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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G
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Our waiter was excellent. The guacamole was excellent. The taco Tuesday food was fair. The noise was terribly loud!!!!!!

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, We appreciate your feedback and apologize to hear that your experience was less than outstanding due to the noise levels. We have provided your review to our team to further address and we do hope to serve you again in the future for a 5-star experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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LG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food1service3ambience3

The food has just become too damn spicy. I couldn’t eat my dinner because it was burning my mouth.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to celebrate a birthday especially when you order their piñata!

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner out

LB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waiter not very experienced. Didn’t know menu well. Talked us out of choices. Asked for things to not be included in my salad yet they still were. He didn’t know the menu very well. When my taco salad arrived I asked him what was so spicy in it and he had no idea and named three things which were totally wrong that didn’t make it spicy.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on January 9, 2020

Hello LorenaB, Thank you for providing this feedback and we apologize to hear that your service did not reflect the high standards we strive to provide. Your review has been forwarded to our team who and will ensure that the service standards are met. We hope to serve you again in the future for an outstanding experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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IG
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Our waitress was nothing special, but our food, and my blueberry mojito, were great!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The assistant manager had a horrible way of saying things. He almost seemed he was mad about something. He just didn’t care about anything. We wanted a table in one room and he said oh sorry we gave it to another table. Anyway we can change ? He said no. Do you wanna sit here or not? I’ve never been treated so harsh at any restaurant. They weren’t even that busy.
He would interrupt and wouldn’t let us speak. He was mean to the employees and had a horrible attitude overall. He needs to be re trained as an assistant manager.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on December 31, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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BS
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food and drinks are always good. Pace is a bit “frantic” on Friday evening. Even with a reservation we waited about 10 minutes. Luckily we found a place in the bar and ordered a drink while we waited.

R
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere and the food was amazing. We ordered the chicken and steak fajitas. The chicken was so tender and steak was delicious.

LD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and customer service ever! I truly enjoyed myself!

AH
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is not authentic atall

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

Hello AmyH, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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J
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was quite disappointing. Cheese on enchiladas had consistency and taste of cheese wiz. Salad was fresh but bland tasting. Guacamole was very bland as well. Used to like this chain but it appears to be trying to appeal to mass market palate and is no longer worth visiting. Disappointed and won’t return.

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

Hello Justvisiting, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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t
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service 👍, the chocolate penatia is a awesome surprise you can give to your loved ones on their birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was fantastic - attentive to detail, comfort and needs of our table. He made it 5 stars.

RG
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Parking was atrocious. We were seated promptly. Service was attentive and the kitchen was speedy. We were done in less than an hour.

SS
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly And quick service. Food was perfect.

OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Delicious. Great service. Happy hour drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The food was not good. The food presentation was horrible and the taste. The waiter was nice and polite . he did a very good job. I would not recommend this restaurant to any one.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on December 4, 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your meal was less than outstanding as this is not our expectation. Your feedback has been sent to our team to address, we will ensure our dishes showcase the high quality and fresh ingredients used. We hope for the opportunity to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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d
Chicago
184 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice restaurants conveniently located in old Orchard mall suffers from skimpy portion sizes lack of flavoring and rushed and in attentive service appears not to have any bus boys which makes the servers job all the more difficult and the service all the more lacking

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on December 2, 2019

Hello David328, Thank you for spending your time with us and we do apologize for the experience had this visit. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations and your concerns will be addressed by our teams. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My daughter wanted to have the chocolate piñata for her birthday. I made reservations. We were seated within 5 min. The server Kyle was excellent! Checked on the 10 of us often and made sure everyone had everything. The problem is the food was too spicy. The fish tacos couldn’t be eaten. Too many onions in the fajitas and pieces of meat are too large to make a fajita. The churros in the piñata were like a rock and barely any to eat. My daughter still had fun but I like the food at other Mexican restaurants better. It was expensive too.

JS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good, very noisy. Service was good. We will return.

ER
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Menu has good selection. Wine list is very limited. Good service and relaxed no rush dining experience.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience4

the food was mediocre and the waitress wasn’t on top
of her service.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on November 19, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with an exceptional experience 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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I
Milwaukee
105 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
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 on November 13, 2019

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
7 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
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday experience

VG
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious! Service is exceptional at the Skokie location. The portions did get a little smaller for the same price but still delicious!

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
17 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
20 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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