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Border Cafe

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128 Middlesex Tpk., Burlington, MA 01803
781-505-2500
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 58
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Will not hesitate to visit again

The Harvard Sq location is one of our usual dining spots. This location feels just a little bit of a notch below. The prices are still amazing, and portions are just as big. This location is also bigger so there's a good bit more breathing and elbow room. However, our usual orders (food and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The Harvard Sq location is one of our usual dining spots. This location feels just a little bit of a notch below. The prices are still amazing, and portions are just as big. This location is also bigger so there's a good bit more breathing and elbow room. However, our usual orders (food and drinks), didn't seem to have the... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is OK. Nothing fancy, the staff is friendly but It was busy when I visited and felt a bit rushed, perhaps because they seemed a little understaffed at the time.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a chain restaurant serving a mix of Tex-Mex and cajun, neither particularly well, but not bad. The drinks are mediocre. It's one big room and quite noisy. The staff are attentive, maybe too much so. I was getting together with a friend I hadn't seen in a long time, and we just wanted to talk, but we were... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

My coworkers and I came here for a goodbye lunch. It is a spacious, clean and well-themed restaurant. We were greeted by a friendly host and seated immediately. Our waitress Melissa greeted us warmly soon after we were seated and got us settled with nachos, chips and drinks. I ordered the grilled salmon salad. The salmon, while a little bit... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good, varying menu; served quickly at reasonable prices. What more can you want for lunch or casual dinner?

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Burlington, Massachusetts, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Not impressed with either the quality of the food or the level of tequila in the drinks. We updraded to patron , we are serious tequila enthusiasts and there was so little in the drink all we could taste with the margarita mix.

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Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Loved it all! A little loud but the food is amazing! This place is great if you like spicy food and I am not a huge fan of spicy but this place I still talk about the meal I had when I was here last year!

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Billerica, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Now I'm not an expert on Mexican food, so I can't speak to that. However, first 4, the 5, then 6 of us met for dinner on a rainy Monday. We were there before 6 so changing tables was not a problem. (After 6:30 there was a wait for a table.) we all ordered something different and everyone was happy... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I have eaten here many times and did not think it would even be possible to get in here on Cinco de Mayo, but after an hour and a half wait (with a pager) we got a table. I expected the food and service to be slow, but it was not--instead it was amazing, as usual. The food quality is... More 

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a great place for drinks and just to hang out with your friends. The waitress was great always checking on us to see if we needed anything.

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Additional Information about Border Cafe

Address: 128 Middlesex Tpk., Burlington, MA 01803
Phone Number: 781-505-2500
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Burlington
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Middlesex Tpk., Burlington, MA 01803
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: 781-505-2500

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?