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7:00 PM
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Iva Lee's

663 reviews
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$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Live Music (18)
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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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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
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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
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Cross street
Avenida Palizada
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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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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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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
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
What 663 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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KennM (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food, cool vib. Shrimp & Grits was amazing...keep a glass of water nearby!

Kenn & Kristine of SC

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 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!

sjensen592 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 5 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Birthday occasion.

LuisVintheOC (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

KarlH (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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