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Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

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4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521-4111
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love the Strawberry Dacaris.. The meals are large and the drinks are good. Everyone was friendly and enjoyed the meal.

Thank Lola M
Janesville, Wisconsin
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187 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at Carlos O'Kelly's on 27th street while staying overnight. We choose to have the "Naked Nachos Grande"since we were looking for something light for dinner. You can have it served with the nacho mix covering the chips or have them served separate. We chose separate and liked this option. The price was $8.49. The chips were crisp. The... More 

Thank Mindy and Roger A
Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Both our meals were bland and flavorless. Salad had no flavor and 2 different salad dressings had an odd taste. Burrito was almost meatless and the sauce tasted like it came straight from a can. No next time for them.

Thank Steve T
Lincoln, Nebraska
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83 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

Great for an afternoon margarita and some chips. Don't particularly care much for anything other than that though.

Thank Lisa K
Rockford, Illinois
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178 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Gluten Free menu available, with a good selection! They have gluten free tortilla chips. There is an extensive gluten free menu and the food tastes good. They use corn tortillas and they make their own black beans (not frozen or prepackaged that might be contaminated with gluten). The food was very tasty, the service was very good.

Thank wrktravelr
Lincoln Nebraska
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170 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

This is your typical chain restaurant with Mexican fare. I was not at all impressed. I would much rather visit a more authentic style restaurant in town like El Toro or Mazatlan. We order the Chili Con Queso for an appetizer and it was an absolute bust. They shouldn't advertise this as "Chili" Con Queso as it has no Chili... More 

Thank Otter2269
Topeka, Kansas
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202 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We dined at this Carlos O'Kelly's because we were staying at the LaQuinta Inn located in the same parking lot and within walking distance. We were dining early and were seated immediately, no waiting. Our server brought warm, crispy tortilla chips with just the right amount of salt. The salsa tasted fresh. Our server told us that she was fairly... More 

Thank KSMeadowlark
Austin, Texas
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43 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Well, I should have known better, but I was desperate. If you are use to Tex-Mex, you will be disappointed. it wasn't "bad", just not very flavorful.....

Thank Techxn
Wabash, Indiana
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70 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

We had never eaten at a Carlos O'kellys before, but it was near our hotel. My husband ordered the Diablo poblano shrimp, which he really enjoyed. The sauce had a unique flavor he loved. I got brisket tacos, which were delicious. The service was fast. The exterior of the restaurant seemed a little tired and in need of some repairs,... More 

Thank Manddymill
Morgan Hill, California
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153 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Service was very spotty. Waitress did not know the products on the menu or drink menu. Took quite a while to get drinks. Food was ok but was a plain version of Mexican food.

Thank rogersequest

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521-4111
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Lincoln
  • Phone Number: 402-438-4455

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?