Fat Canary

4.9
4041 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. 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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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
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4.9
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service, though obtaining a reservation is difficult in these times due to limiting capacity. Well worth the trouble to plan ahead a few days when reservations are available.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we have had in a long time. Oysters were fantastic, drinks were amazing, and the pork chop and rockfish were divine. Our server was personable and attentive. We will definitely make the drive back just to eat here.

JC
JChev
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night we had an outstanding dinner at Fat Canary. Jessica was our server and she was the perfect blend of professionalism, friendliness, and knowledge. When people ask me what my favorite restaurant is, I always say Fat Canary, and I will continue to say that. The foie gras blows us away every time and our pork chop entree was perfection. In addition to our dinner, it was so cool to be able to go downstairs and shop for retail wine while we awaited our entree! We both work in fine dining, so it was lovely to sit back, be pampered and taken care of, and to watch the perfect orchestration of the front and back of house make it a memorable evening for all of their guests.

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Marmi
Tallahassee
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best! French wine was fantastic. Food was hot and juicy. Service impeccable.

JM
vipJacquelineM
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal with wonder service

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vipPyatachok
Baltimore
203 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant on Hampton roads route. Food, service, ambiance and value all of it is just a pleasure. We never miss a chance to visit travelling this route to or from Virginia Beach and appreciate their resilience to the challenge of pandemic situation unlike many other restaurants they didn't quit and that says a lot! Thank you Fat Canary, we'll be coming back time and again.

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WilliamD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best and most consistent restaurant I have been to East of the Rockies...a great and friendly staff too!

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Rocky
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Active kitchen, Samantha was an attentive server, food was very good (salmon a bit dry/overcooked).
The vegetables were excellent.

MS
vipMichaelS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was innovative and well executed. Don't forget the great deserts!!

JP
JulieP
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at thousands of restaurants and THIS is our new favorite. Everything from mixed drinks, apps (must try foie gras!), filet, and hazelnut pie was perfect. Do not miss the chance to enjoy this place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Vacationing from Massachusetts, checked it out based on reviews and it was well worth the visit, heritage pork chop was excellent.

RB
RecentBeachGirl
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and great service! Wasn't thrilled with our table as we had people traversing on both sides of us.

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vipPamarama
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were running a bit late with our table, but very apologetic. William is an excellent server and the food and menu are always consistent. We both enjoyed excellent dinners and a dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good n service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service.

KL
KathleenL
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Riley did a nice job of taking care of us throughout our meal. Usually when we visit Williamsburg we visit this restaurant for an unrushed and relaxing dinner. This was the first time that it seemed noisy and frantic, but it is also the first time where we saw more families with young children dining there. It is a smaller more intimate restaurant so an unhappy and tired one year old interfered a little with our celebration dinner.

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BethW
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations honored promptly. Host/hostess friendly, waitstaff knowledgeable, attentive, but not obnoxious. My salad, a greens/pear with soft cheese balls and balsamic vinaigrette, was absolutely delicious. Entrees—grilled rockfish with potatoes and mushrooms served with crisp green beans for my husband; grilled salmon with lentils and mixed veggies for me—were hot and tasty. Dining room is modern, clean, quiet, candlelit. Perfect location in Market Square right off the historic district. Make reservations early!

LB
diningLBI
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous! We really enjoyed the lightly fried oysters and a cheeseboard as an appetizer. The short ribs were perfection and the scallops were absolutely delicious. We love the cocktail menu and especially enjoyed the house bourbon old fashion!

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food....very high quality, and a nice variety to choose from. I highly recommend the tenderloin, it was cooked to perfection, I like mine medium rare. Waitress was very friendly and helpful. The location is fantastic!

DJ
DougJ
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fat Canary was perfect! Food was amazing and service was top notch!

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viptmmm
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dinners we have had. Thought this might be a tourist trap dude which location, but it is not. It is fantastic fantastic

JK
vipJenniferK
Charlotte
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was great, service fine but not great. A little tight for Covid.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fat Canary never disappoints! Consistently excellent quality coming from the kitchen, servers, and bartenders.

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donnam
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, help with wine and dinner suggestions. Very personable.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing!!!

NB
vipNickB
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

FC is always a treat. The food is superb, with a great juxtaposition of flavors in each dish.

JH
JimH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual a great dinner. Great service. Great experience!

RC
RobertC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at the Fat Canary and it was just as good as the first time. Amazing food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just wonderful!

AC
AnniversaryCouple
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding, as was the service. The star of the evening, however, was the "Expeditor", Jerome. He was magnificent; managing every customer's order, seeing that each dish was presented timely, with the right heat level, and of course beautifully presented. He was calm, but he was busy. Most impressive!!

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Suzanne
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend the Fat Canary. Whenever my husband and I are in Williamsburg, we make sure to go to our favorite restaurant! The food and service is wonderful, and they have an extensive wine list. I also love the location just a block away from the historic area.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding anniversary experience. We both had hearts of romaine, and rockfish. Both were outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining with a lifelong friend visiting from out of state! Exceptional service and food!

RB
RalphB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come for special occasions and enjoy coming each time. We love getting the table by the post because it helps our conversation since my hearing is bad. Thanks for making that possible.

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vipjkphase
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Table ready when we arrived. Service prompt and polite. Food was excellent and reflected the products from the region. Lovely place for a date or special occasion.

RK
RobertK
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service. We had a great evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience and fabulous staff!!!

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vipJack
Philadelphia
441 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They never miss! First class experience all the way.

SG
SusanG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best foie Gras I ever had or will ever have. Great combination of wonderful food and great service. zi wish it was in Washingotn DC where I live instead of Williamsburg.

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vipJack
Philadelphia
441 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lamb shank and beef tenderloin ever. Excellent attentive service. Wonderful dessert.

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Fat Canary is rated 4.9 stars by 4041 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.