Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner

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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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JM
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday venue
Chocolate pineata a lot of fun and delicious

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good! We always get the same things - Tres Amigos margaritas, handmade guacamole, and fajitas to share. Portions are large and always delicious. You can't go wrong here!

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded 2 days ago

Suzanne, thank you...we are so glad you enjoyed everything!

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a
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Waiter was really nice but the food was not. Ordered chicken fajitas, as expected, non sizzling, cold, and under cooked chicken. Really disappointed, again.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was lackluster, but food was great.

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been to Uncle Julio's in Fairfax a dozen times. We're rewards members, and usually love this place. However, when we ate there this past Friday we had a terrible experience. We had made a reservation in advance using Open Table. We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation time and were given a pager. While we waited (about 15 minutes) the hostess proceeded to seat three parties of two who came in after we had arrived. When I went up to ask why, the hostess said they were waiting for our reservation time. So instead of putting us to the front of the line when we checked in, they seated people off the street who arrived after us, and kept us waiting even though we were the ones with a reservation! The manager offered a weak excuse saying something like "I wasn't up here." She didn't come to our table once to check up on us, much less offer an apology for the confusion. Very surprised to find this kind of management - seemed the hostess wasn't trained, and the manager didn't seem caring. Usually the managers are on the floor and always come by to check on the service and food, and make us feel welcomed. On the plus side our server (Carlos) was awesome and so was the food.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on August 3, 2019

Philip, We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback regarding your experience. This gives us the opportunity to address the service issues you had and insure that this location is operating at our high standards. Your input has been forwarded to the appropriate parties, and we assure you that your concerns are being addressed at our store. Please accept our sincere apology for the mishandling of this situation, as we look forward to your reply. Best, Uncle Julio's

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JZ
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was tasty, not superb. The prices were high and the service was Abysmal. We served our own drinks a couple times because we found the water pitcher.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hello Jason, Thank you for coming in. Our goal is to provide an exceptional experience and we are very sorry we missed the mark on your visit. We appreciate and value your feedback. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food great as usual Great table service. Super noisy. A few families with little kids allowed their kids to run wild and the parents and staff did nothing to stop the behavior. As a mom myself I would not allow my own children to ruin the dining experience of others.

My. Biggest disappointment was in the reservations. We made a reservation and the restaurant had us call back to confirm. During the call they informed us that we could not reserve outside seating. We understood and confirmed inside seating. We arrived on time for our reservation only to be told we needed a pager and to wait to be seated. Several tables of walk ups were seated ahead of us. There were many empty tables yet we had to wait for 20 + minutes even with a confirmed reservation. It was frustrating since it would have been faster to just walk in. The host staff seemed confused and lacked good customer service skills. Disappointing experience for a restaurant we atypically love.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on August 9, 2019

Hello, We apologize to hear that your overall experience with us was less than excellent as this is not our standard. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we have sent this to our teams to address and ensure we are improving the guest experience. We do hope we will get the opportunity to serve you in the future for an experience that exceeds expectations. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall outstanding experience for our birthday celebration! We had a large party and a phone call allowed for accommodations to include three more people. We arrived early and were promptly seated. Jairo was our server and he was outstanding! This is our preferred Uncle Julio’s location.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your service from Jairo. 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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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good... i had the chicken fajita cobb salad (low on iceberg lettuce, high on bacon and avacado). Classic rocks margarita. Very generic/ quality place for dinner with friends

K
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The restaurant is lovely; my friends and I love coming here. However, the volume level in the restaurant is crazy loud. We were shouting most of the time trying to hear one another.

RS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very crowded, very noisy, floors all around littered with food and spills possibly due to so many children. Too noisy to hear. If I were to dine again I would request outside dining or find another restaurant.

JA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes, I would; but my husband was not happy with his meal.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hi JoAnn, We are sorry to hear your husband did not enjoy his dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and want you to leave extremely satisfied. Please let your server know, they will gladly provide other options to your liking. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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K
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was great!

M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Just ate at Uncle Julio's for the first time in awhile and it was not good. Service was very slow and the orders weren't even correct. Worst part though was there was a piece of plastic in my friend's beans. The manager didn't seem horrified at all and we had to ask to get her meal for free.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on July 17, 2019

Hello Marcy, Thank you for your business. We are so sorry you had to wait and completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. Your concerns are being addressed. Please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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CK
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So accommodating for large parties and children, and you get a lot of food for the money.

PA
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday
Great service! Delicious food!

BS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. However, the servings were a somewhat too large. As a result, none of us had room for their special chocolate piñata desert.

OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Seated quickly. Accomadated a request to move tables. My son's order was not correct and we were brought and empty container of tortillas. Both were fixed quickly and manager checked in. Food was ok. Chicken quesadillas bland. Chocolate pinata fun. Fresh ripe fruit. Great orange raspberry margarita.

RN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t go wrong with Uncle Julio’s. Always good drinks and food.

F
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

I had 3 children with me , ordered lemonade for them as I usually do and was charged $2.99 per drink and the glasses were too big for the kids to even finish! They always got small kids size lemonade

s
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Way too noisy. Our first visit and we aren't likely to come again. Food was fair but not worth returning.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello scrapper, We appreciate your time and consideration you took to let us know that your Uncle Julio's experience was not up to our standards. We regret we didn't meet your food expectations. We hope you will come in and give some other items a try that will be more memorable and to your liking. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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ED
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Not the best, which is extra disappointing since it’s usually so good. Service was slow. We got ONE round of drinks and water and were never asked again. Fajitas didn’t come with sour cream or cheese and we had to pay extra. Check took forever to come as well.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 25, 2019

Hello EricD, We apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit with us. We thank you for providing feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address and coach as needed to improve upon. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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F
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I had a reservation but I didn’t get seated for 30 mts. The food was good and my server was good however when I asked for drink recommendations he didn’t recommend anything saying he doesn’t drink so he doesn’t know

N
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience here for my mom's birthday! We were seated outside in the patio area right where we wanted, and the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating to where she wanted to sit. The service was great -- our server was on top of his game and we never had to ask for more of anything. We even tried the chocolate piñata here, which was such a fun experience and very well made!

MH
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was lacking in flavor. The drinks were delicious yet pricey (all non-alcoholic). While it was nice to be informed there were no free refills on the flavored lemonades, it would have been nicer to know that the table side guacamole was almost $14 when it was offered. The chocolate piñata was a nice touch but the fruit was really acidic and caused stomach issues later. Overall, it was an interesting experience but not sure if it was worth a $100+ lunch for 3.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 20, 2019

Hello, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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BH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious food and a friendly atmosphere. A kind staff ready to help, and many menu options. Definitely worth a second visit.

a
Atlanta
107 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

For the prices, the quality should be better. We tried five different items from starters and entrees. Nothing was great and the restaurant was so noisy we couldn’t even hear our server....never encountered that before. The lighting is a little weird in there too. Just not for us.

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

The food was great, but it's really frustrating when you have a reservation, and then have to wait 10-15 minutes for your table, when people walk in after you, with no reservation are seated right away. Would have been better if we didn't have one apparently.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 19, 2019

Hello StephanieC, We thank you for providing feedback on your previous experience with us and apologize to hear that your experience was not at the standard expected. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention as an opportunity to improve our location and ensure it is honoring our reservation guests as requested. We have forwarded this feedback and we do hope to serve you again for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. Their service had declined in the past. Things have changed, and I was thoroughly impressed with everything.

r
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday evening dining outside, perfect way to enjoy the weekend

d
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

HM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Waited forever for the guacamole to be made in front of us- our waiter was good, but just way too slow.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hello Heidi, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We are constantly working to develop and improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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E
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I would recommend for the outside seating only during good weather. The inside noise is too much -- too loud -- not a pleasant ambiance. I'd suggest you change your description of the ambiance because loud is not 'energetic' to me -- it's unpleasant.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Very disappointed in service overall. Waiter was never around drinks were horrible. I was there for a special event but was extremely disappointed in the overall service. Embarrassing if anything. I do not recommend this place for any special events because you will be embarrassed with ending results.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us and apologize for your experience and less than acceptable service. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit and your concerns are being addressed by the appropriate parties. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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G
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good as always. Seated after our reservation time but that seem to be the norm for most places. Definitely will go back

S
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Horrible server who was not attentive and spoke negatively about the restaurant thru out the meal. Extremely slow server and lack of team work by the restaurant staff. Server was neglectful to ask for refills or bring enough chips/salsa. We had 5 people at our table and he only brought 1 chips and 1 salsa. We have come to this location several times and this was one of the worst experiences we have had. We asked for no salt on the margaritas and it was ignored, we asked for more salsa and he brought just one more, we asked for ice tea refill and it took over 10 minutes. For our order it took him 15
Mins to come to our table!!

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello BehnazS, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience and we apologize to hear that your service was less than exceptional as this is not a standard we strive to provide. We have forwarded your feedback to our teams and can assure you these concerns will be addressed. We appreciate your time spent with us and do hope we will get the opportunity to serve you again in the future for an improved experience that showcases a high standard of service. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

All of our food left much to be desired and two of our chicken dishes were undercooked and quite disgusting. Will not be going back.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello LindseyF, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the opportunity to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. We can assure that we value your feedback as this has been sent to our teams to address at this time. We hope we will get the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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MB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Drinks and appetizers were delicious. Dinners were less impressive. Just so-so, nothing to make me want to hurry back. Heavy use of cilantro, for better or worse. Our server, however, was terrific.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 7, 2019

Mairim, Thank you for your business. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us overall and we appreciate your review to develop and enhance the entire experience. We look forward to serving you again. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation via Open Table. Upon arrival lots of empty tables yet we were seated next to the exit door for outdoor dining. We ask to be moved away from the door. Given a pager and seated about 10 minutes later. At least 10 minutes before anyone came for drink orders.
We ordered steak fajitas. The meat was tuff and lots of fat
The manager Chris came by our table and we let him know about the steak. He apologized and acted surprised. If he had read some of the reviews he surely would have known.
The restaurant did not appear very clean.
Our last visit for sure

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on June 5, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit and apologize that we missed the mark on providing you with an excellent dining experience. We have taken your feedback and forwarded it to the appropriate teams who will address your concerns. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our service standards to the highest quality and hope that we get the chance to provide you with a more than improved experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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AL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We sat outside and enjoyed the chicken quesadilla and the shrimp one. Our server was a young guy who seemed to be trying to hurry us out, although he did give us the tip of getting the half portion of the quesadillas to save money (and we both found it to be more than enough food) and let us sub the sour cream for an extra scoop of guac. Just overall the ambiance leaves something to be desired. The building is a bit old and the food is never THAT good. I’d go again for the price, but probably not to impress anyone.

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