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Border Cantina

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21420 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375-4712
248-347-7827
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Food was fresh and good, large portions, nice variety of margaritas, friendly staff, good service. A little hard to find if you don't know the area, but worth the trip. Nice local restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
David W
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Plymouth, Michigan
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65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Farmington, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Border Cantina has been a long-standing reliable spot for delicious Mexican food. The last couple of visits has changed my opinion, and I do not expect to return to the restaurant in the future. Today's visit (group of 4), included a decent "skinny margarita", but nothing else rose to the level of "enjoyable". Particularly offensive were the veggie fajitas and... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Food was fresh and good, large portions, nice variety of margaritas, friendly staff, good service. A little hard to find if you don't know the area, but worth the trip. Nice local restaurant.

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Novi, Michigan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I just moved from Mexico and a friend of mine took me to this restaurant and I must admit the food is quite good. The place itself is a little small and crowded but it was worth it, the prices are very affordable, however they can really work on the service, it took us about 20 mins just to get... More 

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Novi, Michigan, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

this is American style Mexican food, when Mexican food was a novelty. Large portions of average food. I wanted to like the place, but after having been to many family/authentic Mexican restaurants, this place gives you an idea why Chi Chi's went out of business. When I was there, the tables were not cleaned well either. Would probably only go... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I went here with my family for lunch for the first time in about a year. We found long hairs in our basket of chips. Completely disgusting. Food taste and quality was not as good as I remembered at all. Chips were obviously from a bag. Lots of other genuine choices out there. Will probably never go back.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The food was amazing! My husband and I went here for the first time last week with some relatives. The atmosphere is a little noisy but well worth it! The chips and salsa was included in the meal and taste amazing. It is not a spicy salsa but a kind of sweet one. We never ran low on it either,... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I've been frequenting this restaurant for years~ the best service, fast and very tasty food. They can accommodate larger parties like my family. The fajitas are excellent and the burrito especial is my favorite. Their salsa is the best.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

My boyfriend and I have been going here for over six years now. We love the fajita's here. They are made for one person but two can split them and we still have leftovers. The owners are awesome and we often speak with them when we visit. I also love the tamales and the enchiladas. They have a great happy... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We live very close to Border Cantina and go there often. They have a great Happy Hour, love the Combo steak/chicken fajita nachos....small is large enough for two. Also, ask for their Verde Salsa on the side, has more of a kick to it than the regular salsa. I also like the chicken/avacodo salad, I use the salsa as dressing.... More 

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Detroit
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place has been around for a long time and it offers good, but not the best, Mexican food. Seems that the food quality has deteriorated in the past few years and it feels more like the food is coming from an assembly line than made fresh. It's the only Mexican place around and we will continue to go there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21420 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375-4712
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Novi
  • Phone Number: 248-347-7827

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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