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Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe

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4251 Fairfax Corner Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030-8616
703-266-3495
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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
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Delicious but LOUD

We have eaten here several times. The fajitas and ribs are yummy. The only reason that I would not have given a higher rating is that it is sooooo LOUD that we probably will not return. The last time we were there just two weeks ago, I had to laugh because I observed the host yelling into the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Kyle S
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Fairfax, Virginia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Rio is my absolute favorite Mexican restaurant. I've never had anything I don't like. The Honey Chipotle Salmon is my favorite entree, but my wife always gets fajitas (and loves them). Their salsa and queso are really good, plus they make some of the best quesadillas. Also, their frozen drink - "lava" I think - with an extra shot of... More 

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Seward, Nebraska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The food here is great and the service is outstanding. I am a business traveler and appreciate the small things. I tend to eat at the bar and catch up on TV. Fantastic service food and drink.

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Warrenton, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Place is loud as other have said - sometimes to the point where you can't hear the waitress. Fixtures and tables looked a bit on the shabby side. Food was basically tasteless. Service was mediocre. Big deal killer for us was the tables in our area were cleaned with the same rag and no spray solution was used on the... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have eaten here several times. The fajitas and ribs are yummy. The only reason that I would not have given a higher rating is that it is sooooo LOUD that we probably will not return. The last time we were there just two weeks ago, I had to laugh because I observed the host yelling into the phone because... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My co-workers and I had lunch at Uncle Julio’s. The service was very good and the food was delicious. Everyone at the table loved the salsa that came with the chips. My chicken fajitas were delicious especially the frijoles a la charra. I’ll definitely stop by Uncle Julio’s again when I’m in the area.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Uncle Julios is better than some of the other Mexican chain places. The warm chips are decent (if a little oily). Fajitas are the thing to order. Highly recommended on this menu. Service is decent, depending on time of day. Lunch time can get busy.

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Alexandria, VA
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687 reviews 687 reviews
327 restaurant reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A few days ago, I had lunch here with some friends. This restaurant has served me good dishes in the past. On this visit, the food definitely did not agree with me. I did not eat dinner the night i had lunch here so I am pretty sure my problem was related to what I ate at lunch. It will... More 

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Rochester, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Waitress forgot we asked for separate checks, but she did allow us to chat for 2 hours! Food was just okay. I wouldn't go back because of it.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We had a long wait, but as soon as we were seated we had a good meal. The service and food here are consistently pretty good. I like the shrimp stuffed with cheese, peppers, and bacon served fajita style. For my appetizer, I prefer the queso or the table-side guacamole. The flavored lemonades are also very good. The service is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This place is not worth the money spent or the calories. The staff is very rude and not hospitable at all. We waited for 30 minutes for a table when they didn't look busy at all. One we were finally seated we waited 10 minutes to get chips. Then we waited for over 30 minutes to get our evening meal..not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4251 Fairfax Corner Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030-8616
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: 703-266-3495
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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