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Fat Canary

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410 W Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603 (Between Henry and Boundary Sts)
+1 757-229-3333
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Schnecksville, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Food was delicious and well-presented. The staff were all amazing and decor very nice. Over the top part was that it was my birthday and not only did the staff all wish me well, but the menu had my name printed on the top and the whole staff had signed it! Got to take it home as a memento! Don't... More 

Thank takemeaway523
Belmont, California
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109 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the best restaurants anywhere. We live near San Francisco, which is supposed to be one of the best places for restaurants, but we found Fat Canary better than any San Francisco place that we've eaten at in years. Fat Canary has an attractive relaxing ambiance, top staff and fantastic food. We had a Grouper special that... More 

Thank Tom_and_Vicki_W
Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Took an hour to get appetizers. Server was great, but she can't control what the chef does. Food came about about an hour after apps. The dinners were cold and mine was not what I ordered. Sent it back and then came extra well and not extra rare ahi tuna. Owner apologized and gave me a discount card? Then told... More 

Thank sonofGod1
Williamsburg, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This cozy restaurant on Merchant's Square, adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg, is our go-to splurge when celebrating special occasions. It's on the pricier side, but I've never been disappointed in anything I've ordered yet. The tables are closely packed, so be prepared to eavesdrop on nearby diners. Reservations, especially during tourist season, are essential, best made a week in advance. The... More 

Thank U4249LBlindap
Williamsburg, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food was done well, service was excellent, and the bill was in three figures (for two people). For special occasions only.

Thank Roderick M
Williamsburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is tough to get reservations here, but you may be able to snag a seat at the bar...the bartenders are good, with specialty cocktails....

Thank SallyWmbg
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Always the right choice for a fantastic dining experience in Williamsburg! The food and staff are the best in town. You do need to plan ahead, as it is very popular and is routinely full.

Thank Allison W
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a special spot for my husband and I. We seem to end up in Williamsburg around the time of year of our anniversary and have come here two years in a row - so far. We have been extremely pleased with the high quality of food/wine and the selections. The wait staff are very helpful with any questions... More 

Thank dogmomof6
Northern VA
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located in the Merchants square shopping, convenient to Colonial Williamsburg and shops!. This place is a must but make reservations. We were given a late time for our reservations but deciced to opt of optional seating on patio. Worked out great. We were able to sit at a table while waiting and got a drink from a super bar. Food... More 

Thank bill20
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a superb dinner at the bar. I watched numerous dishes pass my face and decided to try the night's soup special and a perfectly prepared fish dish. Honestly the best meal that I have had since several dinners in Italy more than 2 years ago. I am certainly looking forward to my visit the next time I am... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$50 - US$100
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
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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