Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row

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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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Aggie
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is usually good. Service is always hit or miss. The bar service is usually slow and the servers don't check up with you as often as they should.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 10 March 2020

Hello Aggie, We greatly appreciate your feedback and expect a high standard of service for our guests. We apologize to hear that we did not meet these standards and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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mariai
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

Noise very uncomfortable... we could not speack to each other

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 10 March 2020

Hello Mariai, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the noise level was less than welcoming during your visit. We have provided this feedback to our team and hope to serve you in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

It was a good night and we really enjoyed ourselves the food was great and the waiter was friendly it was good night.

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vipLashawn
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Lets start by saying there was no wait and they actually sat us at the time reserved. However it all went downhill after that, starting with our waitress who wasn't very friendly or attentive. We waited eleven whole minutes before anyone greeted us at our table... Also it was National Margarita day and they had no specials and the waiter even said to us that she had no idea what day it was. We got the manager involved who seemed sincere and swapped our waitress for a waiter by the name of Josh who did his absolute best to try to turn around a bad experience and make it into a great one. Moving along my food came out with hair wrapped around my shrimp, yuck I was completely disgusted and to add insult to injury not once but twice my sister asked for her drink with light sour and no salt but surprisingly they did it wrong both times. This was our first time at this location and we truly do not plan to go back. We usually go to the one in Virginia and will be going back there for both the food and service. I am super surprised with the service that was given to us at this location.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 25 February 2020

Lashawn, Thank you for loyalty and providing feedback on your recent experience. 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

The place is very nice. The food is really good. The only thing we didn’t liked is that we order a plate that said 6 jumbo shrimps. And when it arrived there were 6 small shrimps, I complained and the answer was: it’s the name of the plate! What??????

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 25 February 2020

Hello, 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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vipAloysious
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

As you walked in the noise level was unbelievable-could bearly converse with the hostess.
Chips and dip were very good but the tacos with ahi tuna were filled with mostly vegetables and cheese- tuna was maybe 3/4 of an inch in each of the three tacos.
Margaritas which should have salt around the edges had salt dribbling down the side and tasted mostly like margarita mix.

Would not even consider returning.
Al R

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 25 February 2020

Aloysious, 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Everything was great! Food was good, it came out pretty promptly. We al ordered the lobster, steak and chicken fajitas. We also ordered table side guacamole which was excellent!!! I’ll be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

There was an issue with our check and a tip was already added to the receipt. We were a party of 2. I have been here many times over past few years and the first time this happened.

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1234
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was amazing. Highly recommend the guacamole made table-side!

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HenryP
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Great service! Wait time almost none. Highly recommend.

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EvelinaF
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always our go to for Mexican food. Normally crowded so good to make a reservation. Fajitas are the best around. Same every time we go, we always enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Happened upon this place in Bethesda and we were incredibly impressed. Ordered guac (huge amount was brought to table), tortilla soup for me and eggs and bacon for husband and daughter. The breakfast portions were significant, so much so that they could have shared an entree. Very tasty, clearly fresh, and generous portions. Will definitely go back!

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vipFlatbreads
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

My wife and I tried the rice with cilantro bowls - she the chicken and I the beef. These were not good. Not consistent with their traditional Mexican dishes. I do not recommend any of their bowls in the lunch menu

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hello Flatbreads, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your meal was less than memorable as this is not our expectation. Your feedback has been sent to our team to address, we will ensure our dishes showcase the high quality and fresh ingredients used. We hope for the opportunity to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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BryanB
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice Restaurant, Great food, the waiters are amazing and respectful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

4 of us. None liked the Tuesday Tacos. Felt like protein was leftovers from previous day.

Uncle Julio's - Bethesda Row
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello, 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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vipFriendsandfamily1
Columbus
40 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous meal that included honey glazed chicken fajitas and veggie tacos. Servers were great with recommending veggie and gluten-free options.

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Dependable
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a busy night at one of my favorite restaurants. Lots of birthday parties and carry out orders for consumption, no doubt, during the Oscars. So we waited 30 minutes for a table. And it was, as always, worth the wait. The food, the service, the fun was up to Uncle Julio's standards. And that is a high bar. We will be back...often.

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JennD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of our favorite spots and it never disappoints. Blanca, our server, was amazing.

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vipsueali
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience1

But for the impossibility of conversation due to the noise level, we had a great dinner.

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JasonL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The quality is always good. The servers were very nice and helpful.

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vipemilyb
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

We love uncle Julio’s, we normally share the steak and chicken fajitas for 2. we saw there was a new option to upgrade the steak to filet so decided to try it. Unfortunately the filet, unlike the regular steak, was very spicy so we didn’t enjoy it, we just wish that it had been noted on the special that the filet was spiced differently than the steak, or it had been mentioned by the waitress. Additionally the restaurant was VERY loud so it was hard to have a conversation.

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great evening, my son enjoyed the birthday celebration and we didn't have to wait our table was ready right on time. Our server was great and the food was very good. Thanks.

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vipChristopherKen
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great Food Great Drinks Great Service ... I highly recommend getting the Pinata dessert!

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vipKloud9
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a favorite- haven’t been since the new year.

Service was excellent and the side salad and fajitas were delicious.

I’ll be back again and again and again!

Best of luck to Dani on her move to Colorado!

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PeterG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The only complaint was this trip is that it took a long time for the food to come out despite it not being a busy night.

Other than that, it was great as per usual. I f@$king love Uncle Julio's.

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vipLili
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took our son who was visiting from out of town.
There was some confusion while waiting for a table but a manager was very apologetic and gave us free guacamole.
Gave us my birthday discount gift as well.
We enjoyed our meal and is a fun place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, perfect for families with small kids.

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vipPaul
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

as always, service was great, food was excellentg and the restaurant honored an opld coupoen that had expired. We have dined here many times and expect to do many more times

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vipJulieLG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was okay!! Very okay!! Chips and guacamole were amazing

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Moody
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was exceptional! Chocolate piñata is a must!!

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JoyceR
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Uncle Julio's is always delicious!!! Staff friendly!!!
Please open Uncle Julio's in Frederick, Maryland!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter Antonio was the best! Thanks to him for giving us a great time!!

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jackg
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

excellent service great food. highly recommend

no wasted time great value

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vipChristopherD
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Family holiday

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DominicV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service in respect of Christmas Eve.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews