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Border Cafe

32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
617-864-6100
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Ranked #15 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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Cuisines: Southwestern, Cajun & Creole, Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

This is probably the loudest restaurant I have ever eaten in. We had to yell to be heard over the din and music, but the food is good. And the service was fast and attentive. I had the eggplant with crab meat which was delicious. My husband had chicken fajitas which he said were good. Don't go here if you... More

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coopersburg
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Ok, not sure where to begin. I was really hungry for some Tex-Mex after a long day of hiking around Boston and Cambridge. Of course iI looked on TA to get some info regarding a solid local establishment. I should have been tipped off the minute I walked in the door. The music was REALLY loud which added to the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I laugh when I read someone say that you'll leave "stinking". That is DEAD on. But you know what - its good. Best Beef fajitas I have had.....yes its salty, oniony, etc.....but its good.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Had a good lunch here, only comments are fries could do with a little less salt, and lemonade was a little sweet, but great burgers ! Otherwise would recommend for a quick lunch, with great service and nice atmosphere.

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Basel, Switzerland
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There's not much else to add. Was astonished by the quality of the food, especially the low prices they charge for it. I go there, every time I'm in Boston, never disappointed so far. Atmosphere is great, especially in the evenings.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

This ia my first time in boston, and my sister and i were looking for a good lunch spot. We are havinf pizza for dinner, so we were looking to find something different for lunch. This place was perfect! The service was so friendly and efficient, we got to sit outside on their patio (the inside looks cool as well),... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We ended up taking refuge here from the rain... im so glad we did... The food is amazing. We had never had Mexican before... but it was really really lovely. Fresh and tasty.

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Hastings, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Great selection of "border" cuisine. Tex-mex and cajun style. Huge portions and giant drinks. Food was full of flavour. Lots of fun, but a bit too busy and noisy in our jet-lagged state. Homemade lemonade was super sweet and we had to water it down. Would love to come back again though... so much more of the menu still to... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Border has a dedicated following. I have college friends who, while living abroad, have requested Visitors to bring Border with them. My brother, who first discovered Border 20 years ago and is now a bona fide foodie, still refers to Border as "the best restaurant ever," and you can't quite tell if he is kidding or not. The food is... More

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Try the Black bean and corn empanadas, Gaucho chicken, or the Beef Burro, but plan to ask for half of it to be wrapped for carry-out with the big portion sizes.

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