Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
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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Good option for early Sunday brunch if you don't want the traditional breakfast food items. No waiting and not crowds at 10 am. Servers were friendly and didn't rush you through the meal. Great to casually enjoy a meal on Easter and have time to talk and catch up with a friend.
Esther, thank you very much!
Nicole was a great server. I was there with a group and she remembered everything we needed. I also arrived very early and was able to be seated instead of waiting in the lobby for my party to arrive.
Perfect as always
It was my birthday. It was so nice. Loved every moment recommend this restaurant!!
Hello, Thank YOU for spending your special day with us! We are so happy you had a wonderful time. All the best, Uncle Julio's
Food was awesome. Service was awesome. I’d recommend them to any and all of my family and friends
Good service, generous portions, affordable prices. and good food and drinks. Bathroom not clean, unfortunately
The food is consistently good. Our server was pleasant, and very efficient. The noise level at dinner was off the charts. It is unlikely that we will return to this location on a busy night, as conversation is impossible.
Hello RobertS, Thank you for your review and we apologize that the atmosphere was not enjoyable for you and your party. We have provided your feedback to our teams and do hope for the chance to serve you again for an improved experience in the future. Uncle Julio's
Fantastic location. The vibe/ ambience was very relaxed and impressive. The service was very proffessional, respectable and of high quality
Jay, thank you very much!
Subpar Mexican American food with great location and good drinks. I was unwell after my visit just like 5 years ago, but my companion loved it. Probably my highly discerning stomach and not the place. I would go to Guapos any day, but then they are not in Ballston.
Hi MDS75, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal 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. Thanks, Uncle Julio's
This restaurant never disappoints. We love to go there as a family, especially for the chocolate piñata.
Special, thank you!!!
There was a lot of chaos on a Saturday evening. It took us 15 minutes extra to get our table, 6:45 reservation. Very loud and hard to hear the waitstaff. Took 10 minutes to get a beer. Food was good! Tables are close together, hard to slide out without bumping someone.
Uncle Julio’s is fine. It’s nothing special, and certainly not worth the price you are going to pay. If you are craving guacamole and fajitas and are in the area it will kick your cravings, but it’s not my choice much more than the fact the location can be convenient. Their flour tortillas are made in house and are pretty good but overall the price is high for “meh” Mexican food.
Hello Nicole113, Thank you for your review and we apologize that we have not exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your feedback and have taken it to the appropriate parties. We hope that we will have the opportunity to serve you again for an experience that is improved and exceptional. Uncle Julio's
So loud!! And tables so close together. Could not have a conversation without leaning way in and taking loud so we gave up.
Hello LetsEat, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
This was my first time coming here after hearing great reviews. I made reservations hours before on Open Table and was seated as soon as I arrived with my friends. Our waiter greeted us within 2 minutes of sitting down. He gave us recommendations on drinks and different food options. The drink (The Swirl) was absolutely amazing!!!! We didn't like the free salsa that came with the chips they give you.... it's an acquired taste. He suggested the Cowboy Queso and I must admit, I LOVED IT!!!!! Very flavorful!!! For an entree, I had the Chicken and Steak fajitas. The steak was a little chewy but everything was flavorful!!!! The payment option was very unique. Electronic!!! I love it!!!!
Kaneisha, thank you! We are thrilled you had a great time!
Noisy and high energy spot. The food was great! Drinks were pretty good overall. We had a great time!
Our reservation was at 7pm on Friday evening. We were immediately seated. The place was packed! Joyful sounds all around! After we were finally able to choose from the wonderful menu dinner arrived sooo fast!! We ordered the chocolate piñata!! Sooo good! Very highly recommend Uncle Julio’s!!!
Uncle Julio's has the best ceviche I have ever had. The atmosphere was light, relaxed and comfortable. My daughter and her friend wanted the chocolate pinata and it did not disappoint. Everytime we are in the area we will be back.
Tammy, thank you...we are so happy you enjoyed the entire experience!
Had dinner on a Sunday night at 6:45. Lots of families and at least one kid’s birthday party so it was loud and there were kids running around near our table. Food was fine, service was fine, but the tables were noticeably worn and in need of replacement. An ok place for a family meal but probably not good for a date night.
Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your rating 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
It was wayyyyyyy too cold, very uncomfortable!! Richard was Awesome!!
Hello Alicia, We are so happy you enjoyed your service from Richard. Your feedback regarding the temperature is being addressed. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
The food is consistently good here and reasonably priced. The downside is how close the tables are together, the lack of ambiance (unless you can sit outside) and the noise level. It is ALWAYS extremely loud. Would be great if they invested in something that could lower the noise level.
Hello ArlingtonDiner, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your rating 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
It was a birthday celebration, I requested a birthday acknowledgement and nothing was done
Hello Katherine, Thank you for spending your special day with us. We are so sorry we missed the mark on this visit. Your concerns are being addressed. We look forward to serving you again in the standard you'd expect from us. All the best, Uncle Julio's
Sat down and ordered water and margaritas. Waiter immediately brought water and wanted to take order. We had not even got margaritas yet. Ordered appetizer and tableside guacamole was completed and half eaten before drinks came. Waiter again wanted to take meal order. Seemed like they just wanted us to eat and run. Food was good, but not a great overall experience.
Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are sorry you felt rushed. Your concerns are being addressed. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's
Service was terrible. Drinks didn’t come until meal came.
Bundled thousands of sub primes into a synthetic (fraternity brother Chad from Moody’s gave AAA), closed w/ total amateur at 23MM, 400K+ commish. Margs were average.
Too noisey, and crowded, the table are placed too close to one another. I could barely hear my guess speak. The menu seem limited compared to the Woodbridge location.
Hello Addie, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize that we didn’t meet your overall expectations. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
Food is very expensive for the quality
Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
Celebrated sister's birthday...had a great time! Classic margarita was wonderfulI; staff provided great service; food was good: Juanita's platter (really good chicken enchilada), Agave Queso Chicken, and beef quesadilla were really good!!! We also had a good time with the delicious chocolate pinata!
Hello YVETW, Thank you for your business and sharing your story and feedback. We are so happy you chose to spend your sister's birthday with us! We look forward to serving you again with another exceptional experience. Thank you, Germaine R. Uncle Julio's
Nice place i just dnt like that i made reservation and was sat next to the bathroom wasn’t okay with that
Hello Funhouse, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We want you to have a great time from start to finish. 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
Reservations mean nothing to uncle Julio‘s got there and still waited for 30-40 mins to be seated.
Hello, Thank you for your business. We value and appreciate your rating and feedback. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input regarding your reservation. We are sorry you had to wait. We are constantly working to develop improve and this information is extremely helpful. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s
Great food, but the service wasn’t great.
Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your rating and feedback to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
This was my family first time visiting and we enjoyed ourselves and the food. It was extremely loud but it was tolerable.
Hello Yulonda, Thank you for your business. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food. We appreciate and value your rating to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
The table wasn’t ready when we got there and stood around waiting over 30 minutes before another option was given to us.
Hello, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. The restaurant follows strict guidelines and procedures that insure the restaurant is running at optimal level. We greatly appreciate your insight. Your feedback has been addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s
Great place to go eat in family or as a date! Love the food and the service! I suggest making a reservation ahead of time or you will wait 20mins maybe more to have a table! Great place overall!
Darwin, thank you for your business!
Make sure you have a competent server who actually values that you enjoy your experience. Mine kept forgetting drink orders and his overall attentiveness of our needs was lacking.
Hello Mike, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your service expectations on this visit. We greatly appreciate you sharing your feedback as we are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Uncle Julio’s
It was a good experience. The only problem is the noise level in the bar area is very loud, everywhere else in the restaurant is fine.
Hello BeEasy, Thank you for your business. We appreciate and value your rating and feedback to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
We booked our reservation through Open Table. It was Valentines Day and the restaurant was packed. We arrived 25 mins early approximately. I requested if we can be seated early. Was told that they were getting our table ready. 20 minutes later, we were still waiting. So we asked the waiter when that table will be ready. He said since we had a 7pm reservation, they have to honor that. Well why didn't they say that in the first place when we first checked in?!?
What really ticked me off was when 7pm rolled around, we didn't get seated. We finally got seated at 7:20pm. So what was the purpose of booking a reservation? I understand that it was Valentines Day and a lot of people were out that day to celebrate. That was the reason why I made the reservation.
Bottom line, the host have to be honest with their patrons. That way it manages our expectations. Nobody wants to wait 20 minutes after they were told initially that they getting a table ready. A patron who was waiting for his TO GO order was told that his order will be out in 3-4 minutes. He was waiting as long as I was awaiting to be seated.
The food was good. However, my salsa and my fresh guacamole appetizer was served on was warm bowl and plate. Sure way to spoil my cold food!!
Not a fan of this location. I will try other locations because the food is good. Customer service and quality of food reflects what rating you get. So it's a 3 out of 5 stars for me!
Hello Elizabeth, Thank you for wanting to spend your Valentine's Day with us. We are sorry we didn't meet your all expectations on this visit. The restaurant follows strict guidelines and procedures that insure the restaurant is running at optimal level. We greatly appreciate your insight. Your feedback from YELP and Opentable has been addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a more pleasant outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's
The food was good but the server was bothered that we had to wait for the rest of our party
Overrated. Drinks too sweet for a classic margarita.
Hi Nikki, Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your concerns are being addressed. We hope to see you again soon with an improved outcome. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's
The chicken fajitas were excellent. The classic margarita was tasty, too. The noise level was extremely high due to the open layout of the restaurant and tons of parties of over 8 people celebrating special occasions.
This was the WORSE experience that I have EVER had at Uncle Julio's. ANYONE who knows me knows that this was my FAVORITE place to eat and/or have drinks!
The waiter, me and my entire party, thinks he was HIGH... At first we didn't care because that didn't mean it would affect our service but BOY did it! Either that of he is really just a HORRIBLE waiter.
He took our orders and said YES to everything that the other members in my party asked him when asking to substitute. Including my order that they have to custom make for me since you all took it off the menu and that is the ONLY thing that I eat.
The food took FOREVER... I promise we ate probably 3 rounds of chips and salsa before he brought out complimentary guac and queso. (which was a nice thing if he hadn't brought it out after our 3 rounds of chips and salsa). BUT... we made no mention of anything as we didn't want to delay our food any further or risk any other horrible things happening to our food as we've heard confessions of people in the food industry.
When the food finally came out, almost EVERY order, except the quesadilla, was missing something or just plain incorrect.
He had SEVERAL other (employees, I'm not sure of their title) assisting him but got upset when you asked one of them for ANYTHING. We all asked for water with the exception of 2 people who were the only people who received refills without asking.
When the checks came out, he had sooooo many additions added to the bills. Almost every substitution had a charge, which was asked in the beginning and told no, and he got irritated when we asked for a manager to dispute those additional charges.
I had asked for tortillas to go and had to ask 3 times before he FINALLY brought them over and when I gave him my tip (out of pity but still 15% of my check), as it was separate from my check, he took it and kept walking. Not thank you, not a stop and apologize for the bad experience, just kept walking...
I am extremely bothered by that ENTIR
Hello ChicaH, Thank you for your business and loyalty. We are deeply sorry to learn about your visit and the concern this has caused you. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention, so we can investigate. Please provide your ticket number. That will have all the information we need. This is certainly not our standard and we sincerely apologize. We look forward to your reply. Thank you, Germaine R. Uncle Julio’s