Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills

4.3
1096 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.

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k
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Manager when we arrived very cold and not friendly. Family behind us got the better treatment with smiles and much better first impression.

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l
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I went to the Uncle Julio’s in Vernon Hills on Easter Sunday at 4:00. It was a quiet time so we could talk about family business and catch up. I arrived first, and was seated without both of us being there, which I appreciated. Our server, Jackie, was fantastic! She was attentive, and checked frequently to see if we needed anything. She always took care of any requests, and never pressured us to order, so the pace of the meal was just as we needed it to be. The food was especially delicious, and we tried a new appetizer for us - the roasted vegetable quesadillas. We will definitely get those again. The guacamole was nice and chunky, and we got plenty of chips and salsa while we talked. The drinks were great. I highly recommend the fresh grapefruit margarita, but my sister really liked the mojito. My sister had the tortilla soup, which she said was wonderful, and I had the chipotle glazed salmon, which was also delicious. We rounded out our meal with sopapillas. We always love to eat at Uncle Julio’s, but Sunday’s experience was exceptional. We recommend Uncle Julio’s to everyone we know, and we will continue to be repeat customers!

Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills
Responded 3 days ago

Hello lzdiners, Thank you for sharing. This makes our day! We are so elated to hear you enjoyed your service from Jackie. We value and appreciate their continued commitment to your enjoyment and exceptional experience. We are happy you enjoyed your meal and service from beginning to end. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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

It was Easter Sunday so not a traditional Easter lunch which was fine with us. We always love Uncle Julio’s but it seemed like there second or third string chefs were in today. Maybe the first string took Easter off. Enchiladas seemed slopped together and meat/beef was way overdone and dry. I think manager lady also knew things were not going well because it was only 1230 and she seemed like she had already seen way to many complaints that day. We let ours ride and said nothing but it definitely was not what we expected from them.

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VK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 6:30pm and left the restaurant around 7:45pm - this is how quick the service was. The food came out hot, it was delicious and filling. Our server Jose did a great job. He was attentive and we appreciate that. We will certainly return in the future.

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Responded 3 days ago

Vanessa, thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Jose. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm he adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Germaine R. Uncle Julio's

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A
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chocolate piñata is Fun!

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JM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carter is absolutely the best ever I've ever had! His kindness and excellent service deserve him a raise! Jen

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Responded 3 days ago

Jen, thank you very much! We will certainly give Carter the kudos he deserves!

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J
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time - excellent service and food. Decor and ambiance were a pleasant surprise. Good value and we will return.

I recommend Uncle Julio's replace plastic straws with paper or other compostable straws. Even try eliminating straws in water glasses - not needed and especially plastic straws are not environmentally friendly.

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JM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was cooked properly, however was served to our table cold. The salsa was way too smoky and the chips were very oily and over salted.

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Responded on April 18, 2019

Hello JMAR, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations during your recent visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate parties and please accept our sincere apology for your dissatisfaction. We do hope to get the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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DB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of chips to start you off and plenty of great options for entrees. Get the table side guacamole!

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JG
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

We like Uncle Julio in general. We went this time after a long time...
Good:
- Great overall energy, tasty food
- Thanks for the loyalty discount offer
Could be improved:
- Lots of chips came oily and all broken - improve quality over quantity
- High energy is good but it was getting to be borderline chaotic with distracted servers rushing through everything - we go out to relax and have fun, not gobble down tons of food quickly
Not so good:
- Drinks were seriously over-priced and not so great; a beer for >$5? ~$14 margarita in a simple glass without even reasonable amount of good alcohol - presentation is important but also value
- Server brought main course before appetizer - seriously?

Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills
Responded on April 17, 2019

Hello JayG, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us and apologize that your service was not at the standard we expect for our Guests. We appreciate the opportunity to connect with you and have forwarded your review and feedback to the appropriate parties. We hope that we will get the chance to provide you with a future experience that is improved and exceeds expectations. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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JO
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time experience, we are planning our next visit already...great food and service.

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DS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

They don't seem to understand what a reservation is. 6:30 reservation, seated at 7:10. Waiters extremely inattentive. Hard to have a conversation going with the loud music. Food very good.

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HS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an amazing dinner! We had the table side guacamole and fajita chicken quesadilla for appetizers. The quesadilla was by far the best quesadilla I’ve ever had! Chicken had a light Smokey flavor and was very tender. We shared the steak fajitas for two for our entree which was a more than adequate amount for us! Very savory flavors and excellent from scratch margaritas! This dinner did not disappoint and we will be back!

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AP
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!! Would highly recommend making reservations.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Server was wonderful. Was extremely busy. Only negative was, the restaurant was very loud. Realize there is nothing they can be done but made it a bit hard to hear people at my own table. Otherwise a great experience.

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PA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Server was very patient with us (we had a 4 yr old that had just woken from a nap and was not very happy)

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chips and salsa are great.
Waiter was very good.
Food came out not all at the same time
Table should have been set with water- we had reservations and it was not busy

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generous lunch portion for the fajitas. The food and drinks were excellent, and our waitress was great.

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H
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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IS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love uncle Julio’s but I was very disappointed last visit because I made a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. It was very frustrating. There was literally no point in me making the reservation

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AH
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The fresh chips and salsa were the best I've tasted. The presentation was so unique and special. The manager Dave came by our table. Very nice and engaging. Our waitress Madalyn was excellent and very attentive. She gave us great service and was delightful . The restaurant staff seemed close and like family. We'll be back

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Responded on April 15, 2019

Abby, thank you...we are thrilled fun was had by all!

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AM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is another favorite place to eat. Love their fresh made guacamole and steak fajitas!

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RC
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

This visit was just ok. Our server was overwhelmed with several tables and he did not stop by often to fill drinks, etc. Ordered the fajitas for two. Meat was undercooked and tough. One of those bites into the tortilla where you drag everything (cheese, guacamole, veggies) out onto the plate because the meat is too tough.

Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills
Responded on April 12, 2019

Hello RandyC, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent experience with us and apologize that your service was not at the standard we expect for our Guests. We appreciate the opportunity to connect with you and have forwarded your review and feedback to the appropriate parties. We hope that we will get the chance to provide you with a future experience that is improved and exceeds expectations. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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J
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server,Tim was outstanding. He checked in the kitchen for all our special needs and went out of his way!!!

Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills
Responded on April 15, 2019

Judy, thank you! We are thrilled you enjoyed your service from Tim. We appreciate the level of service and enthusiasm he adds to the entire dining experience. We look forward to serving you again soon! All the best, Uncle Julio's

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C
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patio was great! Excellent heaters

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have recommended Uncle Julio's to others. They have enjoyed it.

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LG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and great margarita selection, we dined al fresco and enjoyed it very much!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good service. Good for groups. Reservations recommended for dinner.

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SV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great. However, we did not taste any tequila in the margaritas that we ordered - didn’t get what we paid for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time celebrating my friend’s bachelorette party!

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IE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The did twice a mistake on our order and the food is not great

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal with excellent service at noon on a Sunday. Meals are a little pricey but delicious.

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JO
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time experience, great food, great service, cozy dining atmosphere. Looking forward to going again soon.

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C
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent however it was WAY overpriced. Drinks were also WAY overpriced. Service was mediocre at best. That said, the food was so good, I would still recommend it.

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MT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Lots of scope for improvements:

Guava margarita served "Without" guava and "Without" liquor.
"Absolutely No celebrations" especially when the reservation indicated birthday.
No choices offered for Pinatas.
Shortage of paper napkins.

We loved the food & music.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the people in my party thought the food was excellent. Guacamole was the best I ever had to, well worth it. I would highly recommend this place!

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Responded on April 1, 2019

Patricia, thank you very much!

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M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

It’s overpriced for Mexican food the tacos are bland.

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CS
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was slow and food was cold

Uncle Julio's - Vernon Hills
Responded on April 1, 2019

Hello Connie, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate your feedback. We are sorry we missed the mark on your visit. Your comments have been forwarded to the appropriate parties. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again. Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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R
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food there was a long wait time to be seated, but other then that great place

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OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time and excellent food

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