Le Yaca

4.8
4815 reviews
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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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CD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Luncheon

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Fargo
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and culinary experience. Great food, great service, and beautiful ambiance!!

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RV
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant in every category!! We drive from Richmond to enjoy Le Yaca

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MH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The service here is excellent. The servers are patient, polite, and very helpful when understanding the food and wine menu. The ambiance is quiet,cozy,and romantic. Needless to say but the food was better than we could have expected. Cooked to perfection. This is a must try.

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GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience and delicious cuisine. Can't wait to return.

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SW
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Le Yaca as a belated Valentine's Day dinner and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There was a fire in the fireplace, the owner stopped by the table to check on us, the service was prompt but not pushy, and the food was wonderful.

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Yaca is by far the nicest restaurant we have been to since we moved to Williamsburg. Service was outstanding. Food was delicious and presentation was picture perfect. Ambiance was just what we were looking for. Prices were presented to you right up front. Price point was perfect. We were very pleased with our evening at Le Yaca.

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OT
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! everything is such high quality, the food, of course, the service, the atmosphere, the ambiance. I usually order the wonderful onion soup, but tonight I ordered the special, celery root soup and it was absolutely delicious. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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j
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited with friends

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

Our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday Brunch at Le Yaca.

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JC
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! We got the Sunday Brunch for $31. I got the lobster tail and my husband got a special entree. It came with soup or salad, side of potatoes, an alcoholic drink, and a dessert. Our waiter was the best. They even made a point to honor our anniversary verbally and in presentation on our desserts!

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

Best meal, best service, best ambience!!! This is where I go to really treat my friends.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We dine here often and the food and service are always amazing.. today, however, the service was lacking. Tables that were seated after us were greeted and brought drinks and bread. We were finally addressed but were frustrated as we noticed this. At a place like this, they should be more exact and precise as tables are seated with who gets acknowledged first. It was at least 10 minutes before we were acknowledged.

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DZ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. I thought the tables were a little close together. My meal was great and I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the bill for 4 people. My only complaint was the onion soup was not as good as it could have been. Everyone at my table enjoyed the meal; desserts were excellent.

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TP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with excellent food, wine selection, and desserts.

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A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so flavorful! The staff is friendly and respectful! The ambience is lovely. I absolutely love coming here on special occasions. It’s like a sweet treat.

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AG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LeYaca exceeded all of our expectations. Wonderful food in an elegant, warm and welcoming dining room.

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RD
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best of Williamsburg.

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CR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit. The food was fabulous and we had excellent service.

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AA
Richmond
54 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another wonderful lunch at LeYaca. Four of us went for lunch and two had the lunch portion of the filet and loved it each with a different sauce. Two of us tried the beef pillard but didn't love it this time.
The desserts are always a hit as well as their surface. It is a wonderful neighborhood, locally owned restaurant.

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JG
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent with one exception; the lobster risqué was too salty and had to be returned for a salad. We'll be back!

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TI
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The absolute best prix fixe lunch special around. Delicious food—could only better if you were actually in France.

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p
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most wonderful place for dining with special friends....Highly recommend it to everyone...especially for lunch

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PT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max was a great server. We had a reservation for 6 and had a last minute addition which he handled with grace and elegance. The entire experience was beyond expectation.
Bravo

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JM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Initially, no one came to take wine orders. After about 10 minutes, our waitress arrived and was generally good after that point. The food was average, and the prices had been escalated for Valentines Day ... a normal $47 prix fixe dinner (except for a glass of champagne) became $70. The food has certainly been better on previous occasions.

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ST
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Very romantic. Service and food awesome.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The multi-course dinner was well thought out. Every selection was perfectly cooked. The truffles and champagne were excellent and complemented each other perfectly. Our server, Maksym was superb. Our best Valentines Day dinner ever!

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JA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, food and service, Made our Valentines Day Special.

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m
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a very delicious brunch menu served on Valentine's day.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner.

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R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We were greeted rudely at the entrance by the woman who seemed to be in charge, who, without any other greeting, barked,
"last name?" like a sergeant putting recruits on a bus. After I gave her our last name she said, "you're early, please wait at the bar." We almost walked out but we decided to give it a chance as we've enjoyed Le Yaca in Virginia Beach. The young woman who escorted us to the bar was quite nice and friendly, as were the bartender and Max, our waiter. One choice, the veal, was a "3" at best with little flavor other than lemon but the flounder" special was a "5." So overall we'll give it a 4. We both agreed that our experiences at Le Yaca in Virginia Beach have been much better overall.

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JA
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time with my lovely wife on her Birthday

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This second visit was as excellent as the first! Our "go to" special occasion restaurant. The service is attentive, but not intrusive. The soups and main courses were fantastic, and the desert was a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max was our waiter and he couldn't have been more pleasant. Always smiling, he took our orders quickly and delivered them in record time. Never did we have to ask for anything as he anticipated our every need. The food was beyond outstanding and we had a most enjoyable time. My 3 daughters and I were there together to memorialize my husbands passing one year before and we were so glad we selected LeYaca. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food all prepared perfectly, temperature coming to the table was good. excellent and attentive service.

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AP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in a lovely atmosphere. I always love the crab cakes and the onion soup is wonderful.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fixed menu for lunch....great quality and great price.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was mediocre at best. French onion soup was pureed and not to my liking. My salmons was bland. Others flounder was not hot, just warm.
Service by Max was excellent.
I do not believe I would return. Cynthia Zodda

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd visit and we will continue to return. The décor and atmosphere are just one of the reasons we enjoy this place. The customer service is top notch, they make you feel right at home. The food is simply amazing. The quality and the presentation are what you are treated too and sets them apart from other eating establishments. Please take the time to visit this wonderful dining experience, you will not be disappointed.

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best waitress ever! Fabulous 3 course dinner for $37. Our favorite restaurant in Williamsburg.

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