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Uncle Julio's Hacienda

855 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60642-2504 (DePaul)
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Ranked #908 of 8,266 restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: DePaul
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66 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Stopped here Wednesday afternoon for lunch. Valet parking was $3 for lunch. We sat outside on the patio, and it was a beautiful afternoon. Our server brought us the salsa and chips which were amazing! I believe there were roasted peppers or tomatoes in the salsa which gave it a great flavor. When I mentioned to my son, who lives... More

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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

How can a restaurant with such poor service, such below average food, and such deafening noise be jam-packed with people who seem to want to be there? Any fans of good Mexican food, Margaritas, or even canned Tecate - will find the existence of Uncle Julio's a mystery. Went with a group of five - got very poor service, sloppily... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My daughter, home from college wanted to visit uncle julio's for a birthday lunch. We've been to restaurant several times before and this time was no different. Chips and salsa are great, my favorite are the butterfly shrimp and beef enchilada, which l combine into one dish, with onion, peppers, and alittle sour cream, delicious, delicious. My kids enjoy the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Truly an average meal, They have a big room, but their habit is not to space out the diners. This limits conversation and adds to noise.

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Chicago, United States
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I've gone to Uncle Julio's in Lincoln Park for years. The chips and salsa are always great. I could go for these with a margarita. The Aunt Juanita's platter is my favorite. You wont leave hungry.

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I was here as part of a corporate group in town on business. We were brought to Uncle Julios and I didn't know what to expect. It was a good time with good margaritas and some really tasty food. Since we were part of a large group the food was pre ordered with a platter of chicken and steak for... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Uncle Julio's strikes me as a classic tourist trap. It's loud. Really loud. And usually busy, which I attribute much more to the location than the food... people shopping in the area have few easy choices. And when it looks busy, it's a fair assumption that it might be good to those not familiar with the area. I found the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

There are so many wonderful Mexican restaurants in Chicago. Uncle Julio's is simply average. I've had there fajitas multiple times and this last time was the first time I thought they were anything above average. I ordered the deluxe fajitas this time, so I guess you need to pay more for extra flavor. The guac appetizer portion is the size... More

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Niles, Michigan
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Loved the food, atmosphere and service. Extensive menu and bar selections. Great portion sizes. Must go back again soon!

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

I love their chips, salsa and margaritas. Guac is decent (I think a little bland as I like a kick), good cheese dip too. But it's more text mex and a chain. But great parking for the location

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