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Great food, great music - fun staff
Loved the ambiance
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
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!
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.
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!
We really enjoyed our dinner.
The service was ousfanding.
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.
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??
We enjoyed our food and also the Kalama Brothers are favorites.
Great band and Vance floor. Food is ok but limited
This restaurant is fantastic. We've visited multiple times -- food is always great, service is wonderful, and the lounge entertainment is GREAT. Thanks CJ!
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.
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!!!
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.
Our dinner with 9 people was outstanding. service was impeccable and the food and drinks first rate. Highly recommended.
I was absolutely thrilled! All four of us were pleased with our selections! I will be back..hopefully real soon!
Great specials menu! Pork sliders and spinach salad were excellent.
Love Iva Lee’s fried chicken. The place is always lively and offers good friendly service
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.
Always love it! Music, food, service, JC. So much fun!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
We have been multiple times, and the food is always fantastic.
Great time! Service and food were excellent! We will definitely be back again.
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
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!
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.
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!
Great ambiance and great food! Live music started early, which was awesome!
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.
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.
Server was outstanding as was the food. Live band playing in the bar could be enjoyed at our dinner table.
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.
Excellent food and great service made for fun evening with sons and wives
Iva Lee's is rated 4.3 stars by 841 OpenTable diners.