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Le Yaca

4.8
4.8
7412 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Le Yaca began in 1964 in Courchevel, a tiny, country village in the French Alps. Daniele Bourderau & Gerard decided it would be fun to open a small restaurant. When friends learned of their plans, they told the hopeful restaurateurs they were crazy to think people would drive eight kilometers on a winding, icy road for dinner. Daniele and Gerard hesitated for three 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 and 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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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (757) 220-3616

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Yves Abid

  • Private party facilities

    We have various dining rooms that can accommodate parties of most sizes. For groups over 10 we ask that you have a set menu from our group banquet menus or from the regular dining menu. It will increase your dining enjoyment at Le Yaca French Restaurant. For large groups and private parties, please contact owner Joy Anderson at leyacajoy@gmail.com.

  • Private party contact

    Joy Anderson-Abid: (757) 869-8255

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Richmond Road (Route 60) & Bypass Road

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 7,412 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Williamsburg

    Best Overall

  • Williamsburg

    Best Food

  • Williamsburg

    Best Service

  • Williamsburg

    Best Ambiance

  • Williamsburg

    Best Value

  • Williamsburg

    Innovative

  • Williamsburg

    Neighborhood gem

  • Williamsburg

    Romantic

  • Williamsburg

    Good for special occasions

  • Williamsburg

    Most Booked

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  1. PT

    PatriciaT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had in a long time. Brunch was awesome.
  2. BR

    BarbaraR

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from entering until leaving. We go three or four times a year as it is a four hour drive (to and from); but always looking forward to the next visit for Sunday brunch at Le Yaca.
  3. O

    Oma2016

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great food and Service. Gayle is great:) love everything about this place.
  4. m

    murph

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had problems initially getting seated at our reservation time but the staff was wonderful in making us comfortable until we could be seated. Food was delicious, cooked beautifully. Wait staff was wonderful. Very good value
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food! The chocolate au fondant was Amazing!! The crab cake had no filler and the tenderloin was very tender.
  6. JQ

    JohnnyQ

    Richmond

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I've been dining here for almost 40 years, and it's never been better! The atmosphere is subdued and refined without being "stuffy," and the food is wonderful. I now drive 4 hours to get here for dinner on special occasions, such as my birthday each year. Everything is a cut above ... a real treat. You can't go wrong with Le Yaca; it's just superb!
  7. WB

    WayneB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service! The lunch deal was a fantastic deal. Our server was very professional and courteous. Will definitely return
  8. d

    daveyj

    Richmond

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent choices of find dining menu items and superb wait staff. Our first choice for special occasion and visiting guests .
  9. l

    loonchaser

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, superb food and service- 10 stars
  10. JK

    JoeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I had the prix fixe dinner which was an excellent value. We both had beef which was cooked to perfection and excellent beef. I had the onion soup and was disappointed that it was not traditional although menu said it was fusion. It was pureed instead with croutons and the cheese was not baked. For dessert, I had the souffle and my wife had the apple tart both of which were also excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  11. O

    Oma2016

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our hostess Gayle was lovely and Gracious. Gayle made us feel like we were home! The food and Service was Excellent like always. Love this restaurant, a true gem!
  12. m

    mother2sons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We choose the Price Fox for 3 courses. I had french onion soup my husband had mushroom soup as starters. thad their crab cake over spinach and potatoes which was good, my husband had the special which was Rockfish with shrimp over a yummy sauce that had sweet corn in it. It was fabulous! I choose chocolate molten cake for dessert. My husband choose Apple strudel with Carmel sauce. The both came with vanilla ice cream. Portions were small. We left feeling satisfied but not full. I would definitely go back!
  13. d

    day109

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though near closing, they kept my reservation for Sunday brunch. Food and service was impeccable. This remains a favorite for my wife and I.
  14. VS

    VernS

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been a Le Yaca faithful diner for years and never disappointed with the quality of food or service. Sorry to see restricted hours due to the pandemic and labor market in general, but will work around that.
  15. TC

    TeresaC

    Richmond

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We had reservations and were seated. It took a long while before we were acknowledged. The server at the other table ignored us completely. It would have been nice to have been told “welcome “ your server will be with you shortly. It also was very hard to understand our server. We had to ask him to repeat several times. The food was amazing and we will return for Sunday brunch.
  16. VA

    VADinersLoveToEat

    Richmond

    168 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A Williamsburg favorite. Make a reservation because it's always busy.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and wine selection!
  18. WM

    WilliamM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, wonderful food, and awesome service!
  19. JT

    JeanT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. Would definitely return if in the area again!
  20. RL

    RonnieL

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal great service. Our waitress Brianna was outstanding.
  21. GH

    GloriaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a delight! The food and service were beyond impeccable. Staff are extremely knowledgeable & make great recommendations. If you haven't been, you need to make it a point to go. Can't wait to return.
  22. EM

    EdwardM

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A French restaurant that really understands what a sophisticated but not pretentious French restaurant should be!
  23. RC

    RetiredChief

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Other than less than hot cappuccinos, food was excellent as always. They may have been understaffed, as service was not as timely as usual, but still faster than many high-end restaurants. Remains one of my favorite restaurants in Williamsburg.
  24. MG

    MarkG

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite place for special occasions. Beautiful building, but do miss the french kitchen feel of the original site.
  25. Z

    Zeppysky

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Having never been to this restaurant I only knew of their fine reputation. They exceeded my expectations in all areas. Wait staff was very polite and attentive. The service was well paced and they made us feel welcome for our anniversary celebration. The restaurant itself is beautiful. As we were one of the first to be seated in the front room (reservations are difficult to come by this time of year), we didn't realize how beautiful the rest of the facility was until later. It was packed with people at dining tables in small separate rooms as well as a busy bar area. My husband and myself did the Pre-fixe 3 course and it was truly a value. My shrimp and risotto meal was really good though a bit salty (I didn't complain about that as it didn't bother me enough to do that). My husband got the crab cake which was huge and full of chunks of crab. The salads were typical and nothing special, but the desserts, WOW! They even had a "Happy Anniversary" printed chocolate on each of our desserts. I had a nice glass of wine which was good as well. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a special occasion or even a nice dinner with friends.
  26. MP

    MaryP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great. The only problem was, waiting for the waiter to come back with the dessert menu. Then we waited for him to come back to order, so I did not have dessert.
  27. W

    Wmbgpackfan

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and atmosphere. Fixed price lunch is very enjoyable.
  28. PH

    PhyllisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was excellent, the food outstanding. My favorite place to eat even though it is 70 miles away. Wish there was a Le Yaca in Richmond!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phyllis Hubbard
  29. TC

    TheCurmudgeon

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always perfect. I think I'd like everything on the menu, and the portions are not too large or too small.
  30. t

    terrim

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place - every time I go I love it more.
  31. DB

    DarB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is beyond good! We will definitely be back!
  32. H

    Hawk

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food as always and outstanding service by our waiter, Minh.
  33. S

    Soso

    Washington DC

    76 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual it was wonderful. We brought our grandson and three of his friends. Everything was lovely. Great round table for the six of us. attentive waiter and fabulous food
  34. EP

    EllenP

    Richmond

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Yaca never disappoints. We went on a Thursday and had the lamb special--delicious! Cocktails are wonderful too.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very delicious food. Waiter was very helpful and polite.
  36. GC

    GaryC

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service and food.
  37. KK

    KarylK

    Richmond

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was exceptional. One of our favorite restaurants.
  38. KE

    KierstenE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambience of the restaurant created a very intimate and peaceful dinner. Had a great evening with my fiance! :)
  39. DS

    DianaS

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. It doesn’t get any better than LeYaca. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  40. MB

    MikeB

    Richmond

    52 reviews

    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very nice place, my wife and I went there for her birthday lunch on our first visit. No complaints.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Le Yaca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 220-3616.

Le Yaca is rated 4.8 stars by 7412 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for Le Yaca

1430 High Street Suite 801, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Richmond Road (Route 60) & Bypass Road

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Bar Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 5:00 pm–7:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Daniel Yves Abid

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 220-3616

  • Private party facilities

    We have various dining rooms that can accommodate parties of most sizes. For groups over 10 we ask that you have a set menu from our group banquet menus or from the regular dining menu. It will increase your dining enjoyment at Le Yaca French Restaurant. For large groups and private parties, please contact owner Joy Anderson at leyacajoy@gmail.com.

  • Private party contact

    Joy Anderson-Abid: (757) 869-8255

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