Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston

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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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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
3 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
46 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
8 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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OT
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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J
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The best thing about this visit was the chocolate piñata. The dinner was a bit cool and unremarkable.

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

Hello Joanda, Thank you for spending your time with us and do apologize that your meal was less than memorable. 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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JP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious food

DS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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 on August 21, 2019

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
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was a bit salty and but everything else was excellent

M
San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fajitas and watermelon margaritass!!

AM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love uncle julios especially the homemade tortillas.

d
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday party

KF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
47 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

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
156 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

KG
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
60 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

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
29 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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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