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Carlos O'kelly's

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1355 Associates Dr, Dubuque, IA 52002-2262
+1 563-583-0088
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Kansas City, Kansas
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Typical chain restaurant. Quality food and a family atmosphere. Our server, Ann, was a hoot! Not only was she quick and efficient, we ended up having a nice, short conversation about kids, etc.

Thank Frank X
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Carlos O'Kelly's was visited out of convenience and proximity to our hotel. My peers enjoyed their food, but my fish tacos lacked presentation. Though they tasted fine, it would not be something i would order again. The chimichangas were very good though. I would also recommend getting a jumbo margarita. 👍

Thank Kate W
Antioch, Illinois
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Looks fancy outside, but inside you will feel at home. Good food and good amount of it. Love their salsa and queso.

Thank Sue W
Dubuque, Iowa
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

I expected this to be a typical franchise restaurant experience---but was very pleasantly surprised. There are a lot of creative and distinctive dishes on the extensive menu. Our waitress could not have been more accommodating.

Thank Shawnfeb_7
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

They closed the one down in my hometown so I was happy to see they were still open in Dubuque. The food is always good regardless of what the "it's not authentic" snobs say. Very reasonably priced and always filling... Nice attentive staff.

Thank Jason C
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

A meal for two, with tip, cost about $29. Not one dish was tasty, including the salsa and chips. The entrees were not enjoyable. Fast food places would be a better choice. Food from a gas station would be about equally good

Thank Ronald S
Des Moines, IA
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251 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016

My husband and I really like the chimichangas here. They all closed in Des Moines so when we were traveling it was nice to be able to enjoy again. The chips were kinda stale that night but otherwise the service was great, food was quick and hot and very reasonable. Makes me miss the ones back home. If we were... More 

Thank deegeegirl
Wisconsin Dells
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

Good change of pace when not wanting the usual offerings in Dubuque. Best Chili Con Queso. around. Have to get Nachos when you go here. It is big enough to have as a meal. Margaritas go great with the meals as well.

Thank Jesse D
Dubuque, Iowa
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98 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2015

A place that is definitely an Americanized-Mexican establishment, the chain can be compared to Applebees. It boast a large and varied menu at decent prices. Service can be hit or miss like most chains but it is a pretty decent place to enjoy some food and drinks with friends.

Thank Tyero
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015

It was my favorite place to eat in Dubuque because it is good food and drinks and it isn't terribly priced but I did have one bad lunch experience where the place was half empty and we were seated next to the only family with a bunch of loud children, They took 10 minutes to take our drink orders and... More 

Thank Jack V

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1355 Associates Dr, Dubuque, IA 52002-2262
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: +1 563-583-0088

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