Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook

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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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always love the food here! Unfortunately there was a large party near us that was VERY LOUD so it was hard for us to talk and hear each other at our table.

MT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were with friends. We all love the food and of course the piñata! It’s always a good time when we come to Uncle Julios. Margaritas are also outstanding and the tamales are the best.

LD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience1

While the food and service were outstanding, our booth was chilly and we ate our entire meal with our winter coats on.

S
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We were disappointed by the overall quality of the food. The chicken in the fajita was dry and over cooked and the meat well done. The tortillas were cold and the drinks seemed very weak. We have not been here in a while and don't expect to return anytime soon.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I frequent this location about once per month. Typically the service is fine, but today the service was horrible. I just hope this was a one time issue.

SD
Denver
42 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Great food but slow service

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food speaks for itself and is consistently amazing

PP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Our waiter was great. Food was good, but they made a mistake by giving me onions when I ordered with no onions. They did remake them for me.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded 7 days ago

Hello PatriciaP, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great- very attentive. Food was average. Drinks ok seemed pre made. Good place
For families nice atmosphere

CR
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We had a reservation for 7:15. When I checked in exactly at that time the hostess said, “ Oh, someone already checked in for your party of 3” No, I said, we did not” She took a while on the computer, then gave us a pager without saying anything else. After 40 minutes of waiting, I went to the hostess and asked if we would be seated next after a table cleared. Observed 3 other small parties being seating. Ten minutes go by, still not seated. I went to ask again and question why these other parties are being seated when she told me we were next. She says because the table we were assigned to hasn’t cleared yet. There is clearly something wrong when you have to wait 50 minutes for a table with a reservation. The most irritating was I was not told of a delay when I checked in. Had I known, I might have dined elsewhere.
Finally we were seated, the manager came over to our request, offered apology and appetizer. Our server was great. The dining area is a little shabby. My booth seat had rips in it.
The table side guacamole was delicious and entrees just mediocre. The chocolate piñata is always a hit.
I have dined at other locations and had better experiences. It would like to see some new options on the menu. Overall, very disappointing!

E
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been coming here since it opened. Always good food and drink.

L
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went just for the chocolate pin yada it was delicious. My six-year-old grandson was with us and he had a blast busting it up.

LH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! We got our seats right away and enjoyed a nice time with friends. The environment is loud but positive.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Unfortunately I didn’t get my food until most of my party had already finished theirs and mine was still wrong.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on January 6, 2020

Hello KellyC, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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AF
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Julio's was my choice for my birthday dinner --- that's how much I love this place! We lived in Dallas for about 25 years so having UJ close enough for our Tex Mex fix is like heaven. The frozen Margaritas cannot be beat. And the chips and salsa are the best anywhere. But then the food comes and the meal just gets better and better. Yummmmmmm

SD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Our server, Albert, was very nice. he kept an eye on us throughout the event, and as readily available to meet our needs. The food was excellent. The only blemish was the noise; it seems the restaurant needs something to lessen it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve/ Taco Tuesday. Great service and great food!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service and food!

RM
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fajitas were very tasty, the chocolate pinata was a fun to break, the fruit and churro fresh.

TV
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My family enjoyed a great New Years eve dinner together at one of our favorite restaurants. We feasted on the Plato Grande which was done to perfection. Service was wonderful on such a busy afternoon/evening.

JW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We made a reservation on open table, and were not seated until almost 35 minutes after time slot. The restaurant host staff were unorganized and frazzled with holiday clientele.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hello JennaW, Thank you for providing this feedback regarding your reservation experience. We apologize to hear that we did not provide you with an outstanding experience and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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LL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s an easy place to take kids because of the loud environment!

A
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food
Dessert 🍨 was fun
Drinks way priced out of line fir 3 adults 2 drinks each was 45 percent of the bill
So go but don’t drink

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We had issues with our service. Waitress did not bring things we asked for, three plates of fajitas and no tortillas for too long and not following our requests. Food was amazing.

DW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The service was quick. The floors were sticky. Food was ok

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

Hello DanielleW, Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we apologize that we were unable to provide you with a memorable experience. We have forwarded your review to our teams and we hope to serve you in the future for an improved dining experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My son’s Birthday

P
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Table wasn’t ready for our reservation and hostess delayed our wait. Carnitas were very dry.

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

Hello Perry, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience this visit. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through 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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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

College Graduation ! Server was good just slow check on us. Food took forever missing items. Food not as good as other Uncle Julio’s locations .

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on December 23, 2019

Hello, 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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GE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for team outing. The chocolate pinata was a great way to end the night!

BF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The taco Tuesday dinner is delicious and well worth the money. I went with my girlfriends and I will return with my husband. Delightful.

C
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 15 and had a great experience. The food and service was excellent, we loved the Chocolate Pinata, very fun for everyone.

PG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was quite good. Lots of raw onions, though, which wasn’t exactly called out in the menu.

Drinks were solid overall, although the more expensive drink I had was made with more sour mix than the cheaper one I had that was more legit.

S
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent

BD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Food is always good but they have a table near the restroom that they kept trying to seat myself and another couple near the restroom that no one wanted to sit at and they should really consider moving it all together or realize not to seat people at when other tables are available.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hello BarbaraD, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time to further address. 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Door staff very friendly but misread reservation. I noted booth unacceptable as one guest is in a wheelchair, they had a booth ready when we got there and said I had requested it. They did accommodate us in about ten minutes. Food was delicious! Server was good but didn’t offer dessert, even though reservation noted it was a birthday celebration.

W
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and AL our server was fantastic! We will be back!!

S
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AL was awesome!!!

RJ
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Noise level is the only problem that I had. Very difficult to have a conversation.

MR
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
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 on December 2, 2019
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.

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