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Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

££ - £££Mexican,
1331 Flammang Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4367
+1 319-236-8730
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  • Excellent5%
  • Very good40%
  • Average33%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
14 Apr 2017
“If you like mild Mexican fare”
13 Mar 2017
“Good food, but lacking in service”
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
££ - £££
1331 Flammang Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4367
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Reviewed 5 June 2017

Best bargain on margaritas I have ever had. I don't know how frequently do this but $1 for Margarita mug or $3 for a Jumbo margarita can't be beat. Had a light enchilada. It was just okay. Margaritas were great, though.

Thank Linda W
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Interesting menu in an eclectic surrounding. If you like your Mexican dishes on the mild side and the atmosphere a little bit on the loud side with a bar in the middle than you're in the right place. Good for larger crowds as well as...More

Thank Olaf H
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is the newest Carlos in the area. The atmosphere is great as is the food, but the last several times we were there, the service was very much lacking. Our most recent visit the host was confused about getting a high chair for a...More

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

I stopped by Carlos O'Kellys for a business lunch. They are not my preferred choice for Mexican but this a good spot for a $10.0 lunch. The lunch menu I think is a little sparse, and could use some expansion. But, for a meal it...More

Thank Eric W
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I won't go back. Granted it was busy and we weren't in a hurry. I don't think two cross cuts from a chicken breast makes a sandwich. The cantina fries tasted like leftovers from yesterday. not happy!!!

Thank Vionne E
Reviewed 6 November 2016

Stopped by looking to try something different before a movie. My son wanted a burger, and this place had one on the menu, so why not? Big, open, friendly - typical Mexican restaurant look. HUGE bar. Open Kitchen. Good fresh chips and salsa when we...More

Thank Suliman6
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Ate at Carlos O'Kelly's a couple years ago when it was by the Mall. Now it has moved into the Target plaza. It has been totally updated. The restaurant is more open. They have booths and open tables. If you sit at a booth, ours...More

Thank greenhorn33
Reviewed 17 April 2016

This was okay Mexican chain food. Not bad but not great. Food was reasonably priced. Service was good.

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 12 August 2015

uptown feel to a tired restaurant. hadn't been to old in years, but they moved to new location and love the vibe. can't wait to go back for the chimichanga again, chips/salsa. not bad prices, best waitress in sometime

Thank Larryo
Reviewed 2 June 2015

We ate here as a family. Our son's taco was so greasy the fried tortilla shell literally fell apart and dissolved. My wife's chesse enchilada was undercooked with raw onions and cheese that was not even melted. The food was obviously prepared ahead of time...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1331 Flammang Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702-4367
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-236-8730
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