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Kelly's Irish pub

) #1 of 46 Restaurants in Sterling €€ - €€€ Mexican, American,
218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537
+1 815-625-7969
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (6 reviews)
“burrito” (6 reviews)
“pizza” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
€€ - €€€
218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at my wife's brother's condo in a neighboring town, late afternoon on Monday, July 3rd; he and his wife recommended grabbing dinner at Kelly's, which sounded good after six hours on the road. A bit of a surprise that it was packed, with...More

Thank ClearWater62
Reviewed 1 week ago

Grabbed dinner here on my way home from the office one evening. First of all, the restaurant is nestled in with the historical buildings and I LOVE the old styling and architecture (including the original bar from its roots as a turn of the century...More

Thank Midwest416
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I have only ordered mexican but heard the American food is good too. The guacanachos are the absolute best. It's a small place with a bar so sometimes you have to wait for a table but it definatly worth it.

Thank marym63
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Took the family to dinner. The food here is always fresh and hot. You always get more than what you pay for. The service is always good. I always get the Mexican dishes. They are great.

Thank gregn847
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

McMex? Boring Midwest style no flavor food with limited beverage choices. Very disappointing. Worse yet I walked by a nice looking restaurant that didn't appear on trip advisor. Normally I love trip advisor for finding the best place in town. In small towns it can...More

Thank Monte B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Always great food! Even though it is small, we never had to wait long for a table. Love their mexican dishes!

Thank Joan B
Reviewed 14 February 2017

A proud-of-its-Irish-Heritage bar that serves Mexican food. This place is frequently really, really busy. You can wait upwards of 30 minutes to get a table, especially if you have a larger group. I love the Nachos Supreme, the Guacanachos, and the enchiladas. The burritos are...More

1  Thank hohaha
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Irish pub with Mexican food! It's an old bar/restaurant that's been a local spot for many years. Affordable and great food. I like their tacos and guacanachos.

Thank karencalifornia49
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The food is great and the drinks keep flowing. It is an Irish pub with great Mexican food. I love the appetizers

Thank debAlAin
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This place is a funny concept. Its and Irish bar that serves Mexican food. The service is great. The food is great. the atmosphere is great. Uncle Lou's dip is the best thing since fried chicken. The food is amazing and you get a decent...More

1  Thank David J
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Sterling
  • Phone Number: +1 815-625-7969
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