Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

4.3
392 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Usually things are very fast but we had a somewhat inattentive waiter who didn’t take our order for a full 15 mins ( although we did have appetizers) even though it wasn’t super busy. They keep redoing the restaurant look and feel but never address the sound issues. Hard surfaces and high ceilings. But the food is GREAT and a super value. 2 people can really share fajitas for one, but we always like leftovers. This is one of our favorite restaurants. Just an occasional blip of less than exceptional service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation; Given a device when my table would be ready. - treated like walk-ins. Staff from hostess to wait staff very lackadaisical.

SM
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 1

I’ve been going to this restaurant since it opened as The Rio Grand Cafe. The portions have gotten smaller and the prices have gone way up. The quality of the food was less than satisfactory and the restaurant and restrooms were dirty. This used to be our go-to restaurant for Mexican food...not anymore.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on August 13, 2019

Hello Shana May, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We are constantly working to develop and improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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MU
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Was very noisy, asked for refried beans and got regular, otherwise food was ok and service was good

NS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very glad we made reservations as the restaurant was packed on a Friday night. The table side guacamole was excellent, and our server was great. The noise level was almost painful so we ate quickly and left. Our entrees (enchiladas) were just ok - the chicken enchiladas were pretty bland and a bit dry. Overall, great service, food was served quickly, and our bill was definitely reasonable. It’s worth a return trip during the week (maybe it will be less loud) to try a different entree.

AM
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The women’s bathroom was not clean but other then that food was great , service was wonderful

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant did not accept reservations for outside seating and after waiting for a table to open 15 minutes later, was seated at a table that was slanted down almost 45 degrees. Informed the manager and he asked me what I wanted him to do. We got up and left. Horrible service.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on August 9, 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us and do apologize for your experience. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit and your concerns are being addressed by the appropriate parties. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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J
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

The restaurant was extremely loud - so loud that nobody at my table could hear one another. Knowing it would be busy on a nice Friday night, I made a reservation. Unfortunately, we were not seated until almost half an hour after the reservation time, and there is very limited space to wait in. The employees could not give us any idea of how long we would be waiting either. The food was OK, but it felt really expensive when the experience/environment itself was fairly unpleasant.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on August 9, 2019

Hello Jessica, We apologize to hear that your reservation experience was less than excellent this visit. We have provided your feedback to our team who will address these concerns and coach as needed to improve. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you in the future for a more seamless and excellent reservation experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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MP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was good, but the noise level inside was excessive

JC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love how they updated the restaurant. The waitstaff was great and the food was great as usual.

GL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food!!! Love the steak fajita and quesadillas!

RN
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The place was very loud, and packed, on a wednesday night. It took over an hour, once we were seated before our food arrived. The waiter did not visit the table often. It seems there were more diners than they could provide a good experience too.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on August 3, 2019

Robert, We are so sorry you had to wait and completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. 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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JL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful time having dinner at the restaurant. The food was delicious and our waiter was excellent. It was pretty loud in there but with a packed place that's to be expected.

JJ
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

No one brought water or came to say hello for over 10 minutes after being seated, even though the restaurant was 80% empty. Food was not as good as expected.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hello Jenny, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We want you to have a great time from start to finish. 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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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate outside because it is often loud inside, and as long as it is not too hot that is the best way to experience Uncle Julio’s. The food is always fantastic and our waitress was very attentive. Love this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, Great Food and Good service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

They have remodeled and it looks fresh and more open. Our waiter, Kevin, was incredible! Food was good as always.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

No space between tables, people stepping on each other, no pleasant experience dining, need to lookout for servers carrying food between tables

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on August 3, 2019

Hello Rajm, Thank you for your feedback. We are constantly working to elevate the experience, and this information is extremely helpful. Best, Uncle Julio's

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B
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our group to place when we want a pleasant place to sit outside & eat comfort food. Good, friendly service, and quality Mexican food.

G
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Love the new interior. My chicken tortilla soup had almost no chicken and was totally overloaded with tortillas. Everything else was pretty solid: fijitas, soft tacos, salmon. The service was off. We waited for a long time for our server to take our drink order. We had to flag down another server.

f
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great Fajitas & Gucamole dip. The margaritas were too small, but good.

JW
Nashville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I have been to Uncle Julio's several times and have always loved the food. This time I ordered the grilled fish tacos and did not enjoy them. The seasoning on the fish was too spicy for me. Other items ordered (yellow queso and kids meals) were very good.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on July 23, 2019

Hi Jenny, Thank you for sharing your experience. We are always looking for feedback to develop and enhance the experience. Your comments are being addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a much-improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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BK
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server was fantastic. Always there at the right time & very pleasant.

We sat outside. It was a lovely night. We don’t like sitting inside do to the noise level.

AD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice Family dinner. Our orders were served promptly and well prepared. The restaurant was full and thus noisy, but not too disruptive.

OT
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a nice meal...food tasted great, and service was excellent. We'll worth the visit.

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun! Fun!
We have been coming to this location since the early 90's. We used to sit at a window seat and watch our kids while they ran across the street and climbed piles of dirt. Then they would come in and go get a ball of tortilla dough and make shapes at the table until our food arrived.
Lot's of wonderful memories. Celebrating my son's 31st birthday at our favorite place was just fantastic!

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on July 11, 2019

Donna, thank you for your continued support ... We are thrilled to be apart of your family traditions and look forward to many more to come! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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DJ
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Honey Chipotle Chicken Fajitas are amazing Highly recommend. Service is always good. This is our go to place for Mexican food.

m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We came at lunch to celebrate a birthday. I noted the birthday celebration on the reservation and also told the server when she came to outlet table. No response-nothing special at all-so why ask?
Food was good. Service was not attentive or friendly at all-long wait for anyone to come to our table, wait for drinks, wait for bar drinks to arrive after sodas/tea/water, had to ask for more salsa, had to ask for drink refill, etc.
The new electronic tablet for paying is fine but it shouldn’t set 20% as the automatic tip. Rarely does Uncle Julio’s deliver 20% service.
Also, the restaurant was not super busy either.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello my3grlz, First, Happy Birthday! Thank you for spending your special day with us. We are sorry to hear about your service issues completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We’d are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We hope to get to serve you again soon with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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SS
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Drinks took quite a while to come out from the bar. We never were asked or did receive any water. Food overly was good. The freshly made guacamole by the table was great! We would def go back.

RW
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The service and the guacamole were great, everything else was just fair.

m
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and as always fantastic food.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Father’s Day

MH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 2

Have booked reservations to Uncle Julio's in Reston multiple times and have never been seated at the time of my reservation. Each time it has been between 10 and 15+ minute wait past my reservation to be seated. It's pretty clear to me that booking a reservation through OpenTable with them is not a reservation but to get on their waitlist.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 19, 2019

Hello MIchaelH, We thank you for providing feedback on your previous experience with us and apologize to hear that your service was not at the standard expected. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention as an opportunity to improve our location and ensure it is working to ensure each reservation is sat in a timely manner. We have forwarded your feedback and do hope we will get the chance to serve you again for a much improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Customer Service was excellent and the food was delicious!

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 17, 2019

Maritza, thank you very much!

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I moved out of the area three years ago but when I come back to visit a stop at Uncle Julio’s is always on the agenda. They have never disappointed me. My favorite is the bacon wrapped shrimp and the steak fajitas. It’s always a toss up for me because I love them both!

f
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was off when we were there. Waited longer than usual and it wasnt that busy. Overall still a good Mexican option in our area.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the swirls and the beef fajitas. blah blah

DD
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been eating at Uncle Julio's for 27 years, so I guess you could say that we are very satisfied. The ingredients have always been top-notch and we know which servers to request, but very few have ever disappointed us. For about 25+ of those years, I always ordered their chili relleno which beat every other restaurant I ever tried, but unfortunately, it was dropped from the menu. The menu is a bit heavy on tacos and they could have a wider assortment of Tex-Mex dishes.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 17, 2019

Dennis, THANK YOU! We appreciate your continued support and love throughout the years. It means so much to us. Your special requests for the chili rellenos will be forwarded to the appropriate parties for future menu development. We look forward to serving you and your family for many years to come! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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K
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding! We will definitely be coming back the next time we’re in town.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 17, 2019

Katie, thank YOU very much!!!!

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SU
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Not worth the price. Food quality/flavor doesn't warrant price point, especially with so many local options available. Beyond that...
Took 20 min before we were seated essentially negating the effort to book a reservation. Loud, messy, and rushed.
Won't go back.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 17, 2019

Hello Samuel, We appreciate your business and value your feedback. We apologize we didn’t meet your overall service & food expectations. We hope that you return to give some of our other Uncle Julio menu items a try and to let us make up for your experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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