Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills

4.3
1033 reviews
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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.
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KP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, quick, attentive and extremely friendly service. Joey took great care of us.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service I wanted a booth but they were all out can’t expect to much on Valentine’s Day but overall a good time

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IF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food was delicious and service was great! Keep up the good work!

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f
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service and the ambiance is good for a comfortable environment.

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LL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service & food were great! Our waiter was very attentive. The chef even checked in on us. And we enjoyed the complimentary chocolate lovers piñata!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

I will not be returning to this restaurant. This is the third and final time that I have made reservations and still had to wait over 45 mins to be seated. And this is while there were empty tables and booths! When asked how much longer until I would be seated I was told that there were 5 parties that checked in before I did and they were trying to call them to sit down but the pagers weren't working. Sorry but that's not your customer's problem. This particular Uncle Julio's is poorly managed and I don't recommend it to anyone.

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation through open table but still waited about 45 minutes while there were many empty tables. Once seated, service and food were great!!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We frequent uncle Julio’s in Deer Park and really enjoy it. We went to the one in Vernon Hills .... and it was horrible. The fact we were seated 45 minutes after our reservation was just the beginning.

Service was terrible, food was not the same standard aside from being out of some items.

Bottom line .... we will never go back to this location. VERY DISAPPOINTING!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Got there at 6:45 with reservation was told no idea how long it would be but there were 5 parties ahead of us.

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S
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great date night and Not rushed at all.
Manager made several appearances and I observed him helping out all his staff, from filling water to refills on salsa and more. I love to see the manager present, and not just hiding in the back. Makes all the staff work well together and keeps moral up.

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EG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, except the parking, which is massively inadequate.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

The atmosphere of the restaurant was substantial! The customer service was so-so. Arrived about 5 mins prior to my reservation, and had to wait an additional 10 mins AFTER my reservation. The michelada glasses were TINY, and filled with everything BUT the beer. (Which came on the side) I was only able to pour not even half my beer lol. My fish tacos came out.. they were delicious. But the fish was a little too charcoal for me. My boyfriend said he enjoyed his bacon wrapped shrimp, But the Mexican rice was very very hard. Unpleasantly hard! I took one look at my son’s Mexican rice, and it looked very dry. The flautas were very good, according to mom. (It was her birthday) The rest of the crew enjoyed their ceviche as an appetizer, and loved it! Overall, I’d recommend this restaurant to others. (Only to ask how their experience was)

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AJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our table was not ready at our reservation time. Twenty minutes after our reservation time, it still wasn't ready and we needed to get to a movie, so we ate in the first-come-first-served area. It wasn't as nice as the main restaurant, but the food was still great and the margaritas are always awesome!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I showed up at my reservation time. There were people waiting. The host said they were clearing tables. We waited; 15 minutes later a server came around who confirmed my phone number, and then said if I didn't answer my table would be given away (I'm 5 feet from the host stand with two very bored kids). I pointed out that I had a reservation, and they were already late seating me. The server shrugged and walked away. We were seated almost 30 minutes after our reservation, so our kids were rambunctious and cranky. The service was slow (obviously they were busy). The margaritas are very sweet, but the food was fine. But, it's hard to have a nice dinner with cranky kids.

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SJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great but the service on this particular Saturday (February 2nd) was very slow. We had to ask two different servers to bring more tortillas for two orders of fajitas. By the time we got them the meat was cold. We also had to ask for our bill 3 times and wait 20 minutes. Usually they are. It like this but tonight wasn’t there night.

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CS
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Waited over 10 minutes for initial contact from waiter. We had icecream for dinner that was frozen so hard that we had to eat it with a knife and fork!!! And that was difficult.

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Second time back after taking about 6 months off from this location. It really went down hill, but the newest Manager of the past month must have cleaned house because the excellent service is back. Food is great again and even the hostess desk is polite and organized. Will definitely be back

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A
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chocolate pinata was a terrific close to a great meal. The only thing missing was horchata, but this was really a minor point.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. They made our family celebration memorable. The chocolate piñata was the best way to top off a great dining experience.

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l
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were blown away from the service and the food .

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I was my wife’s birthday. Had rsvp for 5pm. We waited over 15 min to be seated. There were groups of 8,10,6,4 who got seated before us. I asked why this is happening. They said since we have a rsvp we have to wait till they get our table ready, even tho if you don’t have a rsvp you get seated immediately. 20 mins go buy and we are finally getting seat. The only problem is our table was not set up. The hostess was annoyed when I told her ,”We waited 20 min for this. I asked for the manager to come over. The hostess called for the manager on her walkie talkie. He never showed up. She went to him and told him what was going on . The manager never came to our table even tho we kept asking for him.We order our food 2 kids fajitas, and 2 adult combo fajitas. We get our food but there is a problem. No on brought us tortillas to eat our fajitas with. Our food is getting cold and they only bring us five tortillas. One for each of us and we will have to wait for more. Now my kids meal fajitas for some odd reason do not come with anything. No cheese, no sour cream, no guacamole, no pico. How can you say it is fajitas? The meal consisted of 3 slices of chicken and rice and beans. Very disappointing. It should be called 3 slices of chicken and a tortilla. Now the adult fajitas had 3 slices of steak, 3 slices of chicken and 3 shrimp. This was the first Tex mex restaurant,I have ever left hungry.

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent this time. Started going to their other location which is further away because the food was getting worse and worse. But stopped in cause we were starving and it was finally like it was when they opened

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AF
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Didn't really care for the music. Seemed like Hispanic rap music

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MF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my daughter’s 34th birthday and she had never been to Uncle Julio’s. The food was excellent, our server Ivan was over the top! The entire experience for my daughter was a memorable one. I have been there before and of course we will be back.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time
Great food

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MW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eat here frequently. Nice atmosphere, good service and always great food.

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W
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good time, ate in bar area. Food was good, service fine. Fun place

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KW
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

From the moment we walked in the door, we knew this would be a tasty lunch, as it smelled wonderful! The food was excellent, fresh, and prepared exactly to any specific requests; portion sizes were also good. While our waitress was fantastic, service was very slow. The manager stopped by several times to ask if all was ok, we mentioned we'd been waiting quite a while for our food. Understanding everything is prepared from scratch, it was still too long (close to an hour from the time we ordered). I will definitely be back, but will be sure to share that we need faster service.

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LR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was very good. I ordered the steak fajitas. I was a bit disappointed as my fajitas only had onions in it (no peppers at all. Plenty of steak, however without any peppers and only a few grilled onions the plate seemed small & missing. Steak had good flavor, but without a good balance of veggies for the fajitas, I wouldn’t order them again.

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s
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

danny is a fabulous server!

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JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good! The prices I think are a little high, but the food quantity was huge and it was really good. We'd never been to the restaurant and even though the restaurant wasn't very crowded they sat us in a crowded seat near the kitchen which was a little weird.

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Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I was there for lunch today. We were seated immediately but waited several minutes to be greeted by our server. Upon ordering our appetizer we again waited an extended period of time for our water. The guacamole and queso appetizer came 15 minutes later. I ordered soup and salad and my other 2 guests ordered hot entrees. Their meals came out 35 mins later and I had to wait another 5-10 minutes for my meal. My soup was luke warm and my ahi tuna salad was room temperature. I was so full from eating the chips during my extended wait that I just ate my soup and wrapped my entire salad. Our waitress barely checked on us and it was disappointing. With so many other dining choices in Vernon Hills, we will definitely rethink returning.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was great! Food was prepared Quickly and it was hot and as requested! I will definitely recommend!!!

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guacamole is a MUST have and they make it at the table. I had the 3 taco dinner. It was amazing as well. The prices and the service were great

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C
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas. Love the tres amigos. Loved the table side guacamole

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The fish tacos were much too spicy. Ambiance was nice. Service was excellent. Prices were appropriate. Salsa is fantastic.

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TB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and restaurant for Birthday group. Service was exceptional.

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L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Guac is excellent. Menu isn't the largest but food is good and complimentary chips are tasty. Not a fan of the salsa but everything else was delicious! Very loud especially with the large groups that tend to be at this restaurant and this is based on numerous visits. Ask for a booth- it's quieter!

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GM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our reservation was really for 9, not 6, and they quickly accommodated us. The waitress, Lupe, was terrific and attentive to all of our needs. And the dessert, of course, could not be beat!

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M
Chicago
125 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I have eaten here many times, but this is the first time I have tried the soft tacos. I ordered the fajita steak soft tacos and they were the BEST tacos I have ever had! The meat was perfectly seasoned and the toppings were very fresh! I will probably order these from now on. They have other great dishes as well and their margaritas, while not inexpensive, are very good.

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