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Le Yaca, Williamsburg, VA
Le Yaca, Williamsburg, VA
Le Yaca, Williamsburg, VA
Le Yaca, Williamsburg, VA
Le Yaca, Williamsburg, VA

Le Yaca

4.9
4.9
8462 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 various dining rooms that can accommodate parties of most sizes. For groups over 10 we ask that you have a set menu from our group banquet menus or from the regular dining menu. It will increase your dining enjoyment at Le Yaca French Restaurant. For large groups and private parties, please contact owner Joy Anderson at leyacajoy@gmail.com.
  • 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

What 8,462 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Most Booked

  • Williamsburg

    Best Overall

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Value

  • Williamsburg

    Good for business meals

  • Williamsburg

    Good for groups

  • Williamsburg

    Great for fine wines

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

8,462 Reviews
  1. Susan

    Indiana

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaca is a wonderful restaurant with great ambiance, food and staff.

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  2. MarkS

    Richmond

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is far and away the best restaurant in Williamsburg. It's true fine dining -- the only real fine dining you'll find here when it comes to the food, service, ambiance, etc. They cook fish (get the special of the day) as well as any restaurant I've been to in the country. The steaks and lamb chops are the best in town and the veal is tender and cooked superbly. The plating is outstanding -- the meals LOOK as good as they TASTE. There's a good wine list and servers are attentive; plus you're not rushed. And the prices, while on the high end for Williamsburg, are a flat-out bargain compared with comparable restaurants in cities like D.C., Nashville, Chicago, and New York. We dine here at least once a month. It's just great.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall experience was pleasant. The food was fantastic and the restaurant is beautiful. Maybe it was just our table but the service was really off. The service was really slow, our water was refilled once in 90 minutes and part of our meals weren’t delivered at the same time making it awkward.

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  4. MimiH

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to have brunch at Le Yaca. Delicious food and stellar service.

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  5. KayVV

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Six of us, all long-time friends, were celebrating a birthday, and could think of no better place to celebrate. We went to the Saturday brunch, and it was divine The ambience, service and food were all perfect. And the Birthday Girl was treated so special all through our meal. We will all definitely return.

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  6. K2Kirby

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant with outstanding service, consistently checking to make sure everything is good. Great location for wife and I to celebrate belated Valentines Day. I would come back and recommend to others.

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  7. ChristopherM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was extremely good! It was pricey but worth it I think.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A go to…. We enjoyed it server and conversation with Howard.

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  9. cosmo

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaca is our go to for special occasions and even just for whatever. Love it and the food is amazing.

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  10. LisaM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaca is always a good choice whether for lunch or dinner, and guaranteed not to disappoint. Enjoy exemplary French cuisine in an elegant yet cozy setting.

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  11. JamesE

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our favorite restaurant in the Williamsburg area and the food is always excellent. However, some of the regular entrees on the lunch "Prix Fixe" menu have been significantly changed since our last visit. We preferred the previous versions. Service, as always, was outstanding.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaka is a wonderful restaurant. I always enjoy it. One of my favorite restaurants to go to when I want a special dinner.

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  13. Charles100

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, the food was superb, the staff efficient and friendly, and the atmosphere perfect for a special dinner. A special thank you to our server, Renke.

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  14. jonathanw

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    we have been to le yaca dozens of times over the past 20 years. My wife's meal was excellent. Mine was disappointing. The least enjoyable can remember having there. The chicken was dry and the sides were o k. The onion soup and the Creme Brulee dessert were outstanding as usual.

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  15. DonM

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was wonderful. Never have been disappointing. The best. .

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  16. John

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific quality food and attentive service. Very refined and subdued decor....great for a Valentines day meal.

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  17. DLeigh

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg. Our go-to place for all special occasions!

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  18. Tracey

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional food, service, and ambience. Our waiter, Charles, was attentive and humorous. He made our experience one to remember. We look forward to revisiting in the future.

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  19. Tommie

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The shrimp was fishy, not fresh, but edible anyway.

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  20. Ed110

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Teano was our server and she was the best. We love going to Le Yaca. Also Howard is the heart and soul. Thanks to the hold staff.

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  21. CarlS

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy the excellent food and service at Le Yaca!!

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  22. FishLover

    Richmond

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaca is our favorite lunch place. For Valentine's Day the restaurant offered its Brunch Menu, which included several items not on the usual fixed-price lunch menu. The food and service at Le Yaca is always top notch.

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  23. RonaldS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great authentic French dishes served by a pleasant and well trained staff. Timing between courses was too long and staff’s timing on ordering soufflé cause long wait from main course to dessert. Ambiance hindered by table’s proximity to restaurant bar due to traffic for drink orders. A clear 4+ overall!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious. The value for the food was very good. The staff was so kind and attentive. Would go back again!

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  25. Arthur

    Richmond

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had our Valentine's celebration at Le Yaca because agree that it is the best restaurant in Williamsburg. Not only is the menu superb, but so is the wait staff. The libations are top shelf and abundant. The wine list is extensive and of high quality.

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  26. ChrisL

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, Le Yaca did not disappoint. Everything was wonderful, food, service, and ambiance. We drove up from Virginia Beach, just to come to your restaurant since the one at the beach closed, we miss it terribly! I always recommend Le Yaca to people, if you want great food and a lovely experience, it's the place to go!

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  27. DanM

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaca is always a hit! The Sunday brunch is a great way to experience what this wonderful restaurant and its staff can do. Dinner is equally wonderful!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best French food in Williamsburg .. The people and the price are the best.

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  29. Rachel

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful restaurant, a beautiful experience 😍 Service was attentive, but not obtrusive. They provided us a toasting drink for our anniversary....cute little vintage tulip glasses that were part of the restaurant's history. My husband's roasted lamb and my beef medallions were stylishly presented and very delicious. The desserts were scrumptious! We had the poached pear and the chocolate truffle....so pretty too!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant in Williamsburg by far! Great food, drinks, and exceptional service.

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  31. CharlesC

    Pinehurst

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Brunch Prix meal is excellent value.You get your beverage,which can be alcohol,Salad or Soup,choice from 8 to 10 different entrees,& choice from 6 different Desserts for $45.I have been eating here for many years & I have never had a bad meal. Usually the service is excellent.

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  32. Dorian

    Richmond

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic as always! The consistency and amazing quality of food and service over the years is unbelievable! Many others should take a lesson! Bottom line: if you look for an amazing meal and you want to be 100% sure it will be just perfect, without a flaw, don’t think twice: go to Le Yaca!

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  33. Steve

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Wife and I were seated next to a birthday party with an 8-top and 6-top. Two 4-tops on other side of us. It was very noisy, needless to say. Very disappointing experience for what we hoped would be a quiet, romantic dinner. Waiter also got my wife’s order wrong. Food was excellent, though.

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  34. Lonerhino

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great meal, always, at Le Yaca! The tuna tartare was a perfect starter. The potato and fennel soup was an unexpected surprise - out of this world. The Foie de Veau is simply divine. My wife loves the Salmon Cru and Dover Sole. Dessert was poached peach for me, and creme brulee for her. The service, as usual, was excellent. Our server would disappear, and reappear at precisely the right moment. One couldn't ask for a better dining experience.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. Our favorite restaurant.

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  36. RonnieL

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    wonderful food as always. Great waitress. I am sorry don't remember her name bu she was tall. We go to celebrate occasions. Unfortunately very noisy . Usually not in the back room. I don't know what you could do about that.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Le Yaca never disappoints. One of our absolute favorite restaurants in Williamsburg.

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  38. Baboo

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    At the beginning our server was very attentive. After she served our main entrée she disappeared. We waited and waited for her to return. We were ready for our dessert. One in our party had time to go to the restroom, came back, still no server. She finally returned and brought us our dessert and then our bill. It was a very long time in between before we saw her. I ordered the salmon. It was fishy and undercooked or other party order the crabcake. It was extremely good all in all yes I would still recommend this restaurant.

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  39. Vabeachtennis

    Richmond

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I miss the Virginia Beach Le Yaca so much so that I made a reservation for the Williamsburg location. It was wonderful!!! Our server was fantastic and the food was FIRST RATE! I had the fresh catch of the day with jumbo lump crab meat on top! Heavenly!

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  40. ErnestJ

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service Will return very soon

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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 8462 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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 various dining rooms that can accommodate parties of most sizes. For groups over 10 we ask that you have a set menu from our group banquet menus or from the regular dining menu. It will increase your dining enjoyment at Le Yaca French Restaurant. For large groups and private parties, please contact owner Joy Anderson at leyacajoy@gmail.com.
  • Private party contact
    Joy Anderson-Abid: (757) 869-8255
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