Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg

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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, 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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TB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service.
Never had to wait for any refills very attentive wait staff.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good the waiter was very friendly

ZB
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Uncle Julio's is a staple for me and my boys. The food is great and comes out very quickly. It is great that you can now make reservations via Open Table, as the wait times used to be very long when they didn't take reservations.

RP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I wouldn't call the noise level "energetic" but rather "annoying." We were celebrating our anniversary and we couldn't have a conversation because of the noise. Everything else was exceptional.

FK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious authentic Tex-Mex food. Everyone at the table loved what they got. My favorite is the cheese and onion enchiladas. Service was unusually slow, but since it was a birthday celebration with family, we had extra time to chat.

FL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Brought a friend, never been there before. She absolutely loved the food.

JH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My grandchildren love to go to Uncle Julio’s and this experience did not disappoint. The reservation I had made was honored promptly, the waitress did a fabulous job of meeting my grandkids requests, the food was served in a Times manner, and everyone left happy!

GM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great customer service. The chocolate piñata is great dessert for birthdays. My only disappointment was the freshly made guacamole. It was not the best because it seemed like unripped avocados were used.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded 5 days ago

Hi GMVB, We are sorry to hear this and will make sure to address this with our staff. We appreciate you letting us know. Have a great day, Uncle Julio’s

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place for a birthday gathering! and the Piñata was awesome!

MF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great and staff is amazing. Shout out to Andrea the manager who made our dining experience special every time we go to this location.

KV
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The inside noise was deafening. I could not hear someone immediately next to me speaking. The restaurant desperately needs to put in some sound attenuating materials. Otherwise you will have a miserable dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time. Food was great. My daughter enjoyed her 17th Birthday.

LG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice place, good ambient, good food . I really like this place take mom for her birthday and she likes i tsoecially the Pinata!!

JG
Jacksonville
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Everything prepared correctly and served quickly!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always amazing . This is one of my husband and I’s favorite restaurants. But the biggest issue we have EVERYTIME is we sit down and it takes so long to get water and utensils. They give you chips and salsa right away and take your order quickly but there have been many times that we get our food and utensils and water right after .. so the service is average but the food is amazing!

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

Hello, 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
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

No complaints at all. I love to go to the bar area which is quick and have TVs.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome! Our server was very attentive and informed about the menu! We will def be going back

KO
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love uncle Julio! Is my daughter favorite restaurant to celebrate her birthday! Staff is friendly, food is great as always. We love the piñata ❤️

LH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 1

It was so loud there, that we had to yell to talk to each. Did not like that atmosphere and will not be back, tables to crowded together, had to move from the booth as the table as the table was so close to the seat, one of the party members could not fit.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello Lynn, 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
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is good ! Service was on point !

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

Hello, Thank you for your continued support and your great suggestion. Your feedback has been forwarded to the General Manager at the store. We look forward to serving you soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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VF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the service was excellent. However, I think that $46 plus tip, is too high for a breakfast for two people.

OT
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Consistently good food. Dining room is a bit loud when crowded. Very friendly staff.

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

chicken fajitas tasted weird not the normal taste and for having a reservation i still had to wait 10-15min after my reservation tome.

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

Hello, We sincerely apologize to hear that we missed the mark on your recent visit with us. We appreciate your feedback and have sent this to our team to address as we take your review with great concern. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a much-improved experience as enjoyed before and the high quality dishes we strive to provide. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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

One of my favorite places to go. 90% of the time service is very attentive and professional although the last 2 times I went we did experience issues with incompetent servers. Good thing the food makes up for it!

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

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are so sorry you had poor service and we completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input as we are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. Your concerns are being addressed. We look forward to serving you soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio’s

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great dining experience however, the lighting in the rear dining area is way too bright.

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

Hello, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always love the food!

LH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Noise level WAS NOT ENERGETIC but only choice on your form. In fact normal adult conversation impossible. Suggestion: If you want the business trade find a location in the very large space where only adults are served and music not blared in.

Food was more than plentiful. Protein in tacos limited but covered with over the top amount of shredded cabbage. Tableside glacamole avocodos were not ripe and in large pieces rather than mashed and blended.

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

Hello Linda, 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. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday’s

CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate a birthday!

E
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We are critical of South Western foo,as we come from that ear. UJ's passes. However, this popular restaurant is noisy. We were dissapointed that for the second time our order for the Table side Guac never came.

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

Hello Esante, 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. Best, Uncle Julio's

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k
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
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 on August 11, 2019
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 on August 11, 2019
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 on August 15, 2019

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 on August 15, 2019

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

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OT
Washington DC
10 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 on August 15, 2019

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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