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Ames, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Good food, great service and fantastic Margaritas. Michael waited on us and the kids in our group enjoyed his personal service. A return visit is in our plans.

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Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I ate there yesterday and the food was terrible. I ordered an enchilada plate and my wife had fajitas. Although the restaurant was nearly empty, our food took about 30 minutes to get to the table. When it did arrive, it was obvious that mine had sat under a heat lamp for a long time. The tortilla was crispy and... More

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Ames, IA
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My spouse and I visit Carlos O'Kelly's fairly often. We always receive quick and attentive service, the menu often has new dishes or specials to try and the food is always good. The prices are fair, the staff are great at getting you "in and out" without making you feel rushed and the decor and lighting are fine. We enjoy... More

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Huxley, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

This isn't a bad restaurant to go to. Average price, average food, kind of awkward place to get into, probably why I don't go more often.

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Boone, Iowa
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225 reviews 225 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Was seated immediately, got my chips & salsa (which is excellent) my order came and it was very good (just got the tacos beans & rice). Very quick, great atmosphere, everything was great! Will go back.

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Ames, Iowa
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

Officially had the worst lunch experience ever at the Ames location. Over 90 minutes for a table of 6 to have lunch. But worst is I specifically ordered off of the lunch menu but was brought a full order without my knowledge. When I complained about the bill my server refused to adjust it. If anyone gets Lindsay (#533), just... More

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Ames, IA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

This is like cheap Midwestern imitations of Mexican food that relies mostly on queso for it's claim to being "Mexican." Hardly! Service was only so-so, and food was even less so. Avoid, unless you're the drinking type. Apparently their margaritas are a big thing (literally). I wouldn't know.

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Ames, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

I dont know what people are eating at this place but the Burro en Fuego is great!! The chips and salsa are not bad either. Although chips sometimes have too much salt. This is a good place to go for an inexpensive meal. Service is alright and place seems pretty empty everytime I go.. Could use a little bit of... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2010

Food was disgusting cannot believe I paid money for it. I love Mexican food but everything was swimming in oil. Enchilada sauce was jus red oil not. Beans were so running they went to the other side of the plate rice tasted like bread. I cannot rememeber last time I complained about food.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2008

food is not as advertised

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Additional Information about Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

Address: 631 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010-6910
Phone Number: 515-232-1500
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
Cuisine: Mexican

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