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Uncle Julio's

4870 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (Formerly Rio Grande Cafe)
301-656-2981
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Ranked #101 of 303 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Good Mexican food made from high quality ingredients (chicken, beef, shrimp). Their specialty is fajitas but we really enjoyed the fish tacos (grilled tilapia) and regular beef tacos (made with either steak or ground beef). They make their tortillas fresh right in the restaurant and serve great options on charro or pinto beans. Lunch is very reasonable with good sized... More

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Upstate NY
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282 reviews 282 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We've had variable experiences with the Uncle Julio's chain in a few different locations in the DC region, but the one in Bethesda served up a really enjoyable lunch on a Saturday in late August. Nothing fancy -- an enchilada plate for me, and the Juanita platter for my wife -- a magnificent combination of enchiladas and a tamale. And... More

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Atmosphere is very enjoyable. Food is amazing, very expensive but they use high quality beef and chicken. Servers are top notch. Drinks are average.

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silver spring
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108 reviews 108 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This restaurant, decades ago, was originally a very good and popular Bethesda restaurant located on Woodmont Ave. called Rio Grande Cafe, and it was sold to the chain Uncle Julios. These days it could not be worse, as far as Tex-Mex fare and margaritas go. The fajitas were barely seasoned, hardly cooked, yet they were also apparently precooked, and surrounded... More

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Food portions are a little too much for me personally, always have a to go box. Enchiladas & tamales are so good! The salsa served with chips is really good.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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148 reviews 148 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Originally called Rio Grande when in opened 20 years ago in a different location it has been a minstay of the family and friends scene ever since. The Tex Mex food is a cut above all of the competition,, especially for a chain and you will never leave hungry. Kids love watching the tortilla maker. Adults love the margaritas and... More

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Rochester, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went here for lunch and were not disappointed. Nice menu, service was fast, staff very friendly and food was good with large portions. Our server even gave us some fresh chips to take home with our doggie bags!

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Spring, Texas, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We are visiting the area from Texas and I was curious to see how the Mexican compared here to down in Tex-Mex land. I was impressed. It reminded me of an upscale restaurant in Texas called Pappasitos. There was plenty of people here on a Tuesday night. This definitely was the most happening place for kids in the Bethesda area.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We went to have a nice early dinner after a movie on Sunday, July 6. It was early - 4:00 PM and uncrowded. Actually no one was there except the servers. We like to sit in the bar area but ALL THE TABLES WERE EMPTY AND FILTHY AND UNCLEARED. We had to ask staff to clean one of the tables... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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219 reviews 219 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Uncle Julio's worked out well for our group of nine, including four younger kids. Prices were a bit on the high side for Mexican but everyone's food was good. Tableside guacamole presentation was a hit. Service was very friendly. Only negative was my drink, a strawberry daiquiri, which was not very good. The atmosphere was quite noisy and the included... More

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