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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j
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was always a perfect dinner with friends and we found a new waitress. So I can’t tell everyone we would like to keep her for ourselves

3
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a relaxing Sunday Brunch.
Fantastic Food
Outstanding Staff

BB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. The food. The service the wine. Will come back again for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a three course lunch. Everything was perfectly done!

M
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is always a wonderful experience. Service is impeccable and the food is delicious.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant was nicely decorated, service and food was outstanding, the atmosphere was a little noisy, could barely hear the music playing in the background.

GZ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful! We love this place. Food is scrumptiously delicious! The staff is most professional, friendly, and welcoming! We try to go to Le Yaca weekly, it is THAT good!

t
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is a very nice place to take a special person or party to enjoy a quiet, exquisite dinner in a very pleasant ambiance. I enjoy special times with my wife at Le Yaca

MR
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and most of them have taken my advice and are now fans. Dianna the hostess was extremely accommodating on this visit because we were there 1 1/2 hours early due to a dr. appointment. She worked her charm and changed the reservation which was great. The food was excellent as usual. My steak was so-o tender and my husband's meal was perfect. Can't wait for my next visit.

EP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Went for restaurant week. Price set menu $35.
1st course: Leek soup with truffle oil. - Honestly don't know why places think pouring truffle oil on something makes it taste better, but it doesn't. It gave it a strange taste.

2nd course: Beef wellington with veggies. The beef was cooked to my request. It was good. Could have used a little more seasoning on the beef before it was cooked.

3rd course: Creme broule - I didn't eat it but my companion wasn't impressed. Said it was more like vanilla pudding then a custard.

The biggest issue was the packing of the leftovers. I had significant piece of beef left over and veggies. instead of putting the items side by side in a to go box, it was put in a soup to go container with the beef wellington on the bottom and veggies stuff in on top. By the time I got it home the pastry was a soggy mess and had to be tossed. Not the correct way to package leftovers.

Overall for a what is considered a fine dinning restaurant, I was not impressed.

OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate my husband’s birthday with another couple and we all enjoyed our meals. Service is always great! All the staff is very attentive and friendly. Food is delicious I especially like their crab cakes. We will definitely be back.

MD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Crab crepe and French onion soup are the best! Outstanding service, great experience!

E
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Higher end fine dining establishment. Good service and excellent quality food and for presentation. 4 course lunch is a great deal. We’ll be regular clients after this first recce!

JM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious !

S
Richmond
97 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with an extensive wine list. The menu is classic French, well prepared and presented. The tables are set far enough apart so you aren't listening to everyone else's conversations, and the service is exemplary. The courses come out well spaced so you aren't rushed to eat (or leave.) It is not inexpensive but it is definitely value for the money and one of the classiest (if not the classiest) in Virginia Beach.

JM
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience! Best food and service of any restaurant in Hampton Roads. Can't wait to go back again.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday celebration. Great food impeccable service

I
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there during restaurant week and the menu had excellent choices at a good price.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mom’s birthday. This is the perfect celebration place! Amazing restaurant week menu!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lunch ever. I wish I could eat here everyday!

LG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed at Le Yaca, always 5 stars for us! Our server was Gabe who is always outstanding!

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat. Lovely, comfortable and special. Every food item was delicious and presented beautifully. Service is excellent.

BE
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Le Yaca is a place I would highly recommend! Amazing place for a dinner date with a loved one

n
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience in every way. We go a lot to Le Yaca and it is always consistent. No matter what entree we choose it is always special.

CW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday lunch at Le Yaca was an outstanding experience for our first visit. We enjoyed the three course Restaurant Week menu which was excellent from beginning to end. All three of us are already planning our next visit.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with my cousin and even though we’re were the youngest by a long shot we were still treated respectfully. Also the best creme brûlée I’ve ever had.

c
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was superb! The appearance of the restaurant was sophisticated and inviting. The staff was friendly and had wonderful recommendations on their favorite selections off the menu. The food presentation was beautiful and tasted absolutely delicious! I will definitely be returning here soon and only wish I experienced Le Yaca sooner. Le Yaca will be the restaurant I recommend for many upcoming events and gatherings. Thank you!

RC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Some service people seemed nervous. Great atmosphere. Will dine here again.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week so it was a great value, delicious food and excellent waiter. Salad was average, but soups & main courses made up for it! Wish they had a few more mid-priced wine options. Overall, loved it (as usual)

PF
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection. Food is superb. Service is impeccable - Gabriel was our waiter and he was gracious and efficient, all the staff works together, subtly and consistentl6 ensurin* tha everything is on point

SB
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, wonderful service and terrific food.

SL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner for my husband’s birthday. He especially appreciated the ambiance and low noise.

V
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and our server was great, very informative and helpful. Very good dining experience!

SM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant ever! Great on B Jones, service and exceptionally delicious food! I especially love the 3 course meals.

TL
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After having a positive experience in Williamsburg, we went the Virginia Beach Le Yaca during Restaurant Week and it was wonderful. The restaurant has elegant decor, great service and delicious food. We were very pleased and expect to dine here again very soon.

N
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a wonderful combination of very in a good sense expensive French restaurant and also good French restaurant, but not so expensive (your usual "$$$" out of "$$$$" rating). The "special menu" concept allows it. The special menu is like certain, predefined sets of 3-4 courses that they cook I am guessing in an efficient factory manner. Just because everybody "orders" the same - the price, if you chose this pre-select dinners goes from "$$$$" to "$$$". It's like when you flying the stewardess is asking you: chicken or fish and this are two options you can have and nothing else. However, those who are there and wish the richer choice - can always order any individual item from the menu. The price is more expensive by a margin then.

SC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent experience. We had a reservation and we were seated immediately, the food was served hot and it was delious! Service was outstanding.

KE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, nicely complemented with wine. Service was attentive without being intrusive.

PS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding dining experience.
Food service is impeccable.
Our dishes were prepared to our expectations.
In Virginia Beach, you must dine here.

W
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was good. Service was okay seemed slow. Server was very pleasant. Setting was great