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Carlos O'Kelly's

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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3320 Armar Dr, Marion, IA 52302-4701
+1 319-373-1451
11:00 - 23:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

It's what you would expect. Runs the whole gambit of patrons visiting. Typical fair, staff friendly enough but not prone to what was referred as a 'special request' for seating due to a disability. Comfort is not their concern so it's a rare one for us to visit.

Thank Tim S
Marion, Iowa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Carlos O'Kelly's was born in Marion. I've been eating at this restaurant and it's always delicious and the service is always good. Carlos is a Marion icon.

Thank Jill A
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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236 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

reasonable Mexican. Local small restaurants can be better. As a chain, it has atmosphere with mid price and good food.

Thank cdhcch
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Meeting family for pre-wedding hanging out, good variety on menu, didn't expect great Mexican in Iowa, but it was tasty, filling, resembled an enchilada. Handled a big group pretty well, 2 orders got delayed, but wasn't mine, so not a biggie....

Thank dogfacedboy
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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230 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

My husband and I stopped by this past weekend. I had not been there in a long time and I must say it wasn't as good as I remembered it. The chips and salsa were excellent as always and the service was really very good too. Our meals were average at best, and while it appears they have attempted to... More 

Thank kmbrown021393
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

This location has a couple issues... being honest, I'm not sure if it's starting to appear wore out and just needs remodeled with new carpets, new paint, etc or its a cleaning issue. From the moment you pull on the entry doors it feels a little dirty...I can't put my finger on it.. it's just a feeling but this location... More 

Thank Brian R
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Great service and excellent BBQ tacos. We were a small party (3) but we received excellent service and they kept my diet coke filled!

Thank Nan P
Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

We were passing through and stopped for lunch. The carpet was filthy and littered with bits of wrappers and torn napkins. The staff were seemingly immune to the filth, as they stood around in clusters chatting about how slow they were today. Our chips arrived with a long, black hair on top. My son and I are blond, and my... More 

Thank scubawombat
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

Carlos has been there forever! Great place for family gatherings. Their food is good, although not at all authentic, if that is what you are looking for. They take reservations.

Thank Christina S
Cedar Rapids, IA
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

Recently remodeled to some degree, hadn't been here in a while due to the number of other Mexican restaurants in the area. Had a side of guacamole which was excellent, the large size was too much but I ate it anyway. Attentive server, food served fresh and hot. Service was fast, great place for a quick lunch.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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: 3320 Armar Dr, Marion, IA 52302-4701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Marion
  • Phone Number: +1 319-373-1451

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