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On the Border Mexican Cafe

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21091 Haggerty Rd, Novi, MI 48375
(248) 449-6114
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great choice of food

The decor and surroundings inside we're inviting and table service was efficient. The salsa was good, quite hot but tasty, and the nachos I chose came with rice and beans. Flavour was great and there was plenty for me.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 12, 2015
Simon M
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Northville, Michigan
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

We've been coming to this restaurant for the past 10 years, about once or twice per year. It has consistently gotten worse each time to the point that tonight we decided we won't be returning. It is incredibly dirty and the food was cold and BAD. This place needs a good remodel and overhaul of menu.

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Thank Patty Sue K
Indiana
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

But, the group of immature teen age kids that work there were rediculous. It was a joke. What a great restraunt, decor & food. But there needs to be adult supervision. We saw & heard the teenagers, that were the hostess', wait staff & servers, act pretty immature. However, I am just passing thru on a one nite stay. But... More 

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Thank IndianaCruisergal
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

The decor and surroundings inside we're inviting and table service was efficient. The salsa was good, quite hot but tasty, and the nachos I chose came with rice and beans. Flavour was great and there was plenty for me.

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Thank Simon M
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

I travel to Mexico for family and business on a regular basis so while at home in the USA I enjoy grabbing a bite to eat at On The Border. The locations in the Grand Rapids area are great and offer excellent service, quality and quantity for the price so my wife and I go often. I thought it was... More 

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Thank Anubitipo Z
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

My experience of the place was good. The food that we ordered was good and the portions adequate. The staff were very nice and helpful, particularly the person serving us. The ambience clean and nice. I would visit again.

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Thank Dhrubo B
Toledo, Ohio
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246 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I went with coworkers on a work trip, arriving at about 7 PM. We waited 15 minutes for our drinks, and had to ask for chips and salsa. The waitress was working hard, but seemed like they were short-staffed. She was trying to wait tables, bus tables, sweep the floor, and unfortunately it caused the service to suffer. The food... More 

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Thank Flyinlow427vette
detroit, mi
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Always great staff and quick seating. Lot of options on the menu and plenty of drinks to choose from. I go there a lot for a quick lunch but they fill up fast. Chips and salsa are a lunch all by themselves

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Thank motorcitytoby
Houston, Texas
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I'm not typically the kind of guy who likes chain restaurants. This one is certainly the exception. Their Mexican food is much better than their competition and a bit more authentic. I usually book a hotel next door so I can make it here at least one night for dinner.

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Thank Wade B
Lakewood, Ohio
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

Staying in Novi for the weekend, close to our hotel. Food was good. Service was excellent. Draft beer list pretty darn good. Not your "cheesy" average Mexican restaurant.

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Thank Cheryl H
Midland, Michigan
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311 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Reasonable food for mains with no stars but the apple sizzler dessert was very good. I wouldn't travel to eat here but if you are staying in a hotel close by its fine.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 21091 Haggerty Rd, Novi, MI 48375
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Novi
  • Phone Number: (248) 449-6114

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 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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