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Le Yaca French Restaurant

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1430 High St, Suite 801, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2867 (Formerly Le Yaca)
+1 757-220-3616
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Sun - Wed 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for the first time for a birthday dinner. Were given a quiet area table and birthday candle in dessert as requested. Nice ambiance although a bit loud and the roasting meat in the fireplace as you walk in was a turn-off for us (we don't eat meat). Appetizer of scallops: good flavor but luke warm. Soup was delicious.... More 

2 Thank LindaMT808
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Eating by yourself is always a chore, but I found a pleasant surprise at Le Yaca while attending a conference in Williamsburg. The welcome was warm and I was seated right away. Once seated my waitress, Gayle, arrived to greet me. She was knowledgable, entertaining and made eating alone not so alone. The menu is extensive but not overbearing and... More 

Thank Daisy1002
Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a lunch meeting today at Le Yaca French Restaurant. The interior of the eatery is lovely. As soon as you walk in you see a beautiful and very large Christmas Tree. I was early so I waited for my friend by the entrance. I must admit the blond receptionist was not terribly friendly while the young woman taking... More 

Thank Robin B
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Restaurants in this category and price range have little room for error. They have to deliver the full package including food, wine, service and atmosphere. Unfortunately, Le Yaca is a mixed bag with some good and some not so good aspects. It seems they didn't quite have their game on on a Friday night when most restaurants usually bring their... More 

2 Thank 78193
Sellersburg, Indiana
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an outstanding lunch here. A three course lunch started with a choice of soup or salad. The French Onion soup was excellent. Followed by a perfect petite Filet with au gratin potatoes. There was a choice of desserts, I chose Tiramisu that was outstanding. All for $18

Thank wrrdds
Williamsburg, Virginia
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158 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is an elegant joy. No shorts and peddle-pushers. It is elegant French dining [never mind that it is located in a shopping mall.] Men, wear at least a sport coat. Food: delicious. Service: excellent. This place would do well in a major metropolitan city and here it is, hidden in little old Williamsburg.

Thank Jeffrey M
Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, United States
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had traditional escargots in garlic butter but each with a crostini - great addition - authentic French onion soup - more subtle and refined than you would find elsewhere but full of flavor - Steak au Poivre deglazed with cognac, and Homard (lobster tails) with Beurre Blanc. Everything was a perfect combination of flavors and refinement in fulfilling portions.

Thank Cliff F
Williamsburg, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

2 of us went for lunch on Monday and were turned away, because they did not have enough servers. The restaurant was half empty and the two ladies at the entrance were not friendly at all. This was a special occasion and since we both have run restaurants in the past, we were quite shocked at how rude they were.... More 

1 Thank Joanne G
Taitung, Taiwan
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food tasted good, but some items were cold in the middle, like they had been reheated. Our waiter was delightful, but the manager who seated us was rude. For us, the quality of the food did not compensate for the poor atmosphere, so we will not be returning.

1 Thank L G
Richmond, Virginia
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368 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at La Yaca as part of a large group. The restaurant is elegant and nicely decorated. The atmosphere is upscale and the service was impeccable. I had grilled scallops over risotto. Perfect. The appetizers were simple but yummy. I had the soup of the day- leek with a truffle garnish. Oh my! The dessert was light and fresh-... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, European, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1430 High St, Suite 801, Williamsburg, VA 23185-2867 (Formerly Le Yaca)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Williamsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 757-220-3616
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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