We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$Mexican,
Hwy 52 Frontage road, Rochester, MN
+1 507-282-2590
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good26%
  • Average31%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible11%
1 week ago
“Irish Mexican?”
13 Nov 2017
“Bland Tex-Mex- not bad, not great.”
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
Hwy 52 Frontage road, Rochester, MN
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (67)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 67 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

I was visiting from Texas and met 12 of my family member for dinner. I enjoyed the margaritas, chips/salsa/queso, and tacos. We all had a variety of food and drinks and everyone was stuffed and happy when we left. Great service, good food, and friendly...More

Thank Clopaboba
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That’s what kept me from visiting here sooner...simply the name of the place. But one day curiosity won out and we decided after driving by it hundreds of times on Highway 52 to check it out. First off, Irish/Mexican fusion it is not. It’s American/Mexican....More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Chips and salsa were tasty, even if the chips were a bit saltier than most. Taco salad was very good--mixed greens included--not just iceberg. Husband said his burrito was excellent,

Thank JustaHoosier
Reviewed 4 March 2018

When we arrived, around 8 on a Sunday night, the place was a shambles. The service was good, but the chips were off, the cheese dip tasteless, the salsa was bland too. Our orders had run of the mill items and while I liked my...More

Thank Greg T
Reviewed 14 November 2017

I knew better..there are plenty of great local authentic Mexican places around here. But a friend insisted we try this place. Well..service was ok. Not the finest, not awful- just a little over-the-top pushy, and then nowhere to be seen- no happy middle ground, there....More

Thank Janelltheowl .
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

The cheese dip was bad even after adding salsa to it. Very bland. The guacamole was good and the fajitas came out sizzling enough for two of us to share. This not Mexican but Tex-Mex.

Thank Patty G
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

The biggest complaint I hear about Carlos O Kelly's is concerning its inauthenticity. And yes, I have no argument about that. This restaurant is essentially the Perkins or Applebee's of Mexican fare, so if you're looking for the real deal, I'd recommend Dos Amigos. But...More

Thank mbassbyron
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Wonderful Mexican food. Free chips and salsa. Had the fajitas which were very good. Great food at a very reasonable price.

Thank baker401716
Reviewed 7 April 2017

I' not going to lie I am a little picky when it comes to any kind of food resembling Mexican cuisine as I did grow up with authentic Mexican dishes to fill my tummy. I'm not too crazy about the appetizers at this place but...More

Thank mafutagirl38
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Food was good - not promoted as authentic Mexican, so I got exactly what I expected. Decor left something to be desired, but was not too unpleasant. Over all I was satisfied and will return the next time I'm in that part of Rochester.

Thank Jon O
Nearby HotelsSee all 52 hotels in Rochester
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Rochester, MN
323 reviews
.57 km away
TownePlace Suites Rochester
170 reviews
.59 km away
Extended Stay America - Rochester - North
129 reviews
.68 km away
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Rochester Mayo Clinic North
1,100 reviews
.68 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Newt's North
238 reviews
.44 km away
Texas Roadhouse
162 reviews
.94 km away
Pi Pizza
121 reviews
1.12 km away
Noodles & Company
59 reviews
1.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
Assisi Heights
60 reviews
4.65 km away
LTS Brewing
23 reviews
3.25 km away
Kinney Creek Brewery
27 reviews
5.18 km away
Prairie Walls Climbing Gym
6 reviews
4.05 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hwy 52 Frontage road, Rochester, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-282-2590
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing