Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston

4.3
495 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, 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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DS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Uncle Julio’s is a very popular restaurant know for good food and service. This time, the staff was overwhelmed by the amount of people, they ran out of tortillas and brought out the food without them, and the wait was over an hour to be served.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded 19 hours ago

Hello DwightS, We apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit with us. We thank you for providing feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address and ensure we are operating at the highest standard. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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MM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

I hadn’t been to uncle Julio’s in a looong time. Mainly because I remember it being so loud. I purposely made my reservation early due to the noise level once it starts to get crowded. Food was pretty good. The fajitas are 25$ yet they only serve you 3 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces of steak. A little pricey when feeding growing boys who want their portions a little larger.

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

Food was a bit salty and but everything else was excellent

M
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fajitas and watermelon margaritass!!

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

I love uncle julios especially the homemade tortillas.

d
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy visiting Uncle Julio's restaurants throughout the DMV, but the Ballston location continues to be our favorite. Generous portions, great service, fun atmosphere -- a great place for the family to meet and enjoy. And you can't go wrong with the fajitas!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bday party

KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went Saturday with my daughter and grands to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Had a great time, the food was good. Drinks ok, but we had a good time. I wanted to get the chocolate pinata but we were too full.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise was deafening! The 5 of us couldn’t speak to each other! Please solve noise (large room, side close to entrance) problem and we’ll return. Not before.

PE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food...great price...really really loud.
Service was above average
Very festive
Great birthday location
Parking difficult

M
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was good and friendly but the food was just okay. Had the soft tacos and the tortillas were too thick and heavy. They were also tasteless.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on July 23, 2019

Hi Mitch, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are always looking for feedback to develop and enhance the experience. Your comments are being addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and margaritas!!! My husband and I have been going here for the last 18 years and they never disappoint! One of our favorite restaurants to eat!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Adeline is the best waitress ever!!!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on July 23, 2019

Thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Adeline. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm she adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of my go to restaurants for special events and it definitely is one of the best hispanic restaurants in the DMV!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on July 16, 2019

Thank you very much!!!!

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k
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great as usual. We have been here several, several times, but this was by far the best. The service was so great. I don’t know the correct spelling of her name, but I believe it’s McKayla. So sorry if I spelled it wrong. She was on her A-game. Quick, friendly, and checked back with us often. The food came out hot and just as we requested. Wonderful experience!

CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary. We had chicken fajitas- tender and moist and a chocolate lovers piñata. Scrumptious. Service was excellent

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on July 16, 2019

Charlie, thank you very much!

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W
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent generous portions and good waiter service. The food came out hot

FD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

A tremendous disappointment and we will not return. Instead of a watermelon margarita I ordered, I received a raspberry margarita. The assumption was I would be OK with that. They were out of so many beers, it wasn’t even funny. An IPA was ordered but a summer ale was served. Again, assuming it would be acceptable. The food was OK, although not very flavorful. That could be because of what we ordered. The wait staff appeared completely ambivalent and uninterested. Diners at a table across from us asked the waitress what one of us had ordered for dinner. She guessed incorrectly so I let them know the correct dish since I overheard the conversation.
I never ask to speak to the manager but did this time. While he apologized, his “fix” was to recommend filling out the survey at the conclusion of paying. Maybe it was an off night, or maybe this is how it always is. The meal was disappointing enough to merit this review and we won’t be back to find out.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hello Ferdinand, Thank you for spending your time with us. We do not want you to feel that this situation is acceptable to us. We expect a high standard of service and we apologize that you did not receive our best. Your input has been forwarded to the appropriate parties, and we assure you that your concerns are being addressed at our store. We apologize for the unacceptable experience but hope to see you in Uncle Julio's again in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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l
New England
147 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Love the chips and salsa. I always get the chicken fajitas & like that there were poblanos in the pepper/onion mix.

KG
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

More than energetic, just plain loud. Service was fine, but I wouldn’t stretch and call it attentive. Food was good and plentiful. I really didn’t like the salsa. I found it too Smokey. All-in-all, I would certainly return.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is the best Mexican restaurant ever. We are from Texas and have tried our fair share of Mexican food, but this place is hands down the best. We eat here as often as we can. If you want an amazing margarita this is the place. The loyalty program also gets you lots of free food

S
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

We love Uncle Julio’s, but it just seems to be louder every time we go. Thank goodness they stopped the loud music also. The chips, tortillas, and enchiladas are super! Don’ Waste your money guacamole made It’s cheaper just ordering it off the menu.

A
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I won't be going back for a while! Service is terrible! From the server and the manager!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on July 2, 2019

Alexis, We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good as always but I’m upset that they stop selling the liquid nitrogen drinks!

H
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. Great place for adults and kids. Tons of variety food choics

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aaaammmmaaazzzziiiinnnnggggg !!!

I had the most adorable waiter and the food was nothing to joke about it was hands down the best I’ve had during my business week here

ME
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Looking forward to my next visit. Overall, it was a great experience and I've already told at least 4 people about the restaurant.

KG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

They always try to seat people with children in the noisy area where most families are seated which is irritating. I also said in the reservation that it was my daughter's birthday and no mention was made of it. They need to do better.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hello Kristi, Thank you for spending your daughter's birthday dinner with us. We regret it was not a fun as it could have been. We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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DP
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Dependable place, consistent quality. Very noisy and so cold in there. Service was spotty. Took a long time to get drinks. Prefer the Reston location.

GB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food is pretty decent and they give you a great portion however if you don't like a kid environment don't come here it is always busy there is always a lot of children and a lot of noise. However their drinks are on point. I would actually go just for the alcohol because they always have something new to try. If you go for a birthday celebration definitely get the chocolate pinata it's amazing.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on June 7, 2019

Grace, thank you for your review and business. We are so glad you enjoyed our signature cocktails and pinata. We look forward to serving you again in the near future. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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NW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

My visit to this location was mediocre at best. Our waiter seemed to be very distracted and rushed.

1.) I ordered a raspberry tea that tasted like water. When I told the waiter I was displeased, he took the tea but didn’t ask me if I wanted to replace it with anything else. It was not until I was almost done with my food that he finally came back to our table and asked if I wanted anything else to replace the tea. By that time, I declined.

2.) When we were done with our meal, I asked him for 1 box and the check. He never offered a dessert menu. He came back to our table about 10 minutes later and asked how many boxes. I repeated “just one box.” He brought the box to the table but the plastic bag was inside the box which I thought was very unsanitary and seemed rushed. The to-go box was also damaged so it did not close at all.

3.) After bringing the to-go box, he asked if we wanted the check. I repeated again, “yes we would like the check.”

I was visiting this location with my mom who was very turned off by the whole experience as this was her first time. She opted not to even ask for a replacement to-go box and decided to just leave the food there out of frustration and disappointment.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello NiaW, 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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JJ
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Neglectful waitress, no refills on drinks, no checking on food, etc

AN
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was ok. Service wasn’t good, she put wrong order and didn’t wanted to change it. Parking wasn’t good. Have to pay for parking it’s not cheap restaurant but can’t even get free parking.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello AlisaN, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us and apologize that the service was less than satisfying. We have taken your feedback to our team to ensure our location is operating at the highest standard and providing quality meals and experiences that are expected by our Guests. We do hope that we will get the opportunity to provide you with an overall exceptional dining experience in the future and thank you again for your feedback. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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

We had an amazing time!!!

a
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice day to be out!

RH
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Heard so much about this spot and I was not disappointed when going. The food was great, I couldn’t finish mine because my appetizer was soooo delicious I ate majority of it. But when I ate my left overs the next day it was better than the first day. Great service got seated in 5 mins on a Sunday evening. I recommend going and I will return

JV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. It was so loud you could not have a conversation at a table for 4. The food was average. Drinks were over priced. Won’t go back.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hello Johnny, Thank you for your business. We are sorry to hear we didn't meet your service and food expectations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. 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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BR
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Overall we enjoyed the food. The service wasn’t that great but the food is hard to pass up

B
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We think the quality of the meals at UJ’s has gone down. The meats were not great and the food didn’t seem as fresh as it could be.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on May 20, 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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N
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The waiters/waitresses were accurate and thorough with their job. They made my families first experience...fantastic!!! The food was so good and that chocolate pinata was the BOMB!!!

Thank you!!!

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