Fat Canary

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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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Richmond
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another amazing meal. This is our special restaurant, we come here to celebrate and to just enjoy a great meal. The attention to detail is above and beyond. The flavors woven into the dish is amazing. When asked to choose a wine for me, it was excellent.
Exceptional staff, attention detail, I love that.
Thank you for another wonderful evening.
Ami

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tuna Hors d’oeurve and the short rib entre were absolutely fantastic!

JR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every time we visit Williamsburg, we make sure to get a reservation at the Fat Canary.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was just ok the server had an bad attitude because we wanted to sit next to one another and they left our food under the warmer for 20 minutes. I would not recommend this place.

RK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very nice food and cooked to perfection. Something went awry with our
Order as we waited a very long time for the food to come out. Ambiance was okay but you might expect
A bit more from this restaurant. Overall I’d recommend and will return. Chalking up the slow food delivery to an off night

RN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining experience. Service was stellar. We will come back next year.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! Nice meeting the neighbors at the table next to us, too!

GW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & service. The presentation was awesome.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! We enjoyed the evening with our grandson.

JV
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are not enough superlatives to describe this place. Outstanding service, outstanding food, vibrant bar scene. Drove 500 miles to enjoy a Friday evening dinner here. Can't wait for a return visit.

f
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant! The food and service were fantastic- delicious and inventive. It is in a convenient location in Williamsburg, with the City parking structure within very easy walking distance. We had a reservation and were seated immediately.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Everyone was awesome and the food was fantastic!!

BB
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service is the best. Always focus on having a meal at Fat Canary when in Williamsburg.

EM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and fantastic menu. Loved the special anniversary touch from the staff. Pricey but a great value

OT
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Outstanding in all respects.

GC
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal! Great regional ingredients. Our wait person, William was a total gem. Great bar, too. We’ll be back!

NK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an outstanding dining experience! Thank you!

JO
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was the first time I've eaten in a restaurant without laminated menus in about eight months. While the server kept confusing who had ordered what course, I really didn't care--the food was that good. Lovely meal, great time.

MR
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were greeted till the time we left They truly made you feel welcome. The food was incredible. Interesting flavor profiles combined with perfect execution. Also nice to see great team work as the evening got to its busiest. Will return anytime we are near. Will highly recommend.

OT
Washington DC
86 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to stop at Fat Canary every few months. The food is excellent, the service warm, friendly and efficient. We always thoroughly enjoy the experience and this visit was no different. We have recommended the restaurant to our favorite people. We will certainly return!

BK
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best restaurant experience I have had in a longtime. I could only get a reservation for
8:15 but arrived early. The hostess was friendly and brought me a drink. They found a table in 10 minutes. Within seconds the waiter introduced himself and took my cocktail order. The menu had so many great choices but settled on the salmon. I really wanted try an appetizer but sometimes it makes for too much food. The waiter suggested a half order of soup -a corn chowder with crab. Heavenly with large pieces of crab meat. The profiteroles were great with the expresso ice cream filling. My server, Bradley, was helpful describing dishes and checked back several times. All in all a delightful dining experience!

RG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second year in a row we celebrated a family birthday dinner with the Fat Canary and it was excellent again.

J
Philadelphia
390 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very unusual barbecued pork rib appetizer and, as usual, excellent lobster linguine. The halibut was fine but the preparation was too heavy on salt. Scallops were good but nothing special.

t
Denver
53 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several other restaurants were our favorite in Williamsburg but this on has jumped to the front! We had two outstanding evenings there while visiting for a week. Our food was first rate on both nights and service attentive but not overbearing. If you want the best food beautifully prepared go to the Fat Canary! I also appreciated that the wine list wasn't overpriced as so many are.

TF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I regret that I had only two nights to give to this restaurant. A bit understated outside. Super nice inside. Food was great. Service was exceptional.

KA
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. They graciously accommodated my request for a corner table. I had the specials- a corn chowder and a curry halibut. Both were perfect sized portions and absolutely delicious. As usual, the wait staff could not be more attentive. I will return here time and time again!

KC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. (On the pricey side, but you know that going in.) We celebrated a double birthday with friends and enjoyed ourselves immensely! Highly recommend!

o
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were the best we had during our visit to Williamsburg. I had the scallops and they were the best I have had while my husband had the halibut and said it was wonderful. We both enjoyed the macadamia pie and thought it was to die for. The service was attentive but not instrusive and on a very professional scale. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for an upper class service and meal. Hope to return very soon.

SW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service; however the wine list could offer a few more reasonable options. Table for two was very small. Overall experience was good and we would return.

GC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

From the moment we walked in we felt this place was above ordinary and it was in every way. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and knowledgable; he knew how each dish was prepared and helped us to select food we would enjoy. The food was exceptional! Among the finest I have ever eaten. Overall, Fat Canary deserves to be known as one of the best restaurants in the country.

MS
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Did not let us down. Filet mignon was wonderful. Macadamia nut pie was marvelous.

H
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt one of the best restaurants in the Eastern States if not in all of the United States.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

#1 Restaurant in Williamsburg VA...by far. They are always on their game

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at Fat Canary, every aspect of the meal was on point! Great food & service!

RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! The dinner and service were outstanding, and the evening could not have been better.

R
Los Angeles
136 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb in every respect. This is one of the 2 best restaurants east of the Mississippi. New American cuisine at its best. Try any soup of the day-they’re great. On this night, a sweet onion purée was a delicious beginning to a perfect meal. Ham wrapped in house made mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes and basil was fabulous. The guinea fowl with gnocchi and garlic rapini is as good as it gets. The bartender is at the top of his trade and the service by William is outstanding. It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without owner/chef Tom. This is truly a destination restaurant. After all, I flew 2700 miles in order to dine here.

SG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I'm going to be picky given that dinner and wine for 2 was $300. Food and service was almost 100%. The only service issue was the soup was brought to the table before the appetizer. That was a first. Here's my major issue - the tables are too close together. As a result, servers bumped into my chairs multiple times, and departing guests decided to weave around our two top to exit the restaurant. Since the tables are so close I get to hear the menu options and conversation between the guests and the server. Two table from us was a party of 6. One woman in particular was LOUD. And that's my main complaint - your survey says "energetic" noise level. Actually, you haven't deployed enough sound dampening materials on the walls. Lastly, the hostess was 'meh' - we arrived 6 minutes early for our reservation. Her comment was "we'll get to you shortly". Oh, ok, thanks for the curt succinct welcome even though this was a birthday. Wold I come back to the bar - sure - and maybe bring a party of four as these tables are better fitted. But not for two. Especially if you want to make it a romantic or special evening. This is not the place as there are better options in town for that.

AC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Seating are too close. You could hear other table conversations on both sides.

EJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding as usual. Tom Power and his crew are at the top of their game. Anybody we speak with, we always recommend The Fat Canary.

d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and wine is absolutely outstanding.

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