About Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

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.

For reservations, please allow up to 15 minutes for us to prepare your table.

1827 Library Street
Reston, VA 20190
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Dining style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of operation:


Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm

Dress code:
Casual Dress

Price range:
$30 and under

Payment options:
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone number:
(703) 904-0703

Website:
http://www.unclejulios.com/locations/reston/

Parking Details:
Ample free parking is available in several parking garages, as well as street parking.

Private Party Facilities:
From an intimate birthday dinner to a large corporate event, Uncle Julio’s in Reston Town Center is the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. Our team brings you the authentic flavor and festive atmosphere of a true Mexican fine dining experience.

Private Party Contact:
our Private Event Coordinator: (844) 215-5930

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.3

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3.9

Value

4.0

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Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

This is one of our go-to places in Reston. The tableside-prepared guacamole is always a treat! This place is very family-friendly with a high-energy vibe. They always serve hefty & very tasty portions. (You will always have extra to take home after eating here!) Wife had the taco salad and I had Juanita's platter. Our server was very attentive & friendly, but on this night, the pacing was bit too fast. Our entrees came before we had finished even half of our appetizers. However, this may have occurred because the place was so crowded. Definitely recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful place to be

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 9 February 2018

Food was Great! service was FANTASTIC! Drinks were superb!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on 3 February 2018

On a busy Saturday evening, I made a reservation for 6:45. Arriving on time, I was told our table was “being cleared” and it would be “just a moment.” After fifteen minutes waiting and getting jostled about in the bar/waiting area, I enquired again as to the status of our table. The poor inexperienced greeter only had one reply in her repertoire, that our table was “still being cleared.” Seated after a twenty-eight minute wait. All else was satisfactory. Bottom line to restaurant: if you offer reservation services to diners, be prepared to hold up your end of the deal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 January 2018

Went there for a birthday occasion and had a great time. A timely birthday offer of a free dessert pinata came just in time to take advantage of. Everybody loved it! It was foodertainment! The service was great and the food as always was excellent! We don't eat out much, but Julios is one of our definite go-tos!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Business Meals, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 26 January 2018

When we arrived for our reservation they were a bit backed up but I heard the manager say something to the effect of “seat the people with reservations first” which makes sense and we were quickly seated. The food is always cooked the exact same every time: perfect. During the meal there’s always someone that says “I’m so glad we picked this place”. My only regret is always eating too many of their chips and salsa ahead of the meal! We got the piñata dessert too!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 15 January 2018

Good service. Nice server. Good food. Definitely way much better than the one in One Loudoun , Ashburn.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 6 January 2018

Really good service! Food comes fast!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 December 2017

Great food and service. Loved, loved, loved the chocolate piñata filled with fruit and churros. Overall, was a delicious and festive meal.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 December 2017

Slow at the restaurant today; it is usually NOT a quiet experience but it was appreciated!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 22 December 2017

My group enjoyed dinner and spending time together we were the last guests to leave. Thanks for accommodating us.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 16 December 2017

Good place

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 (Orlando)·Dined on 15 December 2017

Excellent service combined with great food and a lovely ambiance make this a “must” in Reston. The appetizers are fantastic such as the Guacamole (which is loaded with avocados...as it should be!) and the cheesy Queso that goes great with their endless chips and salsa. You can never go wrong with steak and chicken fajitas or their stacked enchiladas for an entree. Kids will enjoy seeing the tortillas being made right in front of them. Adults will enjoy their fun drink mixes and the lively bar scene. Don’t miss Uncle Julio’s on your next trip!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 7 December 2017

The vegetable fajitas were fabulous! Comes with cilantro rice and black beans.

Tags: Vegan, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 December 2017

We did wait 20 minutes for our open table reservation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 November 2017

Everything was good except they forgot that was my daughters birthday.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 25 November 2017

Food was average. Needs more consistently.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 18 November 2017

Delicious food. The tacos are treat to your taste buds

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 18 November 2017

We like Uncle Julio's, but had not been in a while because of the long lines (no reservations taken). We were excited to see that they were now on Open Table. So, we tried it out. Upon arriving at 6:40 for our 6:45 reservation, we were given a pager and told that we would be a 30 - 40 min wait! I learned that they were letting walk-ins in front of us too. I had to talk to the manager to get this fixed - which she ultimately did (without apologizing). She just explained that things were busy and that's how it is. Really? What good is a reservation if you still have a wait? We finally got seated and the food was good. ...but it's going to be a while before we go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 11 November 2017

We were a party of 5. Made a reservation and were seated immediately upon arrival. It was awesome. Service was great. Food, plentiful and delicious. Drinks just right. Noise level is very high, so casual conversation is difficult.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on 4 November 2017

Food was great. Really slow service even though we were a party of two with a reservation

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Excellent food and service. Loud, so don't expect to engage in much conversation. Still excellent, would happily return again...and again. Convenient parking nearby.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 October 2017

We celebrated a team members birthday at Uncle Julio's. It was my first time there - but I had been advised the food was great - portions huge - and there is a chocolate pinata for desert! The quality of the traditional Mexican food was "great" as promised - though two people ordered salads and found there to be a lot of lettuce - but not much else - just 4 shrimp, slivers of jicama and avacado ... they left hungry. The lunch portions did not quite live up to the expectation of 'huge' - and we would have ordered more appetizers if we had realized this. The table for 6 was 'intimate' and would have been more comfortable if it was a little bigger - there was not much room for all the plates. The desert was 'off the charts' fun and delicious ... so it was worth the trip ... I'd definately go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 October 2017

I love coming to Uncle Julio’s, but yesterday dining was beyond horrible. We were sitting outdoor, our server maybe came to our table 3 times during the entire time we were there. We got the table side guacamole, and literally waiting 15 minutes for someone to bring us extra chips. When our Fajitas came, it was wrong. They had to take it back and bring the right one. The table infront of us came before us and waiting longer for their main course to come out (and it was wrong too). I was so surprised by the service we got. Usually Uncle Julio has great service, but yesterday was a complete and utter disaster.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 17 September 2017

To be fair - this is my opinion only. The reception and seating were great. We waited over 30 minutes and were done with our appetizer - the margarita's hadn't come. I gave up and got them myself - went to the bar and ordered, waited and took back to the table. We had to ask over 4 times for napkins. The margarita's and the food are marginal compared to other places nearby. Solutions to the restaurant? Step it up. The waiter was obviously overwhelmed (either new or untrained - he was very nice) - management should have been on the floor watching the outdoor and indoor dining room... you weren't that busy. The bartender was very quick and awesome once I asked her for our drinks and told her what happened - but she should have taken it a step further and told the manager - and the manager should have come to our table to address it / follow up. You guys are a chain now - you need to get back to the basics, pay attention to the details (like food and drink QUALITY) - and you need to make sure that there is at least one manager on duty who is "on it" and cares. I wouldn't come back - I would go to one of the other places on the block...

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 3 September 2017

Food quality isn't what it used to be

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 2 September 2017

Service and quality continue to head down with every visit. Been coming here since the day it opened. Not sure if we'll ever go back. Salsa looked and tasted like it was watered down. Service was harried and as usual for the last few visits, appetizer arrives 90 seconds before dinner. Undercooked fajita steak. Why?

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 1 September 2017

Loved everything as usual, but I ordered the Juanita's platter and they changed the sauce on the beef enchilada and the tamale. They used to use their chile con carne on both but now the enchilada has some sticky cheese sauce and the pork tamale had a rancheros sauce. Bring back the original sauces or made them optional please!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Comfort Food, Fun, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 24 August 2017

WE have been going too uncle julios since opened in Reston--it has been the one constant place we go over 25 years--always good food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on 17 August 2017

Great service, pretty good price. Great food. We will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 12 August 2017

The food was great and a good selection. The piñata was outstanding. I normally don't eat sweets, but the chocolate and fruit combined was worth it.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 12 August 2017

I had the STEAK fajitas and they were the best I have ever had. My wife's cheese enchiladas were awesome. The special drinks with smoke were fantastic. We will come back for more. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on 9 August 2017

Always good

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 August 2017

Actual dining experience was great, however we had a reservation for 7:15 and arrived on time but were not seated until 7:50

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 5 August 2017

The restaurant was super accommodating with adjusting our table size - many thanks

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 4 August 2017

Late dinner, quick service

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Good food, and drinks. Tamales and guacamole r favorites. Enjoyable but Very noisy

Tags: Spicy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on 29 July 2017

The ambience was extremely loud. And with the background music, patrons had to yell to be heard. Was not impressed with the quality of food either. Our food was bland and blah. The only plus point was that service was quick.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Great as usual!!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on 29 July 2017

Always great food and friendly staff! We arrived and our table was ready. Our server, Chris, was awesome and took care of us - and the baby!

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Great for Lunch
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