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Border Cafe

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32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
+1 617-864-6100
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Border Cafe has a varied menu of good food. The servings are decent size; you won't leave hungry. The prices are reasonable. The staff is very friendly, quick and professional. It can be a very busy place making it a bit on the noisy side.

Thank Andrew B
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172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we went here after advice from others and were glad we did its a 2 minute walk from the "harvard " subway stop we decided to sit at the bar and *Emma* gave us some tortillas and salsa with our drinks,feeling the ambiance of the place we decided to eat what great tex mex food,big portions washed down with lone... More 

Thank lutonlagerlout
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I just do not understand why is so popular? if you are younger than 28 then is the place to go. It is a student trap, super loud, over crawd, bad food and the margaritas are not as good. I would not bring my visitors to that place unless they come with teenagers

Thank Bertha P
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has great food and cheap drinks. The service is efficient and polite and the menu is very varied. They start up with chips and salsa and you immediatly feel welcome

Thank Stine Mai B
Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been visiting this restaurant for over two decades now and am thoroughly impressed at what endures: great service with frequent drink refills (into large glasses!), and amazingly low prices across the imaginative menu. It starts with the fresh, hot chips and tangy salsa. Whether the optional side order of guacamole (highly recommended) is "seasoned as in old Mexico"... More 

Thank William M
Orlando, Florida
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a popular spot in Cambridge. Get there early on weekends as they don't accept reservations. They start you with chips and salsa and the chips are to die for. They are hot from the kitchen and covered in salt! They have a great selection of custom margaritas however I was a bit disappointed they didn't have any beers... More 

Thank IndustrialWolf
Enfield, Connecticut
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51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped in after a concert--no reservations, it just happened to be across the street from where we had parked. The service was prompt and pleasant. The place serves both Mexican and Cajun-style food. My daughter loved her strawberry margarita, and my wife thought her traditional one was very good. My wife had the steak and blue cheese salad; for... More 

Thank Span_pro
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food here was excellent and the staff was so sweet! The environment was really relaxed and my wife and son loved the murals/paintings on the wall! If you do end up going here, I would definitely try out some of the Cajun style dishes, they are AMAZING

Thank NcVirs
Brisbane, Australia
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Border Cafe is an excellent and reliable restaurant in Cambridge. The food is fresh and of an excellent quality, and the portions are so generous. The serve corn chips hot off the press and they're as good as you'll have anywhere. It annoys me somewhat that they keep taking your drink when you're not done so that they can get... More 

Thank David R
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Well, you're in boston so don't expect too much out of your Mexican food. But their food here is pretty good, and their margaritas are large, which is important

Thank Lindsay B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-864-6100

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