Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner

4.2
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557 reviews
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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.

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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G
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken burrito bowl is a delicious lunch choice. Service is very good.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waitress was fantastic. The food was very good and the pinata was a hit with my son who had a birthday. thanks!

G
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server Tony was great! The manager was also very helpful when their was a delay with my meal. Tony and the manger both went out of their way to make sure my experience at the restaurant was exceptional! I Will definitely come back to this location.

L
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and fun atmosphere!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food was good, but very salty. Floor was very dirty (food on floor). Lots of open seats, but hostess initially wanted to seat us at a table right next to the kitchen and bar—which was VERY noisy.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Jaquie, Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we apologize that we were unable to provide you with a memorable experience. We have forwarded your review to our teams and we hope to serve you in the future for an improved dining experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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j
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food great service....just a bit loud for conversation.

p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Service was very slow or totally absent at times. No one wrote down our orders for drinks or food. Completely forgot drink orders for one table. Food took over 1 hour to arrive. 2 meals didn’t show until we flagged someone down two times. I was told that another party was their first priority and that our party was “next” after they were done waiting on the walk in party. This was a work luncheon and it was embarrassing to subject my staff to this. I ate while two people at my table had no food. A server left his book with his paycheck at our table. I think they comped us some dessert, by this time I just wanted to leave.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 15 January 2020

Hello Pitchnduel, 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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M
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad customer service, the waitress was never available and food was not good.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 15 January 2020

Hello Mariferavi11, 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service. We love the steak!!!

LL
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great, very attentive and friendly. Food come out fast and delicious, even though very busy.

u
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love going to Uncle Julios. The food is great even though the noise level can get high.

PT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, but somewhat overpriced especially kids meals.

PE
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a 5pm dinner at Uncle Julio's on New Year's Eve. We were seated near the tortilla machine which kept the kids entertained during waiting periods. We love the chocolate piñata as our new years eve tradition with our children, thank you!

EB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great birthday dinner!

N
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff courteous however, for the price of the food i expected the place to be nicer. It wasn't warm or cozy. It was very informal with cold cement floors, plastic table clothes and a cafeteria like feel. A rug and linens would be a better fit. I will definitely order food again but not eat at the restaurant.

EP
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Not worth it. We ordered chicken fajita. We were served with paltry size of onion and bell peppers. The chicken itself was very large thick cut. We got the impression that the chef did not care about the quality. More of “hurry up and cook already and get it out there” and then cut the chicken few times and sling the dish across. The fajita chicken was not even that good. The dish was not that hot. Just because chef thinks the restaurant is in an upscale shopping center, they must act such pretentious and fully expect customers to willingly pay high price for low quality dish. Our guests beef enchiladas was pretty good. Our sons beef taco was pretty good. Just recommend avoiding the fajita.

JM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exciting when the lights went out but they immediately came back on - the nearby waiters had flashlights.

i love the skinny guava rita and we shared Nachos and queso - had a great time.

L
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was bland. Except for the veggie Fiji teas which were burnt and too spicy. Would not go back there.

GL
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! Enjoyed the chocolate piñata filled with yummy treats and fruit!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

They didn’t have a table ready for us at our reservation time. They handed us a pager and we waited 20 min to be seated. We were seated the closest table to both the men and women’s restrooms. Our reservation noted that this was a special occasion for a birthday dinner so I think they could have done better on a location. It’s one thing of you just stop in for lunch but for a special occasion, I’d rather not sit next to the bathrooms with people constantly pouring in and out. The waiter was very nice and the food was delicious, but overall they could have done better with our reservation.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 26 December 2019

Hello, 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
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good.

TD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

They seated us 9 on a 6 person table and it was a horrible experience with no space on the table for the food and us all elbowing each other trying to eat.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 16 December 2019

Hello TaimurD, 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 seating is provided 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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VE
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was great! Our waiter was fabulous and very efficient! That’s was second time having him serve us. The was fresh and the guacamole table side bar was so good!!!!🙂

k
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for my daughter’s 14th birthday. There were 9 of us in our party. Our server was outstanding. Extremely attentive and very nice. We had a great time and she really enjoyed her party. The food is really good and the chocolate piñata came with her name on it.

CK
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. We went for my adult daughter's birthday to the Fairfax Corner UJ for lunch. My other adult daughter and my 4 YO grandson also accompanied us. We had the shrimp tacos and the carnitas taco, table side guacamole (an absolute must!) and a kids plate with taco, rice and beans. All was delicious. The servers were amazing. 3 of us are gluten free (not allergies, just strong intolerances) and he answered all of our questions. If he couldn't, he went back to the kitchen to get the answers. Food arrived quickly and was hot. The ONLY downside I can say was the restaurant was LOUD. However, it was lunch time and alot of people were enjoying their food. Also Holiday season so maybe more crowded than normal? Highly recommend.

BS
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Terrible service and the food was not good.
Very unsatisfied.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 16 December 2019

Hello BroSose, 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The restaurant was running behind and we did not get seated for 30 minutes after the reservation. They did buy a couple appetizers but overall it was too long to wait with a reservation.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 10 December 2019

Hello, 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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d
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great quality food! One of my "go to" restaurants.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Family function

M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Uncle Julio's is a fine restaurant, but nothing out of the ordinary. I do not know of a better Mexican restaurant to recommend, but this one did not quite meet my expectations in relation to the prices on the menu.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 4 December 2019

Hello Mase, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that we did not meet your expectations. 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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TR
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food is great and the waiters and waitresses were on point!

CH
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always I thoroughly enjoyed my meal at Michael Julio's. I took my 21 year old son there for dinner Saturday night. We ordered the tableside guacamole and it was fantastic. I ordered the camarones bacon wrapped and he had combo steak and chicken fajitas. The food arrived very quickly and the waiter was very attentive. These people know how to do it right. It seems whether I'm in Fairfax or Gainesville I get great service and same delicious food.

L
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

It was my moms birthday last night so I decided to take her to this restaurant as we had been before and always had a great experience here. We were placed with one of the Hispanic servers males but treated us very poorly. We asked to move to a different spot because the booth they sat us at was the corner one and didn’t have much space. He didn’t help us move our food or anything- thanks for the customer service. Later I notice him treating fair skin color people much better than he treated us, it honestly made me feel some type of way... the server we also had at the section we sat at next was not much attentive. We ordered fajitas, the server from before came to deliver our food to the table, forgot our rice and beans and only gave us 1 bowl of tortilla for 3 people.... (he had done this before with our salsa and chips... needless to say you notice the different treatment from the others... )left and we never saw anyone come up to us with the rest of our food... I wish I would’ve gotten that first servers name as if this are the type of people you hire then your place is going down. I was a big fan of Julio’s but not after last night. We left and went to go celebrate for dessert some place else.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 25 November 2019

Hello Lizzy, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had not been to Uncle Julio’s in a long time. Do not care for the new menu at all. Not enough diversity amongst the choices. Seems like you have to order meals that are mostly all beef or all chicken, etc. Loved the old combos. What happened to the chili relleno’s? Would choose other Mexican restaurants such as Austin Grill, Chuys, Guapos, etc. before Uncle Julio’s at this point. Service was good. Margarita good.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 25 November 2019

Hello, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit with the menu options. 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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DB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently great food. Cheese and Onion Enchilada is awesome as is table side Guac.

JT
Washington DC
250 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Uncle Julio's is comfort food. I get the same exact thing every time. Cheese enchiladas with two different types of sauce, extra rice, sour cream on the side with a strawberry frozen margarita. I love the queso and I love the fresh flour tortillas. This is comfort food. It's not flashy, just good.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of ten for lunch. Our waiter was very attentive and went above and beyond to get things right. Our appetizers, entrees, and dessert were delicious.

d
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Service and waiter great. Food ok, but overpriced. One item ordered-soup- never arrived.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 12 November 2019

Hello Datenomore, 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’m not gonna lie, I had seen the ads for the chocolate pinata dessert so that was the driving force of our visit. It is pretty loud bc of the way the restaurant is laid out. Our server (Sebastian) was awesome and personable. The food was surprisingly good (I mean the restaurant was packed so i wasn’t expecting all that much if they are cranking out that many dishes). The tableside guacamole was delicious and the habanero shrimp were a big hit (very spicy!) I also loved the seafood salad with seared ahi tuna. Of course the chocolate pinata was a gluttonous delight! Definitely recommend!!

NV
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kevin was a very attentive server. The fajita chicken on Mama Julio’s nachos was delish. The pulled chicken quesadillas were good. Tableside guacamole- Yum!

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