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“Great selection for a chain” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlos O'Kelley's Mexican Cafe

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Carlos O'Kelley's Mexican Cafe
1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240
(319) 354-5800
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Ranked #142 of 207 Restaurants in Iowa City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great selection for a chain”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I had never eaten at a Carlos O'Kelly's but was presently surprised at the menu options and the quality of the food. I was looking for some good food at a reasonable price and found it. The fish taco's came out piping hot and the tortilla soup was tasty. I am in the area for several more days and will be back for lunch and/or dinner. Many other dishes caught my eye.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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COLUMBUS JUNCTION
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Consistently good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We have been to Carlos O'Kelleys in several different places. The original one in Iowa City is our favorite but they are all pretty consistent. Great salsa and they offer mashed potatoes as one of their sides.

Visited September 2012
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Best ever!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012 via mobile

I look forward to going every time. You will find your favorite dish and never want anything else! Yum!!!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Love this place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

For a chain restaurant, the food is hot and fresh. Always service with a smile!

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great Mexican, nice venue, awesome Margaritas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

I have been to this particular restaurant many times. It is one of my favorite spots to hit while in the Iowa City area. I particularly love the "Fuego" sauce which can be added to almost any dish. Their Margaritas are awesome and they have frequent drink specials. Their chips and salsa are to die for! Great Mexican food for a chain restaurant. Speedy, friendly service as well.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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