Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row

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

A very vibrant and energetic dining room. The margaritas were AMAZING!!!!!!! So was the house made guacamole. I dined with my family (Party of 5) and we all enjoyed our meals even though the pork for my mom and uncle's taco dishes were a bit dry. We didn't have the opportunity to try dessert but we will definitely be back! Our server, Jessey, was very attentive and gave is great service.

VG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing!!!!

DG
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

The dining room at Uncle Julio's- Bethesda Row is way too loud. The food is OK, but over priced - $20 for basic chicken fajitas, $18 for an unimaginative salad with 4 shrimp and flavorless dressing; and $12 for a glass of inexpensive red wine. Just not a good value and not worth the visit.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded 21 hours ago

Hello DouglasG, 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 further address. 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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JS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

We can based off of a recommendation to go, and a good history with the chain, however we were rather disappointed, as the entrees didn't taste very "made from scratch authentic". The enchilada wraps felt and were at best a temperature almost as if they had been unfrozen and reheated. Just wasn't what we were use to. Maybe if we went later in the day. We'll give it another try some other time perhaps, but it really shouldn't depend on what time of day you go.
On a high note. Service was awesome.

MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I would not rush back. It was so loud that you could not hear the person sitting next to you.
The food was only OK

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hello MarkB, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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GM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Muy buenas atencion la comida deliciosa buena música y muy limpio

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AA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Decent food, good service, very noisy.

o
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Drinks were great. Food is consistently good. Service was excellent. Restaurant is a bit noisy but that may have been because there was a birthday party going on. Reliably good experience.

H
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our family’s go to spot. Good food and see.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely poor.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It wasn’t special at all even though we had mentioned it was our son’s birthday. Service was very poor

JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Guacamole to die for. The main dishes--chicken, beef, shrimp et al--are dry and disappointing but covered in butter. Beans are tasteless. Other food is hit or miss.

JL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. We Always enjoy eating there.

t
Philadelphia
49 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent

EM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was extremely salty, our server was amazing.We were seated outside by a group of young people that were celebrating a birthday party and it was just two of us. It wasn’t a good date night to celebrate my birthday.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on September 26, 2019

Hello EbonieM, 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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JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great! Very attentive and responsive to our requests after a drink confusion on our end. The food was cooked well, but I'm used to Fajitas with seasoning, and my food was kind of bland. I've been to Uncle Julio's before, but not this restaurant location so I'm not sure if that was a chain recipe change or an off day for the chef. Otherwise, everything was good.

j
Washington DC
57 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waitress Mimi was outstanding. The food was tasty and came out fast, but the reason I. Downgraded the food is lack of vegetables. It was meat piled onto a very small portion if peppers and onions. Also the noise level is such that having a conversation is incredibly difficult.

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

Hello J Weinstein, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Mimi! 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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OT
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Well, never go there on an off hour. We had a late (for a Sunday) reservation. (715, no not crazy late). Huge mistake. We were seated right away and the waitress introduced herself fairly timely. The drinks came not too late, the guac a bit later. Then to came to a screeching halt. Finally had to ask for our server to take our order. One hour in we still had no entrees. Once they finally got there mine (shrimp tacos) were ice cold. So were my daughter’s tacos. The fajitas did seem to at least be recently cooked. We didn’t complain because frankly by then we just needed to get home. So maybe they would have done “something” for us, but we were never getting that hour back. We were not the only ones craning their necks looking for service. We’ve been there before and it was fine so, again, maybe that’s what happens at the end of a shift. But that’s of course not okay in any event.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your continued support and your candid review. We are so glad you expect great things from us. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your experience this past Sunday. We read every comment, feedback, praise and concern and then we forward to the appropriate groups to properly address. We will look into the service immediately. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were great; however, I asked if peppers could be added to the fajita quesadilla in addition to the already existing onions. My waitress said it could be done. When it came out, the peppers were not on the food, so I asked if she could just bring them separately because I did not feel like waiting for it to be remade. The peppers took an additional 10 minutes to come out. Once the check came, I was displeased to see that I was charged $4 for “side of vegetables” that 1. I asked to be on my meal - not on the side and 2. weren’t even on there.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello Kaitlyn, Thank you for coming in. We regret this experience was not a memorable one. We appreciate all feedback to develop and enhance the entire experience. Your concerns will be addressed. We hope you will give us another chance to serve you with an exceptional experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

K
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love it here - this time sitting outside the day before the County Schools start, so it appeared to be a bit busier than normal. Families back from summer vacation and perhaps a treat before the first day of school.

We shared a skinless chicken fajita with all the fixings and the chips and salsa were superb as usual.

The manager on duty -Dani, was attentive to all the guests.

See you next week!

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello Kloud9, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your time with Dani. We value and appreciate their continued commitment to your enjoyment and exceptional experience. We are happy you enjoyed your meal and service from beginning to end. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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DF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dani and our server whose name I cannot recall were AMAZING!! We’ll definitely be back. Nice to know impeccable customer service still exists. Good job Uncle Julio’s!!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wait time was fast, service was good and the food was great. Parking wasn't too bad either

SS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked for 7:15, arriving early to see if we could sit outside since it was a beautiful evening. We were told it could take until our reservation time or perhaps later for the outside seat. We sat in the bar, ordered Margaritas, and before our drinks arrived the outside table was ready. The bar server brought our drinks outside and transferred the bill to our waitress' bill. Seamless. Our waitress was very friendly and efficient, brought us delicious tortilla chips and salsa right away. Food was yummy and tasted even better outside. We needed more tortillas and asked a passing waiter. Even though he wasn't taking care of us he brought them quickly. Again a seamless team all working together. I will definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and better service from the bartenders. I was really impressed how the volume of drinks they were making and pumping out to the customers. Will definitely come back again.

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Slightly above average American casual dining restaurant chain take on Mexican food in a pleasant setting.

SC
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome fajitas we were with my daughter and son in-law and a 2 year old. They were very good with the toddler. We had a very nice visit and a great lunch!

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 28, 2019

SCGirl, we are so glad you had a great time...thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Food was overly salty

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your feedback to enhance the experience. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon. Thank again, Uncle Julio's

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday for a kid

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were fortunate enough to have Aaron as our server! He was engaging and reacted positively to any changes in the dish ordered to accommodate food sensitivities. He was attentive through the meal and was very considerate in allowing us to linger between courses catching up and enjoying our fellow guests’ company.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Aaron! 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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BC
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared the large platter for four including Jumbo Shrimp wrapped in Bacon, Steak, Chicken and Rib. All agreed it was more than sufficient as well as flavorful. The Ceviche appetizer was underwhelming, but their Chips and Salsa was delightful. Service was attentive and friendly.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello Barbara, Thank you for messaging. We are so glad you enjoyed the overall experience, but we will look into the ceviche for you. We will get the receipt out to you asap. Best, Uncle Julio's

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
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!

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Keith! 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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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
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.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We are very happy you enjoyed your initial visit, but we apologize that we didn’t meet your overall service and meal expectations this time. We strive to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish. We are very sorry we missed the mark this time. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
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!

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on August 22, 2019

DCDane, we are so glad you enjoyed the entire experience!

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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
5 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

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