Le Yaca

4.8
5794 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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AliceC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place. Good for lunch. Service was very good with suggestions made.

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vipLAgirlinVA
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is always good, and this time was wonderful! Food and service for our party of five were perfect, and we enjoyed sitting near the fireplace on a cool, rainy fall day. Le Yaca never disappoints.

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LisaR
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Owner was engaged with guests, service was outstanding, food was out of this world, and brunch menu was extensive and offered plenty to choose from. We are still talking about how wonderful this meal was.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch celebrating my husband’s birthday was absolutely perfect. Everything about it was just right. Thank you for making it a special day.

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DFEd
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great diner, good staff. Friendly. Recommended to anyone.

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JessicaK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the chef's tasting menu and it was amazing! Service was friendly and food was superb. If you choose the tasting menu, be prepared for a good amount of food and it's a true course dinner, so it'll take a bit of time. But the pace is part of the enjoyment, at least for us. The French 75 and Le Yaca gin & tonic cocktails were also great!
Our only complaint was that about halfway through dinner it started to rain so everyone from the patio came into the restaurant to sit and they were quite loud. That isn't the restaurants fault though! We'll be back!

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vipDawn
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every bite was delicious and the ambiance was lovely. The manager was friendly and the staff wonderful. It was a very memorable meal!

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VinceL
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was a bit slow, but the food was fantastic. The crabcake is simply a healthy mound of crabmeat. No fillers. The beef filet was tender and cooked just as ordered. We started off with the tuna tartare for an appetizer and it was a healthy portion. Very tasty. We will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delightful waiter and server staff! Beautiful restaurant and quiet setting for an afternoon lunch date!

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TamaraW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in the Williamsburg area. I've never had a bad meal nor bad service. The servers are great in explaining how the soup of the day or how the catch of the day is prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca graciously accommodated a last-minute reservation modification, and the food and service were outstanding!

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EricH
Savannah
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife and I went for our anniversary. Very good. Owner came and spoke to each table. Very nice experience

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JandD
Richmond
45 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed

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Pprmnt
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great! Recommend for lunch or dinner. Must make reservations.

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CarolineM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary lunch was delicious! The dessert was so beautiful that I took a video of my hand pouring the cream onto it and posted it on FaceBook. The service was attentive and the ambiance was wonderful.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Le Yaca is always consistent in service and the food is always delicious, particularly the crab cake! They are very mindful of COVID precautions and are doing a good job with spacing and masking.

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RuthH
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lovely patio dining with impeccable table linens and silver. Service was exceptional.

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DCRAM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

It was hard to choose what to order, it all looked wonderful and the plates coming out of the kitchen onto the patio looked incredible. The food equalled it's looks. Only draw back-they needed more servers in order to get beverages and food in a timely manner.

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KathleenD
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always excellent service, delicious food!

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Susan
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With the unusual times we are experiencing—its wonderful to dine outside, with great ambiance, marvelous food and friends🤗🎶. THE BEST IS ALWAYS A BARGAIN‼️.

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jall68
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dining experience with great service and a lovely selection of great French dishes. The veal scallopini was some of the best I've ever tasted and scallops with risotto exceeded expectations. Overall wonderful dinner.

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EDWARDK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

made reservation for 1pm outside table. hostess stated no table available. stated open table was set for a later arrival. no one used table which was cleared before we finished our meal. Other than poor reservation seating, experience was outstanding.

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John
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great local French restaurant, great food and excellent service.

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Velenchy
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and the atmosphere is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was a busy night when we went and it seemed like some people, regulars maybe, got special treatment over other tables... Otherwise the food was amazing and when we were waited on, the staff was great and apologetic about any wait time. The chef spoke to everyone in the room we were seated which was a nice touch! We enjoyed the fixed price menu and loved how many choices there were!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service outstanding. Great dining experience. Le Yaca now one of our favorite restaurants.

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VladG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of four, with two kids, 3 and 5 year old boys, passed by Williamsburg on the way to Outer Banks. We typically stop for lunch at Blue Talon Bistro, which had a long wait this time. So we found Yaca on Open Table, and it was an excellent choice. We were seated indoor, since the patio was packed. Inside the restaurant looks very classic French, service was excellent, food superb. Escargot especially was one of the best.

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JanI
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend’s birthday on the patio on an absolutely glorious day. The food was scrumptious, service great and ambiance was spot on. We all had the three course lunch special—two of us had the salmon—moist and flaky; one had the crab cake, deemed delicious; and one had the petite steak, also perfect. If anything was slightly different, it was the onion soup—more of a cream style, not my favorite, and not what I expected at a French restaurant. The others had the salad, which all enjoyed. We all ended the meal with a rich chocolate mini cake, accompanied by vanilla ice cream, a vanilla sauce, berries and hazelnuts. All in all a wonderful meal to celebrate a good friend’s birthday! Highly recommend.

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PaTraveler
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! So good. Friendly with excellent service.

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vipKevin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Food was significantly delayed
Bill was delayed
Bill was incorrect (charged us for the drinks from another table)

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ShellyB
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food, excellent! Our server Bri was wonderful.

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vipTonyS
Richmond
56 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I add to what has already been said by many others: THE best French restaurant anywhere! Diverse menu provides numerous choices for every desire. Daily soup special (as always) was exceptional. The fresh and crusty baguettes are almost too good; pace yourself, otherwise you won't leave much room for the rest of the meal!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend has dietary restrictions and his needs were completely accommodated. It was delicious from beginning to end.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Everything was great including service but the food was mediocre. I was not impressed and would not return. I do not recommend.

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WalterH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well not having been OUT to eat since January it was a real treat to get out again and Le Yaca was just the place to go. We ate outside and even a little rain didn't ruin out outing. It was so good we went back on October 21 and got a table inside. There was a little old lady sitting about as far away from out table as possible but she was still too loud but the food was still great.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful, our waiter was great!

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WendyJ
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. We had the four gras to start then I had a delicious scallop gratin dish and my husband had Dover Sole that was perfect. Our waitress Mila was great. We had a few issues getting the right wine but she worked with us to get it right. I’d recommend this place.

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vipBridgetteR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the bistro menu. Salmon and fall pork were both exceptional, both in flavor and presentation.

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Szxads
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding lunch. Reminds me of bistros in France.

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 5794 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.