Le Yaca
Le Yaca

Le Yaca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.leyacawilliamsburg.com/
  • Phone: 7572203616x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Seven days a week: 11AM - 10PM daily

    Lunch menu 11AM - 3PM

    Bar menu 3PM - 10PM

    Dinner menu 5PM - 10PM

    Coffee, tea, and pastry menu 11AM - 10PM
  • 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 7578698255x

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
326 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (276)romantic (211)fit for foodies (207)notable wine list (136)neighborhood gem (119)great for lunch (93)good for groups (74)great for outdoor dining (66)great for brunch (61)hot spot (21)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (12)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Fantastic for a Romantic Dinner
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Had a wonderful experience for an anniversary dinner. Great food, attentive but not intrusive staff, fantastic ambiance. Overall a wonderful restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently stellar!
    Patty
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This was our first visit to the new location. It is attractive and spacious. We visit Williamsburg about once a year and always include a visit to Le Yaca. We have never been disappointed. We can feel confident that our experience will be excellent every time! While it is not an inexpensive restaurant, we find the prices to be fair. It is good to find a nice bottle of wine for less than $50 and the dinner prices are not inflated. We feel we get our money's worth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch @ Le Yaca
    bigwootay
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Another outstanding dining experience. Food was perfect. I would recommend the oysters, half raw and half cooked. They are served with different sauces, elegant yet simple, that perfectly compliment the oyster. Service as usual was excellent. Everyone I take with me is always pleased! Thanks for making my birthday brunch a wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem in a strip mall!
    JFBIV
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    we greatly enjoyed our dinner at Le Yaca. The snapper was excellent. The house wine was excellent and inexpensive. The staff were very nice. If we had more time we would have ordered the chef's tasting menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Le Yaca
    Sharon
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to Le Yaca this past Saturday night for a dinner for two in their new location. Very beautiful building inside and out. Service excellent and the food was outstanding. Would definitely recommend especially for adults. Best crab cake that I have ever had and being from Maryland and Virginia Beach that is quite a feat! Definitely will go again when in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Didn't know what to expect
    CMLa
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were visiting the Williamsburg area and selected Le Yaca based on some internet reviews, so we really weren't sure what to expect. We were very pleasantly surprised with a wonderful dining experience. Our dinner was amazing, our meals prepared to perfection with an attentive wait staff. We will definitely return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday - anniversary celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food was excellent as always. We had the Belon oysters, salad and the red snapper. Walter's service was superb as usual. What a way to celebrate a birthday and an anniversary. All enjoyed the meal and ambiance. Le Yacca continues to be the best of Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time in a Local Notable
    raredaters
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Although we've lived in Williamsburg for 18 years and LeYaca has been here more than 30 years, we had never dined there. We reserved a table at an early hour on a Friday because we expected they would fill up. So we enjoyed quiet and fast service. Our waiter (Keith) was full of information about the restaurant from earlier days. The menu was diverse but we chose a new option which was a combination (choice of soup or salad, fish or meat combination platters and a dessert medley). It was excellent. The wine list was complete and our choice excellent. We loved everything about Le Yaca and plan to return often--kicking ourselves for not trying it sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Birthday for Wife...
    EscapetoWilliamsburg
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Couple each from Austin, San Antonio and southern California... The youngest of the sisters turned 60 that night. We had great food and great service in a beautiful building! The Lamb special was hanging above the brick oven. As we walked in the front door he was preparing the lamb chop/leg of lamb combo. The bisque was delicious, everyone enjoyed their entrees, and although most shared Grand Marnier souffles I opted for the chocolate dessert after our server assured it was rich and dark. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dining Experience
    Zora
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Although we had visited Williamsburg many times, we had never dined at Le Yaca. Research before our trip prompted me to make reservations and we were not disappointed. The service was friendly and outstanding from the second we entered until we left. Our server, Keith, was knowledgable and very attentive. His wine recommendation was spot on. Lamb cooked to requested temperature over a wood fire was a special for the evening. It is the best lamb I have ever had...seasoned and cooked perfectly. The soufflé to end the evening was cooked to perfection and was delicious. The restaurant is decorated beautifully. Le Yaca is one of the best restaurants we have experienced and we intend to dine there whenever we return to Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LeYaca
    JodyG37
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    On our last evening of our week-long vacation in Colonial Williamsburg with our friends, we ate for the first time, at LeYaca. The wine selection was extensive, featuring several options either by the glass, carafe or bottle, a wonderful array of food selections and, most appreciated, a three-course dinner option that we four all decided to choose. Everything was exceptionally wonderful! The service was excellent without being obsequious, and our evening closed with a most enjoyable addition to our vacation with this meal. We definitely will be back. LeYaca is perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    This was our first visit to the new location. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Service
    sulu
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Our waitress was friendly and very personable--as was everyone else providing service to our table. The food was excellent, as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    foodgloriousfood
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Located in a shopping center. No advertisement in the local "tourist rags". So one would think not too appealing. Wrong! The restaurant has a typically upscale French ambiance: eclectic and yet with a rustic take. Fireplace for the spit on Thursday, professionally set tables etc. Service was very good, had the waiter given me the cork upon opening of the wine bottle, I would have given "impeccable". We chose the 3 course menu prix fixe: Salad left a bit to be desired as to creativity; the entrees universally considered excellent. Dessert delicious. Wine list very good and reasonable prices, particularly the French wines. Overall a great experience. Recommend to any foodie visiting the Williamsburg area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Find
    yummme
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Wonderful little restaurant we found a few years back. Great lunch menu at reasonable prices. Great tasting food that you can't find else where in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Williamsburg
    kml23185VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We took 1 out of staters to our favorite restaurant. Everyone enjoyed all aspects of their meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Even Better Now
    umvintner
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    For the last several years, my wife and I have dined at Le Yaca each time we have vacationed in Williamsburg. The food has always been excellent, the service superb, and the price very reasonable for a meal of such quality. Now, the restaurant has moved into a new, spacious building, so our experience was even better! I regularly recommend this restaurant to all my friends visiting the Williamsburg area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    drfreed
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Le Yaca has a warm atmosphere with very attentive servers. The flavors of the fare served were well wedded. Portions are ample in the traditional French style where the prix fixe menu is a good entrer to this gem of a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Meal
    FrequentBoathousepatron
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time, and the price for the three-course dinner is incredibly reasonable for big portions. They also offer affordable wine options. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Le Yaca continues to be our very favorite restaurant in Williamsburg. We love their new location. The decor is beautiful, our cosmos at the bar were perfect, our very romantic and quiet dining room was just what we wished for, the service was outstanding, and all three courses were exceptional. My husband and I will continue to seek a restaurant that we enjoy as much as yours in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finest Friday luncheon!
    JordanVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Five of my favorites at my favorite lunch spot! Best meal in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious Ambience
    JA14
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Had lunch here two months ago when we were looking at buying a house. Have just moved here and wanted to try dinner. We were seated promptly, the specials sounded scrumptious but we stayed with the normal menu and the service and food were excellent. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!!
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Best restaurant in Virginia! We can't believe it is in Williamaburg-the lamb is amazing. I want to try coming back for Thanksgiving some time. It is one of top restaurants in the counyry
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Williamsburg
    Rek96VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Was pleased to find this place. Good meal- beautiful setting- only negative complaint was that the waiter convinced us to order a meal grilled instead of poached- which the kitchen messed up. The waiter then tried to take his plate and cut half of the salmon off of his plate to go back and grill it..very awkward to be reaching onto his plate and cutting the food after he had started eating it. Just bring out a new one...He was very nice and very attentive though. Overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • garkat
    Garkat
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Our first time at Le Yaca - discovered only because of the new location. A very enjoyable experience all around. We were seated away from the center of the room as requested in our reservation. Very attentive service. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and provided helpful guidance. Food was excellent overall. Crepe with lump crab meat to start was excellent as was the squash soup - just right not too heavy. Main course veal scaloppini very nicely done. The only disappointment was the main course Dover sole which was a bit dry and not as sweet as expected. Apple tart for dessert put just the right finish on the meal. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unexpected
    lhj47
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    First visit to Williamsburg and Le Yaca! Our hosts had heard good things about Le Yaca so we decided to take them there. Lovely atmosphere, excellent waitstaff and delicious food. We will certainly eat at Le Yaca again if we ever visit Williamsburg again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Chaz1ck
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Food and service was exceptional. We ordered from the prefix menu and selection was a great variety of beef, veal, chicken fish, etc. All of the courses were great examples of presentation of food. Sstablishment was so good that we made reservations to go back two days later. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bill4food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Le Yaca is a rare find in rare location in situated independently in shopping mall. The facilities are exceptional in design, space, noise level, trained staff, and above all outstanding French food. Prix fix dinner for $37 not including tax, tip and beverage. Still a bargain for exceptional food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnolia
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Le Yaca has never disappointed me! I brought my sister and mother here for lunch. The waiter was so gracious and observant to our needs. The food was spectacular. We all had the crepe de crab. So rich and full of lump crab meat. The dessert was a rich chocolate cake with ice cream. Delicious! We will definitely go back next time my sister is in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb dinner
    Dinner4us
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Lovely new building, with great decor. Guitarist next to fireplace made for a charming cozier dining room. Food and service is absolutely 5 star. We had a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 11 on 10 pt scale
    Zyxy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The steak was tough, the soup was watery and the coffee tast just like mud.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion dinner
    btbmd49
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Very friendly and effective server. House red wine was well received by the ladies. Raves for all the soups. Everyone found entrees very satisfying, especially the steaks and fish. My wife and I had dined at the old location and our friends were delighted with the experience. The new location is more accessible and offers a very attractive dining setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TheBEAV2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Absolutely wonderful food. So glad we took the recommendation from our friends to try Le Yaca. We will definitely return when we are in Williamsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bellifontaine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First class food and service. My visiting relatives from France were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for an dining experience
    trynsumthinnew
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The experience was wonderful over all. My whole family really enjoyed trying new things off of the menu and loved practically everything we put in our mouth. The bottle of wine we shared was impeccable as well. I was just disappointed to spend that amount of money on a dinner when I was not provided with the service one would expect from a place like this.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NC Business Traveler
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I travel for a living and love great dining. Found this gem a year ago and cannot get enough. Classic french dining with incredibly good pricing. IMHO the best value in the country for truly great french dining...and the absolute best value anywhere for the 3 course lunch or dinner specials. The ambiance wreaks of fine dining and romance. But I have eaten there often alone and enjoy the atmosphere and great service (ask for Minh) ...this place should not be missed! I would put this and the Fat Canary in the top 5 restaurants in NC VA and DC... and no one even close in value. Kudos
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Pleasant
    Randy740
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We went for our 41st anniversary. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere. Service was first class. When I made my reservation I mentioned it was our anniversary. They decorated our deserts with a chocolate " HAPPY ANNIVERSARY" They also gave of 2 glasses of champagne to help us celebrate the occasion. Most important, the food was great
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    Jeanette
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    this is one of our favorite places to eat. It is always a wonderful experience and has never let us down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    lovetoeat8
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    New York dining in Williamsburg. The halibut was sweet, fresh, melt in your mouth delicious. My husbands lamb was so tender you could cut it with a fork and super tasty. He sauces were so good and complimented the food so well that they enhanced by adding a layer of flavor rather than masking the entre. The creme brûlée was the perfect ending to an amazing meal. Would definitely go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hit
    RVABystander
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went here for a night out at the end of the weekend. The staff was friendly, well informed, and attentive. The menu is quite good, but my wife did not enjoy her lentils as much as I did. Still a good meal with a nice wine, even if it is on the pricier side of the ledger. But I think it was worth it over all and we will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet