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On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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11880 Spectrum Ce, Spectrum Center, Reston, VA 20598-0001
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Herndon, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this restaurant and the Reston, VA location is my favorite. They always have friendly staff, good food, and prompt service. The menu offers a wide variety of choices and I have yet to be disappointed.

Thank B796DXlisal
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food is okay if looking for a quick lunch. Food arrives quickly. Would be great if they had a mild salsa.....what they serve is just too spicy.

Thank Chinadoll500
Reston, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've been going for years. The staff change very often. They use to do free wings but stopped years ago.

Thank jackieclayton
Linwood, New Jersey
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Stopped in for a quick lunch and ate at the bar! Had the chicken and mango salad with citrus dressing - it was very interesting. The chicken empanadas were amazing - some of the best I've ever had.Bar service was great!

Thank Karen G
Gainesville, Virginia
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466 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

It is your typical on the border restaurant. The staff is OK could be better. The food is good not great. There are definitely better Mexican restaurants around does not in Reston town Center. The chips are always fresh in the sauce is always very good.

Thank matjaz2002
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

In a word, awful!! Margaritas were way too sweet and too salty. Salsa right out of a jar, chips too thick! Food was so fake! I seriously think the rice was right out of a Rice A Roni box!!! Ugh!!! Disappointing!!

Thank JoAnne B
Reston, Virginia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

Love the chips and queso at this joint!!!! Great taste! Honestly, I can't think of much else, just because I loved the queso so much! haha!

Thank CRodgers82
Warner Robins, Georgia
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291 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for a business dinner with colleagues and had an ok dinner and great service and great drinks. One big hit is the live guac prep tableside.

Thank Topdiamond
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Really great food. Friendly staff. Great value for your money. Will be returning to eat there again, and again.

Thank charlesmA1921ZB
Houston, TX
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97 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

I'd consider this to be an average restaurant. We had very good, attentive service. The food was OK but unremarkable. Certainly not bad, but nothing to rave about. Typical for a large chain.

Thank Robert77096

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $35
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11880 Spectrum Ce, Spectrum Center, Reston, VA 20598-0001
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Reston
  • Phone Number: 571-485-7929

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