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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GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Moms birthday

F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the chicken fajitas and especially their thin hot salty chips, the very best!
If sitting in the bar area, be aware of the constantly “up selling” servers.

KE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere, and quick service. Overall great place! Definitely will be going back

r
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as always. We came for brunch w a group of three families and they were super accommodating, the food was excellent, our drinks were always filled and we had an awesome time. We love our chocolate lovers piñata which was the third time we had done this with a group and it never fails to delight.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Love the guac and queso app and the chocolate piñata dessert is not to be missed when celebrating a special occasion.

m
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had out of town family visitors, so we brought them to Uncle Julio’s (as we often do). Several service mishaps occurred only to my brother (no beer glass /cold food) and then a customer bumped into a waiter and hot food was dumped on him and his brand new jacket (hanging on the chair). The dining room manager managed everything with great finesse, and made it all good. I wish I knew her name; she saved the evening for us:)

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience and the food was great!!

M
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service, and overall a very good experience. It can get noisy and on this visit kids were running around unchecked and no one was really managing the chaos. But nonetheless was a great experience as it consistently is.

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, professional friendly service. Very nice atmosphere. I've eaten here several times. This is a very popular restaurant so it's a good idea to make reservations. It can get a bit noisy and busy. I highly recommend and look forward to going back.

NM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Hostess couldn't have been more pleasant. Food and portion size was good. Server was attentive and excellent.

NZ
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good service but very loud !!! Food was decent but Margaritas were sub par.

h
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was good and served very quickly.

MW
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Meh! The service was at first too much, then no existant. Overall the food was pretty ordinary.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on November 4, 2019

Hello MizzWilliams36, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was really good! Good-sized servings, we couldn’t finish so we ended up taking about half of the dinners home. Good value for the price of each entree.

Service was really good and prompt. We had reservations but we were seated before our scheduled reservation.

The noise level however was kind of loud, not really good for holding relaxed conversations. Had to raise my voice the whole time to carry decent convos. But then again, it’s Saturday night dinner rush hour...

TB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good the waiter was very friendly

ZB
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on October 17, 2019

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
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

MF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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
17 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LG
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everything prepared correctly and served quickly!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food5service4ambience1

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
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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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MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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