Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row

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479 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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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GP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Solid Mexican fare and good prices

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DC
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great place for a casual meal or for a fun celebration with family and/or friends!

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

We found the ceviche disappointing. The mesquite ribs were OK but too sweet. The mesquite shrimp very good, the sides OK, though the beans could be tastier. Top billing were the tortillas!

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l
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and very tasty meal. I’m skeptical of chains but really enjoyed having brunch here.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters home from college for spring break

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LI
Edinburgh
29 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday with chocolate Piñata for dessert! Everyone had fun !!!

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a wonderful place to hangout; the food and drinks are awesome. The staff is super friendly. It does get a little noisy during the evenings and weekends!

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a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Arrived early for our reservation, so we sat at the bar for a drink, we decided to stay at the bar for dinner. Bartender was great, he greeted us the moment we sat down, I loved the margaritas I tried three different types, the grapefruit was delicious! My husband ordered the pork tacos and I ordered the tuna tacos, the tuna was HORRIBLE, very stringy someone doesn’t know how to cut tuna back there, all of my food arrived cold. My taco was very plain, no taste at all, I ordered extra sauce but that didn’t help. My husbands tacos were over cooked and dry, just overall not good. I didn’t even finish one taco, didn’t eat any of the beans or rice and yet no one asked if everything was ok. That was the only negative part about the bartender, and two managers stood behind the bar but don’t have the eye for hospitality, because they didn’t ask either. It was a very busy restaurant but food didn’t take long at all, fast! But cold, and expensive for the low quality.

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C
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes

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

Goor experience just a long wait time even though we had a reservation

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WD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

It was so loud that you cannot even hold a conversation at your own table. The $5 box at Taco Bell is far tastier! This family will not return.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

my kids enjoyed the Chocolate Piñata

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D
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going since other Bethesda location in early 90's. Great food and service- much, much better than the new one in Columbia- not even close.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh, our server, was hilarious and probably the best service I’ve had at a restaurant in recent memory. Food was good too, hard to go wrong with steak fajitas

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and good prices.

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SJ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like the location, I will surely return for happy hour!

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c
Adelaide / SA
36 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dominique was great the hostess. She got us a table away from the abundance of small children dining. I didn't think margaritas and 3 year olds paired well with cocktails. There were a lot of young children in this restaurant at 830-9. Not sure I get it. Food was good for a chain. Good margarita selection

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KE
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is my favorite local restaurant! The food (and margaritas) are delicious, the prices are reasonable, and the servers are nice and friendly! Definitely download their app for free items like guacamole and chocolate pinatas!

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F
Pittsburgh
98 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server Christokpher provided excellent service!
Food was very tasty.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Uncle Julio’s Sunday afternoon and really enjoyed our experience! It’s a bit pricey for lunch, but delicious and high quality. My husband got the tamales and really enjoyed them. I had steak fajitas and they were amazing! The chips and salsa were also really good compared to other similar restaurants. As for the ambiance and service, everything was wonderful. Our waitress was friendly and quick, while the building was clean and welcoming.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

They ran out of what we wanted to order (lobster) at 8pm....Then we had to wait for another 10 mins to put in a different order. The food came out just a lot less flavor than it used to. We had to wait on tortillas. My sister never got her second drink I was never offered a refill. We LOVE uncle Julio’s but the Bethesda location was so underwhelming.

Also their salsa tasted burnt! We had been to uncle Julio’s 3 weekends in a row in Annapolis before we tried this location and needless to say we had won’t be back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Birthday/ Valentine’s Day dinner

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L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything is good but the soft tacos are so delicious I always wonder why I don’t eat them every day.

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CC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The server took way too long to bring the drinks and food to the table

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J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The overall experience was okay, but nothing to write home about. The service was pretty slow to start. It took our server about 5 minutes to come to our table. We then waited a while for our drinks to come out- just two basic margaritas- nothing elaborate.

The portions were surprisingly small for a Mexican place. I ordered chicken fajitas which came with a decent sized piece of chicken, but surprisingly few vegetables. Pricey for what it was.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server gave exceptional service, she answered all our questions. Very delightful!!
I will be back for my birthday in April!

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l
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live the food .must make reservations.
Its crazy busy. Best Mexican around

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

No need for music because the noise level is so high

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K
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I love Uncle Julio's and go nearly once per week. This visit, the service had a little to be desired. We waited a long time to order and requested the salad prior to the entrees, but here's what happened. One entree arrived before the salad, then the other entree arrived with the salad. I think we might have been between stations as it did not appear that any server "claimed" our table. I'll be back, because I love the food!

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LM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy night but we our reservation we only waited like 5mins, food as always was delicious and the service was awesome. The free piñata was the best

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CN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I went to Uncle Julio's to celebrate my birthday. It didn't disappoint. The fajitas were delicious! We were all very full but managed to make room for dessert. We had the famous Chocolate Pinata. Fabulous! We are definitely returning soon.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except for the margaritas. Too sweet!

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GT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was so pleasant and friendly, it made us feel like we chose the right location to visit! The food was great. We enjoyed our lobster fajitas with the rich butter sauce that was perfecto!

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SY
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food quality was AWFUL. I ordered the tuna fajita's and the fish was cold, it has no flavor whatsoever, the chips were super greasy. Our server was very nice, it was not her fault but the food was really horrible. Our family goes out for Mexican almost twice a month and this was the worst meal we ever had. My kids had the steak fajita's they did not eat them. My husband ordered the adult steak fajita and it was also inedible. We had heard so many great things about this place and on a Saturday night tried all locations and we drove from McLean to Bethesda to eat there as it was the only one with an opening and we were extremely let down. I would not recommend it to anyone unless food quality is improved. I tried to think it was because they were so busy but I realized we always go out on Saturday nights and it is always crowded so that is not an excuse. Too bad I hope they fix their food!

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SH
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We were 15 minutes early for our reservation and we seated immediately. Our drink order came out quickly. Food order took over 45 minutes. When it did come, some people's food was cold, it obviously had been sitting while the rest of the order was fixed. Waitress was not worried about it.

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UK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh fresh fresh and copious,; too copious? Maybe. But great to bring some back home. Service soooo friendly and understanding! Very very nice; Thank you tio!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service, enjoyable

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sarah was an excellent server! Overall great experience as always. Uncle Julio’s never disappoints!

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C
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good but the atmosphere was very loud.
I would like to go back soon.

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S
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, as always. And the service is great -- friendly and efficient!

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