Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston

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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, 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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4.5
Food
4.3
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4.1
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4.1
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LisaH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

My family dined in on Saturday and our waiter forgot to put our ticket in so everyone around us was eating and we were looking like what's going on here! We ordered tableside guacamole and the server put 3 scoops of Japaleno's in it and laughed. We were celebrating my daughter's pregnancy so imagine how upset I was. We had to ask to have it remade which was great but what made you do that and to laugh!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The social spacing was great however, the service was lacking. I would return here because I visited during the Corona situation. Overall not a bad experience.

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DeanF
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience1

I've eaten here a few times and each time I think "why am I here?" The noise levels inside are deafening. You have to shout to be heard by the people at your own table. On this particular evening our table was surrounded by tables full of shrieking children who were running all over the place shouting at the top of their lungs. Their parents were just as ill-mannered, one of whom was moving into our table-space, almost sitting on our laps while we were eating, just to take pictures. It was an incredibly awful experience.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on 11 March 2020

Hello DeanF, We thank you for your feedback and apologize that we were unable to provide you with an overall excellent experience. Your concerns have been sent to our teams to further address and we hope to serve you again in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was good. The guacamole prepared in front of your table is delicious. Servers are very attentive. The only thing is that the prices are a little bit high. Other than that, I loved it. Will return

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AshantiC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I absolutely loved dining at Uncle Julio's. The food was delicious!! We WILL be coming back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional across the board... 5 Stars for all categories

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Fun place and tasty veggie fajitas!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious and came out fast. I loved the guacamole being made table side

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LTsrestaurants1
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really fun vibe and job of making people feel welcomed!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Busy around 7:00 even with reservations but food and staff was good.

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DianaW
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, amazing food. We go every time I visit Arlington.

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MarquesM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great and quick service for lunch

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Jacqueline
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for husbands birthday with friends. Everything we tried was amazing, from appetizers to entrees to margaritas, and service was friendly and attentive! We WILL be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. Our server Siyenee was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We got there and sat really fast, even though it was Valentine’s Day, the food was delivered fast and it was really good. The server was nice and really attentive

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JulieR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day with some people I love!

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vipkmac
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never disappoints

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience1

La comida de muy mala calidad. Muy salada y precocinada. Muy grasosa. La atención en la recepción pésima, muy indiferente. El mesero se esforzó pero la calidad de cómoda y todo lo demás me decepciona. Adiós a este restaurante no vuelvo y al que me pregunte no lo recomiendo. Mi esposa y yo estamos en el baño. La comida nos hizo daño.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hola, Gracias por su negocio. Estamos muy sentimos que haya tenido en general mala experiencia. Lamentamos cualquier frustración que esto te haya causado. Le agradecemos enormemente que comparta esta opinión, ya que estamos constantemente trabajando para mejorar, y esta información es extremadamente útil. Por favor, acepte nuestra silencióliente disculpa por su insatisfacción. Esperamos que vuelvas pronto a casa del tío Julio para una experiencia mejorada. Gracias, Uncle Julio

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VeryGood
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Overall the food was very good but thought the wait time was longer than usual

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Overall good experience. The salsa was good, but the chips seemed slightly stale. Service was good, although one of my substitutions was missed. It is a little loud and the chairs and tables are like a cafeteria, but the food is good enough that it doesn’t matter.

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vipSimonC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Not sure of the appeal of this place. Food was generic and bland. Bar service was really slow (took forever for drinks to come to the table). And it was loud!

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello SimonC, 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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vipKimberly
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

We love Uncle Julios and always visit when we are back in the DC area. Everyone enjoyed the amazing salsa, queso and chips.. our entrees were wonderful. For the first time in years the service was horrid. One member of our party said that the service has deteriorated the past several months. I wonder what has changed to affect service so dramatically.

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SusanH
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great! We will be back again.

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vipGreat
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was very slow, but the server was excellent.

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Jackie
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Celebrating a birthday! Consistently great service and food. It did seem louder than usual. Have been going to the Ballston location for over 25 years! Still one of our favorite restaurants!!

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Monita
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Everything was great except we didn’t get the piñata after waiting over 30 mins and that was our whole point of coming out to the restaurant ..

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Sweindu
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

Loved chocolate piñata cake !! Will visit again for that.

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ErickaJ
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat at the bar and the bartenders were friendly and welcoming. Food service was fast. DRINKS were fantastic!!

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AUstin
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Margaritas could have been a little stronger, especially when paying $14 for them, but overall drinks were tasty. Food is consistently good and high quality/fresh. It was very busy and service was still timely and done well!

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vipWeekendfoodie
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitress was very good.

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vipJaneH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

Every time we go without fail we have to wait for our table, while there are empty tables. This doesn’t happen at busier and hipper places so I’m not sure why it’s always happening here.

Food was great as always. We waited forever for drinks and food.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello JaneH, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience this visit. Your feedback has been forwarded to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to prevent waits 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Food is always good, but service is always disappointing. Wait for servers, wait for food and then really wait for any followup needed during the meal.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston
Responded on 15 January 2020

Hello, 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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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We made a reservation to celebrate a birthday. We 5-10 min early and was seated 20 min past our reservation time. To compensate, we received complimentary appetizer. Food was great and tasted fresh. Will def visit this location again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Chocolate piñata was a hit !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We’ve been to this, and other Uncle Julio’s locations, and this one is our favorite. The food is always perfectly prepared and the service is good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was superb

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jeannetteP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go here every NYE for family dinner and we love it!

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SeanS
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands-down the best Tex-Mex restaurant. Nothing else comes close.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
260 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Consistent - solid, chain meal.

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Kash
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing... server was prompt and friendly. I enjoyed the atmosphere and had a really good dinner with my family. We’ll be visiting again soon

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Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 528-3131.

Uncle Julio's - Arlington/ Ballston is rated 4.4 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

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