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Le Yaca - Virginia Beach

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1376 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.”

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1376 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
service
4.9
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JudyF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal so glad they have reopened. Steak melt in your mouth. Fennel soup to die for!

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TerriD
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the moment we have been waiting for..Le Yaca was able to open its' doors and welcome us back...We have really missed not being able to dine in this awesome, fabulous restaurant...From the greeting to the ambiance to the menu and our great server, Gabriel, the evening was as usual,perfect...We had a Crepe appetizer overflowing with crab in a delicious sauce...I selected the Special of the day, a lamb dish that was absolutely fantastic...The best lamb dish I have ever had...My husband selected his favorite dish, Scallops in a Champagne sauce...A delicious dessert and beautiful wine made our visit wonderful...Thanks to Le Yaca...We cannot wait to be back...

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BudM
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife, daughter andi I enjoy the evening ever so much. Gabriel our server was the best.

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vipDave
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was once again perfection. GREAT friendly service, (and very well trained wait TEAM) beautiful decor and OUTSTANDING food.
VERY elegant restaurant, in the French style.
See you again real soon

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vipCMS518
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service was exceptional! Food was top quality, and we enjoyed every bite. Portion sizes were perfect. The service was top notch - very attentive without being intrusive. Server offered suggestions to match our tastes and they were spot on, from cocktails through dessert. They also did an exceptional job with social distancing the tables so we felt safe, and also spaced apart reservations to maintain 50% capacity, though when we were there, it was definitely less than that (this was our first time eating inside a restaurant since the pandemic began). I will definitely eat here again the next time I’m in VA Beach.

Le Yaca - Virginia Beach
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and visiting us during this difficult time, we are glad to know that your dinner was great and you had a good time! We will make sure to let Terry & our team know about it, thank you, we cannot wait to see you again next time! Cecile

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NanB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is by far our favorite restaurant and that’s saying a lot because we live on the Eastern Shore. The service is excellent, atmosphere is relaxing, however, the food is superb....every time!

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GrandmaZ
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so excited to return after almost FOUR long months! They did not miss a beat in the quality of food or service. Full menu was available, unlike other restaurants that have limited menus. Staff is polite and friendly. They seemed very happy to be back. Cecile (manager), still remembered our wine selection, which we thought was remarkable. We had a delightful time. Most highly recommend!

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vipNadiaT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Re-opening of Le Yaca!!! Celebrating all we missed with Covid, and being able to enjoy a safe dining experience, including the smiling eyes of the staff. L’escargot was better than we remembered and specials gave us a dilemma about choosing them or our favorites, which we have been waiting to savor. We weren’t disappointed in our choices. Booked again for a return! Thank you Cecile, Chef, and staff!

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LidaH
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad LeYaca at VA. Beach has reopened!!! It's our absolutely favorite restaurant!

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LeeL
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service. The food was very good. My wife's crab cakes were awesome. The salmon I had was good. The soup du jour was tomato, and was superb. The souffle was worth the extra $8.00. Very enjoyable evening. Our server was on point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is becoming our all time favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome 25th Anniversary dinner! Wonderful service, quiet, fabulous food. Can’t wait to go back for dinmer.

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vipSandraF
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch at LeYaca was merveilleux. Excellent food, beautiful presentation, attentive service.

And the Grand Marnier soufflé was perfection. Five stars for sure.

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vipFrankM
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at La Yaca. The service was superb and the recommendations were on point. I had beef and my friend had the fish special. Both entrees were cooked as ordered and very good.

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Ellend
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Outstanding value. Best overall food experience I have had in a long time.

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vipFrob
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great Terry our server was wonderful,crab cakes amazing, Baguette best I found in Virginia

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ReneeR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great choice for my husband’s birthday! Everything was great, even down to the little birthday message and candle for his birthday. Thank you!

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DarcyL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing short of excellent about Le Yaca. A flawless restaurant with the best food you’ll ever taste and the loveliest staff!

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HRFoodlvr
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food! Rack of lamb was perfect! Full of flavor. Money well spent as always!!!

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Look forward to my next visit. Food and service was excellent.

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vipRalphJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was top notch with a very knowledgeable wait staff and the ambiance was very good for quiet conversations. The food; however, did not quite add up to the billing. The Dover sole and the veal scallopini was good but not great. I would still recommend it for a date night.

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vipMythos
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

The Le Yaca in Williamsburg is absolutely our favorite restaurant in tidewater. So we decided to go to the one in VA Beach 10min from our home. Truly a mistake. Our Le Escargot which was our starter was totally over cooked. They did not have any oysters.
While eating my food I pulled a female hair out of my mouth and I can not even begin to say how sick that was. My wife could not even eat her food because of that.
But the big issue was the manager’s respond to me which was so unprofessional and undue for was “ we don’t have a female in the kitchen, do you want another one” that’s was it. We were very excited when we found out that we had Le Yaca near to us but I will drive up to Williamsburg than go back there again. There is NOTHING but the name that is similar here to Le Yaca in Williamsburg.

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ASKASK
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish. This was a belated birthday lunch to celebrate my son’s 21st birthday (his great-grandmother’s treat to fulfill a promise in letters she wrote him while he was in Basic Training in 2017). I appreciated (and this thankfully happens often on OpenTable) that a specifically requested type of table was honored. Our table was a good size, in a corner near the front of the restaurant. Bright but not a glare and quiet enough to visit with those in our party who are hard of hearing. The lunch menu is varied and portions generous. Service was completely on-point and very friendly. I always breathe a sigh of relief when a restaurant cares enough to appreciate that we are there not only to eat but to build memories. Great experience - a rare opportunity for a generational visit and birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall, that was nice for my daughter’s 17th birthday dinner.
My plate had tasty Japanese shiitake mushroom which I love it.
But broad beans and tomatoes are not
Only I can say it

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Acatlvr
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca is a wonderful restaurant. I was with a group of 7 for lunch. Our waitress was professional but friendly. We were treated very well. The food was delicious. Most had the filet magnon, but I had the steak frites. Very good too. The pre fix menu us well worth it. I am looking forward to many meals here.

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vipPaul
Richmond
42 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Le Yaca lived up to all the reviews. My wife and I came to VaBeach to celebrate our 53d Anniversary. When I read the reviews a couple of weeks before we departed for the beach, I made our reservation. The food, the service and the ambiance were outstanding. A meal like we received would be at least twice as much as in Richmond and DC. Do not let its location in a nondescript shopping center fool you. This restaurant is exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Very accommodating. Very reasonable prices.

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vipNadiaT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best champagne & escargot!

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vipMolar1
Richmond
48 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, the presentation, the friendliness are all first class. Bravo!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went here to celebrate her birthday. We have nothing but great things to say. The food and service could not have been better! We look forward to coming again.

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AmyB
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Dining experience at Le Yaca was fabulous! First the ambiance was very prestigious & sultry. Our waiter was kind & knowledgeable with the descriptions of the entrees which made it easy for us to choose our meals. Our meals rivaled those we had while visiting France. We were pleasantly pleased & will return very soon!

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jimb
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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

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vip3720
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TomAndBecky
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fantastic restaurant - good food, great service, and pleasant atmosphere. We will DEFINITELY be returning!!

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vipBB2dc
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review