Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top tags:
  • Casual
  • Group Bookings
  • Good for Birthdays
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 989 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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G
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had the Taco Tuesday platter. Great selections. And Swirls. Everything is good here.

TS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great time! We celebrated a birthday. Great food, really good service. Would've been nice to get a little something for the birthday girl for free, but oh well.

SS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

The place is run down looking. Torn chair padding and tacky tablecloths in comparison to the Naperville site. Quesadillas was bland and fish tacos way too salty. The waiter seemed “bothered” by any request we had and never came to refill drinks. The price is crazy for the quality of food you get.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded 5 days ago

Hello SuzanneS, We appreciate you bringing this experience to our attention and do apologize that it was less than excellent as this is not the standard we expect from our team. We have sent your feedback to the appropriate persons who will address all concerns and correct as needed. We do hope for the opportunity to serve you again for a much improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, quick service as usual.

GE
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Our server was excellent.

SB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Absolutely. We used to come more often years ago, and decided to try it again.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s is always amazing! This is my girlfriend and I’s favorite spots to come for Mexican food! The fajitas and queso blanco are always so delicious. The service is consistently good and the warm fresh chips that keep getting brought to the table are the best.

5/5 almost every time we’ve gone.

GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was very good! Our server was attentive as was the floor manager. We were there for a birthday celebration and my daughter got a yummy little treat with a candle for singing! We had a nice afternoon.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The food was good. However we weren't seated until 30 minutes after our reservation. We ordered tableside guacamole. It took a other 30 minutes for someone to come make our guacamole. We got our entrees before we got out appetizer. It also took the person making the guacamole an uncomfortably long time. The Schaumburg location is much better all around.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 5 September 2019

Hello, We apologize to hear that you did not have an exceptional experience when dining with us. We have provided this feedback to our team who will ensure that the proper processes are followed through to create a timely and quality experience 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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d
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were there with a friend, all three thoroughly enjoyed it

AC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I took our best friends out to ask them to be our baby’s godparents. The food was amazing like always but Al, our server, was the best part of the experience. He is the best thing to happen to Uncle Julio’s!

SM
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our waiter was amazing!! Would've been nice to have some music in the background.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Great lunch!

HL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We wanted a booth and they were not very accommodating on that and our table wobbled.

BS
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was so fresh and delicious. Went for the chocolate pinata and wasn't disappointed. Will go back again and recommend it to anyone looking for that something special.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 28 August 2019

Bambi, thank you very much!!

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F
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The food was very good, but inside the noise is way too loud!

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The steak and chicken fajitas and the chicken enchiladas were good!

G
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Crowded & noisy location for mediocre food! Will not be back.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hi, We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal for all our guests and we’re sorry we missed the mark for you. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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d
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was very delicious and tasty the steak was tender everything was amazing I will be back soon it was my first time and definitely won't be my last time

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Waitress was polite; once it got busy she was not present like she should be. Extremely expensive. Almost $125 for 4 people with no alcohol.

KD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

We used to love this place (including the Chicago location) but it seems as if no one who owns, runs or works at this restaurant cares much about their jobs or the customer. From the hostess who didn’t seem to understand her role, to the filthy seating areas and the wait staff barely getting anything we ordered right, I’m sad to say I won’t be dining here again. This isn’t the first time we’ve had this experience here so it wasn’t like it was an off night. This staff could use a class in customer service and attention to details.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hi Kelly, Thank you for your continued support and your candid review. We are so glad you expect great things from us. We appreciate you taking the time to make us aware of your recent experience. We read every comment, feedback, praise and concern and then we forward to the appropriate groups to properly address. We will look into the service immediately. We look forward to serving your again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Jeremy amazing service.

Trisha amazing manager. My debit card was declined due to fraud and she helped me through it. Thank you!

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hello, Thank you for sharing your experience. Kudos to Jeremy! We are so happy you had a great time. That means so much to us. We look forward to serving you again soon. All the best, Uncle Julio’s

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j
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We dined outside so it was much quieter. The din inside is terrible.

JE
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Fish tacos weren’t very good. Same for the beans. Overall, I was disappointed with the meal.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hi Jeff We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your dining experience. We strive to provide an exceptional meal and want you to leave extremely satisfied. Your feedback is being addressed. Please let your server know, they will gladly provide other options to your liking. We hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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JP
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The salsa has been made wrong twice in the last 2 visits. It's really disappointing that management doesn't notice it before it's served. Hopefully, the kitchen can fix that.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 21 August 2019

Hello JPCS, Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize that your salsa was not enjoyed. We have sent this to our team to ensure the proper recipes are followed, we do hope to serve you in the future for an improved outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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DM
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My wife and I have visited the Orland Park and Schaumburg locations. We were quite excited to go to the Lombard location. We have shared Carnitas Azteca in all three locations. At the Lombard location the meat was dry, dry, dry. Orland Park was the best.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 15 August 2019

Hello Don, Thank you for your business. We are sorry we didn't meet your expectations on this visit. We greatly appreciate you sharing this input. We want you to have a great time from start to finish. Please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We hope you will return to Uncle Julio’s soon for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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OT
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place a little disorder but otherwise for a chain it was pretty good drinks weren't watered down. Service was good

MI
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

To start, our server Fernando was fantastic! He answered all our questions and updated us on our order. Our drinks, Fresh Rita of the Day and Frozen Gran Swirl, were excellent. We had the Coronado/Matador and Fajitas for 1 for dinner - excellent! It was quite filling so we had to take some home - made for a nice lunch the next day. A great experience.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 28 August 2019

Mr6Iron, thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Fernando. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm he adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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B
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great service and food, reminded me of the location on North Avenue.

MA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Great waiter. Food was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 4Ambience 1

Nice restaurant and the food was good. It was so loud in the restaurant we needed to switch seats at our table just to hear each other. The table side guacamole ended up on one of our laps, at least the mixing spoon did. Otherwise the experience was good.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 August 2019

Hello, We appreciate your time and consideration you took to let us know that your Uncle Julio's experience was not up to our standards. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Decent food, nice waitstaff albeit not attentive enough to keep water filled and plates cleared.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 28 August 2019

Hello, Thank you for dining with us. We appreciate your comments and feedback to develop and improve. We hope to get the chance to serve you again soon. Thanks again, Uncle Julio's

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BM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious! Service was excellent. We love this restaurant as they have the best Mexican food around!

BT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Yes but our particular waiter was terrible. He forgot parts of our order, took very long , etc.

BT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a very nice experience. The weather was comfortable so we were able to eat outside on their patio. The service was good and the food was great. The salsa that they bring to the table wit the chips was very good. It had only a hint of spiciness and my wife and I were both able to enjoy it.

EB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Making a reservation made all the difference. There was about a 45 minute wait but since we made a reservation we only had to wait about 15 minutes and that’s because we were 15 minutes early. Great location, nice staff, would definitely recommend.

GF
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Had reservations but still had to wait for 20 minutes.

AN
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

food was delicious. Service was OK. overall the place was a little cramped with tables seemingly right on top of eachother. because of this you could hear all the conversations going on around you and some were not really meant to be made public. All in all it was good.

NC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Chicken Taco's were great! My husband loved the Fish Taco's. Service was very good.

BJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and fun. We highly recommend it.

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