Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner

4.3
433 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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EA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 1

Restaurant was a little dirty... and music was WAY too loud. It's nice to have an energetic vibe but it's hard to have a conversation when you are yelling over the music! Carne Asada was DELICIOUS!

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JH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

This is the 3rd time I visited the restaurant.we were seated immediately upon arriving fir our 7:30pm reservation. My husband and I split the fajita dinner for two. Food was good. The service was just okay we were seated by the exit door and felt like we have been forgotten somehow. It took awhile for us just to get water and was never refilled again.

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LK
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience with our food, taste of drinks & great service (Jordan and Mike are the best!). We love coming to this location!

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FI
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went early and it was really loud. We asked to sit far towards the back and the accommodated us but then put a loud group right near us. We ended up having to rush through dinner because the noise was too much for my 5 yr old.

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BR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed it very much. The food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. Our waitress Wendy was so nice and friendly would love to have her as a waitress when I go there again.

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RC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent and the watermelon margaritas were the bomb!

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MJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved it! The Shrimp Al Pastor Fajitas are bomb, and the mango habanero sauce that comes with it is soooo good! Definitely coming back. The best Mexican chain restaurant!

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E
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Good food, VERY noisy restaurant. Not recommended for a quiet night out. Restaurant should consider installing sound baffles. Food was very good but overpriced for the local market. Was charged extra when I asked for more cheese for my fajitas because the tbspn given was not enough for the meal. Alcoholic drinks VERY overpriced. Having reservations is a must! Fresh & flavorfull food!

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RB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food - very loud due to Cinco de Mayo. Good value with great service!

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MW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We enjoyed celebrating Cinco De Mayo at Uncle Julios.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere.

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time food was very good. Bartender hooked us us with some good drinks too.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We waited 25 minutes after our reservation time to be seated. There was a girl who passed out in the bar area in which the folks that were with her carried her out. Our food came out before our drinks and wasn’t checked in much during our dinner. I always had great experience at uncle Julio but this was just unreal

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r
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is one of our favorite places, but for some reason we did not have a good experience this time. Food was good, not the best. Even with a reservation and numerous open tables, we had to wait to be seated. Service was spotty, things seemed a bit chaotic.

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FE
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

We have been here multiple times. The food this time however was not good. My husband and I share the fajitas, they were cold, the steak was not evenly cooked and I even got parts that were raw and unchewable.

The server was very attentive, nice, and well spoken. Liked him a lot.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was pretty good. We not have good service though. Our waiter was not very attentive. After delivering the food, he didn't come back and check on us for quite a long time. A couple of us had to get our own silverware off another table. 1 of our diners had to get up and hunt someone down to get extra salad dressing.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on May 2, 2019

Hello Jenny, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us and apologize that the service was less than excellent. We have taken your feedback to our team and managers to ensure our location is operating at the highest standard and providing quality meals and experiences that are expected by our Guests and our teams. We do hope that we will get the opportunity to provide you with an overall exceptional dining experience in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio’s

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J
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and great service. Nice place for family gatherings

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We were a party of 4 and we had to shout to converse-the restaurant was extremely loud. Felt the waiter was always trying to upsell. Food arrived, but sufficient silverware had to be requested. Service was only fair.

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m
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All around great! Only complaint is how loud it is. I had to strain my voice to have a conversation. I love that it’s energetic but I want to be able to hear others at my table.

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Table-side guacamole was excellent and made the experience that much more of a celebration....AND we enjoyed it for free by joining the rewards program.

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and company. Good service!

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DB
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Busy place on a Saturday night. We had 8:15 reservations but didn't get seated until 8:30. Food and service were good, but the restaurant was noisy and had little ambiance.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on April 26, 2019

Hello DocBlue, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent visit and apologize that we missed the mark on providing you with an excellent dining experience. We have taken your feedback and forwarded it to the appropriate teams. We appreciate the opportunity to improve our location to the highest quality and hope that we get the chance to provide you with a more than improved experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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TH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Waiter was fantastic !
We had the table side guacamole! excellent,
I had pork tacos and the pork was dry and overcooked...disappointing.
Date had enchiladas and said they were good.
Ate outside and weather and view were great!
I would go back but will not have the pork tacos next time!

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very quiet, clean restaurant polite staff members and the food was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio's has excellent food and drink. The servers are usually prompt, helpful and professional.
The ribs are a favorite. The decor is 'mood setting', however, the acoustics are horrid. It is difficult to carry on a conversation inside at the dinner hour. Recommend outdoor seating if weather permits!

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E
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

What you call an "energetic" noise level, I call "intolerably loud." It was awful. Had to almost yell to talk with folks at my table. Could not hear waitstaff. Horrible noise. Will not return for that reason.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hello Elaine, Thank you for your business. We value and appreciate your rating and feedback. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input regarding the noise level. We are constantly working to develop improve and this information is extremely helpful. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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EZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos we're delicious. I like that I can regularly count on this place for reliable service and quality food. Very pleasant experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Guacamole, dinner, and drinks were great. Service was average until it was time to leave. We couldn’t get our check and missed movie previews and the first part of our movie.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us and apologize that your service was not at the standard we expect for our Guests. We appreciate the opportunity to connect with you and have forwarded your review and feedback to the appropriate parties. We hope that we will get the chance to provide you with a future experience that is improved and exceeds expectations. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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CK
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I asked for Happy Birthday to be written on the Chocolate Piñata Board when I made my reservations through Open Table but I guess that request didn’t make it to the staff. Also, our beans and rice arrived about 15 minutes before our meals. That seemed really odd, too. They have a unique dessert but save for that, I can’t imagine going.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on April 15, 2019

Hello Christine, Happy belated birthday. Our goal is to provide an exceptional experience and we are very sorry we missed the mark on your visit. We appreciate and value your feedback and your concerns are being addressed. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great evening celebrating a birthday. We enjoyed dinner and also enjoyed the chocolate piñata. Wonderful time

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Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always fresh and delicious. Waiter was attentive and friendly. The chips were a little greasy but the salsa is to die for!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love uncle Julio’s unfortunately this was the second time we came and they ran out of lobster. We were a little disappointed but the manager and waitress made it right... tho we didn’t ask for anything free they comped our piñata which we really appreciated and a welcome surprise when the bill came the service was great and the food was good as Always!

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you! We are very sorry we ran out the lobster, but we are so happy everything turned out great in the end. We look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Did a horrible job with seating ppl. No need for reservation. You won’t be seated at time of reservation.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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SM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible service I do not recommend this location for anybody go to Gainesville or somewhere else.

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BO
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was absolutely heavenly! So fresh and delicious, and the server wonderful. We went at 5 pm on a Saturday so we could get ahead of the crowd. I have a hearing loss, and it was almost impossible to understand my friend, the acoustics in this restaurant are TERRIBLE!!!!!! We sat in a booth (which I requested) to try to be away from the other diners as much as we could, but it didn't help. So if you have a hearing loss, or you are going with someone who does, just know that conversation will be difficult if not impossible. ( And I have state-of-the- art hearing aids as well. )

However, that all being said, the food and service were both outstanding. We shared a tableside guacomole and had the enchiladas. This is the best salsa and chips too.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on March 26, 2019

Hello Bonnie, Thank you for your business. We are so glad you enjoyed your overall meal and drinks. We greatly appreciate you sharing your feedback regarding the acoustics as we are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Their house margaritas are pretty tasty and not pricey. The tomales are EXCELLENT. The enchiliadas not so much.

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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, Love getting the fajita's for two here. Also the chips and salsa hear are to die for.
Service is quick and attentive. They refilled our drinks and chips before we had to ask.

Also my 2 year old loves this place too.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on March 21, 2019

Michael, thank you!

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AE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Compared to my experience at the Uncle Julio's in Fort Worth, TX, this was quite disappointing. I ordered the Lobster with chicken and beef fajitas. I only received three strips each of beef and chicken. For the price I paid, that was less than enough. The beans were a very small portion and the rice was un-flavorful and under cooked. My wife only ordered the chicken tortilla soup and it tasted more like menudo. The lobster was the best part of the meal. My daughter didn't comment on her food, but she did say that the beans were not good. The table salsa looked good but lacked flavor and spice. All this for a final ticket price of almost $150 including tip just left me with a not-so-great experience. Guess I'll stick to the mom and pops places to get more authentic and better proportioned meals.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hello Arturo, 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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OT
Washington DC
165 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyable and lots of meat alternatives for Lent! Nice to have a choice for lunch potion too. Always like to go here!

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you...we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I asked to be served with a piñata right after I finished eating and they didn’t give it to me until 20-30 minutes of waiting. It was my birthday too and I was really upset because I wanted to finish and go. But overall food was the only good thing. Service was slow.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on March 13, 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your birthday with us. We are sorry you experienced delayed times and inattentive service. The Pinata does take 20-25 minutes to properly assemble . We can imagine that would be very frustrating. Your feedback will be properly addressed. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again soon with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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