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Carlos O'Kelly's Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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Hwy 52 Frontage road, Rochester, MN
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Poorest excuse for Mexican food that I've ever had. Service was poor. No one in our group felt they had a decent meal. Prices are also too high for the quality of food. They were busy which may excuse the bad service. Another thing that is annoying to me is servers that look sloppy.

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Thank Betty S
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My wife loves eating at Carlos O'Kelly's and scents the one in Ames Ia. Closed when ever she sees one now and it's close to meal time that where we are going to eat, the chips and salsa are excellent, I got the seafood enchiladas and thought they were a little small, it looked like they used flour taco shells... More 

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Thank George P
Edmonton, Canada
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Was there with a couple of friends. Service was excellent and the place was clean. Blue raspberry margarita was good but mango margarita was excellent. Change requests were easily accommodated for and opinions by friends on their food was as follows: Seafood enchilada- excellent, chicken enchilada - good, and chicken fajitas - excellent and big portion. Would definitely return.

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Thank TravellinWeb
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Used to love this place but drink prices and food prices climbed and service went down. I think thy cut back staff after the first year and it was noticable.

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Thank Dertay E
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Never again. Nothing like authentic Mexican food. I wouldn't even give it Tex-Mex. I'm surprised it has the ratings it has on here. Ick!

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Thank WifeMommie
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

This restaurant has great food, is always clean, and has great service! We have never had a reason to complain hers!

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Thank Michelle S
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49 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

The food was quite good. Not exceptional, but very respectable. I ordered the Prairie Fire Steak & Enchiladas. The steak was a low quality cut, but the way it was prepared/seasoned made it tasty. The service was middle of the road, my waiter was pleasant but not exceptionally speedy. Overall I was satisfied with the Food/Service/Price ratio.

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Thank Jon O
Miami, Oklahoma
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

Loved the food, atmosphere, and the service. It was really good food, and great service. New to the spot, and was delighted to find such authentic Mexican food.

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Thank kimsJ664KE
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Carlos O'Kelly is a nice restaurant we a had nice time, the food taste great, even got a margarita for only a dollar you can't beat that the the staff was very friendly and the place was in the Mexican Style, it was all nice and laid-back

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Thank Wendy L
Rochester, Minnesota
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

My wife had Celiac Disease, so this is our only safe option for Mexican Food in Rochester. It's good food, always hot, and has always been safely prepared. We've found, though, that we cannot be in a hurry to dine here. It seems the management hires "new" waitstaff, which is commendable, because everyone needs to start somewhere. But this means... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hwy 52 Frontage road, Rochester, MN
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester

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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?