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Uncle Julio's

Mexican, Southwestern
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4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202 (Formerly Rio Grande Cafe)
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Closed now
All 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Uncle Julio's is our only choice when it comes to Mexican food. The service and food is always great. We are huge fans of the shrimp quesadilla but if you get the large spilt it or take half home. I would recommend getting the famous swirl had margarita and half frozen sangria. Don't let it fool you it's filled with... More 

Thank michmshallow
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100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is tough to get a table but it is worth the wait, as long as you can hear your friends if you are seated inside. It can be very noisy! The service is always excellent and the chips and salsa are some of the best in the area.

Thank levinfried
Cape Coral, Florida
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80 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was excellent but it was very noisy. I had bacon wrapped shrimp with steak and chicken fajitas. Lot of food. Also guacamole made at the table.

Thank Sruediger
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116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I just happened to be in Bethesda for an unexpected car repair and the dealer recommended Uncle Julio"s for lunch. First of all this is the biggest Mexican Restaurant i've ever been in. I sat at the bar and asked for a lunch recommendation and the bar tender said without a doubt have the Pork taco which is made fresh... More 

Thank Steve408
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was drawn to this place from seeing the TV commercials about chocolate piñata. We had a party of 9. We were seated immediately. Our server was Prince. He did an awesome job w/ recommendation on food & returning drinks w/ a smile. I had the Grand Marnier mimosa. The OJ tasted sour...yuck! Then I ordered the Champagne & Passion... More 

Thank Shelisa A
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

The good: Excellent food, steak is marinated very well, staff is professional, friendly. Lobster is amazing! The not so good: It's pretty expensive for Mexican food. the place gets pretty loud, hard to carry on a conversation. Can get busy on weekends The bad: Margaritas are tiny, so-so, and $10 a pop. They used to serve this dish called the... More 

Thank TerpTraveler240
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Look I grew up eating Mexican .. This is pretty American friendly. No flavors jump out on the palate here it's just decent but the servings are so big 1 plate serves 2 even though they make a "serves two" size. I'm a very big guy but after chips and salsa and homemade tortillas you don't need a ridiculous platter.... More 

Thank Misterfiggins
Clovis, NM, United States
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

I went on a Saturday night with my best friend, her husband and their toddler. The staff was outstanding and was very helpful with a booster seat. (And it was a really neat one.) it wasn't the most kid friendly, but they did have a kids menu. It was super loud in there and difficult to have conversations and the... More 

Thank Kelsey M
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

The food is great, I love everything on the menu, all of it is just so rich in flavor . But I must add it's not completely authentic Mexican, given that it is Tex Mex cuisine. The one complaint I have is that the service is not always the fastest.

Thank Rachel V
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Done here fairly often. Chips are so good that I have to restrain myself from having a second basketful. Love the guacamole and queso. Swirlie margaritas are delicious. Good portions and something for everyone. Bustling atmosphere.

Thank Maria O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4870 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-5202 (Formerly Rio Grande Cafe)
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: 301-656-2981

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