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Fat Canary

4.9
4.9
4459 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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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 229-3333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tom Power

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Cross street

    Between S. Henry & Boundary & Francis Streets

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,459 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Contemporary American

  • Williamsburg

    Best Overall

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Value

  • Williamsburg

    Innovative

  • Williamsburg

    Neighborhood gem

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and attentive personnel!
  2. UV

    UVAfoodie

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always like to celebrate our family birthdays here and this visit was exceptional. We had a large group, and the service and food were excellent. Everyone's meals were prepared as requested. From the personalized menus signed by all the staff to the candles on the desserts, they made us feel welcome and special.
  3. L

    Letseat

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding good and service!
  4. KM

    KathleenM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We’ve always loved our dining experience here and we go out of our way to come. . But this time was a huge disappointment. The favorite fois grois was just shrunken portion of its former self, a few tiny overcooked pieces. The rest of the meal mediocre although the glass of cab was exceptional. Hard to recommend at this point.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Halibut special offered on the evening we visited was one of our favorite meals in years. The combination of ingredients made for a perfect complement to the halibut. Of course, the service was outstanding as usual. The wines offered by the glass also complemented the entrees. Another memorable evening at the Fat Canary.
  6. DA

    DALEA

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service. By far one of the very best restaurants in Williamsburg.
  7. TM

    TanyaM

    Baltimore

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was one of the many many visits to this great restaurant over the years. But this experience was really OUTSTANDING in all aspects of dining. The food was OUT OF THIS WORLD TASTY and PLANTIFUL. And the service provided by Kevin was just UNBELIEVABLY PLEASANT, PROFESSIONAL and EFFICIENT. THANK YOU Kevin for making this evening bright and exiting. Though we order mostly the same favorite dishes every time, somehow this dinner felt very special for us gratefully to the whole team and especially Kevin. Big thank you to everyone. We are looking forward to out next visit hopefully soon.
  8. B

    Bew2

    San Luis Potosi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal, wonderful service! Overall a memorable experience!
  9. MS

    MarkS

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is true fine dining in Williamsburg. The dishes are creative with spectacular presentation and are absolutely delicious. Prices are more than reasonable for the quality.
  10. KR

    KimR

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!
  11. YF

    YorktownFoodies

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tommy & staff are always on top of their game! Our server Cat was great, very attentive without ever being intrusive. The food was delicious as always. It was great seeing you again Tom!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience…Thank You!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service.
  14. RM

    RyanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Fat Canary dining experience totally exceeded our expectations. We had a wonderful meal and overall fantastic experience. We will be back again.
  15. R

    Rckon

    Richmond

    167 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    167 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was perfect! My filet was a great steak. Cooked perfectly with a burgundy sauce that worked well. My wife had the pork chop which she enjoyed! Our server Kevin is as good as it gets. Always a fantastic experience!
  16. JS

    JenS

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and a reasonable price for a high end restaurant. A bottle of wine, one appetizer, 2 entrees, one dessert for $200. My only complaint is that the the tables were rather close together (no room for a wine bucket next to the table) and quite small (had to remove the small bread basket when the appetizer arrived). The noise level was loud, but did not hinder conversation.
  17. G

    Goodfood

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always. Top notch food, atmosphere, and service. Fat Canary doesn’t miss; I’ve yet to have a bad experience.
  18. HA

    HALH

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, a wonderful dining experience. The pork chop is "to die for"
  19. GF

    GoochlandFamily

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a great evening at The Fat Canary! Thanks’
  20. L

    Ladies

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Overall food was good. We questioned whether the special was frozen fish as it was dry and tough, however the surrounding accompaniments were very good. Server seemed rushed and stressed but very polite.
  21. AB

    AB320

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great in every way. Wonderful casual, ambience!
  22. AK

    AKcon

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful as always. We don’t get to Williamsburg very often but when we know we are coming we always make a reservation early because it is so good!!
  23. TC

    TomasC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The only thing is that the bathroom could be a tad bit cleaner. But overall it was good. The food was good the drinks where good as well and the dessert.
  24. SB

    StephanieB

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We dine at the FC annually at Christmastime, it's part of a tradition to visit historic W'burg to see the Christmas decorations. Last night we had two appetizers, the mozzarella and ham roll-up and the tuna tempura - both had very good flavors and presentation was stunning. For the main I had seared scallops with lemon-basil risotto and curry sauce. Sounds like a strange combination, but the flavors marry well together. My husband had the beef short ribs. In the past, these have been falling of the bone tender, this year, he had to use a knife. Kind of disappointing for a $40 dish. That said, it was still a great experience, and our server Mason was very attentive.
  25. JM

    JackM

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Favorite in Williamsburg by far. Service was a bit slow this time. It is expensive.
  26. RH

    RichardH

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food beautifully prepared and served flawlessly! Highly would recommend, but book well in advance.
  27. B

    Bennysmom

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grilled scallops with lemon basil risotto and ratatouille was amazing!
  28. R

    Rick

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always excellent; noise level can vary based on how close you are seated to the bar. Tables for two can be close together also increasing the noise level.
  29. RH

    RobertH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, outstanding food, and outstanding atmosphere!
  30. RR

    RodneyR

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent place for my wife and I to celebrate our love! Everything was perfect. This restaurant is a home run. Incredible service and great dishes with wonderful presentation.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful martinis , excellent food. Everything was perfect.
  32. TS

    TonyS

    Richmond

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dining in Williamsburg. Ultra personal service combined with terrific drinks and food. Open kitchen adds additional atmosphere to an already perfect dining area.
  33. g

    goochlandfoodie

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, our dinner was fabulous from beginning to end. I always come in determined to try something new, but I love, love, love their fried oysters and the beef tenderloin. Maybe next year I will try something new! Melissa was awesome.
  34. L

    Loch

    Kansas City

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, great food, great service, great location. A must place to dine while in Williamsburg!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Anniversary
  36. VR

    Virginia2021Reviews

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful as always - great recommendations by servers; food was suburb; this is our gotta go to place anytime in Williamsburg
  37. KL

    KathleenL

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always the food was outstanding and the service was perfect. Noise level was a little intense, but that happens sometimes when there is a person nearby that thinks everyone in the room wants to hear what they have to say. Made conversation a little tricky.
  38. AR

    AndrewR

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    I do not go to the Fat Canary for the ambience, but for the outstanding food. I ALLWAYS get the Fricassée of Rabbit and usually the Pan Seared Duck Breast. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every meal I have had there and think their chef and his staff are world class. You cannot go wrong.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant
  40. TD

    TomD

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fat Canary is by far the best restaurant in Williamsburg. The food, stay and service can’t be beat.

FAQs

Fat Canary offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 229-3333.

Fat Canary is rated 4.9 stars by 4459 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Fat Canary

410 West Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between S. Henry & Boundary & Francis Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tom Power

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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