Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills

4.2
909 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(224) 513-0300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Uncle Julio’s is the new party headquarters for Vernon Hills! From large office gatherings to birthday parties and anniversary dinners, Uncle Julio’s has everything you need to make your next fiesta a sizzling success. Our private group dining rooms are perfect for parties large and small, and we of
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Private party contact
our Private Event Coordinator: (855) 219-3739
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking
What 909 People Are Saying
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food
4.0
service
4.0
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3.8
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Bartender made the wrong drink. Prices are high for the amount of food you receive.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Food and service were just average. Do not like their salsa. Don't like that smoked flavor in my salsa. Chips are too thin also. Broke too easy.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Uncle Julio’s in Vernon Hills is the best restaurant and Anthony the waiter is the best! My cheese enchilada he suggested and created for me was the best enchilada I’ve ever had. So nice to have a waiter that gives you ideas.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

If it’s for a special occasion, the server should make a note of it.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Went for daughters birthday celebration. Food was very good and the chocolate piñata ball was fun and tasted amazing! Love Julio’s

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2.0Dined on August 6, 2018

This was my second visit to the restaurant. My first was wonderful great service, food delivery was fast, and the environment was clean. This visit our server (David) was a bit on the slow side. I had to catch him to bring us boxes and then the check as well, even though the restaurant had emptied out by this time. Food also took a long time to arrive and the patio was dirty, with tables not being properly cleaned for 45 minutes. Again, the restaurant was not that busy. Quite a different experience from my first visit.

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Hair in guacamole, no tap beer, dirty silverware and menus, mediocre food.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Took quite a while to have a server approach us and ask if we wanted drinks and:or appetizers.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Always glad to get to have dinner at Uncle Julio’s when we get in the Lincolnshire, IL area. Food is good, fast and reasonable. Service has always been excellent.

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2.0Dined on August 3, 2018

This must be my luck with dinner's and using Open Table, because yet again, I was very disappointed with Uncle Julio's. We were seated immediately, had reservations, but after being seated, no one came to take our drink/dinner order. Everyone kept walking all around us, and until we called over a hostess/card holder, no one came to our table. Again, we were told that no one was assigned the table, even though there were diners in tables around us. Once a server came to our table, he was very apologetic and took our order. Our meals were good, but with the crummy service, we just wanted to eat and leave. I will come back to Uncle Julio's, but it will be awhile.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Their Casamigos Margarita rocks!

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Very noisy and lots of kids acting out. Would consider returning on a school night when parents and little ones are at home. Patron skinny margarita was delicious! Had the Shrimp Fajitas . They had a lot of kick, which I enjoyed. Price was on the high side for portion size.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

I have been here before and enjoyed it but I think they are a victim of their own success. The server had to be reminded to bring items ordered. Ordered the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp dish and I was afraid it was overcooked when it came with the bacon burned and indeed it was WAY overcooked.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Food was delicious and the chocolate piñata was so much fun and very filling! 4 of us couldn’t finish it!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Always great food and drinks, the Ahi Seared Tuna Tacos are the best and the El Jefe Margarita is amazing!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

The food and service were good. The only negative was that the floor was dirty around our table. There was a squished strawberry on the floor that everyone kept having to step over. We pointed out the mess but no one seemed to care.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Enjoyed table side margarita and friends were very impressed with pinata dessert really enjoyed will be back

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Portions are getting smaller - 2 slices of beef & chicken for a dinner fajita???

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Our server was excellent.
Food was good but ar this level it's all about service

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2.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Wanted to go here on my birthday. Was scrunched into a table, food was cold and was missing food 8 minutes later our server came back to ask how everything was then another 5 minutes to bring the rest of our missing food. Super loud in the restaurant. Never pre bussed table. Had to give the busser our dirty dishes because there was no room on our table. 240.00 later the experience WAS NOT WORTH IT! Was one of my favorite restaurants probably will NEVER GO BACK!

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

I made a reservation stating it was my daughter's birthday. When I checked in I reminded them it was my daughter's birthday. The young man said he was already aware of that so I was happy. The server said she forgot it was my daughter's birthday but she wished her a 'happy birthday' when she gave me the check. Disappointing. I got up and told them it was her bday and the server brought a dessert.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Food was very good! Noise levels a bit loud though.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food was good but, I feel it didnt wow me. The server was awesome and the raspberry margarita was very good. The noise level was a lot though we sat at a small table and could barely hear each other.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

I always enjoy the food at Uncle Julio's and am a regular patron at multiple locations. This was my first time at this location. The service was fast and friendly, attentive but not too much of an intrusion. This was the first time I got the table-side guacamole. It was so fresh and delicious. But I'm just not sure it's worth $14. I've had the pre-prepped guacamole before. It's just as delicious and much more reasonably priced. My skirt steak fajitas were delicious on their amazing homemade tortillas. Other companions ordered fish tacos and shrimp tacos and enjoyed them very much. You always have to expect it to be quite loud in Uncle Julio's. But this location seem to be less loud than others I've been in. And I could live on their chips and salsa! Uncle Julio's never lets me down! I'll be back again and again!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

It was my Birthday when my kids and I were there for dinner and Zach was our server. He was absolutely amazing! He is a very hard working individual with great work ethic and people skills and is amazing with the kids! He was very attentive and everything came out just as ask. He is the best server I have ever had and I will request to have him again as our server any time I return. I do hope that he gets the recognition he deserves and that management lets him know that I have bosted about what an amazing server he is! He should definitely be looked at by management as a great asset and leader for the company!

Sincerely,
Melissa & Kids

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Food is fair at best and service is even worse. That will be our last time visiting.

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Very poor service we’ve eaten there before but this time the service was awful

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Nice but first waitress was clueless

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Waitress and food were good. The greeters when you enter the restaurant weren’t welcoming and felt like they didn’t want us there.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

I enjoyed the evening but had an upset stomach after dinner.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We visited Uncle Julio's with some friends on the 4th of July. Very busy but service was good. Very energetic ambiance. Food was delicious. Beautiful presentation. A little pricey for what we ordered but overall good time.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Everything is homemade and yet served in a timely fashion.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Music loud, hard to keep conversations going. Enjoyed the food, ambience and service. Food was excellent quality and very tasty.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

While the food was excellent, the service was subpar. Our waitress was inattentive and I could not even get a manager’s attention for a simple request of more chips (that should have been replenished when the appetizer was brought out). I have to say, for my birthday celebration, I was disappointed.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Waitress was very polite and doing her job well! 4 out of 5 of us had tacos. Chicken tacos were not seasoned and didn’t know the fish was going to be fried. Unfortunately, the steak dinner had to be served 3 times till prepared to the correctly, medium rare. The meal turns to a happy one when we shared the chocolate piñata for a birthday! That’s always a hit!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food celebrated by moms bday.
Chairs were not so coftarble though.
Expwnsive.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

We love uncle Julio’s food.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great food as always and the sangria was excellent! Also our server, Jacob, was fabulous!!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

First time here! WoW! We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was delicious! The steak fajitas were FaNtAsTiC!! Great place!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

This was our 4th visit to Uncle Julio's and our 3rd visit to this location. Food was good as we expect. Service was below expectations. We waited an unusual and unacceptable amount of time for appetizer, entrée, containers to take leftovers home and to get our check.

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