Le Yaca - Virginia Beach

4.9
865 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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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Only thing, open table had reservation slot for 1115a but not open until 1130a. Otherwise. Excellent service.

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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabriel was the perfect server - a real enticement for the establishment. The music, food and service were memorable. My 100 aunt loved it as well! Thank you Gabriel!!

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S
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gabrielle was our server and fabulous! Attentive and could answer every question and had fabulous recommendations.
Wonderful for a girlfriends lunch and we weren't rushed even though they were packed for restaurant week.

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

My daughters and myself dinned here, it was the most delicious tasting fine dinning perfect atmosphere, great servers we all have ever experienced in Virginia Beach. My daughters and myself just love this place for fine dinning and the food is so carefully perfectly done to perfection. We are all looking forward to returning to this fine French dinning establishment ever. Thank you for a great experience.

Stanley,Emily, Kirstie & Alison

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

We went for lunch during Restaurant Week, the choices available were very nice. We both had the green salad but the two choices for soup sounded delicious. We both chose the chicken for the entre, it was perfectly prepared with a wonderful mushroom sauce served over spinach. The panna cotta with raspberry sauce was good although we both would have preferred the creme brule instead. Wonderful French food we will go back.

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CA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous anniversary meal with wonderful service. My wife and I moved to Virginia Beach late last summer and this is by far the best meal we have had at a nearby restaurant!

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MN
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ALWAYS have a great experience at Le Yaca. Food is outstanding. The wine pairing is perfect; and it could be different for each day of the week and still be matched perfectly. The sommelier does a fantastic job of picking different wines that go well with the meal. And service is awesome. We’ve never been kept waiting.

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W
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect!!!

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CA
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We believe this is probably the best restaurant in Virginia Beach and "Gabriel" is a wonderful waiter.

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MS
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants and I have always been pleased with the service and the food. I felt that there was some issue going on that day. They seemed to be under staffed and our server was very frustrated. I actually heard him use the "F" word to another worker while standing at the waiter stand. Hopefully this was just an off day for the restaurant.

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

Friendly and helpful staff, seated early, great food. Crab cakes were excellent. Wine pairing was on point.

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KP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit wthe Va. Beach location, doesn’t have the warm ambiance of the Williamsburg site but comfortable in a modern way. Service on point, quickly seated and presented menu and wine list. Picked a glass of house white to start as we had brought a bottle of pinot noir with us. Corkage fee a bit high, but nice that it is finally allowed in tje Commonwealth. Food was excellent and plentiful. Only item mot up to par was The French Onion soup. Cheese was swiss instead of expected Gruyere and only a few croutons. Dispite this, flavor was great! Highly recommended, reservations are a must though.

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M
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service. If you want a fine dining experience, eat here!

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious and definitely a good value for the 3 course meal. However, we were sat right by the kitchen when there were other tables available so we could hear all the noise from the pots and pans and kitchen staff. Our waitress also only came by twice after our food came out.

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food I have had in years. Every course was better than the previous. I can't afford to go every month, but will come back again.

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OT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melissa is an awesome server- attentive but not overbearing. Food was delicious especially the escargot and scallop appetizers. They have a nice wine selection and offer suggestions as needed.

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Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food, great cocktails and wine, and of course excellent service. Melissa is the best!

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always. Love this place.

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D
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walter was our server and hewas fantastic. Very knowledgeable about the wines and helped us select a great option. We had a wonderful experience!

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PR
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding.

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N
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice 3 course supper. Delicious salmon and sea bass. Chocolate dessert too rich. Ambiance just OK.

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L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch. Great food good service, a little on the noisy side but overall a great time.

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M
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Le Yaca is always wonderful. The service is charming. the dishes are fixed with such care that it is a pleasure to savor each bite. No one feels rushed but no one feels like they are not being taken care of.

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g
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite place for special occasions and probably the best restaurant in our area. The price is high but justified considering the the quality of the food and attention to detail. We especially like the wine pairing option and have been exposed to some great wines that we would not have tried on our own.

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OT
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always book Valentine’s Day reservations on the 13th so we can get a table. Le Yaca is PERFECT in every way. Our waiter Walter did not disappoint! 🥰

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

First visit, we have decided that this is now our favorite date night restaurant in Virginia Beach—food was great, steak was very tender and wine was outstanding. Also had a very knowledgeable waitress who made good recommendations. Great experience!

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G
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb environment, outstanding service and delicious food.

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B
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was I think my fourth time to visit the restaurant. On all occasions I have been very satisfied and have tried a variety of food selections. On this visit I had a scallop dish that was delicious. I also ordered mushroom soup. I wasn't sure how this would be and it arrived very brown looking , but was oh so good. I did not order dessert but one of my friends did. It was a large serving and spoons were passed around and we all had a taste. I will not ever pass up dessert again.
The decor is simple, but elegant. There were five of us in my group and we had all been there several times and decided we should go again. In fact, we changed our usual day to go to Wednesday, because the restaurant is closed on Monday, our usual get together time every few months.
Now we are looking forward to our next visit.

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

It was my birthday brunch. The food was amazing. My guests were quite happy with their meals. We eat here often, so we know it would be phenomenal.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious french food, great service, perfect ambiance for a dinner date.

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E
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took some very special people to La Yaca as a Thank You. We wanted the night to reflect our gratitude towards their kindness to us.
I couldn’t not have been happier. Our server, Gabriel was very professional and would certainly ask for him again.
All in all it was just want I wanted it to be.
Thank you for a wonderful evening,
E. Ambrosino

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C
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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YK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food and wine recommendations were wonderful. We enjoyed the comfortable and calming atmosphere. We give an overall 5 stars out of 5! we have already been back and we keep telling our friends to go try this wonderful establishment! Thank you for the delicious food and wine.

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SL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food is always excellent. the service was very good. the ambiance is perfect.
we Love to dine there!

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DA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but a bit pricey. The service was good, not overly attentive. Wine was nice & the restaurant was lovely. Overall was a nice experience for a first visit.

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RH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gabriel was fantastic as usual. Looking forward to our next visit.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Wife & I absolutely loved it. Great place to go to, to celebrate special events.

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M
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Le Yaca does not disappoint. In fact, the food, the service and the value are all outstanding. We ALWAYS enjoy dining at Le Yaca!

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CM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food- we all ate every bite. Great service: from the moderately priced wine recommendations through to the billing, service was excellent, unobtrusive but attentive. I was hosting two employees and our spouses for dinner and we were all very impressed. The fish of the day as well as the tenderloins were perfectly prepared, and the desserts tasted as good as they looked. Looking forward to a return trip soon.

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M
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two friends and I were celebrating a special birthday. We wanted great food, wonderful service at a cost that wouldn't make us feel guilty for having a good time. That's exactly what we had at La Yaca. Our food was so good we continued to speak of it for days. The service was attentive but not intrusive and while we may have spent more than we would at some chain restaurants the quality was so much better that we felt very good about the entire evening. In general the dining room was quiet enough that we had no trouble chatting. I have had lunch at the Williamsburg location but I will return to La Yaca for any celebration.

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