Uncle Julio's - Skokie

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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.

Also available are Tex-Mex classics such as tacos, enchiladas & tamales all with a selection of sauces made daily. Insider tip: order the tableside guacamole. 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 the perfect choice. The Swirl is frozen sangria & frozen margarita layered together- a classic since 1987.

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I
Milwaukee
103 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed cocktails, appetizers, food and desserts.
Great service !

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience4

I specifically chose this location and restaurant for their brunch menu. When we arrived location, the server informed us that they have not served that menu in over a year. I was disappointed and maybe someone should remove that from the website or place a disclaimer on the page for that location stating that they do not serve brunch. Again, we chose this location for the brunch menu.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any misunderstanding as we only show online the lunch and dinner menus at the Skokie location. We have sent your review to our teams to address and hope to serve you in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service wasgreat

RH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Family restaurant especially for my grandchildren. The look on their faces when the chocolate pinata came out was pure joy.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday experience

L
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stan was our waiter and he was fantastic! The food came hot and it was exactly how we ordered it!

TM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The taco bar was great. Our server was very attentive and checked on us regularly. I dine there often and have never had a bad experience.

JG
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good, our server was great. Knowledgeable about vegan options. The only bad part was we booked a time on Open Table for 7:15 (booked it at 7pm) n we had to wait for a table to open up. If that time slot was not available, that time slot should have been removed so we wouldn’t have the option to book it.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on October 30, 2019

Hello JinG, We apologize to hear that you did not have an outstanding visit with us. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to create an excellent experience for our guests. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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D
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

T
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service. Fajitas are awesome!

C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nyren is awesome. She is down to earth and always make sure the people she serves are comfortable and satisfied. She makes you feel like family. Daniel was great as well. Food was good and Guacamole was fresh and tasty.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Nice atmosphere.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful night. Celebrating two birthdays and we were competed a dessert. Will be back

PP
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The guac is delish! Very fresh, very chunky. Highly recommend it! Unfortunately, we can't comment on other food or ambiance - after waiting over an hour for entrees, we finally had to scrape our plates into to-go boxes to get to our show in time. They comped the meal, which we thought was very decent, but one wonders why they even bothered to take our reservation - made 3 weeks earlier! - if they didn't plan to have enuf staff to man their huge restaurant! Probably best to save this joint for a couple of post-mall margaritas & chips!

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on October 16, 2019

Hello PrettyPicky, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the opportunity was missed to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. Your feedback is greatly valued, and this has been sent to our teams to further address. We hope for the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We were sat down at a table in the corner and completely ignored. No busboy or waiter ever came. After 10-15 minutes we just left, very disappointing

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on October 16, 2019

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

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TJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service. Decent chain mex food.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We love the chocolate piñata for birthday celebrations. Such a neat (and different) way to eat a birthday dessert :) The carnitas tacos, queso, table side guacamole and steak fajitas are our favorite. AND THE CHIPS!!!! They are seriously addicting. Soooooooo thin, crispy and YUMMY!!!

PC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We ordered chicken enchiladas but got cheese. We were also originally seated next to the cleaning cart although there were several other open tables. We asked to be moved and were reseated, but the host was not very gracious about the reseating.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food and drinks are pretty good. I thought the experience would have been more relaxing if the server wasn’t so focused on upselling everything we ordered. It was clear that he just wanted our bill as high as possible

AB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Eric was very nice and made wonderful suggestions. We totally enjoyed our meal and great service.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on September 27, 2019

Hello Anna, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Eric! We are so happy you had a great time. That means so much to us. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio’s

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SJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This is a very family oriented restaurant but there is no changing table for babies in the women’s bathroom- and no counter space to provide a spot for an infant

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

Hello SusanJ, Thank you for providing feedback on your experience and we sincerely apologize for your experience. We have sent this to our team to ensure the restrooms are provided with the necessary items and can assure you this will be addressed. We do hope to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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AS
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for fajitas and by far the BEST skinny margaritas hands down!

V
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I like Uncle Julio’s Resturant. It’s mmm I bit pricey I think. But for a nice dinner out it’s a great place! Just don’t go before closing because we felt our waitress was rushing us. But I’d definitely go again perhaps just an earlier dinner next time.

MO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friend's birthday and Uncle Julio's is where she wanted to go. We had a great time. The service was excellent, the food was fantastic and the drinks were delicious! The habanero bacon shrimp were to die for! We will definitely be back!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Piñata is the best choice!

l
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was actually a lot tastier than my previous visits to this restaurant. I could really taste the honey in the pulled pork fajitas. We are outside and service was spotty. We had to ask for Diet Coke refills. Otherwise it was very good

n
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We only ordered an appetizer, queso. It came out cold, service was pretty slow. We decided not to order anything else. Not a great time.

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

Hello ncpowe2, We apologize to hear that we missed the mark with your experience and the dishes served were not at the quality we would expect from our teams. We have sent this feedback to the appropriate parties who will further address within the location and coach to improve upon. We do hope to serve you again for a much improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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EG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Hostess at this location are always rude, our server kept forgetting to bring items we ordered like salsa, chips etc. my daughter’s stake tacos were actually ground beef, my friend’s enchiladas were too spicy, though before ordering she asked how spicy it was and was told not too spicy but the manager was nice enough to remake them with some white sauce less spicy than the other one, I honestly like Uncle Julio’s but this time was a whole different experience, I think they’ve grown so much now that the quality of food and customer service has gone down, not sure if we will revisit this location again but I do hope that if the restaurant reads customer reviews, they take it into consideration - especially when those are negative. Thank you.

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

Hello EvelynG, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the opportunity to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations this visit. We can assure you that we value your feedback, and this has been sent to our teams to address at this time. We hope we will get the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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CT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing!!! My coworkers and I went for happy hour. Definitely will be back. The food is also outstanding. Chicken enchiladas😀😀😀😀

S
Chicago
49 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was terrible!!! Took 1 hour to get our food. Said the kitchen was behind but there was no one in the restaurant.

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

Hello sssc, 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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AH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent and plan to come back

AH
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The fajitas were not as good as I remember. The skirt steak was especially chewy. There were lots of families with young children dining in there and the music was nightclub loud.

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

Hello AmyH, Thank you for spending your time with us and do apologize that we missed the mark with your fajitas. 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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A
Chicago
79 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Took our friends for the first time. The food was good, as was the service. We have been there many times. The only complaint I have is that's it's very loud! It would be great if something could be done about that.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Loved every moment of it!

W
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service, food and drinks

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun!

RN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waited about 40 minutes for our food. Two of my guests said their food was not hot. I was given the wrong side dish (cheese enchiladas instead of chicken). The place was not busy. We ordered our food at about 8:20pm, got it at 9:00pm

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello Rick, Thank you for coming in. Our goal is to provide an exceptional experience and we are very sorry we missed the mark on your visit. We appreciate and value your feedback. 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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AN
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Extremely quick, attentive service! Tasty flour tortillas and salsa. The only problem is we’re pretty sure our “fajitas for two” was exactly the same meat/veg portion size as “fajitas for one.”

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Andrew, Thank you for your business and feedback. Our meat is weighed before it's plated - possible by cut was thicker that gave the appearance of a smaller portion? We want you to leave completely satisfied. Please let your server know and they will gladly address and correct a possible mistake. We look forward to serving you soon. Thank again, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a great meal. Drinks amazing. Service was good though outdoor dining you wait longer but not tonight. Things went faster. Waiter excellant, I did have a complaint. I order combination enchiladas. Not crazy about the cheese used it was a red cheddar. I have never enchiladas with red cheddar.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello, Thank you for dining with us. We are so glad you had a great time! We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taco bar Tuesday, and piñata of course

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