Uncle Julio's - Gainesville

4.3
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659 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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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience3

Waiter was great. They did not have the right amount of spots for my reservation and scrambled to try to find more seats. One dish came out 30 minutes before the rest and a child’s plain taco came out full dressed and 20 minutes after the rest of the food after we complained about it twice...... no one to sing happy birthday with the piñata. I was told by the server all the other servers refuse to sing ? Like this place but not much experience here for the good.... it was just eh.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 11 March 2020

Hello, 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All good , our food was delicious!

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vipPatrickC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Service not good, margaritas not good because too icy with not enough alcohol, and order got messed up

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 6 March 2020

Hello PatrickC, 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 who will address the service and quality concerns, we hope to serve you in the future for an improved dining experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Daniella, my waitress was really wondering.
She was helpful, nice, friendly. She made my 21st birthday dinner amazing. She gave me the best recommendations for food and drinks to get.
The evening was definitely one of the best ones and I thank Daniella for making it beyond special.

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BenR
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great waiter. Very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Rarely disappoints! A family favorite.

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Larryj
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

God was good except for steak when Igor chicken and steak fajitas. Coke was a bit flat. Enjoyed the Panama.

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PeggyM
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience2

Although Uncle Julio's advertises from scratch the food does not taste like. They way overuse onions in everything. I ordered steak fajitas and the vegetables were mostly onion with a couple of small bites of green and red pepper. The Margaritas are small and overpriced. I would not recommend Uncle Julio's.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 20 February 2020

Hello PeggyM, 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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BabaM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I went here for Valentine's Day dinner. It was our first time at Uncle Julio's. We had a reservation and we were seated as soon as we arrived which was great.

Our waitresses service, the food, and ambiance was all part of a great experience. We look forward to coming back.

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WeLuvOurFriends
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and great service!
Mix Drinks were a little slow to come out but beyond that we love this place!

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MichaelA
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always love going, the food is amazing, and it's the only place I'll have a margarita around here. Going to Uncle Julio's is a bit of a destination for us, something we look forward to.

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KatherineW
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience1

The skirt steak fajita was too salty. The frozen margarita too sweet. There was a very noisy large party. And the waiter was really trying but it was obvious you were understaffed.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello KatherineW, 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

Been there many times and mostly good this time we were totally forgotten to the point a manager ended up sort of serving us with things forgot and had to go find someone to help us on things like no tortillas were brought with the fajitas and we sat and sat but nothing. We ordered extra sour cream that never came but just let it go. Otherwise we do like the food so can’t complain about that and I’m sure we will give them another try.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello, 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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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

The service was poor.

We ordered the Chocolate Piñata. Usually there are blackberries inside the piñata, but they were missing.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello, 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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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, everyone enjoyed their food

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

Had a reservation and were told our table wasn't ready because people were still eating at our table. There was a table visible from us that was completely empty and that would fit our party size. After standing there for over 40 minutes we asked about the table but didn't get a response. We asked again about the table, one of the hostesses asked the girl seating people if we could be seated at that table and she said I guess (with an attitude) 5 of the 6 people in our party wanted to leave and go somewhere else but I enjoy their food so we decided to stay. We finally get seated but it took like another 20 minutes for a waiter to come to our table. We order our dinner and it took forever it seemed to get our food. One of the girl brought fajitas to the table and started to leave, the person that ordered it asked her about the tortillas and the woman rudely said they're coming. Dropping that kind of money in the establishment (apps, dinner, chocolate pinata for 6) you would expect a better experience. I don't think we'll be going back.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hello, Thank you for providing this feedback and we apologize to hear that your service did not reflect the high standards we strive to provide. Your review has been forwarded to our team who and will ensure that the service standards are met. We hope to serve you again in the future for an outstanding experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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KAITLYN
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Worst one yet we have gone here to eat a lot in the past and loved it.. this time was a little different not only was the service sub-par we ended up having to go to the bar to be seated quicker then having a reservation. Once seated we then waited about 10 minutes for someone to realize we had been sitting waiting, Then only to order queso and have hair in it. Instead of maybe offering a discount or free drink something for the trouble they did nothing but refund the cheese. Not even going into my meal it was less then attractive compared to the other times I have been.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hello Kaitlyn, 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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Maddie
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience3

To quote Seinfeld, anyone can take a reservation. Holding the reservation is the key part. I asked for a table for 8 and a high chair at 7:30. I wasn’t seated until 7:45 and they took us to a table for 4 people. It wasn’t until about 7 minutes later that they switched us to a table where we could all fit. Once we actually sat down everything was fine.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello Maddie, 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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Nataliel
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

AWFUL. HORRIBLE. WILL NEVER GO BACK. AWFUL. HORRIBLE. WILL NEVER GO BACK.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 14 January 2020

Hello Nataliel, We apologize to hear your visit was less than outstanding. Your feedback has been sent to our team and we hope to serve you in the future for a much improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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CharleyP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience4

Service was really good, considering it was slammed. But I have to say, I've been going to Uncle Julio's for many years and for the first time, I think food quality has gone down. The steak fajitas have always been top notch, but this time, it seemed like a lower grade of skirt steak. Not nearly as tender or flavorful. First world problems, I know, but never the less, it isn't cheap.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 14 January 2020

Hello CharleyP, Thank you for providing feedback on your recent visit and 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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vipftmuhammad
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Menu is good.. drinks are better

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EricU
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, very good food & large portions.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service.

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CliffT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Reservation was for 8:30 PM and we did not sit until 9:10 pm. What is the point in making a reservation

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 2 January 2020

Hello CliffT, 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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tburg
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and no one does table side fresh prepared guacamole like Uncle Julio’s.

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MicheleC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Extremely disappointed in our NYE dining experience. First, the restaurant called me 15 minutes prior to the reservation to tell me they were overbooked and running 45 minutes behind. Then, once we were seated it did not get any better. We were a party of 10 and spent over $300 and got poor service, no tortillas for our fajitas (we gave up asking after 30 minutes) and Luke warm food to boot. 30 minutes after we ordered our dessert piñatas, the server asked if we wanted dessert ... No one in our party plans to return.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 2 January 2020

Hello MicheleC, 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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JimS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Too noisy
Cobwebs in recessed lights & hanging from ceiling

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience4

Reservation at 5:45; Arrived at 5:25, at 6:30 still not seated. The hostess sat many non reservation walk-ins that came in after us. Disappointed with the Hostess and Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Our food was not as good as usual. The server took forever to come back and check on our drinks bring us hot sauce, salsa, more tortillas ect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! Waiter was awesome!

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kdyonts51
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

The food is very bland in my opinion. The atmosphere was fun and the service was great, but the drinks are over priced and the food is just very average.

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vipJamesD
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

They were ready for a busy night. Even though we arrived at the tail end of the evening, the staff remained courteous and fast. Our special orders came with no problems and the tortilla and chip baskets remained full. A very pleasant Christmas Eve.

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VirginiaW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Gainesville is the halfway mark between my home and the airport. We always stop at Uncle Julio's for everyone who comes to visit. Have yet to be disappointed.

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Miles18
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience2

The waiter had horrible costumer service, we had to call for him even to get a refill of water, we would have spent more on drinks but he never came to check on us.. they gave medium well to my childs steak when i asked for well done, it was not a bad vibe.. the waiter made it bad it was not even that busy at the times when we needed him we saw him talking to his co workers and just fooling around. You would think with a party of 8 they would be more attentive.

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vipDave
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was awesome! Very energetic and attentive waiter.

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Dolf
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVE UNCLE JULIOS THE FOOD IS GREAT AND THE DRINKS ARE AWESOME

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I took my son and his son out to dinner. The service was excellent and the food was delicious! My grandson loves the beef enchiladas and we enjoyed the fajitas. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

I was very sad right from the start. I chose the location for my guests because I thought they would enjoy it. Instead, we were forced to wait a half hour past our reservation time. We were seated no sooner than people who had not made reservations. We sat and watched a table large enough for our crowd be cleaned and stay open for ten minutes. Then we gave our orders and only two of them came out the way we asked. One was taken back because of the error while the others weren’t but instead of bringing extra beans, the whole meal being removed made us wait to eat and made all of our meals cold. It was all very odd and chaotic. Also when we served, the servers didn’t know who the meals went to so we were all reaching all over each other trying to help out . We had to ask 2-3 times to get a drink refilled. I was never asked at all if I wanted another margarita. I could keep going but I think you’ll get the picture. It was not a relaxing meal time celebration that I hoped for.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 11 December 2019

Hello, Thank you for spending your time with us and we do apologize for the experience had this visit. We are very sorry we missed the mark on providing a memorable experience and your concerns will be addressed by our teams. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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MiJdogg
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We celebrated one of our kids Birthdays and had a great time. Chocolate Pinata was awesome and tasted amazing.

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RichardD
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

For the food yes , but only if they were a small group. I had an reservation for 10 and my table was given away then they could not find my reservation. After that was fixed my appetizer I ordered was not handled well.

Uncle Julio's - Gainesville
Responded on 4 December 2019

Hello RichardD, 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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