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Le Yaca
Le Yaca

Le Yaca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leyacawilliamsburg.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 is, arguably, the best restaurant in the Williamsburg area. My wife and I have been there to celebrate two special occasions, and we found both times that the ambiance, the food and the service were extremely good, and the price was very reasonable considering the quality of the entire experience. We can highly recommend that you plan to celebrate there the next special event in your life."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday. She had the summer special menu while I chose the 3 course menu. Both provided choices that we found pleasurable. The hot soup course was delightfully hot - just as I like it. The house wines (red and white) were excellent and inexpensive. The decor is elegant."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Food was good, but we found the waiter inappropriate. When I chose a wine, I do not care if he thinks it is a good selection because the madam got a good deal on it. I do not care if he and the madam have a good relationship, as he was telling the nearby table. I do not care to be asked if I am ready for the next course when all he should be doing is requesting to remove the plates. I do not care to be address as monsieur nor my wife as madam by a person who is not French. We have dined here many times, but the last two, since the reopening, have demonstrated poor service levels. Growing pains, I hope, that will be rectified soon."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Terrific food!!!! A real must for a special celebration or a desire for excellent food!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Le Yaca is in a new location, we had been once before at the old one, definitely better, a number of different rooms flowing nicely together. The food was excellent, the three course menu for $37 is a great buy considering the quality of the food. we will be back. Parenthetically we are frequently in Europe and have a considerable Michelin star collection (as a frame of reference)."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "very good soup, ok wine list, service a little unprofessional, but nice. great desserts, overall a very good experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was excellent as usual. Service was a little remiss. I think the "first team" wait staff had the night off."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This is one of the nicest restaurants in Williamsburg. The food and ambiance was great and worth the money."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Our evening at Le Yaca was most enjoyable. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "From the moment you enter the establishment, you know that you are taken back to a time when elegant dining was something very, very special. The restauant, divided into the design of an early estate with many different dining rooms, is elegant with white linen tablecloths and dramatic table settings. The service staff is knowledgable, there to attend to every need without being pushy, and always there to assist you when necessary. The food is phenominal. the qulaity of the food and the presentation are both as good as anywhere I've dined. And if you are indulgent, order the Gran Marnier Soufle for dessert (you must do this whenyou aroder your food as the preparation time is about 30 minutes). I'm sure you'll enjoy La Yaca!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I had been looking forward to dinner at Le Yaca for awhile. The waitress kept interrupting My gal pal and I, even after a few suggestions to her that we barely get to see each other and this was a special treat and we had lots of catching up to do. She did not take the hints...very obtrusive if you ask me they should really teach their wait staff better manner and to just keep a watchful eye out to refill water etc, instead of interrupting every 5 minutes. I will not be back. The other chief complaint was it was very noisy I do realize the were a few folks in the bar, but for such a nice and expensive place you would of thought they would have doors for the room we were in as the noise level was too much!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "My wife and I have been to France several times. We very much appreciate French cuisine for many reasons. Le Yaca is as close as you can get to France without a passport. We will return often."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Wonderful experinece. Exceptional service by Keith, our waiter. Food delicious and not overpriced. So glad they moved to this new location. First time we were aware of this 5 star restuarant and have been visiting Williamsbueg annually for the past 12 years."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This is a find in Williamsburg, that has many restaurants, but few fine dining. This was our third visit, each being notable. We had an excellent waitress. Our only concern was the noise level. There was a party celebrating a birthday."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our friends invited us one night for dinner and I decided I wanted to come back for my Birthday at lunch. I absolutely have no complaints about either visit. On my birthday we even arrived a little late because we drove up from 1hr away and they were still kind enough to accommodate us. The price for food is like none I have ever seen for the quality of food and service. My husband wants to make this venue a monthly event for us. As long as they are open we will always be customers."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a nice quiet dining experience at Le Yaca. The food presentation was beautiful as well as our surroundings."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were excited to see the new location of the restaurant. Our dinner was all we hoped for and more. We had visited the old location several times for lunch and were never disappointed. Well done!!! We shall return."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Le Yaca never fails to impress. Delicious food, beautiful surroundings, and a professional staff. Merci!!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our dinner was on the occasion of our wedding anniversary. It was a great dining experience. The service was absolutely superb and the attention by the staff was first rate. I would strongly recommend Le Yacca to my frends with the certainty that they will be very pleased."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The entire evening was enjoyable. The food was delicious, starting with a tasty salad and finishing with a scrumptious dessert."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "This is my third visit to Le Yaca in its new location...the food remains as high quality as ever -- but I have yet to have a pleasant dining experience in the new spot. The servers just don't have service down. Ice teas that are empty for 30 minutes wanting a refill, to bread that never arrives, to the disappearing waiter -- too many tables in different rooms that they don't come back to check. Overall this had made dining here an aggrevation rather than a treat. Will probably try one more time, but after nearly 25 years of Le Yaca as a standard for our family, the next time may be the last."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Excellent as always. If the madam comes to your table and recommends the fish, you need to get it because you will not be dissapointed. Service is usually excellent. Our server even recommended his after dinner drink, he called it the Keith or quichecino. Funny name, great drink."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Quite simply, the best restaurant on the Penninsula!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Service, food, and atmosphere in Le Yaca are outstanding. The staff is attentive and goes the extra mile to ensure your dining experience is a pleasure. There's plenty of room for both romantic couples, a dinner out with the whole family, or celebrating a special event. Choose your wine from the wide selection on their iPad wine list. The three course set menu has a wide variety of excellent choices, but you can always pick from the a la carte as well. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My wife and I agree that this was the best meal we've had in a very long time. The tenderloin melted in our mouths. The crab crabs were absolutely amazing and they had little filler in them. We look forward to dining there sometime in the future."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Reminded me of my days in Paris. Restaurant owner is a Parisian charm. Food exception."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "A very enjoyable evening with excellent food, good service and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I travel one hour to dine here so we usually do lunch. Absolutely worth the trip always an interesting menu, New location quite nice."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Treat yourself to a fabulous dining experience at Le Yaca. The food, service and ambience are amazing."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great new location, same excellent food and service. Very pleasant decor and a new semicircular bar make for an enjoyable evening out with friends."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Lovely venue and food was excellant. Just 2 things..... luncheon choices were mixed up (the special salmon & the al a carte). OK that neither party minded yet a bit of a disappointment. Second, with many open tables in our dining room, a large party was placed side-by-side to our four-some and it created more noise that need be."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Took our family from out of town there for lunch and they could not have been more pleased with the food and service!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My girlfriend had recommended this restaurant as a way of celebrating our 1st year anniversary. I'm happy she did. I really liked the service and the personalized treatment we received such as the waiter having a heart added to the soup du jour. It was all very unique. In addition, the food was very up scale and decently priced when compared to other restaurants of its kind."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Outstanding 40th Anniversary Dinner! Ming was a excellent waiter. Top resteraunt in town. THe new location only enhances the experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Made reservations to Le Yaca while in Williamsburg on business. We were excited to try something new while in Williamsburg. Overall, Le Yaca was an enjoyable experience. The menu offers a 3 course dinner or a la carte. The soup special of apple, carrot and curry was memorable. The entrees were a little disappointing. Both the veal and the lobster tail were a bit overcooked. The desserts were well presented and quite tasty. The wine list does not match up to the quality of this restaurant. Wait staff was great and service was timely. Front desk could pay more attention to incoming and outgoing patrons. This is a pricey place and the front desk, food and wine list didn't quite deliver to the high level expected."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Le yaca continues to provide a consistently excellent dining experience. Well trained unobtrusive staff ,lovely presentation and subtle seasoning. Always a pleasure"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the ambiance great. We always enjoyed eating at the other location, but feel this is even nicer. Look forward to a return visit for dinner."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We dined at La Yaca last Friday, 7/25. From the moment we walked into the restaurant my wife and I new we were someplace special. The atmosphere and decor of the restaurant was warm, welcoming, and elegant. Some of the menu, wines, spirits, etc. were presented on an Apple IPad, the food menu was on a traditional printed menu. The food was absolutely wonderful as was the service. The menu selections was amazing and we both could have ordered anything off the menu and would have truly enjoyed it, they just seemed to have everything we like and our selection was a difficult choice, however, a good choice. I highly recommend La Yaca for a very special night out and will can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "First time at the new location. Excellent Weekday summer menu @ $29. Food, as always, was superb."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Dined here on our anniversary. A special restaurant where all is first class!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014