Uncle Julio's - Gainesville

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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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LV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal. A bit expensive, however the food is worth it. We have a few inexpensive local Mexican restaurants and their chips, salsa, quesadillas and fajitas can’t hold a candle to Uncle Julio’s! Our server Eric was fantastic, attentive and friendly!

LS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Server was very attentive, food was amazing.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on September 12, 2019

Lindsay, thank you very much!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It was good & pleasant. Waitress nit too friendly

SR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and the food is delicious. The seating outside is very nice and relaxing

AL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. We are locals and we appreciate that quality. Our waitress Safa was fantastic.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on September 12, 2019

Hello AbdulL, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Safa! 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Always a great experience here but this last visit was disappointing. Made reservation for outside and initially taken to indoor seating. Arrived at a very wet outside table. One servings setting on the table, opened that napkin to dry the table. Server came over and apologized for the wet table (menus now also very wet) but did not help dry it. Iced tea was more like water - no tea taste. Ordered the chix and steak fajitas, just as always, not only not sizzling when it came out but the meat was over done, charred and looked and tasted as though it had been sitting a while and heated up. Have ordered this 20+ times, never had it come out this way. I ate less than half of it, no time to send back since we had movie plans. Server came to pick up, didn’t ask if I wanted a box or if there was a problem. I could’ve mentioned, but chose not to. Then had the chocolate piñata - birthday dinner - which was good. Had been really looking forward to the fajitas but will hesitate to return due to last experience. Don’t eat out too often and so like to be sure the experience will be a good one when we do!

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello, We thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience and do 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 do hope to serve you again in the future for a much improved 5-star experience. thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Too expensive, especially drinks. Way too loud. NO DRAFT BEER!

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything good as usual, but they still continue to have greasy chips. Not sure why this continues to be the same. Used to enjoy the chips but now can never have them before the meal. Inedible.

PF
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Viktor was a fabulous server!!! Very personable! And we really enjoyed the chocolate piñata!

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello Patty, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Viktor! 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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CD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We love this place. Hoping it was just an off night.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello Craig, Thank you for your loyalty. 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 and service expectations. We hope you will come in for a more exceptional memorable visit. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was cold. Service was great.

HS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

VZ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so blown away by this location and their manager. My son has food allergies and she came over to our table and accommodated his dietary restrictions in a kids meal! The food was delicious and excellent portions and the guac and drinks were also all on point. We sat outside and enjoyed nice ambiance =) Will return again soo !

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on August 22, 2019

Hello ViktoriaZ, Thank you for your business! We are happy you enjoyed your time with us from start to finish. We look forward to serving you again soon with another exceptional experience. Thank you, Germaine R. Uncle Julio's

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JH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent venue, food, service. Make reservations! Long wait otherwise.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really good food with great service

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was good. I was given a table and had to ask for a booth which after some time they accommodated me.

DR
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Waitress seem like she just wanted us to finish and go home. Food was cold and seemed like it came right of the freezer. We had lukewarm water without ice in our glasses and my husband was served a beer out of a bottle but not offered a glass. The table was filthy when we were seated and we had to wipe it down ourselves again

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on August 16, 2019

Hello Dawn, 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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TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio's in Gainesville, VA brings a great service to the area.

GL
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our El Jefe drinks were watered down and were short pours, and we had to ask for our jalapenos. The beans tasted terrible, like they'd been sitting out for a while. This location is not up to the standard we are used to at the Annapolis location. Very disappointed dinner before our concert at Jiffy Lube Live!

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on August 9, 2019

Hello GlendaL, Thank you for spending your time with us and do apologize for your experience. 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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ZW
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We eat here on the regular and always order the same dish for each of us and it’s usually great. It’s my opinion that portion size has been reduced based on the entree I received. I see it at other restaurants we used to visit but no longer do. It’s a shame but I guess everybody feels the need to cut corners to compete. We don’t agree with that ideology, so we will not be coming back. On the plus, our food tasted excellent as usual.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on August 5, 2019

Hi ZombieWoof, Thank you for your continued support and your candid review. We are so glad you expect great things from us. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your recent experiences. We read every comment, feedback, praise and concern and then we forward to the appropriate groups to properly address. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Our server was Great, however my problem was that we made a reservation well in advance for 6:30p and didn’t not get seated until 7pm and to add insult to injury when we got back to the area where they sat us there were 6 other tables for 4 people that were clean and just sitting there empty. When I asked the server what was up with all the empty tables her reply was “those table have reservations”. I let her know that we did too for half an hour ago... based on the amount of other tables that were also empty it was very clear it was poor seating management.

MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

I was given a the buzzer and waited over an hour. When i went and asked they marked me as a no show when it wasnt the case... it was my birthday dinner.

C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Service! There is always a long wait on the weekend but still about a 15-30 wait with reservations. Definitely one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. They have a huge selection of drinks and margaritas. Will be going back.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the chocolate piñata!! Love the ambiance and the food is really good.

BH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Found it to be very pricey. Had fajitas for two plus drinks came to over $50. plus tip.

a
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy eating here! We have never had any complaints. The food is good, the prices are good, and the service has always been good!

LB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This used to be my favorite restaurant, NOT anymore!! The waitstaff was very nice but the food took forever to come out and when it did it looked like they just threw the food on the plates! Very disappointing and will think very hard before going back!!

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello Linda, We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback regarding your experience and do apologize that it was less than excellent. This gives us the opportunity to address the service issues you had and ensure that this location is operating at our high standards. Your concerns are being addressed at our store. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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

I'm not going to be able to give Uncle Julio's an excellent rating this time around. Fabian, the waiter was wonderful. He did everything he could to make our dinner enjoyable. However we had reservations for 5:30pm. We were 5 minutes late (I did call to alert the staff that we'd be late), then had to wait another 25 or so minutes to be seated. The restaurant was completely packed with a lot of people waiting for seating which seemed to cause a cascading affect. Our drinks took a little while and the El Jefe margarita was not up to the typical taste. The appetizers and food was excellent as always though. We had other reservations after dinner and due to time, was not able to have our free desert that I was awarded earlier in the year.

m
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Always like going here but was a bit disappointed in the food this time around. My entree came out barely warm, my wife got very little chicken with her meal and what she did was cut very thick. My daughter’s seemed good, just the beef was a bit over cooked (asked for it medium rare). The dessert didn’t disappoint (we got the big chocolate hanging piñata) though it took a long time to come out.

The waitress was really good and on top of things for us. She earned a good tip for sure.

Overall, we enjoy going to this location and it wasn’t so bad that we won’t go back (can’t say the same for the BJs restaurant right next door).

E
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The staff was great. However, we found the menu disappointing. It was limited and did not have many staple dishes we would have hoped. The food was overpriced and just okay - nothing special. The restaurant was a bit loud, which made conversation tough. We would have been happier going across the street to Mod Pizza for a more satisfying meal at half the cost.

SB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Giving it another chance before I write anything, but overall it was good!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the fajitas!!!

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, the food was great. We love the chips! Service was decent, but I think the server was pretty busy.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband and I had dinner with two other couples. First time ordering the piñata. Yum!

IC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was good. Just that the server took forever to come to the table and ask for drinks.

SU
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

The food is terrific. Having the guacamole made by a staff member from scratch in front of you at your table is fantastic and tastes great. Noise level is really high, though... if you're not drinking alcohol, the noise level would be prohibitive to me. On a busy night, prepare to wait about 30+ minutes for your order. Our waiter was super busy and just dropped us altogether at the end... not sure what my husband ended up tipping him but I suspect it wasn't good.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on July 11, 2019

Hello Stephanie, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret you did not receive our best service. We appreciate your feedback to develop and enhance your time with us. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Hostess was more interested in being social with coworkers then providing service...it was obvious when the girl said “I guess I will seat them”. I hope this was an isolated incident because I love the food. Also the waitress did a great job.

FB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Order got mixed up and only one of two entrees made it to the table. Took 15 minutes to get the second entree. Floor under the booth was filthy.

TC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Alcoholic drinks could be better. Ordered the "Jefe", tasted like i was drinking margarita mix only.

SW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great chips and delicious salsa as always! Busy patio but we were taken care of.

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