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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
San Clemente, CA 92672
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private lot on side of the building with plenty of parking and street frontage parking available as well.
Bus stop nearby
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
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:
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
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.
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!!!
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.
I had the pork chop and my daughter had the sea bass. Both meals were amazingly prepared and presentation was great. The only thing that was not so great was the live music. This is our 2nd time here and it's just too loud. We were not sitting in the bar area where the band was but we still could barely speak to each other. So now you have everyone yelling at each other trying to hear themselves over the band . I would recommend sitting on the patio. I am going back next week to take a friend and we will try sitting outside. It would be a shame to have to stop going here. OpenTable describes this absurdly loud noise level as Energetic. I have a different word for it but we'll just leave it at that. Overall good food and decent service just sit on the patio or wear ear plugs
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