Le Yaca

4.8
6027 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went for our 25th wedding anniversary!! Axel was a wonderful waiter and a quite good photographer! The food was amazing and the service was great. I highly recommend this establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday Brunch, outstanding service and a wonderful meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect but the noise level was insane. Everyone was trying to talk over everyone else and with no carpet, sound wasn’t absorbed . Aside from that, the food, service and ambiance were top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best in town!!! Love Gail and Cyril and the entire team!

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MattW
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the night me and my now fiancé celebrated our engagement. The staff and food was AMAZING. Could not have asked for a better night after an already amazing day!

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EricJ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my next-door neighbors for their anniversary and they loved it. This was my and my wife's second time and it was just as impressive as the first.

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Charlesd
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere and service were great. The food was slightly predictable, salmon or crab, filet, scallops, pasta but done with a French/American flair. The appetizers and desserts great and past the first 5 entres things are more interesting. For the moderate + price the food and value were excellent. I would recommend this restaurant time and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious!!

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Jesse
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food and service were exceptional.

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed our lunch but quite expensive for lunch...........$80 with tip

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat diner, as always the food was delicious, the waitstaff was on point. I can't wait to return.

JP
JamesP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Great staff and the food was awesome.

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vipMicheleW
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went on Sunday for for my bday. The restaurant is absolutely exquisite! It’s bright, contemporary but French just beautiful! The branch was an amazing deal $32 for 3 courses and a cocktail! The entrées were seafood or vegetarian and it was just wonderful cooked perfectly! I ordered the lobster w/ spinach on potato’s with truffle vinaigrette. My husband ordered seafood risotto and shrimp and scallops were cooked perfectly with amazing risotto!

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Linda
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, wonderful experience 👍

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MarielF
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing meal - so authentic and consistently high quality food and service.

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BobH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was fantastic and they did not rush you. You do not eat out at Le Yaca, you Dine!

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beach4me
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We decided to celebrate a birthday with a special lunch out at Le Yaca. We both had the Prix Fixe menu for lunch, which has plenty of choices, and 3 courses at a good price. We were very pleased with all of the food, and their warm French bread with butter is delicious. It was a nice way to celebrate a special day!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish everything was outstanding. Our server Brianna B. is a true professional. She made us feel special and recognized the two birthdays we were celebrating in such a nice way.

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CorryS
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming atmosphere, attentive staff, very good food.

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SueE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Loved this restaurant. Perfect in every way

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Chucka
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time I’ve ever given Le Yuca less than 5 stars for anything. I passed on this feedback last night and learned you can always ask for a special plating. Please ask about the plating if you have any concern and don’t assume as I did. My pork tenderloin was absolutely excellent and asked that the chef pick the doneness. Perfect! The plating issue was that the sauce covered everything so the crispy potatoes were anything but crispy and the apples lost the apple flavor that compliments the pork. Just ask for the sauce to be served separately or only on the pork.

If you’re going soon, Halibut is in the 3 course menu which is very unusual and my wife’s was outstanding!

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RichardF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is a great restaurant the food is beyond great ,I have been for dinner to day I was their for lunch had their special it was great.

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vippenelope
Jacksonville
43 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This is the third "edition" of Le Yaca, and I am sad to say, not an improvement over the previous two. While the food and service did not disappoint, the ambiance did. Previously, the charm and quiet intimacy of the restaurant immeasurably enhanced the dining experience. Remembering past evenings, I chose Le Yaca to introduce friends to the area on a chilly winter night. Expecting the glow of a fireplace, soft lighting and murmured conversations, I was dismayed by the brightly lit and, despite limited seating due to Covid, the rather loud voices and clattering dishes. I repeat, the food was beautifully plated and served and quite tasty, too...but the dining experience was flawed. It is now a bright, ordinary, flashy modern restaurant. It has lost it's unique "edge".

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PaulS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five course meal was fantastic with plenty of options to choose from, wine parings were very good and very complementary.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My husband and I decided to try Le Yaca for Valentine’s Day. The food was very good, our waiter was very kind and great at his job, but the only downfall was the older hostess at the front. My husband asked her a question and she was very blunt and a bit rude, and even after she answered him she said to the other hostess, “Oh, was that blunt?” She just didn’t have much of a personality, and in all honesty, you need to be kind and a bit chipper when you’re the first person that customers meet when they enter into the establishment. I manage a Taphouse in Newport News and customer service is everything. Other than that, we enjoyed our visit to Le Yaca and will potentially be back in the future.

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9802River
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it as usual but lighting was very bright.

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Flowbe
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant service, table setting and food presentation. Ambience was comfortable under COVID precautions. Soup, main course and sides were all gourmet. Desserts were exquisite. Good value for price. Will become monthly regulars.

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WayneE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anthony described the daily specials and helped us with our menu choices, provided prompt service and restaurant history. We will ask for Anthony again. Le Yaca is our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg.

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Woody
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every respect from time hostess greeted us through the entire time we were there.

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SuzanneB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Frequent visitor. Very consistent. Always enjoy our dining experience

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JimB
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience as always. Never disappoints.

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BarbT
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Soup of the day was chestnut- mushroom and it was superb. I enjoyed the filet and lobster tail from the prix fixe menu. Melt in your mouth beef and fantastic sauces. The creme brûlée was wonderful as well. Nice quiet atmosphere.

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vipJohn1800
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from every perspective. Wonderful staff and superior food. If you are looking for a memorable meal this is the place.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an awesome experience hands down! Really enjoyed the food and the wine more importantly. Service was great as well. Highly recommend! Thank you for such a good experience!

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ChazE
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca has never disappointed us in 30+ years! During these pandemic times, we felt very safe at lunch.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great atmosphere, service and food!!!! highly recommend!!!

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DennisM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le yucca has long been one of our favorite places to dine in Williamsburg. First, the food is always excellent; distinctive French cuisine well prepared and always delicious. We have never been disappointed with any meal. Then, the atmosphere is gracious and provides guests a comfortable place to enjoy a meal with family and friends. The service is fine; attentive waitstaff who ensure that nothing is overlooked and who provide quick service when something is needed. This restaurant is highly recommended for fine dining in Williamsburg.

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JimK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitstaff, excellent food and service was impeccable.

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Valinva
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place to eat in Williamsburg. Everything was perfect.

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vipCindy
Richmond
58 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful and delightful evening we spent at LeYaca. Thank you for my lovely dining experience. The food was outstanding

FAQs

Le Yaca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 220-3616.

Le Yaca is rated 4.8 stars by 6027 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.