Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg

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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, red snapper, or 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
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The host people aren’t very friendly, not very inviting when they have no smiles and no personality. Also we were a party of 4 and were only getting served 3 tortillas at a time. Why? You guys make tons of tortillas everyday! Can’t spare at least 10 at a time?

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time and consideration you took to let us know that your Uncle Julio's experience was not up to our standards. We regret you didn't have a great time from start to finish. We hope you will come in for a more exceptional memorable visit. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We used to LOVE Uncle Julio's. But as the menu slimmed down, so did the quality. The food is still relatively good, but our favorite queso dip is now ridiculously spicy, and the desserts we loved are gone only to be replaced by an expensive pinata. All of the menu items are $2-3 more per plate than they used to be (and more than other similar restaurants) and there are no ala carte items on the menu. I want to love it but I think this was our last time. There are better, less expensive Mexican restaurants in the area. I'll miss you old Uncle Julios.

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello Angie, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the opportunity to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations this visit. We can assure you that we value your feedback, and this has been sent to our teams to address at this time as we continuously work to improve for our guests. We hope we will get the chance to serve you for an improved experience that showcases our dedication to our guests. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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A
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal. The service was reasonable, nothing exciting, and the food was reasonable as well. Definitely worth the average bill. Basically you pay for what you get

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victoria our server was great!! Very good food for the price!!

JS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Uncle Julio's is usually an excellent choice. This was my first visit to the Schaumburg location; I typically dine at the Naperville location. When we arrived after an afternoon of shopping, I walked in and requested a table for 5. Did not think it would be a wait as many tables were empty. After about 12 minutes, we were offer an outside table because all the tables on the inside were reserved with reservations. We refused an outside table. I went on Open Table and reserved a 'Now" reservation that was available within 10 minutes. The availability showed many time slots available. That upset me and caused us to wonder why he told us that? I probably will not return to this location again.

E
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were very good. Enjoyed our meals

JA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Better food quality than Lincoln Park location. Service was efficient but not personal.

CP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every thing was wonderful
My only complaint is ,I have the app and have not received my points yet. I did tell my wait lady and she said she took care of it for me
So far I don’t see that
The food was outstanding
The chocolate piñata was So Fun!
We will be back again!
Thanks

JR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience eating here. The food is fantastic and the service is spot on

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Didn’t even sing happy birthday to me on my birthday

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello, Thank you for coming in on your birthday. It's true we don't not serenade for birthday's, but we do offer a free birthday cajita dessert. We regret your experience was not a memorable one. We appreciate all feedback to develop and enhance the entire experience. Your concerns will be addressed. We hope you will give us another chance to serve you with an exceptional experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love coming here. The food is always good and fresh.

C
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Uncle Julios. We've been to the Naperville, IL location with a friend. We live in Schaumburg and have now gone to the Woodfield Mall location a couple times. We love it. This time we had a party of six. We happened to go on Tuesday and when we arrived we found out it was Taco Tuesday. Our whole table decided to try that and we were pleasantly surprised. We had plenty of food and even with drinks and a pinata dessert, our bill was very reasonable. Great marketing idea. We hope you continue that and maybe even come up with a few more specials!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, fun atmosphere & great wait staff. We had a great time!

v
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE best Tex mex restaurant in the Chicagoland area , hands down .. from service to food .
Drinks are great , Food is fantastic , atmosphere is awesome .

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 22, 2019

vjd968, thank you very much!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food and service were good. The food prices were pretty high for Mexican fare. The dishes were 5-10 over priced and they wanted $5 for a slice of avacado, yet a side of guacamole was 99 cents. Strange. A little noisy but the bar and patio areas were nice.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food. Service was slow at the beginning but then changed for the better and the overall experience was great. Food was hot and delicious

H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was very nice but we did not see him very often. The table next to us was loud and left food all over the floor. The food was good and we got a lot. I would have liked more options for the combos. The special drink was very good but a little pricey.

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello Hoosier, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your rating & feedback to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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EH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was terribly greasy, small portions, no real bold flavors. The meat portions were mostly fat and not edible. Very steep prices, our bill was double what we normally pay for eating out. Reservations are required, though the place is always half empty. Chips and salsa were the best part, just ok. Get rid of the Grease and fat, oh Lordy please!!! Parking was a huge pain and it took 20 minutes to find a spot.

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for your support and your candid review. We are glad you expect great things from us. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your recent experience. We read every comment, feedback, praise and concern and then we forward to the appropriate groups to properly address. We will look into this immediately. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

First time there. Beautifully decorated. The guac and pico de gallo was outstanding, however my food was just ok. Had the combo enchiladas...beef was too spicy , chicken was good but plain, cheese was just ok and everything was too salty including the rice. The beans were very watery. Too much salt ruins any meal. Server was nice, but not that friendly or talkative.

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello Jennifer, We appreciate your time and consideration you took to let us know that your Uncle Julio's experience was not up to our standards. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Always seems hit or miss with Service this location. It was a week night dinner with my teen daughter. I would say the restaurant was not even half full. Waitstaff ignored us,and were rude. No one checked on us for over 45 minutes. When I tried to flag down a male trainee who was shadowing our Server he laughed and walked away. Our Server was busy giggling with a few male patrons. Management also never seems to care. Not worth the frustration. Do not plan on returning. The area is full of similar chain restaurants, and the next locations are a short distance away.

Silvia

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello Silvia, 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. Please accept our sincere apology. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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WP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service was very good. They have a guacamole cart that you can order. Very nice! The chips were warm and nice. Where it kind of went wrong was trying to mix/match enchiladas. I ordered 1 chicken and 1 cheese. The chicken one came out with a green sweet sauce on top, but the inside was spicy. The cheese enchilada had no flour wrap! It was just covered in red sauce with onions. The two sauces got mixed together since they were touching. Not a great combination. Then, there are no refried beans. Just some spicy beans like the ones you would find at Popeye's Chicken, Louisiana style. It would up costing $65.00 for two dinners and I only ordered water, and my friend a soda. When I made the reservation, I said it was her birthday, expecting some acknowledgement? It never happened. I would only recommend this as a great atmosphere to sit at the patio outside and drink. Otherwise, go somewhere else.

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hi Wendy, 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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S
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I went for my birthday but left because they served my husband what his allergies were. We made sure on serveral different points that there were allergies. He also forgot to put our app in and it was being made as we got our food. After the long wait not only did the food come but my order was wrong, and what we found out later since I got my food after my husband was done was that his allergen was in his food. We had to get Benadryl and potentially hospital we didn’t know at the time. Not first time this pace has gone down hill but is first time could have been lethal! The server even argued with me if soemthing was a carrot or not he was absolutely useless needless to say manager came out and it was a carrot in the rice... duh!!! So much for my birthday dinner.

Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hello Samantha, Thank you for your business and loyalty. We appreciate and value comments and concerns. We deeply apologize for the concern this has caused you. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention, so we can investigate this and take whatever steps necessary to improve. This is certainly not our standard. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with an improved experience you expect from us. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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E
Chicago
144 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

UJ's is a little bit of a trip for us, but it's worth it. Broad menu choices, food is some of the best Mexican fare we've ever had. Service was pretty good, prices are reasonable, and it's conveniently located within the Woodfield Mall.

FG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great ! Food , ambiance, service , etc. Only thing was that it took a little longer than normal to get our order

NW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

First time visiting Uncle Julio’s which I heard so much about. I took a friend to lunch and our experience was awesome. Schaumburg’s restaurant is quite charming. The food was absolutely delicious. Service was good. The salsa had a unique flavor. Yum. I wish the chocolate piñata came in a mini size. We wanted to experience the dessert but we were too full.

DI
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The steak is to die for. Awesome food, I’ll definitely come back

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was disappointed in the lack of flavors of what I had ordered. The chips were stale. The meats on my fajita platter were perfectly cooked but lacked flavor. Service was decent, a bit slow for a not so busy night. But The food came out quick and hot from the kitchen.

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

Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your feedback to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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

The only issue was that after we placed our order, we left the table for 5 minutes (told the Front Desk my husband is taking a smoke break outside) and by the time we got back our table was cleared, drinks, appetizers, etc. Even our server was surprised. We did get our drinks back and the main course arrived shortly but it was weird.

LM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

I thought the food was OK - I ordered chicken fajitas which are typically mild and not spicy. These were very spicy. Plus the onions were barely cooked. I was disappointed. The guacamole was wonderful. Everyone else seemed to like their chicken enchilladas.

K
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Server was forgetful and the air conditioning was on high. Everything took too long.

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

Hello Kahne9, 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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V
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the piñata!

CB
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so delicious. My cheese and onion enchiladas were like the ones I remembered from the authentic straight out of Mexico restaurant I used to go to which has since closed. The steak was tender and delicious and don't even get me started on the tableside guac! YUM!!! Wish I had room for that Pinata dessert with the churros. Next time I'll start with that!

LL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We were disappointed there was a hair in our chips and our waitress didn’t even offer to bring us new ones. We had to ask for them. This would never happen at our Naperville store!

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

Hello Linda, Thank you for your business. We deeply apologize for the service you received. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention, so we can investigate. This is certainly not our standard. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a great experience you expect from us from start to finish. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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d
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone, especially the children really enjoyed the experience.

LT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Been here many times with no issues. Got here 15 minutes before reservation time and was told table wasn’t ready. That was fine as we were early. Then waited until five minutes after time and was still not seated and yet saw a party of six walk in without a reservation and got seated before us. We then asked and were told another 15 minutes at which point I had an issue. Service was not the usual good service we have received in the past as the waitress barely had time to stop and assist with refills etc. Told them we were celebrating birthday and wanted a piñata. When time came I was told they ran out. Ten minutes later they delivered two piñatas to the table next to us and five minutes later another was delivered to another table. A very disappointing experience that left me questioning whether I would ever want to go back. Have been to this establishment multiple times in last few years for celebrations and always enjoyed but this definitely left a negative feeling.

KD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic. She was very quick, she explained the special they were having and made suggestions for us. The food, as always, was exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went to dinner on a busy Saturday night. There were 6 of us and we were celebrating my mother’s birthday. We started with the guac for the table. Our drinks were really good and our food was even better. We had the birthday piñata for dessert and it was super good. Really fun ambiance. Loved it! Will definitely be back.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service. Cannot wait till our next visit!

B
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, service quick, and ambiance is fun and casual. This time we were seated under an overhang inside, and the echoes made it too noisy.

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