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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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“rabbit” (70 reviews)
“grouper” (72 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603
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Reviewed yesterday

We stumbled into the cheese shop next door for lunch and saw the menu for the Fat canary. I was impressed to say the least. I can not describe how great this meal was without using profanity. The rabbit was the best I have ever...More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed yesterday

One of the best meals we've ever had! The quality of food and menu creativity was outstanding. Atmosphere and service top-notch. Don't miss it if you are in Williamsburg!

Thank Jenjenb17
Reviewed 4 days ago

We loved this restaurant...!! A real surprise for us to find this quality in a big tourist area. We sat inside, had several courses, were really pleased with the service, the food, the facility, and the location. I didn't see any wines from the Canary...More

Thank Gooseview
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our dinner at The Fat Canary in Williamsburg was definitely among the best we enjoyed during our recent travels in the U.S. All starters and entrees we tried were excellent; the short beef rib was absolutely divine. Very kind staff and pleasant atmosphere.

Thank Susanne J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Love this restaurant! A foodie's delight. Had the tuna appetizer and the short ribs. Dessert was the macadamia nut pie and dark chocolate mousse triangle. Worth every single calorie!

Thank Sunshine118
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my husband to the Fat Canary last week for his birthday dinner and it was spectacular. The corn chowder soup of the day was flavorful, the home-made mozzarella +basil+tomatoes+ ham was one of the most delicious appetizers I have ever eaten. Amazing flavor combination,...More

Thank GaspardRueben
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I dined there on August 5th of this year. we sat outside to enjoy the Market Square view. Our hostess was excellent, so very nice. The food was very good and very reasonably priced.

Thank bob p
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a wonderful experience from the atmosphere to the wait staff and especially the food. We always have a great time no matter if we come to dine or just have a drink at the bar.

Thank Patti S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is wonderful here , served in a bistro atmosphere. Make your reservation ahead of time as it has a reputation for being one of the best , if not the best, dining experience in Colonial Williamsburg.The chef, owner , is a product of...More

Thank Judymush
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fat Canary has the best food in Williamsburg, albeit in a somewhat noisy atmosphere. Reservations are needed weeks in advance. If you're willing to take some risk, try to get a seat at the bar. You can order the same food and the service...More

Thank Tim C
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27 March 2017|
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Response from BarbaraMD59 | Reviewed this property |
We did not go through Open Table for the reservation to celebrate my birthday in February. If it is a special occasion I would call direct. I might do that anyway. The staff was very nice about my birthday - I think they... More
27 March 2017|
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Response from MAGGI H | Reviewed this property |
That is bad. I would have made a big complaint.
9 November 2016|
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Response from Steve S | Reviewed this property |
You could send an email to the restaurant explaining your needs and see if they can book you for your desired time & date.
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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
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
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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