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Fat Canary

4.8
2776 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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3.0Dined 2 days ago

We are stayjng at the Inn and decided to eat
out one nite so we chose Fat Canary. Tables kinda close together for our liking? Service very good. We had Rock fish special ! Ee both liked it very much! Lite broth with veggies ! Very flavorful! Old fashion well made! We would go back but not this trip.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had an excellent meal at Fat Canary this past weekend while we were visiting Williamsburg. I had a cold avocado soup that was "to die for" and beef tenderloin that was excellent as well. My husband and friends were all very happy with our experience there and we would happily go there again for dinner.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great quality food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

I don’t think I can adequately explain how great of an experience we had here. Our server Neil was amazing. He was informative and funny and friendly and made our dinner experience 10x better. The food was AMAZING. There was nothing I can say bad about this experience.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Whenever we make Fat Canary reservations they ask us is this a special occasion? I always say "Coming to the Fat Canary is always a special occasion!"

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

One of the best restaurants in the Richmond/Williamsburg area. Food is great. Service is friendly and quick. Somewhat difficult to have a quiet conversation due to the normal loud conversation as back ground noise. Have been there several times and will continue to enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We had a lovely dinner! Fat Canary was recommended by our B & B host and it did not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Always enjoy going to Fat Canary! They do a great job of recommending menu items and wine. And it is definitely a good place to celebrate a special occasion, as the staff definitely makes a effort to ensure it is a great experience.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The Fat Canary is always the best place to dine in Williamsburg, VA. Other choices on the same road are just order takers , untrained staff lead my a below average Chef\owner. Chef Tommy focuses on getting all the small things right so the large things will take care of themselves. Thank you for an Amazing Anniversary dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fat Canary is by far the BEST restaurant in Williamsburg! My only complaint is that the restaurant area is too small so sometimes it's hard to book a table. There is a market store on the same level & a wine tasting & store downstairs that's huge. I live in DC where there are many fantastic restaurants to choose from & Fat Canary could easily be compared to any of the best here. We all thoroughly enjoyed tuna rolls, soup, salads, Salmon, Rock Fish & Short Ribs.
All of us were sharing our plates & everyone loved all of them. There desserts were also delicious & we really enjoyed celebrating my son's birthday there. Can't wait to go back again!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Inventive, exciting cuisine with a charming atmosphere. Great service and solid wine list.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wow! I have dined at many fine places over the years, and Fat Canary certainly earns a spot at the top of my favorites list! The food, service, ambiance were all spectacular. Local ingredients, a solid beer and wine list, and a fantastic chef and waitress. We enjoyed the Fricassee of Rabbit, Lobster Fettuccine appetizer, Scallops and Short Rib as entrees, and dark chocolate cak for dessert. Williamsburg is a place steeped in history, but it has clearly evolved to include a vibrant market square with new shops and eateries. Needless to say, Fat Canary will be added to restaurants list for every trip to Williamsburg in the future!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Grandson 1st visit to Williamsburg. They created a menu with his name and the entire staff signed it .
Great touch

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We made this reservation while visiting Williamsburg for my husband's belated birthday getaway. This meal was hands down the best meal I have ever had (and I've eaten at many fine places)! I enjoyed the King Salmon and my husband had the pork chop! The service was fantastic and everyone was so friendly and hospitable! We will be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Amazing in every way. Varied and eclectic menu offerings, intriguing side dishes and off the charts delicious dessert! Macadamia nut pie! I recommend the hen with gnocchi. They were so kind to prepare a menu that the staff signed for us! Good food that exceeded our expectations.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

The best restaurant in Williamsburg. Every year on our return trip from Florida we stop in the “Colonial Capital” and the Fat Canary is always on our itinerary. Truly a wonderful dining experience—definitely worth the price!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything was outstanding. No wait time to table, great cocktail.and wine list, wonderful seasonal food and attentive waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

I cannot recommend Fat Canary enough after the wonderful treatment that my fiance and I got during our reservation. The food was wonderful and quick, the staff was fast and friendly but also had a charm to them that you could see that they really care about the establishment. I've non-stop hyped up this place to my friends, colleagues and co-workers; the experience was that great.

To those that took care of us on 3/31, thank you SO MUCH. You helped make an already wonderful day perfect for the two of us and I can already see myself reserving here again for next year.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a great time at Fat Canary celebrating my wife's birthday. Awesome service and fantastic meal!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Exceptional service and food. Loved every moment 🍷

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food and wonderful service. We enjoyed lobster, rabbit, duck and fish - in that order. After dinner, walk around The Cheese Shop, which they also operate. It has been relocated, but is still great. Perhaps the best restaurant in Merchants' Square.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

We were on vacation & read about Fat Canary. We were lucky to get a reservation & were very happy we did. Service was impeccable. The food was delicious and the ambiance delightful. We will go to Fat Canary again when we are in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Fat Canary is a gem! Wonderful food, great service, convenient location. Don't miss it!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The meals we have had there have always been outstanding. Food and presentation are amazing. Staff is very well trained and there without you even knowing they are. The salads are wonderful and you could make a meal out of that with one of their incredible soups! Does get a bit noisy at times, so a quiet table may be hard to come by. We are never disappointed when we dine there.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We LOVED our date night at Fat Canary. The staff was incredibly friendly and attentive. Our drinks, appetizer, entrees, and dessert were absolutely amazing. One person in our party was a vegetarian, and the chef created a delectable plate of meatless options, one more delicious than the next. We highly recommend this restaurant, and we would certainly return in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always an amazing experience! My wife and I’d favorite restaurant in the area!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fat Canary was recommended to us by a business colleague. He said it was a "must" if we were going to Williamsburg. He could not have been more right. We loved this restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. Our waiter helped point us in the right direction on wines and entree selections. I had fresh Rock Fish over a risotto with broccoli and my husband had the free-range guinea fowl with parmesan gnocchi. Both were tender and had great flavor. We shared the dark chocolate mousse triangle desert which, if you're a chocolate lover, you won't want to miss. If you're going to Williamsburg definitely try this restaurant, but call ahead for reservations to make sure you can get in, especially on the weekends.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything was excellent as always. The best restaurant in Williamsburg hands down!!!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Fat Canary is always a treat! Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had wonderful service the food was the best I have ever eaten in my life. Will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Outstanding all the way around. Will continue to go to the Fat Canary and recommend to others with no fear!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We had another fantastic meal at Fat Canary! First, the host staff was outstanding in securing an earlier table for me than I had originally booked. This was incredibly helpful to my family. Our server was attentive to my need to eat gluten free and was able to walk me through the menu and to suggest adjustments to meals as necessary, so that I was able to enjoy a wonderful and safe meal. This is our third time dining at Fat Canary and the food never disappoints. I look forward to our next trip to Williamsburg and another chance to dine here. We even recommended it to some other tourists who were perusing the menu outside the restaurant the next day!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

It was our 35th anniversary and they made an effort to make it special for us. My sous vide duck breast and my wife's pan seared sea scallops were both delicious. The celery soup with roasted salmon belly is splendid as is the manakintowne greens with pears. A new favorite. Very friendly

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

This was our fourth visit and it's the same everytime, in that the food and service are consistently outstanding. There is something for everyone and it will not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Excellent food and service. Good for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Appreciated the special touches during this birthday dinner

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

While visiting Williamsburg on a quick 2 day trip, we decided to try the Fat Canary again (we’d had a bad experience a few years ago - food was undercooked, took a long time to get it back, and an uncaring server and host). This time our experience was 180 degrees different - the food was excellent - very flavorful and professionally prepared. The food was hot when served and properly cooked. Our server Shentel was great - experienced, very friendly, and very helpful when making food and drink suggestions. Some of the best food we’ve had period! We definitely will go back next time we are in the ‘burg and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a real food experience in Williamsburg!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Good food with nice service in a very good location for the Historic District.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My husband and I had dinner at the Fat Canary on Thursday. The food was exquisite. Not only was every bite delicious, but the plates were beautifully presented. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a special night out.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent food , wine list and service by Neil - who was both knowledgeable and engaging. We had a nightly special and Scallops from the menu. Wine was from the featured wines list - an excellent domestic red and a great Chassagne Montrachet - and the pours were quite generous. Altogether a wonderful experience.

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