Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.2
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4.1
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TN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a great time! The food was very good! The Chocolate pinata was a big hit!! The tables are a little close to each other and its very loud in there, we didn't mind as we are loud too!!!

KB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The guacamole is good, beer reasonably priced. Service was fast and friendly. Food tasted great and the portions were sized well. Make reservations! This place is super popular and for good reason.

EB
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our server, Rocelle was excellent. We has the Tableside Guacamole that we very good. We were all happy with our dishes. The staff was very accommodating when I asked if we can have 2 tables put together instead of a round one for all 6 of us - this I really appreciated. We were more comfortable with more space. Our drinks were always refilled as Rucelle was always available to make sure we had what we needed. The food had the perfect spice level for me although one of fish tacos appeared to be too spicy for my colleague - this was just my colleague and not the food. I appreciated that my friends were able to try the Mexican butter as I enjoyed it. They did as well but I had to convince them to try - they must not like good flavors :) Thank you again as we look forward to returning and we hope to have Rucelle and the same staff to help us!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to have an early dinner and was very satisfied with staff and food quality

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just met my best friend for lunch.

W
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

Reservation was for 6:45pm
Arrived early and wasn’t seated until 7:15pm
1/2 hour waiting in the entrance.
Host kept saying they were setting the table.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded 3 days ago

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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S
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Uncle Julio's food is consistently good, and it is one of the few Mexican restaurants that is spacious enough for large parties and families. It's always crowded, even on Sunday nights.

K
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

We arrived for our 8:45 reservation and waited a few minutes to be seated even though there were several empty tables throughout the restaurant. Once we were seated, we waited 15 minutes at our table without a single worker coming by our table to give us water, chips & salsa, take our order, or even acknowledge us to tell us to be patient. After 15 minutes, we just got up and left. On the way out, we told our situation to the folks at the host stand and they mentioned some issue they were having with the wait staff. When we said this was unacceptable they brushed us off and sarcastically told us to have a good night. We left and went to a competitive Mexican restaurant, were promptly seated, and had a great meal. We love the food at Uncle Julio's and have been to various location probably about 20 times, but this is unacceptable. I would not recommend anyone to visit this location again.

TK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Very crowded but very good service.

L
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

From the beginning to end not impressed. I was so excited about all the hype, it being our first time and all. We arrive with a reservation for 6pm and are told to wait, while others arriving later having reservation time slots after us get seated first. Then, they seat us at a table that wasn't even cleared off yet. Food all over the bench seat. We finally sit down to await the server. She brings us chips and salsa but no water! As I'm choking on a chip, luckily the busboy brought us waters because my partner asked him to. Server finally comes back to take our drink order. Since they're packed decided we'll put our dinner and appetizer order in now. Awaiting over 1/2 an hour for our appetizer. Add on another 15 minutes for my cold non sizzling fajitas to arrive. Then I'm very uncomfortable when the entire bench moves me forward as the gentleman sits into the bench behind me. Every time he moves I'm being jerked. No Server to check on us insight; to ask for extra napkins or if we wanted anything else. I didn't even get a chance to drink a frozen mango margarita because there was no mango they only gave you classic or to try their famous chocolate piñata, because we were given our check before we could add on to our bill. Talk about being rushed and we still tipped very well. Disappointed is an understatement. The only nice thing about this place was their "handmade" tortilla maker and I use that word loosely. Don't waste your time or $ here!!!!!! Taco Bell is better.

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

Hello Lynny, Thank you for coming in. Our goal is to provide an exceptional experience and we are very sorry we missed the mark on your visit. We appreciate and value your feedback as your concerns are being addressed. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The reasons for Service being 3 stars; my waiter was changed after receiving entree/ going into ordering dessert which was totally odd. Also, the waiter took some time to come back and take order, etc. Otherwise, drinks and food options are always delicious especially the chocolate piñata which is a must!

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s was a great experience food was great! The service was even better my mom birthday on Valentine’s Day spend it well at Uncle Julio’s! Thank you Again !

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Definitely going back!!! This was my first time visiting Uncle Julio’s and by it being Valentines Day I was worried I wouldn’t get the full experience with the crowd ha I definitely did!!! My server was attentive and we were seated as soon as we arrived. I wanted to go back today which is 2 days later lol..

JN
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service, prices, and atmosphere!! Uncle Julio's is one of my favorite places to go as the Mama Julio's Nachos are the best i have ever had. They are a meal in itself. They cover each large chip around a dozen with beans, chicken, cheese, and give you guacamole and sour cream on a bed on lettuce for $12.99. You absolutely cannot beat it. Try their food you won't regret it..Best nachos EVER!! Thank You!!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Very cold inside

ML
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

This has been the worst dining experience I have ever had. The ladies hosting were extremely disrespectful to my party and it was for the birthday of a woman 6 months pregnant. Extremely disappointed. We were sat at the bathroom booth purposely, an hour and a half after arrival. There was an open seat for 6 by the window but the poor seating was intentional. I will be sure not to patronize this business again. I was once a big fan. But the hosts were just mean and rude.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 14 February 2020

Hello MsLB, 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 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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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Friends Birthday

S
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server Jud, was the absolute best. We ordered his drink recommendation (fresh cucumber margarita) it was awesome. We also took him up on the suggestion of filet Mignon fajitas. It was superb!!! Thanks Jud for making our funding experience even better.

BU
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to celebrate a birthday with the chocolate piñata but would of appreciated a candle! Tables are very close together at Oak Brook location despite making reservations on Open Table the hostess didn’t give any table preferences despite better tables open and not crowded in amongst others in the middle. Kinda strange ambiance but the food is always good

MD
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great visit! Fast service!

MD
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great. My only complaint will be the margaritas offered as part of happy hour had so much lime juice it was like having a sour ball so bitter.

BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, margs and service. My only complaint was the noise level but that seems to be my issue with most restaurants.

J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a lovely evening out for our group, to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of our members. Unfortunately the drinks for 2 of us were very less than satisfactory. The birthday girl's soda was flat, and my pinata colada was not tasty at all. Other than this, the food was very good and our waiter, Jeremy, was so super sweet and personable. We even took pictures with him.

AC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our server was awesome! Wasn't the greatest ambiance, it's a bit dated, and food was good. Would go back!

D
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was excellent. We celebrated a co-workers bday and we had a great time. Thank you!

CN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an excellent server. The food was amazing. The chocolate piñata was a huge hit!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

The food is terribly overpriced for Mexican food. The restaurant is slightly rundown and certainly has a feel of uncleanliness.
Disappointed and will not return.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 29 January 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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

The place was loud and the food was over seasoned, salty.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 29 January 2020

Hello, 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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was good as usual

KD
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Was 45 minutes before we even received our drinks and it was all downhill from there.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello KandyD, 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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JB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous service and great food! Tableside guacamole is the best!!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always love the food here! Unfortunately there was a large party near us that was VERY LOUD so it was hard for us to talk and hear each other at our table.

MT
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were with friends. We all love the food and of course the piñata! It’s always a good time when we come to Uncle Julios. Margaritas are also outstanding and the tamales are the best.

LD
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

While the food and service were outstanding, our booth was chilly and we ate our entire meal with our winter coats on.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello LauraD, 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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S
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

We were disappointed by the overall quality of the food. The chicken in the fajita was dry and over cooked and the meat well done. The tortillas were cold and the drinks seemed very weak. We have not been here in a while and don't expect to return anytime soon.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 22 January 2020

Hello Steve, 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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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

I frequent this location about once per month. Typically the service is fine, but today the service was horrible. I just hope this was a one time issue.

SD
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service2Ambience3

Great food but slow service

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food speaks for itself and is consistently amazing

PP
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience2

Our waiter was great. Food was good, but they made a mistake by giving me onions when I ordered with no onions. They did remake them for me.

Uncle Julio's - Lombard/ Oakbrook
Responded on 13 January 2020

Hello PatriciaP, 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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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Service was great- very attentive. Food was average. Drinks ok seemed pre made. Good place
For families nice atmosphere

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