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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)
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 40
    Excellent
  • 23
    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
Food with Blues

Great setting, then a full band plays the blues. Lead singer has attitude (don't play with the iPhone whilst he's talking !!). Waiters are terrific, food was caught, chef was happy to accommodate wishes. Just don't ask me about the bill (I didn't pay !).

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nick C
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great setting, then a full band plays the blues. Lead singer has attitude (don't play with the iPhone whilst he's talking !!). Waiters are terrific, food was caught, chef was happy to accommodate wishes. Just don't ask me about the bill (I didn't pay !).

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Thank Nick C
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Date night with my future wife. Her first visit. It started with biking a reservation on Open Table and my reservations were lost. Next open table not for 1.5hrs so we were headed to the bar. Because I didn't get upset with them the hostess came after me and offered us a community table. This turned out to be a... More 

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Thank drastaboy
Seattle, Washington
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food, service, and live entertainment were all outstanding. Alex made sure we had everything we needed. Four of us enjoyed our meals and drinks immensely. The Calama Brothers topped off a perfect night out. They are a local band so we can catch them here again soon.

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Thank 6216Worldtraveler
Oceanside, CA
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The vibe is New Orleans. The food is about an 8 out of 10. The lounge is full of local characters who like to come and dance the night away. The live music is amazing. We wanted to have a nice seat in the lounge so we could enjoy the band. So we asked for a table in the lounge.... More 

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Thank Kellie B
London, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

What a fun restaurant! I stayed in CA for three weeks and came to Iva Lee's twice. I would highly recommend the Pork Sliders, Hush Puppies and French Onion Soup. On my first visit, the restaurant and bar were quiet, but the friendly staff made up for this happily chatting with my friends and I, making recommendations & pointing out... More 

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Thank Karen T
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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Thank Dennis Z
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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190 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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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Thank dbl60
california
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15 reviews
6 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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Thank gary-the-dad
San Clemente, California
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201 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank sjworldtravels
SAN CLEMENTE
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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: American, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?