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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 - 10:30 pm
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 14
    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
Most recent review
Very Nice Restaurant

My son wanted to eat here before he returns to college. The restaurant was crowded and we had to wait for a table. Once we were seated, our orders were placed. The waitress was pleasant. The food was very tasty. They give you hearty portions. The restaurant noise level was high that day. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
ndntelliott
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Clarksburg, Maryland
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Clarksburg, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My son wanted to eat here before he returns to college. The restaurant was crowded and we had to wait for a table. Once we were seated, our orders were placed. The waitress was pleasant. The food was very tasty. They give you hearty portions. The restaurant noise level was high that day. The restaurant is located by the water.

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Auburn, PA
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109 reviews 109 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

3 of us had dinner here last week on a Thursday night and the place was packed - thought that may be a good sign, and it was. We walked in and it felt like we were in a restaurant in Mexico due to the decor, very neat. We were seated immediately and given nachos and a cheese sauce which... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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101 reviews 101 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Every restaurant in Rio is crowded at dinner time. On Friday and Saturday evening, you'll have to wait a long time for a table. Uncle Julio's serves all fresh Mexican food made from scratch, according to our waiter. The price ($17 - $30 per entree) is expensive but the food is high quality. My grilled chicken with guacamole was excellent.... More 

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Frederick, Maryland, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I went to Uncle Julio's with some of my coworkers. Had never been there before. Ordered nachos. I was sad to see my plate when it came. there were 5 round chips each had a thin layer of refried bean and then thin layer of cheese. On top of that they had placed 5 small slices of chicken. on the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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98 reviews 98 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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 via mobile

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 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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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?