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Iva Lee's Restaurant

555 N El Camino Real, Ste E, San Clemente, CA 92672-6745
949-361-2855
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Ranked #27 of 180 restaurants in San Clemente
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Cajun & Creole
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Avenida Palizada
Transit: Bus stop nearby
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English first
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
71 reviews 71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Irvine, California
Top Contributor
150 reviews 150 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Six of us for a birthday celebration at 5:30 on a Sunday. Very few in restaurant, had a drink at the bar to start. Large lounge area with a stage setup for live music. Seated inside and ordered a couple of appetizers to start. The sauces with the sweet potato fries were both way better than plain ketchup. The fried... More

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San Clemente, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Although we have eaten here before, I didn't have a particularly strong memory of our visit. After spending the day up at the Huntington Library and Gardens, neither of us wanted to cook. Assuming that an early visit on a Monday night would allow for a last minute reservation, so we took a chance. They informed us that no reservation... More

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Laguna Beach,California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

My wedding reception turned from "Casual to Classy" because of a last minute call to: Iva Lee's. Bonnie and Robin were amazing and helped me change my "back yard taco cart casual " reception into a classy, yet affordable, delish foodie event.. The entire process was done via prompt, detailed emails from a state half way across the country.. What... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went to Iva Lee's for dinner with step-son, girl friend and girl friend's parents. It was really part of the engagement festival and Iva Lees provided a great dinner to kick off the celebration.Everyone was very happy with the menu and the service. We would love to go back the next time we are in Southern California.

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San Clemente, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We have always enjoyed Iva Lee's for its great Louisiana cuisine and friendly atmosphere at the bar. Unfortunately, the bar area was very small and when live musicians were playing, it was impossible to have a conversation with anyone. But they have knocked out the wall to the left, added what must be another 20 feet, and moved the band... More

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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Loved hanging at the bar, Great bartender Dan ! He was awesome , the food is tasty and the happy hour or late night eating was great. I would be back to this place (live music and drink specials) what more can you ask for!!

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

We ate at Iva Lees the night before Mother's Day, I was pretty impressed. The French bread and cornbread on the table to start was great. My husband and I split an amazing french onion soup and the pork loin I had was delicious. My husband had the baked chicken and he loved the BBQ sauce. We shared a wonderful... More

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