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Fat Canary

410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603
+1 757-229-3333
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  • Excellent81%
  • Very good14%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Opens in 16 min
All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Always make it a point to hit The Fat Canary when I'm in town. Always spot on & consistent! The rib appetizer is a must! Small menu & top quality!

Thank dogsb4humans
Reviewed 5 November 2017

They take food & drink seriously here - excellent ingredients in slightly unusual combinations. The very friendly & knowledgable staff guide you through the choices here & it pays to be at least a little adventurous. Main courses great but BEST SALAD EVER

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 4 November 2017

This restaurant is right on Duke of Gloucester Street. It is very small, casual and shares their space with the Cheese Shop. I got the pork chop entree. It looked more like a veal chop, was cooked to perfection and extremely flavorful. The accompanying goat...More

Thank meelee
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

It was a beautiful fall evening but a very busy Friday night. Make a reservation. W&M had an away game but the town was still hopping. We didn’t have a reservation but they were able to squeeze us in outside around 8:30 that night. Very...More

Thank IrishKate57
Reviewed 27 October 2017

This was my second time dining here, and the food was just as wonderful as the first time. We know that portions are generous here, so we decided to just get appetizers and dessert! My mom had the lobster with fettucini and she said it...More

Thank swtjen
Reviewed 26 October 2017

Whenever we are visiting Williamsburg, we try to make it a point to dine at Fat Canary. This past weekend while in town for W&M homecoming ,we were fortunate enough to get a reservation on Thursday evening. After a short wait, we were seated and...More

Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Best restaurant in VA hands down, finest ingredients, great chef, very attentive wait staff, great wine list, from everyday stuff to, 1st Growth Bordeaux, D’Yquem and Burgundy (includingDRC). Never had a bad or OK meal in last 8 years living in Williamsburg, it’s always been...More

Thank Rony A
Reviewed 23 October 2017

I ate at Fat Canary last week when in Colonial Williamsburg on vacation. The food was good, but it was not the best meal that I had while visiting there last week. Everyone I spoke beforehand with had raved about eating there, so I decided...More

Thank skeith2013
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Had to wait 30 minutes for a table but well worth the wait. Walked about the area looking in shops and when we got back, a table was ready. Very good food and reasonably priced wine may this an enjoyable dinner. Probably the best meal...More

Thank Sameade
Reviewed 16 October 2017

When visiting Colinial Williamsburg and you are up for some "fine dining" the Fat Canary is for you. It's located in Merchant's Square. Suggest a reservation. The people are friendly and very professional. The bartender , David, is well known by all the regulars and...More

Thank 659lesv
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19 October 2017|
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Response from BillCarolNC | Reviewed this property |
The menu is a drop down tab that lists appetizers, salads, and entrees. Bon Appetit!
18 October 2017|
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Response from chrismaher2000 | Reviewed this property |
Fat Canary is an exceptional restaurant - and will offer you a variety of options. Anything you select will meet the highest standards. It is not a steakhouse - I’m in Bangalore and jet lagged. My last response was confusing. More
26 March 2017|
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Response from DLBrown57 | Reviewed this property |
That's odd, I have been to Fat Canary 3 times and each time our special occasion was recognized.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$100
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603
    (Between Henry and Boundary Sts)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-229-3333
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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