Uncle Julio's - Loudoun

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586 reviews
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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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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RK
Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday and everything was perfect

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F
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I love the Reston, Fairfax, and Arlington stores, but live near the Loudoun store and really want it to be great, but it has so many shortcomings! I’ve tried this store at least a dozen times and never been satisfied. The chef seems not to follow the standard recipes. The salsa is almost burned numerous times, sort of blackish instead of reddish with charred bits like other stores. My husband and I asked for salsa carne as sauce for our Juanita’s platters and the request was ignored. My husband decided to go ahead and keep his but I requested mine to be returned to fix it. Then, almost 15 minutes later after my husband was finished eating, they finally brought mine. Nothing like going to dinner together and both eating alone! As well, the ground beef recipe was totally different than other stores. It was more boiled than browned and it was very watery/full of dripping juice, so much so that my plate was full of liquid and my enchiladas were soggy. I would love to love this store because I live very close to it, but you are making it really hard. Please fix it!

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was great but they do not respect the Open Table Reservation time, it was a 30 min wait for a table.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Server was overwhelmed I think with many tables. Ran out of chips and salsa and asked for refill of both but never got the salsa. My hubby and son drink cups were empty for awhile with no offer of refill. Food was great as always

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful location

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the outdoor experience!

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s
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service is great...I just don't prefer the place...it is loud, the food is Ok and it is overpriced for what you get...

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AR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The sever was fantastic in accommodating a large party. Timing of food was good and making my friend feel special on her birthday was an added bonus. Everyone loved the chocolate piñata dessert. Will definitely return.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

There is something wrong with this Uncle Julio’s. Service was extremely slow - food was sub par - chicken fajitas were oily and under cooked. Been going to Uncle Julio’s in Bethesda and Reston for over 25 years. This one has a problem.

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SW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

I wondering if their chef/recipes have changed. The salsa and regular entrees were not like what we’ve experienced before and we go frequently.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is my favorite Mexican restaurant when it comes to chains. Their food is delicious and their chips are addictive. I love how everything is made in house and practically right in front of you. It is on the pricier side but it’s excellent for celebrating and special occasions. We celebrated my birthday here and was sure to get the chocolate piñata which is my fav part. Staff was friendly and pleasant I always have a good time when I come here! I usually choose the fajitas or the chicken fajita quesadilla. Their entire menu is delicious so you can’t really make a bad choice. Worth coming to check out if not to at least celebrate at!

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the waitress got all of our special requests down correctly. Was just a bit noisy because our table was close to the bar/kitchen area.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I actually introduced uncle Julio’s to my family and friends. My coworkers. I the evening I came I brought a new girlfriend so she’ll be back with her family. Great food and great service. Excellent value point.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service

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TR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Sawyer, was great! We never had to wait for a refill, our food came out quickly, and everything was exactly as we ordered. We'll definitely be back (and will request the same server).

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EC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Colin was a great server, my water was filled without asking and our orders were quick and correct.

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k
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Pros:
- Prompt waitress
- Flavorful cocktails (blood orange margaritas)

Cons:
- Took a long time to get our cocktails (over 15 minutes, the food beat out our drinks)
- Restaurant was not very clean: glasses were cloudy with stuck on food particles and floors needed sweeping
- Guacamole was brown

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g
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, great atmosphere! First time, but won’t be last time..!

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TD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and fantastic waitress with exceptional customer service.

We enjoyed our dinner and dining experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for a large party, service and food was great!

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FG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good tastes amazingly good from crisp home made chips to perfectly sizzled meat

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JE
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waited over 30 minutes with a reservation. Many groups that came in after us were seated. Spoke to hostess and there must have been some mistake as she seated us but offered no apology or explanation. Waited at table for 5-10 min before waitress showed up. She put chips and salsa in front of us and disappeared for 15 min. Finally shows up. By this time we are dying from eating salsa with nothing to drink! She takes our drink order and disappears again for 10 minutes! I did order a frozen margarita which may have gotten held up at the bar but the water and lemonade should have been brought to us very quickly. We asked for more chips and salsa at that time and she brought back a bowl of chips that were glistening with grease! Inedible. We finally got to order. Food came out in good time but my sons quesadilla had big hunks of steak in it and he ordered beef. Flagged down a passing hostess and she got manager. Manager said that’s how beef quesadillas came. Which is strange because he had ordered the same thing before and it was served with ground beef. I told him about the greasy chips which he could plainly see and his reply was he would tell his kitchen staff. He never asked if we would like another basket. He did have my sons quesadilla remade and it came out just fine but when the bill came the waitress had charged us for 2! This experience is not typical of other uncle Julio’s we have been to. It just seemed that no one in that restaurant cared about anything. :(((

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k
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The tableside guacamole is delicious. The chocolate pinata (classic) is also delicious. The rest of the food is pretty good. The music is always very loud there, like they are aiming for a fun bar atmosphere rather than a restaurant as it is hard to talk when there are more than 2 of you there.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Valentines Day. The place was PACKED but the staff handled it with grace. Our service was fast, the food was AMAZING. I wish they had some kind of chocolate desert besides the pinata. I've only been twice, but I can't wait to go again.

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PW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was excellent. The chicken is always nice an moist.

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really friendly staff!!! The food was really good. The location was clean

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As usual a great experience

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TR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was the best we have had at this location. Unfortunately the restaurant did not seem to honor our reservation. We had to keep reminding them that we had made a reservation.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was great and the waiter was very friendly and helpful. My only problem was the hostess. She was talking with an attitude and on top of that even though we came ten minutes earlier than our reservation, we had to wait for 30 minutes more to get our reserved table. I don't see the point of reservation of a table if we still get to wait. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend who has a surprise party like we had because it took forever and I have zero trust now in that restaurant that it'd get the table on time. All the maanger said was that "he cannot kick the customers out for us".He obviously poor planned the seating and let people in when he shouldn't have. I'm very upset because it's one of my favorite restaurants and i live near by. I'd definitely not come back.

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating my mom's 70th birthday with you! Thank you for the excellent service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ryan our server was exceptional, excellent atmosphere and food was very good , service was fast and we enjoyed our dining experience. Will definitely be back

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T
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was very pleasant, but spoke very rapidly. I had to ask several times to have him repeat what he had said. The food was fantastic. Overall experience was very good. But, I'm glad that we arrived early on Friday evening. The tables quickly filled up and it became very, very noisy.

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JD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Table we were seated at was not clean. We had to ask two different people to wipe it off which they did but it was still dirty. Chairs also had old food still on them.
Food portions were very skimpy! Chicken casadias had very little filling in them. Restaurant very noisy during lunch! We were seated in front of a door in back room and it was very drafty.
Would not recommend this restaurant☹️

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiter made the experience! The staff here is always super friendly and accommodating!

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NW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

This was my 3rd time at this restaurant over the past few years. We had a party of 6 that included two children. I was extremely disappointed by the food and service provided. Out of the four adults, none of us ate more than half of our meal. Both of my children didn't like their kids meals, and we asked multiple times for a spoon for my 5 year old daughter because she wanted it to eat her beans with and we never received one. The initial delivery of food was wrong, the second time they got it right enough that we didn't want to wait for a 3rd try. At least the pinata was good!

Also, my mother took my 5 year old to the bathroom, and was confused as to why two servers were in the same stall together.

We left and noted that we had never had a bad experience at Matchbox.

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

The manager Ilham was exceptional!!!!! She accommodated our party and made my daughter feel extra special! She went out of her way to make sure everything was perfect!!
Ilham, thank you so much for EVERYTHING you did!!

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P
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was below average and the service was so bad.

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W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food came out cold. Had to ask 3x to re-heat the food. Last time it came hot but with meat overcooked. Very disappointing.

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S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very busy which put us behind on our reservation, but Travis (the manager) and staff made our evening spectacular! Kudos to them all. I always love the restaurant and this experience just made me love it more.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though they were very crowded we had great service and the food came very quickly. Great place to eat and lots of fun!

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