Carlos O'Kelly's

5.0 stars 5.0 out of 5 5 ratings

6507 University Ave, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(319) 277-1121
$$ $10-15 per entree
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Gluten-Free Menu

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Mexican, Restaurant, Chain

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    5 ratingJanuary 31, 2013

    Awesome selection to choose from! Staff was very informed on gf.

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    5 ratingJanuary 20, 2013

    Always dependable for a GF meal. Recently changed their menu and I am not happy what I liked was eliminated, but still a good menu and safe dinning.

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    5 ratingMay 17, 2011

    Currently my favorite gluten free choice chips and salsa, chili con queso , and a full gluten free menu

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    3 ratingJuly 28, 2014

    4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521

    the Glen free menu was great. lots of options. I did however get sick. I believe it must have had msg in the food. I know this is different from gluten, but it does make a lot of people sick.

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    5 ratingJuly 16, 2014

    1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240

    Staff was knowledgable and friendly. Got the enchiladas and they were great. Was also impressed with gluten-free chips and salsa!

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    5 ratingJuly 12, 2014

    2860 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA 22554

    Our server Andrew was awesome and the GF menu was wonderful and tasty

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    4 ratingJune 22, 2014

    2306 Plank Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

    They have a gluten free menu, good number of choices. Salsa and chips are gluten free. They said they have dedicated fryers. Server was new. The order was specifically put in to be gluten free as the server who brought it out identified it as a gluten free meal.

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    5 ratingJune 21, 2014

    1331 Flammang Dr, Waterloo, IA 50702

    Changed their GF menu and it is not as good. But Carlos O'Kelly's is always the perfect and easy stand by. Celiac Safe

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    1 ratingMay 26, 2014

    321 North Roosevelt Avenue, Burlington, IA 52601

    This restaurant has closed.

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    1 ratingMay 01, 2014

    5735 Falls Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

    This restaurant has closed.

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    5 ratingMarch 28, 2014

    527 S Ridge Cir, Wichita, KS 67209

    Wonderful service :-) had chips and dip - they use separate fryer... Yummy chicken enchiladas ... Salad.. And my son got applesauce for his side :-)

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    3 ratingMarch 10, 2014

    4371 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

    This location is now closed

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    2 ratingMarch 09, 2014

    321 North Roosevelt Avenue, Burlington, IA 52601

    Good Menu Horrible Service Too Expensive for Mistakes Like giving you Flour tortilla when you order from the GF menu. Don't recommend coming Here!!!

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    5 ratingFebruary 14, 2014

    714 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614

    I love Carlos O' Kelly's

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    5 ratingJanuary 29, 2014

    631 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

    I have eaten here several times with no issues. They recently expanded their gf menu.

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    2 ratingJanuary 20, 2014

    2105 N Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL 61704

    We have gone to Carlos O'Kelly's twice now since going GF. The first time was on New Years Eve and even though they were totally packed (a group of 30 put their order in at the same time we did) our meals were excellent. In fact it was so good we decided to go back just last week. However the second time we went the waitress didn't really seem to know much about their gluten free menu. I ordered a Monterrey Torta and when it came out I was SHOCKED! It was over loaded with this nasty cheese sauce. The quality control the second time we went was not good at all. When I came home I was noticing that I was not feeling good at all. My stomach was in so much pain and my daughter who really is the one who has been diagnosed with a sensitivity was sick for 2 days afterwards. She kept telling me her tummy hurt and was extremely fussy. (she's 2). I went online to check out the nutritional information from their website and upon finding nothing on their website I emailed them. While I will say I got a response within 24 hours I was shocked at what it said. "We are hoping to have a Gluten Free Menu release within the next 3 months and are currently working on making it available to our different locations. Also we do not have nutritional or allergen information available because our chef retired at the end of the year and he was the one who had the calorie count for everything." They went on to tell me while they look like a large company they are still a small company. I was rather shocked because they have advertised on this website to have had GIG training.

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    4 ratingJanuary 09, 2014

    707 W 23rd St, Lawrence, KS 66046

    Average food but they have one of the larger gluten free menus in town. It's nice to have plenty of options compared to the 4 or 5 that it seems most places offer.

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    4 ratingJanuary 07, 2014

    2105 N Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL 61704

    Large GF menu, wish it were online. unfortunately I have a soy and dairy allergy and they cook EVERYTHING in soybean oil. Luckily, there was one dish I could have. Manager was awesome. I would go back!!

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    3 ratingJanuary 05, 2014

    909 E 30th Ave, Hutchinson, KS 67502

    Gluten free menu. Knowledgeable staff. Good food.

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    4 ratingJanuary 02, 2014

    3130 Pine Lake Rd, Lincoln, NE 68516

    appreciate a gf menu with quite a few choices

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    5 ratingJanuary 01, 2014

    321 North Roosevelt Avenue, Burlington, IA 52601

    Excellent gluten free menu with several options. Makes it clear what you can order from.

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    5 ratingDecember 15, 2013

    3331 4th St SW, Mason City, IA 50401

    It's great to be able to have the chips with everyone else! Great service and GF safe.

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    1 ratingDecember 14, 2013

    2635 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

    yes they have a gf menu. there is not very much on it. can't even have a taco!

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    5 ratingDecember 01, 2013

    3425 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66611

    excellent gf menu...authentic and delicious food. ..educated waitstaff (Isaiah was tops). it was great to be able to eat chips and salsa with no worries. gf menu is vast. its well worth your time to dine here!

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    4 ratingNovember 04, 2013

    3425 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66611

    We stopped (while traveling) based on the previous positive reviews. We'll plan to stop here again. Also try other locations based on a good experience. Thanks, Carlos O'Kelly's for making life easier for us!

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    4 ratingNovember 03, 2013

    330 South Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502

    Very good entree. Educated staff. I would order cilantro lime rice instead of the fajita side of onions and peppers.

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    3 ratingOctober 26, 2013

    707 W 23rd St, Lawrence, KS 66046

    Lots of options for gluten free menu options, average food.

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    5 ratingOctober 22, 2013

    119 3rd Ave, Kearney, NE 68845

    Love this restaurant! Full color GF menu with lots of choices. Highly recommend!

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    5 ratingOctober 16, 2013

    7703 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67207

    Great menu and service.

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    4 ratingAugust 24, 2013

    3425 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66611

    Waiter Andrew was very knowledgable about gluten intolerance. Menu has several items to pick from and not just on a typed sheet of paper. The food was tasty and the chips and salsa were gluten free which was great with my mango margarita. I did not get sick afterwards, so I would definitely recommend this restaurant, as I can tell within 30 minutes if I got any gluten.

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    4 ratingJuly 14, 2013

    4107 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601

    Dedicated gluten free menu with lots of options. Good food at a typical "middle of the road" price. Recommended.

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    1 ratingJune 29, 2013

    3320 Armar Dr, Marion, IA 52302

    staff didn't know they should have brought corn tortillas with the fajitas, don't believe they have been trained as the review indicates

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    5 ratingJune 23, 2013

    549 Coliseum Blvd E, Fort Wayne, IN 46805

    They have a separate gluten free menu. The servers are very aware of food allergies and also very willing to answer any questions. The best part is the food is wonderful!

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    3 ratingJune 10, 2013

    2930 N Main St, Decatur, IL 62526

    I've never gotten sick from here but I just hate waiting forever on the food. we always wait so long and service isn't that great. I like the food tho

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    5 ratingJune 08, 2013

    5735 Falls Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

    Nice gluten free menu. Staff was very personable and great about answering questions. The Mgr even double checked our order to make sure it was correct and came to our table to make sure our questions were answered and we were comfortable with their GF menu/ standards. Great experience.

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    5 ratingMay 18, 2013

    5735 Falls Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46804

    Only Mexican restaurant I know of that has a GF menu. We've loved everything we've tried so far, especially the chips & salsa, steak dinner, & queso fundito dip...yum!!

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    4 ratingMay 11, 2013

    3025 N Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67226

    This location has much better service for a gf diner and better tasting food than the Broadway location. Not my favorite place, too bland for me, but a part of our rotation now and then.

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    1 ratingApril 29, 2013

    1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240

    This is the third Carlos O'Kelly's that we have been to, while traveling over the past two weeks. One of them, we went to twice. This particular one did not impress us....except in a negative way. The food did not taste the same and certainly wasn't as good. The chicken breast, that my husband got (and that he had gotten at another of their restaurants) seemed to be a processed chicken with that reconstituted taste and texture of a McDonald's chicken nugget (spongy texture, is a good way to describe it). After addressing our concerns to our pleasant server, regarding whether or not it was actually gluten free, the manager working that day, assured us that all O'Kelly's food was the same and obtained from the same source. My husband, who has Celiac disease, did not finish the chicken and after tasting it myself, I agreed with his assessment. The fajitas, that I ordered, also did not taste nearly as good as what I had eaten at their two other restaurants.... Nor did the salsa, chips or queso. We won't be back to this location....

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    4 ratingApril 27, 2013

    4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521

    I was really impressed with their gluten free menu, as well as their help answering questions about whether or not they used different surfaces, etc... Delicious!!

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    4 ratingApril 17, 2013

    3425 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66611

    Dedicated gluten free menu. Salsa, chips, queso, all gluten free! Very good Mexican food that isn't "too" spicy....just flavorful with a mild bite. Quite a bit to choose from on the gluten free menu. Our first time to this restaurant, while traveling. Waiter was quite pleasant. We'll hit this chain again.

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    3 ratingMarch 27, 2013

    4455 N 27th St, Lincoln, NE 68521

    The chips, salsa, and queso are GF and amazing. Their menu GF isn't super big, however, and there are barely GF options for vegetarians.

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    4 ratingMarch 17, 2013

    3320 Armar Dr, Marion, IA 52302

    Food is good and I have never had any problem there, but I do not know what their practices are. They do have a gf menu.

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    3 ratingFebruary 27, 2013

    707 W 23rd St, Lawrence, KS 66046

    Great gluten free menu and alright food. Staff is knowledgable about gf options.

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    5 ratingFebruary 15, 2013

    4100 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807

    Great menu selection and food! Love that I can have the chips and dip:)

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    5 ratingJanuary 19, 2013

    4371 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

    Always dependable for a gluten free meal. They unfortunately recently changed their gluten free menu and it is now more limited. I call it the new and UNIMPROVED menu....but still decent food.

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    5 ratingNovember 13, 2012

    3331 4th St SW, Mason City, IA 50401

    lots of options on a real menu - food not bad , chips and salsa are great even better with the queso cheese sauce! soft corn tortiLlas are nice for someone like me who's just switching to gf and is use to flour. Would like a dessert and more sides options.

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    1 ratingOctober 30, 2012

    2930 N Main St, Decatur, IL 62526

    I just ordered off the gf menu and was eating what I thought was a gf fried corn tortilla and realized it was a flour one instead. I confirmed with our waitress that it was a flour tortilla and sent the food back. The staff was amused by the mistake. I was very upset. Be careful before you eat your meal.

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    4 ratingOctober 27, 2012

    4100 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807

    Overall, I was pleased with this restaurant. They had a gluten-free menu readily available and though our server was not completely familiar with GF, she tried hard and went back to ask the cook staff anything she didn't know. The gluten-free appetizers were great and I LOVED the chips. My two main issues were 1) I would have liked some rice to go with my meal, but there was none listed on the gluten-free menu. A little surprised by that, especially since they had a cilantro-lime rice which is pretty easy to make from scratch and make gf; and 2) my order was not gf when it came out. I had ordered the seafood enchiladas from the gluten-free menu, so they should have come out in corn tortillas. However, upon checking, my enchiladas were made from flour tortillas. This was immediately rectified and apologized for - several times actually. The waitress felt pretty bad over a mistake that was easily caught, plus for my trouble they comped my entree. A few missteps, but I would definitely go back, especially for the chips and the Queso Fundito.

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    5 ratingOctober 23, 2012

    3425 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66611

    I have went here several times and not once have I gotten sick! I'm highly sensitive to gluten so its nice to be able to go out to eat without worrying if I'm going to get deathly ill.

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    5 ratingSeptember 17, 2012

    3130 Pine Lake Rd, Lincoln, NE 68516

    Excellent food. They cater to your every gluten free need. The mangers are very well educated also which is a plus!

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    3 ratingSeptember 17, 2012

    2105 N Veterans Pkwy, Bloomington, IL 61704

    Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about gluten issues. Very good service. Food was average. Important note: menu changed as of 9/17/2012 - the shredded beef and the refried pinto beans on the gluten free menu online are no longer gluten free (black beans are still gluten free).

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    5 ratingSeptember 09, 2012

    4100 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807

    Management is very concerned about GF needs & the food being prepared properly. I had an issue once out of all the times we have been there, the Mgr took care of it right away, he went above & beyond my expectations. Note: the ONLY 2 meats that are allowed is the Chicken & Steak!!! Ground Beef is NOT GF! No matter what anyone says, it's NOT GF if it has Ground Beef, this is per the General Mgr, Tom...spoke w him personally as this was the issue I had w the wrong meat on my Naked Nachos. I LOVE THIS PLACE!!! We eat there or I do a few times a month, I can have my Tex-Mex w/o having to deal w all the hassle! They will also substitute on the kids Quesadilla (sp?) if a GF "allergy". We order our son the Cheese Quesadilla w a Corn Tortilla vs the wheat & he hasn't had any issues either.

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    4 ratingJune 20, 2012

    3425 S Kansas Ave, Topeka, KS 66611

    Gf chips and salsa! Several good choices without modifications! Not fancy, but good.

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    2 ratingMay 29, 2012

    4872 S Broadway St, Wichita, KS 67216

    yuck. ordered fajitas with corn tortillas. tortillas were hard, dry and unable to hold anything. staff was rude.

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    4 ratingMay 28, 2012

    631 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

    Only ever had one time when I didn't feel confident that my order had been taken correctly. The staff is very friendly & helpful. Wish the GF menu would offer a few more choices, though.

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    5 ratingMay 16, 2012

    3831 41st Ave Dr, Moline, IL 61265

    awesome gf menu! and they are always adding to it. definitely recommend.

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    4 ratingApril 12, 2012

    1411 Waterfront Dr, Iowa City, IA 52240

    staff was knowledable. gluten free menu with lots of choices!!

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    4 ratingDecember 25, 2011

    4107 Vine St, Hays, KS 67601

    We stopped here because they were the only place around that had a real GF menu. Though not authentic Mexican food, it hit the spot! The host and our sever were very polite. Four out of five because the food could definitely be less plain, but it was ok. There aren't many other GF options around. Definitely worth going to if you want a GF sit-down experience.

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    2 ratingNovember 15, 2011

    714 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614

    Was not impressed with gfree menu. My chicken was cold. I did not feel safe from cross contamination. I won't return.

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    4 ratingAugust 04, 2011

    9396 State Road 16, Onalaska, WI 54650

    we love the chips and salsa, and my 7 yr old and i shared the garlic chicken topped with chili con queso...muy bien! it would be nice to see some gf items on the kids menu, and a desert wouldn't hurt either.

Monday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sunday
11:00 am – 10:00 pm

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