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Iva Lee's

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555 N. E Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672 (Avenida Palizada)
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Tue - Wed 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Laguna Niguel, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Been coming here for years- it's a hidden gem along El Camino Real. Food is unique and always good. Alcohol beverages are strong and they often create new cocktails for different seasons. Great atmosphere, staff is always friendly and helpful. Live music Wednesday through Saturday, usually local/SoCal bands and runs the gamut from rock covers to blues to R&B.

Thank tpalmer559
San Clemente, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This dinner house has just the right touch of formality, yet isn't stuffy. Excellent and generous servings from the varied menu. And, there's music on weekends. Check out the website for information on dates and performers. Great place to enjoy Green Fried Tomatoes, grits and a wonderful rib eye steak with "made in house" sauce. Save room for dessert! They... More 

Thank bewitch523
San Clemente, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fun atmosphere! Iva Lee's has everything you could want in a local restaurant. Good People. Good Food. Good Service. Good Music. I love the traditional Southern Shrimp & Grits with a New Orleans Mint Julep! Lots of fun flavors, cocktails, and specials throughout the week. I would definitely come again and recommend to family and friends.

Thank kaycrane1969
San Clemente, California
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Unique menu with Southern flare. Great food, live bands and dancing almost every night. Local bands every week, different styles with southern blues, rock and roll and Zydeco style bands. Funky atmosphere.

Thank bradsthompson
San Clemente, California
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I love this place, fantastic live Blues music, great menu. I have met so many cool people here apparently A holes are not allowed other than myself :) but seriously do your self a favor and check it out.

Thank Al G G
San Clemente, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

THis is one of my favorite Restaurants in San Clemente. The atmosphere is charming. I would say that I was in the south but it certainly does not feel like am at the beach. I have always loved the Pork Chops or shanks in a Southern source and the Whiskey cream sauce for their beard pudding is to die for.... More 

Thank Arpad P
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The atmosphere is fantastic. Great music, quality food and attentive staff. I highly recommend Iva lee's for couples, groups or friends...I would also entertain business associates here. A cool vibe that you won't find in another place from San Clemente to Huntington Beach. Blues music...delivered nightly with a large enough dance floor that will allow you to show your skills.... More 

Thank Jim C
Lake Forest, California
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

Has a lively atmosphere with traditional Louisiana dishes. This is a unique experience in Orange County. And definitely a locals favorite for the San Clemente community. The live music brings in a great crowd and it is filled with dancers. Enjoyed the jambalaya. Some good beverages including the Hurricane, a New Orleans tradition. Highly recommend giving this restaurant a try.... More 

Thank travelguyry
Raleigh, North Carolina
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

We ordered the deviled eggs, onion soup, tacos, fries and the best thing was the fries. The gumbo was all sausage, didn't see any seafood. My coworkers said the deviled eggs were okay. One liked it, one didn't. They said the onion soup was really good. And my fries (sweet potato and regular) were good.

Thank Ivy R
Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

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 !).

Thank Nick C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 N. E Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672
    (Avenida Palizada)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop nearby
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: 949-361--2855
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?