Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row

4.3
585 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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best experience we’ve ever had at a restaurant. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. Food is outstanding every. single. time. COULDN’T RECOMMEND MORE!!! Amazing. Kenneth, the manager, was so nice!

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We've been to UJ before and had a great experience. This time, for a birthday, it seemed average. Wait time for drinks was longer than expected. Food also came slower. Overall was a flat experience.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great place! We sat outside so it wasn’t noisy. The chef went out of her way to customize a meal for me so that it was safe for me to eat. I can’t have gluten. We were very impressed with the service from the waiter but especially from the chef and will definitely go back. This is our family’s new favorite restaurant!

PV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely love Uncle Julio's. This Mexican restaurant never disappoints. The food is plentiful and delicious, the food comes to our table quickly, and the wait staff is friendly and responsive. The only thing is, the chips are not my favorite. But everything else is excellent in my eyes.

S
London
38 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!!

CM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Uncle Julio’s on Sunday night!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A great going away party. The chocolate piñata was a hit! Our server was outstanding.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 13, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Jesse! We are so happy you had a great time. That means so much to us. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio’s

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AA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We decided to try a different Uncle Julio's after our last episode in the Rio. Bethesda was far better for atmosphere and service. Its like two different restaurants. Everywhere they failed at the Rio the Bethesda location did excellent.
Well done Bethesda

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family here for My Daughter Birthday food was delicious service was great outstanding overall

L
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We arrived on the early side so it wasn’t loud. I’m grain-free so I appreciated the server checking with chef re my order and they changed out the type of shrimp to avoid any issues. But I had to ask three different people for the lettuce wraps I had ordered in lieu of flour tortillas. The shrimp were delicious and the sauce was spicy yum. The beans are ok. Not bad not great. I didn’t eat the tortilla chips but my table went through a basket quickly so I imagine they were good. I think the fajitas are a little over priced but they’re comparable to other places in this area.

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

Open table reward card was declined!!!

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tableside guacamole is worth getting. If you like guacamole from the supermarket, you will love getting fresh tableside guacamole. We’ve had fajitas and enchiladas here, and both are good.

R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good but food was really heavy

t
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent service was great love this place thanks for the great experience see you soon

j
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was nice and quiet outside, where we dined -- but quite noisy inside. The food was delicious and the service very smooth. My only quibble was that the margarita could have used a more substantial splash of tequila.

K
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food as always!! Service was good. Only negative was we sat outside and it was 90 degrees out and they still had their heat lamps on so a little unbearable.

E
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was OK, the service was a bit slow. This was my third time at one of their restaurants. I'd go again.

OT
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy and service was a little slow. Sat is a little after our reservation but servers were nice and accommodating to our toddler. Great for families.

BL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Had the fish tacos, very mediocre. Surprised by the low quality

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on July 23, 2019

Hello Brent, Thank you for your business. We are very glad you enjoyed your service. We regret hearing you didn't enjoy the fish tacos. Your feedback and concerns have been addressed. Please accept our sincere apology. We do hope we get the opportunity to serve you soon with a much-improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Vibrant but loud. Wait staff were attentive, friendly and professional. Chocolate piñata was insane - kids loved it!

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good family meal. Steak tortillas were the highlight in our order. Friendly service too

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

Food was excellent! The restaurant was comfortable but the men’s bathroom was dirty. The service was good and our waitress was attentive and considerate. Would definitely go back, but would pay closer attention to the cleanliness of the restrooms.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hi, We are sorry to hear about the restrooms and will make sure to address this with our staff. We appreciate you letting us know. Have a great day, Uncle Julio’s

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Took my wife out for her birthday. This was not our first visit nor our last. Food is always hot and fresh. Portions are large. Margaritas are amazing. Lots of choices. They are always busy so expect a bit slower service. Nothing that would prevent me from returning. Just understand that when you arrive. The wait staff is very professional and courteous. They work hard. It is very loud inside so, if you’re looking for something quieter, I would recommend take the outside tables.

K
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quieter on a summer afternoon when everyone is out of town or at the swimming pool.

Chicken quesadillas were superb!

See you next week!

MH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Waiter very kind! Food was out of this world. Just a wee bit over priced!

MM
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service is always great! Major dislike is the noise level, it is very loud.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jennifer never disappoints! I request her whenever she’s serving. I have a date tomorrow that includes a visit to Uncle Julio’s and I hope to find she’s there to add to our experience!!

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on July 11, 2019

Holley, thank you very much and kudos to Jennifer!!!

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s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food as always is excellent, the margaritas superb, but the cacophonous noise level was almost a deal breaker.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food and service. So tasty a d good value. Quite loud though.

L
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is wonderful. I do find this restaurant much louder than the one in gaithersburg. I don’t know if something can be added to the ceiling to block or absorb noise better but there was a large table next to us and in order for them to talk they were literally screaming at each other at the top of their lungs. I found this took away from the dining experience.

TT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

We’ve estates this location several times and everything has always gone well, service and food. On this visit, they seemed short staffed. There was one guacamole cart so there was a 15 delay, our piña coladas were full of crushed ice as if the blender was broken, the queso came out cold. When our entrees came out, my husband’s order was wrong and our wait to have our order taken was unusually long. We made the best of it and I will be back, just to the Columbia location.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hi TipToe, 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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t
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

My experience was pretty good. My party and I did our reservation but decided to sit at the bar tables. We waited around and the bartender came over to let is know that she knows we've been waiting and will let the manager know. The manager comes over and addresses us and we got queso and guacamole as a courtesy. It was a great birthday celebration dinner.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Outside reservation was not honored. Service was slow and the restaurant was very loud. Order was not taken down correctly and had to be fixed.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on June 27, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your review and we apologize for your experience during this visit. We have provided your feedback to our teams to address the reservations and service concerns experienced. We hope for the opportunity to serve you again in the future for a much improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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

The food is amazing! The presentation was great. It is loud in the restaurant but feels like a fun atmosphere

a
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We get takeout from Uncle Julio's pretty often, but we ate in on Thursday night and had delicious skirt steak fajitas, fish tacos, and cocktails. Our waitress was extremely attentive, and while the food is a LITTLE overpriced, it's really great.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our Moms 87 birthday. She told us it was one of her best .
Everything was perfect! David our server was awesome . The food was delicious. My Mom loved her birthday piñata !
We will definitely be back!
Thank you for all of your hard work to make our evening so special!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server Katherine was amazing!!

JC
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious, it is a little on the expensive side.

m
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We both ordered fajitas and the meat was served without tortillas (which were still being made). By the time the tortillas made it to our table, the rest of the food was cold. They also messed up another entrée (served us quesadillas instead of tacos). And in general, the service was slow. Our server was very friendly though.

KM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I think it may just have been extra busy for Father’s Day. But as a result the service was super slow - took and hour after ordering to get our food, and we had to ask several times to get water, napkins, etc. I’d go back and give it another shot as the food was good.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hell Kyle, Thank you or spending your Father's Day with us. We regret you did not received the VIP service you deserved. We will address these service issues immediately. We look forward to serving you again soon with a much better outcome. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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