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About Iva Lee's

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

555 N El Camino Real, Suite E
San Clemente, CA 92672
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American, Southern

Hours of Operation:
Dinner starting at 5:00 Tuesday through Saturday
Tuesday - Thursday:
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday - Saturday:
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Kitchen)
5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Lounge)

*Live Music Wednesday - Saturday

Cross Street:
Avenida Palizada

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 361-2855

Website:
http://www.ivalees.com/

Entertainment:
Iva Lee's has live music Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.



We have a variety of great Blues, Jazz & Zydeco Artists.



Check out our website to see who's playing.

Catering:
Iva Lee's offers full-service catering.



Food, labor, bar & rentals.



Our chefs can create any type of cuisine. We would be happy to create a custom menu for your event. Please contact our catering director, Lisa Wagoner at (949) 291-4269, for more details.



If you would like to receive a copy of our catering catalog, please email us at ivalees@cox.net.

Parking Details:
Private lot on side of the building with plenty of parking and street frontage parking available as well.

Public Transit:
Bus stop nearby

Executive Chef:
Christopher Starr

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private heated and covered outdoor patio that can seat up to 32 guests.

Our back dining room can accommodate up to 42 guests. Our front dining room can accommodate up to 24 guest.

The restaurant is available for private events from 7:00am - 4:00pm Tuesday - Saturday. It's capacity is 98 guests (66 dining room/32 patio).

The restaurant is available anytime on Sunday's or Monday's.

Private Party Contact:
Eric Wagoner: (949) 291-4859

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weekly Specials
Blues Mondays-1/2 off all food
Fat Tuesdays- Southern Food and Drink Specials all Night
Wednesdays- 1/2 Off Selected Wines by the Bottle
Thursdays- 1/2 Specialty Martinis
Sunday Funday- Live Music and Drink Specials all Night

Iva Lee's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (19)
Live Music (19)
Good for a Date (13)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Spicy (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Seasonal (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

My boyfriend and I came here for Valentine’s date night and the food was incredible! Service was a little slow at first but after we got our orders in they always checked in on us. Very friendly. Definitely recommend the velvet cake!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

We went on Valentines Day. There were four of us. Not a big fan of the prefix menu however the food was very good. Three courses. Our friends had crab cakes. We choose the salad with fresh strawberries. For the main entree I choose the filet. For desert they had a large variety to choose from. The only negative was the server. We sat out on the patio with heat lamps very quiet and nice however the server rarely stopped by.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a fun place to go! Different menu and ambiance from many other restaurants.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for a Date, Live Music, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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food4
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Birthday occasion.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The jambalaya and the salmon were terrific. This is a fun place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Live Music
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I grew up in the South and enjoy restaurants that are southern themed. Iva Lee's has a great menu and lists all the dishes one would hope southern cooks would prepare. The food was well prepared but had a California spin. The taste of the food was somewhat modified which attracts a packed house. Even so, it was good and soothing to my southern tastes and I was very satisfied with the jambalaya and collard greens I had with fine corn bread.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was amazing! Got a little loud when band started.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Service was subpar. Menu hasn’t changed in years, and needs some updating. Portions were small for price. I had the salmon and it was a very small piece. I love the ambiance of Iva Lee’s and the music and was disappointed this time.

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Iva Lee’s is a vibrant and fun restaurant with New Orleans cuisine ... good music many nights of the week.

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching, Comfort Food, Authentic
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2018

This was a really fun find in San Clemente! They have awesome drink and food specials on Tuesdays, and line dancing in the bar area was fun to watch. The service was very attentive. Our favorite was the jambalaya...$10 (half price) on Tuesdays for a huge spicy bowl! We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I had a cozy booth and we both enjoyed our food very much, especially those tasty garlic mashed potatoes! All servers were helpful and kind. The band was excellent too!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food, great drinks, great service! The band sounded great and all around good time had by all! Would recommend the salmon and the fried chicken

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, People Watching, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food, fun spot, but sit on the patio if you want to have any conversation because inside is LOUD. Like insanely loud--even at the opposite end from the live music. The patio is wonderful, even on a cold winter night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Authentic, Live Music
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

This was our second time to Iva Lee’s. Good Southern comfort food with good cocktails, beer and wine. Butternut raviolis were the best entree choice

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I live in San Diego, but when I am in the area or someone is the area it is my first choice. Food and Service has always been excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 3, 2018

This is a great local restaurant with music Wed, Thur, Fri and Saturday. It has a small dance floor and is lots of fun with lively people. The food is very good and the prices are very reasonable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a great time on New Year's Eve at Iva Lee's with our party of 12! The ambiance in the dining room and the excellent food and beverages was a pleasure for all. We love to dance so it was fun to have the DJ but I must say I would rather have a live band especially at Iva Lees as they always have such great music. It was fun to have a DJ who brought in the New year hour with a count down but I think a strong band leader could do the same.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was good, but really slow in coming....salad took almost 30 minutes. We finally asked the waitress whether lettuce was being grown out back? Nice table...maitre'd worked hard to get us a nice table...Fried chicken was only a breast? Some of us like dark meat!
Service could have been a bit faster....my husband ordered another wine, she totally forgot it...but she was friendly enough? We'll try it again, all about supporting local spots!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Took visiting family there for food and live music. It’s such a fun place. Order the pork chop! We all decided that was the best.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Live Music, Gluten Free Options, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Cold gumbo, way to much dressing on salads. Tasted terrible and waitress didn’t even ask us why we didn’t eat it. Place was half empty on a Friday night. Clearly a Restaurant in decline. Would not be surprised if it closes soon.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We enjoyed our date very much. We were really pleased that the busboy brought out bread right away. The bread and honey butter was delicious. We ordered the hushpuppies and enjoyed them dipped in the sauce that accompanied them. Then we ordered the meat loaf and thought it was darn good.

After dinner we danced and a good time was had by all.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Blackened Salmon, Jambalaya, Gumbo, and a very interesting Tomato Bisque soup. Outstanding on all fronts.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Live Music, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great Restaurant, the staff is incredibly friendly, the owner Eric is extremely personable and cares about your experience and food. Very attentive staff, from the top notch bartenders, extremely attentive wait staff, to the buss personnel. I really can’t say enough about this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Groups, People Watching, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is a great go-to restaurant that doesn't disappoint. The food and service is always very very good. Highly recommend for those who have hearty appetites and love comfort food

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Enjoyed the menu and music and our server was so attentive and energetic. Very nice night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We loved our visit. We had the pleasure of hearing Shawn Jones play that night... what a pleasure. The food was great ... Cajun spicy ...if you like that kinda food. Good time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Live Music, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great restaurant with live music. Real cocktails and Cajun food items.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always consistant, with good food. Love the jambalaya! Live music in the bar is great to hang out in after dinner.

Tags: Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Date night with the wife on Saturday night. Great tasting good. Ordered Sea Bass and Salmon. Both dishes were outstanding. The food took a while to come out, but we didn't mind. Saturday night, very busy, we get it. I'd recommend this place.

Tags: Live Music, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was delicious! The band was great. Couples young and old were dancing. Great for dates or family dinners.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We enjoy the food at Iva Lee's, and the service is always good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We had the best experience here, Food was amazing and our waiter, JC was exceptional he really made us feel comfortable and truly went out of his way for us. The live band was awesome as well! I highly reccomend Iva Lees

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were seated right away and the waitress was enthusiastic and helped us for our first visit. She didn't stir us wrong. Everything we ate was wonderful and the drinks were tasty. Loved the music in the background. I actually thought I could have been in the south. I had the shrimp and grits, it was my first taste of grits, the sauce made it all wonderful. The key lime pie at the end topped it all off nicely. Thank you for the experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Fun, Tasting Menu, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Love this place and we attend regularly. Always great live music!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food and fantastic music!
Fantastic food and great music!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great service and great food! Music varies from night tonight different bands summer awesome summer just OK ....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Iva Lee's is always a great time. The band that played Saturday 9/22/17- The Chris Andersen Band- was fantastic! The play list was all of the best classic rock and blues- Often played even better than the originals. This three -piece band had an unbelievably full and fat (in a good way) sound. The vocals were spot on every song. With deep soulful vocals, expert bass player, flawless lead guitar, and an amazing (truly!) drummer, this band is the BEST I’ve seen in many years!

Tags: Live Music, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Iva Lee's features southern food which we knew little about - interesting and tasty choices, although the gumbo was lukewarm, and not quite as delicious as it could have been. Service was very attentive and professional in both the bar and at table. We brought our own wine and it was served well timed and thoughtfully. Nice to have something different in the area :)

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent southern food menu and even better service

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Didn't care for the gumbo. Filet was tough and dry. The rest of tge meal was average.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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