Uncle Julio's - Gainesville

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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
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience despite being extremely crowded!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party for our 17 year old!

BC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food! This is one of my favorite restaurants!

JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was new and wasn't sure about how the App party work however he turned out be wonderful.

FA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding, its a great family friendly place to visit.

JS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

I’ve been coming here with my family since its opening. We are very regular customers and we usually order fajitas. Over the past 6-8 months, the service has gone downhill. Food is generally tasty but end up arriving late and cold to our table, NO sizzle, NO steam at all. Fajitas should arrive sizzling hot. And I asked my server every time to please ensure it’s hot. When it arrives, there are no plates, no Fixin’s, and no tortilla. Then we wait another several minutes for those things while our Fajitas are completely cold at our table. Then we wait for them to reheat fajitas to a point where it is dry and burnt while the rest of the fixins get cold. Management is nice and they will try to make up for it but it’s the customer experience that fails us now pretty regularly. Again, the chefs make delicious food, the problem is the servers. Please train your team to be well coordinated.

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

Hello JSadiq, 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
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

b
Raleigh
86 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding fresh Mexican food. You have to try the tamales. Portions are large. We split a regular fajita and had plenty.

VM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service with a smile! Friendly atmosphere and reasonable prices, ample portions for sure!!!

JB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a surprise 50th birthday get together for a coworker of ours. Our waitress was great. The people working the front were fabulous and helpful as it was a surprise. Food was excellent as always. It was fun. No problem with separate checks. Everything was smooth. Definitely would recommend having a get together/ small party at Uncle Julios!

WM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a table for my family and significant others for my birthday and the food was great, our waiter was very courteous and seemed to enjoy his job, the food was amazing.

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

As always the food is amazing at Uncle Julio's. Unfortunately the service was not up to standard this time. Our waiter was not very attentive . He didn't check up on us until it was time to pay and leave. From the beginning, we never got plates for our appetizers and had to ask for silverware and napkins. Our drinks didn't get refilled...he just wasn't around to even ask. Meanwhile he literally ran into another waiter with a tray full of drinks which went spilling to the floor. Ugh...he was a train wreck. Oh I'll come back but I sure hope that we have better service than this last time.

FL
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went to the Uncle Julio’s in Gainesville, VA for a B-day luncheon. Very good food and large portions, the service was average had to ask multiple times for drink refills and other items requested when we first ordered.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very slow poor service. Food presentation sloppy. Table and utensils dirty. Will not return to this location.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on October 21, 2019

Hello, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit as this is not the standards we expect. 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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KM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was great tasting. Was disappointed that two of the items were lukewarm, so we sent them back. Service from our waiter was excellent!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.

J
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

My taco salad was dry meat flavored with large amt of black pepper, lots of plain lettuce, and a few slices of avocado. It was awful.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on October 17, 2019

Hi Judy, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and we are very sorry we missed the mark. Please let your server know, they will gladly correct the mistake. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Waitress forgot our orders, chicken tortilla soup served without the chicken. The soup was lukewarm at best. It was my favorite spot, lately this place has changed and level of service declined. I'm on the fence, it might be my last time dining here for a while. The restaurant was quite empty for a holiday.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on October 15, 2019

Hello, 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 will look into this immediately. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! We love dining here.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always good, but it took forever for appetizers and then dinner to be delivered. We don’t go too often due to how expensive everything is for a family of 5.

MA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

They brought me the wrong order. Not only that I asked for my meat medium to medium well, and it was medium rare at best - bleeding still.

BM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

While I would recommend Uncle Julio's to a friend I would tell them the food is better at other Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants. It would be a good meal but not great and it is very noisy.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joined some friends there on a Friday night and had a wonderful meal - as always. Our waiter, Conner, was outstanding with just the right amount of service; extremely attentive, but not "in your face" about it. (Word to the wise: always/ALWAYS get the table-side guac!)

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your service from Conner. 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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LV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hello Laura, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your service from Eric. 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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LS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service3ambience4

It was good & pleasant. Waitress nit too friendly

SR
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food2service2ambience4

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was cold. Service was great.

HS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

VZ
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good food with great service

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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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