Uncle Julio's - Schaumburg

4.3
833 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, 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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

I can get better quality, fresh made Mexican food at 100s of other local restaurants and it will have more flavor and be less than half the price. It was veeerrrryyy expensive.

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JR
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food is average at best and a over priced for what you get., a couple of dishes were served cold . Food runners just dropped it off the tray and left.. They messed up setting up dessert for my sons birthday.Not a good experience, could have just been a off night for the restaurant.
The server did a good job try to make the situation better.

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ET
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Uncle Julio’s is amazing! The prices are a little high but their food is amazing! This is a great place to have a celebration with your significant other.

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E
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Attentive waitress. Drinks and chips were always replenished

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PO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome visit. Great food and service.
We enjoyed our dinner at the restaurant.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Salsa and guacamole were delicious! Our server went above and beyond to accomodate a couple of allergies we had and did it with a smile. Highly recommend the grapefruit margarita.

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n
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Thought we'd try it out due to recommendation of others. It was okay - nothing spectacular or that I'd go out of my way for. It felt (and tasted) over hyped.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was just OK. We ordered the cheese enchiladas and they were cheesy to the point of being in edible so we had to send those back but the fish tacos turned out pretty good. The beer selection leaves a bit to be desired, there is no draft beer and the price of a bottle is too high. The service was good and attentive Except for the one server that dumped salsa all over my girlfriends coat that was kind of a low light for the experience.

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EM
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything started off just fine until after we received our food. My husband and I along with our 1 year old were there to celebrate our birthday. We shared the chicken and steak fajita. It was good but we ran out of tortillas and we tried to find our server but she was nowhere to be found for quite some time. My 1 year old was super fussy by the time she came back we had to take the rest of food with us and couldn’t enjoy our dinner. Luckily, we ordered dessert which made up for the service and food. But I myself would less likely be visiting again due to that happening.

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KM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A good time during a very crowded time for the restaurant. However, our reservation through open table was honored immediately.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was my daughters birthday and she requested Uncle Julio’s. My only complaint is I was charged for the fajita meal for two twice when one was a single fajita meal and the the other was a fajita meal for two. I did not notice the error until my husband pointed it out the next day.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This used to be a favorite of ours. Not anymore. The bathrooms were disgusting. Our waitress was not friendly and we constantly had to chase her down for simple things. The food selection is lacking. For what the costs are, we expected more. Won't be back.

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GP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Priced a bit too high for the amount of food that you get. Your salsa and chips are very good and unique. The guacamole is amazing and the piñata desert is too. A combo platter should not cost more than maybe $12-$14 not $17-$20.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was just OK! 3 of us all had steak with mostly fat pieces. Chicken and shrimp were good. A 4 steak taco dinner OVER $40!!! I think it’s VERY overpriced for what you get. You could feed your whole family authentic Mexican for that price. Next time will just go for the dessert.

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great experience to be at this restaurant- we have enjoyed a lot
Food was good and the chocolate piñata was just so unique. Coming to visit my family here in Chicago from Vancouver this dessert made all my Canadian Friends tempted to come just for this piñata

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JB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We weren’t real happy with Uncle Julio’s, portions were small seemingly over priced, we will not return

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l
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love their chips and salsa! Our waitress was nice, apologized whenever she was unable to get to our table (was a little busy when we went) but we didn’t mind.

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GP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique food and great service. Best guacamole I’ve ever had in my life

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K
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Angelina, was excellent. She was very attentive and made some food and drink recommendations.

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K
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time we tried the Uncle Julios in Woodfield/Schaumburg. It was excellent. We had the wonderful table/made guacamole. The woman who made it for us could not have been sweeter. And, it was perfect....so nice to be able to pick and choose the ingredients you want. No raw onions for me! I had the lovely light seafood salad and my husband had the flour tacos. Portions were large and delicious and we brought home some guacamole and some of the tacos.

I had a lovely pinot grigio and it was a generous pour. Thank You. The manager stopped by and was very gracious. All in all a lovely night!

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!!!!!

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NR
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. My girlfriend who's birthday it was had alot of fun and enjoyed the food especially the chocolate pinata I will definitely be back again not only that the guacamole lady was great as well. Thank you

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good meal, good experience.

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g
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I actually brough 3 new people that night. They loved it all. I was upset I forgot to show my Uncle Julios card however.

Thanks,
Joanne

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F
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been to many of their locations and never had a bad experience. Always great Food and Service. Great value for the money and portions are generous.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My experience overall was good but the uncle Julio’s in Vernon Hills is hands down better.

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ND
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love Uncle Julios but this time the shrimp were dry and too spicy on the Jalisco. The steak portion was cut also. And the large order of guacamole was small on top of a mound of shredded lettuce camouflaging the true guac portion size. Sat at a table where a baby had been sitting with tons of food on the floor by my chair. Had to get staff to clean floor and remove high chair so I could dine. Usually much cleaner.

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G
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Went here for my 2 year anniversary with my girlfriend. Neither of us will be coming back. Mind you we are both Mexican. The food was way overpriced and the portions were ridiculously tiny. The rice was bland and the beans were over salted. The steak was also very chewy. The ambiance is nice but the service wasn’t the best. Besides our food being mediocre they did have a decent chocolate piñata dessert. If I wrote this review the day of I’d give it 3 stars. Let me tell you why I’m giving it only 1 star. The following day me and my gf both woke up with agonizing stomach aches as well as diahrea 🤢 it was a terrible first experience and it will definitely be my last.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We waited well over an hour for our food.
It was one of our girls Birthday and her desert showed up with a huge hair hanging off it (long blonde hair in the pinatas chocolate) the manager said sorry I'll take care of it and all apologetic, the new one arrived and although fine with all the wait they still charged for the desert. Even though the manager said she would take care of it. By this time it was already almost 10pm and our reservation was at 645pm. I'd never been here and I won't be going back. Over and hour for dinner to show up. Hair in the food, and just overall super slow service no way. Way to much competition in this area for subpar dining experience. Our service Collin though was good.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The margarita was very blend...need to get some more flavor that makes a statement

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K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Food tasted good but there was not much of it at all. Also it took a long time for food to arrive to our table while next table had it delivered in half the time?? Also, little surprised that Mexican restaurant serves margaritas in a regular glass and not margarita glass like they should.
Overall, overpriced. We will look for a different Mexican restaurant in our area.
The waitress was very sweet and genuine and felt bad that it took so long for our food to arrive.

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EK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Not many options for gluten free items. Server wasn’t knowledgeable about tequila or food. It took forever to get food. Server was kind of rude because we had 3 year old who was crying.

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W
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

First visit to this establishment, service was excellent. I ordered a taco salad and was not impressed, but the guacamole that was made at the table was outstanding in flavor and presentation. Prices were a little high for the portion. Wanted to like the place more.

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch and our server was awesome!

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N
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Ordered tortilla soup. Cup was only filled halfway and was lukewarm. Took 65 minutes for our order to be served. Considering the cost would have expected much better food. There are much better options for Mexican food within 10 min. Will not be returning.

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SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

First after reservation we still need to wait 8 minutes for table?!? Waitress was nice but after taking our order she go to another table for their order and ended up that they received food first and when they bring our food that couple was already paying and leaving and they came after us?!? Not professional at all! We received food without tortillas and waiting around 5 minutes after asking again for it. She keeps forgetting to order my drink and when I received I didn't have a straw?! Just not really the best experience. Staff should be more trained in basics when it come to work in a restaurant. Food was okay.

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U
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had been looking forward to trying Uncle Julio’s and I have to say the whole experience was a let down. We made reservations and even though they weren’t busy they stuck us in a corner. The waiter kept forgetting us. It was the smallest margarita I’ve ever had for $12. We wanted to use a gift card but that required assistance from a waiter we could never find so we just used our debit. Did not feel the dinner with 2 drinks a piece was worth $100. I would rather go out for a nice steak dinner.

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f
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and fresh ingredients. Had to order the chocolate piñata

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LB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed our food. The margaritas were good and there were many different types to choose from. A good experience overall. The chocolate pinata was a fun end to the evening.

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p
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When we walked up to the host stand we were not greeted immediately. The hostess looked at me and continued working. I had to say Hello to her. That’s what happens when you have young associates running the stand. She paged us and said sorry I paged the wrong reservation. This is not a great first impression.

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