Fat Canary

4.9
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Fat Canary is closed for right now but don't worry we will be back as soon as it is deemed safe for our guests and staff. We WILL keep our social media updated. E-gift cards are still available on our website! Thank you all for coming out the last couple of days and THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YEARS OF SUPPORT!!! WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS AND COMMUNITY! See you soon!!

This high-energy bistro took over as Williamsburg's best restaurant as soon as it opened in 2003. The sophisticated but relaxed dining room has an open kitchen, which uses fresh, local ingredients for its creative American fare. The dining bar and seasonal outdoor patio seating are on a first come basis. Reservations for the dining room are recommended and may be made up to 2 months in advance. Open daily for dinner, a hostess is available during the day to take reservations.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fabulous experience. There to celebrate My birthday. Always worth the 3 Hour drive!!

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! The service excellent! We will definitely be back!

s
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks absolutely perfect. Loved it.

G
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Fat Canary many times as I travel to and through Williamsburg. It never disappoints. The cold cucumber soup with grouper ceviche was outstanding!!

DC
Fayetteville
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food but took forever to come

HD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food was delicious and our waitress was friendly, but it took almost an hour for our entrees to come out after finishing our soups. No explanation was given and we didn’t complain. This was our first visit and needless to say we were disappointed as it fell short of what we expected.

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service! We recommend that you always take a strong look at the specials, they are usually outstanding. Also, ask for Will to be your server, he is awesome and always takes care of us perfectly.

AA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Mr. Will Gonzales assisted us throughout the meal and went above and beyond to ensure we were well cared for. An exemplary experience!

TC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I would definitely return.

D
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about it is always outstanding.

RS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal & wonderful service. The Blood Orange Martini was amazing.

TH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb meal. Great service. If you havent been you should get there.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding....as always! Great service. Great meal. Great time.

G
New England
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The booth seats are too close together so it was difficult to hear conversation. The food was very good but over seasoned vegetables. The wait staff were outstanding and very very helpful

VD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fat Canary never disappoints. It was quieter than we remember it being in years gone by; maybe they did some acoustical adjustments but still in the dining area was pleasant.

Short ribs were great; I got the quail which was tasty despite the fact that the 2 quails on my plate are about the size of my granddaughter's palm. Still it was good. Appetizers were really good.

Overall, the Fat Canary is a dining event for us; we go there every time we are in the Williamsburg area.

CE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was creative and delicious. Service was attentive. No complaints.

TK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stupendous!! The Grouper special, the scallops, and the beef tenderloin were all perfect. The oyster stew and Manakintowne pear salad were just right. The desserts of cinnamon crepes , madeleines and ice cream special were perfect endings to delightful meals.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server described the specials in such great detail that I change my plan from ordering from the menu and order the soup and dinner that was featured that night. I was so pleased with my choice!

It was the perfect place to spend our anniversary, and they made it special with attention to every detail.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was just amazing

CM
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best birthday dinner!

GB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for a special occasion. Staff was wonderful and kind. They even called in advance to see what needs we might have before arrival. Very nice touch. And the food was very good. But overall price was extremely high for this area. Not a place we can go to very often.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! They had a Wagyu steak entree special and it was phenomenal.

OT
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third time. Excellent each time. Very consistent food quality which is my most important criteria. Service has always been friendly and attentive without been obnoxious. Best restaurant in Williamsburg probably extending to Richmond as well.

K
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, our dinner at Fat Canary was innovative and delicious! Great Birthday celebration dinner and look forward to going back again soon!

JT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I really enjoyed it, the food was amazing I had the pork chops and my wife had the quail the soup was amazing as well..

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant in Williamsburg. Maybe even the entire commonwealth of Virginia. The Fat Canary is an *always* for our trips to Williamsburg. Could not recommend it any higher. The food, and service, have never been anything less than fantastic.

LM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal with attentive wait staff. Everything we ordered was delicious but the cauliflower soup special and the madelines for dessert were particularly memorable. We had a cozy table in the window.

RS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner!! They really took great care of us for my wife's birthday. We will be back as often as possible!

b
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best. The food is unbelievable and the service is great!

DO
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and outstanding service! Love that restaurant.

GB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at The Fat Canary and it was spectacular :)

ET
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the meal and the service were beyond compare. The halibut was so tender and tasty. The tenderloin was so tender, my wife hummed while she ate. The service is excellent— attentive but not intrusive. We are so satisfied whenever we leave the Fat Canary.

OT
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fine dining experience at Fat Canary. It is difficult to top this restaurant in the Williamsburg area. Always a pleasure to bring someone from out of town to experience their quality.

OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Fat Canary. We travel from northern Maryland to eat here once a year and it never disappoints!

GF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak my husband ever had. Worth the price! Great service and the staff even signed a menu wishing us a happy anniversary. Definitely recommend for a special date night!

VB
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always wonderful...however a bit noisier than usual

AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food. It’s on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. Every time I’ve been there it’s been incredible.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Would definitely visit again. Service was outstanding.

JC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service. Rockfish was best ever! Will certainly go again. Table next to kitchen was very loud.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fat Canary is probably our favorite restaurant in the US! The chefs are the best - such creativity. :)