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Fat Canary, Williamsburg, VA
Fat Canary, Williamsburg, VA
Fat Canary, Williamsburg, VA
Fat Canary, Williamsburg, VA
Fat Canary, Williamsburg, VA

Fat Canary

4.9
4.9
4762 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 16 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 4,762 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

    Neighborhood gem

  • Williamsburg

    Great for fine wines

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Lively

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

4,762 Reviews
  1. CaryMary

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  2. Loch

    Kansas City

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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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  3. MerrieS

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  5. CameronN

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. HollyM

    Oklahoma City

    175 reviews

    vip
    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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  13. 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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  14. LamontP

    Nashville

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary never disappoints! Our meal was outstanding! Service is top notch and very attentive.

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  21. CraigG

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were pleased with the service and quality of the food . We will be back

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  22. ErinK

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation because menu sounded really good and the space seemed nice but relaxed. We had fantastic service, our waiter was really great and accommodating. The food was fantastic. We had a pork rib appetizer that was so tender the meat fell off the bone. I had the chicken entree and it was one of the best chicken dishes I’ve ever had. Perfectly cooked and seasoned to perfection. I enjoyed every bite. Their wine selection has a wide variety to choose from. We will definitely be back!

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  23. JRRfromLA

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    FABULOUS anniversary dinner. David is the best. All of the staff are lovely as well. Food— is AMAZING-as always!

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  24. SaraT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been here every year for the last seven years and we can say without a doubt - the service and food are consistently exceptional! It’s amazing and one of our favorites!

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  25. angelar

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent, and so were the beverages from the bar. I highly recommend the blood orange martini! A nice selection of wines. Will definitely be going back!

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  26. TonyS

    Richmond

    208 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    208 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never fails to deliver and tonight was no exception! Soup of the day was great. Bar, as always, first rate. A Williamsburg dining experience gem!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary is hands down the finest restaurant in Williamsburg, and it didn’t disappoint. The oyster soup alone was worth the visit. In addition to the great food, cocktails and wine (and cinnamon ice cream!) the entire staff was prepared to meet my gluten free (celiac) need. What a wonderful evening! (PS - always bring your pocketbook when you come to Fat Canary, but prepare to be dazzled)!

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  28. SeanO

    Orlando

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good, it was really something special. It’s nice to eat food with subtle layers of flavor. I thought the desert menu seemed out of place for the season. If was lots of ice cream for a cool February night, which to me made no sense. We were expecting crème brûlée or more decadent desserts. Our waiter was very good, although at times seemed like he was busy with other things. For example our appetizer arrived, we waited a few minutes for plates to come. After patiently waiting we decided to just eat from the appetizer plate. This felt a little out of place for the dinning experience. Once we finished the appetizer the waiter arrived with chop sticks and bowls. It seemed like his timing was a little off or he was distracted with something else, this went on for the night. I would be worried if we were there on a very busy night. The service might decline to the point of interfering with the dining experience.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Fat Canary and this visit didn’t disappoint!! Excellent service and perfectly executed dishes. Always our go to when visiting Williamsburg!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The Fat Canary is well known in our area as a top restaurant, and we dined there for the first time last weekend. The service was attentive and professional. Our table was in a row of tables, so we could hear all conversations around us and had to talk over them. The food, while certainly above average, was not as we expected. My husband’s short ribs over white rice were delicious, but the portion was small and nothing else was on the plate to complement the dish. My haddock over white beans was just ok. The desserts, an apple crunch and a macadamia nut pie, both with house made ice cream, were delectable. We will give the Fat Canary another try in the future, especially now that I know what tables to avoid.

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  31. PBrva

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. Thank you again for my birthday menu and the perfect evening.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and worth the $$. Service was a bit slow and the server was not very attentive. Will definitely be back to try the downstairs wine bar.

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  33. RandiB

    Richmond

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best place in Williamsburg Great Food and service

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  34. JessicaM

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was good. The menu is slightly different from the website. The cocktail menu needs a refresher. There’s alot of citrus based cocktails no real variety. This is the second time I’ve been there and the blackberry shortcake was not available

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  35. ElysseM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience. The food and atmosphere lived up to the hype. I can’t wait to return

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  36. PaulineLovesBacon

    Richmond

    61 reviews

    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful neighborhood gem for all occasions, scrumptious dishes and great wait staff! Highly recommend the rock fish and duck!!!

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  37. Glenn

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always superb food upstairs, and the downstairs is very cool

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  38. mkls

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely way to celebrate an anniversary! The Fat Canary never disappoints.

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  39. Elaine

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was lovely and the food was delicious. We would visit again without question.

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  40. Rock

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very good meal but not as good as it used to be. The entrees (steak and pork chop) were chewy. Have they switched to cheaper brands?

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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 4762 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 16 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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