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

Everything was amazing more than I expected! Wil surely be going back

AF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Uncle Julio's is always a family favorite! This is the best Tex Mex in the Chicago area for sure and probably the world, I just haven't been everywhere to confirm. Just wish it was a bit quieter so we didn't have to scream our conversation. Love those chips and salsa!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner- servers were great, attentive. Seating was good for large party.

T
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience and delicious food. My mom really enjoyed her birthday celebration.

BL
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy Uncle Julio's! Food was terrific as always and the drinks were great. Only complaint would be too many tables crammed together in the middle area-we ordered tableside quac and he couldn't even get near our table, had to stand around the corner of a pillar.

OT
Chicago
240 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 2

Loud and crowded on a Saturday night....but food was good.

R
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Food is Delicious. The Service was Excellent. The Value for the Portion Size is not on Par. The Prices are going up on the Menu as the Portions on the Plate are getting Smaller, including the Rice and Beans. This is and has been a concern with Family and Friends that Dine here and I hope this would be re-evaluated and the adjustments are made.

C
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food excellent service!

KM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quick service. Chips were awesome and the tortillas were so good! Definitely coming back!

M
Chicago
114 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family get together. Always enjoy the food. Great tableside guacamole. Hospitable manager. Exceptional service from Molly!

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello Mike, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Molly! 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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RJ
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Family get together - the food and service was very good but the NOISE level is very high - it’s not a good place to go with a larger group unless you don’t mind yelling at each other. Also the pricing is on the higher end but not unreasonable - we still have a good time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I had ordered the steak and chicken fajitas. It didn’t come out sizzling like it’s supposed to. It was still good but not quite as hot. I did ask for less peppers and more onions which they did accommodate.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello, 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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CA
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful, service was amazing, and was only disappointed that we were too full to try dessert!

RL
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a great dinner as always ! Our server Austin was fantastic, helpful, and a pleasure to talk to. The only down fall was some parties in the back room we were seated in. I had requested the middle room. It was SO loud you couldn’t hear yourself talk!

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is almost always great. We go there often for that very reason. We try to go on off-times because it’s extremely busy and waits are long. The service used to be more on point, but still better than other places we have visited.

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Taco Tuesday platter. Great selections. And Swirls. Everything is good here.

TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! We celebrated a birthday. Great food, really good service. Would've been nice to get a little something for the birthday girl for free, but oh well.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The place is run down looking. Torn chair padding and tacky tablecloths in comparison to the Naperville site. Quesadillas was bland and fish tacos way too salty. The waiter seemed “bothered” by any request we had and never came to refill drinks. The price is crazy for the quality of food you get.

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

Hello SuzanneS, We appreciate you bringing this experience to our attention and do apologize that it was less than excellent as this is not the standard we expect from our team. We have sent your feedback to the appropriate persons who will address all concerns and correct as needed. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a much improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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

Delicious food, quick service as usual.

GE
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our server was excellent.

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

Absolutely. We used to come more often years ago, and decided to try it again.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is always amazing! This is my girlfriend and I’s favorite spots to come for Mexican food! The fajitas and queso blanco are always so delicious. The service is consistently good and the warm fresh chips that keep getting brought to the table are the best.

5/5 almost every time we’ve gone.

GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very good! Our server was attentive as was the floor manager. We were there for a birthday celebration and my daughter got a yummy little treat with a candle for singing! We had a nice afternoon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was good. However we weren't seated until 30 minutes after our reservation. We ordered tableside guacamole. It took a other 30 minutes for someone to come make our guacamole. We got our entrees before we got out appetizer. It also took the person making the guacamole an uncomfortably long time. The Schaumburg location is much better all around.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience when dining with us. We have provided this feedback to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to create a timely and quality experience for our guests. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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d
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there with a friend, all three thoroughly enjoyed it

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took our best friends out to ask them to be our baby’s godparents. The food was amazing like always but Al, our server, was the best part of the experience. He is the best thing to happen to Uncle Julio’s!

SM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was amazing!! Would've been nice to have some music in the background.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Great lunch!

HL
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We wanted a booth and they were not very accommodating on that and our table wobbled.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was so fresh and delicious. Went for the chocolate pinata and wasn't disappointed. Will go back again and recommend it to anyone looking for that something special.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on August 28, 2019

Bambi, thank you very much!!

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F
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The food was very good, but inside the noise is way too loud!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The steak and chicken fajitas and the chicken enchiladas were good!

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Crowded & noisy location for mediocre food! Will not be back.

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

Hi, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal for all our guests and we’re sorry we missed the mark for you. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very delicious and tasty the steak was tender everything was amazing I will be back soon it was my first time and definitely won't be my last time

OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waitress was polite; once it got busy she was not present like she should be. Extremely expensive. Almost $125 for 4 people with no alcohol.

KD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We used to love this place (including the Chicago location) but it seems as if no one who owns, runs or works at this restaurant cares much about their jobs or the customer. From the hostess who didn’t seem to understand her role, to the filthy seating areas and the wait staff barely getting anything we ordered right, I’m sad to say I won’t be dining here again. This isn’t the first time we’ve had this experience here so it wasn’t like it was an off night. This staff could use a class in customer service and attention to details.

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

Hi Kelly, 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 experience. We read every comment, feedback, praise and concern and then we forward to the appropriate groups to properly address. We will look into the service immediately. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy amazing service.

Trisha amazing manager. My debit card was declined due to fraud and she helped me through it. Thank you!

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

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Jeremy! 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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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined outside so it was much quieter. The din inside is terrible.

JE
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Fish tacos weren’t very good. Same for the beans. Overall, I was disappointed with the meal.

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

Hi Jeff We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and want you to leave extremely satisfied. Your feedback is being addressed. Please let your server know, they will gladly provide other options to your liking. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JP
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

The salsa has been made wrong twice in the last 2 visits. It's really disappointing that management doesn't notice it before it's served. Hopefully, the kitchen can fix that.

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

Hello JPCS, Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize that your salsa was not enjoyed. We have sent this to our team to ensure the proper recipes are followed, we do hope to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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