Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston

4.4
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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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MM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and quick service for lunch

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for husbands birthday with friends. Everything we tried was amazing, from appetizers to entrees to margaritas, and service was friendly and attentive! We WILL be back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. Our server Siyenee was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there and sat really fast, even though it was Valentine’s Day, the food was delivered fast and it was really good. The server was nice and really attentive

JR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day with some people I love!

k
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

La comida de muy mala calidad. Muy salada y precocinada. Muy grasosa. La atención en la recepción pésima, muy indiferente. El mesero se esforzó pero la calidad de cómoda y todo lo demás me decepciona. Adiós a este restaurante no vuelvo y al que me pregunte no lo recomiendo. Mi esposa y yo estamos en el baño. La comida nos hizo daño.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded 6 days ago

Hola, Gracias por su negocio. Estamos muy sentimos que haya tenido en general mala experiencia. Lamentamos cualquier frustración que esto te haya causado. Le agradecemos enormemente que comparta esta opinión, ya que estamos constantemente trabajando para mejorar, y esta información es extremadamente útil. Por favor, acepte nuestra silencióliente disculpa por su insatisfacción. Esperamos que vuelvas pronto a casa del tío Julio para una experiencia mejorada. Gracias, Uncle Julio

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VG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall the food was very good but thought the wait time was longer than usual

OT
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall good experience. The salsa was good, but the chips seemed slightly stale. Service was good, although one of my substitutions was missed. It is a little loud and the chairs and tables are like a cafeteria, but the food is good enough that it doesn’t matter.

SC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not sure of the appeal of this place. Food was generic and bland. Bar service was really slow (took forever for drinks to come to the table). And it was loud!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello SimonC, 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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K
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

We love Uncle Julios and always visit when we are back in the DC area. Everyone enjoyed the amazing salsa, queso and chips.. our entrees were wonderful. For the first time in years the service was horrid. One member of our party said that the service has deteriorated the past several months. I wonder what has changed to affect service so dramatically.

SH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! We will be back again.

G
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very slow, but the server was excellent.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday! Consistently great service and food. It did seem louder than usual. Have been going to the Ballston location for over 25 years! Still one of our favorite restaurants!!

M
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Everything was great except we didn’t get the piñata after waiting over 30 mins and that was our whole point of coming out to the restaurant ..

S
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Loved chocolate piñata cake !! Will visit again for that.

EJ
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
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 on January 18, 2020
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 on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was very good.

JH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
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 on January 22, 2020

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
260 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
6 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
63 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loud...excellent food...good service

OT
Miami
72 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
5 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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