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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SM
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In spite of the Covid19 virus, we chose to dine out on the second to last night before restaurants were to close. The employees were already aware they were going to be off work for two weeks or more, but that did not stop our waitress from being exceptionally sweet and attentive. We did have one dish that came out incorrect, but she immediately took corrective action. We all enjoyed our meal and the chocolate pinata really made our birthday celebration a hit. Very enjoyable experience.

LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. My daughter loved the chocolate piñata!

TM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My visit was great. Mathew is a great waiter. Very nice and answered all of our questions about the menu. He came back often to see if we needed anything. He is the best waiter I have ever had at any restaurant. I will definitely go back!

A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I love 💕your food and how fresh everything is that’s why we keep coming back.Sincerely Yours Angela Heller

RP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Uncle Julio and everything was excellent from the drinks to the food. Service was very good. Can't wait to go back

R
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Very generous with home made chips and awesome salsa. Dinner portions seem small for the price. Drinks not on special are expensive. That said. We love the restaurant and will go back. Thanks.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and waiter was great! Food was amazing per usual!

YO
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Carne asada needs better presentation, flavor and tenderness great...

a
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food came out really quickly, so it was hard to sit and enjoy!

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on March 4, 2020

Hello Abberman, 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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S
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The chips and sauce are excellent. we love the steak tacos but whenever we get a couple tacos the meat is never hot the tortillas last time were barely warm and hard

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on March 6, 2020

Hello Sharon, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that your order was not at the highest quality. Your feedback has been sent to our team to further address and we hope to serve you in the future for a much improved order of tacos. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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L
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal.

RS
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious... margaritas were fabulous. I had chicken fajitas, best chicken I have ever had in fajitas, so fresh and juicy. Will definitely go back.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurant was freezing

SV
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience1

The service was excellent but the food was so bad. Taco Bell is more refined than this place. It was also terribly loud in there. Not a good date or special occasion place but it might be ok for large families with kids were it not also pricey.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 26, 2020

Hello ShifaV, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your meal was less than memorable 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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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. Me and my family had an amazing time!

M
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Restaurant ! Very good food and Amazing staff and service 👌🏻👍🏻

MR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for any gathering, ambiance at this location is nice!

Y
Portland
37 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and so was the service. I especially loved the table side guacamole made per our specifications.

SS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

excellent mexican restaurateur with extensive menu delicious food at reasonable price...friendly courteous staff,,,nice ambience

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We gathered as a family for our mothers 82nd birthday. Food was great and our server Samuel was the best he was very attentive and prompt. This is our 2nd birthday celebration for my mom at your restaurant and we will definitely come back next year!!

SC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Everything was good except for the fact that my party was separated into 2 tables which I was not happy about, I did reserve this about 2 weeks in advance. I should have been told prior to the date so I could’ve had looked elsewhere for a restaurant that could accommodate my party.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hello Scottie79, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience this visit. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to create a seamless 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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S
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It was near closing time so they were beginning to clean up. Cleaning supplies were all over the floor along with trash. Menu was very plain but prices made it seem as though the food was to of the line. I doubt I'd go back or recommend it.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Good vibe. Awesome drinks

P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Everything was great except we had to wait for tortillas when our food was brought out and 2 of us specifically asked for no cheese (one for religious reasons and the other due to dietary reasons). Both plates were brought out with cheese. The server said she told "them" then left it at that. The food was great otherwise.

AR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

I was disappointed, it was Valentine's Day. I wanted to have a good drink and good hot food. I ordered fajitas, they usual sizzle when they come to the table that wasn't the case. The foods on the hot plate were cold......wow

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 18, 2020

Aldo, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent experience and we apologize that your overall experience did not exceed expectations. Your review has been sent to our team who will further address and ensure all dishes are made to our high-quality standards. We look forward to serving you again in the future for an improved 5-star experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The customer service was horrible. We received our food and never received attention after that. I had to stand up and go near the kitchen to get water... sucks because we love the food.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 14, 2020

Hello, We apologize to hear about your experience as this is not the service standards expected. Our team appreciates the opportunity to improve with the feedback you have provided, your review has been sent to the appropriate teams to further address and correct. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for a much-improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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W
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service amazing. Manager stopped by the table twice. Had the chocolate pinata, a real treat.

r
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first time to dine here.
Surprisingly good food. Chips and dip were good and so was the cowboy quest.
Service was great . Thanks to our server Alexis.

b
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good experience but was expensive.

j
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food4service2ambience3

We showed up a son checked in for our reservation at 716 and had to wait to be seated for 35 minutes. The check in staff seemed overwhelmed but what’s the point of a reservation if you have to wait and other are being seated before you?

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hello Joes, Thank you for providing this feedback regarding your reservation experience. We apologize to hear that we did not provide you with an outstanding experience and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The system for reserving tables is ridiculous. We arrived on time for a 6:45 reservation for a table for four and were told that a table was being cleared. 30 minutes later we were told that the people at our assigned table had not left yet. In the meantime, they were seating diners with later reservations than ours. Only after we complained did they seat us at a different table.

The service and food were great otherwise.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 3, 2020

Hello, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience this visit. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to create a seamless 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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S
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was dinner and a movie for me and my husband’s date night and we decided to come back to Uncle Julio’s. We had reservations and the place was packed...we did have to wait a little bit but the manager was so kind to offer us a round of drinks which was much appreciated. The food is really delicious. We typically dine downtown at higher end restaurants but this place has made us want to come back! Good food and great service.

SA
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The piñata was totally worth it!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food over priced and bad, lacks flavor.

Service and atmosphere good.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on February 4, 2020

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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RO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service
Nice and quiet and attentive

AS
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great and the waiter was wonderful!

LL
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Even though it is a chain restaurant the food is always enjoyable and plentiful. A very basic menu has something for everyone, and the daily drink specials are good.

GG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is always very good and consistent, although what impressed me more was the responsive manager. It seems that the kitchen was backed up and our food took a long time to come out. The manager -I wish I would have gotten his name- was very responsive. Our party appreciated this, our food came out quickly after this, and we were on time to catch our show! We will return to Uncle Julio's soon!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Big place, fun environment, but food is pretty bad.

Uncle Julio's - Skokie
Responded on January 29, 2020

Hello, 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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