Uncle Julio's - Chicago

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645 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JamieF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Loved the complimentary tableside guac after signing up for their rewards program.

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vipSueS
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very great food!

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MarquelP
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fast service loved the food Abe drinks can’t wait to go back

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GenevaN
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for festive events! Good food with good, friendly service.

JS
vipJeanS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Uncle Julio's did not disappoint! Wonderful food, service, atmosphere and margaritas!
Add on the valet parking and you have a perfect situation!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and the food is fresh

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Great food. The staff is not very friendly.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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niecy711
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food!!! great atmosphere!!! great drinks!! great place to go and the guac is amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, service, and atmosphere. However, at $12 a margarita, they should taste like they attempted to use tequila. It was more lime juice than anything.

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LilianV
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food 🙂👍, excellent service, I'm recommended 100 %

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were a decent number of people for a Sunday night, not crowded but not empty either. The service was quick and friendly with great drink suggestions. Chips and salsa were brought out promptly, and the fajitas for 2 were a generous serving with a full meal of leftovers. The drinks were strong so be careful.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great night out with girlfriends while visiting Chicago for the first time

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NorineR
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated my husband's 50th birthday on Saturday evening. We had to wait about 30-40 minutes beyond our reservation time (we had 7:15 pm reservations) since the earlier seating were not finished yet. Once we got to our table to wait staff was pleasant and attentive. Once our food was served, they forgot 2 of the 7 orders, but it was quickly recified and the manager came out to ensure that everything was complete.

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vipMichelleF
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We had a reservation at 6:45 and we were seated around 7:15 and got our food after 8pm. This would have been fine except we had three kids, 8 and under, and that was just too late. The restaurant was busy but they could and should have brought the kids their food first. Second, the kids ordered off of the kids menu and at least two of the 3 meals came with pico de gallo within the taco and quesadilla . . .its not listed as an ingredient on the menu so why add it to a kids meal?

we love Uncle Julios and will certainly be back but this time was not a huge success.

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Dejah
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great . Very attentive and suggested many of the items we tried on the menu.

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MichelleJ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Uncle Julio’s is one of my favorite restaurants. I also used to work there (many years ago). This review only reflects this single dining experience. We were seated right away. My husband and I both thought the salsa tasted like it had been soaked in dishwater. It took 8 minutes to get the servers attention. He replaced it and it tasted normal. We were served white rice with peas instead of the Spanish rice and beans that we ordered. When we asked, the server said they ran out - found it odd that he didn’t tell us or give us a choice before the runner just served the white rice. Finally, pulled a long grey hair out of the sour cream (which was sitting on the fajita plate) right as server walked up to table. Server asked if it was okay to just take the sour cream plate. We said fine - I’m not easily grossed out as a customer- but as a server?? I would have been horrified and immediately taken the whole plate away - notified the kitchen manager and put in a rush order for new fajitas. Not once did the server express empathy for anything that had gone wrong - didn’t even attempt. We gave him 20% because I guess anybody can have a bad night. I’ll go back to Uncle Julio’s - but only because I know the quality of the food and service is typically much better. If it had been my first visit - I never would have returned. I don’t intend to ever be served by that guy again. Really disappointing experience.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello MichelleJ, Thank you for providing this feedback and we apologize to hear that your service did not reflect the high standards we strive to provide. Your review has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the service standards are met and our team is actively addressing any concerns brought to their attention. We hope to serve you again in the future for an outstanding experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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vipDominicB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I've eaten at Uncle Julio's several times, as my children enjoy its ambience. However, the service gets worse and worse and worse. This time our food arrived 61 minutes after we entered the restaurant, which is utterly unacceptable. And there was no sense of any manager present to address the issue. I will be taking a break from this restaurant for some while - I'm very disappointed.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello DominicB, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize to hear that we didn't meet your overall service and meal expectations this visit. 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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Place was very clean, good service, and food was pretty good!

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LessLee
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very happy and satisfied with their food and especially the service! Thank You Uncle Julio's for making my kids chocolate pinata a huge HIT!

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RandyM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

If you want rather ordinary mexican american food at exorbitant prices then go to Uncle Julio's.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello RandyM, 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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DavidD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Rather loud environment, but otherwise great. I might go back again but I'd probably look around for other places where its easier to have a conversation.

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vipJosephP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Been to this location many times. The food is usually outstanding but a little pricy. Service was lacking and slow on recent visit.

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vipMechicago
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Friendly waiter was very nice so service comment is not about him. Service in general was not good. Easy to tell that restaurant was understaffed resulting in very slow and inconsistent service.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello Mechiago, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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TamikaS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great as normal and the manager and staff always make me feel valued . Thank u

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AnnS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Music a little loud. Hard to have a conversation without the next table listing to your conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

It took us over an hour to get our food and we had 2 young kids with us. Tables around us turned over multiple times before we got out food.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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AmberS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great space for kids. Service was slightly slow is the only reason for markdown on stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Drinks were good, service great, but food not so much. Guacamole was extremely salty. No one really liked it.

KM
KateM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Will definitely be back.

MP
vipMichaelP
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Food was not hot. Clearly sat for awhile before delivery. Make or break a restaurant. Service excellent. Won’t return. Too many options Maybe too many people in one restaurant

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hello MichaelP, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday.. it was good.

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AileenL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Waiters were super friendly! My mom absolutely loves the chocolate piñata. Everything was perfect for her birthday celebration!

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Martinis
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Guacamole had pits in the mixture and the cheese sauce was cold. I asked the waiter to make sure it’s hot and they brought out cold cheese sauce with a lot of jalapeños in it.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hello Martinis, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great service

JR
JessicaR
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the Jalisco fajitas at Uncle Julio’s . The steak melts in your mouth. The chocolate piñata is always fun for special ocasiones and chocolate lovers.

JD
JD49
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We have always liked the food at this particular Julios however this evening must’ve been an off night for them… The party that I was with three of the people their food was just so-so and mine was delicious… The waiter was so much slow and kept forgetting to bring things back to the table that we had asked for mixed up the drink order and we had to ask other waiters to bring us our drinks… The noise level in the restaurant was relatively high however it was a Friday night… But not conducive of very good conversation between the party…

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vipLovesGoodFood
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Server was excellent. Shrimp tacos needed more seasoning, they were rather bland. Margaritas were very low on alcohol.

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RobertS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent will definitely visit again

PB
vipPamelaB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review