Uncle Julio's - Columbia

4.5
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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: 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely delicious the table side guacamole was amazing, we had great service we will be returning!

R
Baltimore
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service with great food! THE benchmark to judge all Tex-Mex against

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The Queso chicken is one of a kind.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bestest

NO
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seevice and food was excellent!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was great. But there were little flies (fruit flies) flying around here and there. It's winter.... It's expensive, but food is good.

c
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly and attentive.

BO
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitresses was very attentive & friendly. The food was great & was quick despite being packed.

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes for a first time visit.
Food was very good, but a bit high on the prices.

MB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love uncle julios! It’s my favorite spot to get tasty and authentic Mexican food.

AD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and wonderful drinks! What more can I say? We look forward to returning.

JG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Arrived at 550 p for 6 p reservation. Told that we would be seated they were cleaning a table. At 605 p still not seated and watched several parties seated before us. Once seated, wait staff was tied up so a different person got us water and chips/salsa. The entire visit was a little disorganized when compared to experiences at the Annapolis location. We frequently had to grab the attention out of waitress. Her tables were turning over fast, multiple people with piñatas and coworkers not helping her. Prefer the Annapolis location.

N
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, delicious Margaritas and excellent service from our server

MM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We had the worst service. It took over 30 minutes for my wife to get her drink. We all wanted to order more drinks but we couldn’t wait for the service. It was New Years Eve but that should not be an excuse. The table was not cleaned after dinner so we eat desert and had coffee with a table full of dirty dishes.

JS
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed a meal at Uncle Julio's for NYE. We had reservations for 6pm. We had to wait about 20 minutes for our table to be ready. The server promptly greeted us with chips and salsa. Service was great. Our chips and salsa were kept full and fresh. The drinks were good as well. Our food came out correct and fresh as well.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The waiter and service received at Uncle Julio’s was a positive experience. When asked to make modifications to one of the dishes, the waiter was willing to accommodate without hesitation. However, the dish that then came to the table wasn’t quite what was desired, but it’s appreciated that the restaurant willingly tried to make the customer happy. The food was good and plentiful. One beverage was delightful; the other beverage from the bar wasn’t mixed well. Overall, though, the experience was positive and it is highly likely that we will return to this location in the future!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I made a reservation on Open Table for 9pm. I received text that my table was ready, however, when I arrived, the hostess told me the table was being cleaned off. After 15min, another hostess asked did I need any help. I told her my party had a reservation for 9pm and I was told my table was being cleaned off, but we were never seated. She seated us immediately. I saw the first hostess and asked her what happened. She said, “oh, I forgot about you.”
There was no silverware on the table, my son’s order was incorrect and my sides were cold.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hello, Thank you for providing this feedback regarding your reservation experience. We apologize to hear that we did not provide you with an outstanding experience and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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TH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was awesome!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I grew up going to the original Uncle Julio’s in Dallas, so I was very excited to have one in Columbia! The food has been excellent, and seating is prompt, but it’s too dark, too loud, and the staff are still coming up to speed. All in all, I wouldn’t miss this for authentic (even if chain) Tex-mex!

EH
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The housemade guacamole and the skirt steak fajitas were beyond delicious and definitely felt worth the price for the quality and quantity. The queso wasn't all that impressive and the carnitas tacos were just ok - not really worth the price. Overall, we enjoyed our meal and our waitress was very personable and attentive. It was a little dark at our booth but it didn't negatively impact our time. My fiance and I went to celebrate my birthday and the hostess and waitress wished me a happy birthday. During previous visits, I've enjoyed the chocolate pinata - we didn't get it this time but would highly recommend that if you're going with a group of 4 or more.

B
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Mexican can be hit or miss but for being front & center at the Columbia Mall there quality never falters. Excellent bar! Always a good time!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Uncle Julio was one of my favorite restaurant to go to. But last visit I was so disappointed and feel bad to my family cause I was the one wanted have dinner here. One of the host had bad attitude, waiting was long even I had reservation. Waiter service was horrible. Even food was meh. It was a worst experience I’ve had from uncle Julio’s Columbia. I know it was Saturday night they are busy. But it could been better. I don’t know if I will come back here. Even I got so many uncle Julio’s gift cards for my Christmas gift.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on December 31, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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KB
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best, fresh, Mexican food! Service was awesome. And the chocolate pinata -- so worth it and so much fun!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Got together with a couple of friends for the holidays.

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The server was nice, but not very attentive! Did not check on us our remove our dirty plates until we were paying!😩

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello, 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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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service, We made reservation using Open Table and we were seated immediately ay arrival. Great food but my only observation is slippery floors, not sure why.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

B
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good good, good drinks, great chips and salsa.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The manager was kind to comp quest and table-side guacamole after we waited a long time for our reservation and our ten year old son was starving.

RM
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here to celebrate my graduation and it did not disappoint. Great service and food!

N
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is a very nice establishment. I have been on several occasions. The service is always nice, the food even better. This year when I went with a group from work for a holiday meeting, after reserving a table for five, we were placed at a small booth with a chair at the end. This made things very cramped. I will say that when we got there, the restaurant was understandably packed.

b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It never disappoints. Have to get the table side guacamole. Delicious

DA
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good and server very nice , great selection

A
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner here tonight (Dec. 13). Our server Sarah was very pleasant. I think our favorite part was the very kind and friendly woman that made our tableside guacamole. I didn't catch her name, but she was from El Salvador, and she made the most delicious guacamole. Thank you to her for making it such a pleasant experience for our family!

F
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food is over priced and terrible. Hardly any vegetarian options.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on December 16, 2019

Hello Foodie88, We thank you for your time spent with us and apologize that we were not able to exceed your expectations. Your feedback has been sent to our team who is continuously working to improve for our guests. We do hope to serve you again in the future for a 5-star experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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b
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic Tex-Mex food. The margaritas were by far one of the best I’ve had. The food portions are fairly large; take into consideration when ordering.

CB
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took my daughter to Uncle Julio's - Columbia for her birthday. She brought a close friend. We had a wonderful time. We were taken to our table at the time of our reservation. Our food was hot and delicious and was brought to our table relatively quick. I had the vegetable quesadilla and it was really good! My daughter had the steak nachos and her friend had chicken quesadilla. They both loved their food. We closed out our dinner with the chocolate pinata! My daughter enjoyed that immensely! Had a great time. We will return. Highly recommend this location.

TP
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This was perhaps our fourth time here. Service was extremely slow and no communication on delays or apologies for several errors. Appetizer never came after 45 minutes, we cancelled it. Our meals came out at 55 minutes or so. Three meals were incorrect. One was needed to be gluten free and it came out twice with gluten products on it. Our fajitas came out with no tortillas or beans and rice until ten minutes later. Unfortunately this will be our last time at Uncle Julio's.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hello TerrieP, We apologize to hear about your experience as this is not the service standards expected. Our team appreciate the opportunity to improve with the feedback you have provided, your review has been sent to the appropriate teams to further address and correct. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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g
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Was there for over two hours-
Service poor-ordered water and two sodas- took significant time to get-told server son had gluten allergy and to not have onions on his bowl- came to table twice with them on-others served their dishes that required tortillas-
Had to sit and wait to eat- finally went to front desk to ask for tortillas. Overall poor experience - not due to crowd-many open tables

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hello Glutenfreeneeded, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we sincerely apologize that your experience was less than outstanding. Your review has been sent to our teams who will address the concerns mentioned as we take our food safety with great concern. We can assure you this will be addressed and hope for the chance to serve you again in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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