The Villa San Juan Capistrano’s catering service is a collaboration of the Ramos House Café in San Juan Capistrano and Iva Lee’s in San Clemente.


When The Ramos House Cafe successfully opened its doors in October of 1994, co-owners John Q. Humphreys and Lisa Wagoner knew they had what it took to create a delightful recipe for the service industry. The well-known cafe has been cookin’ ever since.


After years of operating The Ramos House Cafe, Wagoner eventually fulfilled her life-long dream of opening her own restaurant, modeled after her beloved grandmother, Iva Lee. Iva Lee’s Restaurant opened in August 2002, and has been charming welcomed guests with delicious cuisine and atmosphere for the past 13 years.

Wagoner successfully launched a new endeavor, Iva Lee’s Catering.  Her latest business venture has been providing excellent services to events for the past 8 years.

When Humphreys purchased The Villa in 2003, inevitably, he asked his former business partner to become the exclusive, full-service caterer at his notable venue. The rest is history.

All food, beverage and rentals are provided by Iva Lee’s Catering.

The catering liquor license and health department license are held by Iva Lee’s, Inc., located in San Clemente. All tastings, food and alcohol will be scheduled with the Food and Beverage Department at Iva Lee’s Restaurant.


By renting the Villa of San Juan Capistrano, you guarantee that you will purchase food & beverages from Iva Lee’s Catering for at least 80 guests at a minimum charge of $ 103 per person, excluding gratuity and tax, for the event to be held by you at the Villa of San Juan Capistrano for the date that you have rented.  For counts below 80 guests, a $ 8,240 food & beverage minimum guarantee will be required. Desserts from outside companies such as Sweet n’ Saucy are not included in the food & beverage minimum.