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Iva Lee's

4.5
649 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American, Southern
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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
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Phone number
(949) 361-2855
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What 649 People Are Saying
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vipTCMcD (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 14, 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

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on January 4, 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.

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Rich1 (Las Vegas)
4.0
Dined on January 4, 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.

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Andrea 
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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Hazel (Central Coast)
4.0
Dined on December 20, 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!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 16, 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.

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13KP (Los Angeles)
1.0
Dined on December 16, 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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Peter (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on December 10, 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.

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Brothertime (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on December 8, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 3, 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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Creole / Cajun / Southern, American, Southern
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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
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Cross street
Avenida Palizada
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(949) 361-2855
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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.
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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.
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Parking details
Private lot on side of the building with plenty of parking and street frontage parking available as well.
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Public transit
Bus stop nearby
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Executive chef
Christopher Starr
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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.
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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
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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