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“great food, overpriced wine list”
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Fat Canary
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Ranked #2 of 393 Restaurants in Williamsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Between Henry and Boundary Sts
Description: 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.
Reviewed November 25, 2012

The food here is consistently excellent. My wife and I like dining at the bar. The major drawback is that, like many good Williamsburg area restaurants (except Guiseppes and Maurizios), their wine list is overpriced. Their wine offerings are good, but it is impossible to find a wine below about $34....that is unreasonable.

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1  Thank allyn g
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Patrick D, Manager at Fat Canary, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts on the restaurant. We very much appreciate your continued patronage. We take pride in providing value in our wine selections, and I did want to let you know that in addition to the offerings on the list itself we offer all of our patrons access to the full wine cellar downstairs which features over 1500 labels, including more than 50 under $10. Any of those cellar wines are available with only a $10 corkage fee in the restaurant (in fact our entire list is priced at just $10 over retail). On your next visit I would be happy to personally show you around our cellar and assist with selection. Thank you again for taking the time to provide us with ever valuable feedback.

Patrick Driscoll
General Manager
Fat Canary

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Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Would give this place a 4.5 with a small .5 deduction just for expense and somewhat small menu. Otherwise a wonderful experience. Every item on the seasonal menu was memorable and delicious. Loved the oysters, the pork chop entree. The service was great and they are excellent with food allergies. Environment is bistro lively.

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1  Thank Bink530
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

My husband and I visit Williamsburg each year. We have been dining at Fat Canary for the past 3 years. The menu is always interesting and the service top-notch.

This year we had our best experience there. In fact we were able to dine there two evenings during the week. The wait staff is knowledgeable about the menu as well as the wines. We felt as if we were the most important patrons in the building. My husband had the oyster appetizer and declared them the most delicious oyters in the area. We had the special menu item - grouper one night and rock fish the other. Each had interesting ingredients and wonderful flavors.
We feel that the kitchen and service staff make Fat Canary the success that it is. We hope they continue to succeed so that we can dine there yearly!!

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1  Thank debbie w
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

It may be difficult to get a reservation but it is certainly worth it when you do. We had great food and great service. When we told our waitperson that we were interested in learning about Virginia wines, she made a list of wineries that we should visit later in our trip. We both ordered the pork chop with the goat cheese soufflé. The portions were so huge that we took half home and had dinner for a 2nd night. Don’t miss this place!

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1  Thank PepperRoss
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

A stunning meal in the Colonial Williamsburg area. A very popular restaurant that serves interestingly great food with awesome service. The wine list is excellent with plenty of good quality affordable wines. The portions are 'large' ... I had a rib starter which must have been equivalent to a half-rack! You must book ... don't expect to get a table on Fri/Sat without booking well in advance ... it is worth it!

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1  Thank Chris F
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