Le Yaca

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$31 to $50
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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

A set holiday menu for this date is offered only which will include a traditional Turkey dinner. Credit card reservations only accepted with a 7 day cancel policy.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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PB
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. This was our first visit but definitely not our last. We went to Sunday Brunch which gave us a taste of soup, entree, bread, dessert.

RD
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! I took my mom to celebrate her 79th birthday and had requested a quiet table. Not only did they accommodate that request, but the food and service were absolutely incredible! We started off with their signature cocktail which was served in a large martini glass with a champagne ice ball enclosing a frozen blackberry - delish! We had their soup of the day, which was a marvelous lobster bisque, and two incredible appetizers - the scallop salad, which was nearly a meal in itself, had an amazing mushroom sauce over the large scallops; the tuna tartare, which was lovely and topped with thin slices of avocado making for a luxurious dish. For our entrees, we had the veal, which mom said was the best she'd ever had, and the duck, which was perfectly seared and topped with poached apple slices and a heavenly slice of perfectly cooked foie gras. And if you can believe it, we topped it off with the best grand marnier soufflés we've ever eaten. My only regret is that I live in Alexandria and this restaurant is in Williamsburg!! Thank you Le Yaca for a wonderful evening!!

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been here twice while visiting our daughter at William and Mary. Each time has been an excellent experience. Food was very good and at a good price. Waitresses were well informed and made it an excellent experience. We will be back.

EC
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is authentic! The food was beyond spectacular, the service an ambiance is phenomenal, and the owner himself checked on our satisfaction with everything! Le Yaca is the best restaurant in the Hampton Roads area!

BJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, our server was attentive . The 3-course price-fixed menu offered enough options to give us a good sampling of their food.

J
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time doing brunch at Le Yaca but it won’t be our last. This is probably the best kept secret in Williamsburg as we have tried a lot of them. If you live in Williamsburg or visiting don’t miss this restaurant. To sum up the best menu, service and food we have experienced.

LA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit to celebrate my birthday. We were impressed with the elegance and attention to detail in both the food and the decor. The meal was wonderful and very reasonably priced for the Prix Fixe lunch. My husband enjoyed the petit filet while I had the crepe au crabe which had a large amount of chunky white crab meat. Delicious! We both enjoyed the Charlotte Citron for a light desert. Already planning our next visit for my husband's birthday which is in the summer so we can dine in the courtyard. Would definitely recommend.

LB
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous as usual!

LM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent!

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R
New England
60 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorites in this area. Took husband here on Halloween to celebrate an early birthday.
Food was fantastic and love our waitress. We’ve had her a few times and she is just fun.

OT
Philadelphia
86 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our server Minh . Don’t pass on the soufflé for desert. Always a. Great meal at Le Yaca !

SL
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday with family for lunch. The atmosphere, service, and food were enjoyed by all.

TS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Wonderful place ! One of the best meals I ever had.

RR
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is my favorite restaurant in Williamsburg. It is always a winner. The entire experience is great. Whenever I make a reservation, they always sit us at our favorite spot. There's not anything on the menu that's mediocre. I especially like the rack of lamb and the Coquille St. Jacque. The scallops and shrimp are perfectly done and the sauce is amazing. They always have great selections of soup of the day and the French onion soup is always a winner. Of course the desserts are to die for! There's not one I wouldn't love to eat. Overall, a wonderful restaurant - the best in Williamsburg!!

P
Pittsburgh
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the country. The food is wonderful ambience is quiet and relaxed.

j
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best food..go back every time we are in willamsburg

W
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect was excellent—tasty food and congenial service. The pros fix menu is a great choice.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband birthday

R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the finest dining experience available in Williamsburg. Always superb.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful French restaurant. Lovely staff, delicious food and an enjoyable evening overall. Highly recommended

E
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service & most delicious food
We will be coming back.

CD
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great as always

WM
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delightful evening entertaining out-of-town guest. Food was superb service was exceptional and desserts Out of this world

JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been in 35 years, and could not have been more pleased or impressed. Their current location is convenient and beautiful. The service was great The food was wonderful

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was much slower than normal, food was cold when served. Overall quality of food left much to be desired compared to previous meals we’ve had in the restaurant.

S
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

A rare visit where the service was not up to par. We've had this waiter many, many times and normally he is excellent. This time he was slow and not very attentive (though he was very polite as always). It took awhile for him to clear our plates from the table, but when he did he took two, left the other two there and did not return to take them. Another person had to come over and remove them. The check also took awhile to arrive. If this was my first experience at Le Yaca I would think twice, but we have been there countless times and this experience is not typical. Maybe he had something going on in his life that distracted him, as we all have. Still highly recommended.

BN
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best restaurant in Williamsburg! I am never disappointed❤️

BW
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service in an elegant atmosphere! Highly recommend!

ND
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at La Yaca was wonderful. The ambiance is inviting and the service and food were excellent. The owner stopped by our table to make sure all was well.

MS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was quite diverse, with options of a à la carte, prix fixe, and the chef's tasting dinner. Our party of 4 had two of these options, and all were excellent. The owner visited most or all of the guest tables, and was not intrusive but personable and welcoming (and it helped that some of us speak some French, to break the ice). Based on a friend's recommendation, we were primed to order the soupe du jour), an excellent, seasonal creamy chestnut and mushroom. For a main course I had the Dover sole, which is a difficult dish to prepare and present, and it was excellent on both counts. Our server, Gail (Gayle?) was friendly, humorous, and well informed about the menu and the wines. The others in our group had classic desserts (perfectly cooked and glazed crème brulée, for example), and I opted for a dessert wine (a favorite, Beaumes de Venise). Learning that I like such things, she also brought me a taste of a fortified wine (brandy and cabernet sauvignon, I recall) go enjoy.
All in all it was an excellent dining experience, and a great evening for us and two old friends to get reacquainted. We talked a lot and there was no pressure on us to finish quickly.

RR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent as always. Never left me down. Had a small snafu and the manager immediately came by to apologize and explain—and , as he said, bribe us with lemon sorbet.

DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary - it was awesome

W
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Le Yaca after a two year hiatus and found it to be as good as we remembered it to be. The food and service are truly exceptional. Our waitress was the same one we had the last time we were there. It's hard finding a restaurant which is quiet enough for conversation, and the ambiance of Le Yaca is calm and fairly quiet, but not at all stuffy. The next time we are in Williamsburg we will certainly dine there again.

z
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The potato-leek soup was amazing and the Bibb lettuce salad was refreshing. The table was split on the monkfish – one person thought it was great, but another felt that the tastes didn't quite mesh. Everyone loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."

HH
Wilmington
25 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service and food were average at best. Lamb was smothered in sauce and not top quality meat. More than once we waited for our server longer than appropriate. Wines were very good and well priced.

EH
Atlanta
28 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend!

J
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Ming our waiter was very very good!
Great meal!

H
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The one restaurant we ate in while in Williamsburg, VA It was a great choice. Loved the food and the owner/proprietor was vey cordial and helpful.

FW
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was very good classic french. The service was a little weak on this trip. But I
will return as I do often.

n
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent environment and service.
Have been there several times and would highly recommend to anyone looking for sophisticated eating!