Uncle Julio's - Naperville

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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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H
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

All good but the good was just average tasting at best.

KS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was fine for our group of 14

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! The tortilla machine was broken do that was disappointing but they had great homemade corn tortillas instead. I recommend the filet mignon fajitas and the guacamole and queso appetizer.

LR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Tortilla maker broke, could not get tortillas for fajita we ordered. Service was slow, taste to value was poor, only good think was desert

DR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went for a Team Post-Holiday Celebration Lunch. Handled large group well and table was ready when we arrived.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food3service2ambience5

Came out to celebrate 2 of our kids birthdays and had the “Taco Tuesday” deal, there were a total of ten of us and our server was not very attentive and seemed annoyed that we ordered that taco bar instead of separate meals. The deal was a great price and it tasted pretty good!

CJ
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went there for my daughters birthday. The chicken was very good.
But we all really enjoyed the chocolate piñata with the pineapple and strawberry’s inside. It was a fun and yummy treat.
The guacamole made aT the table was very good with nice large pieces of the avocado.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had made reservations for 8pm and got there 2 hours early (our even we were at before hand didn’t take a long time to experience). The hostess said that was fine she would put our name at the top of the wait list and not have to wait 2 hours. Got seated within 5 minutes.

CA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drinks with a nice atmosphere! Will be back often.

B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We go to this location regularly, likely dined there 16 times over 2019. Our first visit in 2020 was a huge departure from all of our previous visits. Staff was slow, we waited for a server to come to our table for about 15 minutes - when busy I understand this but it was not busy and just seemed like the staff was not coordinating properly. Once our server arrived, they were fine. The worst part of this experience was the quality of the food and drinks. We had grown accustomed to this being very consistent and high quality. The tortillas were always warm, fresh and fluffy and the margaritas were always great. On this visit, there were no signs of any tortilla making and when we got the tortillas, they were very low quality. Cold and sticking together, seemed like they were frozen and recently defrosted. On top of that, at a table where four people all had fajita dishes they brought us 5 tortillas total with our food. I always order the El Jefe margarita which comes in a shaker and will fill the glass two times - this time it filled the glass one time and about 1/4 the second pour. I really hope this was a fluke and just an off night for the site, but if this becomes the new normal we will be looking for a new place to go.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on January 9, 2020

Hello Brian, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your meal was less than memorable as this is not our expectation. Your feedback has been sent to our team to address, we will ensure our dishes showcase the high quality and fresh ingredients used. We hope for the opportunity to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

After Christmas Family dinner

w
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Soooo much better than the last time we dine there. The service was actually professional and personable. Our server was very good. We will be back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Started out suboptimal from the beginning, as it took several minutes for anyone at the hostess stand to acknowledge us. In the meantime, the line was forming out the door. Guacamole was supposed to be spicy, but was incredibly bland. Some in our party were vegan, and options are very limited, and the food was overall average.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

New Year’s Eve
Very crowded very good service the table side guacamole was excellent
3 meals in our party came with cold tortillas like right out of the fridge cold which really sucked because I was really looking forward to enjoying this meal
They did take care of the 3 meals in question but I would have rather enjoyed it

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on January 9, 2020

Hello, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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ET
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went early on New Year's Eve. Waiter was really nice and attentive. It happened to be Taco Tuesday as well so we ordered the taco bar which we thought was excellent. They bring all the elements to your table in a lazy susan and you make your own tacos from that. They were delicious and for $10 a person you can't beat that. I ordered margarita and it was quite strong so if that's what you're looking for, there it is. We will be going back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food mediocre. Lacking a bit of flavor.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hello, 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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DZ
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

We have been going several times over the years and quality is not what it used to be. The server was miserable and food was fair. Probably won’t go back

V
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Smaller quantity but expensive. Very limited vegetarian options.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello Varanasi, 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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K
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner

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TB
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our daughter’s birthday. Everything was great! The server was attentive and helpful with my father who has dietary issues. The drinks, food and dessert were all amazing!

VG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

We enjoy this place at least once a month an was happy so far, every time the service was ok but not so good, this time service was just horrible unfortunately. Waitress and server guy were like in rush not listening and throwing food on the table and disappearing, we waited 25 min yo get their attention to order desert,
I’m GF and DF and I didn’t like the manager’s response when I asked about my options, she rolled her eyes and throw a laugh like I’m joking to eat there🙁 it was a birthday celebration for my friend and she didn’t enjoy as much as she would. I have to say the manager listened to us very kindly and also cover the desert as apology, that was really nice ! Thank you!

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hello VillyG, Thank you for providing this feedback and we apologize to hear that your service did not reflect the high standards we strive to provide. Your review has been forwarded to our team who and will ensure that the service standards are met. We hope to serve you again in the future for an outstanding experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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SC
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the deal of taco Tuesday !!! Highly recommend this place!!!

DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food quality and service unfortunately has gone down since the last time we were at this location.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hello DCM12, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely Uncle Julio's

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PM
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Julio’s is a great family restaurant where you can go and grab a great dinner with great conversation. They are great about customizing some foods to be exactly what you want. Loved this visit! Was unfortunate we could not stay for their awesome dessert! Thanks to our server and it was great how Olga did a tremendous job tending to our requests. Loved the table side way to pay! Which more restaurants caught up to where this restaurant is on bills and payments at restaurants! Thanks again Uncle Julio’s team and Olga for a great experience!!!

CN
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time, Great food, our server was awesome very attentive to our needs. We will come back again. The drinks were tasty!

RW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went for our office Christmas lunch. I must say it was a great place to unwind and enjoy some down time. Great food and drinks.

FR
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect - fast service, tasty entrees

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son loved his birthday dinner there, and the chocolate piñata is always a “hit!”

WW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was not wheelchair friendly. Difficult to maneuver through the restaurant

RC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! It was my family's first time there and see were celebrating two birthdays on our visit. Other than the pinata desert I ordered it would have been nice to have a little birthday song or the chance to.

KV
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and we really enjoyed it. The food was great and the piñata was so delicious but too big for 2 adults and 2 little kids.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was absolutely great! Food came very fast and hot!!

GW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Good food. Server rushed us to order when we were trying to visit. Kind of annoying

RP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went there for a get together. Our waiter was very good and food was great too. Margaritas were yummy.

AL
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the pork tamale and cheese enchilada. My cheese enchilada was not eatable. I could not cut it with a knife it was so hard.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on December 12, 2019

Hello AnnaL, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your meal was less than memorable as this is not our expectation. Your feedback has been sent to our team to address, we will ensure our dishes showcase the high quality and fresh ingredients used. We hope for the opportunity to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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D
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We were there to celebrate our daughter and son’s birthday. Since he was turning 50 I requested acknowledgement from the staff from the front check-in and our waiter and nothing took place, but we enjoyed our dining experience with our family

D
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a party of 10 to celebrate my husbands birthday. We went on a Sunday afternoon. The people who worked at Uncle Julio's were very nice. The food was delicious. My only complaint is the price of food and alcohol. We wanted a pitcher of margaritas and they only serve single serve drinks, at $12 and up each ! Of course we wanted Margaritas to celebrate my husband's birthday and quite surprised how quickly our bill added up. The food was good but $14 for guacamole? A little to high priced to become a regular outing for us.

CM
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was great. Food was delicious.

RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Absolute delicious. We had the chocolate piñata. It was wonderful.

DJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Alex. Enjoyed his recommendations and the fun dessert.

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