Uncle Julio's - Durham

4.2
578 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: 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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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I love Julio’s because I’m a native Texan-but our service the other night and the wait for our food was ridiculous and staff kept circulating to see if we were ok but not actually bring food or drinks.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded a day ago

Hello PattiM, We apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit with us. We thank you for providing feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address further as we expect a high standard of service. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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CH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Great atmosphere. Pricy but worth it.

MG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The wait time was crazy even with a reservation. If you make larger parties set a reservation and still do not seat them until 30 minutes after is crazy. Mind you I only had 5 people 2 was small children who could have squeezed in a booth between us. Other than that the food was good and the drinks was as well.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded a day ago

Hello MissilinaG, We apologize to hear that you have not had an exceptional experience when dining with us. We have provided this feedback to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to create a seamless experience for our guests. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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

Service very slow and food was cold when came to the table

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

For my first trip, Uncle Julio’s did not disappoint. We arrived before our reservation but within 5 minutes our table was ready. It was busy but not out of hand busy and everyone was very nice. The food was exceptional...best Mexican restaurant I have ever eaten in. A bit expensive but overall fantastic.

b
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Our waiter was inattentive. We had 3 Fajita orders and he came with one container of tortillas and inside were 4 tortillas. Some things that we asked for were forgotten. The restaurant was not completely filled yet the service was off.
We let the manager know and she was just as nice as could be and took care of us.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded a day ago

Hello BarbaraG, We thank you for your feedback and do apologize that your service was less than excellent. We are glad to hear that the manager was able to help repair the experience as best possible and we have provided this information to our team. We do hope to serve you again for a much improved 5-star experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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VA
Raleigh
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy lunch or dinner at Uncle Julio's.
The food is consistent and the restaurant is clean and attractive .
Wait staff is ALWAYS friendly.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and the chocolate piñata, of course. Our server was amazing. She took great care of us and we will definitely be back!

S
Raleigh
67 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great f9f and atmosphere

JB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for 5:30 and were seated immediately. Loved the atmosphere. Our server was very nice. We received our food quickly and our order was correct. I would recommend this restaurant to others.

K
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinner 🥘 in a long time! Worth every penny! The service was outstanding and the food was delicious!!!

MI
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It was my husbands birthday and we thought we would check it out. It was ok.
Margaritas-too sweet
Ceviche-best part of the meal
Salad-great, but shrimp were overdone and dry
Fajitas-good
Enchiladas-fair
Bathrooms-fair
Service-bad. It took forever, they kept trying to bring the wrong food to our table. Everyone was pleasant enough, but rushed.
Not a great way to celebrate a birthday.
We do not plan on returning.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded a day ago

Hello MIsh, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the opportunity to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. We can assure you that we value your feedback, and this has been sent to our teams to address at this time. We hope we will get 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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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Uncle Julio’s! Gloria was our server. She was so pleasant and helpful. Food was fresh and lots of it. A bit pricey. But got lots of food!!!

C
Raleigh
32 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The skirt steak is amazing!!!

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Obsessed with this place.

DP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. The food was attractive and very tasty. We all had fajitas and the serving sizes were plentiful.

J
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good but took about an hour to receive.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gloria is wonderful!

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded 6 days ago

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Gloria! 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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WR
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was dining with a friend for our birthdays. We arrived and were seated right away. However, when we didn't order when our waitress first arrived, it took our waitress a LONG time to come back and get our drink order. When we final flagged her down again, we were able to put in our food order. It then took a LONG time to get our food. Luckily, we were catching up, but our waitress infrequently checked back to make sure everything was OK. The food was just mediocre. For what we paid, I expected a lot more quality. I had the Spicy Tuna Tacos and she had the fajitas. She said the fajitas were good, but my tacos were just meh. Because there are so many other amazing places to eat in the Triangle, I don't know that I'd go back to Uncle Julio's.

G
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The space is beautiful and clean. The wait staff is below average due to poor service and attentiveness. The food all tasted the same from the pulled chicken tacos to the rice to the black beans. It all had a heavy chili taste.

CP
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My family loves Julio's. We moved from Texas and really love the Tex-Mex flavors that we'd been missing.

The restaurant is clean, has a good atmosphere, and I was very impressed with how informative the servers were about their vegetarian offerings. For instance, my mother-in-law ordered cheese and onion enchiladas that came with beans and rice. My mother-in-law had casually asked if they were positive that no meat would be in the enchiladas. We were then informed that if she is vegetarian, then they needed to switch the beans for black beans. It was a small thing but very much appreciated.

This last trip was a little off due to chicken in my quesadillas was a little too charred. I appreciate a good char, but this was overdone. In all fairness, I did not complain and this one incident will not stop me from going back again.

I highly suggest that you try their chili co queso. It's different than the bland white cheese offerings around here. Another thing that we love is that the food is beautifully flavored. You can almost pick out the different spices used. Their frozen margaritas are excellent too!

GD
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Great food my server was a little rude other than that the service was pretty good

SK
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside sat night - great food, great chips, great service

RK
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Our server was less than satisfactory. We asked for water three times before receiving. My wife and I ordered drinks and didn’t get them until after my son received his and he arrived five minutes later. Drinks and chips were not refilled and one of your staff dropped something that splattered all a
Over the back of my son’s shorts and legs. The manager offered to dry clean his clothes. He was wearing shorts and a t shirt. Silly offer. Very frustrating night out for dinner.

JH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reservation was easy to make on Open Door. We arrived 15 minutes early and were seated promptly. Service was efficient but unfortunately the waiter got the order wrong. However, the mistake was quickly rectified.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The host seemed oblivious to my request in the reservation that I asked for a quiet table not in the center of the room or a booth. I also said it was a birthday. When I arrived I stayed the same to the host. We were taken to a crowed table in the middle of the room. I refused to be seated saying I asked twice for specific seating. After standing on the middle of the restaurant they found a table that matched my request.
The birthday was never acknowledged.
I love the food and will go again...but this was an unsatisfactory experience.

DA
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jean Louise was our server and was wonderful!! The food was amazing and the portions were great!!

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded 6 days ago

DAMAC, thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Jean Louise. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm she adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great birthday celebration.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible

m
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chocolate Lovers Piñata was more than enough for 2. We should've started with dessert first!

KR
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We’ve been to U J a few times and have enjoyed it. This time was less enjoyable. We didn’t like our table. Our server seemed to be a bit overwhelmed. Our chips came out under cooked. Most were soft and flimsy, not hard and crunch and delicious like usual. This visit was way less enjoyable than visits in the past.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded on August 8, 2019

Hello KRKH, We apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service and an overall enjoyable meal during your recent visit with us. We thank you for providing feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Had a reservation, but still waited thirty minutes as the hosts forgot about me (table was ready all along). Food took forever (almost an hour) to get to us. Waiter was nice and manager was nice, but it was very short of a treat experience.

SG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the best food, and the service was tops. What an amazing raspberry margarita, to the table side guacamole. Entrees were great. And well the chocolate piñata. We had the greatest waitress I think her name was Gloria made us feel special and right at home at the same time

MI
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is always very good; my family loves the table side guac. Our server; however, seemed rushed all night. We were also charged for a dessert we did not order (not a big deal because she took it off our bill, but it was just one more thing we had to wait for). Very good food, great environment, probably need to look at staffing up so server aren't running around and missing things. Will be back soon to give them another chance.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not what was expected

A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Authentic & tasty food in a great atmosphere. I have no complaints once we got to the table. However, the host didn’t honor the reservation. We had to wait an extra 20 minutes for a table, despite the booking, and I had to check back with the host as they gave away our original table.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello Agile, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret you had to wait to be seated. We appreciate your feedback to develop and enhance your time with us. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Toledo
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was average, not bad but nothing that would make me want to return. We had reservations and still had to wait 20 minutes past the time of our reservation before our table was ready. Once we were sat and ordered drinks it took a while for the drinks to come out and when our food was delivered the waiter spilled one of the plates in my husband’s lap. They promptly cleaned it up but also did not offer any sort of discount. Overall, everything was OK.

LL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service from several staff. Want mention our outstanding waiter Malachi, mgr Dave, our host who seated us very courteous, the amazing server who brought out our food with a smile, and we cannot leave out our table side guacamole server, she was also very pleasant and guacamole was amazing so was the Queso dip. It was a outstanding evening with amazing service. It was my friends first time experiencing Uncle Julio's. I tried to warn them to pace themselves on amazing guacamole, queso dip and fresh chips. We all had frozen margaritas which were so good. I had a raspberry frozen margarita, it was great. Thank you for amazing night!
It was a busy night for celebration and I couldn't get my chocolate pinata dessert. They ran out. I was looking forward to breaking it open and sharing dessert with friends. Overall, a great experience.

Uncle Julio's - Durham
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hello Lisa, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your service from Malachi, Dave and the entire team. We value and appreciate their continued commitment to your enjoyment and exceptional experience. We are happy you enjoyed your meal and service from beginning to end. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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CW
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very happy birthday celebration for my daughter. The whole family was involved in the chocolate lovers dessert presentation

MD
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was fine, over priced. Table-side guacamole was very good. Drinks weak.

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