Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

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303 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
10 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was surpringly delivered copy’s.

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K
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service great food The chips and salsa are the best

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P
New England
75 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is pretty standard fare for Tex-Mex food. In the past, the menu offered more vegetarian options. They have reduced their offerings, which is disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love everything about uncle Julio’s it was my first time taking my husband and he absolutely fell in love with how smooth the staff and restaurant was. The food is always amazing

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was sooooo nice!

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CT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I live uncle Julio’s. We eat here pretty often and always enjoy great food and fast, attentive service. My only compliant is the bios level. It is NOISY! Maybe that’s part of the appeal. Anyway. We Leary’s get one of the fajita dishes and they always are great. Also, the guacamole is superb. We tried the pork tamales this time and they were outstanding.

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YB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter and food was great.

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SM
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I really like Uncle Julio's in Reston - however the noise level is off the charts. The food is good along with the margueritas and the service is also very good. Also - for some reason - the food at this Uncle Julio's is much better than the Uncle Julio's in Ballston.

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JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We showed up 5 mins earlier than our 715 pm reservation. We checked in and they handed us a pager and said they would seat us shortly. We waited 20 mins, husband went to check on our table and then they sat us. They forgot about us. I’m really not sure what would have happened if he didn’t check they probably would have given our table away. It was a busy Saturday night.

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JR
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Average food - tortillas and tamales had an odd consistency. Tableside guacamole was bland. Outstanding service.

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CP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Did not get a table for 45 minutes past reservation time.

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K
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good Tex/Mex. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’s the best in the DC metro area! Lots of families and very busy. My family loves going there!

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b
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and yummy

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LF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is usually very good. We always get a reservation because it gets crowded. The chips and salsa are always excellent, the queso and tableside guacamole and delicious. I love the fajitas both steak and chicken. My husband loves this restaurant. Me too. Great place for all ages. Loud so kids making noise doesn’t matter. The whole family can enjoy!! Highly recommend

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GP
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going to this location since 1993 (before Reston was as built up). Consistent menu with quality ingredients and good value for money. Wait staff is always friendly and super efficient. Our drinks, chips and salsa never got below 1/2 and the portions were great. Was a lovely lunch and would go back again in a heartbeat.

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D
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went on Christmas Eve, specifically for the chocolate piñata which we thoroughly enjoyed. We’d been once before long ago and found the food okay, but nothing special. Again food was somewhat underwhelming. We have other places we prefer for Mexican food, but the piñata was fun and tasty (got the $25 one with more fruit). Drinks were also good and no complaints regarding service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Manager comped us a guacamole board and a free dessert for my wife’s birthday.

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EH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

UJ’s has been slipping in food quality lately - I hope it’s momentary, cuz for years it’s been superb!

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ED
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and quality. The chocolate piñata was especially fun.

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MB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both food and service were excellent. Considering the quality, the prices were justified.

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CF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was good, service was not. We went on a Sat evening, they were very busy. We had one of the inside tables. It was hard to flag servers down.
Would also recommend adding more lighting in the restaurant. Depending on where you sit, we could barely read the menu.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Sizzling fajitas didn’t sizzle and were lukewarm.

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d
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was wonderful, especially the table side Guacamole. Place was hopping on the Friday night before Christmas, yet the wait staff and hosts still made our party feel special.

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RM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food, but the service is normally lacking. This location takes customers for granted based upon the location and the fact that they have great food. Prepare yourself for the best beef fajitas around, but don’t get expect your waiter to check on you very often.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The server was horrible. There are no booths. The tables are crammed into this small corner restaurant. Uncle Julio's in Columbia, MD is way better.

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DN
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food & service in a festive atmosphere-highly recommend the tableside guacamole & the original fajitas!

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A
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

So disappointed after almost 20 years of eating here. The portions were so small (beef fajitas) and the price was outrageous. There are better options including Tavern 64 where we should have stayed instead of leaving there to go to Rio Grande.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their drinks are great and their food never disappoints. Servers have always been quick, attentive, and friendly

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

I like the place - service is great - food is awesome the drawback for this location is the noise level - it is ridiculous!

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very friendly and attentive! The drinks were on point and the food was delicious! We were from Richmond so we don’t live there but when we come for a DC visit we will be going back to Uncle Julio’s!

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SW
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food, too loud. Great food, too loud. Great food, too loud. Great food, too loud.

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SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

While our food was good, the service on a Saturday night was slow and so noisy!!!

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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and the food is amazing! They are also very accommodating to people with service dogs!!

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SP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The quality of the ingredients used for my meal are what really stood out to me. The fresh made tortillas where excellent. All of the cheeses used in our cheese dip had great flavor as well. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy Mexican.

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j
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant for casual dinner with friends; great service.

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DB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Definitely would go back again.

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AS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I haven't been to the Reston location in many many years. The food was not very good. Even the staple queso was bland and tasted more like velveeta. It was overall a disappointing visit. I'll be going to the FFX corner location.

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V
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Lots of flies, not sure if there is anything you can do about that though, they were near tables close to front and side entrance

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K
Richmond
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came on a Saturday evening. They were busy but had us seated within 5 minutes of our reservation. Our waiter was excellent. Predicted our needs even though he had multiple large tables. Food was delicious.

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