Uncle Julio's - Kildeer

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651 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, 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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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Definitely would recommend. Our waiter was a little "over-attentive" as we were having Girls Night and just wanted to chat.

Wish they had a few more moderately priced desserts - the big one they push is $30.

I had the chicken/steak fajitas - delicious and super juicy. My friends had the fish tacos and the chicken tacos. All in all very good.

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MJ
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Raj was very attentive. The table-side guacamole was really good, as were our drinks and meals.

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

Great ambiance, delicious food, and amazing service! Our server Elizabeth made sure we were well attended throughout our visit. Thank you!

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BP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All great but it is extremely noisy so nearly impossible to have a conversation over dinner

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

Great food love the place, best Mexican food over the top

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NC
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

The booths and chairs are dirty the tables are sticky and the bathrooms...gross

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good but service was very slow. Needed to look for our waiter several times. Very noisy. Conversation was difficult.

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KG
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Server was not friendly , food took over an hour to get done and server never said one thing to us. Very expensive and did not taste good. I was so disappointed

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello KimG, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate parties and please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch and it wasn't too crowded. We enjoyed the tableside guacamole. The entrees were excellent.

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H
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Uncles Julio’s is really great for table side guacamole and the chocolate piñata. Their Mexican food is not great and really pricey. If I go back the items I would go for are listed above. The value for the food isn’t really worth it 😢.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy Uncle Julio's. We have eaten at numerous locations, but really enjoy the outside seating in Kildeer. The tableside guacamole and ceviche are a must. Love the chips and salsa.

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GP
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reduce prices and include sour cream and guacamole with entrees. It’s VERY tacky to charge for it !!

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K
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Rana, was excellent. She is by far the best server we have had at that location. She was very friendly and attentive. She made it a great experience.

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I
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The piñata was a big hit

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D
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We made a reservation, arrived 10 min early, we waited for 15 min ( after reservation time), the host never care about us, we saw 4 parties which arrived after us seated before.. never comeback to this specific location, the food and the waitress were excellent.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello David3, Thank you for spending your time with us and apologize for your experience. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit and your concerns are being addressed by the appropriate parties. 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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h
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place, my favorite!!! Especially now that the weather is getting nicer and you can sit outside!! The best!!

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Responded on June 7, 2019

Heidi, thank you very much!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing waitress! Very good service!

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RV
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The host staff do a poor job running the front. We made reservations so that we didnt have to wait around the dinner rush. We were seated AFTER walk in's even though we were waiting past out reservation time. The young woman was frazzled, and way behind. Just standing next to her, she said lost a party of 8 somewhere in the restaurant. Another woman who was waiting to be seated had a reservation as I did and wasnt seated until 40 minutes after her reserved time. It was hectic, and second time eating at uncle julies with a poor experience. The food is good though, but a bit over priced.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on May 30, 2019

Hello RoVo, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us and apologize that was not at the high standard we expect for our Guests. We appreciate the opportunity to connect with you and have forwarded your review and feedback to the appropriate parties. We hope that we will get the chance to provide you with a future experience that is improved and exceeds expectations. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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LJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a 7pm reservation and wasn't seated till 7:30pm after multiple conversation with the hostess and Manager. The waitstaff and food was excellent but I only gave it 3 stars because the management was extremely disorganized.

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MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Birthday dinner that was woefully understaffed and very slow service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Awful experience - took forever to get food, one entree was wrong, and all they offered was an apology and a free desert.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on June 2, 2019

Hello, 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
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall experience was good. Only setback was our table was not ready when we arrived and had to wait 10-15 minutes for our table.

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LG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked everything about our dinner, the waitress was on point, for a busy night. Just felt it took too long for a dinner, 2 hours too long.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service ~ Excellent Food ~ very pleased
The Chocolate Piñata was amazing ~ everyone loved it

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P
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides our hostess being rude our waitress and food were great. Will definitely visit again.

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I made a reservation because it is usually very busy, it was not that busy when we got there. They seated us at the booth right next to the front door with a ripped seat, it seemed like a punishment. This was for my father’s birthday, my mother asked for a better table and they put us at a nearby table with only 3 chairs, there were plenty of better tables available than the 2 we were given. I would have expected anyone to get treated better than that, especially considering we made a reservation. We did not let it ruin our evening although it was an odd start. It then took a long time for us to be able to order after getting our drinks, perhaps she thought she took it already but she said she would come back to do it because she had to tend to something else. I don’t think smaller groups get treated as well as big groups at Uncle Julio’s, although we came here for my husbands birthday with the same 4 people and the waiter was really great, didn’t see him this time.

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Mediocre, overpriced food. The food had no taste, bland and poorly prepared. Took way too long for food to arrive. There must be issues in the kitchen. Very expensive for low quality and poorly prepared entrees.

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LV
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food! Good drinks! Always fun at Uncle Julio's

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MB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I enjoyed being there. The chips were crispy and delicious and the salsa was good. The Shrimp Bowl would have been better with more seasoning, vegetables and avocado slices. There were only 2 small slices in my bowl. It looked a little tired, I'm sorry to say.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was EXTREMELY slow! And it was a Thursday night...

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FL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic! The fajita dishes came out piping hot with the food sizzling on the plate. The Deer Park location is way better in food quality than Vernon Hills’.

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O
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good service poor. Turns out but we didn’t know but the bartender was our server outside at the high tables. He all but forgot about us. No refills on water or drinks... food came out by another server. It was not a good time due to the service. We were celebrating a retirement but with no service it wasn’t good. We got the paper receipt just handed to us.... not in a holder or a dish. Really??? We went in to look fir our server and discovered he was the bartender. I paid cash and left. Terrible service... if he was busy he should have gotten us another server.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time.

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y
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

My sister, daughter and I had a fabulous dinner at Uncle Julio's. Table-side guacamole, chips and salsa - and then our entrees. Really delicious.

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FS
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 2

Sorry it was too windy and cool to sit outside. We were stuck inside and it was incredibly noisy to the
extent I had a difficult time hearing conversation with my daughters whom I hadn't seen for 4 months.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We typically love Uncle Julio’s. But last night, service was slow. They were unprepared for the influx of graduation and confirmation celebrations that are common on Sunday evenings in the spring. The servers were hustling ~ but management would do well to keep on top of local events to know when to schedule more servers, or have some on call regularly.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your loyalty. We are so sorry we missed the mark on this visit. We look forward to serving you again in the standard you'd expect from Uncle Julio's. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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AW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointed there are no burritos on the menu but a lot of other options to pick!

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello Alex, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your suggestion to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to become a 5-star rating in your eyes! Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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KK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We order soft tacos, steak fajitas. We were served beef tacos. The dinners were fixed right away. The meal was delicious. The noise level is high and it was difficult to hear others at the table.

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

The acoustics were so bad we were unable to talk to those at our table. They need to do something to this place to control the noise level.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on May 21, 2019

Hello Marcia, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret you did not receive our best service. 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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LS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding. The noise level was too high. It sometimes impeded conversation. We will definitely go here again though.

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