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Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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231 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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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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Washington, DC
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157 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is an update to my historical reviews. We continue to be regular visitors to Uncle Julio's, but let often lately. Seems they are working on a bit of a repositioning, having renovated the interiors to make it look less chain-like and more of a nicer restaurant. The bar seating has been significantly expanded, leaving the waiting area outside. This... More 

Thank Eyeballs
Columbus, Ohio
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was late when I visited the place like 930pm on a sunday. The food arrived quickly but it just lacked any flavor. The salsa and chips were excellent. The amount of food was good and it was served hot. It looks appealing and was fresh.

Thank connie c
Washington DC
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

3 stars... not the worst, not the best. it's just there when you want a strong margarita with your fajita as the chipotle down the block can't deliver the same. typical chain menu, but their tortillas are actually pretty good (made on site). good bar, great patio if you can get a table, huge restaurant but always seems to be... More 

Thank Dom_from_DC
Williamsburg, Virginia
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A reasonable walk from the local hotels. Parking is available behind the building. Arrived around 5:30 on a Wednesday night and promptly seated. Place was filling up fast, lots of families and a mix of business consultants it looked like. By the time we left after 6:30 there was a pretty good line. It is a big loud place, but... More 

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Thornton le Moor, United Kingdom
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322 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in here for a quick lunch. I had the chicken fajitas. For me although the fajitas were very good I found the chicken lacking taste. There were some beans and other sides such as guacamole and sour creme plus various chopped salad item but nothing had any kick at all to it. Also everything was supposed to be cooked... More 

Thank Mikesalter
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was good and as always very crowded. The chips and salsa are fresh. We also got the chocolate piñata which was out of the world amazing

Thank joshberman89
Baltimore, Maryland
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here is delicious. My favorite is the civeche and quesedillas (perfect for those with small appetites). The entees are HUGE and flavorful and the cocktails are delicious. Mojitos, daqueries (sp), and something called a Swirl...yum

Thank thankulord
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very p!ease with my meal. It felt made home made. My dish was the Bentino. The restaurant is worthy and food is very delicious

Thank clarkvl59
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can never go wrong going here for Mexican food, menu is large and food is always good and fresh. If you have time ask for "Ale" to be your waiter....he is fantastic!

Thank Cindy B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We love Uncle Julios- have even used them for catering for special events. The food is quite good and service is usually great. The restaurant can be a bit loud, and for some reason they have decided to change out the lighting scheme to something contmporary which does NOT match the decor- but it's a cool place

Thank Nikolas G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Bar scene
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: 231 Rio Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-7312
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Gaithersburg
  • Phone Number: 240-632-2150

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