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555 N El Camino Real, Ste E, San Clemente, CA 92672-6745 (Avenida Palizada)
Bus stop nearby
949-361-2855
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous Food, Fun and Lively Bar

We really loved dinner at this restaurant. The food is delicious! Don't miss the short ribs and the macaroni and cheese. Both were melt in your mouth scrumptious. The pear and pecan salad was a great starter and the cornbread was a yummy compliment for our comfort food dinner. Nice wine list and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
sjworldtravels
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San Clemente, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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San Clemente, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This place can do no wrong. It is a New Orleans style bar/restaurant. The food is very authentic and fresh. Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding, you name it, it's great. But the real reason to stop by is the bar. With Eric, the owner, and Danny behind the bar you're going to have a great time. Live music four nights a... More 

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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144 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Not only is this a delicious restaurant, but their catering is amazing! The service and food was simply awesome! The event went without a glitch, as the team paid amazing attention to the details! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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california
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were there for Dinner and to listen to music, only disappointment was the place is New Orleans themed and we thought the music would be the blues, indicated this on their website. Band was very good but it was rock and roll, closest thing to the blues was CCR. We enjoyed so not a problem. The highlight was the... More 

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San Clemente, California
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130 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We really loved dinner at this restaurant. The food is delicious! Don't miss the short ribs and the macaroni and cheese. Both were melt in your mouth scrumptious. The pear and pecan salad was a great starter and the cornbread was a yummy compliment for our comfort food dinner. Nice wine list and mixed drinks with attentive service. Fun bar... More 

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SAN CLEMENTE
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was delicious. I have never eaten Southern Louisiana food before but YUM!!!

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San Clemente, California
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42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Love, love, love Iva Lee's. The food is great with a nod towards southern, creole dishes. Love the atmosphere, decor and the music line up is always top notch. There is a small dance floor and large bar area. Outside seating is also available. Staff is friendly and service is good. We have our favorite waiter there, JC. He's a... More 

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Fallbrook
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130 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

On a recommendation of a friend we visited this restaurant for a dinner with some music thrown in. The prices were a little high $18.00 for fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and green beans but we knew that after looking at their menu before we made a reservation. Comfort food just sounded good. Pleasant greeting, very friendly hostess, met at our... More 

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Our friend's threw an anniversary party here for themselves, friends and family. There were about 20 of us out on the patio. It was our first visit to the restaurant and we found the food to be very good and the service to be very attentive. The only problem we had were the patio chairs we had to sit in... More 

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

It's a good time place and an easy one to recommend for music, drinks and food. Decor is NOLA influenced. The crowd is a mix of ages and everyone is happy. There is a regular stream of live bands. We liked the one we heard. I'm a Cajun food snob and felt that they could do more with the jambalaya... More 

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San Clemente
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Iva Lee's is very unique. They have a great bar and wonderful music. The customers and the staff are friendly and there for fun. The food if a cross between Cajun and Creole and very delicious. My favorites are the BBQ Shrimp and the Meatloaf. Steaks are great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 555 N El Camino Real, Ste E, San Clemente, CA 92672-6745
    (Avenida Palizada)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop nearby
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-361-2855

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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