Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

4.5
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424 reviews
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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 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.
What 424 People Are Saying
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D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Uncle Julio's has been one of our preferred restaurants, which we acknowledge usually has a pretty energetic noise level. Our latest visit will likely cause us to come less often. Saturday night and we had a reservation. We were seated about 30 minutes after the reservation time. So not a good start. We were seated next to a group celebrating a birthday party, which was so loud that we could not really talk. The chips and salsa were delivered quickly. The salsa had no heat; none. Hint: The salsa should come minimally with mild chili spices. It should have some heat, otherwise it's not salsa, it's chip dip. The server came by promptly and took our order. The drinks arrived awhile later. My Modelo Negra come properly chilled, but with no glass. It took awhile to get the servers attention to bring a glass. Hint: if the beverage comes in a bottle, always provide a glass. The food arrived pretty quickly, with my enchiladas warm, but not hot. Within 15-20 minutes they were cold. Maybe the plate was not sufficiently heated. I didn't check.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded 3 days ago

Hello Dwayne, Thank you for spending your time with us and we do apologize for the experience had this visit. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations and your concerns will be addressed by our teams. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Mexican food in the DC-Virginia area. My husband and I love this restaurant. Chips and Salsa are the best (we tried so many Mexican restaurants across the States). The meat and menu choices are great, I just wish they would have some kind of corn cakes or corn tamales. I eat at this restaurant at least once every 2 weeks.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great

SS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've gotten take-out multiple times before, but New Year's Eve was my first time eating here with my family. Our server, Santo, was outstanding. The food was really tasty, as always. My only nit is that the carnitas tacos I ordered were a little dry, but the flavor was good; I probably will just stick with the fajitas, which are always great. I definitely will return.

LA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

The service at Uncle Julio’s is usually very good. Last night was the exception. At the beginning of our meal, we felt rushed to order. And then after we received our meals, he became inattentive. Like I said, this is super rare as the service is usually great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

fun, great food and amazing guacamole

DT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service. Great chips and salsa on the table instant I arrived. Tasty food and new individual ice cream dessert. Good friendly service. Server st hostess stand unfamiliar with open table only issue.

RM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to Uncle Julio's. Using Open Table has made our visits even better

S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday deal was great! Lots of food at a great price. Very tasty!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Julio's is the best Mexican restaurant in the area. Food and service are consistently good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and server was excellent

L
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We were only visiting for the day and chose this restaurant on a whim. Wish we had one here in Philadelphia

b
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much better than cooking the night before Thanksgiving. They’ve done a lot of renovations. Restaurant looks pretty. Service great. Food great. Never a bad time.

j
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The soft tortillas made fresh are really special, and the food is generally very good. Service is a little bit of a controlled chaos, but it all comes together. This is a good place if you are craving Mexican.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was bland - quesadillas were all tasteless. Service was slow and they forgot one of our sides completely. Our server hardly stopped to check on us or refill drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue was beautiful inside. The food and service was excellent, we highly recommend getting the chocolate piñata for dessert!

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The waiter seemed in a hurry - although I indicated it was my daughters birthday, he seemed annoyed when I asked about having some sort of dessert w/ a candle. The food was hot but okay.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hello Jenny, 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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j
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best authentic Mexican in Reston. Hero style margarita’s were top notch. Tacos were fresh and mighty. Service was terrific. Seemed like we beat the dinner rush which made all the difference.

M
Washington DC
205 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was crowded and loud with the tables placed much too closely together. You were practically sitting with the table next to you and were part of their conversation, like it or not. That was after trying to pass by a group of 10 people smoking right in front of the door. The appetizers came at the same time as the entrees. Food was good but relatively expensive for Mexican. This used to be a favorite place but no longer.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 13 November 2019

Hello Michael818, 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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food for fast pace place

LC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wish we'd known it was undergoing construction on exterior, it was hard to find...

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food, good place.

s
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service and food and drinks were delicious. It was my birthday and they gave me a delicious treat I never had before. Enjoyed my time there.

MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

The service was great and our server was wonderful. BUT the food was just awful. I had fish tacos and they tasted like rubber and cardboard. I'm not usually so critical of food but it really stood out to me how bad it tasted because I didn't think fish tacos were that hard to mess up. Also my ice tea was very weak, not a big deal but I did notice it. I won't be going back.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 22 October 2019

Hello MarthaD, 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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MA
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Guacamole was ok, no need to put it on a mediocre bed of shredded lettuce. The carne asada and enchilada combo was good. The margaritas were ok.

KB
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! The food was even better!

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 23 September 2019

Karen, thank you!!

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D
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great server. Got pooped on by a bird, but wiped it off with napkin. Guess thats what happens when you sit outside

C
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our family loves Uncle Julio's food and we had a good dinner on Friday night, expect my entree didn't arrive, which both our waiter and the manager immediately acknowledged and resolved plus removed it from our bill! As always, the food was superb! We will be back.

G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The waitress was extremely rude to my table. Received the wrong order- however they didn't charge us for that meal. Overall it still didn't makeup for the okay food and terrible service.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 20 September 2019

Hello Giannis, Thank you for your business. We deeply apologize for the concern this has caused you. We appreciate you taking the time to bring this to our attention, so we can investigate. This is certainly not our standard. We would like to research the visit and properly address. Please reply with your receipt information - ticket number or servers name. That will have all the information we need to pinpoint and properly coach. We look forward to your reply. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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a
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Inside too noisy.
Outside ok but maybe we would like to have more choices. Overall it was good.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 12 September 2019

Hello angdream, Thank you for your suggestion! We are always trying to develop and improve for the enjoyment and safety of our guests. Your input has been forwarded to the appropriate parties for deliberation. We look forward to seeing you in an Uncle Julio’s again soon! Uncle Julio’s

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T
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our server was amazing! Great experience!

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 28 August 2019

Tammy, thank you!

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LD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Usually things are very fast but we had a somewhat inattentive waiter who didn’t take our order for a full 15 mins ( although we did have appetizers) even though it wasn’t super busy. They keep redoing the restaurant look and feel but never address the sound issues. Hard surfaces and high ceilings. But the food is GREAT and a super value. 2 people can really share fajitas for one, but we always like leftovers. This is one of our favorite restaurants. Just an occasional blip of less than exceptional service.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are thrilled you enjoyed the food, but we are sorry we didn't meet your service expectations on this visit. The restaurant follows strict guidelines and procedures that ensure the restaurant is running at optimal level. We greatly appreciate your insight. Your feedback has been addressed. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Made a reservation; Given a device when my table would be ready. - treated like walk-ins. Staff from hostess to wait staff very lackadaisical.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 21 August 2019

Hello, We apologize to hear that you have not had an exceptional experience when dining with us. We have provided this feedback 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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SM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

I’ve been going to this restaurant since it opened as The Rio Grand Cafe. The portions have gotten smaller and the prices have gone way up. The quality of the food was less than satisfactory and the restaurant and restrooms were dirty. This used to be our go-to restaurant for Mexican food...not anymore.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 13 August 2019

Hello Shana May, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We are constantly working to develop and improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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MU
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Was very noisy, asked for refried beans and got regular, otherwise food was ok and service was good

NS
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very glad we made reservations as the restaurant was packed on a Friday night. The table side guacamole was excellent, and our server was great. The noise level was almost painful so we ate quickly and left. Our entrees (enchiladas) were just ok - the chicken enchiladas were pretty bland and a bit dry. Overall, great service, food was served quickly, and our bill was definitely reasonable. It’s worth a return trip during the week (maybe it will be less loud) to try a different entree.

AM
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The women’s bathroom was not clean but other then that food was great , service was wonderful

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant did not accept reservations for outside seating and after waiting for a table to open 15 minutes later, was seated at a table that was slanted down almost 45 degrees. Informed the manager and he asked me what I wanted him to do. We got up and left. Horrible service.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 9 August 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us and do apologize for your experience. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit and your concerns are being addressed by the appropriate parties. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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J
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The restaurant was extremely loud - so loud that nobody at my table could hear one another. Knowing it would be busy on a nice Friday night, I made a reservation. Unfortunately, we were not seated until almost half an hour after the reservation time, and there is very limited space to wait in. The employees could not give us any idea of how long we would be waiting either. The food was OK, but it felt really expensive when the experience/environment itself was fairly unpleasant.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on 9 August 2019

Hello Jessica, We apologize to hear that your reservation experience was less than excellent this visit. We have provided your feedback to our team who will address these concerns and coach as needed to improve. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you in the future for a more seamless and excellent reservation experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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