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“Good place for Mexican food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe
2860 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554
540-659-9982
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Ranked #22 of 109 Restaurants in Stafford
Cuisines: Mexican
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charlottesville, va
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76 reviews 76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Good place for Mexican food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a chain but has good food and a good kids menu. We have eaten here many times and have always been pleased with the service and food quality.

Visited July 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Face Painting & Leprechaun (with gold) - Overall a Fun Atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This was our second visit to Carlos O'Kelly's in Stafford. We were happy with the food the first time (better than other "Mexican" restaurants in the Stafford area) and were pleasantly surprised on our second visit. We stopped by for dinner over St. Patty's weekend. What a fun evening. They had a talented artist paining kids faces (she did a great job) & a leprechaun handing out chocolate gold coins to the kids. The kids had so much fun. The chips & salsa kept coming & the service was excellent! I loved the kilt our waiter wore!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“What did you say? Too noisy!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

I walked in the bar to have a beer and dinner, but the juke box was thundering so loudly, I walked right back out. Nice idea for promoting restaurant success: drive them out to the competitors' places.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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USA
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Not that Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

The food at this place tastes like it was frozen and has been microwaved and re-heated. The cheese dip reminds me of Velveeta with a can of rotel mixed in. The rice doesn't seem authentic and reminds me of the boxed Spanish Rice a Roni. The chips are great and salty. The drinks are good from the bar.
Some people in town swear by this place as the best Mexican but I'm partial to Pancho Villa.

Visited November 2012
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Stafford, Virginia
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41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Good food, good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The hostess was very cordial, and sat us in an area so that we could hear each other without sitting under an A/C vent. The entree's were very good, and the chips and salsa just kept coming. The chips were served warm which made them taste even better. This is a place we frequent monthly.

Visited August 2012
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