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32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
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Ranked #16 of 553 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Southwestern, Cajun & Creole, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I've been here four times now and have been impressed every time. The service is quite quick and the prices are very reasonable. I had dinner with a total of five people, with multiple drinks each and the cheque came out under $90. The chips with salsa are fresh and delicious. It isn't a quiet atmosphere for an intimate date... More 

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Albany, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We are in Cambridge once a year in winter and often end up at the Border Café. sometimes it is very good but this time only fair. My husband and I had the shrimp and soft shell crab quesadilla, (minus the crab). Mine was pretty good with adequate very small but firm shrimp, and lots of melted cheese. The shrimp... More 

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Boston, MA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I've been going to this restaurant since I was in graduate school over 25 years ago, and I've never had a bad meal. The service is always fast and efficient. The chips are always fresh and hot -- and the food is excellent. I've enjoyed the Mexican side of the menu but have a soft spot for the popcorn shrimp... More 

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Springfield, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

It's THAT good. Tex-Mex in Massachusetts - who would believe it? Great drinks. All of our meals were delicious-big portions and lots of variety. Great service (thanks Brian) Ask to be seated downstairs-too much fun!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The food was amazing and reasonably priced. Our waitress, Yukino, was awesome!!! I would definitely recommend Borders Cafe for dinner.

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Brighton, Michigan
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98 reviews 98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A good Mexican restaurant with giant portions and the best guacamole you could ever want. Large selection with a vegetarian section also. Good atmosphere. Go early as it fills up quick

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Moscow, Russia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

For a laid back lunch or dinner, this is a great place for fish tacos and a margarita. Are there better Mexican places in Cambridge? Sure. But this is a harvard square staple, loved by students and locals. The portions are big, the food is great. Happy hour deals, ect.

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Border Cafe is a very nice place to go with friends or family. Nice environment, great bartenders and friendly service overall. The Margarita at this place is the best I had so far. Souza Gold and Patron Margarita are my favorite and fresh fried nachos are available if you go just for drinks… and they are delicious! If you're looking... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Friendly bartenders & staff at this location! I love the chips & guacamole and the frozen margaritas were the perfect choice for Friday night drinks after work. One thing the work on is better ventilation, it was filled with the smell of fried chips that was a bit overpowering.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Ample portions, staff was very nice and helpful. My mother couldn't remember the name of the dish she had liked there on a previous day. The waiter and the manger/kitchen manager took time out to figure out which one it was and to serve her. Really great service. Atmosphere is loud and ideal fro chats and laughs in groups, not... More 

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Additional Information about Border Cafe

Address: 32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
Phone Number: 617-864-6100
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Southwestern, Cajun & Creole, Mexican

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