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Fat Canary

4.8
4.8
4408 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

7:00 PM


Booked 3 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 4,408 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Contemporary American

  • Williamsburg

    Best Overall

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Value

  • Williamsburg

    Fit for Foodies

  • Williamsburg

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Special Occasion

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

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  1. FF

    FoodFan

    Richmond

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Usually, it's quiet. Neither the parents nor the staff asked the young girl at the next table to adjust the volume on her tablet, which she played on throughout the meal. The food was delicious as always, but the experience was marred by the noise of the electronic baby sitter.
  2. CW

    ChancWalk

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service as always. Been dining at Fat Canary 1-3 times per year for 20 years. Never disappoints.
  3. ML

    MarkL

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service by Kevin AAA+++++ will be back
  4. c

    cwmndc

    Washington DC

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I have celebrated our anniversaries at the Fat Canary for many years and this, our 40th -- the day after Thanksgiving -- somehow managed to stand out above all the rest. Everyone is so nice. The atmosphere is both relaxed and comfortable while also stylish and sophisticated. Servers know their extensive menu and wine list in very great detail and are able to discuss in a clear, un-rushed and friendly way. As usual, everything was fun and delicious. That's why we keep coming back...and not just for our anniversaries.
  5. W

    Warwillow

    Baltimore

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual our time at Fat Canary was amazing. We go there every time we are in Williamsburg. Highly Recommended
  6. LB

    LoriB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating here and it was fantastic! The Heritage Pork Chop is mouthwatering. If you’re fortunate enough to grab a reservation, don’t miss it!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Savannah

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an early dinner on a weeknight for work and it was fantastic as usual. The server was very prompt and knowledgeable. I had the Manakintowne salad which was good but perhaps a little too much dressing. The short rib dinner entree is my favorite and did not disappoint with flavor just oozing out of the meat. And for dessert, the macadamia nut pie is not to be missed - the most unique and best dessert in Williamsburg. Love the crème brûlée pineapple that goes along with it.
  8. j

    jds5082

    Washington DC

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice dinner and drinks with our friend! Excellent menu options, delicious food and amazing service! Will definitely be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food but and good service.
  10. DA

    DALEA

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victoria was great! Food was as well! Looking forward to next time.
  11. l

    likegoodfood

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality food, service, atmosphere. Well worth the price for a lovely dinner. Always our favorite restaurant to visit when we're in Williamsburg.
  12. BS

    BrianS

    Richmond

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Williamsburg GEM! Delicious food, professional staff, charming setting. Top of the list of places to revisit!
  13. d

    debbieg

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining with friends, lovely ambiance, excellent food and professional stafff
  14. T

    1stTimer

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wry nice meal. The oyster stew was delicious!
  15. E

    Eddy

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Fat Canay came highly recommended from several friends. So, I took my wife out for our anniversary. The restaurant was nice and the service was excellent. The food however was just "pretty good". My wife and I both agree that we have hade better food for far less money. It was not nearly what we had hoped for.
  16. VM

    1VMI

    Richmond

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fat Canary is always a great experience. Servers are so attentive. There were four of us out to celebrate my birthday. I even received a personalized birthday menu signed by the staff… nice touch.! Each of our meals was perfect… pork chop, duck and scallops. Wonderful wine list too. No room for dessert but we did have cappuccino. Perfect ending. ❤️
  17. SO

    SentryOaks

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place to dine in Williamsburg with a great vibe. Our waiter Kevin made it another enjoyable experience. Looking forward to the next time we visit.
  18. D

    Dave

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful birthday dinner. Our server, Victoria, was wonderful and charming. She made the evening very special. Excellent food, nice ambiance but a bit noisy.
  19. KA

    KAB96

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of Virginia's TOP restaurants! We decided to try a few new things on the menu and absolutely loved all of them. Fricassee rabbit appetizer was amazing!!!
  20. CR

    CliffordR

    Richmond

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has been highly rated for years but this was our first visit. Oysters appetizer, salmon entree, and scallops entree were all excellent. Drinks were well crafted and service was excellent.
  21. JM

    JeffM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very professional and tried to make our experience special.
  22. T

    Tabitha

    Baltimore

    97 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    97 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    3/4 of our meal was superb: oysters, salad, duck. But the chicken on my husband’s entree was so tough that he complained to management. My husband rarely complains! They did take it off our bill.
  23. KS

    KarenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely a restaurant we would return to on any future trips to Williamsburg. The sea scallops and halibut special were both delicious. Our server made the dining experience very enjoyable!
  24. J

    Jack

    Philadelphia

    489 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    489 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great onion puree soup. Excellent pork chop. Perfect service by Cat.
  25. g

    garyk

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A terrific, sophisticated, yet warm and friendly, place. Would more than hold its own in any big city restaurant scene, but it's right in the heart of beautiful Colonial Willamsburg. A must-stop for us whenever we visit the Colonial Capital of Virginia.
  26. C

    Carol

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and the experience were fantastic! We had a wonderful sweet onion soup and I had the duck entree and everything was just wonderful.
  27. TB

    TomB

    Baltimore

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great. Our server, William, was extremely personable and focused on service. He made our experience very enjoyable. He was outstanding.
  28. DA

    DALEA

    Richmond

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoyable to dine at Fat Canary. Arrived 45 minutes prior to our reservation with hopes of sitting with One of our favorite bartenders David. Paige was able to arrange a four top for us for cocktails to catch up with some good friends after a busy week.In about an hour we moved to the dining room and enjoyed a perfect dinner. I had the oyster gumbo as a starter which was amazing. My entrée was the catch of the day which was halibut and Carolina shrimp. It was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. The consistency of the restaurant is second to none. I don’t think I have ever had a disappointing meal at fat Canary. Our server,Wil is professional and timed everything perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening!
  29. MM

    MMMmmm

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was friendly, attentive and welcoming. Our dinner was superb. There was a burst of flavors with each bite. The desserts were wonderful as well. From our table we enjoyed watching the chef work. His team seemed to have a good system, working quietly and efficiently. Thanks for the signed menu for our guest. We were celebrating her birthday. What a nice touch.
  30. OB

    OBXers

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This place is fantastic. From the fresh bread to the appetizers, salad, main course and dessert/coffee, the timing, quality, creativity and taste was amazing. We HIGHLY recommend.
  31. K

    Kate

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Food was good, not quite great. But definitely get lobster appetizer! Great staff. Good wine selection. Bit loud but we were seated next to loud gentleman. Who never stopped talking very loudly for the entire time we were there. Not the restaurants fault! Salmon dish with couscous suffered from super dry couscous. Scallop dish very nicely prepared.
  32. RL

    RLW3

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience.
  33. S

    Sarge

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic atmosphere and old school linens rarely found at restaurants today. Wonderful service and go out of the way to meet customers needs. Second time dining as I visited Williamsburg in 2017 Still incredible experience and good delicious always. Celebrating a significant birthday.
  34. GF

    GilbertF

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic! Kevin our server was great and took care of us and made the overall experience great.
  35. J

    Joey

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our all-time favorite restaurant! Always the best food and service and we highly recommend to everyone!!
  36. EC

    EricC

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our anniversary dinner was great. The waiter was very attentive and the food was excellent.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great atmosphere!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expectations were very high, the evening was even better.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic in every way!
  40. C

    Cterry

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always hit this place up because it’s consistently great. Portions are a bit small. Probably wouldn’t order the short ribs or macadamia pie again. It was a dice roll from my usual go to’s. Short ribs were tough and small portion and the pie was dry and pasty. I usually get the salmon and chocolate dessert which is always excellent. Wife loved her food. Of course will always return when visiting WB. Thanks.

FAQs

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

Fat Canary is rated 4.8 stars by 4408 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 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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