Uncle Julio's - Kildeer

4.2
686 reviews
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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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Chicago
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday and loved the chocolate piñata.

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

They have a great alfresco dining area and our server Parker was really superb

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n
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took one of our sons and his 8 year old daughter here Saturday. We had a patio table. Parker was our server and he was great. Good food for all of us. They do have a kiddie menu that my granddaughter was happy with. Will come back for sure

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded 4 hours ago

Nano, thank you for spending your granddaughter's birthday with us! We are thrilled you enjoyed the entire experience and your service from Parker!

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had family in from out of town. Celebrating a Birthday!
We had 3 generations of people, who all Loved their Dinner. Drinks were Delicious! We had The Piñata for Desert! Highly recommend!!!

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service!

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MB
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the chocolate piñata!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the chicken steak fajitas for two. They did not come hot and sizzling and were just ok. Not impressed with the menu but our server was very good.

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C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

While the waiter was excellent the food was definitely not. There was very little flavor and was served luke warm including the lettuce, etc. the ice tea was very watered down and also served warm. Not a great experience and will will not be returning.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded 4 hours ago

Hello Chris, Thank you for your business. We are very happy you enjoyed the service. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We are sorry we missed the mark on this visit, but we do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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S
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We walked right in with our reservation, no waiting at all. Food was hot and delicious. Service was quick and courteous.

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KA
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server was running like crazy...pretty sure they had him with too many tables. He worked hard to make sure we were well taken care of. Loved the food & the chocolate piñata was a delicious bday treat for our daughter!

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W
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

Everything was very good, but it was so LOUD and so NOISY, that we could hardly carry on a conversation.
Really good food, really good service, really LOUD.

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TL
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to To Uncle Julio’s several times and have always enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. If you like Mexican food you’ll like this restaurant

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TK
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Unfortunately we did not have a good experience. Poor service, wrong order, and below average food. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Tom, 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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LR
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Need mor servers- outside service is very slow.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was ok. Super cold indoors. Too cold for the kids to sit and finish dinner peacefully.

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VD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Super slow service , we were for work lunch and waited for 40 min for our order which was not something over ordinary

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

Lighting - it is too dark. Booth seats are too low.

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AA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed our dinner at Uncle Julio's in Kildeer. We sat out in the Patio area and though only 2 tables were used in that area, service was still amazing and our server came to check on us often. Food is pricey and adds up quick when having drinks but I will be back with the Family!

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AH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Server was overworked and not very attentive but could've been worse. Food was great! We'll likely return.

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

Amy, We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. Your concerns are being addressed. Please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was polite but very slow.
Food was just OK, nothing exceptional.
Place is so loud you can hardly talk even if sitting side by side.
Prices are average.
I would not recommend it and will not try it again. La Hacienda is much better.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on July 3, 2019

Hello KayeL, 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 that we value your feedback as 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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PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant, good food, good service.
To Loud hard to talk.

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ND
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Excellent food as always.
However, Drinks took forever to get and they came right before dinner arrived. Swirls were partially melted when they arrived. In fact mine was solid red and could not see any margarita in the swirl.
Being in the back corner of restaurant, never saw much of our server But Saw other servers from two adjoining stations frequently.

We Ordered extra sauce for tacos. By the time the sauce came, tacos were done. It Took forever.
Of all the UJ’s we go to, this had the slowest service.

At the end of dinner the server approached our table and assumed we wanted the check with no dessert or coffee. Server said so I’ll get you the check... we replied we wanted to order desert. Hmmm.


Service was not the usual ....

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fajita's were delicious and the Table-Side Guacamole was outstanding! Can't wait to return!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow and we wrote in the res that it was a birthday but it wasn’t acknowledged

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EE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

OK, if you have extra $$ to spend. But I will not be returning. Food is OK, not bad, nothing special. Choices are limited, servings are small. I recommend, find a local small restaurant with much better taste and authentic dishes.

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on June 26, 2019

Hello ElenaE, 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 that we value your feedback as 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. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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CA
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I did not print out my receipt and the waiter did not add our loyalty points. A little upset about this. Food was outstanding!!

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

However I would advise that their prices are too high in comparison to other restaurants of the same quality

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JN
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The ahi tuna fajitas were fishy tasting, did not have a good sear on them and had an odd room temperature. I couldn't eat the food. This dish used to be good, but maybe they have a new cook - won't order again and probably won't return.
Also the margaritas are smaller. I remember our first visit to this restaurant and we commented on how big and lovely the drinks were, now they are smaller. Did they change to smaller glasses?

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

Hi Janet, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and want you to leave extremely satisfied. Please let your server know, they will gladly provide other options to your liking. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic. We let them know we were getting married, and they surprised us with a chocolate pinata filled with a wonderful variety of tasty treats. I've been to several different Uncle Julio's before, and this one really rose to the top.

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HS
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I first went to uncle Julio’s in Fort Worth years ago. The food was pretty good the service was fine and the prices were OK. Thursday evening I found the food to be merely adequate here and I was amazed that you would pay $35 to share a plate of chicken and steak fajitas of which the total meat was maybe less than half a pound. It just seems that they are relying perhaps on a reputation.

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K
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service by Francesca on the patio

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N
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good, service was good. Table side guacamole was excellent. Main food order took a long time to come out, so you must have patience.

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
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 on June 16, 2019
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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JL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed with this visit. I ordered the crispy taco plate. My food arrived cold and “disheveled “ on my plate (one of my tacos was barely sitting in the taco stand and part of the shell was broken off). The shells tasted stale, and the rice and beans were cold. Such a bummer.

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

Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We are very happy you enjoyed the service, but we apologize that we didn’t meet your overall expectations. We strive to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish. We are very sorry we missed the mark this time. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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FR
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
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 on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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NC
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 2

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

Uncle Julio's - Kildeer
Responded on June 20, 2019

Hi Noelle, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time with us. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and experience for all our guests and we’re sorry we missed the mark for you. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
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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