Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge

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402 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.

What 402 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice!

RL
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there.Food was excellent! Our server Kidus was personable attentive and cared for us like we were Family..When we go again we will only ask for him...

JQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were here on a Saturday so it was very crowded. I made a reservation and we arrived early and sat at the bar. Bartenders were great but the hostesses forgot about us! When I asked, they sat us immediately. We were outside and had to wait a bit. Our waiter was great but our appetizer took a long time. Our food took forever!! We never complained but our waiter apologized a few times and I guess the kitchen lost our ticket. Our waiter was very attentive and gave us a discount on our bill and we didn’t even ask. Honestly, we weren’t in a rush, we just hung out and it was nice the waiter was so good that he made up for all of the delays! Food was great as usual. I think their chips and salsa are the best around!

PH
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was so good! Nice place I will come back I just hope I get another waiter!

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reservations on Saturday night a must...arrived and straight to table.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Waiter kept forgetting to bring items to the table

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 27 September 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time and consideration you took to let us know that your Uncle Julio's experience was not up to our standards. We regret we didn't meet your service expectations. We hope you will come in for a more exceptional memorable visit. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Let our server know it was a special birthday celebration and he brought out drinks, apps, meals and birthday piñata all with great timing. Sat outside on a nice evening so noise wasn’t an issue. Swirl margarita, table side guacamole and the chocolate piñata is the way to celebrate and enjoy a great meal at Uncle Julio’s.

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 20 September 2019

Happy birthday...we are thrilled you had a great time!!!

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K
Richmond
51 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julios has the best Tex-Mex food in the area. We make them a "must" restaurant anytime we drive to the Northern Virginia area. I love their food and service.

L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group enjoyed the food it came out in a reasonable amount of time. The server was efficient getting our drinks and water. We all enjoyed our experience.

NO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was outstanding! Food is always great. Love using open table, so helpful with my schedule.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

F
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were great as usual. The noise level was a bit much. But not to fault the restaurant/staff, there was an uncontrollable child that kept trying to climb over the booth to get to us. Maybe we just looked more fun than his family? Anyway, their Margaritas were the answer to the situation. Good food, great drinks and very family friendly.

V
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Made reservation, asked for a table away from the doors. They stuck us by a patio door in the middle of an area next to a waiter station. We like this place, but this experience sucked.

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 28 August 2019

Hello Vinny, Thank you for spending your time with us. We regret we didn't meet your expectations this time. We appreciate your feedback to develop and enhance your time with us. We look forward to serving you again with a much better experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Ambience was nice, but the restaurant was very loud, as usual.

CT
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great service.

s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable time chatting over delicious food
Thanks for hosting us

O
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, food was excellent.

EZ
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Always busy, especially on a weekend. We love the Guacamole tableside, as well as the house salsa & chips. El Paso has better (and cheaper) Patron Margaritas. They need more salt & a bigger glass. We love the Salmon Jardin w/ lettuce (for wraps) instead of tortillas. No room for the awesome Chocolate Pinata!

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 16 August 2019

Hello EZdinesout, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your valuable rating and feedback. We are so happy you enjoy the food!! We hope to get the opportunity to become a 5-star rating in your eyes soon. Best, Uncle Julio's

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j
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Prompt service with good, authentic food, especially the guacamole!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining here. Overall was a good experience. We sat outside and our server came right away. Chips and salsa were yummy. We ordered the queso and guacamole, they came out quickly and were delicious. We both ordered margaritas, I had the Patron, was a little too sweet, and my husband has their spicy margarita. It was pretty spicy, but we loved it. We ordered the Guadalajara fajitas and the tuna tacos. Was a little disappointed in the serving size of the meals. Fajitas only had 3 pieces of each chicken and steak and tuna got lost in the tortilla and slaw. Overall the food quality was tasty just wish there had been a little more protein added especially for the price.

w
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Two issues: 1) There was a nasty hair on one of our dishes (Manager noticed we’re not satisfied at all, and immediately acted appropriately notifying the kitchen about it, but we consider this unacceptable, but we didn’t want any retribution). 2) Our server, though nice and courteous, was not attending us promptly when we need her.

Also, very noisy ambience and we have to raise our voices to talk among ourselves.

CA
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good food and drinks. I made reservations so there wasn't a wait. The waitress was excellent and it was easy to pay with the digital card reader the waitress had.

MP
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had a reservation request, the table I was given was ready to go which I do appreciate but due to the amount of people (8) a round table was too small for all of us...we wanted to order lots of food and drinks, therefore I requested to please have 2 tables placed together instead.
It took about 15/20min for the manager to have them employees put two tables together, during the whole time we had no choice but to stand and wait...when I kindly asked why taking so long to put two tables together when there are so many tables available her reply was poor " we have other people coming" thats ok but why having people wait for so long to be seated ? again when there are so many tables available im positive not all tables were reserved,, it was a slow night. My bill was $500 that night I expected better service thats all

NJ
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Uncle Julio’s and enjoyed every minute of my dining experience. The food was absolutely delicious and our waiter was very attentive even though the place was packed he managed his tables wonderfully and didn’t miss a beat. For my next visit i’m going to reserve my table a day ahead as the wait time was 4 hours but that was lack of pre planning on my part.

A
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not sure if time/ date was super busy, but service was terrible (server named Zoie) - took 3 hours start to finish for whole dining experience, the lights randomly dimmed to almost dark at around 10pm, and food was average. Came here a couple years ago and experience was extremely positive, so definitely a negative turn for the restaurant overall.

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 5 August 2019

Hello Arunner, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations. We deeply apologize for missing the mark on your visit and we value your comments for us to develop and improve on the future. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon with a much-improved experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time we’ve had Danielle as our server and she was awesome as always. Thanks for the great service. My salad seemed to have gotten lost in the kitchen but the manager came by to apologize and the salad was out in no time at all. We had a great time and will be back!

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 24 July 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Danielle! We are so happy you had a great time. That means so much to us. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio’s

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BM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good. Did not acknowledge birthday meaning they did not read the reservation.

TM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service. This was my first time visiting and the food was amazing.

CB
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Little bit too noisy for me and my reservation was for 8 but I didn’t get seated until 830, after I asked them why it was taking so long.

MF
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, THANKS Our First time we will be back many more times and will tell all of our friends about you guys.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible!! Brought to our table, wAited over 15 minutes for someone to acknowledge us, but all we were told was “your server will be here shortly.” The manager came to the table 5 minutes later, with chips and salsa basically dropped it on our table and said our server will be around soon to get our drink orders and he started to walk away. My husband attempted to stop him and talk to him but the manager became even more rude and hostile with us. We felt as though we weren’t wanted at the establishment so our party of 6 left.

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 17 July 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We are so sorry you had poor service and we completely understand your frustrations. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input as we are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. Please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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YV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great the Swirl Margaritas and the Crispy Tacos

YJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I was expecting a more intimate and upscale feel. Food was just ok

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Chicken nachos were very good. Salmon fajitas outstanding. Carnitas were a bit on the dry side but well seasoned. Love their chips and salsa.

j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visiting the DC area - easy to make a reservation and I was seated right away -
Recommend the spiral drink and the chicken fajitas .

DR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a great time. It was my sisters birthday we had the piñata with the fruit we had an absolutely fabulous time the server was fantastic. I would definitely recommend Julio’s for a birthday celebration

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great family experience

KB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. We really enjoyed the food and our server was awesome.

OT
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Get together with old friends

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Absolutely the worst experience I’ve ever had here (and we come to Uncle Julio’s all the time). It was completely understaffed and not ONE person for over 20 minutes even came to take a drink order or bring chips/salsa. We ended up leaving the restaurant.

Uncle Julio's - Woodbridge
Responded on 17 July 2019

Hello, Thank you for your loyalty. We are very sorry to learn about your experience. We will reach out to you. Please accept our sincere apology. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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