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About Le Yaca

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.”

1430 High Street Suite 801
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
FALL 2016 HOURS
Seven days a week:
LUNCH MONDAY-SATURDAY 11:30AM-2:30PM
SUNDAY BRUNCH 11:00AM-3PM
DINNER SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY 5PM-9:30PM
DINNER THURSDAY-SATURDAY 5PM-10PM

Lunch menu 11:30AM - 2:30PM

Bar menu 5PM - 9:30PM

Dinner menu 5PM - 9:00PM (10PM THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY)

Happy Hour 5PM - 7PM (EVERY DAY EXCEPT SATURDAYS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 220-3616

Website:
http://www.leyacawilliamsburg.com/

Executive Chef:
Daniel Yves Abid

Additional:
Banquet, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Le Yaca Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.8

value

4.6

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98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (155)
Good for Anniversaries (124)
Romantic (121)
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Good for a Date (113)
Quiet Conversation (98)
Fit for Foodies (87)
Good for Birthdays (86)
Creative Cuisine (80)
Worth the Drive (75)
Notable Wine List (68)
Authentic (65)
Great for Lunch (61)
Neighborhood Gem (58)
Business Meals (54)
Cozy (50)
Great for Brunch (38)
Tasting Menu (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Bar Seating (26)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Seasonal (16)
Fun (14)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Healthy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Hot Spot (7)
People Watching (7)
Afternoon Tea (6)
Late-night Find (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vegan (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Another GREAT meal at LaYaca.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome. Great waiter. Attentive staff.

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·Dined 7 days ago

My husband and I had our anniversary dinner here at Le Yaca and it was nothing but AMAZING! Our sever Briana was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and described in great detail how everything was served, and it was exactly how she painted the picture. The meal was incredible from the start to the end. I would HIGHLY recommend Le Yaca for any occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

This was our second time dining at Le Yaca. I’m not going to compare this to the first visit, both were memorable. The sophomoric experience was even greater made so by the fantastic staff member who helped us. Her knowledge of wine for example helped make our meal all the better. The only way this restaurant would receive a lower grade was if it was compared to The Inn at Little Washington. ‘Nuff said!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

First rate in every way.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined 7 days ago

A great restaurant in all respects, ambiance, romantic atmosphere, a wide array of menu selections and beautifully prepared food. It is a bit pricey, but still a good value for all that you get.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful ambiance. Superior service. Excellent choices and fantastic food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Le Yaca is just a nice restaurant. The specials are always very good. It is a real gem; if you are from out of town and want to know where the local people go for a reliably good meal, you will find them at Le Yaca.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Went for anniversary dinner. Service and food was great. Loved crab cakes.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely a wonderful experience; we'll be back for other special occasions. Thank you for taking care of us on our 23rd anniversary.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were visiting family in Williamsburg and decided to have dinner at Le Yaca. This original restaurant has always been one of our favorites and it continues to impress! Our server Briana was Outstanding and we were seated in a cozy location. The food and service were superb and we enjoyed a special evening here. We Highly Recommend dining at Le Yaca!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

This was my second time dining here but my wife’s first. After my first dining experience, I knew I had to bring my wife and now I am planning to get some other friends to join us for dinner there again. Quite impressive restaurant, great food and very kind staff...what more could I ask for?

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 6, 2017

White table clothes, great service, and best duck ever in Williamsburg. Reasonably priced also.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Healthy, Seasonal
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food was great. I order Samon and I felt was melting in my mouth. My wife ordered beef corn pepper and she loved it. Sevice was good but could be better.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was, as usual, excellent. Our server deserves special recognition.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic food, ambience and server! A very nice experience.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fabulous lunch menu - the food they served was "perfection!" A group of us were celebrating the end of treatment for breast cancer and the waiter was so accommodating and they let us take as much time as we wanted for our meal. Highly recommended!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful as always great service From Joe and delicious food. Never had better Dover sole!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan, Special Occasion, Romantic, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Super Outstanding !!!!
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our time at Le Yaca. From the great parking spot to the incredible 3 course meal to the most amazing fun we ever had at any restaurant. Between the loving waitress (Brianna), and who I believe was the maitre de (don't remember his name ) we never felt abandoned and they made us feel like they really cared for us. We simply had the most fun and enjoyable time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Always superb!

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

My husband and I have enjoyed dinner at La Yaca on several occasions. We had dinner at La Yaca again on 11/2/17 with friends who never had been to the restaurant. As usual, everything about the evening was first class - our meal, the wine, the service, the atmosphere. Our friends thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Definately order the Grand Marnier souffle! La Yaca is a bit more expensive than other restaurants but worth every penny.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As long time customers, we went for the Thurs nite lamb-in-the-fireplace dinner. The food was excellent - the lamb was melt-in-your mouth. There were, however, some issues. We were in the room opposite the bar and the foursome at the table next to us in the corner became more and more boisterous as the night went on. The wine list on an iPad is a bust. First, the machine is too heavy. In addition, it did not have all wines by the glass listed. They have a nice Bordeaux by the glass that was not listed. Our server retrieved a second iPad that listed all wines by the glass, including the one we were seeking. Finally, the chairs at our table were too low for the table making for an awkward evening. In the future we will ask for a table where the chairs are at a proper height.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A restaurant which has gotten better with time. Consistently good, high-quality food. Service is great. Wait staff knows its wines. We have been diners at Le Yaca for years and will continue. All servers are good, but we have been served by Walter for years. It's nice when your waiter can remember what wine you liked and what evening special you may be interested in. We're lucky to have Le Yaca so near.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 1, 2017

It was my wife's birthday and to celebrate we and friends visited Le Yaca. I chose Le Yaca because it is one of our favorite restaurants as the food is always wonderful. This time was no exception. Everything we had was very delicious. Plus, the layout of the restaurant allowed us to be at a table where it was quiet enough that we could hold a conversation without being disturbed or our conversation disturbing those dining around us. The wine list was extensive and we found a wine that we all enjoyed. Our waiter was attentive. We will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Beautiful dining rooms, welcoming staff, excellent service, the food was phenomenal, so what more can I say? Wish that it was in my home town!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 30, 2017

At first we were put at a table in the middle of several large parties. We asked if we could go to a quieter table and the staff could not be more accommodating. We had a lovely lunch. Le Yaca made our anniversary very special.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Enjoyed a pre-fixe luncheon with my parents and a friend. C'est bon!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 29, 2017

An absolutely wonderful evening celebrating my spouses birthday. Our server Charles took care of our every need and the entire staff was the best we have experienced ..........since the last time we dined at Le Yaca! This restaurant is beyond a doubt the best all around location to dine in Hampton Roads.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We use the fixed price menu for one meal and the a La carte menu for the other meal and it worked out perfectly. The baked oysters were wonderful.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I enjoyed my lunch but the food in Virginia Beach is prepared better than Williamsburg.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second time at Le Yaca and it did not disappoint. We will be back. We went for the lunch on a Saturday. The pre fixe menu is an excellent value. The dishes are well prepared, the wait staff is attentive but not excessively pushy. We are fairly quick eaters and the dishes were cleared promptly but they did not try to rush us out the door. Overall an excellent experience.

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 (Key West)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Fantastic food and service as always. Never disappointing.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I ate at Le Yaca almost 40 years ago, not long after they opened. It was wonderful then and still is wonderful. The food is superb and the service is impeccable. The prix fix menu is very reasonable, too. Highly recommended French menu with contemporary twists. I wish I lived closer than 3 hours...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was our 27th wedding anniversary and we most definitely picked the right restaurant, because we love GREAT FOOD!! We have lived in Newport News and Williamsburg our entire lives, and this is the first time dining at Le Yaca. My only regret is that we didn't do this sooner, and that there is no Le Yaca in Newport News. What a shame to live in the food desert!! But if we have to drive North or South of NN to enjoy such wonderful meals, I guess that's what we'll do! Thanks again, and can't wait to return!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Everything overall was great, from the seating to the service. This was my first time in a french restaurant and I thought it was very wonderful. However, I had to send my food back for being overcooked in which they took care of very quickly. Noise level was extremely high so it was hard to conversate during meal, next time I will request a more quiet area which they have.
So I definitely would recommend this place and thank you to the wonderful staff, loved it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Friendly reception beginning at the front door. All menu items are delicious and nicely presented. My husband got the wreck fish (sea bass) and I got my favorite (poached salmon). Both were excellent. The fish special is almost always outstanding. Also nice reasonable sized salads and good soups.
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

La Yaca continues to be exceptional.

Through changing venues, new owners, and years of time, La Yaca provides the same fabulously delicious meals it started with. Every dish is beautifully plated and served hot or cold as required. My recent visit with my husband and another couple was declared an epicurean delight. Everyone choose the three course lunch Prix Fixe Special.

My Petite Filet Mignon á I’Ėchalote was perfectly cooked and very tinder with a marvelous Port Wine Demi-Glace. The starter course of French Onion Soup was rich and creamy with slivers of cheese on top which quickly melted. The Crème Brûlée finishing dish was wonderfully flavored and delightfully crusted.

Everyone enjoyed the Onion Soup. The other couple expressed much pleasure with their Scallops and Shrimp baked with Parmesan Velouté “en cocotte.” The dish looked absolutely delicious. The warm choclate cake with vanilla ice cream was chosen by the two men and the Creme Brulle chosen by my lady friend. All were given high marks.

The only disappointing plate of the multiple courses was my husband’s Pork Tenderloin Duo. Although he ate it all, he said it was not flavorfully prepared. It looked pale as if it had been boiled or microwaved instead of broiled or grilled. Salt was required even though the two sauces were okay. In all of our meals at La Yaca, this is the first dish we did not find very satisfactory.

All of the uniformed wait staff appeared to be very good. Our waiter, Maksyn, was pleasant, very well versed on the wines, and attentive without being intrusive.

La Yaca is indeed a fine dining restaurant. It is lovely and chic but not stuffy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I've been here several times in the past. On this occasion (my birthday lunch) we had horrible service. It really upset me. I will NOT be back.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Good food. Just did not feel leisurely. Service was very quick between courses which made me feel a little rushed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We were very pleased with the ambiance, dinner menu selection and food quality. Service is prompt but not polished as One would expect at an establishment of this caliber. Overall dinner was wonderful- lobster and snails were amazing, veal was okay. Since this was the only really good restaurant we found in the area, we booked lunch the following day. However, somehow our reservation was placed with the Virginia Beach location and upon arrival was rudely told they had closed and could not be served. If you can overlook the snobby atmosphere than we highly recommend the restaurant.

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