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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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122 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank DC1064
Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank sportmom31
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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

Thank Angie A
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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

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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245 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Steve T
Lincoln, Nebraska
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157 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 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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199 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 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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180 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
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?