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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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

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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service4
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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

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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·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.

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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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 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 25, 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 17, 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 5, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 5, 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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food5
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·Dined on October 22, 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 8, 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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food5
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service4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 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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·Dined on September 30, 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 30, 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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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun
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food5
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·Dined on September 23, 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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·Dined on September 23, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 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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food4
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·Dined on September 17, 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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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 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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food3
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Met my Brother/Sisterinlaw there they had not been before. We try to meet in San Clemente for dinner. Sister-in-Law to try a new place, I had been to Iva Lee's before and loved the food. Brother & Sisterin law loved it as well. All the food we had was delicious. We will go back and take more friends and family.

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Our meal was awesome!! The table and ambiance were great as well. Loved the music!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Love the live music and atmosphere here. Always lots of fun!! Good service, friendly and professional servers, likewise their other staff.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fun, Hot Spot
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food4
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Birthday dinner ⚡️

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

A friend recommended the place and it is great food and live music! We went to the venue on a Thursday and took a family member of ours on Saturday in the same week. Lots of FUN and exquisite food!!! Must have the shirmp and grits!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Was very surprised by this restaurant. The ambiance, bar, and live music were a nice addition. The service was great and food was good.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Our best meal on vacation.For appetizer we shared the gator fries, they were really good. The shrimp and grits we're as good as Emirills in New Orleans. The kids shared the meatloaf and the Mac and cheese and it was to much food. Heart shaped cornbread was a huge hit at the table.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went here expecting great food and dance, food was ok, drinks were good, dancing sucked, bands sound system almost blew my head off from a technial error, suprised non of the crowd had a heart attack since 90% was of senior citizen age, like 60-70, but they were having fun!
Just not what we expected, so we went to stillwells in Dana Point for some fun thats a bit more our speed.
I had jumbulaya, shrimt and scallops were small like from a can, was expecting to be wowed by the food but it was nothing to toot your horn about.
People watching was great, saw a 70 year old man doing the robot!

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Our first time at Iva Lee's was great. Highly recommend it to anyone looking for wonderful food and drinks. Service was excellent. They also have a great bar scene with live music. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great dining and music night out. Great good, nice wine list, awesome band.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great food and service and would return for any occasion

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The food was amazing and we had incredible service. We sat on the patio because it was pretty loud inside from the band. The music was awesome though.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We dined here a short time ago. We decided to take my mother who is from out of town and she thought it was among the best meals she's ever had (and she's been out a LOT!!) We had a great time--great servers--the food delicious--and the overall dining experience was absolutely delightful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Portland)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We had a fun time at Iva Lee's. It was a weekend night and there was live music. Food was good and unique to other local finds.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Live Music, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I think the food is pretty average for the high prices they charge.
Their wine list is over-priced as well.
It's fun to go there for music, but not for a meal.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Waited for both drinks and our meal. As it wasn't necessarily busy in the dining section, not sure why it took almost an hour to get our food. It's a good thing we have dined here before or I would've left

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Iva Lee's is very busy on a Saturday night with some kind of cover band. The music is good, but it's kind of loud unless you sit all the way in the back which is what we did and my bf could still enjoy his oldies. Bummed to not see the short ribs on the menu, we both decided on ribeyes and they were just okay. Pretty fatty and the potatoes and asparagus were very al dente, barely cooked. I think the best tasting thing was the free corn bread and sweet butter the serve. Bill was 108 for 2 ribeyes. Probably will come back once they put the short ribs back on the menu

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Had a blast in the lounge, watching the band and having food and drinks. Captain's Quarter's was awesome, late 70"music. We danced all night and loved the vibe. Will be back for certain!

Tags: Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Fun, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We hadn't been here for awhile and regret it! Our evening was a delight. The food was marvelous. The service was very good and its just an overall nice place to go for some comfort food! We are not old--but not young either!!--and our preference is to have a quiet table and this is not the place to go if you are going for quiet--unless you sit outside I suppose. We went early and as we were finishing up the noise acccelerated with the music and crowd and it was fun to see everyone having a great time--but it was a good moment to finish up our wonderful meal and go home!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Third time here. We had the Jambalaya. Large portion, had to take some home. Ordered the fried chicken also - nice and crispy on the outside & super moist on the inside. Food never disappoints but they had live music again which we don't enjoy because it's always too loud so we sat on the patio where they played some piped music from speakers - again too loud. Thank god the speakers were off more than on. Background music is great, don't like having to raise voices over dinner to have a conversation.

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