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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
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 53
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Decent Tex-Mex...Raucous Loud Environs

Best salsa and chips going. Main dishes are overpriced and too salty for my taste. Quality has dropped from years past. The place is always busy and generally not worth any type of wait.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
barymad
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bethesda, md.
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Laurel, Maryland
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

This was by far one of the best Mexican restaurants I have ever been to...everything we ordered was fabulous and tasted so fresh...the atmosphere was great and the service was good....we will definitely go back there again...

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Central Maryland
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

When we want to go out and have really good Tex-Mex, this is the place we always return to. We've learned to come early to avoid the loud sound threshold that builds as the younger crowd arrives from the local office parks, but so long as we do that we can enjoy a tasty meal without having to shout our... More 

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bethesda, md.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Best salsa and chips going. Main dishes are overpriced and too salty for my taste. Quality has dropped from years past. The place is always busy and generally not worth any type of wait.

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Rockville, Maryland
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Ate at the bar and the house Margarita is excellent. The Huevos Ranchero was a huge disappointment. Served on a huge plate but with small plate portion and lacking any salsa or guacamole, etc. The fried(most likely from frozen restaurant pack) came so cool that I had them sent back to reheat. I have eaten Huevos Ranchero all over the... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Excellent Margaritas and chips and salsa. Most meals spicy regardless. Service was good considering how busy they were.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Menu (incl. well-balanced variety): 7.5 of 10 Kid-friendly: YES Wait time at table: 7.5 of 10 Service: 7.5 of 10 Seating: 8.5 of 10 (plenty, large dining space) Parking: 8.5 of 10 (next to garage) NOTES: If I eat here, I grab the brunch on Sundays (Saturdays? not sure if avail.) I've also done dinner here. The food has some... More 

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Wisconsin
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286 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Stopped here for a margarita and guacamole while on a business trip to Gaithersburg. I've been to a few other Uncle Julio's locations, so wanted to try this one as well. The evening was beautiful so we sat on the patio, which was nice. The service was average, the food was good. We ordered the tableside guac, but they had... More 

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Rosedale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Excellent and tasty Mexican food, reasonable price .. Beautiful outdoor location. Service was fast and friendly.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a chain restaurant so the food experience will be consistent with other restaurants of the same name - Uncle Julio's. What is unique about this location is that sits lakeside and smack in the center of outdoor shops and other restaurants. Plenty of parking. Can be crowded and noisy and you can expect a wait with large parties.... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Perfect for large parties! Great food too. Convenient parking by the garage. They also have a large bar area.

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Additional Information about Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe

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

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?