Fat Canary

4.8
3103 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
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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TB
Houston
1 review
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, attentive server. Same great experience as we had 3 or 4 years ago. This will always be a place we go when in town

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DO
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place combined with perfect ambiance with enjoy wine and food !

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MM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, a great find! The service was wonderful and the combination of tastes in the food was exceptional. We’ll be back many times!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food and service

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VW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for our wedding anniversary. Our server was great, spent plenty of time with us. Food was fantastic: creative, with excellent flavors, cooked perfectly. I had the rabbit fricasse and beef shortribs; my wife had the pork ribs and pork chop. Great drinks too. Highly recommended!

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OF
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic! Fat Canary does not disappoint. We are from out of town,but enjoy visiting Williamsburg and Fat Canary is a must during our visit. Our server,Kate, was attentive, helpful and not overbearing—a perfect combination. The food—I can’t say enough! We shared a Rappahunack fried oyster appetizer which was delicious. Not overdone, fresh and crispy. We had two entrees that we shared. Seared scallops with fresh tomatoes and couscous—done just right. The special of fresh grouper with Carolina shrimp served on a bed of celery root, brussel sprouts and more and topped with a mustard thyme butter was beyond praise. Outstanding! Dessert was the chocolate triangle which appropriately topped off our meal. Very memorable dining experience which I can only savor in my memory until my next visit when I can savor every morsel! Thanks Fat Canary in Williamsburg.

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DD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Fat Canary never disappoints! We started with the house made mozzarella, ham, pesto and heirloom tomatoes. Lovely presentation, very fresh and easily enough for us to share. Our entrees were the king salmon and braised beef short rib. Plates arrived very timely, piping hot, and both were plated beautifully and were delicious. Dessert was a soufflé with grand mariner sauce--positively scrumptious! Service was prompt and cordial without feeling rushed. The Fat Canary is always a treat when we visit Williamsburg.

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JB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Williamsburg restaurant. Reservations are a must. Food, service and wine list are consistently outstanding. Wait staff is attentive and responsive. Food is always perfectly prepared and presented. I had specials of the day (mushroom soup, grouper entree) and my wife had beef short ribs. Cinnamon crepes for desert.

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S
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Top of the list in Williamsburg. Excellent staff, first-class service. Dining room is a bit plain. Some tables are better than others.

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CB
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal. Got the special which was grouper. My wife did too. Cooked to perfection and very warm and flaky. The oyster soup was hot and tasty. Our server, Erika, was polite, attentive, and knowledgeable. Cocktails were full measure. My wife ordered a special cosmopolitan with special directions and the bartender made it to perfection. Wonderful place to go on special occasions. Pricey, but worth it.

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TW
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! Dinner was excellent and our server Neil was phenomenal. They even presented us with a personalized and signed menu for our Anniversary.

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KM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love The Fat Canary. The food is very tasty. The waitstaff is pleasant and responsive. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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f
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went early so we could get to Christmas Town. Our server was attentive and dinner was delicious! Already looking forward to next year’s holiday visit.

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HW
Raleigh
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at the Fat Canary and highly recommend it if you are in the Williamsburg area!!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dinner! The best we have had in a long time!

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SB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A group of friends had dinner here on the first Tuesday of December. Luckily, we had made reservations, as people stopping in had an hour wait or more. The food was excellent. From the beef tenderloin to the salmon and everything in between everyone was happy with their meal. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere was festive without being noisy. All in all it was a delightful evening and everyone agreed we would go again.

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OT
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What can I add to what has already been stated ad nauseam by many others...great!! Food, service, and atmosphere above reproach. Not cheap, but not a ripoff either; in my opinion, a well balanced dining experience. A rare restaurant with a wine store that doubles as a cellar.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant meal we have ever experienced. The food was delicious and the service was great.

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RO
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here probably 12 times. It is (hands down) my favorite restaurant east of Richmond. I love the open kitchen. Waiters are knowledgable and VERY attentive. The food is absolutely fantastic and flavorful. Wish I had 2 stomachs!!

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S
Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

So let's get one thing out of the way, this technically is a fine dining restaurant , however it is attached to a cheese and beer shop that is an institution in the heart of colonial Williamsburg which does a little bit to damage the ambience.
I had a pan seared King Salmon which was quite tasty with basil compound butter served on lentils pistachios a little bit of goat cheese and pickled beets. My companion had a sous-vide duck breast. this was unfortunate as they met the preparation was not listed on the menu so while she was expecting a crispy skin and fat on the breast piece of bird, she was presented with something roughly the texture of offal. The restaurant was very courteous and comped the dish and replaced it with an appetizer size lobster linguine which was fine. Service was quick and very welcoming. This wasn't a bad dining experience but this is really a $20 a plate restaurant passing itself off as a 30 to $35 a plate restaurant because it's in the middle of a tourist trap. I wouldn't recommend that you rush out to this place if you're in colonial Williamsburg but you could do a lot worse.

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b
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not our first visit and it won’t be our last.
It was a effect experience. Delicious food, knowledgeable wait staff and outstanding service.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had such a wonderful, romantic, delicious meal at Fat Canary! The food was outstanding! The staff were fantastic! They even had our favorite wine in the house, a Gewurztraminer! We will definitely be back!

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OT
Charleston
59 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and recommendations. Uniquely creative and tasteful menu selections. Delicious wine selections

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m
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. They called to confirm the reservation and made my wife feel special on her birthday.

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TK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. We both experimented by selecting appetizers of fricassée of rabbit and lobster with fettuccini. Both were excellent! The beef tenderloin entree was so tender and tasteful. We also adventured in our choices of dessert. My husband selected the macadamia nut pie and loved it. I tried the molasses madeleines that included a bit of sweet potato sauce, a scoop of ice cream delicious nuts and a bit of brown sugar. Nummmm! This a place that is intended to be enjoyed.

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We were disappointed in Fat Canary this trip. We’ve been to the restaurant 3 or 4 times previously. It just wasn’t as good as it used to be. Prices were quite high and I don’t think they correlate eighth earnings value.

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J
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meal was excellent as usual. Service likewise was up to the norm. This is truly an outstanding Restaurant.

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F
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us had such a wonderful time! Really great food and atmosphere!

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NJ
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner at Fat Canary. It is located in the middle of Colonial Williamsburg and I didn’t expect to find creative cuisine in a tourist area. What a wonderful surprise. Food and service excellent. If you enjoy good food and visit Williamsburg, a stop here for dinner should be on your schedule.

I had visited the cheese shop, owned by the same people, earlier in the day and purchased a bottle of wine there. They gave me a wonderful recommendation for an Australian Pinot that was inexpensive but yummy. We enjoyed that for pre-dinner cocktails. These folks know their wine and food!

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TO
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was wonderful portions were appropriate Highly recommend it. Our server was delightful. Met all my expectations

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Y
Portland
86 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fat Canary is a gem. From the warm energized staff to the open kitchen filled with skilled, passionate food people you can tell they mean business.

We loved our pork chops, tempura tuna and the veggie option was even scrumptious. Wine list is refined and interesting. Make sure to plan ahead... only complaint is that it was so hard to get into.

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never fails. Service and food are always outstanding.

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JL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Reliably superb dining. We enjoyed dinner with extended family during the Thanksgiving holiday. Service was outstanding. Beef tenderloin was perfectly prepared. The chef was able to modify the scallop dish to accommodate special dietary needs and it was delicious. Two in our party ordered the halibut special and were a bit disappointed. I have had seafood special there before and it was amazing so I think that it was just this particular preparation. We shared one of each dessert; you cannot go wrong with any of them.

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JG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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MC
Mississippi
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food! This is absolutely our favorite special occasion restaurant and has been for quite a few years. Consistently provides an exceptional evening event.

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NT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic experience all the way around! The food and the wine list are outstanding and the service top notch! One of our favorite restaurants anywhere!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fat Canary serves once again a meal that was outstanding. Their selection of cocktails was unique and each one delightful. Food was awesome.

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G
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is still a top 3 eating experience. I went for my anniversary, and they printed a menu congratulating us and the staff signed it. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was amazing. Can't wait to go back.

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fat Canary is a wonderful place to eat in Colonial Williamsburg. The food was amazing and most important to us, the service was excellent! Our waiter made wonderful recommendations and was attentive to our needs. Our courses came in a timely manner. It is a place you are able to have nice conversation with your table mates. It was not too loud. We will be returning to Fat Canary again when we visit Williamsburg!

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DB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creatively done food, reasonable but not overwhelming portions. Service was friendly and efficient. Food does not come out quickly, so if you're in a hurry, may not suit you. But you don't want to rush food this good. A top notch restaurant, probably the best food in Williamsburg.

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