Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston

4.3
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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.

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EJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and the bartenders were friendly and welcoming. Food service was fast. DRINKS were fantastic!!

AU
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Margaritas could have been a little stronger, especially when paying $14 for them, but overall drinks were tasty. Food is consistently good and high quality/fresh. It was very busy and service was still timely and done well!

W
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very good.

JH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Every time we go without fail we have to wait for our table, while there are empty tables. This doesn’t happen at busier and hipper places so I’m not sure why it’s always happening here.

Food was great as always. We waited forever for drinks and food.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded 2 days ago

Hello JaneH, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience this visit. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to prevent waits for our guests. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food is always good, but service is always disappointing. Wait for servers, wait for food and then really wait for any followup needed during the meal.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hello, We apologize to hear about your experience as this is not the service standards expected. Our team appreciates the opportunity to improve with the feedback you have provided, your review has been sent to the appropriate teams to further address and correct. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation to celebrate a birthday. We 5-10 min early and was seated 20 min past our reservation time. To compensate, we received complimentary appetizer. Food was great and tasted fresh. Will def visit this location again

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Chocolate piñata was a hit !!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We’ve been to this, and other Uncle Julio’s locations, and this one is our favorite. The food is always perfectly prepared and the service is good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go here every NYE for family dinner and we love it!

SS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands-down the best Tex-Mex restaurant. Nothing else comes close.

OT
Washington DC
247 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistent - solid, chain meal.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing... server was prompt and friendly. I enjoyed the atmosphere and had a really good dinner with my family. We’ll be visiting again soon

RA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoy coming here every so often, each time has been extremely pleasant. The food is tasty and the drinks never fail. Our favorite to order is the swirl with the shot of patron!

k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Never disappoints.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food2service2ambience4

Chicken fajitas were slightly pink
Drinks never refilled and took 20 minutes to receive

R
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was beyond spectacular, the service was good. The food was awesome or did I say that already.

e
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a great neighborhood restaurant for 20+ years. Food is always well prepared and presented. staff is super. always good.
still a bit loud.

S
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loud...excellent food...good service

OT
Miami
71 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

NZ
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Good food. Nice atmosphere. Value for the money.

A
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very much enjoyed the Plato Grande but should have ordered the 3-4 size and not the 2-3 size, as it was barely brought 3 of us. Good service and consistent restaurant.

VW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

First off I did a reservation for 8:30 pm and it still took about 15 minutes before getting seated. For the price we paid for drinks were to expensive for it to come in a beer mugs. Then the food too was expensive and it wasn’t even hot. My daughters didn’t eat there’s and one was actually taken back. I rather go to chipotle for food and roadhouse for a drink🤔. Naw I wouldn’t recommend this place.

Our host had so many tables he couldn’t keep up with servicing us.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello VictoriaW, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the opportunity was missed to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. Your feedback is greatly valued, and this has been sent to our teams to address further. We hope for 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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MP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was hard to find the restaurant entrance. Better signhe would be very helpful.
Staff were great!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on November 18, 2019

Hello MaryP, We apologize that the entrance was not easy to locate during your visit with us. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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TB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sat at the bar, bartenders were very helpful as it was our first time. Hospitality, service and food all
On point. The drinks were very good as well.

SO
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience1

It was so loud that we couldn't have a conversation. The wait staff was very pleasant and food was good-ish.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on October 30, 2019

Hello SusanO, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit. Your review has been sent to our teams who will address the concerns mentioned and apologize that we did not exceed your expectations. We hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Granddaughter passed her written driver’s permit test

BJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

it was hot in there! food was great. service, better.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The weather took our order but failed to deliver it to the kitchen because he was off shift.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on October 21, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

The service was horrible

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on October 14, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your service was less than excellent. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and coach upon. We look forward to serving you again for an experience that is much improved. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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c
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Horrible location. Restaurant is dirty. Food is mass produced with title to no care. Horrible horrible. I like Uncle Julio’s in Fairfax or Gainesville but this location needs much better management

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on October 14, 2019

Hello Clwho, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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ED
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Friend’s birthday though they sat us next to a huge party and we could not hear people at our table. Our server was awesome. Food good, but seriously the other table of about thirty needed its own room!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on October 8, 2019

Hello EvetteD, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit. Your review has been sent to our teams who will address the concerns mentioned and we apologize that it was a less than excellent visit. We hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great fire a quick business lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

There was a very large group, very loud and acting without regard for other customers already seated close to where we were seated, and at least 2 servers or bus staff dropped trays during out stay, adding to the chaos/noise level. Management should have done something about the totally unruly/large group. It was not possible to hold a conversation with anyone at our table. Honestly, the food was way overpriced for what was delivered. I would take a Taco Bell taco over these any day. We usually have coffee after dinner in restaurants but didn't even consider it because we couldn't wait to get out of there. Also had not previously had the experience of paying electronically at the table - did not like the options provided - I usually tip 20% no matter what because I think waitressing is one of the worst jobs one could have, but that 20% should not be calculated on the total with tax, nor should there be an "option" of rounding up.
Going back to El Paso - food is cheaper, and better, and the noise level is tolerable.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello, 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. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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MM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We ordered guacamole and queso as a starter and never received it. They just brought our dinner out and said nothing about the appetizer. When i asked about it she said several tickets were getting lost. One of us asked what the difference was between a mojito and Mexican mojito and the server didn’t know. Someone came by to refill water and filled only some of our cups; one didn’t get any more water. I ordered a drink and didn’t get it and when the server came back 10 min later and asked the others in our group if she could get them more drinks they ordered but I had to remind her about my drink again. Several good runners came close to our table and didn’t know which food was going to which table. Overall not a great experience.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on September 19, 2019

Hello MarissaM, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure the team is operating at the highest standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was great as it always is. It was also noisy and somewhat chaotic (which is also true most of the time). Its a busy restaurant and theres a lot of tables crammed into that space.

The service is a bit hit or miss and on this occasion more of a miss.

C
Minneapolis
17 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite family place!

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BB
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Waiter took very long time to get to us, another waiter actually took our order before our waiter came to acknowledge us. Once he came, he was very nice and very attentive. We had specifically ask for a classic margarita but were charged for a “patron” which is $3 more, not sure which one we got. My husband did not mention till after we left, so we ended up paying for it. The food was good, as usual

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

Hello, We sincerely apologize to hear about your experience as this is not the service expectations we have set. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our service with the feedback you have provided, we have sent this to the appropriate teams to further address and correct. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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MC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated my birthday and enjoyed the chocolate pinata! Yum!!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on September 12, 2019

Maggie, happy birthday to YOU!!!!!!! We are so happy we got to spend it together.

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