Uncle Julio's - Columbia

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Uncle Julio’s is a Mexican from scratch kitchen serving only the freshest ingredients. Specialties: chicken & steak fajitas, tender filet mignon, and bacon wrapped shrimp. Other favorites include: seafood fajitas, shrimp al pastor, and 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife’s birthday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great experience. First time at Columbia.👍

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The waiter I had was inconsiderate and had no regard for my allergies nor accommodations.

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Casual
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Spectacular service; waiter was incredibly cheerful and upbeat (a very nice change from other recent experiences in other establishments). Food was delivered quickly and was hot and delicious. A bit more 'heat' than we anticipated with our orders -- but not over the top. Definitely warrants a return visit.

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Alejandra was amazing!!! Her customer service exemplified what customer service should be.

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NatalieA
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Making a reservation through open table was easy but I had included info that we were celebrating a Birthday because OpenTable asked. The waiter or hostess never acknowledged that. We felt the server rushed us through a lot. When you celebrating or tying a new place its nice to be given a little more info and that was not available unless we asked. I understand it was busy. Also, we made reservations for 5 and they stuck us in a booth that seats 4 and put a chair on the end every time someone passed by they would hit my husbands chair.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 13 March 2020

Hello NatalieA, 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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ShellyS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round. From food to service. Love the chips and fresh queso and salsa. Wait staff very attentive. Will definitely be back soon and would highly recommend.

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ENFord
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve been to. Great service and delicious food. The table side guacamole made to order is a nice touch!

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LeslieA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

place was loud and it made it hard to hear others in my group during conversation

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 10 March 2020

Hello LeslieA, We appreciate your feedback and apologize to hear that your visit was less than excellent. Your review has been sent to our team to further address, we hope to serve you in the future for a much improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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vipPalateQueen
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My husband and I were served lukewarm food by the time you got half way through it was cold. I ordered a margarita that had no liquor and a bunch of ice. Our server ignored us. He only checked on us once and to give us our check. Ugh!!!!!! Simply awful.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 10 March 2020

Hello PalateQueen, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit 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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AlanF
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner was special here.

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Jo5555
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service! Food was good but I find the table side guacamole to be priced high, although we love it! Also $2.50 for kids drinks is high! But great waiter who made the visit special!

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Hector33
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Uncle Julio's, by far one of my favorite Tex Mex restaurants. The food is consistently awesome, as is the service.

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elizabethK
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and loved the chocolate piñata! Food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been there four times after recommendation from a friend and we always like going because the food and the service are excellent the desserts also will get you coming back

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vipDavidF
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I don't know why I continue to go to Uncle Julio's in Columbia....I likely will stop after this last visit. Our server looked and acted like he was 16 and this was his first job. Not a problem, except he got our order wrong and disappeared for huge chunks of time. For a restaurant with these prices, I expect a little more. The place wasn't empty, but it wasn't packed. We asked for the table side guac and it never came...not sure if the server didn't order it or they were just way behind. I think this will be out last visit there for a while. On the Border is right down the road and they typically do a much better job at much lower prices.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 3 March 2020

Hello DavidF, 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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CamilleA
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious especially the table side guacamole. Service was good. Lighting a little dim but food was fresh, tasty and displayed appealingly.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, the staff was friendly and they were accommodating when i needed to make last minute changes to my reservation!

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emmaw
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was great. The chocolate pinata which is the reason we went was such a fun and yummy experience. And better than that was the service. Top notch!

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Ctiger
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoy Taco Tuesday. Brought friends to share the experience. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Always enjoy my experience at Uncle Julio’s. The waiter was attentive and I would highly recommend.

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Phil
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went for the first time. Would go again. Waitress was great!

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KatieH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding time! This was my second time eating at an Uncle Julios and they nailed it! I got the Guadalajara Fajitas and they were great! 10/10 time and food!

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PatrickF
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Uncle Julio's and have for years starting at their original Bethesda location. Food is still great. The Columbia location is huge and always very busy and loud. My only complaint, and maybe I'm just getting old, is it is really dark inside. Can't read the menu without an iPhone light!

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SorayaC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was not warm. Apps were tasty. Service was horrible. Drinks were great. Chips and queso was awesome. We got in on time for our reservation. Overall decent. Definitely over priced.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hello SorayaC, 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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DestinaeM
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

We had a reservation for 8:15, they gave us a buzzer, half an hour later I asked how much longer. The hostess didn’t even check us in when we first walked in, how much longer would we have waited before the noticed? The wait was 45 minutes, what was the point of a reservation if we still had to wait. The food and service was great. The host were not paying attention, in the front on their phones.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hello DestinaeM, 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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PratikP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Menu seems to get smaller every time we visit this place. Consistently of making same menu item is also seems a challenge.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hello PratikP, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit with our menu. 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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vipAmandaE
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We had two kids with us but knew what we wanted so we could try and be as quick as possible. Service tonight was probably the worst it’s been ever. Didn’t get our drinks or guac until 2 minutes before our food came out. In which case we didn’t even see our server in between. Not sure if new or not fully trained but left disappointed. Wasn’t the usual great experience all around.

Uncle Julio's - Columbia
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello AmandaE, 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 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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RalphA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The restaurant ran out of the chocolate pinatas at 6:45 pm and that is why we came! So ask your server in advance to hold one for you - we had 3 birthdays to celebrate and were so disappointed.

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vipDiningout2
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is always fun to visit and the food is freshly prepared and delicious. Server was friendly and very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing. Food was so so but I would definitely come back

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sanahu
1 review