Le Yaca

4.8
4614 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.”
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Bar
Daily 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri, Sun 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
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Phone number
(757) 220-3616
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Yves Abid
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DA
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have NEVER been disappointed at Le Yaca. A snowy Sunday brunch and again everything was absolutely perfect.Sunday brunch 4 course menu is an absolute steal for the quality of food and service. Had Eggs Benedict duo.Excellent . Followed by an amazing chocolate desert. Piles of warm fresh bad bread and pain au cho.Cant waits for our next visit.

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g
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Yaca didn't disappoint! The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

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HR
Jackson Hole
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Le Yaca is hands down the best restaurant in the Williamsburg area. The food is superb, well prepared and delicious. The waiters actually know their jobs...a rarity in today's world. You can be safe bringing your boss or a good friend. They will not be disappointed.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, we're never disappointed with Le Yaca. This was the first time I had eaten lunch there. (We usually have dinner.)

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AA
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Four did a holiday lunch and it was wonderful,as always. We had the leg of lamb special and delicious.

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

Meals and service were excellent. Each one enjoyed our experience very much.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, atmosphere and staff were all wonderful!

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d
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La Yaca was excellent! My favorite Williamsburg spot so far.

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L
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy with our meals and service there.

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SD
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and atmosphere. Excellent service but took it down one star because it took forever to get our check. A wonderful special occasion restaurant and we always visit once a year on our trip to Williamsburg. I highly recommend any of their soups. Today the soup was cream of fennel and it was fantastic.

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M
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a nice time with Friends! Brie treated us very well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this dining experience exceeded my expectations. I had the 4 course Sunday brunch which is a tremendous value. I enjoyed a well crafted Kir Royale followed by the soup du jour, a fennel soup. So delicious. The salmon I ordered was a generous portion and done to perfection. As a big treat for the sweets part of the meal, since it was a special occasion, I ordered the Gran Marnier soufflé which was beautiful as well as scrumptious. But it was the service that will bring me back next time I am in Williamsburg as our waiter was attentive without hovering and as pleasant and interesting as could be, sharing tidbits about the restaurant and himself. It has been a few years since we have been to La Yaca and the new location is simple and elegant and I love that there are multiple dining areas making it feel like a cozy neighborhood spot.

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V
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was very good. Overall service was vary bad.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent!

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NA
Nashville
84 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Williamsburg twice a year for a week each time and usually dine at Le Yaca twice on each visit. We like everything about it—food, service, atmosphere and prices. The three-course price fixed menu at $37 is a very good deal compared to other fine restaurants because the selections are so nice and the quality of the offerings is so high. It’s our second favorite place to eat in Williamsburg behind A Chef’s Kitchen which is in a league of it’s own but much more expensive and nearly impossible to get into.

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b
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual trip to Williamsburg would not be complete without dinner at La Yaca. Always a high spot. It meets all the marks for good service and an excellent meal. The price fixed menu is a great deal but very often there is something on the regular menu I can’t resist!! We will be back. Highly recommended!!

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet, comfortable restaurant with plenty of delicious food choices. Service was amazing, if you go, ask for Maksym, he was friendly, efficient and very helpful. We travel down to Williamsburg frequently and will certainly look forward to stopping in on our next visit.

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DL
Boise
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary
received a complimentary desert and toast

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N
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. It’s always worth the drive and never disappoints.

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LC
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our party was very late and the staff was very accommodating and kind. The food was excellent, as usual. I wish to thank them for their patience and good attitude. This is just one of the reasons LeYaca is our "go to" place all year long.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Victoria was outstanding as was the food. It was a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday.

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RL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall, my experience at Le Yaca was very good after a very poor start. After I was seated, I picked up my napkin to place in my lap. I was startled and disappointed to note leftover food on the saucer my napkin was resting on. The food was not hardened as if it had been left by the dishwasher. It looked as though the saucer/food never made it to the kitchen. When I showed my server the offending mess, he apologized, removed the dish and brought a new napkin (I think). Clearly, whoever placed the napkin on the dish could have seen the food but chose to ignore it.

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d
Richmond
313 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the lunch special! The food is always good & a real treat!

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MO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary celebration. Good and service was outstanding!

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M
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our son's wedding at Le Yaca. It was the first time for one of the couples and they were so impressed. The atmosphere, service and delicious food were top rate as always. Thank you for making a memorable day end on such a high note!

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CB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting and will definitely return! Food was delicious and our service was outstanding!! Our waiter Max was so friendly, we stayed and chatted awhile after our meal and he never made us feel rushed. Great date night place!

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MB
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. This is THE place to go for that Special Occasion

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S
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Le Yaca after an absence of six years. This was the first time my husband had been to the new location. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We had a lovely table in a small section of the restaurant, with only about five tables. It was a rainy, windy and chilly evening and the room was cozy and warm. Our server and the other servers were attentive and polite. The food was absolutely first-rate. I had the scallops with lentils and my husband enjoyed the Sole meuinere. I tried a new wine of the Sauvignon-Viognier grape variety and it was perfect to accompany the scallops. It was a superb dining experience and we hope to return way sooner than six years and take advantage of the Bar menu.

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GM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was excellent. The food was perfectly prepared. The shrimp was tender The beef was well seasoned, trimmed and the cook was spot on. The crab cakes were full of large lumps of crab.
I have been going to a lot of the nicer restaurants in Williamsburg and have found most to be lacking in some respects. This restaurant did not disappoint at all and the pre fixe menu was actually a bargain. I can’t wait to go back here.
Our waiter Max was awesome!

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TB
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time visiting and would recommend Le Yaca as a "must try". We had an excellent meal! Service was outstanding. Wait staff was attentive, courteous, and pleasantly professional. Ambience was nice and upscale.

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WG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and wine list. They need to work on their timing between drinks and food. Before dinner drinks came after appetizers and wine came after main course.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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DM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We haven’t been to Le Yaca since it moved a few years ago. It used to be quite an experience. The place was nice and somewhat inviting but the staff, en general, was a bit out of touch with the needs of the patrons. A little “French aloof” is fine but theirs came off a bit uneducated. The best part of the meal was the crab. The worst part was the dessert! I know, in a French restaurant! We ordered creme brûlée and, after a few minutes, the manager or owner (I really don’t know which) came and told us they were out of brûlée. He was so smug and acted as if we did something wrong. So disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Thanksgiving dinner at Le Yaca. It was wonderful

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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AS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving at Le Yaca is a tradition for us. We love it all year round but being just me and Dad, it's such a nice place to celebrate the holiday. The food is always excellent. Dad enjoys the lamb that is always cooked to perfection. We are also big fans of the seafood. The souffle are a must try. The creme brulee is also fabulous. Service is flawless. Servers are so sweet and thoughtful.

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LB
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyable birthday lunch!

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WD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were greeted warmly at the front door and taken to our table.
We assumed we'd need to pay corkage for the wine we brought, but it was never mentioned. (They charge $30).

The menus are heavy binders with pages encased in plastic, which I found slightly off putting. The menu follows the tired tradition of using French names (in all caps, of course), generally followed by a translation.
Example:
"LA SOUPE DU JOUR 7 
Soup of the day."
Nothing is gained by writing your menu this way. The descriptions are adjective heavy, which is also unnecessary. I assume your fish and herbs are fresh, I don't need you to clarify fact by writing "fresh Scottish salmon with fresh herbs." Asterisks and quotation marks were also overused.

Decor and ambiance were pleasant if uninspired. Stemware was disappointing. They appeared to be Libbey 7516's, a sturdy glass with a particularly thick rim. They're 12.5 oz glasses, which doesn't leave a lot of room to swirl. Riedel has a restaurant line available that would be a welcome change.

My tuna was adequate. My wife was disappointed by her foie gras. An abundance of sweet sauce eliminated the crust from the sear. For $27 it was lackluster.

We both ordered steak. Temperatures we excellent, potatoes were wonderfully crispy. Presentation was what one would expect from a recent culinary school grad. Both were accompanied by a ramekin of what appeared to be roasted mixed vegetables. They were dreadful, easily the worst part of the meal.

For dessert we ordered LA SYMPHONIE  (all caps- why?), which includes small portions of several different items. It was absolutely fabulous. Easily the best part of the meal and one of the best desserts either of us can recall eating in the last decade. A+.

Service was pleasant and efficient, our waiter spilled our water on me at the end of the meal, but mistakes happen.

Overall Le Yaca felt like a restaurant run by a recent culinary school graduate. Adequate but sterile. May revisit eventually.

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ST
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited Le Yaca several times for dinner and the food is consistently wonderfully prepared, very fresh and from appetizer to dessert excellent.

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CP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I made the reservation for Brunch on a Sunday to celebrate a wedding anniversary, I requested a quiet area in the restaurant preferrably against a wall. My request was granted and I really appreciated that. The food, service, ambiance was outstanding. I highly recommend Le Yaca as an upscale restaurant experience.

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