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Border Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern, Cajun & Creole
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32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Casual mexican

Very very casual Mexican. College kids everywhere. Very modestly priced for good food. Chips are fresh and margaritas are always good!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very very casual Mexican. College kids everywhere. Very modestly priced for good food. Chips are fresh and margaritas are always good!

Thank PreppyBoston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best Mexican and Ritas in town. Gets very busy every night, so call ahead. No questions needed...just go!!!

Thank Jared W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Our friend took us to her favourite food joint in town, and we weren't disappointed! The service was exceptional (unlimited chips and salsa were very unexpected!) Margaritas were a hit and went down a little too easily! Servings were very generous (we only needed 2 platters for 3 people!) if you are in the area, you have to dine here!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Amesbury, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place. The noise level has always bothered me but it's noisy because it's so popular and full of customers, so that tells you something. I usually get cheese enchiladas. That's my old standby in Mexican restaurants just like eggplant Parmesan is for me at Italian restaurants. If it passes the test then I'm a return customer. I've... More 

Thank Cynthia M
Wayland, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and i both enjoyed ths place. Good service and excellent food. Will go back for sure. Abit loud there but thats okay.

Thank Marcy116
Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I repeatedly visit this place and usually for the matgaritas! The food is delicious, the environment is lovely but.. The margaritas! Haha Best in the area & WAY better than any local chain restaraunt. Tasty and NOT watered down!!

Thank LadyNakMuay
Co Londonderry
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While in Cambridge for work, myself and a colleagues had been recommended to go to Border Cafe! The food was delicious, from the chips given to us while we waited, to the main course chicken enchiladas and the strawberry daiquiri! In fact we found the food and atmosphere in Border Cafe so good it was difficult to bypass it and... More 

Thank nomsie_h
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212 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seven of us rode the T into Harvard square. Immediately when the train arrived I looked up restaurant near me on TA. Border Café popped up with a high rating and we could see it from the sidewalk at the top of the T station stairs. We walked in and were lucky enough to sit immediately though the place was... More 

Thank bdcdaddy
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

I have not been here in 10 years, but back in Boston so decided to see if it was still there. I had eaten here on many occasions and this time with my family. The Mexican food here is delicious, if you are in Harvard Square you must visit. Their chips and salsa are amazing. The chips come out warm... More 

Thank nibaldom2015
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

The food here is really good mexican style food (especially the guacamole) and the service is really fast too. I recommend eating here, but do be prepared for long waits Thursday, Friday, or Saturday nights.

Thank Aaron S

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-864-6100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern, Cajun & Creole

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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