Le Yaca

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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.”
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PegC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful to once again enjoy dining at Le Yaca. The outside patio seating was comfortable, and we were lucky the rain never materialized. It was great to see familiar faces behind the masks

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vipDouginWilliamsburg
Richmond
54 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a night out. Excellent menu, food, presentation, service and beautiful outdoor ambiance. Bravo.

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Pamela
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our evening. Great food and service. Will go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made this a very special day even with e dry thing else going on. Made sure my husband and I were beyond taken care of.

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hjgjr
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The outdoor seating was very nice but I miss the ambiance of the interior.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were out for dinner for first time since pandemic began. Le Yaca was every bit as wonderful as always. Food and service excellent. We ate outside on the patio and it was elegant and delightful. So happy to be back.

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vipTerriK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening! Perfect!

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llama
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrate my wife's birthday with friends. Food and service were excellent. Always a special place.

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gourmet food at a great value - a great place to celebrate special occasions or just treat yourself regularly - with such reasonable prices you can!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been visiting Le Yaca and it continues to provide stellar service and wonderful wood. Always a pleasure.

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De3vine
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me Yaca is always wonderful and so special. It’s worth the hours trip. Thank you,

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Rozzie
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a very elegant, well-appointed restaurant. The food was well presented & delicious. The service was attentive but not “smothering”.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parent’s met my fiancé

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MariannJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant food ever (and we've been to some pretty fancy places).

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vipNSwmsbg
Richmond
121 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite of ours. We manage to return several times, though it’s never as often as we like. The food is always top notch, with service to match. We love the different menu options for pre fixes and items A la carte. Everything is so well prepared from seafood, beef, lamb and vegetarian. We and our guests have never been disappointed. They also have a great wine list with by the glass options or the bottle and the hand crafted cocktails are quite yummy.

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Woody
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing and food was beautiful and delicious!

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MrMalbec
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual the food was outstanding and the service great. I just wish the prices were a bit lower.

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CaroleG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a fantastic dining experience at La Yaca!

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vipJLPinVA
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is my favorite for lunch or brunch. If you are fortunate enough to have the halibut special, it’s the best ever. Enjoy!

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DrTR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

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vipMonk
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been celebrating my birthday each year at LeYaca, Williamsburg, for years and it never fails to be an excellent experience and a wonderful meal.

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Wray
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always! Le yaca never fails to impress.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They delivered superb food to 90 guests at my Uncle’s Birthday. Fantastic service, ambiance, attention to every detail. Many, many thanks! Outstanding food and service every time we eat at Le Yaca!!!

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AnnL
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The dinner would have been perfect had it not been for the loud, inebriated diner seated at the next table whose f-bombs shattered our special birthday celebration.

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ChrisP
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Among the best restaurns we have visited in our entire lives, not just in the U.S. but also in France. We always take visitors there because of its exdellence and steady quality.

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vipAsAlways
Richmond
72 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us had lunch there to celebrate a birthday. We all ordered the 3 course lunch and each of ours were really good. You can't beat it with either soup or salad, entree and a dessert. They are consistent and doing a really good job. I had their Coquille St. Jacques was was scallops and shrimp and creme brulee.

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DHank
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The scallops and shrimps in the Coquilles St Jacques were completely dry and overcooked. ( or freezer burned?) then over cooked. Would have been a nice presentation to have a couple of fresh raspberries atop the Creme Brûlée. Overall opinion very overrated.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Yaca is a special restaurant not just for special occasions. The menu has many choices and the quality of the food and presentation outstanding. The service is consistently excellent. The ambiance is very warm and inviting. I highly recommend La Yaca.

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JandD
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service

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JHHIII
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LeYaca is always consistently excellent. The PrixFix lunch for $20 including dessert is a great value, and the selections are always very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining at Le YaCa since 1982 when I was 37. Thank you for helping me celebrate birthdays and other family events over the years, plus my 75th birthday this week.

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KarenW
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chocolate croissants are out of this world
Lovely brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our brunch at La Yaca. It will definitely be on our list for a repeatable experience.

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vipJohn
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch and it was fabulous from start to finish. We are locals but I would encourage those visiting to not miss ale Yaca. It is a jewel in Williamsburg.

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robertc
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Table for four. My wife's birthday. We have had brunch at the Le Yaca in Virginia Beach, and must say we thought the presentation and flavors were better in VB than Williamsburg. We also really prefer the setup and ambiance of the VB location. Not to say that the food was bad, mind you, just not as good. As for the service, it was mostly good. However, when I asked for the wine list, a young lady brought the list, and then left, not to return until about ten minutes later, and only because we asked our waiter, Charles, to find her. Charles, by the way, was very pleasant and accommodating.

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vipLaurenF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The food was okay, great for Williamsburg, but okay for french food. The lamb rack was worth the tasting price but the other tenderloin options are not- meat preparation is good, sides are disappointing/poorly done. Our server never checked back in about wine and we really wanted a bottle of red for our meal, she forgot to put in our dessert order which meant we had to order differently and were late to our post dinner plans. Would not return.

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MichelleW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went for lunch to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We order from the price fixe lunch menu that included 3 courses for $20. A great value. My husband ordered the asparagus soup, crab crepe and lemon mouse desert. He said it was all delicious, although the the crab crepe was a little bland. I ordered the Australian sea bass which was the fish of the day. It was very delicious too. I thought the dining room was a little chilly temperature wise. Wish I would have kept my jacket. Bathrooms were chilly too. We will definitely be back to visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our fav place always an amazing experience and food is just unbelievable

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NOTATOURIST
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Williamsburg, where we lived for 19 years. Always go to Le Yaca because it is one of a kind. Ambience, service, food are top notch. Wish there was one in McLean, Va.

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vipgmert
Richmond
57 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom here a couple of times when she was visiting from out of town and this is the only place you wanted us to bring them back to the day she left as a send off. Leah Acker has become not only ours but her favorite place in town and she’s already looking forward to going back upon her return—as we do.
I have done in few restaurants that do fish and meat and vegetables and desserts as well and so consistently great every time!

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

Le Yaca is rated 4.8 stars by 5521 OpenTable diners.

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