Le Yaca

4.8
4913 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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ET
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another wonderful meal at Le Yaca. The food is excellent and the service is unmatched.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been an advocate and frequent patron of the "old" Le Yaca I was definitely impressed with the "new" from the time I walked in. The aroma of the burning wood was very welcoming, service was outstanding, menu was delicious and value could not be beat! Will visit again soon!

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MJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The $60.00 pre fix price for Easter dinner was too high.

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BK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful is the only word I can use to describe our evening. The food was excellent and so was the service. I can't wait to return and another one of their marvelous dishes

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d
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend

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OT
Philadelphia
75 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French oysters and grand manier soufflé what could be better on Friday night ,Minh as our server to top off a great dinner.

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's been a while since we don't have such a great experience and excellent food!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's not what you picture a typical romantic french restaurant with dim light, candles and roses. There was no carpet but still quiet enough for good conversations. The food was excellent for both presentation and taste. We brought our teenagers to dinner there and they didn't feel out of place. A little disappointment was some other diners wore shorts and sandals, or T-shirts to this fine restaurant. I guess they might be tourists here for the theme parks and didn't prepare to upgrade their outfit for fine dining.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way

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E
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely anniversary lunch. Food was all excellent and service was great. They have a great pre fixe menu and a la carte menu. We will be back.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An outstanding experience every time! The food and ambiance are amazing!

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MC
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must go. Highly recommend. Savory French onion soup served before entree items ie lamb, lobster or crab cake wonderfully prepares your palate for entree. Lamb was delicious, personally prefer a little of lamb odor but as expected, could not detect any hint of lamb odor. Lobster retained its turgor with mild buttery flavor. Crab cake was basically the best crab cake ever. minimal binder or breading to make a lump of crab. full of crab flavor.

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster and crabcake was amazing and the service was excellent

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CJ
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Normally at high end restaurants, they chose to give you an extremely small portion while charging an outrageous price. However, at Le Yaca, the food was amazing and you still received normal size portions. I would highly recommend Le Yaca for any special occasion.

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NF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I'm a repeat customer for many years. Always pleased with everything. Only criticism are the acoustics. There were several larger groups in the room that my group of four were dining. They were not being intentionally loud - it was just the make up of the room. The review question of "Quiet, Moderate, or Energetic" should have a fourth - "Noisy".

Otherwise, a perfect evening once again.

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L
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful and attentive service in addition to delicious food. We were celebrating a couple of events at our table and never felt rushed all night that our table needed to be turned.

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EM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding. The atmosphere was a bit disappointing due to the harsh lighting and noise from the rehearsal dinner in the next room. We were hoping to have a quiet romantic dinner. Otherwise I would dine here again without hesitation.

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KW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Portion, flavors and presentation all excellent. Our 2nd visit in a week (because it was so good) while vacationing.

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RR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Over the years we have come to expect excellence from Le Yaca and they have yet to disappoint. We hit on Thursday evening; the special was Leg of Lamb with ratatouille and navy beans with asparagus. The lamb was excellent and tender. The vegetables were well seasoned and cooked. My first course was the Lobster Bisque soup; excellent. The apple tart was a nice finish to the meal. A nice bottle of Pinot Gricio just made it a wonderful meal.

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KW
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor, service and food outstanding. We ate there twice during our one week stay in Williamsburg. Wish we had had another day so we could have experienced their Sunday brunch.

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M
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great time with delicious food and excellent service. This is my favorite place in Williamsburg!

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RG
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A truly enjoyable evening. Our food was decadent, a real delight to the senses and the presentation exquisite. Our service was impeccable. Bree and her team went above and beyond to meet our every need with faultless execution. Her cheery disposition and professionalism were such a delight. Highly recommend Leyaca!

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SC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

This was our first visit and we were expecting it to be a great experience in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Ambiance of restaurant was just so so. Room was too open to feel comfortable. Food was just ok. Value and taste of food was limited compared to other places we've been. We sat next to a table that talked extremely loud, bragging about how much money they spend on golf. Staff noticed the noise, yet didn't say anything. Others in our room asked to be moved. It took almost two hours from entry to exit.

Overall, I was under-impressed from all aspects and wouldn't want to go back.

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EP
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit La Yacca on most of our visit to the area. Elegant Quiet dining. Wine list is impressive and the Prix Fixe menu is a good value. Please dress up a little! Wear your baseball caps and tank tops at other venues.

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TW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect dining experience attentive service in a quiet, stylish ambiance. We opted for the three-course prix fixe and all four of us absolutely loved everything presented to us. From the pre-dinner cocktails, to the very fine wine list, and throughout the wonderful meal, dessert and cappucino, all was truly perfection.

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AF
Baltimore
46 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a place with many fine restaurants Le Yaca really stands out. The seating was comfortable and the decor very nice. Service was prompt and cheerful. The escargot were delicious and the presentation was very original putting a nice touch on a classic dish. Our main courses were great and nicely done. Be sure to pre order the soufflé as it is a perfect end to your dinner. The wine list is good as well offering a number of by the glass selections.

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TR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While there other "finer" dinning restaurants in Williamsburg, there are none that are better, bar none. We live here, thus multiple opportunities to try them all many times, Le Yaca continues to be the best.

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N
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here many times, and find the food and service consistently wonderful. It's our favorite 'special occasion' restaurant, but also a wonderful value for lunches and brunch. The food is always perfect, and the service is attentive, but not overbearing.

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JT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, well presented.The service was excellent. The 2- or 2-course lunch options provide excellent value for the money. Le Yaca will definitely remain on my list of favorite restaurants.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an excellent dining experience every time. Friendly and knowledgeable staff combined with a great menu make this place a true gem.

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BB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening at Le Yaca.

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DH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and incredible food. Never had a bad meal here. If it's available, get the Grand Marnier soufflé.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

Management refused to give us our server we requested for over 20 years for no legitimate reason. We were extremely disappointed as he is as important to us as the quality of the meal and makes our experience extremely personal. Considering not returning as long as present manager is there. He is an idiot and clueless to who the long term patrons are. He will ruin the restaurant. Very sad.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very special.

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P
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a quiet place with delicious food and a very pleasant ambiance. We love it.

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WC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Dining experience. Competent, efficient service. Excellent food.

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TP
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Le Yaca. The quality of food is always amazing and service is superb. You will not be disappointed.

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RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must in Williamsburg. A great restaurant in a very competitive local market.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our entire evening was wonderful. We were seated almost immediately. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. I had the duck and it met my expectations and the sauce was the best I have ever tasted.

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m
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, as usual, and the service matched. This was our first time at le Yaca's new location in Williamsburg although we had been several times to the old location. The newplace is very stylish and comfortable and makes for a very pleasant evening.

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