Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

4.4
330 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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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

Great service, very friendly and supportive, and really good food. But you need to live with a very loud and hectic ambience - which was the major downside of this restaurant.
Bottom line: Recommend if you like great mexican food and are willing to stand the noisy ambience.

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We are frequent diners at the Annapolis location. The food in Annapolis is always quality and good. We found the food in Reston to be lacking. The steak was tough the shrimp was flavorless. The restaurant was a bit loud and looked dated. Our server was nice.

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HR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My Aunt’s birthday

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable. Great food. We had lunch. Loved the table side guacamole.

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VA
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New ownership is showing. Service faster, more open feel, brighter look. Keep up the good work.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent! Love the spicy margarita too!

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OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food! Their fajitas are one of the best I've ever had. Highly recommend for a fun dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was great, did a great job suggesting drinks, features. He was always making sure we got everything we needed. We couldn’t have asked for a better service.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service and you can’t beat the value! Love this restaurant!

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C
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Music is WAY TOO LOUD. Ridiculous. Everything else is great though.

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RL
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. Service was kind of slow and it was a little loud. But overall, we had a great time. They had queso blanco which made my experience so much better because I haven’t been able to find that anywhere here in DC.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

We were sat sooo incredibly close to another table that the chairs were touching. The other table had a bunch of children under ~8 that were running between tables and knocking into us. We ended up having to speak to the children ourselves to ask them to watch where they were goofing off. Also, we felt quite rushed by the server (he was very nice though) as if he needed to flip the table quick.

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SM
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

It was very hard to have a conversation because it was so loud. The floor under and around our table had lots of food on it. The restrooms were filthy. The food was ok but one person said their chicken was very dry.

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Heartbroken to report that Uncle Julio’s in Reston, once one of our favorite places, has gone downhill to the point we now prefer its sister restaurant in Loudoun. Dingy and unclean looking interior, watery salsa, watery beans, unresponsive service and just a mediocre overall experience. Never thought I’d say this after literally over 200 visits, but think we’re done there.

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MB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything ok, much better at lunchtime than at night - not sure why maybe fewer people and noise.

Good like to get more promo or coupons.

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very busy around dinner time, overall great experience. Waiter was excellent! He seated us! Would go back again maybe around a less busier time. We were there from 7-845.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love going to eat at uncle Julio’s it’s my favorite restaurant to eat with my family. But when I went this passed Friday out server jasmine was amazing!!!

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SH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The drinks brought to our table were dirty and had hard guacamole stains on them and a ton of finger prints. The water had black things floating in them and we quickly lost our appetite. Be sure to look at your utensils when you come here

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They were very eager to take our orders as soon as we got there

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WC
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. One of my favorite Mexican Food restaurants. Unlimited chips and great salsa.

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OT
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends arrived early and the table I reserved was ready for them. The server was very helpful and friendly. Food was tasty, portions were large and everyone enjoyed their food.

On the way out one employee said Thanks for coming out in spite of the weather. It was cold.

Everybody was friendly. I highly recommend visiting.

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S
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Uncle Julios is always a "go to" fun place for us. We love their food and drinks. It is lively and gets you in good mood. This particular time we had a very rude server. She refused to clear dishes of the table even after we requested multiple time. As a result the table got very full with drink glasses, pales multiple trays with chips, salsa bowls, not to mention the dinner plates. It was practically impossible to sit there and eat. When she finally did clear the plates, she banged them on each other and spited the chips and food on us. The worse experience ever! Only goes to show how a server can make or break your experience - it is not just about food.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tables are a bit small for all the plates. The service was wonderful, as was the food.

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N
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food and family friendly! kids LOVE IT and the margaritas are perfect!

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W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful time! Our waiter was out of this world! Enjoyed the food and drinks!

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CL
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

However, the vegetarian options are abysmal. I selected a Mexican place because, normally, I can get good veggie enchiladas etc., but here they only served peppers and onions. I was disappointed. I wasn't looking for gluten-free or vegan, just some good vegetable...

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was surpringly delivered copy’s.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service great food The chips and salsa are the best

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P
New England
77 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
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 11, 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 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was sooooo nice!

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CT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 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
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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

Great waiter and food was great.

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SM
Washington DC
28 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 29, 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
24 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 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

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

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K
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 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 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and yummy

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