Fat Canary

4.9
4261 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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and balanced portions. Will go again!

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vipMeathead
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality and perfection rarely get old.....The Fat Canary (aka The Chubby Chicken) is the prime example of consistency, professional and attentive service wrapped in an incredible menu selection.

The persistent combination of these elements makes the Fat Canary a must-go destination in Colonial Wiliamsburg.

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vipGuyP
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great dinner experience at TFC! Staff was courteous and very friendly. The added touch was the custom menus congratulating the 26th wedding anniversary of my wife and I. Will definitely be back and highly recommended!

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vipUVAfoodie
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We missed our January birthdays (our 2 daughters and me) family dinner last year so this year was extra special. The staff, service, food and wine are the best! Starting with personalized menus autographed by all the staff, to delicious seasonal appetizers and entrees, and topping off with candles in everyone’s dessert selections—everything was perfectly prepared and presented. They really made us feel special and it was a wonderful way to start Br new year!

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vipRobertH
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I returned to the Fat Canary on Friday, January 14. It remains THE place to eat in Williamsburg. The food always looks amazing and tastes better. I had the beef tenderloin, and my wife had the grouper special . Both were fantastic. The appetizers, dessert, and drinks were fantastic as well. We love the Fat Canary!

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Mike
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great as always. They had a rockfish special over small potato cubes, shrimp, and mushrooms that was excellent after starting with the lobster, snow peas, and pasta appetizer which I love!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for delivering a great experience and meal for my mother in law’s 75th birthday celebration. The rockfish special was fantastic and we sincerely hope you’ll consider adding it to the regular menu.

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Ihagee
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I received a gift card to the Fat Canary.from my Boss as a Christmas gift because it is one of my favorite places to eat..My wife and I used that card tonight and always we were not disappointed. Luis was a great server! What a delicious and absolutely beautiful meal. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual! Luis was a wonderful server!
Very enthusiastic and helpful!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always outstanding. Our favorite restaurant when visiting Williamsburg. Eaten here 7 times never had a disappointing dish. Service is excellent despite being short staffed due to Covid. Need a reservation.

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greekgirl
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Greatly enjoyed this venue for a fine dining experience. Menu was varied as were drink offerings. Food was good. Waiter amiable. Just wish he and hostess had been wearing masks. Unconscionable that they weren't given the current surge.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Wish we could have eaten there. Closed due to covid which I understand, called to let me know but could not reach them when I tried to C

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DavidP
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was incredible! Excellent service. A highlight of our trip to Williamsburg!

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. All of us. Enjoyed our meals. The pork chop was amazing as well as the oyster soup. Our server was helpful and friendly.

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EllenM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best reason to make a trip to Williamsburg. Fabulous meal and service. Definitely a place I'd go back to.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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GlennG
Gloucestershire
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Ronh
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time I have chosen the soup special. Both were simply the best that I had ever had. Grouper in a Thai, coconut, chile sauce with rice on the side ... excellent. Good wine by the glass, great bread. Never fails.

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Jhawk
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were sat immediately upon our arrival. Our server William was excellent and very knowledgeable in regards to our food choices. The food and desert were delicious. Looking forward to next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was helpful & completely accurate. One of the best meals ever. Food was amazing.

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AndrewR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never miss getting the Fricassée of Rabbit and it was excellent again this year. My entrée was the Free-Range Guinea Fowl and it too was excellent. What a wonderful gem Williamsburg has in Fat Canary.

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vipGinger
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended to us and our first time at Fat Canary! Excellent service, menu and ambience! Highly recommend!

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peggyt
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Our waiter Jeremy was terrific. They did a nice job of accommodating my allergy needs. One of our favorite places

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our engagement celebration dinner and when I reserved through Open table I informed the restaurant. We were called and offered an earlier time slot. The ambience was great which made it easy to have a conversation. Clean, fresh, current appearance.
Above average liquor and wine selections. Full menu options (beef chicken pork and seafood)
Food presentation was stunning. Meals were well balanced with flavor and made correctly and were hot. Dessert options (both food & drink) were very good. Best part was the service by Louis and the fact that the Restaurant remembered our engagement by presenting us with a signed menu that said Congratulations on your Engagement at the top and Louis took the extra step of rolling it into a scroll wrapped with a ribbon! Thank you for making a memorable day into a memorable dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food. The grouper special was to die for, and the Tenderloin could be cut with a fork. My Old Fashion tied it all together. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service. Food. And drinks were delicious. It’s a bit loud in there but worth it!

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vip97Queenie
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Excellent service and food. Lively and elegant atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is fantastic! The staff took time to wish us a happy anniversary and they were all very attentive and personable.

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NancyF
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Highly recommended. The food is outstanding! Innovative, imaginative, and, most importantly, delicious.

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vipStephanieB
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every year my husband and I come to Williamsburg during Christmas for a date. Most of those dates for more than 15 years include dinner at FC. We’ve never been disappointed. This year was no different. Erica our server was attentive and offered the perfect amount of banter. We started with two appetizers tuna and ham/mozzarella - you have to have both so you can share. My husband had the short ribs and I had pan seared scallops. Both dishes were flavorful and cooked to perfection. We split profiteroles for dessert, yum! They make the dessert in house and I especially love the coffee ice cream. It was a lovely date and I enjoy our Christmas tradition.

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vipPapaG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

one of the better places to eat in Williamsburg

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vipTonyS
Richmond
97 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say? Best restaurant in Williamsburg! Like a Swiss clock, everything is spot on. Best bar too!!

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dave
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and our server Will was extremely helpful and professional. One of our best meals out in a long time.

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BillW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food dishes were prepared exquisitely, and that was augmented by the attentive and knowledgeable service of our waiter Kevin who guided us through the plethora of culinary choices and complimented that with tasteful wine pairing.
Definitely a gourmand's delight.

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MinouMinou
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food is not as good as the last 2 times we ate there about 5 years ago. Decor looks tired. The night’s specials - Cream of fennel soup and the spiked eggnog and espresso ice cream dessert - were outstanding, but the entree scallops were rubbery and the cassoulet they were on top of was flavorless and pasty. The braised beef tasted amazing but the amount of salt in the dish was excessive. We were disappointed. We will not return.

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Steve
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal here - it was our absolute favorite dinner in Williamsburg. The tenderloin and the pork chop were incredible. Our server, Maison was exceptional- professional, efficient and friendly!

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bigguy77
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you enjoy fine dining, you'll love the Fat Canary. The food is excellent and the service was wonderful. Our salad was delivered in plenty of time to enjoy before our entry came out. We will definitely dine here the next time we are in Williamsburg.

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vipDebbie
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we visit Williamsburg, VA we eat at Fat Canary at least twice! Always wonderful food. The best place in town.

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MamaBev
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and well presented. Dining room was crowded due to a popular weekend celebration in Colonial Williamsburg. Our server was pleasant and helpful, but food was a bit slow in being served due to the large crowd. Restaurant was a bit noisy and conversation was difficult to hear.

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 4261 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.