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Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

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4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521-4111
402-438-4455
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
OK Food, Very Americanized Mexican

This is not the place to go if you want authentic Mexican. Most of the dishes have a ton of cheese sauce on them. That said the food is OK, but not memorable by any means, same with the ambience and service.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2014
Grglmn
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Mason City, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The service was outstanding. After a long day on the road good service makes the day. Were had the standard Mexican fare and it was all hot and delicious. Margaritas were made perfectly and not watered down. A very good experience.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 via mobile

In town for business, looked for quick and simple but good meal, this was close enough to walk from motel, a real plus. Slow service, dirty table, and then very plain Mexican style food. My quick meal, very bland took forever. Many other options in the area.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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98 reviews 98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

These were the worst tacos I've had...have eaten here before when in town, but this plate was a fail.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The food tastes good, although not authentic. However, my service was poor and on the third occasion eating here, I became ill every time. Will not be returning.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This is not the place to go if you want authentic Mexican. Most of the dishes have a ton of cheese sauce on them. That said the food is OK, but not memorable by any means, same with the ambience and service.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We've tried a couple other "authentic" Mexican restaurants and we keep coming back to Carlos O Kelly's, it is our favorite! Recommend their Prairie Fire Fajitas, Suiza con Pollo or their Light Enchiladas!

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

If you are looking for real mexican food, then this is not it. Do not listen to ones that say it is. I come from a large mexican family so hopefully you can believe me. There is a reason why one has closed down already. Many better places in Lincoln.

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9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

My daughter order their new flavor of tacos, they were delicious. My husband did the large sampler plate and it was a huge portion of food, well worth the money. Our server was so nice and very helpful when we asked him questions. He knew the menu well which helped. Prices were good! Will eat there again when in town.

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Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We ate here on a Saturday night and it wasn't busy when we were there, yet the service was marginal. The food was ok, but definitely nothing special. The prices are reasonable and the menu selections seem fine. Because of the slow service and food that was just on the 'ok' side, I highly doubt that we will eat here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

So far the only place even remotely close to Mexican food. I'm from Texas and we know our Mexican food :)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521-4111
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Lincoln
  • Phone Number: 402-438-4455

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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