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Gumbo Ya Ya

1080 S Broadway Ste 107, Lexington, KY 40504-4108
+1 859-252-9292
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“maque choux” (49 reviews)
“gumbo” (121 reviews)
“rice” (41 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 - 20:00All hours
American, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1080 S Broadway Ste 107, Lexington, KY 40504-4108
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A coworker of mine recommended Gumbo Ya Ya one day for lunch. I'm glad I gave it a try. Has a nice casual atmosphere inside, with some light jazz music playing over the speakers. Menu has a good variety of options with very affordable prices....More

Thank jwfi224
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great simple Cajun food in a relaxed atmosphere. A super friendly staff added to the experience. Good sized portions. Low prices. I had jambalaya and also gumbo and rice. It tasted like Louisiana. Great overall experience.

Thank Jesse E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I love the Maque Choux which is always on the menu, but if they have Pazole Stew that day I always go with that! The Maque Choux is listed as "A cheesey, prosciutto cream sauce with crawfish, roasted red bell peppers, and corn". I always...More

Thank Griffsdad
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Gumbo Ya Ya was a good fast food alternative. When in town on vacation saw high ratings for Gumbo and decided to try it. They gave us samples and were very gracious including dividing our order into 2 halves of Gumbo and Maque Cheche (misspelled...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This is an interesting restaurant as it is a locally owned Cajun fast food establishment. The food was pretty close to authentic.. My wife had a vegetarian meal which she liked. I had a chicken dish with the right amount of spice. The service was...More

Thank ArnoldV647
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Amazing food, inexpensive, super quick...! HUGE portions! Drunken chicken (not on the board) is the best they have... right above their jambalaya. Custom, made in-house sauces are also available for purchase... YaYa Garlic is our personal favorite! Have to keep in stock at home!

Thank weworship
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Food was delicious. The man that took our order walked us through the menu, as we weren't sure what to order. You get a lot of food for the money.

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 5 April 2017

Looking for some good o'l creole Gumbo and Jumbalaya - well look no further. This is a simple old school creole cooking at its best in Kentucky! Big portions, great price and excellent eats! We will be back, that's for sure!

Thank Repsol_SP
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Way too much bay leaves are used in the food but it is ok for a quick meal. Not like the real New Orleans favs I grew up on.

Thank kygirlie
Reviewed 28 March 2017

If you're looking for a quick, tasty meal that give you value for money, you can't do better than this. The full sized portions are enormous, but you can get half-sized portions or do a split plate, and they are just as generous with their...More

Thank Abby S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1080 S Broadway Ste 107, Lexington, KY 40504-4108
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-252-9292
  • E-mail
Gumbo Ya Ya Fast Casual Cajun Creole is locally owned & operated by Greg and Tressa Todd. Greg started his career in the Cajun restaurant business in 1989 as an assistant manager for New Orleans native Joe Vuskovich (Original founder of Jozo's Bayou Gumbo). Greg worked under Joe V's wing for many years as a prep cook, store manager & co-partner of the original Yats Cajun Creole. After several years in the business, Greg decided to open his own Cajun joint with a “keep it simple” motto & no frills. Thus the chalkboard menu and tax included pricing. The S. Broadway location opened it's doors in January of 2004 and continues to serve up Lexington's finest Cajun cuisine around. Greg takes great pride in knowing every plate of food served in his store is prepared by him using fresh local produce (no preservatives) & that he is dishing up damn good Cajun Creole for a can’t beat it price! So, whether your in the mood for the famous Yatwich, or you need to satisfy your irrepressible urge for Maque Choux, or you just want ya some Red Beans & Rice on Wash day, Ya Ya's has got you covered!
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