Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner

4.3
399 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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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BO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was absolutely heavenly! So fresh and delicious, and the server wonderful. We went at 5 pm on a Saturday so we could get ahead of the crowd. I have a hearing loss, and it was almost impossible to understand my friend, the acoustics in this restaurant are TERRIBLE!!!!!! We sat in a booth (which I requested) to try to be away from the other diners as much as we could, but it didn't help. So if you have a hearing loss, or you are going with someone who does, just know that conversation will be difficult if not impossible. ( And I have state-of-the- art hearing aids as well. )

However, that all being said, the food and service were both outstanding. We shared a tableside guacomole and had the enchiladas. This is the best salsa and chips too.

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SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service I do not recommend this location for anybody go to Gainesville or somewhere else.

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Their house margaritas are pretty tasty and not pricey. The tomales are EXCELLENT. The enchiliadas not so much.

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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, Love getting the fajita's for two here. Also the chips and salsa hear are to die for.
Service is quick and attentive. They refilled our drinks and chips before we had to ask.

Also my 2 year old loves this place too.

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

Compared to my experience at the Uncle Julio's in Fort Worth, TX, this was quite disappointing. I ordered the Lobster with chicken and beef fajitas. I only received three strips each of beef and chicken. For the price I paid, that was less than enough. The beans were a very small portion and the rice was un-flavorful and under cooked. My wife only ordered the chicken tortilla soup and it tasted more like menudo. The lobster was the best part of the meal. My daughter didn't comment on her food, but she did say that the beans were not good. The table salsa looked good but lacked flavor and spice. All this for a final ticket price of almost $150 including tip just left me with a not-so-great experience. Guess I'll stick to the mom and pops places to get more authentic and better proportioned meals.

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OT
Washington DC
162 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyable and lots of meat alternatives for Lent! Nice to have a choice for lunch potion too. Always like to go here!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I asked to be served with a piñata right after I finished eating and they didn’t give it to me until 20-30 minutes of waiting. It was my birthday too and I was really upset because I wanted to finish and go. But overall food was the only good thing. Service was slow.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service was so polite and nice. Food took a long time to come out but was absolutely delicious and they were very apologetic for the wait.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service as always. Food is always hot and delicious

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DH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service the people very friendly
I recomment good food just litle be noise but everything else is wonderful

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our reservation was at 8pm & we arrived 15 mins early because of the size of our party. Unfortunately, we weren’t seated until 8:30 due to several large parties just sitting at their tables even after they were done paying their bills.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Always great. Except for the very long wait. We had reservations for 7:00 was there at 6:50 and wait until 7:35 to be seated.

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J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience. More than enough good things to talk about. One negative? Chips and salsa. I commented to the waiter - are these chips or a bowl of cereal? But it was overall excellent.

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SE
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess and our waiter were almost!!!! Out first experience was great. My party was a little late for our rsvp and the held the table for us. Uncle Julio’s staff A+!!!!

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ES
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is always excellent. We find the noise level to be too loud; this is the only thing that prevents us from going there more regularly.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was very busy (what do you expect on a Friday night?), but the food was great and came out in a timely manner. There were also two birthday parties going on so it was kind of loud. I would go again during a less high traffic time

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Usually very good service but was slow tonight.

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LK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was amazing, thanks to Mike (I think his name was?)! He remembered our family, as we come in a lot, and our food was all correct + delicious.

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LL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. I suggest making reservations.

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

Nice evening, but extremely crowded, and VERY loud!

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great server. Good fun. A very nice evening.

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JB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, great staff! definitely a restaurant that you can’t forget because it’s delicious!

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C
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious steak fajitas, refried beans and rice, tortillas soft and fluffy, waiter attentive and quick. Drinks delicious. Great night!

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MW
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was very helpful. There was a problem at the table next to ours that was very distracting. After thinking about it we should have asked to move to a different table.

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CF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Aaron, was outstanding. Attentive without being overbearing. We love the fajitas and enchiladas.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, fast service

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed we had not come before because I was scared of the wait with a toddler but We were able to get sat really fast and I was really impressed with service and food we will definitely be back

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OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service and great food as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Margaritas and fajitas platter is my go to.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food but pricey. Awesome margaritas. Table enjoyed three different types. Highly recommend the spicy one!

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SS
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the dessert chocolate ball was amazing

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

The service from the manger, host, food server and service manger was unprofessional. Not eating here again after being a long term customer. The waiter however was great.

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LH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very loud noise level.. At times, I had to scream to my friend to be heard.

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K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, as usual! The chocolate piñata was amazing!

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I got only 4 tortillas for a shared fajitas It didn't seem like enough. Service was good, and the restaurant was loud.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My husband ordered the Carnitas. And was disappointed with the pork. As it wasn't pulled pork in a nice sauce. Rather it was dried out hunks of pork. When this was mentioned to the waiter he conveyed that it wasn't his problem. He went on to say that he just serves the food, he doesn't cook it. His attitude was aloof and somewhat dismissive. He did offer to get the manager, but at that point we just wanted to pay the bill and leave. Not sure if we'll go back there.

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The entrees were excellent. We especially chose this restaurant because of the pinata dessert. Two of our grandchildren had a ball. We've had both food and drink that we have enjoyed.

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MP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Always dependable.

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VE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was FRESH! The only issue is that the tables are too close together. I LOVE the table side guacamole option!!! That is a must if you have not tried it. 💕

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CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

It took forever for the food, and when it arrived, 3 of us ordered fajitas and the server didn't bring tortillas, so we asked for them and 7 minutes later when I got up and found a manager he was bringing them to the table. The food was cold by that time.

The music and other conversations were so loud you had to yell to hear one another. My husband even commented on the way home, why do we go there? The last 4 times have been less than stellar and it's not the most economical place to go.

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