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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
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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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West Palm Beach, Florida
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156 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 339 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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Silver Spring, United States
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 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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78 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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 

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Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is in a very good location. The staff is excellent and does a great job waiting on customers. The food is excellent.

Thank Saban16
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Not being from the Bethesda area, I came across Uncle Julio's on a business trip. Apparently a chain, I did it expect much. I was pleasantly surprised with the good quality of the salsa, queso, and carne asada. The salsa had a wonderful smoky flavor, the queso wonderfully spicy, and the carne asada prepared to a perfect medium rare. A... More 

Thank Kirk C
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Last weekend we had the chance to spend a fun evening with friends and Uncle Julio. Watermelon margarita, table guacamole and fajitas what an incredible combination. Service was great, timely and so nice. We had made reservations and able to sit outside on a beautiful Fall night. Can't wait to visit Washington and Uncle Julio again.

Thank Keisha H
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6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Very good meal with friends. Service was prompt and attentive, but never disruptive of our conversation (you can have too much attention from wait staff). Food was all well prepared and flavorful. Carnitas just lacked a little bit of flavor.

Thank David W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
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, Kids, Child-friendly
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)  >  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?