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Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521-4111
+1 402-438-4455
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We have always enjoyed their food. The service has been pretty good too. I am not a big fan of mexican food but this is pretty good.

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Thank RON G
Sioux City, Iowa
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92 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

The Carlos O'Kelly's in Sioux City closed down a few years ago and I miss it! It was so great to eat here again. Right when we walked in the door that familiar Carlos O'Kelly's smell hit us and I was instantly happy. It was a Saturday around noon and they were pretty busy. We actually had a small 5... More 

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122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This place is quiet, well planned, has great service and good food. My server Emily H did a terrific job. She recommended a dish and provided exceptional service. The food good and was a value.

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Thank DC1064
Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

First time eating at this chain. I was surprised at the selections on the menu. Couldn't make up my mind. Frozen margaritas were good and reasonably priced. Free chips and salsa adequate and was offered more when our basket was empty. Overall would definitely eat here again. I will now know this chain when visiting other states. Unfortunately can not... More 

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Thank sportmom31
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Ordered the steak fajitas and was disappointed. It lacked any flavor! You could taste it was just steam heated, no spices or even butter when cooked. The best thing was the drinks. Ordered a bomb pop and it was tasty at least. Id only come back for a drink not the food.

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Thank Angie A
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Pleasantly surprised! Looking for nice, easy meal on our homeward bound trip from Denver to Chicago. Close to our hotel, we have relied on this Carlos O'Kellys several occasions. It is a chain, but good is prompt, tasty. Service is always friendly. This is by no means "knock your socks off" Mexican, but for good children's menu, gluten free options,... More 

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Thank Michelle F
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 July 2016

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

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Thank Lola M
Janesville, Wisconsin
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306 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

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 

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Thank Mindy and Roger A
Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 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.

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Thank Steve T
Lincoln, Nebraska
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177 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521-4111
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Lincoln
  • Phone Number: +1 402-438-4455

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