Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

4.4
371 reviews
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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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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JW
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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BK
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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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.

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OT
Washington DC
71 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.

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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!

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Responded 5 days ago

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.

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m
Washington DC
8 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
1 review
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.

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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.

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

Great service and as always fantastic food.

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

Father’s Day

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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
8 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!

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f
Washington DC
48 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.

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

We love the swirls and the beef fajitas. blah blah

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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.

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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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NC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything was great except for the hostesses. We came on time for a reservation and they said we had to wait and would seat us quickly as possible despite our reservation being at 6:30. We waited 20 min with many empty tables and we’re never seated. We needed up eating at the bar. Ridiculous behavior considering we had a reservation.

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

Hello NicoleC, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit and apologize that we missed the mark on providing you with an excellent dining experience and efficient reservation process. We have taken your feedback and forwarded it to the appropriate teams who will address these concerns. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our service standards to the highest quality and hope that we get the chance to provide you with a more than improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was my birthday. Julio is my favorite uncle. Everything is good.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and Friendly staff, we enjoyed our time.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 7, 2019

Amin, thank you very much!

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EG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at this restaurant. Staff was friendly and courteous and food was delicious.

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Responded on June 7, 2019

Earl, thank you!

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FJ
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience! For once the people at the waiting podium were nice
Good job

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F
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food and service were ok, but when I tried to use my dining reward card, the manager said the system would not process the card and that their system and open table are not linked. I’m not sure what that had to do with the MasterCard payment. When I called customer service, the rep informed me that the card was active and had a good balance, but her system did not show an attempt to process a payment. I’m not confident that the manager made and attempt to process payment with the reward card although I showed him the instructions and the card number / expiration as if it were a regular credit card. He didn’t make an attempt to process the payment via rewards after I called customer service and explained how to process the payment

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on June 7, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business and bringing this to our attention. Your concerns will be addressed immediately. Please pardon the frustration. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon with a much better outcome. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Salmon was properly cooked - not over done! Salsa could have been improved.

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R
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife’s birthday and we took our 3 children

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DW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Seated ahead of reservation on a busy Fri night.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you go with a group, the best value is the Plato Grande. It's really good. I substituted Mushrooms for one of the meats.

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R
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation and still were given a pager and forced to wait 20 minutes after our arrival. It’s so loud inside - and we would have had to wait another 20 for their limited outside seating. Took forever to get service, but once they found us for our initial drink orders it was much better. The food is good, tableside Fuad is really good, but their chips are thin and greasy. Not our favorite - we really prefer the food and chips at Del Rio in Leesburg.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on May 20, 2019

Hello Rdgelman, 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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AH
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Most waitors/waitresses acknowledge Birthday person at table
Reason for reservation
Nothing
-the big 13
She cried at end of night

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on May 7, 2019

Hello, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your birthday with us. We strive to provide an exceptional experience for all our guests and we’re sorry we missed the mark for you. Your concerns are being addressed. Please accept our sincere apology. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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BD
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, and the service was excellent. There were some healthy choices offered on the menu.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my first time at Uncle Julios, I was impressed with the food and atmosphere.. My server Jordan was super nice, prompt, and personable!... Please ask for him if you visit. He took care of myself and my friends and made sure we were all good! The food was great as well and great portion size! Definitely get the chocolate pinata to split with your friends!! :) I will definitely be back to visit!! I never got to tell Jordan thank you for his exceptional service! So thanks Jordan!!

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on May 7, 2019

Hello Mariah, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your service from Jordan. We value and appreciate their continued commitment to your enjoyment and exceptional experience. We are happy you enjoyed your meal and service from beginning to end. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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JH
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Ricky was outstanding. As busy as it was he made sure to visit his tables at every opportunity. The manager even made the rounds. We ordered the Swirl, lobster and steak fajitas, chips with guacamole and queso. Everything was delicious. We went for Cinco de Mayo at 5pm

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on May 7, 2019

Thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Ricky. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm he adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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LL
Tampa
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I came here with 3 friends for Cinco de Mayo. I had 2 strawberry margaritas. They are tasty, but very weak. My boyfriend had 5 traditional margaritas, and he paid extra for Patron. These were also pretty weak. I think they serve pretty watered down alcoholic beverages. I actually came here 1 time before that and sat at the bar for a few drinks and also felt that the drinks were very weak. I had the chicken enchiladas to eat. They were okay. Kinda dry for an enchilada and could use more sauce. Not terribly flavorful. The ambiance is nice, and it seems to be a family friendly place. The floors are very slippery, so be careful not to fall. I won't go out of my way to come here again.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on May 10, 2019

Hello Lali, We thank you again for providing this feedback and can assure you that your concerns will be addressed by our team. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention as we are continuously working to ensure our teams are operating at the highest standard. We do hope to serve you again for an experience that exceeds expectations. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food. Waiter was way above average with his service. Best service I've had at a restaurant in a very long time.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on May 7, 2019

Karen, thank you!

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r
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Luis provided great service. Minor food error made but immediately corrected by management & offered compensation for error. Enjoyed sitting outside.
Love eating at Uncle Julio’s!

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I can't wait to come back to VA so I can eat there again.

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TR
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Portion sizes were smaller than the other 2 Uncle Julio's we have been to

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DT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for brunch and the service was great and the food was delicious as usual.

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