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Kelly's Irish pub

218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537
+1 815-625-7969
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (7 reviews)
“burrito” (6 reviews)
“mexican food” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537
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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We never go back home without stopping at Kelly's -- it's a neighborhood bar with great Mexican food.

Thank sinnissippi
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Great Mexican food in an Irish pub! We started with a plate of guacanachos to share and three people ended up ordering more for dinner!! Each chip was layered with refried beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream and guacamole topped with a piece of jalapeno. We...More

1  Thank zzMomof5zz
Reviewed 22 December 2017

the menu is full of choices and the fare is excellent, not sure if they do now but they only take cash, not sure about checks but no credit cards, that's the only reason I didn't the review 5 stars

Thank John Y
Reviewed 26 September 2017

authentic mexican in an Irish pub you ask???' Why yes... burritoes enough to feed two. Uncle Lou's dip, a must, not found anywhere else. My favorite Shrimp taco's.MMMMM good.friendly staff, great bar service ....located in down town Sterling. A hit for young and old alike!!!

Thank cindysW5008BU
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

Look, I know it's weird an Irish pub has Mexican food, but it is fantastic. I've never had a bad meal here and I've been coming here my entire life. It's kind of loud but it's a bar so it's to be expected. Come at...More

Thank uryufriend
Reviewed 13 July 2017

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 13 July 2017

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 11 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 11 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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