Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg

4.3
686 reviews
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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, 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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Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Uncle Julio's never fails. Table-side guac is a fun feature and is always great. The food is very good - more reliably good than outstanding but that's ok. Their tortilla chips are outstanding. Always fresh and light.

I always look forward to visiting Uncle Julio's. Never rises to greatness but never falls below very very good. I'll be back again and again.

MC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to dinner on Sunday evening with reservations, we were a party of five. Thee reservation system (Opentable) does not offer outside seating (a little disappointing). The food was excellent, the service was fantastic and the overall value was good, but I find it a little pricy.

GL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Marissa, was phenomenal! She took care of us with efficiency and professionalism while she took care of all her other customers with the same care and attentiveness that we experienced. Marissa is the #1 reason we'll come back to Uncle Julio's. The food is the #2 reason. It was excellent!

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Ghazala, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Marissa! 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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AM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience when we eat here. Thank you to our server Alec "by the way"..it was a joke we shared throughout our dining experience. Lol.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded 3 days ago

Ana, thank you...we are thrilled you had a great time!

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Make a reservation if you are going. We waited over an hour for our food. Came out with the wrong order twice. Usually very good , not when they are super busy. New waitress needed more training, long pauses before she returned to our table.
We are regulars, worst to date overall.

RL
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our fav Mexican! Our fav Mexican! Our fav Mexican! Our fav Mexican!

N
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Well - food can be inconsistent as can service. And this time both were poor - food was fair on quality; shrimp tacos tasted very fishy and so much lettuce was is soft shell that clearly hadn’t been drained so result was a soggy mess. Hard taco shells tasted like store bought taco shells that haven’t been fried or even heated up. Our tortilla chips were somewhat soggy with a brown substance - I’m not sure what it was. Our waiter was fairly inattentive - no refills on drinks, no offering of anything , no checking up. In short - always question why I return?

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded 3 days ago

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are sorry to hear we didn't meet your service and food expectations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. 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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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was ok
Food was ok

EA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excelente comida y buen ambiente nos encantó a mi y mi familia.....

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SC
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, excellent service, extremely difficult to hear tablemates, even when the restaurant is less than half-full.

S
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We like the food. But it’s a big open room & it is hard to hear or have meaningful conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It was a great experience , just that the service was a bit off , they forgot my drink .. when I asked again they never brought me a drink .. that’s no good but the food overall was great , jus not much the service .

MM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

We placed a reservation well before going to the restaurant and still had to wait 40min to be seated. I hope this was just an isolated incident, but it appeared that the reservation system just wasn't being honored and they were going on a first come first serve basis. Aside from this, the service and food were great.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

We go to Uncle Julio’s very often and this was our worst experience. Queso was cold, we asked for it to be heated. They brought us a new one that was also cold. Tortillas were delivered 5 full minutes after the fajitas making the fajitas dry. We asked for a plate for the fajitas and it came 5 minutes after the tortillas.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business & loyalty. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We are very happy you enjoyed the ambiance, but we apologize that we didn’t meet your overall service and meal expectations. We strive to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish. We are very sorry we missed the mark this time. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was fantastic and courteous, food excellent and perfect location to enjoy a perfect special occasion.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant felt dirty and greasy - the dishes weren’t very clean, the table was a bit sticky, the floor was slippery with lots of food on it, etc. There were a lot of people in the restaurant so I know they were busy but I still felt a little grossed out. The food and service was ok. I wouldn’t go back.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hello Jord, Thank you for your business. We deeply apologize for the concern this has caused you. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention, so we can investigate. The restaurant follows a rigorous processes and procedures to insure sure we a running at optimal level. This is certainly not our standard. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you with a more pleasant outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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AT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a waiter named Michael and he aaa excellent!

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fajitas are the best here!!! Anytime i order something else...I always wish I got fajitas. The other items are still great, dont get me wrong, I just think the best item for my tastes are the fajitas with some delicious swirls to drink!!

FF
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing. We went for our anniversary and service was fast and food was delicious.

JB
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

No one has better fajitas; everything is so fresh including the freshly made tortillas! Great food and good service. The only thing I hate about eating here is the noise. It is so loud that I practically have to shout to communicate with anyone at the table. Next time I’ll get a table outside (weather permitting). This is the only place I’ll get fajitas.

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

Our server made EVERYTHING perfect! He was very attentive and fast!!! We will be requesting him every time we visit!!!

LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s very very loud. I asked for them to try to accommodate my elderly parents who have trouble hearing and the hostess was not interested in trying to help at all. So disappointing because I come here a lot.

AB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 2

Everything was ok but not great. It is very loud in the restaurant.

e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food and the service was great. We love coming to this location with our grandchildren. It was a bit warm in the room. Great server and a great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun atmosphere and great service!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Waited for almost 30 minutes past our scheduled time.
We were not attended to for a good 10 minutes and then food arrived late as well.

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

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret learning about your reception - we are sorry you had to wait longer than expected. Thank you for sharing your visit. We are always looking for ways to enhance the next experience. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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FC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was extremely poor. Our orders were incorrect when they came out Our waitress disappeared and we only saw her once during our meal

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

Hello FoodCritic, We appreciate your feedback and apologize to hear that your experience was less than enjoyable. We have provided our teams with this information and they will address at the location, we hope we will get the opportunity to serve you again for an improved outcome. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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GW
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

They don’t adhere to the reservations. Upon arrival at 7:29, I gave my name and told the hostess that I had a reservation for two at 7:30, I was told I’d have to wait a few minutes. I was given a place holder machine and waited about ten minutes. By this time, I realized that I had received a text stating that my table was ready. So I went in to ask about it and the lady acted as though she had no idea that I was waiting for a reservation and we were sat immediately. No apology given.
Once we were about done with our meal, I was still snacking on chips and salsa and everything was cleared from our table before we finished processing our check. This was the first date my fiancé and I have been out on since I found out I was pregnant four months ago and I was looking for a great evening out that was longer than half an hour. Also, the waiter insisted that we get our steak (we had the fajitas for two) medium to medium well and I cannot eat the meat while pregnant, undercooked. Overall, I’m disappointed in the experience very. I’ve been to Uncle Julio’s before and never had this type of experience. I don’t know if I’ll return except for maybe some queso blanco.

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

Hello Gabrielle, Thank you for your business. We value and appreciate your feedback to enhance the entire experience and for taking the time to bring this to our attention so we can properly address. We deeply apologize for the reception & service you received. This is certainly not our standard. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a great experience you expect from us from start to finish. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service!

RA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Uncle Joulio’s ! I absolutely recommended to my my friends
Thanks great the great service !

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Server wasn't attentive.

AA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Reservations were made for 7:15 they seated us at 8.
15 mins longer to order drinks.
10-15 mins longer to order food
Food came out quick
45 mins later to check for refills on drinks.
Not a place to go if you don't have much time.
Will search for alternative Mexican restaurants in the future.
This is not a place I will go again, seriously gone downhill.

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

Hello, We appreciate and value comments and concerns. We deeply apologize for the concern this has caused you. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention, so we can investigate this and take whatever steps necessary to improve. This is certainly not our standard. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with an improved experience you expect from us. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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RG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was the first time we were dissatisfied with our experience. We did let the manager know while we were there. Our server was very slow and needed to be asked for everything we needed. She was friendly, though. The food was not prepared the way it usually was for fajitas and we needed to ask for vegetables and tortillas as they weren’t brought with our meal. We will try it again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very noisy. Food very spicy hot. Great service.

EM
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Great service and they accommodated our group exceptionally well. The servers were so nice and attentive. Unfortunately the food is mediocre Tex-Mex and rather pricey given the chain restaurant quality. I would recommend for groups/families that are not foodies and want a filling meal in a nice location.

m
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was a bit slow in the beginning, but the pace picked up as soon as the drinks arrived. Our waitress was very friendly and the drinks and food were delicious, as always.

LC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I was very upset at the beginning, I made a reservation we where seated then waited 20mins no one ever came to the table to offer water etc. I had to get up from my seat look for a manager and explain to them how I waited 20mins without any service and how the people behind me where attended first. The food is great just think they need more waiters or have the tables more organized.

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

Hello Lucia, Thank you for your business. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food overall, but we are sorry to hear about your service issues completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. Please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Loved the food but the service was slower than expected. Saturday is more of a family night which may account for some of the noise, but the ambiance left something to be desired.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eric is a fantastic waiter.

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

Thank you...kudos to Eric!

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

Great food and service!

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