Le Yaca

4.8
4785 reviews
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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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Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were greeted rudely at the entrance by the woman who seemed to be in charge, who, without any other greeting, barked,
"last name?" like a sergeant putting recruits on a bus. After I gave her our last name she said, "you're early, please wait at the bar." We almost walked out but we decided to give it a chance as we've enjoyed Le Yaca in Virginia Beach. The young woman who escorted us to the bar was quite nice and friendly, as were the bartender and Max, our waiter. One choice, the veal, was a "3" at best with little flavor other than lemon but the flounder" special was a "5." So overall we'll give it a 4. We both agreed that our experiences at Le Yaca in Virginia Beach have been much better overall.

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JA
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with my lovely wife on her Birthday

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RB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This second visit was as excellent as the first! Our "go to" special occasion restaurant. The service is attentive, but not intrusive. The soups and main courses were fantastic, and the desert was a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

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MH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food all prepared perfectly, temperature coming to the table was good. excellent and attentive service.

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AP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a lovely atmosphere. I always love the crab cakes and the onion soup is wonderful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fixed menu for lunch....great quality and great price.

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CZ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was mediocre at best. French onion soup was pureed and not to my liking. My salmons was bland. Others flounder was not hot, just warm.
Service by Max was excellent.
I do not believe I would return. Cynthia Zodda

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MM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd visit and we will continue to return. The décor and atmosphere are just one of the reasons we enjoy this place. The customer service is top notch, they make you feel right at home. The food is simply amazing. The quality and the presentation are what you are treated too and sets them apart from other eating establishments. Please take the time to visit this wonderful dining experience, you will not be disappointed.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best waitress ever! Fabulous 3 course dinner for $37. Our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg.

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OT
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner experience!

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JM
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third night of dining at Le Yaca. The Escalope de Veau mains were excellent. The desserts are to die for. Gayle, as always you are the best!

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DE
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome lunch at great prices with exceptional service. Highly recommend to anyone wanting quality seafood prepared to perfection!

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KP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate our 20 years together and it was over the top amazing!!!

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RR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The was a lovely place to eat. in every way. The menu was great and they offer full dinners including appetizer,entree and dessert for two prices. We chose the $37 ammt. and were very pleased. Everything was delish and well served.

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JM
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Yaca is the best restaurant in Williamsburg VA. Our mains of scallops & flounder were outstanding. The wine selection is not to be missed. Our server Gayle, provided wonderful service!

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JD
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of (if not the) best restaurant in Williamsburg with excellent fixed price specials.

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JM
Philadelphia
51 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal at Le Yaca. The rockfish & steak with crabcake mains were wonderful. Gayle's excellent service made the evening complete.

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WD
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We always love Le Yaca. It has been one of the best restaurants in the Williamsburg areas for many years. And it still seems to be a "Locals Secret!" The food is excellent, and the staff is nearly always well above expectations. We will continue to come back for all of our special occasions.

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IR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son has always wanted to try French cuisine. LeYaca was a great first-time experience for both of us. I also had great recommendations from local friends.

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JS
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

they have a very generous lunch menu. The food was outstanding and our service was great

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic place to eat. Everything was spot on. I tried an item that I never tried before (escargot) - they were great. My daughter got scallops (I don't like scallops); I took a small bite and they were outstanding! I would feel comfortable ordering scallops from Le Yaca as my entrée. Wait staff is phenomenal. An upscale restaurant in the heart of Williamsburg, VA. I fully recommend this place.

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D
Jacksonville
21 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dinning here! This time we went to brunch on Sunday and it was delightful. The menu was perfect. This is a not to miss place!

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b
Dallas
31 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

it was our first time there. we really enjoyed the food, quality was good. we will be back.

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R
New England
54 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its one of our favorites in Williamsburg. A bit pricey but the ambience, service , presentation and food quality is superb!

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PF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Outstanding friendly service. Miss our favorite waiter Walter. Get well soon.

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LE
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely our favorite restaurant not only in Williamsburg but throughout the US. Service, food, atmosphere, friendliness 6 stars! Thank you so much for making my birthday lunch so wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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C
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service and food, as usual. Got exactly the table I requested. Would have been perfect except for undisciplined, noisy child and cell phone conversation.

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TR
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Williamsburg! Food was amazing with Real French bread and sauces. Service was excellent and the prix fixe menue was a definie bargain. Don't miss it!

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has exceeded our expectations for the last 14 years. Their sea food and lamb and beef are excellent and generously portioned. Prices are reasonable, staff is courteous, competent and helpful.

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L
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Yaca is absolutely one of my favorite restaurants!! You can count on great food and service!! From the time you walk in until you leave, you are treated like a queen!

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BD
Richmond
99 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We've been here many times since we're local and have have many great visits.. A great place to enjoy wine, food and relax.. Always enjoyable, and many of the servers know us and stop by with the hellos and appreciation. However, this was not our usual visit, although on time we waited almost 15 minutes for our table-and after finally being seated it was not occupied and had to be clearheaded. Sever was ok, we asked for Walter or Min - and got neither. The lady wasn't rude she just was not with us, she asked about something and had her back and was leaving turned before your answer was complete. As we said not the best night -
Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg

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m
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Four of us went to LaYaca during Restaurant Week. Normally it is one of our favorite restaurants ever. This time however our party got the three course restaurant week selections. What a mistake . The lamb selection was so tough that two of the dinners asked for different entrees. They selected one salmon entree and one steak entree. The fish was good but the steak entree was again tough and smothered in a sauce that was falling off the plate. After two failed entrees the meal was subtracted from one couples meal. We were very disappointed and will think long and hard about coming back, it was indeed a disappointing dining experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant is beautiful, and the fires were inviting on a very cold night. However, our table was next to 2 windows, and we were VERY cold through out our meal. Our food was also cold, which was very disappointing.

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NN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week menu was wonderful, great service and evening.

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AA
Richmond
53 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another wonderful lunch at LeYaca. Three of us dined there and enjoyed the fish special of the day; rockfish topped with crab meat. It was beautifully presented and delicious. Their french bread, freshly baked is always outstanding as well as either their soup or salad. This time we all passed on the desserts.

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a
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here for our anniversary and really enjoyed it. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. Would highly recommend.

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VS
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Yaca has always been our local favorite going back ten years or more, for quality of food and ambience.

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NL
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Le Yaca is a special place to eat! The servers can address questions, describe recipes, and "time" the arrival of DELICIOUS food that is a feast for the eyes and appetite. Even one man who eats prodigious amounts of food was sated...and impressed. The menu allows all to find what pleases them, and the presentation is wonderful...and, the ambience provides a treat for even the most special occasions!

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