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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)
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Birthday dinner every year

Always a hit. Informed wait staff and elegant presentation of menu items and decor. Food is superb and plated beautifully.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Leah B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a hit. Informed wait staff and elegant presentation of menu items and decor. Food is superb and plated beautifully.

Thank Leah B
Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I dined here for a romantic date night. I had been wanting to visit this restaurant for years, and it did not disappoint! It's a small, quaint restaurant with big flavor! We loved all of the items listed on their menu and can't wait to visit again. It's perfect for dressing up and going out, or even... More 

Thank Noodles3603
Roanoke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Williamsburg Inn was closed for renovations so we went to the Fat Canary to celebrate. The food was excellent. Went with the local oysters and Rockfish. I have had rockfish numerous times and this was definitely the best I have ever had. Worth the money!

Thank StarCityStew
Dublin, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent restaurant. It is billed as one of the top restaurants in Williamsburg and it does not disappoint. I was very pleased with the food as well as the service. Our initial reservation was was 4 and when we told them that we were only three they changed the place settings in a creative way so as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a delicious dinner in historic Williamsburg. Very nice atmosphere, great service and delicious food. The fried oyster appetizer is not to be missed. I had the scallops and my husband had the salmon. We did think it was a bit over salted, but otherwise quite good.

Thank Ann S
Charleston, South Carolina
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very intimate restaurant right on Duke of Glouchester St. The service was just right, attentive but not smothering. I had grouper and it was perfectly prepared. While they did not have gluten free bread they did offer gluten free crackers, which was appreciated. I think this is one of the best meals out I've had in a... More 

Thank K H
Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner! Some of the tables are a little close together and we happened to be next to a loud talker, but we just worked on ignoring it. The delicious food spoke louder than the loud talker. Service was great from the moment we walked in. I would definitely suggest reservations because it's not very big and... More 

Thank Angeline C
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to celebrate a birthday with good friends. The service was excellent and the food was outstanding. This is the best high end restaurant in Williamsburg without a doubt! You need to make reservations well in advance. A very popular place for locals and visitors.

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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently, we dined at the Fat Canary. The restaurant was very busy so I would recommend a reservation but there are also tables outside. It’s a small but vibrant restaurant located in a lovely town center with many stores near the college of William and Mary. As this was a very special anniversary, the staff went out of their way... More 

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fat Canary is an excellent restaurant. Everyone in our party was pleased with their dinner. When in Williamsburg, we will dine there again.

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Restaurant Details

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: 757-229-3333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?