Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner

4.3
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577 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 577 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.1
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

We always go to Uncle Julios for dinner with the family and BD celebrations i would recommend it to everyone, there is one thing though that the whole restaurant is really in need of good management allot of things went wrong this weekened when we went for dinner. The drinks were watered down, the meal came really late not even the manager came up to apologize, our server came only 2 times to ask if we needed anything else. Really THINKING about not going there again.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded 18 hours ago

Hello, Thank you for your business. We appreciate your review and feedback to develop and improve. We apologize to hear that we didn't meet your overall service and meal expectations this visit. We strive to provide an exceptional experience from start to finish. We are very sorry we missed the mark this time. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

The service was good, the food was good, and the chocolate piñata was amazing! It would have been better had we not had a time crunch.

s
Naples
64 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Service was fast and attentive. Food was great. My rating on the ambience is not meant to be negative - one doesn’t expect white tablecloths!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall1Food4Service4Ambience3

We had a large group and they gave us two staff meme beds which was nice, bh

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 18 February 2020

Hello, Thank you for your rating to develop and enhance the experience. We hope to get the chance to serve you again very soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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S
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food5Service1Ambience5

I got there around 11:45 it was not very busy. It took like 15-20 minutes for a server to come by. There was people getting attended before us that had arrived way after us. My server may have been busy, but I think there should’ve been someone else to step in and help us out- considering a lot of servers kept walking past us. I believe this was an isolated incident- I usually have good service and food is ALWAYS great. One of my favorite restaurants, but I was definitely disappointed today.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded 6 days ago

Hello Sencillo, 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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TF
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Staff was very friendly. Food was good. Only complaint is we ordered queso and the server forgot it, but it wasn't on the bill and things happen - no big deal!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was great as always and the server was good the only issue was even though I make a reservation they make me wait for about 30 minutes and when I approached the front desk to find out why! The hoster was rude and she told me I was already been set when clearly I wasn't. She didn't apologize or anything! Overall that little inconvenience the food and environment was good!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great, tasted great, good temperature. Service was great. Checked in on us when needed.

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

We made our reservation through open table and arrived 5mins early, but we still waited 10mins. We got our meat over cooked, the issue was solved with N apology from the manager and free dessert and beer. Customer service was good.

T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a very nice meal. The Beef fajitas were yummy and shrimp tacos, too. Always have like Uncle Julio’s fresh salsa.

CG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place for a group get together, happy hour and general Mexican-American cuisine. If you are not feeling tacos or fajitas I recommend the Juanita platter and you basically get one of each of the best from Uncle Julio’s. The drinks are great here too.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

It was a good experience. The service was excellent!

DT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

The noise level was loud, not energetic. There were 2 large tables in the back section and it was so loud, we could not hear each other talking. The food was okay, not great. Not interested in going back. Too many other places to get great food every time.

GD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first time eating at Uncle Julio’s. Very easy to reserve a table. We were seated right on time. Service and food were great and the chocolate piñata was fabulous. We will definitely go again.

JG
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best chicken and steak fajitas we’ve ever had! very generous portions. The chocolate lover’s piñata was a fun touch for celebrating a birthday. The piñata was enough dessert for several people. The tableside guacamole was a fun surprise. An employee literally prepared a batch of fresh guacamole right at our table. This was great because One of our part is allergic to tomatoes, so we could just request the tomatoes served on the side.

EB
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience3

Overall, meh. Food was minimally acceptable, bland and boring. Service was acceptable if a bit inattentive. Nothing to indicate they looked a the reservation (birthday). Meh.

BW
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Everything was fine except two things:

La woman who came to the table was rude and unfriendly, she never smiled. When she put the guacamole bowl in the table , it was just like she threw it. The whole table saw it but nobody said anything.
The bathrooms were not clean.

MH
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

In the last month we have had reservations at the restaurant twice. Both times we arrived 15 minutes before our reservation time. Each time it was 20-40 minutes beyond out reserved time before we got a table. Then the service was very slow. It took almost 45 minutes to get out food on Saturday.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hello MikeH, Thank you for providing this feedback regarding your reservation experience. We apologize to hear that we did not provide you with an outstanding experience and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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KH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

The restaurant was very crowded with few places to wait comfortably. While we waited we had to move and were bumped into numerous times. The food was just ok. It wasn't particularly noteworthy.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hello KristaH, We appreciate your time spent with us and apologize to hear that your experience this visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to the appropriate parties who will further address the concerns mentioned. We hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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H
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was good. Service was great. Very noisy and busy.

G
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Chicken burrito bowl is a delicious lunch choice. Service is very good.

MR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waitress was fantastic. The food was very good and the pinata was a hit with my son who had a birthday. thanks!

G
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My server Tony was great! The manager was also very helpful when their was a delay with my meal. Tony and the manger both went out of their way to make sure my experience at the restaurant was exceptional! I Will definitely come back to this location.

L
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and fun atmosphere!

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

Food was good, but very salty. Floor was very dirty (food on floor). Lots of open seats, but hostess initially wanted to seat us at a table right next to the kitchen and bar—which was VERY noisy.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello Jaquie, Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we apologize that we were unable to provide you with a memorable experience. We have forwarded your review to our teams and we hope to serve you in the future for an improved dining experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great food great service....just a bit loud for conversation.

p
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience5

Service was very slow or totally absent at times. No one wrote down our orders for drinks or food. Completely forgot drink orders for one table. Food took over 1 hour to arrive. 2 meals didn’t show until we flagged someone down two times. I was told that another party was their first priority and that our party was “next” after they were done waiting on the walk in party. This was a work luncheon and it was embarrassing to subject my staff to this. I ate while two people at my table had no food. A server left his book with his paycheck at our table. I think they comped us some dessert, by this time I just wanted to leave.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 15 January 2020

Hello Pitchnduel, 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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M
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Bad customer service, the waitress was never available and food was not good.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 15 January 2020

Hello Mariferavi11, 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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly service. We love the steak!!!

LL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Server was great, very attentive and friendly. Food come out fast and delicious, even though very busy.

u
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I love going to Uncle Julios. The food is great even though the noise level can get high.

PT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food, but somewhat overpriced especially kids meals.

PE
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a 5pm dinner at Uncle Julio's on New Year's Eve. We were seated near the tortilla machine which kept the kids entertained during waiting periods. We love the chocolate piñata as our new years eve tradition with our children, thank you!

EB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Great birthday dinner!

N
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and the staff courteous however, for the price of the food i expected the place to be nicer. It wasn't warm or cozy. It was very informal with cold cement floors, plastic table clothes and a cafeteria like feel. A rug and linens would be a better fit. I will definitely order food again but not eat at the restaurant.

EP
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Not worth it. We ordered chicken fajita. We were served with paltry size of onion and bell peppers. The chicken itself was very large thick cut. We got the impression that the chef did not care about the quality. More of “hurry up and cook already and get it out there” and then cut the chicken few times and sling the dish across. The fajita chicken was not even that good. The dish was not that hot. Just because chef thinks the restaurant is in an upscale shopping center, they must act such pretentious and fully expect customers to willingly pay high price for low quality dish. Our guests beef enchiladas was pretty good. Our sons beef taco was pretty good. Just recommend avoiding the fajita.

JM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was exciting when the lights went out but they immediately came back on - the nearby waiters had flashlights.

i love the skinny guava rita and we shared Nachos and queso - had a great time.

L
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

The food was bland. Except for the veggie Fiji teas which were burnt and too spicy. Would not go back there.

GL
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food! Enjoyed the chocolate piñata filled with yummy treats and fruit!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience2

They didn’t have a table ready for us at our reservation time. They handed us a pager and we waited 20 min to be seated. We were seated the closest table to both the men and women’s restrooms. Our reservation noted that this was a special occasion for a birthday dinner so I think they could have done better on a location. It’s one thing of you just stop in for lunch but for a special occasion, I’d rather not sit next to the bathrooms with people constantly pouring in and out. The waiter was very nice and the food was delicious, but overall they could have done better with our reservation.

Uncle Julio's - Fairfax Corner
Responded on 26 December 2019

Hello, Thank you for providing this feedback regarding your reservation experience. We apologize to hear that we did not provide you with an outstanding experience and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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