Uncle Julio's - Brentwood

4.5
1810 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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Nashville
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service! Upscale without the pumped up price tag!

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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Hostess was rude and had an attitude that said she did not want to be there. Server was amazing and quite attentive. Food was good, although a little pricey.

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Atlanta
141 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch! Drive was great as well as food excellent! Fajitas where awesome!!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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LZ
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent. Best Mexican food in decades!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not as good as it has been in the past and service was slow.

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

For a restaurant claiming to be upscale Mexican, I found their tequila selection to be pedestrian. The brands on the menu are what you find moderately priced at any liquor store, yet the restaurant charges $11 a glass They do, however, have a creative selection of Margaritas.

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We did booked our reservation so there was no waiting time. 5/5 points
Our server came with chips and salsa on her first time! 5/5 points
We didn’t get our guacamole right!! Avocado were already turned beyond it’s oxidation process. I feel like they could throw that one out and use some other good avocado.
1/5 points

We did ask our server that we are vegetarian and she did give beans that has meat in it. We don’t eat meat because of religious region. We didn’t catch it because it’s look beans but it was cooked in meat product. 0/5 points.
I believe that server should take very seriously of dietary restriction and people who do not eat.

Our entree came with bad avocado as well! Really....we did ask for another guacamole and that came after we were about to finish our dinner and that even looked bad!

At the end, server didn’t ask for dessert and ready to give us our bill and we ended up asking dessert menu. 1/5 points

When we split the check, it gives only one receipt even their manager couldn’t figure it out how to print two separate receipt and advice to submit full receipt to our company and call their headquarters if they find any issues! Really 0/5 points

I will never go again!!

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MB
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ian was a great waiter! :)

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FM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here during a conference and because we could make a reservation on Open Table. The food was excellent and fresh. I look forward to coming back the next time we are in town.

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TX
Nashville
58 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good tex-met at a good price. Go for happy hours for drinks only, no food specials.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Christmas Lunch with a Great Friend

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the atmosphere is very nice and fun. Loved it!!

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Uncle Julio’s. The fajita chicken is better than the beef fajitas. But all I can say is make sure to get a Piñata 😉. Margaritas are top notch too.

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SM
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is one of our favorites from when we lived outside of DC. We were thrilled when it came to our area. We no longer have to travel to Atlanta, Dallas, or DC to savor the food.

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Arrived 5 minutes prior to our 7:30 reservation and wasn't called to be seated until almost 8:00. Server took our order and came back 10 minutes later saying he'd forgotten my order. Food made us feel sick afterwards. Was hoping for better. We won't be back

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DY
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded expectations! Ahi tuna fajitas were fabulous and such a surprising blend of flavors! Salsa was amazing roasted blend of fresh vegetables and the chocolate piñata was over the top! Highly recommended!

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RF
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Uncle Julio’s! Great food, great atmosphere!

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Atlanta
142 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch! The fajitas where outstanding!! And service was excellent!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both food and service were great!

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CM
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time I have ordered the guacamole as an appetizer. It consisted of about two tablespoons and the rest of it was mushed in the very unnecessary bed of lettuce😥

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RP
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I made a 9:00 p.m. reservation for this restaurant on NYE. I arrived 10 minutes prior to my reservation time and checked in at the hostess station. They told me my table would be ready in two minutes. Ten minutes later, I went back up and asked when the table would be ready. Again, I was told two minutes. Ten minutes later, I went back up and they said they were getting the table ready. A few minutes after that, I saw them seat a family that walked in with no reservation. I at this point angrily went back up explaining after waiting 20 minutes past my reservation to be seated that I watched them seat a walk in. At that point, I was finally seated. Communication and service was poor that evening. I understand it was a holiday, but at that time of night, the restaurant was no where near full and there appeared to be plenty of employees still working. Would not recommend the restaurant and will not go back.

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M
Nashville
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We come here often & have never had a poor experience but this was the worst experience ever. Plus we had people in from out of town & we had bragged on uncle Julio’s & we were embarrassed at the quality of service.

The food was good as always.

We ordered queso & guacamole & never got it. Never got a refill on chips. Our waitress was rude. Granted, she was busy, she got like triple sat, but she was awful. And I served for 5 years so I never say that. She wasn’t nice to our kids - she argued about a meal coming with sour cream. My 12 year old goes there enough to know it doesn’t automatically come with - it’s always extra - the waitress argued & said it did.

Spoiler: it didn’t.

Nobody got drink refills. It took 20 min to get a bottled beer from the bar. After being reminded 3 times.

I could have gone MANY other places in Nashville for $200 & had Good service. Great service, actually. No manager stopped by.... I mean overall it was the most disappointing experience ever. It was 8 at NYE & the restaurant was not that busy.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun for a group of friends! Wait service was great and food was even better.

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Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The best part of the meal was the chips and salsa. Our party ordered a variety of entrees and all commented their dish wasn't very flavorful. The service was slow and disorganized. The flour tortillas for fajitas were brought out 10 minutes after the fajitas, and by that time the fajitas had cooled. My first visit to Uncle Julio's left me feeling the restaurant is over-priced and under-whelming, and I had the same impression after this visit, unfortunately. I probably won't go back.

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JB
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent

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V
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

This was our first, and probably our last, visit to Uncle Julio’s. The food was average and overpriced- the service was probably the worst we have had at any restaurant in Brentwood. In our opinion, there are much better options in town for the money.

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MH
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated propmptly. Our server was excellent. Our food and drinks came out in a timely manner and was delicious. We love their salsa!

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CD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Made a reservation for a birthday dinner a couple days out. Not sure if a reservation is necessary all the time, but there was a wait for a Friday night around 6:00pm. I was slightly disappointed we didn't get seated until 6:30pm. I get restaurants - I worked in one for a long time. You never want to kick people from a table once they paid and are lingering. My issues was that SO many groups were seated ahead of us and no one felt the need to check-in with us. I had to keep checking in at the host stand to see when we would be seated. It basically felt like we were on the wait list and our reservation didn't mean much.

Once we were seated it was fine. The food was great, our server and all the staff who came by the table were great. Chocolate pinata is worth it if you have a reason to get one. Will definitely go again :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was tasty and hot, service was fast and friendly

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LL
Nashville
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best margaritas I’ve ever had! Best food and chips also

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LM
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

First, though we had a reservation, upon arrival, we still had to wait. Second, when we were seated, we were seated next to a tray table overflowing with dirty dishes and half-eaten food, appetizing. I asked the hostess to please remove it, she said, "someone will take it away." They did in a few minutes. Then we ordered a starter of guacamole which took so long it arrived about 2 minutes before our main dishes. That's my third time there, probably will not go back.

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JM
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

They put us in an area that had not much heat. Server took 15 minutes to take our drink order. Only checked on us 1 time during our dinner.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We have been here several times before and have had good experiences (a great one last year), but this one was terrible. We waited close to 20 minutes. I don’t expect that with a reservation. Our server was inattentive. We had to ask for refills. He got two of five orders wrong. It was our daughter’s 22nd birthday. We had put that and our chocolate piñata order in our special requests. He seemed to know nothing about either which ruined the surprise for her. Even though this has been a favorite place for her special occasions, we may be looking around for next year. This was not a good experience.

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BD
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food always

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KR
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is quite the experience! The ambiance is great along with their food! You just try the El Jefe margarita if you are a jalapeño lover!! It’s not too spicy, but gives a nice kick. If you aren’t a spicy lover, this restaurant may not be your best bet. Their normal spicy is a tad bit above others, in heat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The waiter was kind, but confused and inattentive. People that say down 20 minutes AFTER US-got their food first. Supervisor apologized, but I could tell he didn’t really care. Good food-okay prices. Inconsistent service.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Terrible experience. Food was awful. Came out cold and barely any chicken for a quesadilla that costs $15. Would not recommend to anyone. This place has changed so much since it opened 2 years ago. Used to be great and now it’s not.

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BG
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take a group. The guys from my office went for our “Christmas Dinner”. Great food with a really good selection of food. I would recommend this restaurant.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The chocolate piñata and table side guac are a must. Only slight negative is the wait and reservation system is not efficient and needs some work.

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