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Fat Canary

4.9
4.9
4362 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 11 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 4,362 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

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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. KR

    KRenee

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful. Delicious. Perfect. Thank you Fat Canary!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have had dinner at Fat Canary several times. Always a great meal, never disappoints.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience!
  4. q

    queenk

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, great food! Always a treat! Thanks, Tommy
  5. S

    Suzanne

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Fat Canary is our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg, VA. The food and service are wonderful. The also have an awesome wine list. I would highly recommend the Fat Canary to anyone looking for a high quality and delicious dining experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and the best bartenders and servers in Williamsburg. The daily fish special is always amazing!
  7. AR

    AliciaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Food and Service. So enjoy eating here when visiting Williamsburg! Highly Recommend!
  8. L

    Libby

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and friendly staff always outstanding. Have never been disappointed!!
  9. R

    Ricke

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant in Williamsburg. The food and service never disappoints.
  10. L

    Lorrie

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I almost always get the beef tenderloin and this time it was even better than usual. So tender and so flavorful. Everything was perfect and we love William.
  11. D

    Deacon

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect was excellent. It could not have been better,
  12. AM

    AshleyM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The flavors were outstanding. As locals, it was our first visit and we will definitely return.
  13. AD

    AndieD

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, David and Chris provided exceptional service at the bar, and the food and drinks were impeccable. Fantastic dining experience!
  14. M

    Mower4275

    Raleigh

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    a true pleasure. comfortable and chic. excellent service all the way around. cocktails were made to our specification without any problem and were excellent. the fried oysters were excellent, the salad crisp and delicious. the halibut special and grilled tenderloin entrees were on point - I recommend Fat Canary without hesitation.
  15. S

    Samantha517

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful!! Food was excellent and service too. Will def go back! Worth the wait to get a reservation
  16. M

    Missy

    Wilmington

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Forgot the olives for my martini .
  17. E

    Erin

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service, as always!
  18. DD

    DebD

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Fat Canary is always superb! Great special occasion restuarant.
  19. TS

    TerryS

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was friendly and efficient. And the food was outstanding. They must have a really good chef!
  20. LB

    LouiseB

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Please tell diners the special soup appetizer is $16 in advance. Also… the kitchen tax needs to be told diners in advance as well. Good - nothing special at all. We won’t be back
  21. JS

    JamesS

    Greensboro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Excellent service.
  22. BS

    BlakeS

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our Williamsburg go to spot. We vacation here often and never miss a dinner at Fat Canary when we are here! Food and service are ways spot on.
  23. RS

    RandyS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our dinner was amazing. Our server was great and had excellent wine pairing recommendations. The food presentation and taste was everything we expected.
  24. N

    Nancy

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband had the gingered rib appetizer as well as the pork chop entree no pink both came to order perfectly cooked and juicy. I normally eat vegetarian but selected the asparagus soup, house-made mozzarella, and salad. We both enjoyed our food as well as our evening. Cocktail and wine selection is top notch. Kevin, our server, ensured a perfect dining experience. One suggestion, I would love to see a vegetarian entree on the menu with a plant-based protein for a more satisfying meal that one doesn't need to order by exception.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always from beginning to end!
  26. TM

    ThomasM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Going away party
  27. CD

    ChrisD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Limited menu, food was fair but certainly not worth the price
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    84 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience2
    First of all we have eaten at this establishment on many trips to Colonial Williamsburg and have had great experiences. This is why I was so surprised on this trip. When we asked our waitress Mazen if some chicken could be added to a Manakintowne Greens salad she said there would be no problem. There was chicken added as requested. It was not an overly large portion but adequate. The food was very good overall. Much to my surprise, when I received the bill I had been charged $30 for the added chicken to the salad of $12. $30 is the cost of the complete entree of "Free-Range Chicken Breast, Charred Scallion Grit Cake, Andouille Sausage, Creole Tomatoes, Roasted Green Chilis". When I questioned Mazen about it she said this was what they do. When I questioned that this was not normally what is done, she said she could do nothing about it. I should have asked to see the manager at this point but I chose not to make a scene, paid the bill and left. I probably will not return and will let others know regarding this situation.
  29. B

    Bosox

    Richmond

    81 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    For the first time in all the years we have been regular customers, we had a less-than-stellar experience. It was about 60 minutes from the time we ordered to the time meals were delivered. During that span no one visited to explain the situation. It might have been our table's location but the noise was extremely loud, very bad for the hard of hearing. This was an anomaly but it could have been handled better
  30. JT

    JasonT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the service is outstanding. We had drinks, an appetizer, entrees, and desert. It was a great dining experience.
  31. n

    noname

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent as always..great food and service definite find in colonial williamsburg
  32. LR

    LaurenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The rockfish special was outstanding! My husband said it was easily the best meal he’s ever had.
  33. JH

    JennH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was wonderful as always! A great place to celebrate my birthday.
  34. I

    Ihagee

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always have a great experience at The Fat Canary. We were celebrating my sons 18th Birthday. The service and food was outstanding
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have had many wonderful meals at The Fat Canary. My husband had the tenderloin which he said was delicious. I had the sautéed scallops which were sweet, perfectly seasoned and just the right sized portion. The scallops were served with cannellini bean cassoulet. I also had 2 blood red orange martini’s . I can’t explain why but the food and the drinks at The Fat Canary always seem to have a Perfect balance of flavor never to much or to little. What can I say everything was done to perfection as always. In fact, I already have another reservation scheduled. Job well done!!
  36. RB

    RitaB

    Cincinnati

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was great! Awesome service and excellent food and drinks, however we were very disappointed in the additional service charge (“kitchen service charge”) food tax and city tax assessed which raised our bill 20% over actual cost. We understand the mandatory taxes imposed by city and state but the “kitchen service charge” is a charge that should be put in the price of items and not an ad on. We reduced our tip because of it and hopefully our waitress did not need to share her tip with the kitchen staff as they already were added to our bill.
  37. RH

    RonHess

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service as always. Definitely our favorite place to celebrate. Thanks for always being there for us Fat Canary. If you are celebrating anything this is the place.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant at Colonial Williamsburg. Our family of four all loved our meals at Fat Canary. Three of us ordered steaks and told our server we liked our steaks just done - no pink but not overly cooked either. It’s a very specific request, but the chef nailed it and they were the best steaks we’ve ever eaten out. My husband had the short ribs and said they were incredible. We couldn’t have been happier with our experience at Fat Canary. Grateful they take reservations too!
  39. AG

    AmyG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The Fat Canary is a great place to dine for a special occasion. We did have to put in a reservation about a month in advance. The food was delicious. We had the beef short ribs and beef tenderloin. The service was slow but it was busy so we were patient. We will be back!
  40. T

    Tanda

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner immensely. We got the Mozzarella (just so tasty) and the fish special (rockfish); my husband said it was the best he'd had in a long time. Dessert was tasty, I got the blackberry dish (loved the nut crunch) and perfiterols. Will definitely return next time we are in the area.

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 4362 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 11 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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