Uncle Julio's - Loudoun

4.2
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712 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Uncle Julio’s is a Mexican from scratch kitchen serving only the freshest ingredients. Specialties include: chicken & steak fajitas, tender filet mignon, and bacon wrapped shrimp. Other favorites include: seafood fajitas, shrimp al pastor, red snapper, or ahi tuna served with homemade corn tortillas or bibb lettuce.

Uncle Julio’s menu also includes Tex-Mex classics such as tacos, enchiladas & tamales all with a selection of sauces made daily. Insider tip: order the tableside guacamole. It’s prepared for you at your table; if you like it spicy kick it up a notch with fresh chopped jalapenos.

Uncle Julio’s has a vast drink selection. Try our fresh margarita of the day, made to order with fresh fruit. If you prefer a frozen drink then the Swirl is definitely the perfect choice. The Swirl is frozen sangria & frozen margarita layered together dating back to 1987.

What 712 People Are Saying
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PL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome lobster and filet fajitas. A little overpriced but was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great as usual. Service was fantastic

M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service! Wonderful food! We were celebrating my son’s birthday and both the server and manager went out of their way to make it a wonderful evening! Thank you, Uncle Julio’s! We will be back!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food and service were outstanding.

F
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love the food! I’ve been going to Uncle Julio’s since they opened their first area store in Reston under the name of Rio Grande.

While they removed the classic Nachos with ground beef/Piccadillo beef from their menu, they always allow me to order it special! I only wish they would include the fresh salsa with it like they used to.

Keep up the good work!

DO
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Overpriced and dry would be the best way to describe the food. I get the pricing (Northern VA) but dry chicken fajitas, dry chicken rolled in corn tortillas for enchiladas, dry tamales. I make better mexican food at home. Never had salsa like that, a mild chipotle taste but not very flavorful. The tortilla chips were the best part of the meal.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello DanO, We thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience and do apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We do hope to serve you again in the future for a much improved 5-star experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

As a Mexican American I can confirm that The tortillas were legit. Machine made but legit. The carne asada was spot on. Saturday night busy, of course, and the persons that brought out food forgot steak knives so we had to sit with the food in front of us, unable to eat it, for 3-4 minutes. Specialty cocktail was missing crucial garnish, but otherwise was delicious. A little pricey for Mexican but, hey. It *is* One Loudoun. If you’re adventurous ask for the special spicy salsa- the one that comes with the chips is crap - maybe good for local tastes but it’s the stuff Mexican newborns get in their baby bottles. Ask for the real sauce.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great spot. Waaay better than the Reston location. Good vibes for the entire family. Server was excellent.

SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome setting and superior service!

PD
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Carlos, was fantastic! The service and ambience was great! Only thing was the drink was VERY weak and I’m a light weight! Still, overall, GREAT experience.

TH
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

This had to be the absolute worst meal my group has had in years. From start to finish it was terrible.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello Tere, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service and good food. Fresh margarita of the day was very tasty. We loved the chocolate piñata!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food was okay, service was okay. If you’re looking for authentically Mexican cuisine, you can do better.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello, We apologize we didn’t meet your expectations. We hope that you return to give some of our other Uncle Julio menu items a try and to let us make up for your experience. Thank you for dining with us. Uncle Julio's

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LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Dinner with family in from out of town - waitstaff was so accommodating; helped us move to quieter corner and brought food so quickly when order had slight mixup. Highly recommend! Always great food!

l
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

It's so loud in the central dining area we asked to be moved to the back. It's too loud for older people to be able to converse.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello luv2go, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your rating & feedback to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

We eat at Uncle Julio’s often, but this time we had terrible service and the food was not nearly as good as normal. The steak in the fajitas was fatty, the enchiladas were not cooked completely and our server was extremely slow and inattentive. He also stood over us while we were paying the bill, which is always rude for a server. We are not rushing back to this location.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your feedback and apologize to hear that your experience was less than enjoyable and the dining room was not acceptable. We have provided our teams with this information and they will address at the location, we hope we will get the opportunity to serve you again for an improved outcome. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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M
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

This is one our goto restaurants as a family. We went two weeks ago and the fajitas arrived cold (plate not sizzling as usual)— who serves cold fajitas? This visit showed us that service has also gone downhill. We waited and waited for plates to eat our fajitas— no plates. Had to go to kitchen area and get plates ourselves. Manager did come over and we discussed and resolved the situation. We will not be going back for a long time.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 15, 2019

Hello Mark, hank you for spending your time with us and do apologize for your experience. We are very sorry we were not able to provide you with an excellent meal on this visit and your concerns are being addressed by the appropriate parties. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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PA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and great service. Overall a very positive experience.

GM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great. A little overpriced but the family continues to come back. Service was great. It way too noisy inside so we ate outside.

L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always yummy food! We always enjoy eating at Uncle Julios.

VH
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time! Food was delicious and the Chocolate lovers piñata was the highlight of dinner! I will be going back.

k
London
380 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Had a wonderful dinner. Ordered our favorite shrimp camerones with all the fixings. Food arrived promptly however waiter seemed a bit harried. Maybe he was just new.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Waiter rushed us and started picking up our plates when we weren’t even done and without asking us...


Food was excellent.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are so sorry we missed the service mark on this visit. We look forward to serving you again in the standard you'd expect from Uncle Julio's. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delightful meal. Service was great, but it was hard to hear one another... pretty loud place.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed our evening! Food was great as usual and our waiter Walter was fun and attentive.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

We waited well over an hour for our food. When we asked the server about it, he said it was due to all of our modifications. The only modification we made was extra cheese which came in a separate bowl. Five different tables came in after us and got served before us.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret you did not receive our best service. We appreciate your feedback to develop and enhance your time with us. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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e
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

I am upset bc I put in my reservation that we had a birthday and I said something twice at the restaurant and finally the second time Ice cream was brought out, but I’m used to all of the waiters clapping and singing happy birthday, but they did nothing.. very disappointed

LV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

service was slow, food took too long and one meal was incorrect and had to wait for it while party was eating and never asked by our waiter if we needed anything during our visit.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Poor service and expensive for the food Has gone down a lot in the past year

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello Mark, We appreciate your time and consideration you took to let us know that your Uncle Julio's experience was not up to our standards. We regret we didn't meet your food and service expectations. We hope you will come in for a more exceptional memorable visit. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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PE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food was delicious and I will definitly be going back.

T
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It took over five minutes for two people at the hostess stand to figure out how to seat a party of six. They finally realized that the party had a reservation. I specifically asked to be seated in the back area in a booth. We we led to a table, and then, seemed to caused a bit of "inconvenience" when we asked to be changed to a booth. We were even done eating our dinner, when our server asked if we wanted dessert. When we stated "no", our "check out tablet" was let at our table. Can we digest for five minutes please?

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a group of 10 and made advance reservations in spite of the very busy nature of the restaurant we were promptly seated. Our waiter Gary was superb the food fantastic and we had a great time. Love the restaurant and appreciate how well it is managed .

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Gary! We are so happy you had a great time. That means so much to us. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio’s

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Whenever I come here the food is usually lukewarm and the place has become ridiculously expensive. $200+ for dinner for 4 with drinks and tip for enchiladas and fajitas is simply insult pricing. My family likes it, however, so we continue to come here now and then. Service is always good. They do hire good people.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on the visit and your concerns are being addressed. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a reservation and were seated quickly. The ac could have been on higher. We were a little uncomfortable after coming inside from the 100+ degree weather. Server was awesome. Food was great. We love the chocolate piñata and the complimentary chips and salsa! The frozen sangria was good, but it tasted like there was definitely tequila in it. I’m not sure if that’s just their recipe or it was a mistake. Overall a good place to eat and celebrate something special.

CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

The food at Uncle Julios is delicious! Unfortunately the service keeps going downhill on our past few visits, which makes me less excited to recommend them. We frequently have repeat mistakes made of our food in the kitchen and it gets so loud it's hard to have a conversation at our own table.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hi Carolyn, Thank you for your continued support and your candid review. We are so glad you expect great things from us. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your recent experiences. We read every comment, feedback, praise and concern and then we forward to the appropriate groups to properly address. We will look into the service immediately. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Food and service was great. Music is entirely too loud and this was at 5pm. I’ve been before and it’s always been problematic.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Awful. Long. Never again

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for all our guests and we’re sorry we missed the mark for you. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thanks, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 2

Meal size good. The meal for two is very worth the value. I strongly recommended it. Stephanie, our server was very attentive. Always checking back all the time to make sure that she could provide anything else we wanted. For our son's 6th birthday, she gave him a vanilla ice cream cup topped with a huge swirl of whipped cream courtesy of Uncle's Julio.

Uncle Julio's - Loudoun
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Stephanie! We are so happy you had a great time. That means so much to us. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio’s

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DR
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great Mex-Tex food. My car asada ordered rare and that is the way it was served. My wife soft tacos [beef + pork] were perfect. Front desk [host station] a bit sloppy but our waiter was great.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

it was my daughters birthday and i loved it so much

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