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About Fat Canary

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.

410 West Duke of Gloucester St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - close
Closed on New Year's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Cross Street:
Between Henry and Boundary Sts

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 229-3333

Website:
http://fatcanarywilliamsburg.com/

Executive Chef:
Tom Power

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Fat Canary Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (109)
Good for Anniversaries (91)
Creative Cuisine (88)
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Good for a Date (78)
Fit for Foodies (77)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Romantic (58)
Worth the Drive (58)
Notable Wine List (57)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
Local Ingredients (48)
Bar Seating (40)
Cozy (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Authentic (26)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Business Meals (20)
Fun (20)
Seasonal (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Casual (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Healthy (10)
Good for Groups (10)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Always go to Canary when in Williamsburg. Great food , friendly staff, and great location.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Incredible meals. The pork chop was the best I’ve ever eaten. The salmon was presented beautifully and cooked to perfection. You will not beat this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (Greensboro)·Dined 6 days ago

The Fat Canary came highly recommended and did not disappoint. We had seafood and it was as good as I ever had. The special was grouper. Cooked to perfection. Hostess got us in about 30 minutes early which was most excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Just walking in we knew we were in for a treat. Everyone was very helpful and went out of their way to be sure we were happy with our beverage selection. The appetizer and main course were perfectly prepared and very pleasing to the eye. The dessert was just as outstanding. When we come back this will be on our list to enjoy

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We always include a night at the Canary as part of our annual Williamsburg visit. IT NEVER DISAPPOINTS! Can't wait til next time. If you go, do try the pork chop; best I've ever had.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Once again an excellent meal. I've never been disappointed. The back of the house earns their keep every time. Our waiter was polite and friendly, with good read and suggestions for what I was looking for. He even suggested a wonderful Chardonnay wine after asking the type I like. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We were met at the door by Lynn's smiling face and although we had to wait for our prime seats at the table at the window, it was worth the wait because the rest of the evening went perfectly. The creamy leek soup with scallops was a wonderful way to start and the lobster lemon fettuccine was a wonderful light entree for me. My husband had the always perfect pork chop with goat cheese souffle and for dessert the chocolate mousse cake. However, the best part of the evening has always been Tink. She has made every meal there a little bit more special and a lot more fun! Thanks again for another memorable evening- we will miss you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything about the visit was amazing. We were celebrating a birthday, so my boyfriend was greeted with a birthday wish and personal message on his menu. The service was top notch and we never felt neglected or imposed upon. And the food was delicious! They do wonders with dishes that are full of flavor but not overly complex. The braised short rib was the best my boyfriend has ever eaten and the scallops were plentiful and flavorful. Definitely the #1 place to dine in Williamsburg in our opinion.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Outstanding meal coupled with great service. Our waiter was attentive without being cloying. The restaurant offers half portions which was ideal for my 9 year old. A favorite of ours when we visit Williamsburg. We will be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Absolutely AMAZING !!! i had read great things about this restaurant and it more than exceeded my expectations. The food was excellent - i had the salad with pears and goat cheese along with the pork chop. The goat cheese soufflé was outstanding. For dessert I had the profiteroles with espresso ice cream. My server William was superb. I would highly highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

As always, great in every way..... favorite restaurant. The scallops are so great that I refuse to order them anywhere else. My wife loved the beef tenderloin. We come to Williamsburg 4 times a year and we always come to Fat Canary. Our favorite server moved from the area, but William was an able substitute. We will now ask to be seated at his table.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 8, 2017

What an enchanting experience—great ambiance and delicious food complemented by excellent service. The portions are quite generous so we each had appetizers, then shared an entree and dessert. Rabbit Fricasee, Tuna Tempura, Braised Beef Short Ribs and Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was delicious! Ahi tuna appetizer was amazing, as well as the delicious salmon , and the most tender, tasty filet mignon. The service was great, friendly and helpful. Make reservations way in advance. Well worth waiting for. Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Across the board one of the best restaurants that I have ever been to. I would say that the only downside is that it is small and the tables are very close.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Ray and I would like to thank Michael for his attentiveness to us for our engagement dinner. After we shared our story with him about losing our spouses to cancer and finding each other at this season of life he reached out and gave a tender hug. The service was impeccable and the food presentation was spot on. Thank you for giving us an evening we will treasure in our hearts forever.

Tags: Live Music
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Simply wonderful! I can’t say enough about this amazing place. William was an amazing waiter, the food was exquisite. I can’t wait to go back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

EXCELLENT! We went for our anniversary and could not have been treated any better and the food was outstanding!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

We have eaten several times. Pork Chop dinner this time was "uneatable".

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always super. Good vegetarian dish specially made and delicious. Meat options are also excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great martini, great salmon and great service-really was a nice evening.

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 (Beijing)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always a treat to dine at The Fat Canary. Delicious food, wonderful service and delightful atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful food and service. Foie gras was cooked perfectly, as were the duck breasts and grouper with crab and shrimp. Our server was Tink, and she was the best server. Attentive, but not obtrusive, knowledgeable about the food and wines, funny and engaging. We are just visiting Williamsburg, and she elevated the experience at the Fat Canary. A bit pricey. Entrees ran $30 to $40, but was a good value relative to the food and service quality. Overall five stars!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had a gift card and stayed for a week in Williamsburg. Fat Canary in Merchants square area is a well known foodie location.
We dined in 4 appetizers and found again as happens more often lately that the higher prices for appetizers is at least compensated for with larger portions
You will never go wrong visiting this esteemed restaurant

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This is one of the best places in Williamsburg. Reservations are sometimes difficult to obtain, but we were quite lucky. While it is on the expensive side, it is quite worth the cost, since it is a Special Occasion place. Offerings are creatively prepared, using local ingredients. They print a special menu of they know that you are celebrating something special and the staff signs it. Such a nice touch! I highly recommend this restaurant, but caution that you will definitely need a reservation for a table, although I have lucked out before a movie once and got an open seat at the bar. Same food and service, just not at a table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The menu items were very creative, delicious and wonderful presentation. Highly recommend. The service was fabulous.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We are serious "foodies" and try to be selective whenever we dine out. We travel for overnight visits to Williamsburg just a few time a year, and whenever we can, we love going to the Fat Canary. It has been our Williamsburg favorite for fine dining for many years and again, it did not disappoint. The food and hospitality are always top notch. We miss seeing Tom Powers, but his dream lives on.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Went there for our anniversary. Excellent food and service. I recommend making reservations as this.is the best food in.Willaimsburg Va.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Everything was great. The food was delicious like the braised rabbit app, the pork chop entree and the grouper. Our waitress was attentive, personable and well informed. Her recommendations were spot on. The apple pie old fashioned cocktail was unique and tasty. We seated a few minutes early and enjoyed friendly chit chat with other diners visiting from Maryland and Illinois.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food and service was outstanding!!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Awesome food and service. So good we made a second reservation for 2 days later.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Fat Canary. We had the special, a Grouper, that was superb. Overall the experience was nice, but the server was conversing with people at the very next table and that was distracting. The restaurant was also kind of cool, meaning temperature-wise.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had never been to Fat Canary, but we most assuredly will go back. It was quite the experience, the food was sublime, the service was top-notch, and the ambience was perfect for a modern oasis amid the Colonial-era environment. I recommend the braised beef, the scallops, and the Guinea fowl, all of which our table ordered and all of which we sampled. The portions are just right, the cocktail selection is clever, and the wine list is comprehensive. Make reservations in advance to avoid a wait and be ready to be pampered.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Organic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Wow! Every bite was just as good as the last. From apps to dessert. We were most impressed the atmosphere was relaxed and we weren’t rushed through our meal.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 20, 2017

As always, the food was superb and the service was good as it gets.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The restaurant was great. The people sitting behind us had one guy in his party that thought everything was so funny he had to let the entire restaurant know. The party next to us noticed the same and it really put a damper on our anniversary dinner, which is what the couple next to us were also trying to enjoy. If you want a romantic, quite dinner, I would NOT recommend the Fat Canary. The food is always great and the staff is wonderful. But in this day and age of many choices in Williamsburg, this is not my first choice.

Tags: Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Came for my birthday, was not disappointed. Excellent service, excellent food, excellent evening. Fricassee of Rabbit to start, and Guinea Fowl for mains. Such a wonderful meal.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Delicious!! The Butternut Squash soup was a tasty treat. We had short ribs and braised lamb shanks and we found them to be wonderfully flavorful. Even the jasmine rice served with the short ribs was creamy and delicious on its own. We both agree this was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. We look forward to visiting The Fat Canary again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Casual, Seasonal, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The wait staff could not have been more accommodating and helpful. It was a birthday celebration and it was made special in many ways keeping it quiet so the whole place is not aware of the occasion. Food was prepared in a most delicious manner and presented well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 16, 2017

New waitress was a delight

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 14, 2017

I think it's the best restaurant in Williamsburg for fine dining. The food is absolutely wonderful and beautifully presented. The dishes are varied and genuinely creative. The wait staff is always attentive, professional and well informed. And if you like craft cocktails, you wish will be granted!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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