Le Yaca - Virginia Beach

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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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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the three course meals!! Absolutely delicious, filling, and masterfully presented.

D
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic guest experience. GREAT restaurant, perfect decor, OUTSTANDING food and service. Lots of smiles

E
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service! Was a birthday dinner and server delivered dessert with a candle. Was a wonderful evening.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

TD
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit to Le Yaca is a memorable experience...We have never been disappointed...As usual, the ambiance, the food, the wine, the service perfect...You cannot improve on perfection..Thanks to all for making our visit wonderful....

LK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food!!! The soups and dessert were amazing.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect to celebrate my moms birthday - they even decorated her dessert with a Birthday Chocolate. Perfect portion sizes and beyond delicious!

DG
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant and we tell all of our friends, and take our friends and family there to dinner Everybody loves this restaurant mostly because of the food, but also the service and ambiance. We live in Norfolk and have no problem driving more then 30 minutes to know we will have a delicious meal with quality service. The value for the cost is very competitive with other restaurants who are not nearly as good.

JA
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined here on numerous occasions and have never been disappointed. Atmosphere, service, and food are the best around 757. Looking forward to my next visit.

DG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite place for our family to eat for special occasions. Food is wonderful, every time. Love the ambiance and professional staff.

A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time. My friends and I were impressed by the service and food. We did the pre fix lunch. Great deal. I had the filet magnon and it was delicious and so tender. Staff was very professional yet friendly. Just loved it.

R
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I keep on coming back!!!! My favorite place in Virginia Beach.

o
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always have menu selections for every taste, wonderful food and excellent service.

TH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat at the bar and it was an amazing experience. Great food. Great wine. And wonderful service by our bartender Terri. Le Yaca is a beautiful classy French restaurant. Well worth the visit. You won't be disappointed. We closed the bar.

B
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner could not have been more perfect. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. All members of our party were pleased with the experience.

j
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were both exceptional. My only disappointment was that the Pinot Noir wine that I drank was served luke warm and not closer to a cellar temperature. My wife usually drinks white wine with dinner and I usually drink red. Therefore, we seldom buy a bottle of wine, instead we purchase our wine by the glass.

MS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner. Terry, our server, was wonderful and professional. Wonderful menu and wine selection. Crab crepes, salad, soup, scallops and dessert were all well prepared and delicious. The only flaw was the salmon dinner; it was only warm and a little disappointing.

JE
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Wonderful. Wonderful. As always!!!

OT
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

This has always been our go to restaurant. We always recommend it and tonight we hosted some special out of town guests. The staff greeted us as ususl and even had the table we requested.
Then it started slipping. Service was not the usual amazing and the timing between cocktail refills or courses was excessive. The food was impressive as always. We had two orders of the veal, a steak and lobster and the flounder special. The flounder melted in your mouth.
The wait for the desserts had us looking for the server, just to cancel but he finally appeared with the desserts in hand.
We have never encountered service like this here before. I hope it is just a bad night.

SK
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious; especially enjoyed dessert! The wait staff was attentive.

JF
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An all around enjoyable diner, great service and atmosphere

JM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Virginia Beach. This place is a real treat for foodies. Our experience was amazing, as always. Jonell provided excellent service and the food was outstanding. Merry Christmas to the entire team!

GH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Menu is creative, several tasting combinations, great value, outstanding service, corkage fee for BYO. We are frequent patrons..

B
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the true fine dining restaurants in Virginia Beach. Main dining room has a lovely aesthetic. Food is generally superb. Prix fixe menu is a great value. Wine list is somewhat limited however there were some great labels represented as well as some value wines.

H
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating here so I arrived a little early and was greeted by a friendly hostess and seated immediately. The room was large but the tables were not so close together that you could hear the conversation Our server Gabriel was awesome! Each time someone from our small group arrived he was right there to welcome her and take her drink order. He was attentive without being obtrusive and never made us feel rushed. Five stars to Gabe! Best service I’ve had in a long time. Oh, and the food was fabulous! The portions were very generous for a lunch menu. Will definitely make this a regular lunch spot.

JJ
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fillet ever!! Wonderful warm bread & perfect simple tasty salad. Lovely Christmas decorations & attentive staff. EXCELLENT!!!!

PT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been multiple times. It is always a very nice experience with good food and good service.

PG
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Quite tasty food but it certainly isn’t for the calorie conscious! Service was wonderful; allowing us to linger and enjoy a holiday night out. I’ll be back!

JJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was outstanding as usual. It always makes us like we're back in Paris! AND it is always great valurWe

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everybody was very very happy to be at the Yaka. It was amazing.

U
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always consistant, and taste so good. There french bread is so yummy.

RG
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My main concern is that we were totally surprised at 'cost' of "house wine" - in most cases, house wine is the 'least expensive' wine offered on a restaurants menu.....@$11.00/glass - plus there was a misconception in which we thought the '3' course $19 meal 'included the dessert but yet we were charged $3.00 for the dessert?? We will moving forward stick with 'just the soup or salad and meal' with next visit.

PK
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Excellent Service!! The lunch menu is the best value.

S
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, great wine list, great service. xxxxxxx

MS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our welcome was genuine with a great smile! The bar experience while waiting for others was great. Bartender filled our water glasses when we were seated at our table and did a fantastic job telling us about the specials and brunch menu. Our waitress was flat. Nice, but harried and flat. She was obviously very busy with, what appeared, a lot of tables. It made service slow and it was apparent that other guests were waiting also for the waitress and their food, drinks, checks. We were not in a hurry, so it was not a big deal for us. The food was hot and delicious! We left happy!

MB
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Yaca is one of our favorite restaurants in Virginia Beach. The food is always delicious and the service is always perfect. We can't wait to go again!

WW
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Exceptional food, wonderful environment, convenient parking, service was slower than usual for this great restaurant.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. The celebration of my mother‘s 86th birthday was one we will never forget at Le Yaca!

AV
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and options for lunch. Nice atmosphere

CB
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a perfectly prepared and beautifully presented lunch to celebrate my birthday. Our server was detail oriented and made sure we were pleased throughout the meal. We ordered from the lunch Prix Fixe menu and enjoyed three delicious courses for a reasonable price. We highly recommend Le Yaca.