Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge

4.4
94 Reviews
$30 and under
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our reservation was at 6:30 and they sat us at 6:40. But food and service was good overall. Great margaritas

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Billk
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the location and the fresh chips are fantastic table side Guacamole really awesome!

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Anne
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Would highly recommend, but make a reservation!

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JoeF
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice job all, the hostess, the wait staff, to the bussers, all were happy, smiling and prompt. Well done. We will be back!

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DianaH
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My husband and I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of this restaurant for months. We thought that it was associated with Hacienda Colorado. The salsa has a very different flavor than Hacienda Colorado. It had a smokier flavor. It was alright but not what I was expecting. Food was good but expensive. We had a reservation and were sat right next to the bathroom so constantly had people walking by our table which we did not appreciate in light of the current health scare. The server did share the policy changes to make the restaurant safer which was appreciated. Overall our experience was fine. I probably would drive further to Hacienda Colorado to get their salsa that I love versus going back to Uncle Julios which is much closer in proximity.

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Billk
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are so happy to have a quality Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood. Food And service are fantastic A ++ guys keep it up. We will be back can't wait for the summertime patio

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We were super stoked to try this place out since we live in the area. Great huge building with awesome ambience that lacks in the department of service! We waited over 30 minutes for our drinks (they had 1 bartender on for the whole place!) and 0 acknowledgment from the managers that there was a problem. Food was good but there overpriced chocolate piñata was sub standard with rock hard churros and a few French fries...

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MaureenS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Hard to have conversations upstairs because of loud noise.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall quite a good experience and good food. Surprised at the good food quality. Beat my expectations. Great to have the new Wheatridge location.

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vipyummy
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. It was a lot, so my boyfriend and I shared the fajita special. And, it was plenty of food. The tableside glaucamole is very well done. And, the drinks are very good. The wait staff is still learning, but did a great job. We will come back! Good deals at happy hour, too!

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BillT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice dinner, wait staff was very good and food was great. We will see you again soon.

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

A member of our party ordered soft chicken tacos and the chicken was undercooked. We weren’t charged for the meal which was fair, but no effort was made to make it right. A Free meal or drink coupons on our next visit would have been appropriate. We probably won’t go back.😟

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge
Responded on March 13, 2020

Hello John, 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 Hacienda Colorado

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LindaM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Easy to make reservation on-line and our party of 5 was seated upstairs where we requested at our reservation time. It was a little crowded in the waiting area but other than that the service was excellent and the food was very good and the margaritas and sangria/margarita swirl were all excellent. The view from our table located next to the picture window made a lovely Colorado backdrop.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was familiar with Uncle Julio, so we were very excited one opened up in Co. Was not disappointed. Food was excellent. Fajitas and table side guacamole is the best. Margaritas are excellent as well. Been to this location 3 times and planning another trip this weekend. The only thing, wish there was one closer to home. Long drive from South Aurora/Parker, BUT worth the trip.

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Davidk
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Dear Uncle Julio, hard pass and fail on your part. Your website booked me using Opentable. Good job for that. Upon showing up ON TIME for my reservation I was given a petri dish red hockey puck to hold (#44 if you want to look it up). 15 minutes later I was told I was a no-show. Excuse me? I am holding your red petri dish hockey puck that is now blinking.
A manager will seat you, oh wait, gal with long eyelashes will seat you RIGHT NEXT TO THE KITCHEN ENTRY/EXIT. No thanks mam, can you find me another seat, I can't even hear you.
A new seat was told to her through her earpiece, we proceeded to the table and we began to sit down. The manager is at the table at this time. Good for you watching me as I pull out the chair to have my wife sit down.
Red salsa glob in the center of the seat. no big deal right. Honey don't sit down. I grab a napkin and proceed to try to wipe it off while the "manager" and the hostess watch me. You might have good salsa because this thing smeared on your seat.
Both just looked at me. WTF am I gonna do? Clean your restaurant chair for me to have my wife sit down? Hmm, no.
Folks, I understand. I have managed and worked in the restaurant business. I know that this place is dealing with NEW employees, NEW building, NEW everything. But honestly, you failed on so many levels with this.

Yes, I walked out and I am sure the manager will acknowledge this, please feel free to contact me. You do have my opentable info that for some reason asked me how my experience was. And then the next message was that I failed to show up.

I even knew I was going to spend close to $200 for eating quite well for trying a place out.

But, instead, you got nothing. And it will be really tough to get me to even try it again.

The manager did say on my way out the door. I was going to give you some free appetizers. Nice try. That might work on others but you weren't going to completely ruin my night.

We ate down the street at a local restaurant.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge
Responded on March 13, 2020

Hello DavidK, We apologize to hear about your experience as this is not the service standards expected. Our team appreciates 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cherrise was our server, she was amazing at suggesting different things to try. First the fabulous guacamole served table side was the best I’ve had. Our gentleman who made it was fun and entertaining. I’ll never taste better guacamole. Next Cherrise suggested the beef fajitas. They was wonderful, melt in your mouth delicious. The Whole evening was a grand experience. Tip: make the reservation. It worth not waiting the 1 hour to be seated. Also don’t forget to tip the Guacamole expert.

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jrwize
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I’ve been here a few times now. The staff seems to have an issue with accommodating reservations. Every time it’s taken a good 10 minutes past our reservation to be seated. The food is excellent though!

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Equipoise17
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to unwind. Servers did a wonderful job! Looking forward to my next visit.

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Bill
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the table side guacamole! Very fresh and very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Had a 6:15 pm reservation but it took over 25 minutes after that to get seated. Service and food were good but not exceptional- over priced.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge
Responded on March 13, 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 visit 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 Hacienda Colorado

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though restaurant was packed we had great service, a hot, delicious meal, and a great time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friends had a wonderful time. We will be back.

KS
vipKathleenS
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the food and our visit, our server was great. it was super busy, really glad that we had reservations

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BillL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great, service was great. We were in there Friday night and they were very busy, yet we had great service and food came to the table quickly.
We will definitely be back!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very loud. Food has been changed and is not nearly as good as it was before. Disappointed. The only way we’ll return is for a gathering we are attending, not hosting.

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RolfA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Thought that the food was going to be more of "Uncle Julio's" but it was more "Hacienda". I came there for Tex-Mex, not Mountain Mex. If it has the Uncle Julio's name it should serve Uncle Julio's food.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge
Responded on March 13, 2020

Hello RolfA, Thank you for your feedback we are sorry to hear that your experience was anything less than you were hoping for. Uncle Julio’s – Hacienda Colorado is a unique blend of “Mountain Mex” with mesquite-grilled favorites. We hope you return and find something new to enjoy and your feedback has been shared with our team. Thank you, Uncle Julio's Hacienda Colorado

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HarlH
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

food served lukewarm. service erratic and less than timely. low lighting and greasy chips. chintzy on alcohol in drinks

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vipLindaW
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fajitas were fantastic along with house margaritas. Our server Matthew was delightful.

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ThelmaT
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

the noise level is unacceptable and it is too dark. The parking is terrible tooo.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge
Responded on March 13, 2020

Hello ThelmaT, We thank you for your feedback and apologize that we were unable to provide you with an overall excellent experience. Your concerns have been sent to our teams to further address and we hope to serve you again in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's Hacienda Colorado

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican food in Denver, hands down!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was Samantha and she was amazing, kind, and funny. She had great recommendations and the food was excellent. Good Happy Hour margaritas, too. :)

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fajitas!!!

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Paolo
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had reservations but had to wait 30 min to be seated, as was the case for everybody with reservations. The wait staff was well trained and attentive. Fresh baked tortillas! Yum. The food was good but not great for expensive Mexican cuisine. It's a nice place to go but be prepared to wait.

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ShannonT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! If you’re apprehensive to try them, don’t be – the vegetable fajitas are out of this world!

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Foodie
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fresh food. Taste was excellent and the pinata was great for the kids!

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Lovemyfood
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Our order was entirely incorrect, but we had waited so long, we just went with it. Our son wanted a burrito with ground beef - it had beans only. Our daughter wanted a bean and cheese quesadilla, and it came with chicken. I asked for shredded chicken on my chicken salad, and it had grilled chicken. The food was not quite as good as other Uncle Julio's I have visited in the past (in North Carolina - two locations), but I know this is a newer location, so we will go back and give them another shot.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hello Lovemyfood, 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 Hacienda Colorado

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SheilaZ
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It is best to make a reservation online. We made our reservation for 12:45PM on a Sunday. When we got there the people in front were told 1 hour wait.
We were seated at a booth in the bar area which was good.
We ordered drinks and they took a bit long to get yet that was fine. Chips and salsa were on the table before drinks. We ordered our food, it came within a good amount time. I did not see any tamales on the menu as I was looking forward to them yet they have them on the website. It seemed to have a limited menu.

Screaming kids is not my favorite part which unfortunately the people next to us had 1 of those had to cover my ears as it was like a screeching animal, very high pitch and the parents did deal with it.

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PSiLOVEfood
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly service! I can’t wait to go back. It’s best to book a reservation.

MC
MichelleC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant! The service was excellent and the food was equally great. We celebrated a 50th birthday and the staff was extremely accommodating.

CS
vipCindyS
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music was too load. Hard to hear conversation

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Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (720) 617-0046.

Uncle Julio's Hacienda - Wheat Ridge is rated 4.4 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.