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Border Cafe

(Now Closed)
Mexican Restaurant and Cajun and Creole Restaurant$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
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  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MaxwellNovember 12, 2017
    Great place to snuggle in on a cold afternoon in Cambridge. Good price on bottle beers & margs, large portions for all the entrees. The ambiance is fun.
  • Yasemin
    YaseminApril 25, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Vegetarian options can be made vegan, staff is super nice and very accommodating about it. Sadly, tortilla chips aren't vegan – there's milk in them.
  • Nandanie S.
    Nandanie SpahrAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the pastelitos!!! And their vegetarian quesadilla is the best I've ever had. So full of veggies and yummy cheese. Yum...Don't forget to try their $5.50 jumbo glasses of sangria!
  • Rachel
    RachelDecember 15, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Beef fajita and gumbo were absolutely delicious! I also love the vibe/interior of this place, and also that they have a wide selection of margaritas🍹🍸
  • Xavierheart icon on user image
    XavierJuly 1, 2019
    Go for half and half fajitas! Enjoy! Also a cool thing is that boxes to go are not made of plastic! Awesome place!
  • Spyros K.heart icon on user image
    Spyros KatsoulasDecember 4, 2018
    A must go in Cambridge. Legendary border cafe feels like Mexico. Re-re-re-refill freshly baked nachos with sauce. Value for money, but mainly value for ambience.
  • Sudeshna M.heart icon on user image
    Sudeshna MukherjeeMarch 17, 2014
    Huge portions and good vibe! Wait time was 20 minutes on a Thursday evening. So you can imagine how ridiculously popular this place is. Also, a favorite haunt of the Harvard students (I am told).
  • Kelsey O.
    Kelsey O'MaraFebruary 27, 2014
    They have the best empanadas here! Haven't found a better Mexican restaurant around the area. Love this place. Fun atmosphere, decently priced food, and I always take home leftovers!
  • Dal C.
    Dal CogerJuly 15, 2013
    2 thumbs up!!!! This place is great if you like Mexican Food!! I like their Fish Tacos; and their Tostada Salad Bowls are pretty dang good as well!! Go when you are hungry!!
  • Chew 0.heart icon on user image
    Chew 001July 22, 2016
    Never disappointed. Great vegetarian options if that's what you are looking for in specific. Love their drinks selection.
  • Zac C.heart icon on user image
    Zac ChanceSeptember 5, 2014
    Solid tex-mex in a city where it is hard to find. Prices are surprisingly affordable for being in Harvard Square. Recommend chicken quesadilla, chicken bandera, and queso.
  • Stefanie F.heart icon on user image
    Stefanie FriedmanJuly 9, 2015
    If your a west coast transplant like myself... This is the best Mexican food you will probably find in the area. Cheese enchiladas aren't bad and there margaritas are decent.
  • Molly B.
    Molly BigleyFebruary 24, 2013
    Richard is by far the best bartender in/around Boston! Every time I come back he is so friendly, strong margs & is genuinely interested in you & how you are. people like that don't exist anymore !
  • Linda S.heart icon on user image
    Linda SongOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great portions, solid solid and delicious cajun dishes. Great strong and cheap drinks. I can see why they have such a following and lines!
  • Keerthana R.heart icon on user image
    Keerthana RajagopalNovember 22, 2016
    Vegetarians - Get the corn and black bean empanada
  • Sofia P.heart icon on user image
    Sofia PapastamelosOctober 25, 2016
    Love to come here for margaritas and dinner with a big group of friends. Wait time is always way shorter than the hostess says.
  • Nandanie S.
    Nandanie SpahrFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chimichurri steak meal is the best! And their quesadillas, fajitas, pastelitos...oh man I could go on forever. Don't forget their HUGE margarita-sized glasses of sangria for about $6!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikJuly 2, 2015
    The rice here is so good. It's so good. Get the rice. I mean, definitely get something else. But also get the side of rice.
  • Thomas S.heart icon on user image
    Thomas SimersMay 31, 2016
    Vegetarian empanadas were flaky and delicious.
  • Piqui B.heart icon on user image
    Piqui BerriosAugust 7, 2014
    One of my favorite spots in the boston area a really fun plaxe with good enough food and lots of drinks to choose from.
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RamanSeptember 15, 2015
    Reviews didn't lie - catfish New Orleans can't be beat. Crispy, spicy, creamy. So good. Get it with the jambalaya.
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha McAfeeAugust 10, 2011
    The pulled beef burros are to die for, the sodas are huge, and the sour cream on the side is very generous. What more could you want? Great service? They've got that too.
  • David D.heart icon on user image
    David DeutschJuly 8, 2016
    I loved the Border in Burlington, but this location is surprisingly large, well staffed and really comfortable and clean.
  • Emilyheart icon on user image
    EmilyOctober 20, 2012
    Best Mexican in the city but expect to wait up to an hour on weekends. Still, the huge portions and amazing margaritas are well worth it
  • Carleenheart icon on user image
    CarleenApril 17, 2012
    Unlimited, free refills for the hot, fresh made chips. Seriously the best chips I've had in my life. Get the catfish New Orleans or the blackened catfish.
  • Pauline S.
    Pauline SchreiNovember 30, 2014
    My favorite place to come when I visit the area. Drinks are huge. They have vegetarian options on the back of the menu.
  • Dan G.heart icon on user image
    Dan GruzmanNovember 8, 2014
    Delicious margaritas, fresh unlimited salsa/chips, very attentive staff. Cajun portions smaller than Mexican but equally as good if not better
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemApril 17, 2016
    Be prepared for a wait on the weekends, cause this was the spot to be for dinner. Came here for the frozen margaritas and they didn't disappoint!! Definitely need to go back and try the food.
  • Kaila M.heart icon on user image
    Kaila MazzyApril 23, 2016
    This place is a gem. Truly. Cajun/Texmex that's highly confusing but surprisingly good. Large food portions, suggest splitting. Salsa=no.
  • Ali R.heart icon on user image
    Ali ROctober 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My new favorite neighborhood gem - great margs and 'dillas. Chips are served fresh out of the oven too!
  • A S.heart icon on user image
    A SSeptember 8, 2015
    Empanadas are great. The fried flour tortilla in the tostada is just so oily, overpowers the healthy virtue of the salad.
  • Linda S.heart icon on user image
    Linda SongOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Their campustown shrimp: not pretty, but BOY is it delicious. I wish I had extra bread out mashed potatoes to finish that gravy...
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian ParkNovember 16, 2015
    Cheap Margaritas, and cheap tex-mex/canjun foods! The definite go-to for college students, even outside Harvard.
  • Jory
    JorySeptember 24, 2013
    I have dreams about the Steak Fajitas. They were so good. I can't wait to go back next time I'm in Boston.
  • Jules F.heart icon on user image
    Jules FalconJanuary 18, 2015
    The food is cheap and incredibly tasty. There are not nearly enough Cajun places in Cambridge! Warning: night terrors may occur after eating here.
  • René F.heart icon on user image
    René FurlanJanuary 5, 2015
    Really Good food. Nice price and the waitresses is very polite. Delicious "burro", I'll go back for sure..
  • Simone d.heart icon on user image
    Simone de JongeSeptember 1, 2016
    Swordfish tacos. Smoked avocado is to die for. Could fill myself up on the free chips!
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithJanuary 13, 2012
    Try the French Quarter Chicken. In my opinion, it is the best menu item. The creamy lemon pepper sauce really does me in.
  • Constantin W.heart icon on user image
    Constantin WOctober 1, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Good value for Money mexican Food and also nice daiquiris!
  • Georgia L.
    Georgia LuddeckeAugust 21, 2016
    The chimichurri steak is delicious, but no matter what you get, order a side of cornbread 👌🏻
  • Tamara H.heart icon on user image
    Tamara HOctober 12, 2013
    Cheap, festive, bottomless chips. What more does a girl need? Oh right. A margarita. They have those too!!!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HaneyMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Careful not to fill up on the freshly made, free tortilla chips. Everything on this menu is delicious, especially the margaritas.
  • Harvard University
    Harvard UniversityJuly 7, 2010
    This Cajun/ Mexican restaurant has great food and atmosphere. Among the many dishes, don’t be afraid to try the Catfish New Orleans! But get there early or be ready to wait. Read more
  • Favecast
    FavecastNovember 15, 2013
    Brooke highly recommends the Border Cafe for an awesome dinner with friends. Check out her Favecast about it here-
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CassidyApril 4, 2018
    I have never been more disrespected at a restaurant than I was a Border Café. The wait staff tried to steal my state issued ID, credit card, and secondary ID simply because I was from Florida.
  • Duygu Y.heart icon on user image
    Duygu YalnızogluJuly 28, 2019
    Shrimp should been tried, very nice ambiance, kind waiters👏🏼👏🏼😍
  • Brett A.heart icon on user image
    Brett AfrickMarch 11, 2016
    Get a chicken burro for $8 and leave satisfied and not broke! Amazing!!
  • Anthony T.
    Anthony TecceMarch 7, 2013
    Ate here about 3 times a week when I was at Harvard. Try the Jalapeno Ravioli and the catfish salad.
  • Ovgu C.heart icon on user image
    Ovgu C. O.November 7, 2014
    Awesome fajitas, large portions, and great amosphere😊 don't miss the margarita👏
  • Jeanette C.
    Jeanette CajideOctober 1, 2011
    the corn and beans empandas are quite possibly one of the most addictive things I've ever eaten. one of my fave dishes in cambridge.
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