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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

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (98)
Creative Cuisine (85)
Good for Anniversaries (83)
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Good for a Date (73)
Fit for Foodies (70)
Neighborhood Gem (59)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Worth the Drive (53)
Romantic (52)
Notable Wine List (50)
Local Ingredients (45)
Handcrafted Cocktails (34)
Bar Seating (31)
Cozy (27)
Authentic (23)
Business Meals (22)
Fun (22)
Seasonal (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Hot Spot (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Healthy (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (11)
People Watching (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 15 hours ago

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 3 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Detroit)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 14, 2017

From our Apple Pie Old Fashion to our macadamia nut tart and everything in between, dinner was excellent!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We got the best table, so no nose. We had a great waitress and the serving staaff was great, too.

Everyone loved what they ordered.

We all plan to come back soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

There is always a feel of celebration when dining at the Fat Canery. The food is creative and outstandingly delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My girlfriend and I went for a nice dinner on our "weekend girl’s trip" and it was amazing. The food was fantastic and our server, Will was at the table before we could even think to ask for anything. We made reservations and did have to wait for about 10 minutes for our table but that is completely understandable. Highly recommend you go.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Prior to your arrival the hostess tries ascertain what, if any, event will be celebrated. Our visits coincide with our wedding anniversary. This and the year prior we were presented with a menu of that nights offerings signed by the entire staff, and personalized with our names. We’ve been dining at FC for the past ten years (at least). And I cannot recall ever being disappointed in the quality of the food preparation or presentation.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

I so wanted to give this restaurant 5 stars but... The entree - Guinea fowl - was perfection. The tuna tempura starter was however overwhelmed by the quantity of wasabi sauce and the profiterole dessert was simply dull. The service was slow to get going and somewhat impersonal, still worth four stars but should have been five.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Excellent food & great friendly service ... when in Williamsburg this restaurant is a must! Chef Tom congratulations on an tremendous restaurant & wine/cheese shop!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 9, 2017

On our recent visit to the restored area of Williamsburg we decided to dine at the Fat Canary and what a great decision it was. Our dinners were the best of the trip and I would recommend this restaurant to any and all. Thanks for a great evening.

Tags: Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 7, 2017

As usual, the food at the Fat Canary was superb and the service was very good as well. They will even have a small note on your menu recognizing your special occasion. The downside to the Fat Canary is the noise. Forget about a quiet or intimate dinner here. The place is always full, the tables close together, the bar in close proximity to the tables...and the noise level is...well, very loud! If you don't mind the noise, its a great place to have a great meal!

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Delicious food prepared wonderfully and very good wine ... good service ... highly recommended

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

An outstanding restaurant with great food and super staff. Always enjoy dining there and never been let down.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We went here for my wife's birthday and everything was fantastic. They personalized a menu for her wishing her happy birthday and multiple employees did the same. The cocktails are always great and they have a large wine list. The food was phenomenal. From the soup, to the appetizers, to the seafood and duck entrees, to the dessert, we had no complaints.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was exceptional and the service impeccable. However it felt aliitle crowded and a bit noisy.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

From soup to nuts, this was an exceptional dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

From the very start all i can say are amazing things about this restraunt. It was a little noisy at first but quieted down near the end of eating. The staff went above and beyond. I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and was blown away by the custom menu wishing her a happy birthday with all of the staffs signatures. It didn't stop there, keep in mind my girlfriend is the pickiest person out there when it comes to eating out, the server got her a glass of wine that she fell head over heels for. The wine selection is outstanding. For appetizer, i got the oysters, which were cooked to perfection. For entrees the girlfriend ended up getting the new-guinea fowl dish which for a picky eater she cleaned the plate exlaiming it was the best thing she has eaten. I got the tenderloin mid rare, cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth. And to top off our amazing night desert was perfect. Both of us were extremely happy about our experience and will definitely make a stop by again in the future when we visit Williamsburg.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Fantastic as always.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Dined here many times. One of the best! Absolutely 5* all the way every time!!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The salad and scallops were wonderful as was the chocolate moose cake. My wife had a harder time with the menu. Her preferences are limited to cheeseburgers or chicken. That is her problem not yours. I enjoyed every bite.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This was our first visit to the Fat Canary. We celebrated our anniversary dinner there prior to a theatre show. The service was excellent, from the hostess, to the young man who kept our water filled, to the personable and attentive waiter. My husband had the butternut squash soup and I had a salad. My salad was very good, fresh and tasty. His soup was even better, I would go so far as to say perfection. We shared both. My husband had the chef's special and I had the filet. Our meals were cooked just right. As an added touch, we were presented with a personalized menu signed by the staff as a memento of the evening. We will go there again and would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fat Canary never fails to WOW me! The food is creative and absolutely delicious. The service is impeccable. We ate the ribs for an appetizer which were melt your mouth yummy. I had the halibut special with the bacon buerre blanc and crab; how can that not be good? My husband had the seared scallops which were also delightful. Recommended wholeheartedly!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 31, 2017

One of the most enjoyable places to dine in Virginia. The food can't be improved. The attention of the wait staff is just right (not hanging
over you all the time).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Wonderful meal in a very attractive setting. Very polished waiter--happy to answer questions and make suggestions. A fabulous dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Very disappointing. We drove 10 hours from Florida to have a $200 dinner specifically to celebrate my wife’s birthday at the Fat Canary...was not a repeat performance from last year’s visit. Our server, Shannon, was not responsive or attentive. My filet was not medium rare plus, rather medium well, but server did not return to our table until well past half way through the meal. Sides and dessert were only average. Not a private setting...all lined up with other diners which puts the servers rear end in your face on either side throughout the meal. Would need the owners contact to consider returning.

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 (Tucson)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food and friendly service. Large portions. Good for special occaisions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Went to Fat Canary for our wedding anniversary dinner and the food and service exceeded our expectations. Our server William was attentive but not intrusive and offered great recommendations for wine and appetizers. We are looking forward to our next visit but wont be waiting for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

If you are going to Williamsburg, plan ahead and make a reservation here. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. While the place was bustling, we still felt relaxed and the waiter accommodated our desire to eat dinner more slowly.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My husband and I went to Fat Canary for our anniversary dinner and it was one of the most special meals we have ever had! From the moment we walked in the staff was on top of taking care of our every need. They thoughtfully personalized our dinner menus with our names and a happy anniversary message, the service was spectacular and the food was phenomenal! Our server, Tink, was stellar and made sure our night was perfect and unforgettable. Thank you so much to the wonderful staff of Fat Canary for giving us such a special evening.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had friends visiting from Baltimore and took them to Fat Carnary where we have never been disappointed. We had the two specials, crab cakes over succotash and halibut served with an Asian mushroom broth, both fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fourth time dining here. Definitely the best in Williamsburg.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Lovely meal with special touches for our anniversary. Would definitely recommend and repeat visit.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The menu is very good, but they need to change it once in a while. It is the same menu since opening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

We had a very enjoyable meal at the Fat Canary. The food was delicious and the presentation was very attractive. Our server, Benjamin, took excellent care of us. He provided my husband with a sample of two beers, so he was able to choose the one he preferred. He checked in with us often throughout the meal, to refill water glasses and make sure we wanted for nothing. We finished our meal sharing the Fat Canary's signature chocolate pyramid at the recommendation of a friend. It was fabulous. Dining at the Fat Canary was a memorable end to a lovely Williamsburg vacation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellant service food ambiance menu Everything was just so perfect The Filet Mignon the Salmon was supurb. A must visit restaurant.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Excellent food and service
Pork chop was outstanding

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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