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Border Cafe

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128 Middlesex Tpk., Burlington, MA 01803
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11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Classic Mexican with a vibe

I´ve been here a couple of times now and I´m never disappointed. It´s perhaps not up there with the best, but it has a great vibe. Well worth a visit if you´re in the neighborhood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
Stockholm, Sweden
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Manchester, New Hampshire
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Met a friend for lunch. She had been there before, I had not. We were seated promptly and our server was on top of everything, every step of the way. She immediately brought us piping hot corn chips with salsa. The salsa was too salty, so we didn’t like it, but that was our only complaint. My friend had the... More 

Thank 333DDD
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86 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been going to the Border for decades... since the original in Harvard Sq. I have to say this last experience was remarkably mediocre: House margarita that was not balanced in flavor and weak in tequila. Fish tacos with cold mango salsa spread on warm fish. Etc. There is better Mexican food out there and there are better margaritas too.... More 

Thank LexGSR
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure what has changed, but management have become unhelpful and rude. Management of waitibg times has become terrible and hostess had an enormous attitude.

Thank Andrew H
Stockholm, Sweden
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30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

I´ve been here a couple of times now and I´m never disappointed. It´s perhaps not up there with the best, but it has a great vibe. Well worth a visit if you´re in the neighborhood.

Thank joakimlundberg
Belmont, United States
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We celebrated our daughter's birthday here. The guacamole was very good. We all ordered different things. Large portions. Be careful if you don't like spicy food. This restaurant is very loud. Wooden seats on wooden floors and wooden tables. None of the décor absorbs sound. So, you will find yourself shouting at folks while having a conversation. A very family... More 

Thank Karen P
West Bountiful, Utah
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My brother and wife invited us out for dinner at the Boarder Cafe (they love the Tex-Mex & Cajon mix). I wasn't that impressed with the food, plus we waited over an hour to get seated.

Thank Matthew N
Florham Park, New Jersey
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Loving Mexican food, we went to this eatery two nights in a row. Although it was a chain, the Chicken Bandera and the Lime Chipotle glaze that came with it was to die for and very delicious. The chicken was tender and juicy and got it with a side of seasonal vegetables that were cooked perfectly( al dente). The service... More 

Thank Eric_Kastango
Woburn, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This restaurant is a favorite. They have a wide variety of affordable menu options, fun atmosphere, and it's an all-around good choice.

Thank Krista M
Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

First of all let me tell you how awesome their sangrias are :) Food is good too and they have a decent vegetarian menu. Very noisy, so don't go for a date night. Perfect with my family or friends.

Thank DreamgirlBoston
Woburn, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

When I drive past I always remember how good their seafood enchiladas taste. Lots of tasty food with a nice sauce. The salsa served with the chips before the meal improves with a little hot sauce.

Thank WWRafter2014

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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, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?