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Fat Canary

4.8
2861 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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 2 days ago

Always a memorable meal here. Delicious appetizers, salads and entrees. Can be crowded and noisy but the food and service is worth it.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful restaurant. Terrific food. Menu is not large but all we ordered was delicious. Lovely cocktails and wine list.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our dinner was very good. My salad was fantastic, but I didn't favor the oysters that much. My husband loved his dinner. This is a distance for us to drive, especially considering the tunnel backup that seems endless every time we take this trip. However, The Fat Canary is always good.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Portions were good and the food was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

This was our second visit to The Fat Canary. The first time, the food was amazing, this time it was mediocre. I ordered the special Halibut with risotto and corn. The fish was flaky and delicious, the corn was sweet, but the risotto was a HUGE disappointment. It was not creamy and was tasteless. It was basically just aborio rice that had not been cooked. The plate was not visually appetizing, since everything was white even though the description tantalized with a chili infused risotto. Our wine pick, De Toren Fusion V, a red blend, was a real gem!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Every bite was amazing and the presentation was beautiful.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Always good - always enjoyable. Server was great.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Really lovely dinner, great service, would highly recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Although I have visited Williamsburg many times, this was my first visit to the Fat Canary, and it was superb. The food was delicious and creatively presented. It was expensive, but is a great place for a special occasion. We celebrated my husband’s birthda6, and it was well worth the price of the meal. I had the salmon and he had the breast of Duck - both entrees were very nicely presented and very well prepared. The dessert, the mousse cake, was simply heaven. Our hats are off to the chef !

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Unquestionably the best restaurant in Williamsburg. Why? Top quality ingredients, superb preparation, Chef Tom Powers at the top of his game leading a fine kitchen staff, and front of the house staff who connect with diners and don't miss a thing. Add very good, fairly priced wine, bar staff that makes superior mixed drinks and you've got a five star experience every time.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Always tops in Williamsburg va if you can find a table. Plan ahead.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Just a great experience: great menu and food, fine service, good wine list and spot on recommendations, nice vibe/ambiance. Happy patron!

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Every visit to Williamsburg has to include a dinner at Fat Canary. For the third straight visit we were lucky enough to have the same server, Neil, who is absolutely outstanding. As always the food was superb, perfectly prepared and presented. Can’t wait until our next visit.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Outstanding food and incomparable service. Server Neil was outstanding. Attention to detail evident in every way. Highly recommend for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Very good food and great wine and cheese shop next door. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Absolutely perfect. Fine dining in Colonial Williamsburg. Impeccable service. Expensive but worth it. If using GPS in your car to get there, be aware you’ll be directed to the “area” not to the precise address (at least that’s what ours did). That’s because the street the restaurant is on is closed to vehicular traffic. Just park where you can and either ask one of the local merchants or use Google maps on foot. You won’t be more than a block or two away.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Outstanding food, competent, attentive service and pleasant dining room with an unobtrusive open kitchen made for such a wonderful meal that we actually called from another restaurant to make a repeat reservation!! Best food in Williamsburg!!

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

First visit there, extremely pleased with everything.
Would definitely recommend and return on future visits

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Salads had way too much dressing. The kitchen needs to learn that less is sometimes more.

Everything else was excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Five Star Dining! The service, personal attention from staff, menu diversity and presentation, ambience, and alcoholic beverage selection were excellent. My only regret was that we visited this fine restaurant on our last night in Williamsburg and could not return.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Outstanding in everywaywe had high expectations and even they were exceeded.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Outstanding Food (Filet and Miso Soup with Scallop) and Service from Trevor!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The food was amazing. We celebrated our 30th Anniversary. They have us a special menu signed by the staff with the date to commemorate it! Staff was wonderful. So glad we went!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Excellent food and service!!!!! Started at the bar and received GREAT service and then had dinner. It was WOW!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The Fat Canary is consistently excellent. It’s our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg. Once again, we celebrated our anniversary here and had a wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

We were seated immediately at a nice table. The patio had opened that evening and we were next to the door for that, so a little distracting. The cocktails were delicious. The staff was very accommodating on some food allergies in our party, suggesting other dishes or coordinating with the kitchen to avoid problems. The delivery of our courses was paced nicely and the food, as always, was delicious. Nice thought to have a special menu with “Happy 21st Anniversary” printed on it, signed by the staff. You just can’t go wrong with this restaurant. It is my absolute favorite in Williamsburg.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great food. Service was great. Staff was happy happy happy.

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Great food and service

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

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 on May 24, 2018

Outstanding service! Superb presentation of delectable food using fresh ingredients. It is a special treat to dine at The Fat Canary. One of our absolute favorites—-we drive 120 miles to savor their cuisine.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Always predictably an elegant dining experience with culinary supremacy in Southeastern Virginia. Very fair pricing for the superior experience. Not only is the chef outstanding and creative, the wait staff is experienced and professional. William, our server, was outstanding.
Of minor note, the guests are from all over the east coast and generally friendly and engaging.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

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 on May 22, 2018

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 on May 22, 2018

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 on May 19, 2018

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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