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Iva Lee's Restaurant

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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 - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Bar scene
Special occasions

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  • 30
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    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
Most recent review
Active bar, great music, good food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Phillip G
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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60 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 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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2 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My husband and I came to Iva Lee's for the first time last Saturday night. The place was hoping. The food was amazing. I had the French Onion Soup which was the best I have ever had. For dinner, I had the Grilled Rib-Eye with the Homemade Worcestershire Sauce and my husband had the Sea Bass. Both entree's were amazing.... More 

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101 Avenida Del Mar
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Unable to handle large groups even thought they assured that they could. A complete flop. Will not be going back.

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San Clemente, California
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We ate here with several friends this past Saturday. One person had the salmon and was sick later that night. I had the Jambalaya and not was just OK. Nothing I'd rush back to order again. We had scallops as an appetizer and they were very good. Service was good. They did have a good crowd due to the music.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Iva Lee's has a lively atmosphere and a fine supporting act in their menu and beers on tap. If you want food at a reasonable price with live entertainment then this is a good option to consider.

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kansas
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a fun venue to have wine, light eats and wine! The band and dancing were amazing and it felt very "hometown!" Will return!

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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The place looks "too high-class" from the exterior, but it's totally cool and relaxed. The service is excellent. The bar area seems the best choice to me.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The cornbread is great here! Love the staff outfits and restaurant environment. Definitely a great place and it has ample parking!

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San Clemente, California
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

For a number of years we have been meaning to try Iva Lee's so we finally did it. On Monday nights both large and small plates are half price. We arrived about 5:15 and the hostess smiled as she greeted us and gave us the nicest table in the house without us asking for it. That is classy. The menu... More 

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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: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?