Iva Lee's

4.3
841 Reviews
$30 and under
Creole / Cajun / Southern

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Please visit our website to book online reservations moving forward! Welcome to Iva Lee's Southern and Creole Cuisine. Iva Lee was born and raised in the South and came from a long line of Southern women who passed down recipes since their arrival in America in I640. Iva Lee was my beloved grandmother. She took pride in preparing a wide variety of Southern meals and classic dishes from New Orleans for family and welcomed friends.

~ Lisa Wagoner
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.3
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4.2
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LISAW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great music - fun staff
Loved the ambiance

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KatiA
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good was great. Went on a Tuesday and was able to get their fries chicken and jambalaya for a discounted price.
Georgia peach martini was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was amazing. The waiter was very nice but a bit frenzied! He was busy and seemed like he was having a tough time coping. But he was nice!

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vipKenK
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved Iva Lees, went for sons birthday and had a great time food was great. The only thing is they need to update some of the chairs was like sitting on a 3 legged chair!
Will be sure to return.

JM
JacqueM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Iva Lee's so much that we wonder why we don't dine here more often. The live music is nice, the service is outstanding and the food is fantastic!

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TonyS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner.
The service was ousfanding.

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GigiB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Iva Lee's has high quality food, a bit pricey, but great for a special occasion. The service is excellent, with very friendly and cheerful servers! You should get a table to the back of the restaurant, away from the music if you want to have a conversation. We were very happy to be there on Wednesday for the half-price on bottles of wine.

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TerriF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The chicken was good but for $18.00 it seemed a little small. My husband was still hungry. I had told them it was his birthday and all they did was say happy birthday! Sort of disappointing. The server said would you like dessert and we said no thanks so she says, ok, here's your bill!

Have been here many times and we were disappointed this time. Maybe they aren't doing well and are scrimping??

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HeatherC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed our food and also the Kalama Brothers are favorites.

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KimS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Great band and Vance floor. Food is ok but limited

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vipWags
Orange County
93 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This restaurant is fantastic. We've visited multiple times -- food is always great, service is wonderful, and the lounge entertainment is GREAT. Thanks CJ!

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ChazH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my son to Iva Lee's to celebrate his Birthday. The food and drinks were on point. Very good entertainment, and the service was Excellent. I will definitely go back.

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bekkiv
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening! Service was great. Our server was excellent. I ordered the catfish dinner I will definitely order again, it was amazing!!!

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NickiB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Our waiter with the long blond hair was just great. We never had an empty drink and he was just nice. Thanks for the music and great service.

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Maswind
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner with 9 people was outstanding. service was impeccable and the food and drinks first rate. Highly recommended.

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SharonW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was absolutely thrilled! All four of us were pleased with our selections! I will be back..hopefully real soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great specials menu! Pork sliders and spinach salad were excellent.

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Desertdiner
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love Iva Lee’s fried chicken. The place is always lively and offers good friendly service

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DoctorPam
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A much welcomed change of cuisine from other SoCal restaurants. The food and service are excellent. Only $20 corkage and special care for serving our locally acquired wine was provided. Look forward to returning anytime we're in the area. Highly recommended.

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Whimsicalady
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love it! Music, food, service, JC. So much fun!

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1greatspot
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We really went to see the the band, Family Style, but decided to have dinner too. Really good food and a great value. Although the place was packed our service e remained very personal. The server made some great suggestion for dinner that we went with. GOOD FOOD.

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DanielH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the money. First time to Iva’s to celebrate my birthday with friends, family and dance to Family Style. Great table with picture of Satchmo and great service by Heather. Food, drinks outstanding. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service here is consistently GREAT! Live music performance might not be to everyone's liking, so ask for a seat on the opposite end from performer if you would like a lower volume of musi.

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vipChrisL
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious and prices were outstanding! We went on a Tuesday when they have specials- full size meals for $10! The fried chicken, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits were all yummy!

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TomP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Restaurant is a little tired and dark in the bar side. Food was late...had to wait almost an hour. Regarding food, it was good but not great. Salmon was a bit dry. Chicken was okay but not the best fried chicken we have had. Meatloaf had a strange flavor.

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vipJamieP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had the fried green tomatoes, fried okra, and hush puppies. As someone who is from the South, it was great to find a nice restaurant that offered these items. The food and location is fantastic. We can't wait to go back!

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SMD445
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great food, fun very live atmosphere, but the restaurant was very busy and we were forgotten. We’d go back, but not on a weekend.

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Sunshine
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the area and this is our favorite place to go - it starts with the GREAT staff and everything else just falls into place from there.

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DeidreB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have been multiple times, and the food is always fantastic.

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WilliamH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Service and food were excellent! We will definitely be back again.

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SoCalSailors
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went there in order to celebrate my husband‘s birthday. We also wanted to see hear the music. Unfortunately the music didn’t start for about 45 minutes after their stated time. Other than that it’s a very popular place it’s very noisy. Food is fine

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thefrenches
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been far too many years since we last went to Iva Lee's, and apparently we went on the right evening, as everything was perfect. JC is probably the best server we've ever had in the San Clemente area - extremely knowledgable about the food and liquor program, great to talk to, attentive, and spirited. Incredible service. The food was wonderful as well - don't miss the jumbalaya if you are a fan, it's fantastic - and the drinks were good as well. The band that night was super fun, and the dance floor was rather packed for a Friday. We WILL once again be making it part of our regular haunts on date night - too much fun!

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GildaM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was good, although, our server seemed to be pretty rushed. I ordered the salmon plate, I ordered it med-rare, grilled, and it arrived blackened well done, I did not enjoy it. We ordered dessert and coffee after the meal, we ordered decaf but I am not so sure I got decaf as I was up most of the night, again, I felt like our server wasn't listening she was in a hurry to leave our table each time she came to see us she would leave before we finished talking, maybe she couldn't hear because of the music, not sure, she was very nice, just in a hurry. The jazz music was fun at first, but somehow in the middle of the evening they switched to classic rock, this seemed weird because Iva Lee's is a southern style cuisine restaurant and people go there for the music.

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JacquelineC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iva Lee's is always awesome! Consistently great food, great service, a warm and inviting atmosphere and fun, welcoming people to talk with and get to know! The live music gets you moving!

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vipjuliek
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and great food! Live music started early, which was awesome!

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BillyL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was J.C. and he was fantastic. Very attentive and knew the menu well. The food was nothing short of gourmet. Soooo tasty! The music was incredible, I think they were called the Paper Moon Gypsies. Had a great time. Look forward to going back soon.

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Kochese
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst restaurant experience ever. Ordered Fried green tomatoes and wine upon being seated. Last we saw anybody for 20 minutes. A passing waitress asked if we had been helped. We explained our problem. 5mins later our waiter shows up. Still no wine or tomatoes of any variety. We still haven't ordered dinner. The waiter removed our menus without taking our order. The wine finally arrives but is the wrong wine. I really don't know if they even have a kitchen. No food was involved in this visit. There will not be another one. Left a 10 spot and left. I don't know how these guys got a 4.6 rating but they don't deserve it.

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MarkD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was outstanding as was the food. Live band playing in the bar could be enjoyed at our dinner table.

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KarenF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We didn’t have a great experience but believe it was because our waiter was new. He was Johnny on the spot when we came in, took our drink order right away but it was a long time before we received them and even longer before he returned to take our orders. Their were six of us but we ordered from the Mardi Gra menu which were the specials of the night. It took forever before we received our food. Nothing came to the table together, four of us were almost finished by the time the others received theirs. The side of Mac & cheese was brought after the fact had to take it home. We all liked what we ordered, food was flavorful. We will give it another try, planning to go on a music night.

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jerry
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service made for fun evening with sons and wives

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Iva Lee's is rated 4.3 stars by 841 OpenTable diners.