Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook

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

Great service! Server was amazing!!

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Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server and food was hot and quickly served.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was perfect. Food came so fast! Server was very friendly. Definitely go back.

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

This is a wonderful location! I go several times throughout the year. Never been disappointed!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Was not too pleased with our server. Seemed disinterested in providing us service. Maybe it was just a bad day.

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Responded 5 days ago

Hello, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience and we apologize to hear that your service was less than exceptional. We have forwarded your feedback to our teams and can assure you these concerns will be addressed. We appreciate your time spent with us and do hope we will get the opportunity to serve you again in the future for an improved experience that showcases the high standard of service we expect our guests to receive. Sincerely, Uncle Julio’s

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JS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE Uncle Julio’s and always have great service and excellent food. It is always served perfectly and quickly!

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AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Been there at least 50 times and while the food is always good, the service is declining. Our last visit may be our last. It was so loud we could not hear each other at our own 4 person table, even when yelling. Mentioned this to the server at least 5 times (there was a large table of teen girls that were all yelling, and the volume of the restaurant was definitely adjusted to compensate for how loud they were), and the server did nothing to help. Should not have to leave a dinner costing over as much as it did for 2 adults and 2 toddlers feeling crabby with our ears hurting. Way too loud, and super poor customer service.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hi Amy, Thank you for your loyalty and 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. Thank you for your insight. We will look into this immediately. Please accept our sincere apology. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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RH
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is always a good place to eat. My only issue is that it is super loud.

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G
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was mediocre. I had the steak fajita nachos and it was literally a few tortilla chips with one small piece of meat on each individual chip. Disappointed. When I think nachos, I think a bigger portion. Probably will not return.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hello Gricel, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate you sharing your feedback as we are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We look forward to getting the opportunity to serve you again! Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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MR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Hosts/wait staff were terrible with service and communication, and not accommodating to us who already had a reservation. Bar was slammed but bartender did a great job. Seated service was nothing exceptional and tables are on top of each other.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hello Melissa, Thank you for spending your time with us. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on the visit and your concerns are being addressed. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was for 5:45, but had to wait a half hour still. It wouldn't have been a problem, but we had kids and they were growing restless because they were hungry. After being told 10 more minutes for the third time, I was becoming a bit upset. However, the manager and the rest of the team worked diligently to get us seated with our chips, salsa and queso ready to go! Thankful for that, and their great service and food quality.

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Chicago for the first time for a conversation. We were surchhing the web for a place to eat and uncle Julio was the first one on the list. We made reservations online for 930pm and we were seated by 936pm. The food was excellent as well as the service. Very pleased and will definitely recommend to anyone who travels or visits Chicago. We are from Rochester NY and it would be nice to have a uncle Julio's here.

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

It was fast and great!

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TB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The service and the food were both excellent. Our complaint was that it was too noisy to be able to talk to the couple we were having dinner with. We literally had to lean across the table and nearly shout to be heard. I am all for some music playing for ambiance but this was way too loud!

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SL
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I am very satisfied with Uncle Julio's. The food was great . Always make reservations on the weekends don't just come up there the place is crowded on the weekends. Because the food is great. I can't wait to go back.

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EB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Lombard location also has super consistent food and we are never disappointed with the quality and presentation of the food. We usually have super good and attentive service but I think we had a new server this time. She was super sweet but a little forgetful with our order (but it was understandable and she was very friendly). The place is always clean and we will continue to dine at the lombard location about once a month!!

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I feel like making a reservation is pointless because we still waited about 25 minutes to be seated. The food was really good!

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hello Danita, Thank you for your business. We are thrilled you enjoyed the overall food. We regret you had to wait longer then expected for your reservation. The restaurant follows strict guidelines and procedures that insure the restaurant is running at optimal level. We greatly appreciate your insight. Your feedback has been addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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SP
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

We made reservations and entered all the necessary seating info on open table. When our party arrived they took us to a table that was small, 2 chairs short, and no high chairs....We were 7 people with 2 high chairs. They took awhile to figure out what to do with us, which was frustration especially when you are standing in the middle of the dining room with 3 toddlers and carrying bags. After we finally got sat at a big enough table, nobody came to serve us. No waters, no chips and salsa, no server. After 20 min, I called over a lady who seemed to be one of the hostesses or maybe a floor supervisor and asked her to please get us a server. That took some time as well. Our kids were hungry and getting loud. Finally a server came and we ordered our apps, kids meals, and drinks. In the meantime that lady brought us chips and salsa and someone else who seemed like a bus boy finally brought us some waters. We have not been to Uncle Julio's in a long time, we were excited to go, but our experiencing was definitely disappointing and frustrating. It's unfortunate because the food and drinks are exceptional.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello SophiaP, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit and apologize that we missed the mark on providing you with an excellent dining experience. We have taken your feedback and forwarded it to the appropriate teams. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our service standards to the highest quality and hope that we get the chance to provide you with a more than improved experience in the future. Uncle Julio's

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

To noisy! Bill not itemized. Food was GREAT!! Little expensive! Suggest discount for 6 or more or complimentary appetizers. Way to crowded on weekends! No answers on phone for reservations as per website request. Maybe more vegan/vegetarian menus.
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SF
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was great. Our server was good and the food was tasty. BUT the food took awhile to get to our table .

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NP
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the restaurant and atmosphere was excellent I would recommend it to everyone I know the food was good and the drinks was delicious

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! The server was good. The manager Kevin was the best. We had a great time here. We will definitely return.

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PG
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

EXTREMELY NOISY. Had to shout to talk to the person right next to me.
Had a reservations and still waited for a table. Table we were given was in a terrible location.
Wait staff was friendly, but not super attentive. We would ask for something and maybe get it, maybe not. Had to ask again. 3 meals came together, the fourth one, a salad came 7 or 8 minutes later.
Food was good. I would recommend for that reason, but probably not for a Saturday night.
It was crazy town.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hello Pat, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We are constantly working to develop and improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Great service. Chocolate piñata was super fun!

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m
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

I’ve been there before and it is just incredibly too loud to even have a conversation. I love the food and the service was good however I don’t think I could go back because it is just way too loud in there.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 22, 2019

Hello mlady, Thank you for your review and apologize that you were unable to enjoy your dining experience due to the environment concern. We have taken your feedback to our teams and hope that we will get the chance to serve you again for an improved experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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JE
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I am a frequent diner at this restaurant. The taste of their food is usually great but today was just awful. My mother ordered the carnitas tacos and they were disgustingly dry. I honestly cannot believe they even served it. I had a similar issue with my chicken fajitas. My daughter who LOVES the kid's quesadilla even complained that they didn't taste good that day. I'm not sure if it was a newer cook or what but the dinner was a complete waste.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 21, 2019

Hello Jennifer, 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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JA
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent but just shy of a portion enough for my likes. Everything else was great.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi JAYV, Thank you for the suggestion. We are so happy that you enjoyed your time and service from Austin. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Take care, Uncle Julio's

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JH
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very busy place with what appeared to be a long wait.
With reservations, our wait was minimal, went to top of the list.
Good

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GW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation no table ready. Waitress give me a small table by the restroom i said something then moved me to the bussing area. Both were equally horrible and busy. Waiter forgot about us for an hour food was late and cold. Drinks were the only thing great. Place really needs new staff and waiters that care especially on a not so busy night.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 18, 2019

Hello GenWin87, 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. 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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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

My food was cold and had to be remade. Otherwise good.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very good

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed it!

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HH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and Service was great, especially the service. Noise level was off the charts. Would go again, but perhaps not on a Saturday night

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 12, 2019

Hollie, thank you for your business! We appreciate your feedback to enhance the experience.

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HT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I have been dining at UJ’s for several years. Consistently delicious food and great service. Flour tortillas need to be a little bigger but that’s my only feedback.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 11, 2019

HT73, thank you for your continued support and loyalty throughout the years! We appreciate the tortilla feedback to enhance your next visit. We will see you soon! Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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CD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My first visit. Very crowded and very loud. Went on a Saturday night. Fresh made tortillas were so good! Unfortunately my waiter brought my jumbo shrimp meal which got cold waiting on the tortillas. I will go again and hopefully have a better experience.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hello Cordilia and welcome! Thank you for sharing your experience. We regret you didn't experience the best we have to offer on your first visit. We look forward to serving you again and wowing you from start to finish. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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DS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service. We will definitely return again soon

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Responded on March 7, 2019

Denise, thank you very much!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food and service, except for the wait... We had to wait 35 min even with previous reservation at Open Table.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 7, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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P
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Margaritas were good, but a little heavy on the ice and a little light on the liquid part. I was very disappointed in the diminutive size of the shrimp in the camerones diablo entree. For $25, they should have been gulf / large shrimp (and there are only 6), but instead what I received were 6 shrimp that looked like someone had chopped off half of the shrimp - they were less than 1 inch long. Definitely NOT worth the money and I would not order it again. My husband had the Juanita’s platter and said it was just ok. Our service was good, but the table was not ready in time for our reservation, although it was very crowded. Might come here again for drinks, but that would be it and there are lots of places that have good drinks.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 7, 2019

Hello Perky, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my Birthday with my Best friends

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Responded on March 4, 2019

Happy Birthday! Thank you for celebrating your special day with us! We are thrilled fun was had by all!

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LD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fernando was very attentive! Great customer service!

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 7, 2019

Lakeisha, thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Fernando. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm he adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Germaine R. Uncle Julio's

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GH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Absolutely outstanding food, and service. The noise level makes having a conversation with people at your table very difficult!

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on March 4, 2019

Glenn, thank you for spending your time with us. We appreciate your feedback to enhance the experience. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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