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Le Yaca

4.9
4.9
6937 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

Le Yaca began in 1964 in Courchevel, a tiny, country village in the French Alps. Daniele Bourderau & Gerard decided it would be fun to open a small restaurant. When friends learned of their plans, they told the hopeful restaurateurs they were crazy to think people would drive eight kilometers on a winding, icy road for dinner. Daniele and Gerard hesitated for three 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 and 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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Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 220-3616

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Yves Abid

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Richmond Road (Route 60) & Bypass Road

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 6,937 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

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  • Williamsburg

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  • Williamsburg

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  1. p

    papers1

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    On 05/20 at lunch we had an excellent meal. Service was superb. Food quality outstanding!

  2. T

    Traney

    Tallahassee

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Never disappoints. The house salad, Ruby Red cocktail and Gran Mariner soufflé are special favorites.

  3. MT

    MelvinT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fine French cuisine. I eat there as often as possible. My favorite restaurant.

  4. VP

    ValerieP

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    When in Williamsburg, make time for lunch at La Yaca. The food, cocktails and service are wonderful. The ambience is comfortable and relaxing especially after a morning of touristing around. We feel ready for what the afternoon will bring. La Yaca is a real oasis just off the tourist strip of Richmond Road.

  5. KR

    KitR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delightful dinner there., ordering from the pricing fix menu. While the price was shown to be $$$$, it was an excellent value. I had the fillet of tenderloin, 2 4 oz, pieces, which was perfectly cooked, and served with different delicious sauces. My wife opted for the tenderloin and lobster combination, which was equally good, and cost only $5 more. She had the house specialty for desert, a flourless chocolate cake that was exceptional while I had crème brûlée. They were the perfect ending to a great meal. Our server was attentive and engaging, and the atmosphere elegant. We highly recommend it.

  6. BO

    BOTU

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Love this restaurant. Have dined here at least once every time we come to Williamsburg. Highly recommend it. Only thing that needs to be fixed is to better train the bus staff. Slow, reached over me to clear my spouse's plates more than once. Also watched them clearing a table....really slow, and still did not completely reset the table. Delayed seating for patrons standing (no seating available) and waiting in the entrance way. Our server was wonderful, food was excellent, no bad choices.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding meal Wonderful service We always enjoy our time at Le Yaca Daniel and his staff are the best in the business!

  8. VP

    ValerieP

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Once again an excellent meal in a pleasant and relaxed environment. I had always thought French food was fussy. It is extraordinarily good ingredients fussed over. So we, the diners have a most enjoyable experience. My husband had a salad with tenderloin beef. I had the crab crepe. Both excellent and memorable in their own way.

  9. JQ

    JerryQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food, great waiters and server..it was a great experience..and highly recommended..

  10. VP

    ValerieP

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    When we are in town, we visit La Yaca several times. Our advice, come for the soup and stay for the main course. My husband had a salad with chicken. I had a seafood dish. Both excellent.

  11. J

    Janice22

    Richmond

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Lovely table on the patio, fabulous food and service. Menu choices were excellent!

  12. p

    pamelam

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the top restaurants in Williamsburg. Never disappoints. Excellent food. Absolutely delicious.

  13. A

    Aandc

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place never disappoints. My wife and I have been several times for brunch and just love it. A very special place with great food and service. The menu is diverse and covers lots of tastes. The one price brunch is the most complete package and is a delight.

  14. MB

    MattB

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic graduation meal!

  15. TT

    TomT

    Richmond

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal as it always is. I had the shrimp, my dining companion had the salmon celebrating our wedding anniversary. Our server Matt was very good.

  16. S

    Sunny

    Richmond

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb service and delicious food in a nice atmosphere. Williamsburg is lucky to have LaYaca.

  17. D

    Debbie

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Delicious food and good service. Front room was a little noisy and distracting with check in. Will ask for a room in back next time. Nice they acknowledged my husband's bday - would have been nicer if they offered something, or even put a candle in his desert.

  18. KV

    KathleenV

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service Requested a specific wait staff and that was not honored Still a good experience Front room is a little too loud for me

  19. JO

    JaimeO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The selection on the menu was amazing and delicious. And the food arrived at the table right when it needed to be. Thank you!

  20. BT

    BillT

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff is always friendly as soon as you walk through the door until you leave having had a great food experience.

  21. RL

    RLOnVA

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal. Asked for a quiet space and got it.

  22. LW

    LaurieW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The water glass on my place wasn't clean. My husbands steak was rare instead of medium rare but It was delicious so we didn't send it back.

  23. CG

    CindyG

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always enjoy dining at Le Yaca when we are in Williamsburg. This visit was no exception. Service was great & the veal was delicious. The bread remains a delight. Service was excellent & the manager visited our table twice & was very personable. Always a treat!

  24. H

    Hawk

    Richmond

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was great as usual, but the service was unremarkable. The kitchen was extremely slow--we waited over one hour for the entrees.

  25. RB

    Reds2Bengals

    Cincinnati

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food and ambiance were very good but service was poor. We were seated about 6:30 and left the restaurant at 9:10..

  26. GE

    GeorgeE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The poached salmon (menu item) and halibut special were outstanding. The wait staff was attentive and prompt to any request, and the overall experience was felt to be a great value.

  27. TD

    TomandDiane

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything about LeYaca exceeded expectation. Delicious food, excellent service, remarkable ambiance and menu choices that worked very well for our party. Thank you for a wonderful night out. Can't wait to come back.

  28. w

    woo46

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a party of five on a Tuesday night all agreed one of the best meals we have ever had the crab cake was delicious the veal was unbelievable and could not ask for better tenderloin and lobster we never need anything because the server was excellent one of my most favorite restaurants anywhere

  29. CA

    CharlieA

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best French food and wine of any French restaurant we have ever visited. A little pricey but the service and quality of the food was worth it especially considering that we do not go there often.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Went for Mother’s Day but was not told until the Friday before that they had done a Mothers Day Menu that was $75 per person. Food was excellent but I thought the price was high and didn’t like finding out right before about the price change.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place for a romantic dinner. Excellent experience

  32. AM

    AlanM

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    As usual, the food and presentation was as good as it gets! Been coming here for many years, and this time was the first that anything has been less than outstanding. But our server was certainly not up to standards. Far more interested in friends nearby. Got a super simple drink order wrong, not once but twice. Even after we accepted the first mistake with only a request for correction the next time. But a second failure. Very disappointed. But will probably return and pray for a different server.

  33. DG

    DianaG

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We eat regularly at Le Yaca. The food is always delicious and the service excellent. A favorite restaurant of ours,

  34. D

    Debb

    Pittsburgh

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food was excellent. Server was attentive.

  35. t

    tillyg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The place to go for a memorable meal is La Yaca!!!

  36. SL

    SteveL

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Le Yaca provides premium service and food in an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere. It is a delightful place to dine with family and friends and just enjoy being together.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, lovely ambiance and excellent server. We were warmly greeted by Howard Saunders. His professionalism and bright spirit are contagious. Thank you, Le Yaca for another extraordinary dining experience.

  38. D

    Dann

    Osaka

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Okay, I went from brunch in this place with high expectations and it was up to it. The onion soup is nothing like you would expect a French Onion Soup. It is really bad presentation, with the soup brought in a normal soup plate, the topping cheese was not even taken to the oven to gratin (!!!) and two floating crouton squares were thrown in it. I even asked the waiter if the soup was always like this or if they made mine in a hurry... Why does it say volcano soup on the menu? I am not sure. I had the scallops and shrimp gratin as main, which was better but had some shells in it. I was told they did not have heating near the seats outside but strangely they were still putting some other parties on the outside tables, and considering it was mother's day weekend I would think they would buy more fuel for the heaters. Good things: bread (pain au chocolat and baguette) and drinks. Would not go back myself, but I think it is okay to go and try by yourself at least once since there are not many options in town anyway.

  39. JG

    JeriG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner to celebrate a birthday and an early Mother's Day. Thank you!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    44 reviews

    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fine dining experience with my 11 year old granddaughter enjoying her birthday dinner. The service and meals served are consistently spot on at this outstanding Williamsburg restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Le Yaca is rated 4.9 stars by 6937 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 26 times today
Google Map for Le Yaca

1430 High Street Suite 801 Williamsburg, VA 23185

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Richmond Road (Route 60) & Bypass Road

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Yves Abid

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 220-3616

  • 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

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