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Kelly's Irish pub

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, American, Pub, Bar
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218 Locust St, Sterling, IL 61081-3537
+1 815-625-7969
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 be a crap shoot. I guess they handed out enough free tacos to get the... More 

Thank Monte B
Sterling, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Always great food! Even though it is small, we never had to wait long for a table. Love their mexican dishes!

Thank Joan B
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

A proud-of-its-Irish-Heritage bar that serves Mexican food. This place is frequently really, really busy. You can wait upwards of 30 minutes to get a table, especially if you have a larger group. I love the Nachos Supreme, the Guacanachos, and the enchiladas. The burritos are huge. I admit that I haven't even begun to explore the full menu. I never... More 

Thank hohaha
Sterling, Illinois
Level Contributor
6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

Irish pub with Mexican food! It's an old bar/restaurant that's been a local spot for many years. Affordable and great food. I like their tacos and guacanachos.

Thank karencalifornia49
al ain
Level Contributor
20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The food is great and the drinks keep flowing. It is an Irish pub with great Mexican food. I love the appetizers

Thank debAlAin
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This place is a funny concept. Its and Irish bar that serves Mexican food. The service is great. The food is great. the atmosphere is great. Uncle Lou's dip is the best thing since fried chicken. The food is amazing and you get a decent portion for the price. It is a must go if your in the area.

Thank David J
Caldwell, Idaho
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We were guests from Idaho and our family from Dixon, Illinois took us here. We were NOT disappointed! The food was awesome all the way around! I had the Carne Guisada and it was delicious!!! The portions were HUGE as well. I had to split mine up and take some home, which made for a delicious meal - AGAIN! LOL!... More 

Thank Elefantdude
Geneseo, Illinois
Level Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Now, first off...be prepared, but you will likely walk into this place and wonder how I and other reviewers have rated 4⭐️ and above. The ambiance is that of a restaurant/bar that I would have eaten at in the 70s n 80s with my family. (I woulda thought it was an older decor then). Honestly, I found this to be... More 

Thank chrishwish
Level Contributor
10 reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The mexicala pizza is great, service is wonderful but you need to go early to get a table or booth. They are always busy and great mexican food forr an irish pub lol

Thank Jerry O
Batavia, Illinois
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109 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

have eaten here on and off for 15 years, whenever stopping in town, never changed. Good food, lots of beer selections. Service is always good too.

Thank mustachemark1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Pub, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?