Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills

4.3
983 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.

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 983 People Are Saying
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d
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

never disappoints. great food and service

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D
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was fantastic!!! Food fresh as always!

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good Mexican food. Great service. Our first visit to this restaurant won’t be our last.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit! We loved it. We got the fajitas. Could have used more tortillas and toppings but other than that the entire visit was great! Margaritas were YUM

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JM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations and got in on that time.
Service was excellent.
Food was delicious.
Only issue was the cold felt sitting by a window.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Everything was okay. Nothing special. Very noisy and very hard to get the table we originally requested for. Our server was excellent. It was also very hard to hear the people sitting 2ft across from me or even the person next to me.

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A
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tried two new combo platters - really good - and plenty of leftovers for another night!

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S
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 3ambience 2

Think we are done going to the Vernon Hills location. Food prep is always poor, staff is ever changing and understaffed. Salsa is below par and alway so spicy it loses it taste. Disappointed it was the wifes Birthday dinner. Guess from now on will have to drive further to go to Deer Park location, which means less visits since it's so far away. Deer Park is night and day a better experience and food is done right.

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AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience for my daughter’s 13th birthday! We only came for dessert because she really wanted the chocolate piñatas (but she wanted pizza for dinner). The girls had so much fun, it was easy to make a reservation, and the service was very good. The manager stopped by the wish her a happy birthday & thank us for coming in. Will definitely be back!

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KB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waitress was not so good. Very slow to attend to our needs.

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AR
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uncle Julio’s was recommended to us some time back as a place for dinner while traveling through Chicago. We loved it so much, we searched out uncle Julio’s locations when we were passing through Chicago again! We dined at two separate Uncle Julio's, had great food And great service both times! Highly recommended!!!!

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DH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably attentive server and excellent quality food and drinks. Most Mexican restaurants have a predominant flavor and it's salt, this food was not salty and had the natural flavors showcase the dish, like real Mexican food(even though a lot of the menu is Americanized food). The prices were super reasonable and the portions were very generous. The massive basket of fresh made chips was also a nice treat. I also cannot say enough about our server, busboy and the young ladies at the hostess station. Just amazing service.

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RC
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience this time. The waiter was awesome and the food was tasty and hot. We ordered fajitas for two and really had a great meal.

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KR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal, excellent service. Pleasant atmosphere easy place for a week night dinner.

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LC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was good, and very fresh. We enjoyed the pinita. It was a great fun experience.

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R
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience took my husband and son here for dinner. The staff was also amazing!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is sub par. Uncle Julio’s used to be better. We usually have bad service there. ESP in bar area but it was ok tonight.

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OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with friends. Service was excellent. Margaritas were delicious.

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CK
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

The corn chips on the table were thin, crispy and warm; definitely a cut above. I ordered hot tea and the water was hot! Food was good and service was friendly. Very noisy though.

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AM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, food delicious, outstanding service. One of my favorite places to dine.

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BD
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Pleasantly surprised due to my last few visits being less then stellar. Food was good, service was attentive.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good service. Good food. Pricing a bit high but typical of chain restaurants.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Long wait time on a Friday night even with a reservation

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Made reservation for 7:30pm and arrived at 7:20pm, but still had to wait until 8:00p to be seated. I don’t understand whey the wait was so long when there was empty tables available.

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J
Chicago
70 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A food favorite for satisfying Need for Mexican food.

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D
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met three businesses colleagues for lunch. The noise level was conducive to good discussion. The food was very tasty and we had a great time overall.

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b
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is always good, but service takes forever and they never come back to refill anything or check if you need anything else. Every time, I’ve had to ask someone else to get our server to help us.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked on Open table and sat in bar because we liked the waiter there. NEVER GOT MY POINTS!!

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful!

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LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

The tables in front of the main door suffer the cold when the door is opened.

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H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a reservation for a lunch for a ladies get-together after shopping. Uncle Julio's was ready when we got there - no waiting. We were seated and greeted right away. Our server had a new server working with him also. Our drinks and food all came quickly and correctly. We were not rushed to leave at all. We were able to all pay separately and we all liked the new payment method via tablet-like device. I would always recommend Uncle Julio's to anyone! Great location, ambiance, menu, drinks, personnel working there.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food & service we’re both excellent.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It took over 45 minutes to get our food. Then 1/3 meals was incorrect. It was comp'd but still was overall a disappointing visit. First & last time dining there.

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DG
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Our experience overall was good. Food wassd's great however service was bad. The girl that brought our food out practically threw a plate across the table to my friend and rolled her eyes at us multiple times. The manager came by after we complained and bought us a round of drinks which was nice - but doesn't make up for the girls poor attitude. I will return but hopefully have better service next time. The margaritas and steak were great though.

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wait was longer than expected but food and service were great.

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RM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Had a 7pm reservation through open table and did not get seated until 7:30pm even though we were told when we checked in at 7 that "we are making up your table right now". Only to be told 15 min. later that open table over booked them and that was the reason for the delay. Only to be told at 7:20 that we should have gone ahead and grabbed an open first come first serve table in the bar area (had kids with us). Only watch a group of 4 come in after us (we were 4 too) get seated before us. Very frustrating wait and experience. Asked to speak with the manager who was nice about it and accommodated us with a free drink, but he didn't show up on the scene to help manage his very young hostess staff until 25 minutes into this wait. Hostess staff could have saved us frustration by being honest at check in that it was going to be a wait despite our reservation. Also witnessed other people frustrated with the long wait and when they went to check status, they were told that their pager should have gone off and it clearly didn't.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Open table was a waste of time

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AS
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The tables were not very clean. Long lines at the entrance. Took a while to get some service.

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CB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great service here! Also wanted to say that I have dietary issues, and even though they initially messed up my order, they were so so accommodating and willing to make it right. Both the manager and chef came over to make sure my food was prepared correctly the second time. Restaurants are going to mess up, and it’s how they take care of any problems that indicate how well the restaurant is run and their focus on customer service. Will definitely go back

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KR
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Excellent drinks. Server very friendly, and helpful in making sure we got to a movie and time.

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