Uncle Julio's - Chicago

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

RM
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 4 days ago

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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DD
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.

JP
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.

M
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 4 days ago

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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TS
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

AS
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.

OT
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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AS
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.

OT
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
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food. Will definitely be back.

MP
Chicago
41 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday.. it was good.

AL
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!

M
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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food great service

JR
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
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…

LG
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.

RS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was excellent will definitely visit again

PB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & wonderful service.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great time! Always come back...

e
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

our waiter was awesome. The shrimp were not very fresh

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on January 23, 2020

Hello Eddyjjr, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your meal was less than memorable as this is not our expectation. Your feedback has been sent to our team to address, we will ensure our dishes showcase the high quality and fresh ingredients used. We hope for the opportunity to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful! One of our favorites

K
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I've had better and more authentic Latin food. The cocktails were decent.

l
Chicago
183 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent Mexican food! That chocolate pinata is a great value for 3-4 people - but you need time to consume it. We had to rush to a theater event and had to bring much of it with us, although the churros dried up as leftovers.

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were celebrating my daughter’s first semester GPA in college before she goes back for second semester

w
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a pleasure, perfect for a quick and easy dinner out with our little guy. The table side guacamole was so good!!

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We used to love coming here. This time, the rice was either old or had been sitting out for a long time - hard and chewy. Their previously amazing fajitas are now just okay. Portions are so much smaller. The fajitas for 2 are the size of what the fajitas for one used to be. Plus it’s all much more expensive. This place used to be packed. So few customers the night we went. So unfortunate.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on January 13, 2020

Hello Dalia, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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L
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation for 8 people at 5:15 pm. Early in my opinion for a Saturday dinner. We were seated in the bar area at a high top table. That wasn't really the worse place but the constant cold air that came in as the restaurant doors were opened was ridiculous. We asked to be moved to a table closer to the bar and farther from the doors and we were moved. The cold air still could be felt. In hindsight I'm unsure why we were seated there at all. There are plenty of other seating option in that location. They need to address the door area with reference to cold weather. Perhaps not place any tables in that vicinity.
The food and drinks were great as was our service. I would dine there again, but be specific on where I was seated.

RA
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. Guacamole made at the table & steak fajitas. The steak was so good! We really enjoyed the food.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going to UJ’s since I arrived in Dallas in 1993. Love that there are locations in Chicago. Always been my go to TexMex restaurant, especially because of the swirls!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve w family

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty decent. Server Berto was very diligent.

ST
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met for dinner before heading to a New Years party close by. The plan/number in our party changed several times before the reservation time and they were very accommodating 😊

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Dining room is quite loud. A go to place for us when we visit Chicago!

KC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent! A nice stop for dinner with family.

JH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time. Food was great. Server was outstanding. Part of the family. Very special time.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We’ve eaten there many times and it’s been fine. This night was awful. They were understaffed and the food was just terrible. One of the worst dinner experiences I’ve had in a while.

Uncle Julio's - Chicago
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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