Uncle Julio's - Loudoun

4.4
543 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.
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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too loud and has gotten too expensive. The fajitas for two should not be in the forty dollar range.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service was excellent and the food is always great

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SC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

This was the second time we had been to Uncle Julio’s in as many years. The place is a bit on the pricey side. We spent around $170 on a family of 4. About the food, order anything on the grill and it is going to be good. The shrimps and chicken fajitas were excellent. Steak and Salmon were good too. What was surprisingly bad was the quality of the Nachos. The first bowl we got the Nachos were oily and broken up in tiny pieces. It seemed as if we got the bottom of the pile. We mentioned it to our server and he immediately replaced it with another one. This one, the size was a bit bigger however they were still quite oily and in some cases undercooked. The quality of Nachos in Guapos or Chipotle is way better than these. The Chocolate Piniate though was fun. The Churros were excellent and so was the chocolate.

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MP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Using open table was “ok”. Didn’t like that it forces a 1 1/2 hr advance on the reservation. Restaurant wasn’t busy enough to warrant that. Ended up switching to the walk-in wait list.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My 13 year old daughter and I were having a local getaway at Lansdowne Resort, and we chose Uncle Julio’s for dinner on our first night out. The service and food was amazing!

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AQ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice restaurant overall and happy with my experience. The only real complaint from me is how loud the restaurant is. I could hardly hear the server, and my neighbor sitting next to me. I had to shout for folks at the far end of the table to hear me (party was six people). The music is the main culprit as it was drowning out all the other noise in the restaurant. Maybe the management and the staff is used to it, but it was a small relief to when we were outside and I could hear again, and converse without shouting or shifting close a persons ear for them to hear me. I am sure lots of folks do not mind this (it was crowded), but for me it was took a little away from my enjoyment of the food and the company. Food servings were huge and good (not spectacular), but in line with what I expected. Decent but unimaginative Tex-Mex. It is not a fine dining restaurant, but a chain restaurant, so this was to be expected and I graded the food according to chain restaurant standards, not foodie standards. The coolest thing was our chocolate pinata dessert, which was excellent! I recommend it for chocolate lovers, and it was lots of fun. The service was excellent and fast, and they were attentive throughout our meal.

That was more than I was expecting to write, but that was my experience. Decent food, excellent service, but really noisy.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a great time but overall it's VERY EXPENSIVE. Will probably only come back for a special occasion.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Lousy service - good food

My waiter appeared to be bussing tables and sweeping the floor - while we waited for our food
Two other large tables/parties received awesome service while we waited and had to ask for more chips

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CG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As always a delicious meal, love the fajitas! Food is extremely consistent as are the crowds fr dinner. Fine for kids.

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VA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My family has been coming to RioGrande for years! We have brought many of our families & friends here to celebrate almost every celebration there is!
We have noticed that their famous salsa has changed from large bowls down to very small ones in the last couple of years, very disappointed because it's so good! The biggest complaint that we have is when we order the fiatias the tortillas never seem to come when the rest of the meal is getting cold on the table! Having a swirl does seem make everything better!

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Truly some of the best food around. Each time we come, we try something different and I'm beyond pleased each and every time. Excellent food, knowledgeable & courteous staff. We highly recommend the restaurant/location. A+

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

So accomadating for multiple modifications to our reservation and had the best service provided by Maria!!

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CA
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager, Alex, was awesome and very attentive with our child with anaphylactic food allergies. He spoke with the chef and made sure our order came out and was safe for our son. Our waiter, Diego, was also wonderful. He was on top of everything during our entire dinner. The food is always delicious too!

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P
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Steak and tableside guacamole was delicious, but they need to improve bathroom situation. Chocolate piñata was fun, but we recommend a normal chocolate piñata, not Chocolate Lover's version.

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SE
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Usually we have a good experience here. However not this last time. I made a reservation for 9pm, arrived at 8:54pm. However the hostess marked us late (per the manager) and didn’t seat us till 9:17pm. Meanwhile she never told me she didn’t mark my arrival correctly and kept saying they were cleaning a table for my husband and I. Once I got the manager involved suddenly our buzzer went off.
The manager apologized and said he would speak to them. He was friendly and apologetic.
It seems the place gets too busy for the young/teenage hostesses to handle.
Also- our food was not cooked properly. We ordered the steak & chicken fajitas for 2. Asked for steak to be medium, it was medium rare instead. Not to mention our food came 5 minutes after our guacamole & cheese appetizer.
While I appreciate them bringing food promptly, not having time to eat an appetizer is annoying and makes you feel rushed.
Needless to say we won’t be back. The Uncle Julio’s in Gainesville VA has much better service and the food generally comes out better and not as rushed.

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MR
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great. Had a 7 pm reservation, table was not ready until 7:25. Rough when you have a 3 year old with you. After we asked about the table, front of the house staff brought the kiddo an apple juice to occupy her which was greatly appreciated. Manager also offered a free app for our wait. Overall the food was good, service was a little slow. I’d definitely go back, but not on a weekend with the kiddo.

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JD
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

OpenTable reservation meant we hardly waited at all (less than 5 minutes for dinner time in a Friday evening during Christmas season isn’t too bad at all).

Fish tacos were great but wife’s dinner had a bit too much salty seasoning (more than normal).

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We had a 5pm reservation and was told our server wasn’t there yet so I we had to wait...at 515 I went to hostess stand and asked if we could sit somewhere else. We were immediately taken to a table. One chair was wet, the floor around the table was dirty with food and kid menus. It took a while for a server to come to our table, we had to ask for water. We ordered an appetizer and when it came we had to wait for plates. You could tell the server was spread thin. He was trying his best.

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w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

All was good except waitress made a mistake with our order and one of our guests had to wait for food.

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Uncle Julio’s! Great food-always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and excellent food.

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K
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Serivce was slow
Tortillas were not fully cooked.
The fijatas with grilled veggies have no consistency in quantitie.
There was drama between hostess and manager that should not have happened in front of customers. They girls clear had no respect for their manager talked about her when she left. In their defense she was all over the place she couldn't decide who was a greater and kept changing it.

Over all worst time there

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I come here a lot and I like the food but it's always SO LOUD, it's hard to have a real conversation.

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LI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit. Tableside guacamole was outstanding. We will be back.

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MS
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Even though i waited for about an hour after my reservation to be seated, the food was good and my party had a great time.

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MH
Richmond
47 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had another great meal and another great waiter. Consistent food and service at this restaurant. One of our favorite places to get comfort food!

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HS
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Took the family there for the oldest Daughter's birthday at her request.
The food was great as always but the noise there on a busy night reaches the near-horrendous level.
You cannot speak across the table without raising your voice to almost yelling.
You have you repeat your order several times .. not because of any language barrier but because even standing next to you they can't hear.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Using Open table allowed us to show up on time and be seated within 5 minutes.
Awesome service!!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They were very good about getting the children’s food out first. Our waiter Seneca was very attentive. Had to wait quite a long time for our desserts to come out. We got the bill before the sopapillas!

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KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome. Busy night & everyone was very attentive. Food was delicious!

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P
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The service was super slow, we didn’t get water after even asking 3 times. The food is just ok nothing amazing for the price you pay.

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DW
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made our reservation online, were there on time, and despite the place being very busy, we were immediately seated, and welcomed very friendly by the general manager. Our server (Seneca) was attentive, kind, knowledgeable and never pushy. We enjoyed our food: I was not crazy about the smokey salsa (chipotle?), but that's a matter of personal preference, not quality. Everything tasted fresh and made with care. We chose the guac/queso combination for appetizer, and the beef skirt steak fajitas: simple and delicious. As for the drinks, I tried the margarita of the day: watermelon. I was a little afraid that it was going to be too sweet, but it absolutely wasn't and I really liked that one too. All in all a very good experience for the type of restaurant that this is, and we will come back!

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w
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quality restaurant. Very attentive staff. My only complaint is that I did not get my appetizer until our main entrée was served.

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GC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Food was decent but as usual the noise level was so high you couldn't hear the server, much less the person sitting next to you.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Did not get receipt by email as requested

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JN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The chips that was served was not fried well. Waitress did not seem to know how to resolve the issue. Other food was good. Service could be improved

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M
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

The customer service was poor

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the chocolate piñata for my birthday celebration!!!

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PP
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

it's loud but the food is so good! I miss the ribs that they have in Reston

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JW
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good tequila and good tacos.... what more could you want?

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