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Iva Lee's

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Diner, Bar, Pub
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555 N. E Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente, CA 92672 (Avenida Palizada)
Tue - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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San Clemente, California
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437 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice restaraunt with a good menu. Not our favorite restaraunt, but good when we start craving Cajun. A good night club scene the night we were there - good band and many dancing!

Thank JimW551
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We've been coming to Iva Lee's off and on for quite a few years and they have some excellent dishes. They changed their menu though a few years ago and one of my favorites (the wedge salad with quail eggs and fried capers) disappeared. But they still have excellent French onion soup and their beef short rib with Israeli couscous... More 

Thank Julie J
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Live music playing. it was not too busy and we reserved a table for 4 plus a little baby. They put us in a far undisturbed corner which was good for us and the other guests. The meal was great and soulful and service was really good. They actually cooked my steak a perfect medium Rare. The lights were just... More 

Thank Joshua M
San Juan Capistrano, California
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61 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Had a birthday dinner here with our daughter because she was wanting some soul food in south county, and she gives it a thumbs up! From the mint julep, crab cakes, gumbo, fried chicken and meat loaf to chicory coffee creme brûlée, we all enjoyed our meal on the front patio. All of the staff was really nice and friendly,... More 

Thank BrownGirl2
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Outstanding food and wonderful service. My wife and I took our daughter, son-in-law and 2 year old granddaughter. Arrived at approximately 5:30 on a Saturday. We were seated at the window near the restroom which made it convenient for getting the 2 year old to the bathroom when necessary. Her food order was brought out first, nice! Our soups and... More 

Thank DoktrBob
Palm Desert, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Waitress recommended the halibut special, and we both ordered it. It tasted bland in its cream sauce. We were both sick within hours.

Thank wolverine61
Ladera Ranch, California
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The food was okay and they need a more expansive menu - especially the appetizers. The bartender was awesome and fun! The live music was good but not really anything that I wanted to dance too.

Thank Cheryl B
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to like this place. I love Cajun food and when I saw this restaurant I was very excited. The decor is just tacky enough to be New Orleans chic. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The food just did not make it. We had the Bourbon French Onion Soup, Crab Cakes and Bread Pudding. The soup was... More 

Thank robesimi
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I first went to Iva Lee's for Valentine's Day and I returned with my adult son for dinner tonight. Both dinners were wonderful. The food is authentically Southern. The meals are played well and creatively. The crab cakes were amazing. Cocktail menu is fun and fresh. And desserts are incredible. We'll be back.

Thank Roadiejen
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Loved, loved, loved Iva Lee's. Most authentic New Orleans cuisine ever experienced outside NOLA. Many have tried but Iva Lee's nailed it! Chicory Creme Brulee delicious. Pork chop meaty and well prepared. Nice selection of side dishes. Great presentation and ambiance felt like real N.O. Gourmet NOLA Comfort food - what could be better! You need to go!!

Thank Laura B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18 - US$36
Diner, Bar, Pub
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 N. E Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente, CA 92672
    (Avenida Palizada)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop nearby
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 19493612855
Dinner House with Cocktail Lounge.

Open Tuesday thru Saturday from 5 pm to close.

Live Music Wednesday thru Saturday. Closed Sunday & Mondays.
Dancing in Lounge

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?