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On the Border

££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern
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420 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3204
+1 207-774-3983
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Freeport, Maine
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to On the Border with two of my girlfriend's last saturday. We sat in the bar at a hightop. The bartender clearly saw i walk in and seat ourselves. I think it took her 10 min to come to our table with a crappy attitude. (The bar was not packed and We arrived at the same time as... More 

Thank MRM M
Boston, Massachusetts
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315 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very average American-Mexican food if you're accustomed to more authentic dishes - some chains are pretty good but this was just ok. One order was not as described and made with the wrong meat but not worth sending back. It was also fairly expensive compared to some of the real Mexican restaurants we've visited.

Thank Cottonhead
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate dinner here at 6 pm on a Friday night. I say this to preface that we were there at a busy time. We were seated very quickly, ordered our drinks and Fresh Guacamole (one of my favorite items there), which our server brought right out and created for us tableside right after our drinks. Unfortunately, that's where the... More 

Thank Kim F
Westbrook, Maine
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The food was very beautifully displayed on our plates. The servers were most helpful, and accurate. Music was a wee bit louder than we would have liked,....

Thank Kim892
Charlotte, North Carolina
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Jacob was a great server. The food was good as usual except for the side of vegetables which appeared to only be flash steamed.

Thank julieagallion
Naples, Maine
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

I was actually surprised at how good the food was after reading some of the not-so-good reviews but my husband and I had a wonderful meal. I got the carne asada and the steak could not have been cooked any more perfectly. He got fajitas which were also good. Food was served piping hot and all was seasoned well. I... More 

Thank FoodFan46
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Several years ago I loved it here. Every time I would come to south Portland for business this was the only place I would eat. Then something changed. Food went from good to ok and service went from stellar to horrible. I've been sitting at the bar now for 32 minutes. My drink finally came 9 minutes ago and then... More 

Thank John M
Presque Isle, Maine, United States
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The food was very good and tasty. The drinks were tasty. The only bad thing was the service was a little slow.

Thank Heidi C
Elyria, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had been on the road traveling for three hours and decided to stop for lunch. Very clean. Fast service and food was great. Ordered from the lunch menu. Taco's were very good and larger than expected. Came with refried beans and rice. Portion size was good. Wish we had one of these were we live!

Thank Debbie M
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Waitress was nice. Brought salsa and chips which were great - couldn't stop eating them. Steak quesadilla was quite good. Enchiladas with tasteless chicken and had very watery white sauce and some green sauce with no taste whatsoever. Like the title says mediocre

Thank Elaine L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420 Maine Mall Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3204
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-774-3983
The spirit of sharing Border-Style food lives on today at On The Border.

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