We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 101 Algonquin Restaurants

On The Border Mexican Grill

1512 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102-5920
847-960-3915
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #37 of 101 Restaurants in Algonquin
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Restaurant details
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    3
    5
    6
    3
    0
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Rockford, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited On the Border this week and were very pleased. They provide endless chips, which were warm and huge. The salsa was tasty and a bit hot, but not overly so. We both had the taco salad, and I can honestly say it was the best taco salad I have ever had. I had the jalapeño vinaigrette dressing and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
SocialOTB, Manager at On The Border Mexican Grill, responded to this review

Greg, thank you for the positive feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our endless chips, salsa and taco salad. Thank you for choosing On The Border and we look forward to serving you again. Please come back soon! More 

Crystal Lake, Illinois
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014 via mobile

The food is good, but we've had spotty service on more than one occasion. Our most recent visit reversed that trend. Hopefully the great service continues.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York, NY
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We had drinks in the bar area during happy hour and it's a nice setting. Some decent drink specials and the free fresh chips and salsa keep us happy with something to snack on while having some decent margaritas and tequila shots. Food is good here as well, carne asada is a good choice.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My wife has refused to go to On The Border for several years because of multiple bad experiences with food and service on previous visits to this location. I finally got her to go back and we were let down again. Some pluses, some minuses, but all in pretty poor. We were seated promptly and our drink order was taken... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Illinois
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Expensive Mexican restaurant with good food. Nice atmosphere, though can be loud at times. I had the fajitas which were good, but pricey. Husband always gets a combo, which he always enjoys. Good kids menu, too. Tequila!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Delavan, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We arrived on a Thursday night. We had to wait for a table. When she finally got to our table, the waitress told us she had only been there a week and asked for patience. However, the service was Soooooo slow. It took forever for us to get every part of our order. The food was good. The drinks were... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Algonquin, Illinois
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

For a chain Mexican restaurant it's ok. Not really impressed. Food is chain style food. I didn't find it to be that authentic. I look for the authentic restaurants. Will not go back.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The chips and dip are fine. The entrees are fine. The service is Ok. I can't put my finger on what the issue is, but even my tolerant 15 year old daughter said this should be our last time going to On The Border.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Algonquin, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

Bartenders are great! Lots of fun, food and drinks to be had by all. The regulars there love new people and encourage a good time

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chicagoland
Top Contributor
235 reviews 235 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

For a very healthy option, On the Border has a really good Salmon in Jalapeno BBQ sauce. This is a VERY healthy plate of grilled vegetables, beans and the Salmon with a great Jalapeno Barbeque sauce. Might as well get the $3 Margarita while you're ordering.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed On The Border Mexican Grill also viewed

 

Been to On The Border Mexican Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about On The Border Mexican Grill

Address: 1512 S Randall Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102-5920
Phone Number: 847-960-3915
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Algonquin
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from On The Border Mexican Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Things to do Nearby