Fat Canary

4.9
4224 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
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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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was top-notch. The cocktails were beautiful and delicious, the food was outstanding, and the service was attentive without being overbearing.

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BobH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff,especially the young lady at reservations were super.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Prompt, professional service, excellent food, and overall great experience.

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vipPyatachok
Baltimore
213 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first downstairs experience was great. The food was the same tasty and plentiful as upstairs with more options (with exclusion of bread service which is not a problem for us), but the ambiance was more intriguing and intimate particularly in case you are seated in the booth. The service from our waiter Will was outstanding. He was very efficient, friendly and very professional. Once more - Thank you Will! The choices, taste and generous pour of the drinks impresses us every time we dine here. The value was great too, so we have absolutely nothing to "complain about" ; ) and looking forward to the next time "down here".

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous! The staff signed a menu for our anniversary and the service was impeccable. The food was amazing and our overall experience was unforgettable!

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HowardR
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Beef tenderloin cooked exactly as ordered. My sister said pork chop was very good. Jeremy provided excellent service without hovering. Excellent job.

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StephenM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We don't get to Williamsburg often, so this was only our 2nd visit to Fat Canary. Both times, our experience was thoroughly satisfying. The food quality is of the highest standard and the serving sizes are just right - neither too little nor too much. Service (a team concept) is properly paced, friendly and professional. The two of us had oyster stew, mixed salad, rabbit fricassee and beef tenderloin - all were scrumptious. My craft cocktail was well made and generous. Chairs were comfortable, tables adequately spaced for COVID concerns. One word of warning for those with mobility issues - the restrooms are in the basement.

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JRRfromLA
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Oyster stew was amazing --and I don't like Oysters.

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vipForeverallison129
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was FABULOUS! Kevin our server was outstanding! We can’t wait to get back!

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vipRoseF
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it! Always a treat!

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PattiG
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous meal! The scallops dish was one of the best I’ve ever tasted. Everything was perfect right now to the bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
37 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another pleasant evening and dinner at Fat Canary. Our service was outstanding as was the entree’s that we selected. Highly recommend!

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chuckem
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff. A little expensive but well worth it for a great culinary experience.

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Abigail
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every step of this experience was great, from the moment you walk in you know you are going to be taken care of. There is not a single thing that I would not recommend off the menu. Well laid out, open kitchen, fantastic waiters, exquisite wine and food selections. I will be returning and want to experience the wine cellar.

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WilliamC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined at Fat Canary many times. Always been good with great service. Menu changes seasonally. Get reservations early. Very popular.

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LaurenM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were amazing. It is impossible to hear anything of you are seated in one of the center tables, so request a booth if possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive. They made sure I had an excellent birthday. My husband had the lamb shank and I had the guinea fowl. Both were delicious.

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JohnW
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding experience. Drinks were great, waiter wonderful and food just delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to try guineas fowl - it was excellent!
Our server Mazy was great & gave me a birthday card signed by all the staff. A great experience.

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DCRAM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, as always was exceptional. The special of the night turned out to be an incredible meal. But, one of the highlights was our delightful server -Mazen.

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DHE12
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to Fat Canary in almost ten years, and it's at least as good as we remember! We enjoyed a delicious special gathering of family and look forward to our next trip to Williamsburg so we can do it again! Appetizers were truly awesome! Wines by the glass are pretty pricey, but we felt other prices were appropriate for the quality of food and service.

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You are greeted at the door and immediately you feel special. The dining experience is unforgettable. Our 48th Anniversary couldn't been celebrated at a better place.

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vipTommyP
Tampa
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just the best restaurant. The cuisine is clever and delicious - plated beautifully - never anything out of place. Table service is impeccable, warm and friendly. It's always a beautiful dining experience.....except your greeting (actually, lack thereof) at the front door. I don't know what it is - but every time I go to Fat Canary you are met by a dower sour puss. Not just cold, but disdain treating. How they have been able to keep this up for the past 16 years I don't know...hostess after hostess...they don't even acknowledge you when you thank them when you are seated.

Advice, ignore them back and enjoy your meal.

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NicoleF
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice wines by the glass or bottle, personable and just-attentive-enough service from Jeremy, and a pretty room small enough to feel cozy, large enough to be gracious. Guests all appeared to be eating well and enjoying themselves. I know we were.

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Jmpugmom
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

With out a doubt the best meal I had in Williamsburg. Our server and food were outstanding. Worth every penny

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Thirsty
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visitor - lived up to its reputation. Wonderful meal.

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MelissaS
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was delicious. We enjoyed the oyster stew, foie gras, scallop entree and the beef short rib entree.

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phillyshrink
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall the restaurant was a bit disappointing. First off it is very busy and the tables are close together. Not the best for the Covid-conscious. We asked to be moved to a table in the back a bit off to itself. It was also quieter. My wife had the scallops. They were overdone, chewy with little flavor. They also came with kale, not her favorite. She mentioned this to the waiter who assured her it was just a garnish. It was more than that and for her detracted from the dish. I had the short ribs which were very good. I started with the caesar salad, nothing special. We finished with profiteroles and these were possibly the best part of the meal. This feels like an "in" place. Prices on the high side. Portions small. If our meal was at all representative I would say the restaurant is overrated.

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vipWilliamsburgfan
Cleveland
32 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Louis our wait person was so efficient and personable. Very accommodating in letting us customize our dinners. Excellent restaurant all around.

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LUVAXA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put - always the best!!!

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Fraser
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A charming waiter. Perfectly seared scallops. Mousse like a chocolate silk cloud. This was amazing food and great service. The noise level was a bit energetic, but after experiencing eerily quiet restaurants during covid, I take this as an encouraging sign.

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MelanieS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed everything about this restaurant. Thank you for the excellent meal…keep up the great work

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RandiB
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our Anniversary here. The food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food. Best meal by far while visiting Williamsburg. Salmon was perfectly cooked and my lamb shank was falling off the bone

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vipMoss88
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been before and it only gets better with every visit. Top notch on every level.

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DrMGD
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wonderful food. We celebrated last evening our daughter’s birthday there and we could not ask for more.

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vipEmille
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and service. One of our favorite restaurants.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous place. We always eat here when we’re in Williamsburg!

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EmilyR
Savannah
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although expensive, it was the perfect place for our anniversary dinner. The server, Kevin, was amazing. The food was delicious. And they had printed a menu with our names and Happy Anniversary that the staff all signed for us to take home as a souvenir. I highly recommend this place!

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jerseygirl
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beginning to end everything was delicious. Always go there for my birthday dinner and have never been disappointed

FAQs

Fat Canary offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 229-3333.

Fat Canary is rated 4.9 stars by 4224 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.