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“OK, But just barely.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of On the Border

On the Border
15301 NW 67th Ave, Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2105
305-364-1117
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Ranked #33 of 44 Restaurants in Miami Lakes
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“OK, But just barely.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The food is ok, for tex-mex chain food. Queso is always good and the chips are made fresh. Salsa was improved from last visit.

They were running an endless taco special so I ordered the barbacoa version. Three tiny tacos with not much meat and cheese. The second round they bring you two more, and these had a little more filling. The third round they were full, like they should have been the first go around.

Service, well spotty at best. Not crowded and we had to wait on everything. That has become a habit at this place. Two other locations in South Florida have closed over the last year leaving this as the only one.

Chevy's is better for a chain experience.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Good food, not a great selection of beers, very nice service, clean place weird music for a Mexican place.

Visited February 2014
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Lakeland, Florida
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“First, last and never again, this location ruined OTB for me!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I am not a fan of Mexican food but I do make the exception for On The Border, I 'discovered' them in the DFW area and have continued to visit while in that area. Yesterday (1/8/14) while working in Miami, FL I decided to go to the Miami Lakes location with my daughter who goes to school in the area. The place was 60% empty yet dirty, we sat at the bar, the countertops weren't clean or cleaned, the bartender (mature guy, Jorge I believe) was slow in making himself of assistance in spite of the very light number of customers. we finally got drinks (a bottled beer and a water) and it took forever until he came over to take a food order, which took even longer to be brought over and to top it off was incomplete. No silverware or napkins, a total disgrace. When I called him over and asked, he got offended and said he was waiting for the food to arrive to bring us silverware !? and immediately stated, I'll just get someone else to help you and ignored us the rest of the evening. Some other young guy took care of us and did a nice job, cared and tried to make things better. A manager came by and asked if everything was fine and I gave him a little bit of the rundown, he apologized and moved on.
By the way, the stuffed jalapenos which I love were the worst I have ever had, over battered, burst and burnt. The guacamole which is a staple there, never came, my daughter's fish tacos were bland and she had to get up and walk over to another table to get a salt shaker because there wasn't one given to us.
When the bill finally came it was wrong (of course), we had been charged for food items that never came. The young waiter was diligent and got it handled, they even took my beer off the tab ($5.25)
In conclusion, they ruined it for me, dirty, slow service, nasty bartender with an attitude, incomplete food order, incorrect bill. what else can I say? No wonder their Pembroke Pines location shut down, maybe it was ran by the same franchisee!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Miami Lakes, Florida
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34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The worst of 2013”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Unfortunately for us the only thing I liked about my experience was the restaurant location. It is centrally located in the heart of my beautiful town Miami Lakes. The service was bad, at arrival wait time was excessive while there were several empty tables. Once at the dining table several servers passed by us with no word. After I decided to call for attention a walkie-talkie-wearing server came to us. He introduced himself very friendly and took the order. When the order arrived it wasn’t complete and in my opinion too salty. My companions were not very pleased either with the food. The On the Border experience was, with no doubt, the worst restaurant experience I had last year.

Visited November 2013
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Hialeah, Florida
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fun night out for Christmas eve they were not busy . We got great service and the food was good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I would recommend if you are in the mood for Mexican. We had attention from many servers because it was slow but yet they were slow to catch on when my husband needed drink refills. we had to flag someone down for that.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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