Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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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.
What 442 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. I recommend it.

RK
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and our server was very attentive.

AY
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We made a reservation but still had to wait 25 minutes for our table. Food was decent. Overall experience was satisfactory. However, the smell on our clothes after we left the restaurant turned us off from returning.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded 5 days ago

Hello AlecY, Thank you for providing this feedback regarding your reservation experience. We apologize to hear that we did not provide you with an outstanding experience and your review has been sent to our teams to further address. We do hope we will get the chance to serve you again in the future for an overall improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Valentines dinner with my wife.
All was very nice, hence the good rating granted. However, we booked the table for 8.30pm and arrived on time but had to wait 30 minutes to get the table.

RM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Mexican food you will find. Amazing beef fajitas and the table side guacamole is a “must have”.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is always great!

e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants (I've been to this location more times than I can count) and they have hit it out of the park time and time again. They recently renovated the restaurant (the inside is finished) and it looks great! Although, I miss the the checkered floors.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We didn’t sit until 35 minutes after our Reservation time. Food is over priced. Decent, but not worth the price tag. The only thing worth it there is the Chocolate Piñata.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the opportunity was missed to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. Your feedback is greatly valued, and this has been sent to our teams to address further. We hope for the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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YH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and ambiance. However, tables are smushed against each other and there’s barely any walking or personal space available. Noise levels are also quite high. Overall experience was great though and would definitely come back!

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating wifes Birthday. Jordan was amazing and helped us with dietary restrictions. Just an amazing experience!

YD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The music was way too loud. It was extremely difficult to hear each other or the server. Tables are too close together too. We kept getting bumped.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on January 27, 2020

Hello Yvonne, Thank you for your business. We greatly appreciate you sharing your feedback regarding the noise level and seating arrangement. We are constantly working to improve, and this information is extremely helpful. We look forward to serving you again soon! Thank you, Uncle Julio’s

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JW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff, great food. Love it! This location is the best.

OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant! Great food, friendly staff, good prices.

i
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Great service...didn't love the food flavors. That's it.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hello Sammy, We apologize we didn't meet all your expectations this visit. Your concerns have been forwarded to the appropriate teams at this time. We do hope for the chance to serve you again in the future for an improved experience. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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KL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

i would recommend for the food but the $11.99 Padron Margarita was big on ice and small on tequila, Padron citron. When i brought this to the attention of the server my next Margarita had less ice and more lime juice. you need to order two to wet your whistle. I don't mind paying $12 for a drink but make it a good one.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on January 22, 2020

Hello KeithL, Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we apologize that we were unable to provide you with a memorable experience. We have forwarded your review to our teams and we hope to serve you in the future for an improved dining experience. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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JE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Uncle Julio's has been one of our preferred restaurants, which we acknowledge usually has a pretty energetic noise level. Our latest visit will likely cause us to come less often. Saturday night and we had a reservation. We were seated about 30 minutes after the reservation time. So not a good start. We were seated next to a group celebrating a birthday party, which was so loud that we could not really talk. The chips and salsa were delivered quickly. The salsa had no heat; none. Hint: The salsa should come minimally with mild chili spices. It should have some heat, otherwise it's not salsa, it's chip dip. The server came by promptly and took our order. The drinks arrived awhile later. My Modelo Negra come properly chilled, but with no glass. It took awhile to get the servers attention to bring a glass. Hint: if the beverage comes in a bottle, always provide a glass. The food arrived pretty quickly, with my enchiladas warm, but not hot. Within 15-20 minutes they were cold. Maybe the plate was not sufficiently heated. I didn't check.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on January 14, 2020

Hello Dwayne, Thank you for spending your time with us and we do apologize for the experience had this visit. We are very sorry we didn't meet your expectations and your concerns will be addressed by our teams. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again with a much better outcome. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best Mexican food in the DC-Virginia area. My husband and I love this restaurant. Chips and Salsa are the best (we tried so many Mexican restaurants across the States). The meat and menu choices are great, I just wish they would have some kind of corn cakes or corn tamales. I eat at this restaurant at least once every 2 weeks.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great

SS
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've gotten take-out multiple times before, but New Year's Eve was my first time eating here with my family. Our server, Santo, was outstanding. The food was really tasty, as always. My only nit is that the carnitas tacos I ordered were a little dry, but the flavor was good; I probably will just stick with the fajitas, which are always great. I definitely will return.

LA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

The service at Uncle Julio’s is usually very good. Last night was the exception. At the beginning of our meal, we felt rushed to order. And then after we received our meals, he became inattentive. Like I said, this is super rare as the service is usually great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

fun, great food and amazing guacamole

DT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service. Great chips and salsa on the table instant I arrived. Tasty food and new individual ice cream dessert. Good friendly service. Server st hostess stand unfamiliar with open table only issue.

RM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy our visits to Uncle Julio's. Using Open Table has made our visits even better

S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday deal was great! Lots of food at a great price. Very tasty!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service

DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Julio's is the best Mexican restaurant in the area. Food and service are consistently good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and server was excellent

L
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

We were only visiting for the day and chose this restaurant on a whim. Wish we had one here in Philadelphia

b
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much better than cooking the night before Thanksgiving. They’ve done a lot of renovations. Restaurant looks pretty. Service great. Food great. Never a bad time.

j
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The soft tortillas made fresh are really special, and the food is generally very good. Service is a little bit of a controlled chaos, but it all comes together. This is a good place if you are craving Mexican.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Food was bland - quesadillas were all tasteless. Service was slow and they forgot one of our sides completely. Our server hardly stopped to check on us or refill drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The venue was beautiful inside. The food and service was excellent, we highly recommend getting the chocolate piñata for dessert!

J
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The waiter seemed in a hurry - although I indicated it was my daughters birthday, he seemed annoyed when I asked about having some sort of dessert w/ a candle. The food was hot but okay.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on November 26, 2019

Hello Jenny, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that we missed the mark on providing you with exceptional service during your recent visit. We thank you for providing this feedback and have forwarded this to our teams to address. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again for a 5-star experience in the future. Thank you, Uncle Julio's

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j
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best authentic Mexican in Reston. Hero style margarita’s were top notch. Tacos were fresh and mighty. Service was terrific. Seemed like we beat the dinner rush which made all the difference.

M
Washington DC
206 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was crowded and loud with the tables placed much too closely together. You were practically sitting with the table next to you and were part of their conversation, like it or not. That was after trying to pass by a group of 10 people smoking right in front of the door. The appetizers came at the same time as the entrees. Food was good but relatively expensive for Mexican. This used to be a favorite place but no longer.

Uncle Julio's - Reston Town Center
Responded on November 13, 2019

Hello Michael818, Thank you for your review and we apologize to hear that the opportunity was missed to provide you with an experience that exceeded expectations. Your feedback is greatly valued, and this has been sent to our teams to address further. We hope for the chance to serve you for an improved experience that is 5-star and memorable in the future. Sincerely, Uncle Julio's

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good food for fast pace place

LC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wish we'd known it was undergoing construction on exterior, it was hard to find...

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