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Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe

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231 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
240-632-2150
Today
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Open now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 46
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Better than Before

Visited this location about a year ago and the menu and food quality has gotten better. Only problem is when its busy the wait is long and very crowded in the bar. Nice Tex-Mex option

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
MKJourneys
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Visited this location about a year ago and the menu and food quality has gotten better. Only problem is when its busy the wait is long and very crowded in the bar. Nice Tex-Mex option

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Always reliable great food. Fajitas are perfectly cooked and good portions. Ribs are surprisingly wonderfully flavored and fall of the bone. Chips and salsa are the best in the whole metro area. Margaritas are excellent and they accommodate anyway you want them mixed. Swirls are the signature drink and very tasty...and strong! We visit at least once every two weeks.... More 

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Montgomery County, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have been here many times, though not recently. I always enjoyed the food here. It has always been wonderful!

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great food. My personal favorite for Mexican in the area. Get's crowded so arrive early or be prepared to wait. Love the fajitas and chips n salsa.

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Gaithersburg
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is good but when the place is packed with people the noise level is so loud you have to yell into the ear of the person beside you just to hear. Other than that a great place.

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Frederick, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Great place to take your family. Never had a bad meal there, everything is fresh and hot. Service is always good, a fun place to go for lunch or dinner.

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Austell, Georgia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

love uncle julios food. considering this is a tourist area, im not sure they manage crowds well. estimate for dinner 30 mins turned into 55 mins. Several people questioned why several tables had no one seated at them the entire time we were waiting. After eating, some of those same tables were still open. ??? again, food is excellent... fortunately,... More 

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Came in late on a Saturday and was gladly surprised kitchen was open and staff was friendly and gave great service. Food was really good and fresh (as advertised, made from scratch). Would go back again.

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Gaithersburg, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

my wife and son like Juanita's platter; I prefer the tortilla soup and veggie quesadillas; the queso dip goes great with the chips and does the salsa

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

great chicken fajitas and chips. I would eat there again with large group of friends. Love their salsa

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 240-632-2150

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

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