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Carlos O'Kelley's Mexican Cafe

1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240-4435
+1 319-354-5800
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  • Excellent6%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible23%
3 weeks ago
“They didn't seem to care if we were there or not”
5 Aug 2018
“Great salsa”
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
$$ - $$$
1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240-4435
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband had to get upset, they finally seated us, then told us they had a big party and this seemed to be the problem, not really our problem, they put us at a table, and seemed to forget about us. My husband asked if...More

Thank Carolyn H
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

This was my second time at restaurant and we had another great experience. The service was attentive and friendly. Salsa and chips were awesome. Love that they have a separate menu for gluten free and vegetarian diets- makes ordering so much easier.

Thank Kelly R
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Beauty new building in 2017. CreAtive and tasty spins on Mexican food. I prefer the salsa of 35 years ago,but was an excellent experience.

Thank Yvonne M
Reviewed 16 July 2018

This place isn't terrible, just bland and expensive compared to my missed los portales.. Never again..

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

If you check my previous reviews of this location you will find that we were sorely disappointed after the new spot had opened. The owners were concerned that we, as loyal customers for many years, were less than happy with the quality so they gave...More

Thank FormerHoosier
Reviewed 24 February 2018

I have eaten at many Mexican style cafes. I will say the food taste was at a minimum, just ok. However, there is something lacking in management, training people, or lack of organization in the kitchen. On entering the café, we were told that it...More

1  Thank William K
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We have been loyal Carlos O'Kelly's customers for more than 20 years and waited anxiously for the new location to open in Iowa City. Our first trip here was a little disappointing but we could understand since it had newly opened. Our second trip here...More

Thank FormerHoosier
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We get to Iowa City about once a month and we like to eat at places we don't have where we live. We like to have lunch at Carlos O'Kelleys. They moved to a new place a year or so ago, and the new place...More

Thank BnBsAreGreat
Reviewed 11 September 2017

After reading some reviews, I wondered if we had gone to different restaurants??? This was our first time at the new O'Kelly's...the old one was pretty tired. Nicely designed, big open room, we sat at the bar for just a few minutes until our table...More

Thank Glenda1947
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I was with a client who wanted to try Carlos O'Kelley's and so I took him there. He and I ate less than a 1/3 of entrees before calling it quits. He apologized for suggesting that we go there.

Thank Brad S
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Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
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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 - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240-4435
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-354-5800
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