Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything went really well, food was great and our server Jeremy was awesome.

The only thing that did not turn out right was when we ordered the Taco Bar, instead of bringing us the round lazy Susan, the food was brought in a square one which was too big for the round table we were sitting at. Although, our server did apologize for the rather large Taco Bar server, we were a bit surprised that this had Happened at all since we were one of the first ones seated, and that the restaurant had run out of the round lazy Susans.

MK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious as always, but I feel it is rather pricey for what you are getting. I asked for salt in the rum if my margarita glass and it looked like they just laid down one side of the glass in salt. There wasn’t even any near the rim. Also, the music is nice to create ambiance, but it was rather difficult to hear people in my same party over it.

F
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was super attentive to our table and always asking if we needed anything else. The food arrived fast and nicely presented.

k
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was good service good a bit slow due to being busy. Music too loud!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

LS
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious! Love the Cozumel Shrimp Tacos. Little spice and a great combinations of flavors. Always my favorite dish. Love the margaritas also. Server was great! Very attentive to our needs.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went for my dads birthday. Service and food was great!

a
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food and good service. Nothing over the top. But the piñata dessert is pretty cool.

MD
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Service was great, Food was good. Drinks were just ok.

l
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was great, service was great but the noise level was out of control. It was hard to hear any conversation at our own table

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

Hello Lilee, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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L
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Uncle Julio’s for my mom’s birthday today. It was better than expected. Food was amazing. I had some type of combination platter with tamales and a chicken taco. The chicken was seasoned well. Although I think the sauces that was poured over it could have been spicy but it did have good flavor.

JA
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a good experience. A little nosiy but it was a Friday.

M
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our server was great--very attentive without hovering! Food and margaritas were fantastic. The restaurant was very crowded, as is usual for a Friday night. We went early (5 p.m.) so we could get to the movies on time and I'm so glad we made our reservation through OpenTable. We were seated right away, while people coming in after us (who didn't have reservations) were told there was a long wait. The only complaint is it is SO LOUD! With every table occupied, it's bound to be.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun birthday dinner with friends!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had chicken enchiladas which were tasty!! The service was a little slow considering there weren’t many people there.

V
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hate sitting up front as it is so loud you can’t have conversation. We sat in booth towards back and it was so much better.

LS
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Uncle Julio's is a great place to eat. We had Cozumel shrimp tacos and it was delicious. Margaritas are pretty darn good also. Server was very attentive to our needs. Was very crowded and we still received great service. Would definitely recommend this place.

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our server GIOVANNI. He was attentive, guided us through the menu and helped us celebrate our daughter’s 12th birthday with the chocolate piñata. Taco Tuesday is a great deal as well!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Terrible. Horrible service and horrible management. We had previously never had issues and loved this establishment. However, tonight was a different story. My husband was told he could not swap out certain meats and they simply could not make the dish he requested (a simple swap of meat within a dish). Something he had done many times at our visits prior. Management came over and explained it is because they didn’t have buttons in the system to make this possible. The waitress then came back and said it could be done but for an up charge. Okay? So why wasn’t this option given initially prior to asking the chef and then the manager who apparently said it was impossible the first go-around. Just a very unnecessarily-so irritating situation. We have never had such an unaccommodating experience for such a simple request. Absolutely ridiculous. We will not be returning to this location ever again.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on November 3, 2019

Hello, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience when dining with us this visit. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the restaurant is running at optimal levels to create a seamless 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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a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great menu and very gracious service! The food is always very tasty.

VG
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and good food. The chocolate piñata was awesome. Definitely will be back.

LT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very average food and waitstaff. Nothing awful to report but nothing outstanding either. Salsa was bland and the house margarita had too much mix and little if any tequila all else was decent. All in all an OK meal.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on October 30, 2019

Hello LTL518, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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MS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food quick service

K
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were seated in a booth and there was not much room between the seat and the booth table. I'm not that big and it was tight for me. Food and drink was good, a little on the pricey side but probably in line with the area.

EG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was cold and the service was hard to find most of the time. I thought the location in Naperville was better

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on October 30, 2019

Hello EmilyG, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit. Your review has been sent to our teams who will address the concerns mentioned and apologize that we did not exceed your expectations. We hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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GB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very accommodating. The food was delicious and the chocolate pinata was a fun desert.

Our family had a nice time. Definitely go there again.

DM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the service was Excellent, everyone in the group said they will come back again!

SF
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We ordered the table side guacamole and it was terrible, the avacados were not ripe and it had no flavor. We get it each time we come and this is the first time this happened :(.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

MZ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fabulous. Always a fun place to eat and great service too

T
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BL
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food3service3ambience2

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

R
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food excellent service!

KM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
Chicago
119 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
73 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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