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Fat Canary, Williamsburg, VA

Fat Canary

4.9
4.9
4783 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. Reservations for the dining room and the bar 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 by phone.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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 4,783 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Best Overall

  • Virginia

    Best Food

  • Virginia

    Best Service

  • Virginia

    Good for special occasions

  • Virginia

    Contemporary American

  • Williamsburg

    Best Overall

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Value

  • Williamsburg

    Good for business meals

  • Williamsburg

    Neighborhood gem

  • Williamsburg

    Great for fine wines

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Lively

4,783 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was fabulous. My friend and I had the beef. The strong flavors of the oven fries and asparagus were a perfect balance to the excellent beef. Unfortunately, a large table of guests was seated behind us and we could not hear each other. Oh well. We will be back, however. 

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  2. DebD

    Richmond

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary is one of our all time favorite places to go to celebrate special occasions. The food is just amazing and every person on staff is professional and accommodating. Melissa, our server, was wonderful! Looking forward to our next visit.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic: the food, the service, the space. It was amazing and I can’t wait until our next visit.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A consistent winner. Food was exccellent as was the service.

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  5. patp

    Washington DC

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food were excellent and made for a very pleasant evening. We were celebrating a birthday and left feeling very happy and pleased with our experience. We would definitely recommend the restaurant.

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  6. MarkS

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a true fine-dining, cheffy restaurant. The food is outstanding, as is the attentive service. The meal is paced well and the intimate dining room with the open kitchen screams big city class. The mozzarella appetizer is unique and wonderful. The short ribs and scallops are super. And it’s hard to find any spot that cooks fish better. If there’s a halibut special when you’re there, dive in.

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  7. PJ12

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beef short rib and mozzarella appetizer were awesome...along with flounder special. Melissa was the absolute best waitress ever!! Best restaurant in this area of VA.

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  8. Catherine

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, great libations, and great overall restaurant for not so special occasions made special.

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  9. Fairbank

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Fat Canary continues to maintain its high standards and does not appear to be resting on its reputation. We had an out standing meal. The mozzarella appetizer was unique and memorable.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch all the way. From the welcome greeting at the front door to the last bit of their excellent food. Best restaurant in Williamsburg !!

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  11. KeeKeepmr

    Austin

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent from start to finish. Very friendly, lively staff. Salads fresh and bright tasting and scallops the best I have had. Profiteroles for dessert, yummy!!!

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  12. CathyR

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Fat Canary is always excellent. We look forward to each time we dine there. The food is top-notch, the service is attentive. Great cocktail and wine choices round out the experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. A must do while in Williamsburg.

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  14. BrianH

    Richmond

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience. We have been here dozens of times and I don’t remember having a bad dish let alone a bad meal.

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  15. TonyS

    Richmond

    217 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    217 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What can I say that hasn’t been said 1000x before? Wonderful experience on all counts! Best in class restaurant in Williamsburg. Bar is first rate plus. Wish I could package this place up and take it back home with me!! Bar, food, service, atmosphere all terrific.

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  16. greatfind

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, attentive and prompt service, delightful ambiance - our top choice for dining whenever we are in Williamsburg.

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  17. KFern

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service highly recommended this restaurant

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  18. SharonB

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing! The absolute best spot in Williamsburg.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again The Fat Canary dominated all other restaurants. My wife and I go here once a year and by far is the best restaurant you will ever dine in. Food is a 100 out of 10 and service to match!!!! Thanks for another great experience!

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  20. CaryMary

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal. Never miss it when in Williamsburg.

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  21. Loch

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a special dinner with great food and service.

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  22. MerrieS

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy wonderful dinners at the Fat Canary when we are in Williamsburg. Tip: It is so popular that we book well ahead of our arrival in town.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Eating at the Fat Canary is always a wonderful experience and tonight was no different. We had a great time with delicious food. Summer was a very attentive server. We are considering coming back this week.

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  24. CameronN

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite restaurants. The food is phenomenal and so are the drinks. The staff was also very friendly and helpful.

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  25. DALEA

    Richmond

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. The Scallops are always one of my favorite dishes at Fat Canary, just the right amount of curry . It’s a must try for any seafood lover. Great bar and wine selection . David is a master mixologist !

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  26. angelar

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Fat Canary is part of the Williamsburg experience. It’s nestled in Merchants Square area, which is usually busy with dining and shopping. The food at that canary is excellent! I’m also very impressed with their drink selections. The blood orange margarita and martini are phenomenal! Every dish is exceptional. I usually get the special, getting a reservation can take up to three weeks on a weekend reservation, but it’s worth it! I have not been disappointed as of yet. Highly recommend! 

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  27. SusanM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been on a 10 day road trip and this was THE best meal of the vacation! Excellent!

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  28. RobynR

    Charlotte

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We go here whenever we visit Williamsburg. Always a fantastic meal with great service!! Definitely recommend trying it!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal. Innovative. Very professional staff. Drinks bartender outstanding as well.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot for a unique dining experience. Save room for dessert:)

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  31. HollyM

    Oklahoma City

    175 reviews

    5.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was spot on, food was delish. We enjoyed the onion soup, a greens salad, fried oysters, lobster fettuccine and white fish. Everything was perfectly prepared and plated.

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  32. Mewlovesfoodandwine

    Tallahassee

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As expected, Fat Canary did not disappoint. Oysters, pork chop, short ribs all cooked to perfection. Thank-you for allowing us to linger over dinner. We never felt the slightest rushed. We always enjoy dining here.

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  33. LamontP

    Nashville

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. A little on the pricey side and noisier than expected.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was ok, the service was lacking, and I felt that it was overrated and definitely more of a tourist trap type of place.

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  35. schmunky

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pod, outstanding service. They have another restaurant downstairs that we also ate on a different night. Better prices, great food! More casual.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have been going to Williamsburg for years for the first time went to Fat Canary and being able to walk from our hotel and being able to get a late reservation we were not disappointed!

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  38. TriciaD

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner the food and service were exceptional. Highly recommended!

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  39. JohnJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We visit Fat Canary whenever we visit Williamsburg. I always love the seafood special, so I always get it - I don't even think about it!

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  40. vbBoston

    Greater Boston

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We read about this restaurant online before visiting Williamsburg and we are glad we made a reservation. Portions are very generous. Ordered the seafood special and the chicken; both were very tasty. Enjoyed macadamia tart, which was decadent and similar to pecan pie. Attentive waitstaff. Decor was a bit dated but ambiance was cozy.

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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 4783 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 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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