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Fat Canary

410 W Duke Of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603
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Ranked #2 of 337 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Henry and Boundary Sts
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90% Recommend
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English first
Raleigh, NC
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Menu selections were varied and interesting. Food presentation was beautiful and the taste matched the presentation. They actually called to confirm and then went to the trouble to call back a second time to check on a detail for dinner. The service was a 10 out of 10. Highly recommend this restaurant. I've never seen Châteauneuf-du-Pape by the glass (12.00),... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Best option is to get a seat at the bar. You will probably have small wait, but it is worth it. Once there, David and Neil will introduce you to those sitting to either side of you. Land then a wonderful evening begins. The menu is the same as in the restaurant seating area, so you have not given up... More

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Washington, DC
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The food is very well prepared but the main dining room can be a little tight so you have to select your table with a little care. The food is very fresh and well seasoned and by Williamsburg standards this is a good special occasion place.

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Roanoke, Virginia
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We ate here on our recent trip to Williamsburg. It came highly recommended and it was exceptional! We all had the Manakintowne Salad, salmon, scallops and rockfish. The dishes were beautifully presented and all were prepared to our liking. Wines were recommended according to individual tastes and we all liked what our waiter suggested. My daughter requires Gluten Free selections... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Food was amazing and definitely lived up to all the great things we've heard of this place. Service was extremely friendly and down to earth (none of the pretentious yuppie staff you sometimes find at nice restaurants). Huge wine and spirit selection with a smaller "farm to table" local ingredient menu that hit a broad range of flavors. The duck... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We tried the “Fat Canary” after reading the reviews in Tripadvisor and it was very good. We will not be going back however because the food is very heavily infused with fat and butter. That gives the food an exceptional taste but it also gives those of us who do not use butter at home a real stomach ache afterwards.... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The restaurant is small, intimate and easy to pass, just off main street in old town Williamsburg. There is a nice large patio our front that is shared with their cheese shop next door. I reserved seats in advance and noted that this was a special occasion for and intimate celebration for my son and I. The food and service... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

Dined with family and everything was excellent. Very attentive to daughter's food allergy. Rockfish special was amazing. My son had the lamb shank and devoured it. Wine recommendations were spot on. Love this place and will visit every time we visit our daughter

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We celebrated our son's graduation from William and Mary at the Fat Canary in May 2014. The restaurant is small, and since graduation took place on Mother's Day weekend, reservations were mandatory. I was able to make reservations by telephone a maximum of 2 months prior to graduation day. We had a party of 6, and I no longer recall... More

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Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Fat Canary was great. Fantastic menu, preparation and service. Clearly superior to the neighboring establishments.

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