary a couple of times and the food and service has always been great. The staff has made our anniversary very special! The staff all congratulated us and were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of vacation
    WorldWanderers
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Best meal of our 3 week US vacation. Friendly & knowledgeable service. Superb food and the best chocolate dessert we've ever had. Handy for Colonial Williamsburg. Highly Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our very favorite dining experience. We live in the Washington, D.C. area but travel to Williamsburg to visit our daughter at college. We are always pleased with the food and service and can't wait to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Returning3x
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have been here twice in last month. Both times for special occasions with our son. Food is great. The hostess very pleasant and happy to see us. Service quick and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    FatCanary
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Appetizer fricassee of rabbit...Yummo!! My wife had the free-range guinea fowl & I had the duck breast. Both were absolutely wonderful. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, pleasant, clean & professional. Darcy you are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oasis of Constancy
    Chip
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My choice of dining whenever in Williamsburg. Intelligent conversation with the bartenders while enjoying a nicely poured libation, pleasant and knowledgable waitstaff, and food that never disappoints- why look anywhere else? There are several other solid choices in town and they only come to mind if I can't get a table at The Fat Canary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Gail
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    You will not be sorry you tried this excellent restaurant. It's pricey but worth every penny!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SNC1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food, decor and service are outstanding, always a memorable meal. From appetizer to dessert it's a wonderful experience. My only criticism is the noise level is high, a little too high for easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Small quaint restaurant
    TravelgemsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Small quaint restaurant in the center of Williamsburg. Food was excellent though the restaurant was very noisy... Not that anything could be done to avoid this. A definite go to in the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate