Experience the bold Mexican food flavors

Uncle Julio’s Arlington Ballston

Uncle Julio’s Arlington Ballston opened in 1991 and continues to be the best spot in the Arlington, Virginia area for great Mexican food, incredible atmosphere and unbeatable Happy Hour specials. The restaurant attracts a diverse crowd of local families and professionals as well as commuters from nearby Washington D.C.

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.“

Stop by in Arlington today for brunch, lunch, dinner or our famous Swirl margarita!

Arlington Ballston

4301 N. Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
TO-GO LINE: 703.525.0749
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Monday -Thursday 11 AM – 10:30 PM
Friday 11 AM – 11:30 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 11:30 PM
Sunday 10 AM – 10:30 PM

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday  4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Lunch Menu

MONDAY – FRIDAY Open – 4:00 PM

Brunch Hours

Enjoy a traditional Egg Brunch served Saturday and Sunday along with our regular menu,
10 AM – 2 PM

Uncle Julio’s – Arlington/Ballston

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