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Uncle Julio's

4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202
+1 301-656-2981
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good41%
  • Average23%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202
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Reviewed 2 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...More

Thank Birdylover
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
Reviewed 26 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
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...More

Reviewed 9 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...More

Thank my3peepsz
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...More

Thank Antonette B
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...More

Thank absentspace
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...More

Thank Argentinaexpert23
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...More

Thank BlueNWashington
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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We like Uncle Julio's, which is called Rio Grande in Bethesda. It's quite noisy though as restaurants seem to be nowadays,so we eat outside or in the bar. We have always found the service to be good and think the food is tasty. The portions for the frijatas are huge and we always split one so it's a cheap night for us. One tip - the big mixed grill platter is especially huge. It says it serves 2 or 3, but we always get it when there are 5 or 6 of us. Plenty of food and comes out to $11 per person - a real deal.
16 October 2016|
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I'm looking for the Uncle Julio's with a piñata. Is the the one?
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Response from jonas c | Reviewed this property |
i would stay away , horrible service and food too , not worth the money , like eating at a fast food restaurant but with high prices for what??? Dont go , go to Guappos
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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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