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Fat Canary

410 W Duke Of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185-3603
757-229-3333
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Ranked #2 of 333 restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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English first
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

In charming Merchants Square, the Fat Canary has both indoor and outdoor dining. Williamsburg was very hot the day I dined so I was inside. Good wine list and friendly, charming server recommended a wonderful white wine from Italy. Salad was good and the entree list looked great. My poached salmon was wonderful. Dessert and digestif were wonderful finishers to... More

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Bethesda, MD
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went here last week with a group of four couples. The entire experience was really outstanding. I had the rabbit fricassee appetizer and the guinea fowl with ramp grit cake and white asparagus. My wife had the asparagus, pea shoots and duck prosciutto appetizer and rockfish with cous cous and sweet peas and green beans. The wine list was well... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Let me start by saying this was my anniversary dinner.I made reservations which were pushed back 45 minutes once we got there. We then sat down and had amazing drinks. Followed by the worst cooking I've ever tasted. Me and my wife both had over salted food that neither of us could finish. We we said something to the waitress... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Fat Canary might be set among reconstructed colonial era shops but the dining experience is thoroughly modern, from the open plan dining/kitchen space to the eclectic, international menu. Ginger glazed pork ribs were excellent, perfectly caramelized and melted off the bone, whilst duck breast had a delightfully crispy skin and was supplemented by a pleasing cherry sauce. Seared tuna... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you've read most of the reviews-- this dining experience is a delicious surprise. Smart and personable waitress who knew the food offerings. Ya gotta have the soft shell crabs which were lightly breaded and sweet ly scrumscious. I had a killer pork chop lightly seasoned with a hint of peppers. The wife had the non gloppy ribs. It's all... More

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This restaurant is a WOW! We arrived in Williamsburg on a Sunday afternoon and called them on a whim, not expecting to get in. We were flexible with our time and they fit us in to their crowded schedule and boy were we thankful that they did! Ashlyn and Lynn greeted us with a friendly smile and were super nice.... More

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Woking, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We decided to go here because of the tripadvisor reviews. We hadn't made a reservation and the place was full but they don't reserve the seats by the bar and we were glad they could fit us in there. The service was outstanding and the food was excellent. Well worth a visit and you won't be disappointed.

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Williamsburg, VA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I have lived in Williamsburg for 34 years and would like to respond to a recent review. True The Fat Canary is not colonial in decor or it's menu. I would suggest anyone looking for Colonial atmosphere in the historic area need not to look far. We have four taverns that will fit the bill right on Duke Of Gloucester... More

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Santa Barbara, California
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110 reviews 110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

First, the review before mine was outside dining. That literally is night and day when you compare it to the inside dining restaurant. We found the service inside to be outstanding, the menu creative and execution marvelous. My wife and I fine dine around the world and I would say this place is worth the visit!. My wife enjoyed the... More

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Freehold, New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The place is highly rated, so we stopped in for drinks to check it out before dining and what struck us was that we walked off Merchants Square in old Williamsburg and into a post-modern urban restaurant. If that was the look and feel they wanted, they have succeeded. You will sit elbow-to-elbow with other diners in a somewhat noisy... More

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