Le Yaca

4.8
6091 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipElizabethFM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was wonderful. The only thing I would suggest is real flowers on the tables.

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vipBillandDeb
Richmond
170 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

So glad we had the chance to visit, table was ready and as always everything was great.. Minn did his usual fine job taking care of us and all was good.. Place was busy! Deb and Bill Schmidt, Wmsburg

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was great. It offered indoor and outdoor seating. The meal was delicious, servers were friendly and atmosphere was both clean and calming.

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DonnaW
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Yes, although I was disappointed in the food this trip. I have been there many times before. It is one of my favorite places. I had the Salade du Poulet. The chicken was bland.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I decided to treat ourselves to a special night out . Le Yaca did not disappoint. The lobster was flavorful and tender, the filet was cooked perfectly, and the onion soup was the best we have had. The dessert soufflé and chocolate cake were excellent. Everything was served quietly and at just the right temperature. We have had a lifetime of eating in fine restaurants around the world. This one hit the highest marks.

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vipSlMK
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful dining experience

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Wmbgfan
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only my second re-entry to in-restaurant dining since Covid. As I expected La Yaca was the perfect setting. Properly spaced, proper protocols followed. Delightful as before.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went tonight for my birthday-our favorite restaurant and it did not disappoint! As usual, food and service were exceptional. We have not been for 7 months due to COVID and we were so happy to be back and see Menh again. Great experience! Already looking forward to next visit!

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the experience! The staff was awesome and the food was magnificent.

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KImB
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent! I highly recommend the crab cakes.

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Wineman
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Good wine list. Very nice decor and ambience.

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MartyM1000
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was fabulous; however, our waiter left something to be desired. We wait about 10 minutes or more before he came to our table initially and then waited too long to come over and take our order. He was not attentive at the table during our meal. He needs more training.

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vipWrenn
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you wanna impress someone, this is your place.
No jeans, shorts or halter tops here.

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JodiM
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Dynamite service and atmosphere. Thank you!

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vipnwoods8
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was very good. It was an enjoyable dining experience.

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AnnW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very busy, but our wait staff could not have been better. And the food was delicious! There is an excellent wine list, but as we were driving on I-64 we had to pass on that.

After our meal was finished, I saw a dessert headed to another table and asked what it was. Grand Marnier soufflé! We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place. The food and service was amazing!

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vipThomasF
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. The best Williamsburg has to offer!

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DanaD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceeded.expectations in every category. Greatnexperiwnce

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CarolB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best dining experience between Va Beach and Richmond.

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FrankS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a great experience yesterday at Le Yaca. We were celebrating my good friends birthday and I had made that known when I made the reservation. It was observed just perfectly - not drawing too much attention to her just making us both feel happy and glad we had chosen Le Yaca for lunch.
Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I just had dinner here for our Anniversary. The mushroom soup was delicious and even better than their onion soup which was also good. Our entrees were equally delicious and well portioned unlike other "fancy" places that have tiny portions. The tenderloin was cooked exactly as we each requested and tasted great, as did the shrimp and rice.
Our waiter, Charles, was fantastic and attentive. I only mentioned it was our Anniversary in the reservation and he congratulated us first thing. He also gave us a small complimentary champagne drink to toast our Anniversary which was an unexpected, but much appreciated gesture. The rest of the staff was also quite friendly and all seemed to know, which helped make the occasion feel extra special. Thanks!

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vipedko
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Everything was prepared to perfection!!

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vipLauraP
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The WORST meal I have had in a very long time. Even if this had been a reasonably priced meal I would have complained and sent it back. The fact it is an expensive restaurant and the food is of such AWFUL quality, is quite shocking. French chefs would be horrified to know this place is claiming to be a high end french restaurant. Do not eat here.

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Wmsbgregular
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delicious treat in a safety-conscious environment!

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KrisA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The first thing off the menu I asked for they were out of. It got better. The food was delicious if over priced. The service was very good and the atmosphere was personal and private.

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Duke001
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always always always very good. My favorite go to restaurant in Williamsburg. We get the pre fix lunch and the onion soup is a must. One of us had the filet and one had the scallops and shrimp; both excellent. Desert tiramisu was fabulous and the molten chocolate cake with hazelnuts was delicious.

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vipBillyB
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always excellent. Favorite restaurant in Williamsburg

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Abraham
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time experiencing French cuisine. My fiance and I loved it. Definitely will be back when we are in the area again.

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vipAnnieS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is stunningly delicious. We loved the menu options and the wine list. The Prix Fixe menu is a terrific bargain with really nice selections and portions. Highly recommend the soufflé for a slight up charge. The service was outstanding, too. We will visit La Yaca again.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place will knock your socks off! First of all, they are so nice and accommodating. We were coming in from NJ and hit so much traffic we ran over an hour late. We called ahead to let them know of course but they didn’t have to go out of their way to help us yet they did. I’m not sure if this is southern hospitality or not but this kind of thing doesn’t happen up north where I live. This is a great restaurant- if it were in NYC(Manhattan) it would be a top spot where reservations would take months to get into. The food is presented beautifully with generous portions and is absolutely delicious. You can tell the owner puts their love into the restaurant because it’s all in the details, right down to the carved out marble candleholder at the table. The staff is also extremely professional and runs this place in such synchrony, anyone who wants to see what a good restaurant looks like top to bottom must visit this place. Can’t say enough good things about this place! Thank you for a great meal and an awesome experience.

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HaleyC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, food & service was exceptional. We celebrated my husbands 50th birthday here and had a wonderful experience.

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CarmenD
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I would say this is the number one restaurant in Williamsburg.
I will be back. Make sure you make a reservation.

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vipDouglas
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a delight to have lunch at Le Yaca, Williamsburg. Minh makes the experience relaxed, friendly and precise. Thanks...D. Price

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CvilleRed
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service. Bar menu especially good value.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and were pleasantly surprised. We ate on the terrace outside on a nice day. The food was fantastic, the service great and the value for lunch was very good. Le Yaca is now our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg!

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StuartW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

extensive menu with good wine choices. All dishes unique and tasty. What a pleasant suprprise for williamsburg

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RobertK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful mea! Enjoyed the whole experience!

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HomerB
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon on creamed spinach and crispy potatoes was outstanding.

FAQs

Le Yaca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 220-3616.

Le Yaca is rated 4.8 stars by 6091 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.