Fat Canary

4.9
3983 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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.9
service
4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AnthonyS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as always and the service was spot on. I have been dining here for 18+ years and it is always excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the best old fashioned. Their guinea fowl is delicious as is everything there. Not the least expensive place in town, but so worth it. We come here every time we visit colonial Williamsburg.

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Beav
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!

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RuthG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was there when we needed something but not overly so. Our meals were fantastice.

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LisaM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! This is always a favorite when we come to Williamsburg!

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Rozzie
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fat Canary was wonderful as usual. Sadly my granddaughter was under the weather & our server was very helpful.

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Michael
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience2

VASTLY DISSAPOINTED. The food was good, but we will not eat here again. Have never felt so rushed and pushed to eat so quickly in my entire 57 years. There was no pause between courses as the wait staff kept a relentless push, push, push pace to what should have been a pleasant evening. If you’re willing to spend this much, go to Le Jaca instead; the experience - and the food - were spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another 5 Star experience! My wife’s Bday.

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VernonM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our annual stop while heading south and we are never disappointed. Food and server couldn’t have been better.

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ChrisH
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at the Fat Canary. The meal options were imaginative and delicious. My wife had the Guinea Fowl with Gnocchi and I had a wonderful Grouper filet. Our servers were extremely professional and attentive and the restaurant is cozy and a great setting for a meal in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg.

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Parker
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! We had trouble picking between a few dishes. Great service and environment but the food was the best part

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vipnwoods8
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Tenderloin was nothing special, steak fries overdone, portion size of green beans was what you would give a child to make them eat at least a few vegetables. I believe the carrot cake was frozen at onetime; it was very dry.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely love the fat canary. Chef Thomas Powers has one of the absolute best restaurants in America. Shout out to my Phriend Keith Merritt for an exceptional amazing experience. I wish there were only more restaurants in the Hampton Roads area like this one. I try to go up to fat canary once a month with my girlfriend and it is our favorite place to eat and drink. We look forward to our reservations every month. The fact that the chef owner is there on a Sunday night is very impressive and shows his dedication and commitment. The consistency and exceptional quality of the food and drinks is without parallel. I look forward to many more endeavors here in the future. Hats off and congratulations for a job well don’t.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in the region!

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vipCynthiaG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and experience. Service was great. Scallops were amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fat Canary never disappoints. What a delicious meal and fantastic experience!

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vipLindsayM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food - server was outstanding as well!

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ChristineM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual. Our waiter Brandon was knowledgeable and overall provided excellent service. They did a great job maintaining ambiance but also ensuring a safe dining environment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Norfolk
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu and wine selection. Interesting cocktails. Food preparation and presentation excellent. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. My partner and I left extremely satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fantastic experience at this Williamsburg gem! Excellent dinner prepared by the kitchen staff and compliments to the bar for continued excellent service.

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vipJimR
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect evening at Fat Canary- potato leek soup and lemon lobster fettuccine for appetizers, pork chop and the rockfish special with shrimp fried rice (a new favorite) for the main course and a Valentine inspired dessert with raspberry mousse (a perfect ending). As usual, service was outstanding- thanks Tanya and Keith for making sure Col Crayon had his coloring materials. We will be back soon, no matter how long masks are required- you are doing everything right!

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vipHappy
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is by far our best special event place in Williamsburg. Pandemic or not, super service, great menu variety. Friendly and welcoming staff, well stocked bar, it has everything! Thank you! Celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this week, they printed a custom commemorative menu for us! Just a great experience all around.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gat Canary never disappoints .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to The Fat Canary. Tonight was unusual in that we were seated much later than our reservation time (about 25 minutes later) just because tables just weren’t leaving. We could tell the staff was hyper aware of our delay and they made a point to keep us informed that they hadn’t forgotten about us. Finally when we were seated they offered us complimentary cocktails AND a complimentary bowl of leek and lobster soup for each of us for our patience. That was a really nice touch. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and as always, will be back.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for up scale dining. Some food here, is found only here. Been going here since 2003. 5 star. Tom is a great cook. And Dave makes the greatest Martini.

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vipTomB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greatest restaurant in Williamsburg
Tom is creative and delivers unique entrees
Halibut is usually a special; incredible!!
A must stop

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to town for a little getaway weekend. Made reservations and was super pleased. Our server was awesome. Very knowledgeable and very helpful. They had some specials that spoke to us and changed our decisions. I had the rock fish special which was awesome. Drinks and ambiance were awesome even during COVID restrictions. Must visit! Cheers

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vipruss
Wilmington
93 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were extremely impressed with the Fat Canary. The service was excellent, the food outstanding, and we highly recommend this special restaurant to anyone who is interested in fine dining.

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RitaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb and Tenderloin were both fabulous. We loved every bite of our appetizers (rabbit fricasse and fois gras) entrees and dessert (mouse and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.) Beautiful presentation. Timely service - never rushed nor waiting. GO!

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vipHarryB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Love those pork chops.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our experience. Food and drink was spin on. Be ready to pay a little more but it’s worth it.

JT
JonathanT
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wife’s birthday

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely in every way! Thank you!

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vipVBdiner
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have lived at the beach for over 30 years and have been traveling to Williamsburg to eat at Fat Canary since it opened. We make the trip because more than any other restaurant in Hampton Roads it has maintained standards of excellence and consistency every time we eat there. The food is always imaginative and superb. It’s expensive but worth it every time.

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Goodfood
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our fifth time dining here and it’s been amazing every time. I really have nothing negative to say about the food, service, or overall experience.

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vipcarollv
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We returned to Fat Canary the week after we first visited! Amazing again. We had the pork chop scallops and a delicious starter salad. Bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and some terrific port after dinner/ We'll be back!

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Hals
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding as usual

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JeffP
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Personalized menu for my wife’s birthday signed by the staff is a nice touch! One of our favorite restaurants when we visit Colonial Williamsburg!

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. Very professional and the food was great!

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vipcarollv
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance. Our server Brandon. The food. All were stellar! CODID distancing was also very good. I enjoyed the pork chop (best of my life....ever). After a terrific meal we enjoyed a tawny port flight which was also memorable, We are visiting for 2 weeks and will definitely by back!!

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Fat Canary is rated 4.9 stars by 3983 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.