Uncle Julio's - Columbia

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Uncle Julio’s is a Mexican from scratch kitchen serving only the freshest ingredients. Specialties: chicken & steak fajitas, tender filet mignon, and bacon wrapped shrimp. Other favorites include: seafood fajitas, shrimp al pastor, and 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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ML
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was terrific and made us enthusiastic about our order. He was helpful with suggestions and also took great care of the children. My only suggestion is that you get smaller glasses for small children. There were only large glasses available for their drinks. We definitely will come back and highly recommend for a fun meal

MR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible experience. I was trying to get service and a lady named melody or Mellony with an iPad in her hands just looked at me and totally ignored me. Never coming back here again.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded 2 days ago

Hello MichelleR, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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J
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Very loud. We had to send back 2 meals. One was too spicy and the other had a piece of tamale in it. Not a good experience

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded 2 days ago

Hello Jeff, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the opportunity was missed to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. Your feedback is greatly valued, and this has been sent to our teams to further address. We hope for the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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JO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I like dinning out however I want to be comfortable and I wasn’t. I was cold as air was coming down on us and we were seated near the bar. I don’t like eating with my jacket on slightly uncomfortable so I didn’t. I got through my meal so I could hurry and get out of there to get to some warmth.

OG
Ottawa
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The waiter (Mason, I think) was friendly and attentive.

The food was wonderful.

The guacamole & con queso combo appetizer was small and the guacamole was not made tableside.

Tortillas were flavourful; fajita meats were delicious (though cut a bit too big). Fish tacos were good and shrimp fajitas were also good.

Kids’ nachos portion size was smaller than expected. Kids’ chicken tenders portion size was larger than expected.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a brief wait with a reservation but it was a busy night. Food was excellent and kids loved the chips and salsa. Service was a little slow but again it was a busy Sunday night. Will return.

TG
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Second visit to the Columbia Uncle Julio's. Very good meal and service. Will definitely return.

NO
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great fresh, tex mex food! Excellent personal service!

K
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really fun restaurant. The food is good and the service is too. My recommendation is to make a reservation because it is always busy.

DS
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Had a great time with girlfriends drinking margaritas and doing the infamous chocolate piñata. Our waiter took a long time to deliver our drinks and then disappeared for AWHILE before he took our food orders

LH
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Our server recommended the Fajitas with Bacon wrapped Shrimp, Chicken and Beef. The Margaritas were very good as well. The event was for my wife's Birthday. Uncle Julios was a great choice.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was very attentive and he took care of all of our requests.

KC
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is great, however the staff does not respect reservations setup by Opentable. I had a reservation at 7pm and did not get seated until 7:30pm. This happens regularly and not sure why it continuously happens at this place.

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went on a Wednesday, so it was less crowded. Food was good (though admittedly pricey for Tex-mex), but they did an excellent job with the chocolate piñata setup in celebration of my son’s birthday. Will go back.

CW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great experience and enjoyed the food. Making guacamole at our table was especially nice

BB
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Its like any other franchise restaurant. Food was lil above average. Waitress was great. To pricey for what it is. Yes I would say go there. But if You want authentic and better pricing You have to go wuthout franchise

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bugs flying around was a bit of a distraction.

OT
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun evening, great margaritas, great food, excellent service. We particularly enjoyed being out on the outdoor walled terrace on a lovely early fall evening. First visit but we’ll be back again.

HH
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at Uncle Julio's is consistently good. The atmosphere is fun and inviting for a good time. My wife and I are regulars.

p
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

While the ambiance and staff were great, the food wasn't very good. I wanted to like it, but it was disappointing overall. The guac needed more lime, the queso was velveeta, and the fish tacos were bland.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 26, 2019

Hello Phodoh, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the opportunity was missed to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. Your feedback is greatly valued, and this has been sent to our teams to address further. We hope for the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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GF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the margaritas, Had a great time! Looking forward to returning

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Not my first time at Uncle Julio’s or this location. No complaints on the service or the food! Love the drinks and the fresh margarita of the day. It’s a great dinner date and couples date, very causal ambience.

MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food is great and the service is wonderful.... great food, drinks and atmosphere.

AH
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our waitress and the food. Service was well paced. Dessert was fine but way over-priced. Over $10 for mini churros was too much.

LS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the enchilada's and soft beef tacos were really good. Everyone enjoyed their meal but the highlight was the chocolate pinata. Our server was attentive and we never lacked for anything.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 23, 2019

Lisa, thank you...we are thrilled fun was had by all!

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DE
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal. Guadalajara is the best entree , salsa always good. Fish tacos also good. Didn’t have Dessert this time but it’s good also. Definitely be back.

L
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the atmosphere and the service at Uncle Julio's but the entrees were just "ok". This is not a place I would recommend to a person who is eating TexMex for the first time. I would definitely recommend the restaurant if your looking for great drinks and a festive atmosphere.

NH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food every time we go. Service is friendly and attentive. Maria makes the best table side guacamole! Always a family favorite.

BA
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The wait was very long, the waitress was lackluster. She was very quiet , could not hear what she was asking us. Our food got there way too quickly, we realised it was premade and cold when it got to us. The tacos I ordered was flavorless. I don't think we will be returning.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello BethA, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit. Your review has been sent to our teams who will address the concerns mentioned and we apologize that it was not to our standards. We hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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NB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food is over priced for what you get. I did not like the nachos. Dessert was grand!

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello NancyB, Thank you for your feedback and we apologize that you did not enjoy your order of nachos. Your concerns have been sent to our team and we do hope to serve you again for a 5-star experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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D
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The tamales are the best in the county.
The salsa for the chips was thin and runny though.
The chips are great.
The table guacamole was great once I figured out that the oil has crushed garlic at the bottom. I really love guacamole with salt and garlic.
The Coronado platter was good but the chicken was dry and chewy, but that’s how it is at most Mexican restaurants. The Cruzan Rum mojito was so refreshing that I got a second one.

t
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service to acknowledge our party was very slow. Food was ok. Drinks were good. Overall just an ok experience.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hello Though to please, Thank you for coming in. Our goal is to provide an exceptional experience and we are very sorry we missed the mark on your visit. We appreciate and value your feedback. 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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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you! Shannon and Connor were amazing, many thanks!! Great birthday with the family

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Conner & Shannon! 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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WS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the service was good as well.

CK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Uncle Julio's is a fun place to eat and relax with friends and family! It is pricey but the food and drinks are great!

C
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I got fajitas to go and I didn't receive any tortillas. Of course I was home when I realized it. Also the meat and especially onion, peppers that comes with it were not really grilled, basically barely cooked. This would be much better grilled more, actually seeing grilled marks or something to know it wasn't just heated up. Looked very unappetising. Also please work on your Gluten free options and separate fryer for this purpose.

WB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The steak and chicken fajitas were superb. The rice and guacamole served with them was a different story. Rice was very dry like it had been sitting around and the guacamole was turning brown when served.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello WalterB, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that we missed the mark with your fajitas this visit. We have sent your feedback to our team who will further address at the location and ensure the dishes are made with the highest quality ingredients. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a much improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good. The tacos came out cold but they corrected that quickly. My server was great. I just wish it wasn’t so dark.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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

Food was amazing. Guacamole made from scratch in front of you was to die for.