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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OT
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined a day ago
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.

KA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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 4 days ago

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
8 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 4 days ago

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
76 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

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
21 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
45 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
3 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
48 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!

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