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Iva Lee's

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€€ - €€€
Diner, Bar, Pub
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555 N. E Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente, CA 92672 (Avenida Palizada)
+1 949-361-2855
17:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Tue - Wed 17:00 - 22:00
Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Mission Viejo, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I came back with the intent to go there again. The service was perfect, not too pushy and just the right amount of visits. The drinks were very good and so was the food. We tried the crab cakes, which were light and delicious, and the fried green tomatoes,... More 

Thank TheRoadMostTraveled
San Clemente, California
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99 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We have eaten here several times and love it. It's always on our list to take out of town visitors because the decor is fun, the music is good and everyone seems to find something they really like to eat. Be sure not to fill up on the yummy cornbread muffins before your food arrives though! Recommendations include the jalapeño... More 

Thank wagr
San Juan Capistrano, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Southern speak easy feel with a little burlesque flair. Deep red walls with live music. Each of the dishes are a surprise. Better than they describe. Very large appetizers or small plates. We often share 3 or 4 small plates to explore the wide variety. If you're a mac n cheese fan, DO NOT pass theirs up. My favorite. Sliders... More 

Thank Geoffrey M
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131 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The servers were great - friendly and helpful, but it took forever for our drink and food orders on a Saturday night. The live music is free, the restaurant full, and the bar was packed. Be sure to sit near the band if you want to hear it or on the patio or other area if not (then you'll hear... More 

Thank Knansea
Three Rivers, California
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53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We went there on Fat Tuesday with no reservations. The greeter was so nice she let us get a quick Marci Gras meal before the next reservation came it. We went early enough as not to be too rushed. The food was outstanding along with the band. This is a very lively place. The interior had some old time charm.... More 

Thank Patricia L
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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340 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Found this place while strolling in San Clemente. Menu sounded interesting and some of the online pictures looked enticing so we made dinner reservations. We ordered the Anita Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs which were definitely tender but somewhat under seasoned based on my experience cooking and eating southern style food. There was nothing wrong with the meal, it was... More 

1 Thank SrGrammyLinda
San Clemente, California
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446 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Nice restaraunt with a good menu. Not our favorite restaraunt, but good when we start craving Cajun. A good night club scene the night we were there - good band and many dancing!

1 Thank JimW551
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We've been coming to Iva Lee's off and on for quite a few years and they have some excellent dishes. They changed their menu though a few years ago and one of my favorites (the wedge salad with quail eggs and fried capers) disappeared. But they still have excellent French onion soup and their beef short rib with Israeli couscous... More 

Thank Julie J
1 review
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Live music playing. it was not too busy and we reserved a table for 4 plus a little baby. They put us in a far undisturbed corner which was good for us and the other guests. The meal was great and soulful and service was really good. They actually cooked my steak a perfect medium Rare. The lights were just... More 

Thank Joshua M
San Juan Capistrano, California
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64 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

Had a birthday dinner here with our daughter because she was wanting some soul food in south county, and she gives it a thumbs up! From the mint julep, crab cakes, gumbo, fried chicken and meat loaf to chicory coffee creme brûlée, we all enjoyed our meal on the front patio. All of the staff was really nice and friendly,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$36
Diner, Bar, Pub
Drinks, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 N. E Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente, CA 92672
    (Avenida Palizada)
  • Public Transportation: Bus stop nearby
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Clemente
  • Phone Number: +1 949-361-2855
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?