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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
4741 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

10:30 PM


Booked 15 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 4,741 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

    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

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

4,741 Reviews
  1. SaraT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  2. angelar

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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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  3. TonyS

    Richmond

    202 reviews

    5.0

    202 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. PaulineLovesBacon

    Richmond

    61 reviews

    vip
    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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Poconos

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hands down the absolute best dinner experience! How this place doesn’t have at least one Michelin star is beyond me?! I noted that we were doing a dual birthday celebration when booking on OT and we were presented with a menu signed by each of the staff at the restaurant! So cool! We were quite early and enjoyed a couple of cocktails up at the bar while waiting for a table and those were excellent - very sophisticated mixed drinks. Our waiter was Keith and he was great, soft spoken, yet attentive and just a truly classically trained waiter. We indulged in the mozzarella appetizer, duck and chicken for dinner, and the apple madeleines for dessert - each dish was beyond words and quite literally left me speechless! This is our second trip to Williamsburg VA and I am SO glad we were able to secure a reservation here. If you’re looking for an excellent experience, high quality food and amazing drinks (not to mention the best hospitality), make a reservation at the Fat Canary yesterday!!!

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  18. BobM

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary is outstanding; the entire staff is terrific and very personable, and the food is incredibly amazing. This is one of the finest restaurants in Williamsburg. I can’t say enough about the experience! Everthing is at least as one would expect. Melissa was our waitress and was fantastic!

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  19. Poppy

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A thoroughly enjoyable meal. My friend and I have eaten there before and it was such a pleasure to comeback and order something else from the menu. It's a small but extremely popular restaurant. It was so nice to see other friends there. Definitely want to go back.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual it was a great experience best in Williamsburg.

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  21. PamD

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent as was the service. Sylvia is great!

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  22. PapaJoe

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food outstanding except the dessert, which was way too sweet (banana shortcake). Ambience and service very good. Recommended.

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  23. NancyP

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Fat Canary is beyond excellent. The kitchen runs like a well oiled machine. Staff is always very professional and courteous when we go there.

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  24. Dsrddmcg

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the food and the environment make this an icon restaurant. This is a must see place to visit.

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  25. Jamesd

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was outstanding. Food was sophisticated and complex. Service was right out of Downton Abby We really enjoyed. A little pricey but all in all worth the adventure We will be returning

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  26. CarolynW

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious fresh seafood and an admirably attentive waiter

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the scallops and my husband had the duck; both were excellent choices. In fact I had a difficult time choosing as everything on the menu sounded good. Cat was our server; she was attentive but not overbearing and very professional. It was a freezing cold day in Williamsburg and the Colonial area was like a ghost town but every table and bar seat was filled. Make a reservation; you won’t be disappointed.

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  28. DanC

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary is a must every time we visit Williamsburg! On this busy holiday weekend the food and service were excellent as always.

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  29. JamesM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very overpriced somewhat bland food. The crispy oysters were not crispy at all. The 48 dollar steak was tiny and overdone. The garnishes were bland.

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  30. MaryF

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner experience. Cat our server was terrific, and the food was sublime. Will return.

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  31. jessicat

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to the Fat Canary for my birthday. The staff was absolutely fantastic and the food and wine were amazing. Thanks to The Fat Canary for making my day special.

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  32. JohnD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server, Keith, was awesome! We appreciated being called about some cancellations that allowed an earlier dinner and the food was outstanding!

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  33. 2Birds

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came to celebrate a birthday and the experience was amazing!!! The food was 5 stars as well as the service and overall dining atmosphere. This is a restaurant in the tidewater are not to be missed. The foie gras pure perfection, as well as the oyster stew and rock fish. What a talented team!

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  34. ShirleyP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak done perfectly. Table was the one we wanted. Hostess polite and accommodating.

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  35. JenniferM

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary has always delivered excellent food whenever we visit Williamsburg. We will return again I am sure!

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  36. JeffL

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and well balanced. Flavors and textures were paired perfectly. Our server Kat did a spectacular job and made our special occasion even more memorable. Thank you Kat and the entire Fat Canary staff.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fat Canary consistently delivers!! Each item that I ordered was delicious and beautifully presented. Can’t wait for my next visit.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our all time favorite restaurant always delicious.

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  39. DennisS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and excellent service in a vibrant setting.

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  40. Lucky

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not inexpensive, but worth the cost. Very good food and excellent service,

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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 4741 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 15 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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