Our History

In 1975, Don Sacramento Rodriguez opened one of the first Mexican restaurants in the United States, in the city of Athens, Georgia. There, he created along his wife Josephine, also known as, Doña Pepa, the most delicious recipes inspired by their hometown Jalisco, Mexico. Together they named the restaurant El Azteca. 

Continuing the legacy of the Rodriguez family, on September 6, 2014, his son Florencio Rodriguez, opened the first Don Julio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar on Chickasaw in Orlando, Florida. Florencio continued to grow his family’s legacy throughout Central Florida by opening locations in Lake Mary, Waterford Lakes and Eagle Creek.


Don Julio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar offers authentic Mexican cuisine that follows Doña Pepa's original recipes.  What sets Don Julio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar apart is their use of fresh and unique ingredients that give each dish an exquisite touch.


In 2019, Don Julio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar Orlando became a city staple by adding a Ceviche Bar. Unique ceviches are created, inspired by Mexican cuisine and paired perfectly with colorful cocktails.