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“Below average Mexican food” 2 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 206 Restaurants in Iowa City
Cuisines: Mexican
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Below average Mexican food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

The food was below average and the quantity was small for the price. The service was poor. I have never been back because since my one time was that bad. I do not intend to go back unless someone else pays too much for below standard food.

Visited June 2012
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Rockport, Texas
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“good mexican food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

the guacamole is so fresh and delicious. The chips are a different style and are crisp and fresh and the salsa is great. Entrées are of good proportion and the pricing is reasonable. The margaritas are best in town

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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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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