Le Yaca
Le Yaca

Le Yaca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leyacawilliamsburg.com/
  • Phone: 7572203616
  • Hours of Operation:
    Seven days a week: Lunch: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: 5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Yves Abid
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For Parties that would like outside catering please contact Jackie Chutter at Virginia Escape 757-229-1161 ext 10, or 1-800-992-1656; e-mail jackie@gaescape.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private room that fits up to 50 and three smaller rooms that can accommodate up to 20. For the larger room we ask that you have a group menu. For groups over 15 we ask that you have a set menu which can be from or group menu or from the Dinner menu it will increase your dining enjoyment at Le Yaca French Restaurant.
  • Private Party Contact: Joy Anderson-Abid 7578698255

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Le Yaca
Le Yaca began in a tiny, country village(Courchevel)in the French Alps in 1964.Daniele Bourderau & Gerard decided that it would be fun to open a small restaurant. When friends learned of their plans they told the hopeful restaurateurs that they were crazy to think that people would drive 8 kilometers on a winding, icy road for dinner.Daniele and Gerard hesitated for 3 months and then decided: “yaca le faire,” a contraction of the French phrase “ il n’y a qu’a le faire” which basically means “let’s do it.” They called the restaurant Le Yaca as a gag. But the name caught on with customers, who were amused by the pun and contributed to the restaurant’s lore by inventing “yaca-isms ” of their own: yaca y aller (let’s go). Daniele came to the United States & opened Le Yaca in Williamsburg.Daniel Abid bought le Yaca in 2001. Daniel worked and trained in such prestigious places as “Le Pre Catelan” and “Lenotre” in Paris; “L’Amandier” and “Roger Verge" and to top it all off “Alain Ducasse.”
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Le Yaca reviews from OpenTable diners
337 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (273)romantic (217)fit for foodies (188)notable wine list (124)great for lunch (119)neighborhood gem (117)great for brunch (73)great for outdoor dining (70)good for groups (69)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (1)Show More
  • gerryjudgementVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were very happy with our dinner. The restaurant has moved to new locations which are very elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Le Yaca is still wonderful
    AnnieEats
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was the second year in a row that my husband and I went to Le Yaca to celebrate my birthday. I was a little concerned, as it had moved to a new location, and the original owner has retired. The old location was nothing to look at from the outside, so the new setting in a more modern shopping center was fine. Inside was beautiful and classic, just like the old location. The food was wonderful. The tasting menu for $37 was a real deal, and I happily paid the upcharge for a Grand Marnier souffle. I loved being able to buy wine in a carafe, which was about two glasses, for slightly less than the price of two single glasses. All in all, a great way to celebrate my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SPECIAL OCCASION "GEM"
    Susan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I wanted to host a "birthday" dinner for very special/long time friends. When planning, I was thinking of your lovely restaurant or the Williamsburg Inn. I'm DELIGHTED that I chose Le Yacca. It was everything I wanted--and MORE! Thank you for helping me celebrate a social birthday with friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Splendid!
    JRPMGP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This place is Paris in Williamsburg! Excellent French cuisine, refined atmosphere and service... bon chic, bon genre!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, always.
    alice
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Le Yaca has been a favorite of mine for over 20 years, since I first discovered it. I drive many miles to spend an evening or lunch at Le Yaca, and I has been worth every penny. I love the new location with its higher ceilings and brighter ambiance. Thanks to the wonderful staff for consistent and attentive services. I'm grateful for all the fish and shellfish options, each artfully prepared. The prix fixe is a great deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    A truly excellent French Restaurant. Everything on the menu was prepared superbly and beautifully presented. The pureed onion soup, and crab cakes the best I ever had. The price fixed menu is a real bargain for the quality of the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place
    Hacome
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Ming was the essence of what what service stands for. Perfectly professional and amazingly efficient with exceptional attention to every detail
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in Williamsburg
    OpenTableFan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    What a find! This superb French restaurant is nestled in a shopping center away from the tourism of Williamsburg. Our food was expertly prepared and the service was exacting. We loved the pretty, elegant decor and will definitely return on our next trip to Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I rarely get to WIlliamsburg and have found the dining choices disappointing. I don't know how I overlooked Le Yaca, but I had not heard of it. I had a tough and stressful week and wanted a good lunch to restore my spirits. Le Yaca fit the bill perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the Best Reataurants
    Harvey
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    One of the best restaurants on the east coast if not the best!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hinghamVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was fantastic. The people were very accommodating and pleasant. Unfortunately the service could not have been worse. Had it not been for the secondary help pouring water, bringing bread, and finally bringing the check we might still have been waiting now two days later. Although our "waiter", I use that term loosely, was extremely pleasant, he was totally incompetent. I ordered a second glass of wine....the bus boy finally brought said he would get it when nothing arrived after waiting 15 minutes. The same happened with the bread and all the other courses. Even his pleasantries could not overcome the horrible impression he made and his total lack of skills as a waiter. Very disappointed.
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  • A real gem!
    Sammy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was looking for a place to treat my brother and his wife for their birthdays while we were on vacation and found a real gem. We had the perfect evening. Our filets were done to perfection and the hit of the evening was the souffle, which my brother commented was probably the best he ever had in all his travels worldwide.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • fine dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Excellent. Choice and quality of food were both supurb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still GREAT!
    Julie1037VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    After settling in to the new location, Le Yaca has regained its footing, with outstanding food and service. Still needs some work on controlling noise in the largest dining room, where larger groups are seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem near downtown Williamsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My wife and I occasionally vacation in Williamsburg and now have been to Le Yaca twice. The food is fabulous for a reasonable price. There are several small to medium size rooms so the noise level is very low. We highly recommend Le Yaca!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Consistently excellent. Lovely presentation, attentive but not overbearing service, wonderful food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 9/6/14 Dinner
    BobR
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Occasion was my wife's birthday, and our first visit. For 1st. course she has the "escargot" and I the "la crepe au crabe". Both were excellent. For mains, I had the filet with roquefort sauce and she the "le panache de la Mer". My filet was also excellent, but her seafood dish was a disappointment (over done). We both thought the dining room where we were seated was too noisy. Having said that, we would definitely return on another occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed, Over-priced
    Bridget
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Waitress brought a personal crafe the size of a wine glass. She returned later to say they misunderstood and believed we both wanted wine and did we want to pay extra for the 2 glasses. We glared at her and she took the crafe...unbelieveable at these prices!! What was she going to do...pour it back in the bottle?...pour it down the drain? Leave it on the table with your compliments and make an impression. The French onion soup was made by a 7 year old with bagged coutons and sprinkles of packaged cheese. It was absolutely not "French" and tasted terrible. The meat was tough and undercooked...not to our specifications. The view of apartments did not help our mood. We are done with Le Yaca.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always a wonderful experience - Excellent service, outstanding food, and the locations is amazingly convenient -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Anniversary Dining
    QuietDiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed my wife and I's 27th wedding anniversary here, food was great, atmosphere was very nice. Great place to spend a special evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lighthouse2014
    lighthouse2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is THE place to eat when dining in the Williamsburg area. We have dined in the finest restaurants in Manhattan and Le Yaca has now become our favorite. We live in NY and this is worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Libby
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Outstanding food, wonderful ambience and great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entree's to keep forever
    BruceVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Two entrees that are true keepers are: Grilled NY strip steak with potatoes, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and mixed greens AND Seared thinly sliced Scottish Salmon over leeks confit and heart healthy sauce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • frenchfav
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Our waiter was simply outstanding...had a quaint nickname I forget right now, but was he ever terrific! We lived in the French-speaking world for nearly three decades (France, Martinique and French Africa) and can attest that the food was the real French deal! Yum! Not easy to come by stateside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fan-freaking-tastic!
    Eater
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The food was amazing! You obviously pay a premium for the quality of food, but this was the best food I have ever eaten in my life! We went for my wife's birthday. We had the crab stuffed crepes which were rich and smooth. Then I had the butter squash soup and my wide had the French onion soup. Again out taste buds were stimulated like never before! For the main course I had the scallops which were cooked to perfection and my wife had the surf and turf - filet and a crab cake. Both were so daggum tasty that there was no plate envy at our table! If you go there you have to have the quicichino! It's a signature cappuccino that is to die for! Go to Le Yaca, Eat! You will not be disappointed!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    4ForDining
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food and drink presentation and quality were excellent, and the staff were professional and knowledgeable. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food at Le Yaca is always excellent. Love their soups! It's a little noisy and doesn't have the intimate ambiance of their former location but still a favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    8 of us had dinner here to celebrate 2 birthdays. The service, staff, food and atmosphere were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A wonderful experience
    Lovefood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    From the moment you walk in you know you're in for a treat. Every course was perfection. I am looking forward to returning for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food, service and generous portions. And the restaurant is in a new location and brand new space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great food; Great Service. You will be doing yourself a favor to visit this restaurant. Our server, Kelly, was the BEST.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful meal, great service
    ClearCreek
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Arrived in Williamsburg mid-afternoon and looked for a nice place to start a fun, romantic weekend. Could not have done better than Le Yaca - restaurant was warm and inviting, food was outstanding and flavorful and service was wonderful. My date had the quiche and I had seafood crepes - both dishes were perfectly prepared and well presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • none
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    first dining experience at the new location. lovely decor. Same great food, wine and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Restaurant Has Disappeared
    NSNSNRNS
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Two meals in two deals at this formerly wonderful French Restaurant demonstrated the new owner has lost touch with what made this great French institution what it was. The service is about on a par with Applebee's. Clearly getting clients into the bar to pad the bill while tables in the dining room sit empty seems to be a new profit center. At dinner the strip steak was very tough and the fennel soup nearly tasteless. At lunch the day before the fish was not fresh and the duck breast was so chewy it could not be comfortably eaten. The French bread was Wonderbread with a crust. As a huge fan of this restaurant it pains me to write such a negative review. The front of the house staff is very inexperienced and it shows. t
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cweaterVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    superb food, excellent service, well-designed dining areas conducive to quiet talking among friends excellent lunch menu and good value will visit again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in town
    VADinersLoveToEatVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    You will not be disappointed when you go to brunch at Le Yaca. It beings with either a Bloody Mary, Mimosa or Champagne followed by a basket of chocolate croissants and baguette. The choices for the main course are limited but all are excellent. Your meal includes soup or salad and a delicious dessert. We were celebrating a birthday and were served an after dinner glass of champagne which was very nice. Our server, Mingh, provided the best of the best. He is our favorite server. The restaurant is located in the High Street commercial development with plenty of parking. Reservations are required during the busy season but from Jan through Mar when the tourists are not around, you can walk in for either lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Jimbob
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Old world, classic French dining experience right here in little old Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pooh Bear
    GregoryVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As always ...... everything was perfect ! Saturday night was even more special than normal ..... Great Food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of France!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent cuisine, great service, nice ambiance. About as good as it gets this side of the Atlantic!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for food
    thoughtforfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is the new location for Le Yaca that's quite different from their previous location. It is updated, modern, bright and comfortable. The menu and the food continue to be outstanding. I haven't tried everything on the menu, but I suspect that any of it would be enjoyable. Service is very attentive.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.