Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Café - Reston Town Center, VA

1827 Library Street , Reston, Virginia 20190

703 904 0703

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Opened in 1992 in a city regarded as one of the best places to live by several publications, Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Café continues to attract large crowds with its authentic hacienda architecture and lively atmosphere. It is also home to Virginia's largest and liveliest Cinco De Mayo celebration.

Uncle Julio's original recipes demand only the freshest ingredients tailored after Julio's family tastes. Ahhhhh, unforgetably authentic. . . Let the aroma of handmade tortillas and sizzling fajitas lure you to dine at Uncle Julio's. The freshly made salsas, delectable enchiladas and slow-cooked ribs tempt you. Beyond tacos, enchiladas and tamales, Julio specializes in marinated and mesquite grilled beef and chicken fajitas, ribs, quail, frog legs, and jumbo shrimp. A custom margarita, created from your choice of more than 10 different tequilas, awaits your first sip. Festive surroundings, attentive wait staff and lively music enhance your overall experience.

The first Uncle Julio's opened in Dallas, Texas in November 1986. Uncle Julio's popularity grew rapidly, and with it came an instant craze for a drink Julio named The Swirl, which is a frozen concoction of layered margarita and home-made sangria. Uncle Julio's has grown to 19 restaurants located in Texas, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Virginia. Known locally as The Rio Grande Café, this location is a staple of the historic Ballston neighborhood of Arlington and is located just a block away from a nearby Metro stop. The restaurant has even gained fame among local celebrities. The Washington Post's Phyllis Richman wrote about the location in one of her final reviews, "The Rio Grande Café is clearly riding the wave into the next century." She also stated in the article that the branches feel like real Southwest, yet part of the neighborhood, with servers that behave as loving aunts and uncles."

People come from miles around to enjoy the ultimate Mexican food dining experience at our Reston location. Come to Uncle Julio's Reston Town Center to enjoy a great meal and then take in all that the Reston Town Center has to offer! Also, call Uncle Julio's for your next home or office party. Uncle Julio's will not only bring the food, but also the kitchen! When you're ready, Uncle Julio's will show up and cook all the fresh mesquite grilled favorites you'd expect to find at your local Uncle Julio's. All Uncle Julio's locations offer tantalizing catering menus for parties of twenty-five or more. Call 1-800-244-7633 for more information.

Business Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM - 11:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
  • Sun 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM
  • Brunch
    Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Enjoy a traditional Egg Brunch served Saturday and Sunday along with our regular menu

  • Happy Hour
    Monday – Friday: 04:30 PM – 06:30 PM



  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Garage
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): Under $20
  • Family Restaurant: Yes
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Full Bar, Specialty: Tequila
  • Carry Out: Yes
  • Outside Seating: No
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: No
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Restaurant ID: 687

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