Uncle Julio's - Austin

4.3
252 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, and bacon wrapped shrimp. Other favorites include: honey chipotle chicken & bacon fajitas, costillas, and carne asada.

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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Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent drinks, food, service and atmosphere. Awesome horse shoe shaped bar. And see through fireplace in the center. Lots of character.

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BV
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

It was not a really good experience. Food was average. Presentation was average. Saving grace was the dessert!

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PP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great venue, nicely located - however, the service was a bit slow/unresponsive to our requests

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bachelorette

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AF
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was great, the service amazing, and with one small exception the food was wonderful. That small letdown was the charro beans which came with the bacon-wrapped shrimp plate. They tasted as if they were poured straight out of a Ranch Style Beans can. But the table-made guacamole and the shrimp more than compensated for this minor disappointment. Michael, the manager, and the entire staff were on their “A” game. We will definitely be back !

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Preston was a fantastic waiter. The food was great and it was a nice atmosphere! I highly recommend Uncle Julio’s!

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered the Carnitas they were delicious. Food is always amazing! Richard was so kind and friendly, the chips and salsa are the best! Salsa varies from day to day if itll be spicy or not but that makes it exciting! Always a great meal here at "Tio" Julios!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Richard. 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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H
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The emphasis was on the drink menu which says it caters to tourists and not locals. The food was terrible and very limited. I am a local and there are lots of options - this is not one I would recommend. However, the place is great with respect to decor and outside seating. Our waiter was very good and hard working. Food was not good and drinks just OK.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on May 2, 2019

Hello Heather4518, Thank you for spending your time and are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. Your concerns are being addressed by the appropriate parties and 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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ND
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very poor. We we definitely caught on the hop following a 5hr drive with a banging headache in
need of fuel it was opposite our hotel so super convenient

Should have read the signs
A) empty - but it was only 6pm
B) reception counter lady was cold/indifferent
C) 'juice' was from concentrate


So when we ordered the food I don't know why I was disappointed that the steak and chicken fajita meat was like rubber, the guac super salty and the salad fraying at the edges.

They knocked $29 off our $90 bill but considering I know the quality of some of the taco and burrito joints within the next few blocks I can only blame myself for succumbing to the fact it was less than a minute walk from the hotel but it was truly awful.

Just get a $4.50 taco from literally anywhere nearby and you'll be a happier bunny!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 23, 2019

Hello Nick, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We are constantly working to develop and improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, we will be back.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We came there for my daughter’s birthday. We chose the place due to it being so awesome the last time we were there. This time seemed off, and the server really wasn’t into it. Tried to leave the check before dessert, even though we called ahead for the chocolate piñata. Everybody seemed preoccupied.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 17, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit and apologize that we missed the mark on providing you with an excellent dining experience. We have taken your feedback and forwarded it to the appropriate teams. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our service standards to the highest quality and hope that we get the chance to provide you with a more than improved experience in the future. Uncle Julio's

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AS
Dundalk
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Felt rushed. Food was only ok. Sangria just ok. Wouldn’t recommend or dine again.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello Annette, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize your felt rushed and that we didn't meet all your expectations. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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KC
Austin
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were there to celebrate our 27th anniversary. We made a reservation for 5 and they sat us next to a large party that had a buffet and a sorority party of 8. The food was great but it was loud. The pricing and especially on appetizers and alcohol is also very high. But we did love the food and the chocolate piñata!

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New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious and service was great!

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M
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Having raised 3 boys, I don't understand why people allow their children to run around a restaurant and scream when others are trying to enjoy conversations at their own tables and the wait persons are trying to do their jobs and provide the very best service.

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HM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG it was SO GOOD! BEST margaritas I’ve ever had. The service was great. The chocolate piñata is a MUST!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 1, 2019

HMGR, thank you!! We are so glad you enjoyed everything!

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JR
Houston
19 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was disappointing; the beans didn’t have much flavor. The meats and rice were less than average.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 8, 2019

Hello Jennifer, Thank you for your business. We are so sorry we missed the mark on this visit. We look forward to serving you again with a much-improved outcome. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Preston made the experience so great! I took my boyfriend there for his birthday and he loved it!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on April 1, 2019

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

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and drinks were amazing. The service was a little slow but it wasn't bad!

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MT
New England
78 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good. nothing to me tgat makes this pkace stand out as above average. did not like 2 things. 1- Guacamoli comes on a bed of shredded lettuce. made it look like more that it was. and had lots of lettuce in the guac i didnt want
2- wanted Soecialty Ice Teas and they couldnt maje any of thrm because of lack of one ingredient. so i asked for ginger ale. a tiny 8pz bottle was $3. so two bottles to fill a 16oz glass was $6. felt kind if ripped off as they didnt have what i really wanted.
my main meal was good. service was outsranding

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A
Omaha
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ned was a great server. Fresh guacamole was delicious. Only complaint was the salsa was too mild, but the next spice up was too hot. The ladies restroom was a little smelly too. But overall we really liked the atmosphere, and the food was great!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hello Ambular, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are very happy you enjoyed your service and overall meal. We appreciate your feedback regarding the restrooms, that will be addressed immediately. We look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We went to Uncle Julio's to enjoy the chocolate pinatas and they were out. Very disappointed!!

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Back room has no personality at all; margaritas too sweet; enchiladas tasted like they were microwaved. Didn't reflect the quality in the reviews we'd read. Would NOT recommend.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hi Alison, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time with us. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and experience 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. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance and wait service. Margaritas delicious.

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

the food was very tasty and our waiter was very kind. Unfortunately the one reason why we went there was for the chocolate pinata and they were out. I think the next time we go for a birthday with intentions on chocolate pinatas, will call ahead of time and make sure they have one reserved for us.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on March 13, 2019

Hello Shay, We are so sorry we didn't have the pinata available. Your concerns are being addressed. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - great service!

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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was only ok. Service was great.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we first walked in, there was a huge line to get to the host stand, which took a while to get through. However, once we got to the front and let them know about our reservation, they took us to a PERFECT table on the patio which overlooked the street. We were worried it would be too cold outside, but the enclosed, yet open, patio was perfect! The drinks and appetizers came very fast and were delicious! I ordered the taco salad and my husband ordered the Juanita's plate and they were both amazing! We will certainly be back.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on March 4, 2019

Katelyn, thank you! We are so glad we met all your expectations and fun was had by all! We look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JM
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good, they accommodated our allergy needs. Would recommend.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my son and daughter to Lunch. We had great service, the food was great. We ordered a Chocolate Piñata and it was delicious as well as gave my 8 year old daughter an amazing experience.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on March 4, 2019

Amylou, thank you! We are so happy you all enjoyed the pinata - it's a HUGE HIT!!!!

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C
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Beautiful restaurant. Parking isn’t easy but worth the walk of a couple of blocks. Only complaint: It was difficult to hear the conversation at our table not due to noise level of customers but probably to the acoustics in the building.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on March 4, 2019

Hello Cher, Thank you for your business. We are so glad you enjoyed the ambiance and great food! We appreciate and value your feedback regarding the sound level to develop and enhance your experience. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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S
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fajitas are awesome. Chips and salsa was promptly delivered. Service was great from the hostess to the waiter.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on February 23, 2019

Sassyrants, thank you for your business!

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TB
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always good food and margaritas. Beef fajitas best in town. Absolutely try them with the Mexican butter. Shrimp Diablo perfectly seasoned and grilled. Service always exceptional. Great place to treat yourself in downtown Austin.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on February 12, 2019

Tom, thank you!

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AM
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great time, chocolate piñata is a must for any celebration. Flour tortillas and steak fajita meat is the best.

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d
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fajitas are fantastic!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on February 12, 2019

Dannikaf, thank you!

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M
Austin
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, great service. Has some of the typical Tex-Mex dishes and some higher end entrees. All very good and a great selection. Just love it.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on February 12, 2019

2Much, thank you very much! We are thrilled you enjoyed everything!

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JW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for a table for 4 and had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Not sure what the point of making a reservation was... tableside guacamole is the saving grace at Uncle Julio’s. Service was mediocre, but the food was good.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on February 5, 2019

Hello Jen, Thank you for your business and loyalty. We are so sorry you had to wait and completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. 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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1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, tasty drinks, and delicious food. Chips are thin and crispy. It was Friday night so it was busy and a bit on the loud side. But overall, very pleased with Uncle Julio's!

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on February 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are so glad you had a great time! 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

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The fajita meat didn’t have much taste. It was soft, tender meat though. Pricey for the portions. Beautiful atmosphere. Probably a good place to come for happy hour. The drinks seemed to be the major focus on the menu.

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on January 30, 2019

Hello Dino, Thank you for your business. We are very happy you enjoyed the atmosphere. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations regarding the fajitas. We are sorry we missed the mark on this visit, but we do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Germaine R. Uncle Julio's

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience except we wish they had better chips. It seemed like we mostly got chips that were all broken and tiny 👎

Uncle Julio's - Austin
Responded on January 30, 2019

Hi there! We are sorry about those chips. Your concerns are being addressed. We look forward to serving you soon!

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