Uncle Julio's - Naperville

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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
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we have come to Uncle Julio's & our food has come out cold. The service was great, but the food has been consistently mediocre. ☹️ Hoping our next visit is better.

JP
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to dine. Great service, well taken care of and food was amazing.

TN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I'm just not a fan. It was my son's 19th birthday and thought they would at least come sing happy b-day at our table but they did not. The waiter was very new and the service was not as expected.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was never around when we wanted him. Our food came out a few dishes at a time. I think the waiter forgot to order our grandsons food, his food came out about 10 minutes later than everyone else. The food was not terrific. My daughter-in- law asked for a white sauce on her food but did not get it. She also told the waiter 2 or 3 times he seemed to ignore her.The Lombard location has much better food and service that is were we will be going from now on.

MM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We have always had great experiences at Uncle Julio's in Naperville.

RA
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was warm, not hot.
Sarcastic waiter.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on October 6, 2019

Hello Ray, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret you did not receive our best service. We appreciate your feedback to develop and enhance your time with us. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I always spend the money for the El Jefe margarita which is not cheap by any means; $13+
I was disappointed with the quality and had bought my girlfriend visiting from Mexico one also.

Our server while attentive disregarded the fact that I had just given him a $25 discounted birthday offer from UJ's.

p
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a $25 birthday offer from Uncle Julio’s and a separate $10 offer from Open Table by using my points. The restaurant refused to honor both coupons. I did not understand why.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is great and so fresh and awesome salsa. Having reservations is so important here. Go here for special times since become pricy but like can earn points to future credit and loved the birthday dinner gift.

SO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

They put us by the patio door it was cold and they would go in and out on the phone we asked to be moved and we was by the chip station and it was nasty that was all over the floor looking nasty and I told them it was my husband birthday I wanted the piñata we never got it I should’ve just went to the one I always go to the Lombard one but I said since this was close to home let's give it a try never again.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on October 3, 2019

Hello Shay, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. Your concerns are being addressed. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon with a much better outcome. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent, especially the table-side guacamole bowl; noise level is high(definitely not an ‘intimate’ setting); food is good; pricing a bit high; did NOT like having to settle our own bill. In Europe, the waitstaff runs your credit card at the table - card is never out of your site- but THEY handle the transaction. This felt somewhat like the self-serve checkout at the grocery :(

J
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 3 little boys and usually, it's chaotic. We had our food and drinks within 20 minutes plus it was on a Saturday night. We enjoyed the food and my boys can't wait to go back. The waitress kept checking on us. I have not had a restaurant be so together.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful chicken!

SS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely I would recommend it to a friend. My only negative thought about this Uncle Julio's is the location.

SS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the quality of food. If you have more Vegetarian option (No meat /no chicken) will be helpful for us.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was awesome and food, piñata and margaritas were great. However, what restaurant doesn’t give free refills on soda? I ended up paying $9.00 for Sprite. Ridiculous!!!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food as always was OUTSTANDING. Made a reservation with a note it was a/my birthday nothing was mentioned during our visit. Service was a bit slow in the beginning but was rectified I believe when the manager noticed we were sitting there with nothing except menus. Food came out quick and delicious. Will be back as this is my favorite restaurant ever, the food is Always So Very Good!

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hello, Happy belated birthday! Thank you for spending it with us. We apologize for the initial frustration. but we are so happy all turned out well in the end. We look forward to serving you again with a great experience from start to finish. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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LP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was awful. Brought entree before appetizer,messed up drinks,very unattentive service

MG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First visit to this restaurant. Place, food and service was fantastic!!

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! Great prices!

AQ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The margaritas are fresh and not too sweet. Try the chocolate pinata!

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 23, 2019

Amanda, thank you!

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

Service was awful, but it was better than the food, which was terrible. Everything felt dirty. If we weren’t there for a party we would have walked out and went somewhere else.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us and we apologize for you experience this visit. We are very sorry your expectations were not met, and your concerns will be addressed by our teams. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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CD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good, say outside so ambiance and company were great. We were very disappointed with our server, never really checked on us, had to wait a long time for check, the electronic tablet died and server never came back.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 23, 2019

Hello Colleen, Thank you for your business. We are so sorry to learn about your poor service and that your visit was less then stellar. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. Please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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IM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and decor were really nice. The Fajitas I purchased were very expensive compared to other restaurants, which I would be all for if the quality was special. These were just regular fajitas.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 20, 2019

Hello IsmaelM, We apologize we didn't meet your expectations this visit. Your review has been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time to further address. We look forward to the opportunity 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 September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have always liked uncle Julio’s but last night a bit disappointed. We ordered fajita for two and another fajita for one. They gave us only 3 tortillas and only two plates of rice and beans and two plates of the condiments. It should have one plate for each. Service was lousy!

DG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent skirt steak. Excellent cheese/onion enchiladas. Excellent margaritas. Excellent service. Noise baffles would help the loudness.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Drinks were good, dessert was good, service and everything in between was slow and poor.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello, We apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit with us. We thank you for providing feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, over priced for Mexican food. We each had one margarita , small for price, and one entree bill $182.00, Front Street Cantina in Naperville is very good and our meal with Margaritas would have been half that price.

I
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Neglectful waiter. Showed up late. Food took a long time. Manager made no compensation, and was not able to hurry thing along even though the place was nearly empty.

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello, We sincerely apologize to hear about your experience as this is not the service expectations we have set. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our service with the feedback you have provided, we have sent this to the appropriate teams to further address and correct. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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

Wait staff was excellent. The young lady who attended our table was knowledgeable of the entire menu, and after we received our meals she made several trips back to our table. Food presentation and preparation was superior to other restaurants in this category.

EL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Ive been here a few times, its ok food but not very "authentic". Under-seasoned ground beef in the food, mild sauces and just overall a bit bland. For what you get, it's pricey, cost $156 to feed three adults and two kids Mexican food. I don't know, I expect more from places like this and it could be so much more. Chips and salsa were the highlight.

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

First, we sat there for awhile before we were even acknowledged. Second, we ordered and we had to get our own silverware and napkins! None was given to us, I had to find a server station and retrieve my own utensils. Third, the food was horrific! Someone dumped the salt in the food! Terrible! This is the second terrible experience. The server was very polite and apologized for the food. We learned a lesson...don’t go back!

Uncle Julio's - Naperville
Responded on September 5, 2019

Hello, We thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience and do 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 while coaching our servers on the expectations set. We do hope to serve you again in the future for a much improved 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Not a great experience at this location

PJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly waiter, good food, prepared quickly.

s
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Gods service and great food.

BA
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were somewhat disappointed. The chicken was bland and rubbery. The steak was tasty, but came out very under done, much better after being cooked more. Automatically adding 20% to the tab with an option to add more? I always tip 20%+, but it took 20 minutes to get a Luke warm cup of coffee. This has been a favorite since my first experience in the early 80's at the original in Fort Worth. Also, chips, skirt steak all great, but not worth the $$

JA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a nice place for dinner, lunch, small bday groups...

CB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We went there for my daughters birthday dinner. We had been there several times in the past since it was a birthday favorite with the chocolate piñata and all. The atmosphere is alway wonderful. My husband and I always enjoy the drinks and the guacamole made fresh at the table. Everything was wonderful until we started eating our entrees. We like spicy, but almost everything everyone had ordered was off the charts spicy. Some of us had ordered the same things as in the previous visits and they were much more spicy than usual. The chocolate piñata was still a good as always! Due to the overly spicy food we will unfortunately not be returning!

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

Hello CherB, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience 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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O
Chicago
361 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

11:30am lunch reservations seated immediately. Business get together. Good food and service.

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

Dined as part of a birthday celebration. Everyone's selected entree was perfectly prepared, ingredients fresh and flavorful. Portions very large ( we each had food to take home). The chocolate pinata was divine, delicious chocolate, caramel, raspberry sauces and whip cream for dipping a variety of fresh fruits. A return visit a must in the very near future!

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