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Le Yaca
Le Yaca

Le Yaca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leyacawilliamsburg.com
  • Email: joy@leyacawilliamburg.com
  • Phone: (757) 220-3616
  • 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 (757) 869-8255

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.”Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Le Yaca has been one of my favorite restaurants for years so I viewed its relocation to High Street with trepidation. Would it lose its old world charm and atmosphere? Thankfully, it has not. The interior retains much of what I liked about the old place, including the great hearth, a variety of rooms and moods, perhaps not as good a view but greatly expanded outdoor seating and bar area. The food remains very good and sometimes great at a good price and the service is attentive and responsive. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "What can I say? I'm not really into French restaurants but this is a gem! The menu is diverse and has something for everyone. Went for lunch at their new location and I will return again. I live in Virginia Beach and the trip to Williamsburg is worth it."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I took my daughter here for an 'end of Spring break' dinner. We were greeted by a sweet women who showed us to a cozy spot after highlighting some of the beauty transferred from their last spot. We started the meal with their fun wine list (on an iPad) and some fantastic bread! The escargot was fabulous! Her first taste, and was proud it was a good experience. The French onion soup and strawberry gazpacho were perfect! We had veal and filet both served 2 different ways. ALL four were fabulous! The filet w/gorgonzola cream sauce was my favorite, as the veal with mushroom wine sauce was hers. I opted for the extra charge on the grand marnier soufflé, worth it! out of room to write more, could go on for pages. Best experience in AGES!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We are so excited to have Le Yaca in High Street, which is much more accessible to most people. The food and ambiance are the same as the old restaurant, but it is so beautiful and elegant! We plan on making it our "place to dine"!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Excellent! It made our anniversary a splendid one! Excellent food, Excellent service, couldn't ask for anything more! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "For our first visit to Le Yaca's new location, we had a wonderful evening. Our approach to the new location was jarring, what with the movie theater across the street, a Five Guys hamburger joint in sight and a Azteca Mexican restaurant next door. The new outdoor sign is a little over the top. But once inside, the restaurant had much the same ambiance as the old location. One thing we need to say right away, the food and service was familiar, and they have always been excellent. The location change hasn't affected that at all. We would (and do) recommend Le Yaca to friends."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food tasted great, but would have been better if was hotter when served. Service is relaxed. Not a good choice if you don't have time for a very leisurely dinner. Nice wine list. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "New location: inadequate parking, missing menus, and the service has declined since my last visit. Maybe the issues I experienced will correct themselves over time, but it was a less enjoyable meal than previous occasions. E people are friendly, but everyone was clueless. How do you seat a table with only one menu? None of the issues were acknowledged or addressed, food was still excellent. If I had been able to look at a menu right side up for more than a minute, I might have ordered more of it."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Nice to find a comfortable French restaurant in Williamsburg!"
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner in early February for my birthday. New location interior design is well done; the food and service were exquisite. Fireplace is beautiful. Enjoyed escargot and filet mignon cooked to perfection. Will go back again when we return to Williamsburg."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "The BEST restaurant in the Hampton Roads area. French cuisine without equal here and rivaling the finest restaurants in northern Virginia. Moderately priced for the fine meals served, Le Yaca offers excellent value for a special night out."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "6 of us on a Sunday night. Over 3 hrs. At least 30 minutes between courses. How is that when it is the included set salad and soup for starters. Set crème brulee for dessert. Management needs trained wait staff. Demeanor not professional for a restaurant with a fine reputation. The service issue is noted in several current reviews. We also experienced the wait staff's confusion as to who ordered what."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We have had lunch at Le Yaca many times at their old location, but this was our first dinner experience -- it was our anniversary and we wanted a special occasion. The food was great, as usual, the service highly professional and efficient, and we left thinking about how soon we could return (we live in a city about 45 miles away)."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was fabulous. We really enjoyed the 3 course price fixed menu options. We sat in the front room and it was very loud. It was hard to converse and that detracted from the overall experience. Next time I will ask for a quieter table."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Le Yaca is a Williamsburg tradition and just moved in January to their new location. The food has always been outstanding and continues to deliver. We had the $37 meal that is 3 courses and the both sops were exceptional! The man meal course are many on this option with us having the veal tenderloin and salmon-both were prepared perfect and filling. The deserts were great and service good. It was a nice evening so we enjoyed dinner outdoors on the new patio. The owner came by our table multiple times remember me for my prior dinners over the last 25 years!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Having just recently moved to Williamsburg, we were looking for a nice, upscale restaurant to take our friends who were visiting and celebrating their 16th anniversary. Le Yaca was recommended by one of my neighbors so we gave it a try. What a wonderful dining experience. My husband loved his "rack of Lamb" dish and my veal medallions with 2 different sauces were superb. But the very best part of the evening's culinary delight was when they brought our dessert -- the Grand Marnier souffle. It was heavenly! My friend ordered the flourless chocolate cake which was also excellent and when I had a bite of each together, it was beyond words, Yum, Yum, Yum! We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time and 1st at new location. To make the long story short the older place was 5 stars vice 1 star on the new place."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I have been to Le Yaca twice within two weeks! Once with my students and the second time with teacher friends. Both experiences were beyond delicious. The service and food were the same for the group as for the five of us! Excellent! Every detail was attended to and every bite a dream come true! I am so excited about this new location and the ambience is suitable for an haute cuisine establishment. So glad you brought the fireplace to the new site! It is very European! Always reminds me of a salon in a European chateau! Merci beaucoup for our wonderful experiences..........I will return with more students in June!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "All was very good. We ran late due to traffic and restaurant was accommodating. The new setting for this long-standing restaurant is very pretty and more convenient. There is not a lot of privacy at tables for talking. Dinner was nicely paced. Waiter was attentive, but pushy in the end-brought check before coffee. Needed water refill. The offerings were varied and fresh. The fish was cooked perfectly. I liked the 3-course dinner option. Portions were nice and not too large. I would return."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Always a great place to celebrate a special occasion or to get together with good friends. Reasonable wine list, generally very reasonable prices overall. Exceptionally good food."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "La Yaca has always been a wonderful dinning experience. You can be assured of good quality food every time you dine. The three course Bistro menu is affordable for those on a smaller budget wishing to have a romantic evening out. This menu is only available during the beginning of the week so plan accordingly. This is a dinning experience, you never feel rushed, it is quiet allowing conversation to be pleasurable, excellent food, wine, outstanding desserts. My only complaint is, the new wait staff has not been trained in the proper way of serving and clearing the table. They tend to clear by reaching across the table and stacking dishes noisily. I am sure with training this will be rectified by management."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant to celebrate in with a special person"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Looks like the kinks have been worked out since relocating to High Street. Our salads were fresh, our crepes were served hot and beautifully plated and the creme brulee is one of the best I've ever eaten. Our server, Mingh, was very attentive as usual. He is always very pleasant and provides exceptional service. LeYaca has dropped its two course lunch special and has only a three course available for $17. You can order a la carte if you wish. With tourist season beginning in Williamsburg, my suggestion would be to make a reservation for either lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Everything was excellent until we had to wait a long time for the bill and then a long time for the credit card to be picked up."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The new Le Yaca is even better. Same delicious food and attentive service. Our group ordered the three-course lunch special and everything was delicious. The restaurant is gorgeous with lots of light and beautiful furnishings. It retains some of the French ambiance from the old location, but projects a more modern and energetic feel. Love it!!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My wife and I were fortunate to find the Le Yaca French restaurant in Williamsburg, VA to compliment our trip celebrating our 42nd wedding anniversary. From the time we arrived we were confident that it would be an enjoyable experience. The entire staff was very cordial and accommodating, the owner took time to visit our table, twice, and the service was exceptional. The food was excellently prepared and seasoned to perfection. I found a good bottle of wine to accompany the meal at a reasonable price. As I told the owner, when asked about the meal, "this is the first time in 20 years of dining out that my wife has cleaned her plate." I would highly recommend Le Yaca to anyone in the Williamsburg area looking for a fine dining restaurant."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We went to Le Yaca for my birthday dinner. They had no music playing which was an immediate turn off but then explained that the system was currently broken and apologized. The restaurant is lovely but one of the rooms is much nicer than the other. Our server was very friendly, but the food took forever. We waited 20 minutes after ordering for the salads to arrive and dinner took just that long if not longer after we finished our salads. I appreciate the fact that true european dining is at a slower pace than many other restaurants but this was a bit ridiculous. The food was amazing, every course, but the fact that it took so long really killed it for me. There was no explanation or apology given for the timing."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Noise levels too high due to bare walls, bare floor and overstuffing diners in one area while other sitting areas were uninhabited. Snail appetizer drowned in too much liquid, pureed onion soup tasted more like consommee but seafood sampler entree, blue cheese filet and apple tartlet dessert were exquisite. Great wine and excellent service. Still, too much of a mixed bag at these prices."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed lunch - first visit to new location and found the facility very nice and relaxing for lunch. Did the special - for $17 it was a great value; almost a steal. Salad, crepe, and dessert all superb. Our waitress Jean was very thoughtful and efficient. For shoppers, location is very convenient and seating capacity is quite large. Will return again and again."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Our 3rd visit to the new location. We love the bistro menu offered (with the reg. menu) Sunday-Wed. Two entree choices seem to change over time, but the 6 oz tenderloin must be a staple - at least we hope so. All 3 of us ordered it, one med. rare, one med., and one med. well. We weren't trying to test the kitchen, but we each agreed all three were perfectly cooked and delicious. Similar results on previous visits. Next time I must try something else, but it will be hard. Soups and desserts, wonderful. Wine too. Service is always excellent, but special thanks go to our waiter Minh, whom we recognized from another restaurant in town some years ago. He was, as we remembered, friendly, helpful, and professional. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "we were seated in a slice of a room that had no character, cut off from the main area, which had live music and more interesting decor. This is not at all like the old restaurant; it didn't feel like we were in the lovely Le Yaca which we dined in many times before."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Nicer location than the previous one, but much louder due to a bar, which attracts a different crowd, and hard flooring, which amplifies sound. The guitarist playing Spanish music was out of place in a French restaurant, and just added to the noise level, as people in the room tried to talk over his playing. We were seated in a small anteroom which was quiet until two couples who obviously had hearing problems and cared nothing for other diners were seated in the same room. After that, we could hardly wait to leave. Our server was foreign and very polite, but service was slow. We go there only on occasion for the excellent food."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "New location--same if not better Le Yaca! The perfect French restaurant and the icing on the souffle is that it does not gouge its customers like many others do. Quality abounds here; tried the Bistro Menu on this visit and it was superb."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We have been going to Le Yaca for years. We think it is a fine French restaurant with great a great menu. We were last there for a birthday celebration. They did not let us down."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "This is the fIrst time we have gone since it has reopened. We found the food to be excellent but the wait staff needed training. They tried hard but because of the accent of our waiter we could not understand what the daily specials were. After asking him to repeat it, we just gave up. We also were surprised that he reached across people when serving or clearing the table. We were at a table for four and he served and cleared from the same single position. What happened to the wonderful servers they used to have?"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Felt like a cheesy French restaurant in Disney. Located in strip mall and the food was bland. Much prefer the restaurants in historic district. Forgot my birthday candle on my cake but what are you going to do...I'm not one for attention."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My husband and I returned to Le Yaca during a recent trip to Williamsburg. This was our first visit to their new building and location, which is much more convenient to visitors. We were VERY glad to see they've retained much of the feel of the original space, and the food and service were as outstanding as ever. As always, the owner visits every table, checking on one's experience. We were pleasantly surprised by the wine list, which seemed to offer more by-the-glass options, all of which are both excellent and reasonable. Their $5 per glass house wine, a French red resembling a Cotes de Rhone, was a delightful treat. Since we're retiring back to Tidewater soon, we look forward to many more fine meals at Le Yaca!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Excellent lunch. Food was excellent; Ambiance was excellent, everything was excellent. I like new venues and it was a very nice lunch. Well done!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014