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Le Yaca

4.9
4.9
7548 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 51 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 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 7,548 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 Overall

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Value

  • Williamsburg

    Neighborhood gem

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

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  1. HB

    HarryB

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gail is the best. Headed to Texas. Always great at La Yaca
  2. RC

    RachaelC

    Richmond

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The atmosphere was great, the food was delicious. Staff was friendly and welcoming upon arrival. The table service lacked a bit for the price point of the meal. We poured our own wine and had empty dirty plates sit in front of us for quite an extended period of time. I am not sure if they had the tables our server was tending to spread out in different rooms or what the issue was. We saw other tables sitting and looking around for service as well. It was busy, maybe an off night. Overall, we would return because the food and atmosphere were great, but hopefully we would get a different service experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious and painstaking prepared food!
  4. PR

    PaulR

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service and overall, you receive what you pay for!
  5. MB

    MiltonB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat, both for the menu ,ambiance and the service staff. It is our go to restaurant.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as always!!!
  7. N

    Nancy

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have noted a decline in service and food prep over last 6 months. Portion of salmon yesterday half the size of previous servings. Service slow on this occasion but gracious. Last group occasion in November disappointing. Old letrace in salad. Waiters very confused on who got what. Have been a LeYaca patron since it was in Kingsmill area- close to 40 years. Hope it can maintain standard of excellence with new ownership and management.
  8. SL

    SoonipiLady

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent. Service was surprisingly great. Service at Lunch in the past was usually lackluster
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fabulous food! Great service and wonderful ambience!
  10. ME

    MartinE

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely interior. Excellent service. Food was very good and very reasonable for the quality. It got a little noisy when the room was full. Otherwise is was perfect.
  11. HB

    HarryB

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gail is the very best. We so enjoy her taking us over the years. She is a real asset to La Yaca.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome 3-course Sunday brunch with bread, chocolate croissant, and a complimentary drink. Fantastic food and service, with no pressure to rush through and leave. The portions were very satisfactory—even had to bring some home!
  13. IM

    ItsMe

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic brunch. Cocktails were fine, but the food and service were exemplary, as always. I had salmon with caper sauce…my usual favorite. My friends agreed the meal was excellent and a good value for the $45 price, which included drinks, app, main course and excellent decadent deserts. I love this place.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect ,from the minute we walked through the door ,we were seated someone came over and brought menueand wine list ,also asked water preference ,just got Bette all through the evening we got 3 course meal which was incredible,was not one bad thing and we felt very special thank you everyone for making our anniversary special
  15. CB

    CarolB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about our experience was wonderful! Food, atmosphere, service were all impeccable! We had a lovely experience!
  16. D

    Desnos

    Richmond

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service.
  17. F

    Fancyfeasts

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and delicious food, at a great price. It is my favorite place to treat myself.
  18. MS

    MeganS

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was amazing as always! I had a Kir Royal, the onion soup, lobster and the chocolate cake for dessert. Everything was perfect!!
  19. b

    beachy

    Baltimore

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect. Our server Marina was just awesome. We asked her to slow it down a bit between courses and she delivered. Been dining here ( and old location) for over 30 years. It’s our never fail happy place.
  20. s

    slink

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends during our trip to Colonial Williamsburg
  21. C

    Charles

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I have been going to Le Yaca since it first opened and have always and still loved it. The food is the absolute best the service has always been exceptional, however my last visit the server was wearing one of those "do nothing" masks. The mask besides being unnecessary made the server most difficult to understand and the appearance was strange. Strange that only a few employees were wearing them in a place full of customers and other employees NOT wearing them.
  22. ML

    MarciaL

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, service and atmosphere——what more could you ask for ⁉️
  23. w

    woodpecker

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a lovely spot which is Williamsburg's best and has been for decades.
  24. DG

    DamonG

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For the past 10+ years we have celebrated my wife's birthday in January, our Anniversary in June, Valentine's Day & Mother's Day at Le Yaca, our all time favorite area restaurant. The Staff has always been accommodating, the service superior, and the atmosphere serene and relaxing. The food was excellent and price was reasonable. Teona, thank you so very much for your attention to detail and outstanding service. Howard: thank you, Sir, for taking a few moments out of your busy day to chat with me. My wife & I will
  25. M

    Michael

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    We were seated directly in front of the bar. I really should have asked to be moved to a better location. Also, the table was very wobbly, not a good impression for a place like Le Yaca.
  26. RT

    RonT

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Seated at a table in the bar area; bar was full and noisy. Waited 15 minutes for anyone to come to our table; the waiter for our table was also the bartender and, as mentioned the bar was full. Our table was in the main "corridor" to get to the restroom and to get to the room next door. Almost constant traffic around our table. Ordered a second glass of wine while still eating main course; wine not brought to table until finished with main course. We have eaten at LeYeca several times and this was our worst experience. We had a reservation for the middle of February but cancelled it.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and wonderful service.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 3rd time coming. We both got the chefs 5 course tasting menu and everything was amazing as always. This is my favorite restaurant
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the service was professional and cordial, and the atmosphere was romantic. I absolutely recommend this place!
  30. IM

    ItsMe

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my fave restaurant. Absolutely fabulous salmon, scallops and crab cakes. The wine was excellent. Our desserts were decadent, a chocolate truffle type of thing and a Lemon cream cake. Service was exemplary. I thought the food was fairly priced for what we received, and portions were generous, but not large. One exception was the special, sole with shrimp. It was a very large tasty meal . Although a fair price, dinner was not cheap…about $100/person by the time we added two appetizers and a glass of wine to our table of 4. The price relegates it to a “sometimes” or special occasion experience.
  31. L

    Laurelei

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Yaca is my favorite place for lunch. I always get their French Onion soup, Le Crabe and one of the chocolate desserts. It never disappoints!
  32. TM

    TanyaM

    Baltimore

    41 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Well, after more then 6 years of mostly great experiences at both locations of this restaurant we are sad to say it's time to say good buy to this establishment. Something has changed and not for the better. During the last year or so we've been noticing some changes in the quality of service as well as the food. Service became less and less professional, and food though looks the same definitely doesn't taste the same. Prices went up (which is understandable) but satisfaction from the experiences received went way down (which is not). So yesterday disappointing visit was the last drop for us. Williamsburg and Virginia Beach has enough great places to give us adequate experience for this kind of money spent.
  33. JC

    JohnC

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A nice location. Arrived and quickly seated. Serving and waiter Charles very welcoming. Food was delicious.
  34. R

    Robert

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great as usual. Had a couple of ladies in the room who were very very loud who apparently gave no thought to how they were annoying others in the room.
  35. WP

    WalterP

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nice to finally be able to once again have a productive business lunch in beautiful setting….. and with table cloths
  36. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent meal with good friends. The service was efficient and relaxed. This is not the first visit and it certainly won't be the last.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We both ordered lunches of soup, salad and dessert. All were the usual high quality, with expert service by Ming. Always a delight!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Would have preferred to be spaced out a bit more from neighboring tables but food was phenomenal.
  39. 1

    127hill

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A consistent favorite in Williamsburg! A standout for festive occasions. A reliable choice for a high quality meal/experience. Lunch fixe prix a very good value.
  40. a

    allisonm

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    We had a 2:30 reservation. Although the waiter was lovely he did inform us that the chef would stop cooking I. 15 minutes and we'd only been there 10 or 15 minutes at the time. Food came out too quickly and we definitely felt rushed.

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 7548 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 51 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 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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