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Uncle Julio's

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202 (Formerly Rio Grande Cafe)
+1 301-656-2981
11:00 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 22:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 23:30
Sat 10:00 - 23:30
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Nashville, Tennessee
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Pleasant experience - Nice waiter, good food. I always like Mexican. This was good, even on your own. I had fish tacos and beer.

Thank Connie M
Glen Haven, Colorado
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83 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The best place we ate while we were on vacation! The chips were light and airy as well as fresh! The salsa could have been better, a little blah and you need to add cilantro. Our dinners were good, but the outstanding thing was the margarita that's infused with jalapeño!

Thank Birdylover
Oosterhout, The Netherlands
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66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

we had diner here with a party of five. We had different menu's and everybody was very satisfied with the food served. The atmospere is maybe not as intimate as you would expect in a mexican restaurant, but then this is America. We've enjoyed ourselves.

Thank rob30berg2015
Leesburg, Virginia
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138 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Have eaten at Uncle Julios's so many times, I have lost count. The fajitas are amazing! Now they have added a chocolate piñata!

Thank Mohamed E
West Palm Beach, Florida
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164 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The chips alone should rank this place as less than average, but given it's location devoid of genuine ethnicity, they get a break. The chips approach the texture and taste of Lay's. Doritos would be an improvement. Atmosphere was pleasant and drinks are tasty. It's a good spot, but it's not Mexican food (in fairness, perhaps it doesn't pretend to... More 

Sevier County, Tennessee
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Busy Mexican restaurant. They will customize you guacamole at your table for you and have good food portions. Waiters are very friendly. Will get louder than usual if busy. Large open floor plan. A must have if you like to dabble in the dessert menu for something unique Chocolate Piñata, yummm! They bring a stick to break it open all... More 

Thank my3peepsz
Silver Spring, United States
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have also visited the restaurant in Atlanta and decided to see if the food would be good here. I was pleasantly surprised to find the food was very very good as it was in Atlanta. The service (Sean) was extremely good, he was very attentive even though the restaurant was very busy for a Friday night.

Thank Antonette B
Annandale, Virginia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

It's texmex. It's hard to screw up right? Well maybe not, but it's hard to completely ruin. This place is a step above dumps like Chevy's and On the Border, but not unique or outstanding in any way. But it's probably the best Tex Mex in Bethesda.

Thank absentspace
Reston VA
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80 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Amazingly, this noisy family friendly restaurant has a menu with calories indicated on ALL items, including their margaritas. Meals are big, so choosing a carne asada which is indicated at 450 calories...was easy since asking the waiter, he told us it was a full 10 ounce steak, indeed enough for us to split the portion. The rice and beans add... More 

Thank Argentinaexpert23
Washington DC
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453 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

We weren't expecting much when we ducked into Uncle Julio's the other day for lunch. We thought that maybe, just maybe it would have retained enough of the old Rio Grande Cafe quality to make it alright. So the first rate meal and terrific service (Lamar was our server) were a great surprise. The menu is pretty extensive with an... More 

Thank BlueNWashington

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
10:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202 (Formerly Rio Grande Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-656-2981

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?