Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg

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$30 and under
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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, 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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MelvinG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best carne asada ever!!! Not to Even mention the birthday piñata chocolate ball! Awesome! My two daughters my wife and I were delighted with everything thank you!

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RobinR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Long wait for food.

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viphrsachs
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

A regular visitor to the restaurant, my spouse's dinner arrived at our table cold and clear it had been sitting for too long before serving to her. Without even asking, the server arrived and advised the meal was being removed from our bill. Things like this can happen but kudos for the immediate acknowledgement and doing the right thing.

We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was not as good as usual, service was slow and dis-satisfactory. The ribs were returned as it was dry and terrible taste. Service was very slow due to being too busy and servers too. Busy. Silverware was delayed as it was still being washed. Overall - not the usual service and enjoyment that we used to have at this restaurant. They seem to be dropping the ball on standards.

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EEEE
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Server was outstanding. Noise level high as expected. Food very good.

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Stan
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service even though the restaurant was VERY busy for a Monday evening meal...food was superb as usual.

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LorrieR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food quality was just not up to its typically wonderful quality. The ceviche had way too much garlic and not enough lime or salt (it's typically a favorite of ours) and the fajitas came out with barely any onions and peppers. Plus, the carne asada didn't seem to be quite the same flavorful cut that it normally is. And the salsa was pretty watery. Has the chef or recipes changed?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good had a wonderful time

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TwanaM
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience!! Our server was attentive and food was delicious

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KelleyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Julio's has our absolute favorite food. The chips and salsa are the best! The fajitas are delicious. Our only complaint is the prices keep going up and the portions size keeps going down. Even the salsa bowls are smaller! It makes me sad.

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Dependable
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Uncle Julio’s never disappoints. This was a casual business dinner. The food, the atmosphere, and the service were near perfect for the occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall great dining experience for my friends and I !

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely time. Had a gift for my daughter and gave it to her before the food arrived.

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ScarletS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very pleasant

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diner
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual good food in a busy atmosphere and awesome Margaritas!

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NBmaryland
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Good food, average service. Very loud. Definitely need reservations.

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SaraswatC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice ambiance with the tasty food..a nice place to hang out with friends and family and with your loved ones ❤️

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KristinW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went for Valentine's day but the night after and thank goodness we put in a reservation! It was packed! We still had great service. We got the chocolate lovers pinata, which was fun. I'm a big chocolate fan and I will say I didn't love the outer pinata shell. But, we had a good time.

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MarleneL
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to place when dining with friends. Always enjoyable, efficient service and friendly atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love this place. We can not quite figure it out but we tried goin to different Uncle Julio’s restaurants and none of them we can compare to the Gaithersburg location. Like we’re really blown away. What ever this location is doing please continue.

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vipAAWG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our waiter kept ask "are you done? or can I take your plate?" even we were still eating and the forks on our hands. I wonder how waiters and waitresses are training nowaday. I had been served in the restaurants over eight years while in college and had basic training: 1st, to look at the customers when taking orders; 2nd, ask ladies 1st; last and not least, don't clean or pick up customers' plates until everyone finished. Respect!

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vipjmp537
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

If you like Tex-Mex then you will likely enjoy this place. For my wife and I, the food was meh. If your looking for great tequila based drinks, then this place is for you such as the Grand or Platinum swirl. Service was great. I love chorizo, but none to be found on the menu. The chocolate piñata looked amazing, but it is meant for a party of six.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello JMP537, 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 address further. 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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Stan
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Server was less than attentive and seemed rushed...they even got the order incorrect by not clarifying what was desired. A less than enjoyable experience.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello Stan, 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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HchilD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a very nice dinner. Server was wonderful. We had a baby with us and service made the experience so pleasant. Food is always delicious 😋

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LizM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was awful

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on 4 February 2020

Hello LizM, 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and had been searching out Mexican food restaurants that were rated well. We decided on Uncle Julio’s and are so happy with our dining experience. From the table side guacamole to the excellent fajita dinners and then the over the top chocolate piñata! The food, service and drinks were amazing. My husband ordered the El Hefe margarita and was pleasantly surprised that it actually had a kick which is what he was hoping it would. Uncle Julio’s is our new favorite Mexican restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great except they didn’t have our table ready. We had to wait 15-20 mins

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TracyH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to uncle Julios and we try to go once a week. We love Claudia as our server she is amazing

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CarlS
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall I am a fan. Though, on my last visit I ordered my favorite dish ( Guadalajara). The shrimp was over done, and the portion smaller than usual (not that I need a bigger portion). But as I said “I AM A FAN “

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BobM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Too noisy to hold a conversation across a small table for two.
Indifferent service
The Queso was outstanding as were the chips
The Fajitas were good
The Bacon Wrapped Shrimp were tasteless and boring
The meal was not worth the price paid

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hello BobM, 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 address further. 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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Ginny
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The noise level was very loud otherwise, the service was very good and the food was quite good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to eat at

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vipkenc
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, good and fast service. Great nachos, salsa and Queso. Good solid restaurant

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ChrisD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we first walked in we were greeted by the host who was in all fairness a bit busy which is what it is but when I checked in I wasn’t welcomed in any way and one of those pagers was more or less tossed to me with little to no explanation or basic “we are a little busy this evening so when your table is available the pager will vibrate”. when I asked how long the wait would be the response was dismissive and terse. We do make our way to the table and the server greeted us with the evening’s specials and we placed our drink orders which arrived prompt and in good order, we ordered our food and we got the appetizer very quickly which was not a good thing the queso was cold and the ceviche was not even anything in the world of edible the fish tasted off and was saturated in garlic almost as if it was to off set the over all poor quality, it did not. I asked to speak to a supervisor and requested to go ahead and cancel the whole order and that we would pay for our drinks. Now I have worked in the hospitality industry for 17 years and anytime this has happened the manager almost always comps the drinks and try’s to salvage the guest experience by offering some incentive to return that was not the case. But Guapos was awesome

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello ChrisD, 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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IdaniaD
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for my birthday.
It is somewhat expensive, but overall everything was good.

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DanetteP
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience3

I am not one who likes very spicy, so I look for that on the menu. Level spicy was not listed. I was not able to eat my food, entire meal was sent away and no one asked why. My friend loved her meal. It was a Friday evening, very busy and very noisy.

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Nicole
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Overall as always, good food. We got a reservation so it took us I think about less than 5 minutes to get a table, not bad.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, as always

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KyleL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Uncle Julio's is a nice area to eat and then walk around Rio, however, every time I've gone I 've had to wait more than thirty minutes for my food to come. I also think the food is overpriced for the portions

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello KyleL, We apologize that your meal was not served in a timely manner. 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience and our kids loved it, especially the piñata. The only issue we had was someone getting to our table to clean all the food underneath the table so we could put our feet down. But overall we loved it and we’ll be back. Thanks.

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Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 632-2150.

Uncle Julio's - Gaithersburg is rated 4.5 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

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