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Chico Julio

20 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (37)
  • Neighborhood Gem (36)
  • Fit for Foodies (21)

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Permanently Closed - 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday -Closed for The Winter Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday: Brunch-Dinner 11:00am - 12:00am
Sunday: Brunch-Dinner 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 749-2929
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between 97th and 98th Streets
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Public transit
1, 2 & 3 trains to 96th Street.
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on November 18, 2014

Overpriced for the neighborhood. Service was good. Music too loud for size of restaurant.

3.0Dined on September 27, 2014

2nd time here, opt for the outdoor patio-lovely-while the weather is still warm. I would describe CJ a "Empillon lite". Latin street food, mostly seafood, elevated by multi-levels of flavor and texture, thoughtfully presented, at a fair price. A welcome additon to the UWS culinary scene.

5.0Dined on September 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!

4.0Dined on September 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.

4.0Dined on September 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.

5.0Dined on August 29, 2014

Interesting, great food. Wonderful yellow gazpacho, delicious and unusual tacos. Seasonings are superb. Wonderful garden in the back.

5.0Dined on August 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.

2.0Dined on August 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.

4.0Dined on August 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.

4.0Dined on August 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

1.0Dined on August 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!

3.0Dined on August 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.

5.0Dined on July 31, 2014

Delicious food and cocktails - a real neighborhood gem!! Not to mention the staff is so friendly, energetic, and helpful

5.0Dined on July 27, 2014

Incredible, fresh, and I can't wait to go back. Finally a restaurant worth going to in this area.

2.0Dined on July 25, 2014

This restaurant used to be Orale (perhaps the same management) which had an interesting menu and very good food. I was surprised to find it was a different restaurant when I went back in the summer. Will not be back again.

1.0Dined on July 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.

2.0Dined on July 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.

4.0Dined on May 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.

4.0Dined on February 15, 2012

Great mexican food and very delicious. We all ate well and had a good time. The restaurant was perfect.

5.0Dined on January 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.