Chico Julio
Chico Julio

Chico Julio

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 2127492929x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Regional Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 97th and 98th Streets
  • Public Transit: 1, 2 & 3 trains to 96th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Chico Julio
Named for Mexico’s first deep-sea diver (“Little Jewel”); a casual restaurant serving traditional seafood dishes from the coasts of Mexico and beyond. It is the first New York location of a concept embraced by diners in Mexico City and Guadalajara.
A lively botaneria/cantina-style atmosphere, inside and in the festive backyard patio. Bright, fresh colors and vivid imagery, with a large wooden bar imported from Mexico. The traditional, authentic menu will offer simple, fresh preparations of ceviches, fish tacos, aguachiles, sandwiches as well as a whole fish of the day. Meat lovers will not be neglected.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Chico Julio reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (7)good for groups (5)romantic (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (4)great for brunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent!!
    Culinaire1VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Chico Julio is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The food is fresh and delicious with an imaginative twist on great Mexican coastal cuisine. The staff is very attentive and fun- Danny being a super waiter. A must visit and revisit on the UWS. We will be back again & again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood treat
    luvgdfd
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The guacamole was not too spicy but quite tasty. The stuffed shrimp special was excellent with unusual, creative yet Mexican flavoring. I can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new addition to UWS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Having lived in SF Bay Area for 30 years, we've felt a tremendous vacuum in options for casual Mexican dining in NYC, especially on UWS. Chico Julio may fill that void. Owners take pride in what they're trying to do, and service is exceptionally gracious at every level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Interesting, great food. Wonderful yellow gazpacho, delicious and unusual tacos. Seasonings are superb. Wonderful garden in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • theatergoerVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A wonderful addition to the neighborhood with outstanding food, service etc. The outside garden is charming and preferable to the dining area inside with loud music. Hopefully, they will lower the sound during the winter months. The food is beautifully presented and not laden with heavy accoutremants. Lovely, knowledgeable waiter who knew the history of this restaurant and well informed as to dishes and drinks. A wonderul evening. Looking forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best for Outdoor Garden
    LaurVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Disappointed when our new favorite, Orale, was replaced by Chico Julio but with the emphasis on fish and the garden, gave it a whirl. Left still disappointed: the fish tacos were too thickly battered, and bland. The tiny shrimp in the tacos were swallowed in the large tortillas. Margaritas needed a larger glass and more booze for the price. The guacamole was fine but nothing I would run back for. With so many Mexican restaurants within a 20 block radius, I'd rather get my fix at the Taco Truck. So sorry this restaurant replaced Orale.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Mexican on UWS
    SkeetNYC
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I finally found GOOD mexican food on the Upper West Side. Although not cheap (like in California, e.g.), but VERY tasty and progressive. If weather permits, sit in the lovely garden in the back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has changed hands again
    openforreview
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    But this is such a nice spot and the food was great as was the service. Nothing mind blowing but good food and nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I never leave reviews, but...
    Sprocket23
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    DON'T DO IT! This place was awful. Food was mediocre. Service was absurdly awful. Our food did not arrive until over an hour and a half after we ordered. We watched staff stand around while we waited for food, had to ask every time to have a drink refilled. Waiter and management were unapologetic, and the waiter was just downright rude. He messed up multiple things in our order (we were a party of 3). Oh, and it's a Mexican restaurant, right? The Chips & Guac was served with cold and stale tortilla chips, and the Guacamole had brown spots. The Sangria was watery. The table water was warm. Normally I give restaurants in my neighborhood more than one chance (it is so close to me) but I am never going back! Warning neighbors to stay away!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great garden
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The guacamole and the flan were the standout dishes that we tried. We also had the branzino special which was overdone and underwhelming. However the tables nest to us had taco sampling platters that looked amazing. I would definitely order those if I were in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blake
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Delicious food and cocktails - a real neighborhood gem!! Not to mention the staff is so friendly, energetic, and helpful
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Mexican food I've ever had
    LaurenVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Incredible, fresh, and I can't wait to go back. Finally a restaurant worth going to in this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TERRIBLE
    FoodsterVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very disappointing from the start. Me, "Good evening, I have a reservation." Hostess, "Wha'happen'?" Taken to requested table in garden that was not set and remained that way until starters arrived, 25 minutes later. Guacamole pre-made and cold. 3 different taco main dishes arrived, but not the "special" shrimp fajita. Tacos just fair at best, finished just as fajita arrived. Fajita greasy and not good. Wait staff that had been literally invisible pressures to clear table while late fajita is still being eaten. Restaurant 85% empty. There's a clue! Is this space haunted? Pampa was great for the nabe, Cafe Frida very good. Since then bad news X 3. After Chico Julio is gone I'll be more cautious. Next! With hopefully new ownership.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terribly slow service
    UWSiderVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Although the garden was beautiful, and the food and drinks were surprisingly good, we were so aggravated by the service that we won't return. There was plenty of wait staff, and although the inside of the restaurant was empty, there was frequently not a waiter to be found in the garden. I had to get up and walk into the restaurant to find a waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3 reviews are from the Chico Julio reviews archive.
  • We have been to Frida many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    We have been to Frida many many times. It is honestly some of the BEST mexican in NYC. We try and try to find another place, but to no avail. The food is fresh, tasty, creative and the service is friendly and fast. Everything on the menu is worth trying, but the grilled corn is amazing! I watched a woman next to me order 4 servings of it and then I tried it and was hooked. The happy hour consists of $2 tacos and $7 margaritas ... and they are GOOD! This is upscale food for a reasonable price and a beautiful place. Dine in the back yard, it's a spot of heaven.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great mexican food and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    Great mexican food and very delicious. We all ate well and had a good time. The restaurant was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such wonderful authentic mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2011
    Such wonderful authentic mexican food. Lamb was amazing as was my daughter's tampiquena. A bit surprised at the price of the guacamole for the portion size; either lower the price or offer more guac! Service was very good accept when we were finished our meal and after dinner tequila, it took a very long time to get our check even when we told our server that we were finished and not in need of anything else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic