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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. During January & February closed on Mondays.
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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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (111)
Good for Anniversaries (93)
Creative Cuisine (84)
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Good for a Date (79)
Fit for Foodies (73)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Worth the Drive (62)
Romantic (60)
Notable Wine List (57)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Local Ingredients (41)
Bar Seating (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (32)
Cozy (30)
Authentic (23)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Seasonal (20)
Fun (19)
Business Meals (18)
Casual (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (9)
Late-night Find (7)
People Watching (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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Live Music (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

The food was great and we had a wonderful server, very engaging and professional and attentive. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

WOW. Wonderful. We will be back...again

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·Dined 6 days ago

The staff was accommodating and friendly. The food was AMAZING. Would recommend to friends and family. Worth the price!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

Pricey, but you get what you pay for. High quality ingredients on a unique menu. Great for a special occasion dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was fantastic. Food was delicious. You can’t go wrong dining here. Celebrated my wife’s birthday and the entire staff signed my wife’s menu. Nice touch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Best meal in a long time.
Besides a large loud party that came in, it was wonderful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always enjoy coming to the Fat Canary. Food and service consistently good. Great bar scene.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We came the first time 5 years ago when living here briefly and have come every time we are in town.

The oyster gumbo was so wonderfully flavorful, followed by possibly the finest grilled salmon ever. On the plate was also pickled beet cubes that proved that you don’t have to over pickle a vegetable to lift it up , also French Green Lentils,
Pistachios, Goat Cheese, Pesto, Basil Butter. Heaven!
My husband had the mozzarella to start and the sublime guinea fowl with Parmesan Gnocchi, Garlic
Rapini, Charred Tomato.
The wine list remains strong and priced fairly. The only problem is how often we get up here from NC. This is my favorite place !

The Chef and everyone on the line are gifted and the entire front of house is too. Keith was our waiter the other night, keeping us relaxed and pacing us and the kitchen for a perfect evening!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food and service was outstanding. The specialty cocktails were superb. I had the blood orange martini which was delicious as well as the apple pie old fashioned that my husband enjoyed. We shared two appetizers, the fresh mozzarella with va ham and the ginger bbq pork ribs. Both were delicious, especially the ribs. I had the pan seared sea scallops and my husband had the salmon. Both were delicious! The scallops were cooked to perfection. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is very pricey, however a wonderful treat for a special occasion!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Special occasion for spouse birthday. Food terrific as always. William did a great job as our waiter. HIghly recommend Fat Canary.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This is our favorite local restaurant and even though we don't visit often, they had our dining history and knew it was my husband's birthday. We even made a special dessert request that came from an older dessert menu which they were able to accommodate. My sister-in-law requires a gluten- and dairy-free meal and the waiter and chef didn't blink an eye. We will definitely back in a few months for my birthday!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

It is always a pleasure to dine at the Fat Canary, consistently excellent food and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great little gem right in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.
Extensive wine list, authentic appetizers, great service.
Had the Grouper special which was terrific.
My friend had the short ribs which were fork tender.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Wonderful meal and fine service from Lynn and William!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious. We had some last minute adjustments to our reservation, due to illness. They were very accommodating.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great cocktails and great food, in a cozy atmosphere. We enjoyed our meal, and will dine here again, the next time we are in town.
(The foie gras appetizer was particularly fantastic!)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food, excellently prepared with great presentation. Server excellent and knowledgeable about menu. Interesting and great handcrafted cocktails. Recommend for all occasions.

Tags: Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was our second visit and like the first we were not disappointed. Our waiter was excellent and the food fantastic. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Absolutely Wonderful! The location is really good but it comes down to the food and the service. The servers were incredible and everything from the specialty cocktails, the onion soup, the seafood and table 15 for two will keep us coming back for a very long time!
Thank you!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Absolutely wonderful menu from drinks to appetizers, entrees to desserts. I liked the fact that there are not too many tables, which allowed the servers to provide amazing service. I would highly recommend, but advanced reservations are an absoulte must!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food and service were outstanding

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Although small and somewhat crowded, this restaurant is the best of the best. The chef is outstanding. He gives personal attention to everything and produces interesting and lucious combinations of flavor. Presentation is excellent. The reception staff is welcoming and personable which sets the stage for your wonderful evening. Every member of the waitstaff gives outstanding service.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very good. Really enjoyed the appetizers always have a good time. The servers are always great

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, People Watching
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food but the price was too much considering the total experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent food , great service and my favorite restaurant in Williamsburg

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Outstanding as usual. The best place in Colonial Williamsburg.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We dined with another couple at Fat Canary for the first time on a Sunday evening before Christmas, and we will definitely be back. My husband, who is sparing with praise of restaurant meals, pronounced this meal the best he had ever had, and the rest of us agreed. The food, from appetizers/soups/salads to entrees to dessert, was expertly prepared, perfectly seasoned and absolutely delicious. The cocktails, the wine, and the service were also outstanding. We have dined with this couple in Williamsburg during the holiday season for over 30 years, but our previous restaurant of choice was the King's Arms Tavern, where the quality of the food has declined in recent years. I had read about Fat Canary, a restaurant with a similar price point and stellar reviews, and I suggested that we try it instead. Now a yearly holiday trip to Fat Canary will become our new tradition. Just a tip--make reservations sooner rather than later if you plan to dine here. When I made reservations in October, all Saturday and Sunday evening reservations during the holidays were already taken. After the meal we had, I understand why!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is the second time we've had the opportunity to dine at the Fat Canary. It's always a great experience to find the food is still as good as I remembered! A wonderful menu of upscale food, expertly prepared and served by a great staff. It will be on my "Must Do" list on our next trip to Williamsburg.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food is very good. The only down side to this restaurant is the fact that it is too tight between the tables. Every time we have been there, we were put on the long couch. When you sit there you are eating with the servers backside in your face. Sometimes on both sides. You can't even have a conversation.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My wife and I had our 41st wedding anniversary dinner at Fat Canary. We were greeted with a menu that had our names imprinted on it and signed by all of the staff - how fun! Service was great, food was delicious, and the wine list was impressive. My wife had the duck and while the meat was tender, there was a layer of fat on top that was a bit tough to cut through. When we mentioned this to the waiter, the manager came by and told us since the duck was not perfect, she was deducting from our bill. That is customer focus!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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 on December 12, 2017

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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