Uncle Julio's - Brentwood

4.5
1984 reviews
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Mexican
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.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 4

We waited a long time for our food and when it came out it was very bland and some meals were incorrect. When the chocolate lovers piñata came out to celebrate my daughters birthday it was missing some of the key ingredients that went inside of it. The manager was very accommodating, but our experience was enough that we won’t be back for a while. I did, however, enjoy my sangria.

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DN
E. Tennessee
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday meal celebrating my wife. Whole family was there...food was as good and better than expected. Loved the chocolate ball was awesome! We were stuffed!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We go to Uncle Julio’s all the time and our experience the other night was TERRIBLE. we had dinner reservations for 545 and we’re seated when we arrive. We didn’t get waters until 20 minutes later and then a hostess finally came by and took our drink orders after the 10 minutes went by. Then at 6:30 45 minutes after we got there our server comes by and starts taking your menus away and tell sats checking in to make sure we don’t need anything else. She had even taken her order yet. We didn’t tell her along with and waiting and she became very defensive and argumentative and then proceeds to laugh at my friend who is an out of town guests. The manager came over and apologized that he would take care of her meals and said he will be back in five minutes

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C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Must try the spicy margaritas!

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Slow service with high noise level. Good food.

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Wrong order delivered. Friend’s order was incomplete. (Missing tortillas for fajita)

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Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible food. Took forever. Server didn’t get one thing right. Three other servers dropped and broke plates/glasses at different times, adding to the already very noisy atmosphere. It was just not a great experience. Uncle Julio’s has really gone downhill in every way. Too many great restaurants in Nashville...I will not be back. I don’t enjoy complaining and rarely leave reviews...the fact that I took time to do this shows how bad the experience was.

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F
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I normally don’t write reviews, but had to this one as this was by far my worst experience at restaurant. Very bad service, had to wait minimum 40 mins to get food and was still cold. They were literally out of everything, which restaurant like this should have well stock of like paper napkins, folks, knives, salsa bowl, etc you name it they were out of. Big time disappointment and will never go back again

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s
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the perfect lunchtime spot for fresh authentic Mexican food. I am always impressed with the service and cleanliness.

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c
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I brought some Customers here for lunch and we where seated immediately which is good. However our waitress left a little bit to be desired. Either she was very new or she was having a bad day I'm not sure but she did not do a good job or taking our order and had to come back to the table several times to ask questions about the orders. At the end of the meal we needed containers to take food home and it was like pulling teeth to get what we needed. She had to make several trip and seemed disgusted that we where asking her to get these things for us.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Sad the frozen margarita machine was down

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

It seems like the food quality has declined considerably over time. Still am hopeful this is just a glitch, because I have really enjoyed it in the past.

CHIPS: The tortilla chips were very greasy. This wasn’t anything they had the means to address by bringing us a fresh basket. We tried 3 baskets and could barely find 3 chips that were edible. The server mentioned they had complaints all day about the chips.

EL JEFE (margarita): This is the spicy margarita in a large portion. It is usually one of my favorite parts of coming to Uncle Julio’s but on this occasion it seemed sweeter than usual and not spicy. Hope they get this worked out because to me, an overly sweet marg just tastes cheap.

FAJITAS: The skirt steak was tougher than usual. Couldn’t just bite thru the steak in the fajitas but had to really hold on to the thing and tear the meat.

There was another food instance at the adjacent table I won’t even go into, because it’s not my intent to trash UJ. I’d just say someone needs to get this figured out fast.

Uncle Julio's - Brentwood
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. The restaurant follows strict guidelines and procedures that insure the restaurant is running at optimal level. We greatly appreciate your insight. Your feedback has been addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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RP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Nothing new, limited menu always topped by chocolate pinata. Party of 9 was awkward. Party of 6 or less is there limit

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Manager did not know how to process the open table gift card. Arguing with me that a $25 open table card could only be processed for $20. It was the primary reason we chose to eat there that night. Frustrating that opentable has not provided direction on how to redeem the reward cards

Uncle Julio's - Brentwood
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. We greatly appreciate you sharing your feedback as we are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon with an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was very busy so service was slow. Generally overpriced for Mexican food.

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KL
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was exactly as expected. Excellent. Uncle Julio's will adjust any dish to suit, even when they're busy. Our waiter was helpful and attentive but not syrupy.

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Uncle Julio’s for a special occasion & we were delighted! Try the table side guacamole & shrimp tacos. Yum O! The chocolate piñata for dessert was a fun & delicious ending to our meal.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love the food! Very comfortable clean place to eat. Great food, casual dress and I’ve always had excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great, except that the food took a long time .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the atmosphere and the food was the best Tex-Mex we’ve had since moving from Houston. The Pineapple Jalapeño margaritas were also amazing. We will definitely be back!

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TS
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I made our reservation several days in advance. I checked in on arrival and was given a pager. After a few minutes (probably 15-20), I asked my husband to check at the desk to see how much longer it would be. The lady at the desk told him that she was showing we cancelled. They realized the mistake and seated us pretty promptly then. I later received an email form Open Table about no showing for our reservation.

Not sure what happened, but wanted to address this issue. Please check your records to be sure we are not marked as people who no show for reservations.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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S
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

We like going to Uncle Julio's but our most recent visit was not that enjoyable. We were sitting in a section with large parties and it was extremely loud and while our waiter was excellent in checking with us, the kitchen was extremely slow getting not just our meal out but with others that were sitting around us. We will return to Uncle Julio's I'm sure but just not in the near future.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

everything excellent the waiter the food prices but the floor is very dirty slippery the tables are close together forgot to bring my gifts the girls from the front details that can improve

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N
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was outstanding. Very fresh. Some unique flavor profiles that we really enjoyed. Service was a bit lacking. We came in for my 40th birthday. Wasn't even offered dessert before the checks appeared on our table. Had to ask. Server didn't have a lot of personality. But overall, the rest of the experience was great! Would definitely recommend.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was 1 hour getting served. Everything else was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience and the food was great!!

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Atlanta
162 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch. Food and service as always was excellent!!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I did request an outside table . Which I did not get it was even mentioned to me

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GH
Nashville
87 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have eaten at Uncle Julios several times and feel the food is the best Mexican in Nashville. The issue we have had also several times is that we always reserve a table on Open Table and it is very rare that they seat you at the time of the reservation. We usually have to wait 15-25 minutes to get seated when we have reservations, it almost seems they want to steer you to the bar for an extra drink. This last trip, we had 6:45 PM reservations and were seated around 7:10, our food arrived nearly an hour later with no acknowledgement that we had waited so long. As good as the food is, we are very frustrated with the lack of timely attention to a reservation and timing of drinks and food arriving.

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SZ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, only to be outdone by the service. There are mexican restaurants - usual chips, tortilla, beans, meat, then there is Uncle Julios - food is head/tails above the rest - it is FRESH everyt ime, authentic, and noticeably different than other mexican places.

Service staff is professional and helpful, which clearly comes from an organized, dedicated management team heavily focused on a positive customer experience.

We will be going back soon!

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OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Reservation was messed up so we had to wait and food service was slow.

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SH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I have a shellfish allergy and my food was cross-contaminated with Shrimp, even though I said many times that I'm highly allergic. I know they promised me that it wasn't, but my stomach told me otherwise! I'm sure it wasn't done on purpose, but the waiter seemed a little out of it. He forgot to bring us lunch menus.

Uncle Julio's - Brentwood
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello Susan, 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. Please accept our sincere apology. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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SJ
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love their food!! We always enjoy the atmosphere and service as well!! I’d recommend them to everyone!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I would recommend a friend to go and enjoy some margaritas, the gauc. bar, and maybe the dessert pinata. But for the all the raves I heard about the food, I would have to disagree and have eaten better Mexican food other places with more reasonable prices. My shrimp was overcooked and my husband's carnitas were very dry. The dessert pinata was AMAZING though.

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SM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love eating here! We always eat here when family visits. It has something for everyone.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleased that we were seated in a quieter area to talk. Reservation was honored.
Very pleased.

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NT
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally had enough people to order the chocolate lovers piñata! It was awesome! Great service and had a great time!

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Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love going here. The best steak fajitas ever. Love the grapefruit margaritas.

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DG
Nashville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant! The best food...always fresh and cooked to perfection!!

Uncle Julio's - Brentwood
Responded on April 1, 2019

Dana, thank you! We are very glad you enjoyed the entire Uncle Julio's experience.

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CS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food had brunch. Great place, great time. Love the salsa! Would highly recommend.

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