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Border Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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21420 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375-4712
+1 248-347-7827
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Detroit, Michigan
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57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We kind of forgot about this spot even know it's in the area. Stopped in this weekend for dinner and the food is still excellent as always. Traditional Mexican dishes and many others. Highly recommend.

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Thank SkipperTW
Novi, Michigan
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Oscar (a regular waiter over the past 20 years) has given us poor service for years. At our last visit, he tried to juggle several big groups and failed. He couldn't keep up with our requests, the food was cold, and got the bill wrong. We will no longer be going here.

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Thank lmcmaste
Brighton, MI
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Enchiladas, fajitas, tacos, chimichangas, etc..it's all good! The complimentary chips and salsa are really good too! If eating on a budget, order ala carte and skip.the beans and rice.

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Thank Linda J
Bell, Florida
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86 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

When visiting with family last week, we were planning on another restaurant but didn't want to wait. So my brother chose Border Cantina as an alternate, and it was a good choice. My friends ordered the barritos and I ordered the Quesadillas both of which were excellent. The service was fast and the orders were spot on accurate. We would... More 

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Thank Mark K
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Very good Mexican food. The staff is very friendly and knows the menu inside and out. Wide selection of beer and liquor. Eating outside or in. Parking lot is usually packed. You can take out, too. Reasonably priced - a good value!

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Thank Joan G
Macomb, Michigan
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338 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2016

Great mexican food, inexpensive price, lots of food. Erica was our excellent waitress. Highly recommended.

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Thank newadventure53
Detroit, Michigan
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I love this place. Like I eat lunch or dinner here weekly love this place. The tacos and fajitas are delish. Good chips and salsa. Not a fan of their margaritas, they're too mixy for me. Went there last night and diverted from my usual. I decided to try their sampler appetizer since it was half off for happy hour.... More 

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Thank lava415
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

I find border cantina very nice. I enjoy the food. The cost is very fair. The staff is friendly. The location is not ideal which is not their fault at all. I wish more people knew of this place. I believe it is incredibly underrated.

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Thank ckreutzf
Livonia, Michigan
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant rates better than average, but not quite very good since there are some areas IMO needing improvement. But , if you like Americanized Tex- Mex you may rate it higher. The Mersedes Margarita is superb. You must have a designated driver. The house Margarita is pleasant with no aftertaste. David our server was delightfully helpful in meeting every... More 

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Thank Casablanca_Queen
Novi, Michigan
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79 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015

I enjoy different foods. When a friend asked where we should go for lunch I said, "I would like to have Mexican food". He suggested Border Cantina and since I've never eaten there I was "game". Created at the door by a very friendly person, my friend was already seated and the waitstaff was great. The food was very good,... More 

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Thank GrandpaFrank43

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21420 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48375-4712
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Novi
  • Phone Number: +1 248-347-7827

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