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Fat Canary

4.8
2830 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - close. During January & February closed on Mondays.
Closed on New Year's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
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Phone number
(757) 229-3333
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Tom Power
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Henry and Boundary Sts
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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5.0Dined a day ago

I believe last night was the Very Best food we have had at the Fat Canary in the 15 Years we have been coming! ( We have had very very good meals ) From the Tuna Tempura Tartar, soft shell crabs and the King Salman to homemade peach sorbet.
Kudos to All !

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding in every aspect of our dining experience. Our waiter (Neal) was personable and informative. The rhythm of the service was just right, not too fast and not too slow. And above all else the food was extraordinary. Took my breath away. I would consider driving to Williamsburg just to eat there again. BTW, I usually never write reviews.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

This is the best restaurant in Williamsburg, bar none. The service is attentive and the food outstanding. I asked for the appetizer soft shell crabs to be presented as my main course and they were excellent. My wife's salmon was tasty and done perfectly to her order. My only negative would be it is noisy in there. I guess that can happen when a restaurant is so popular.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Oh wow! This was my first time here and it was a treat! I had the rock fish with risotto. My friend had the king salmon. We cleaned our plates. And still managed the strawberry sorbet. Everything was so so good!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful wines by the glass offerings. Waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. Table ready at reservation time.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

It was a great anniversary dinner. Our server was great and the food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Fabulous food, service, and ambiance. If I lived in the area - I would make it a favorite go to place. The street it is located on is Colonial Williamsburg and stores all around - plus, the restaurant also has a wine and cheese store next door - you will marvel at the level of taste & perfection from decor to high scale - love it!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Excellent food, service and atmosphere! Have been many times and will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food was expertly prepared, hot and delicious. Waiter very knowledgeable and recommended some great choices. Macadamia nut pie is to die for.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The Fat Canary is consistently outstanding. The food is fantastic with fresh ingredients and high quality. Creative pairings. The service is also terrific. Friendly and attentive but not bothersome or snooty. This is an extremely well done restaurant. They have special touches for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Our favorite restaurant. The food is always exceptional. My fish was perfectly cooked. The dish was creative and delicious. We enjoyed a lovely wine and outstanding service. I am never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and the service was exceptional. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious!

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Great food. However, venue is relatively small with tables very close together and a long open bar area. This makes it impossible for quiet, private conversation.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

My wife and I had a fantastic meal and the waiter was friendly and knowledgeable. The one thing that bothered us was the speed of service. As soon as I put my fork down the plate was removed and the entire was served. Same thing happened as soon as I finished my entire

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Anniversary dinner a few days early. They provided us with a menu wishing us a HA signed by the entire staff. Outstanding food, drink and service. Best scallops I have ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

I asked for a cozy table ,not in between others, I got it! The service was fantastic and the menu with the birthday name on the top was signed by all the employees. It made things special. The cocktails were a+ and the cold cream of asparagus soup was Devine . Loved the entree and triangle chocolate dessert.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Birthday meal
Was received as a birthday boy with my own signed menu
Great meal as always portions need to be shared as they are big

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Our waiter was experienced and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food and service exceptional. Highly recommend and we will return! Wine prices very reasonable.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

A perfect meal. Nothing more can be said. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

My wife and I enjoyed a well prepared meal at Fat Canary. We were seated quickly at an elegant table for two. Our server was knowledgeable and prompt. The food was good and served in a timely fashion. Prices were appropriate for the quality of the food and the restaurant.
Our only disappointment was in the sound level. There was so much carryover from the surrounding conversations that we had to lean over the table to hear each other. It was not because others were talking too loudly. Evidently the room does nothing to muffle sound, which was surprising as the surfaces were not reflective.
It won't prevent us from going to Fat Canary again. We'll just know that quiet conversation between us will take more than the usual effort.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Third visit to Fat Canary. Only place in Williamsburg I would choose for a quality dining experience.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Food and service were great. Best meal we have had in months. Would highly recommend to all of our friends.

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Just spent 6 weeks in Key West with its many excellent restaurants. On the waynorth, detoured to dear old Williamsburg and went back to theFat Canary. Wow. Rxcellentinso many ways. I had the porkchop with appleand onion andgptcheese souffle. Mywife hadtwo appstizers—lobster fettucini and another I can’t remember. All fabulous. Nothing in KeybWest quite reached tgis level.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We've been going to FatCanary since its beginning, especially for special occasions but also to just sit at the bar and visit. This is a 'don't miss' place. From the moment you walk in everything is top class! 😉

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

From start to finish, our dinner experience was top notch. Our waiter was superb and offered great advice. The food and drinks were terrific. We will certainly have dinner at the Fat Canary next time we’re in Williamsburg.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Delicious food! Tenderloin was perfect’

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

As usual the Seared Foie Gras, Hazelnut Toast, Blackberries, Watercress was incredible with the California sparkling Rose by the glass. Fish stands out here on the specials. Duck breast, pork chop or short ribs are actually perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Service remarkable. Food delicious We enjoyed our meal. Pricy but worth it

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Another wonderful evening, beginning with Lynn at the front ready to seat us as soon as we arrived. A new server, for us, did a wonderful job pacing the evening perfectly. Food, as always, was outstanding. Cool, fresh asparagus soup and lobster fettuccine as starters, beef tenderloin and halibut with lemon risotto arancini for entrees with always perfect chocolate mousse cake for dessert. The halibut was outstanding and just the right dish for spring. Thanks Neal for being such a good sport and having a sense of humor too.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The food and the service were amazing. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had the best time celebrating our anniversary. The food was phenomenal! Our server Neal was wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Loved that they offered local wines as well. We have already recommended this restaurant to friends.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

We enjoyed the restaurant very much. I loved my foie gras. Had another appetizer for entrée and it was enough. Good food

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

By fiat the best restaurant in Colonial Williamsburg.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Fat Canary is amazing, highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a good meal! AMAZING entrees.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Terrific evening out! We’ve been wanting to try this restaurant and were not disappointed! The service was outstanding and the food, really, really, fantastic! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

This is a truly fine dinning restaurant. Its in an amazing location in mechants square in Colonial Williamsburg. All of the food we had was really excellent. The bar create great cocktails. They have a very nice wine list including some excellent local Virgina wines.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Absolutely loved the oyster soup!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Birthday was great.
Staff signs a custom menu with your name on it
Halibut was best I ever had
Highly recommend the Fat Canary

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