Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Café - Gaithersburg Rio Center

231 Rio Boulevard , Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

240 632 2150

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Welcome to good times, family fun and an unforgettable Mexican food experience! Opened in 2010, Uncle Julio's is conveniently located in Rio Center in Gaithersburg, a minutes from I-270 and I-370. Uncle Julio's is the perfect place for families, groups, Mexican food fans and anyone looking for the best Mexican Food and Happy Hour in town. The restaurant is part of a mixed-use development Complex that includes Rio Center and the adjoining Washingtonian Center. Both Centers offer a plethora of shopping, dining, entertainment and office space in one convenient area that draw thousands of people from Suburban Maryland. we offer patio dining next to a small lake during warm weather, which is perfect for families and groups. Uncle Julio's also draws lovers of Tex-Mex and traditional-Mexican food or anyone looking for the best Happy Hour in town.

Uncle Julio's original recipes demand only the freshest ingredients tailored after Julio's family tastes. Ahhhhh, unforgettably 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, Uncle Julio's 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. Its popularity grew rapidly, and with it came an instant craze for a drink 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. The Washington Post's Phyllis Richman in writing about one of our restaurants in the DC-Metro area said that "the Rio Grande Café is clearly riding the wave into the next century." She also stated in the article that the restaurants feel like real Southwest, yet part of the neighborhood, with servers that behave as loving aunts and uncles."

People drive from miles around to enjoy the ultimate Mexican food dining experience at Uncle Julio's Rio Center. So, visit us soon to enjoy a great meal. Moreover, for your next home or office party remember to call Uncle Julio's. We will bring not only 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
  • Sunday: 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: Yes
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Has TV: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: No
  • Cuisine: Peruvian
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express

Restaurant ID: 81

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