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“Great service, good ambience, solid menu” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Iva Lee's

Iva Lee's
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Ranked #27 of 214 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 18 - US$ 36
Cuisines: Diner, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Drinks, After-hours, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Avenida Palizada
Transit: Bus stop nearby
Description: 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great service, good ambience, solid menu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Went with a few friends on a Saturday night for dinner and drinks. Service was the high point throughout, coupled with a really solid set of meals for everybody.

The ambience was fun with the New Orleans theme - the "cajun" band fit in well, playing washboards and a pretty cool sound overall. By request we were seated across the room so we were still able to carry on a conversation without shouting at each other. Seemed a little loud in the bar area where the band was, but everybody in there looked to be having a good time!

Drinks are great - the girls loved the Georgia Peach Martini in particular. Overall the menu is solid - nothing blew us away, but everything we had was very good, from appetizers through desert. As noted, the server was right on it so everything came out in a timely fashion, right out of the kitchen - no cold food.

Good experience - we'll be back...!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
San Diego, California
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210 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great for Grey Hair crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

Food is real good new orleans southern style, jumbalya was very fresh and just the right spice. We went there for the blues on Thursday nite, started around 7:30PM, LA King was good, great female vocalist. The bar area is very small and crowded, tables are down a dark quite fancy area adjacent to the bar, but with no view of the band. There was more of the crowd over 60 then we would have preferred. Went to the Beachfire afterwards and felt too old. Need to keep exploring San Clemente nite life.

Next time I would get there early and grab the one or two tables in the bar for dinner.

Visited December 2011
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Redlands, California
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great Music”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2011

Great music. Food is average at best. I had the meatloaf, which is a recommended dish, however, the smokiness of the sauce can be overwhelming. On the other hand, my niece really enjoyed the flavorful rib dish. As for spirits -- the Bellini is delicious as well as the Absinthe. Cheers.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Cruz, CA
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53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“good food - romantic atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2011

Four of us had dinner last night at Iva Lee's and had a great meal in a quiet, romantic setting. The service was prompt and friendly,my martini was perfect, and the food was delicious. After salads we enjoyed the pork chop and scallop dinners , both with vegetables and seasonings cajun style. The bread pudding was delicious as well.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank DocPhun
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San Clemente, California
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“among the best of san clemente”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

Great food---great service--always a great dining experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone in and outside the community of San Clemente/

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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