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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 email@example.com.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 :)
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