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Border Cafe

Mexican Restaurant and Cajun / Creole Restaurant$$$$
Harvard Square, Cambridge
234 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • fajitas
  • lively
  • burro
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  • 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 !
  • Sudeshna M.
    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!!
  • Stefanie F.
    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.
  • Zac C.
    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.
  • Nandanie S.
    Nandanie Spahr 😻💕February 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!
  • Linda S.
    Linda SongOctober 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ 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!
  • Nandanie S.
    Nandanie Spahr 😻💕August 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Piqui B.
    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.
  • Carleen
    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.
  • Ha D.
    Ha DiemApril 17
    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.
  • Pavlina S.
    Pavlina SchrielNovember 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.
  • Emily
    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
  • Yasemin
    YaseminApril 25
    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.
  • David D.
    I loved the Border in Burlington, but this location is surprisingly large, well staffed and really comfortable and clean.
  • 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.
  • Dan G.
    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
  • Chew 0.
    Chew 001July 22
    Never disappointed. Great vegetarian options if that's what you are looking for in specific. Love their drinks selection.
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuApril 23
    This place is a gem. Truly. Cajun/Texmex that's highly confusing but surprisingly good. Large food portions, suggest splitting. Salsa=no.
  • 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.
  • Linda S.
    Linda SongOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their campustown shrimp: not pretty, but BOY is it delicious. I wish I had extra bread out mashed potatoes to finish that gravy...
  • Ali R.
    Ali RorickOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My new favorite neighborhood gem - great margs and 'dillas. Chips are served fresh out of the oven too!
  • Jake S.
    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.
  • Brian P.
    Brian ParkNovember 16, 2015
    Cheap Margaritas, and cheap tex-mex/canjun foods! The definite go-to for college students, even outside Harvard.
  • 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
  • A S.
    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.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FriedmanJanuary 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.
  • Constantin W.
    Constantin W3 weeks ago
    Good value for Money mexican Food and also nice daiquiris!
  • Georgia L.
    The chimichurri steak is delicious, but no matter what you get, order a side of cornbread 👌🏻
  • Favecast
    FavecastNovember 15, 2013
    Brooke highly recommends the Border Cafe for an awesome dinner with friends. Check out her Favecast about it here-
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HOctober 12, 2013
    Cheap, festive, bottomless chips. What more does a girl need? Oh right. A margarita. They have those too!!!
  • 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.
  • Simone d.
    Simone de JongeSeptember 1
    Swordfish tacos. Smoked avocado is to die for. Could fill myself up on the free chips!
  • René F.
    René FurlanJanuary 5, 2015
    Really Good food. Nice price and the waitresses is very polite. Delicious "burro", I'll go back for sure..
  • Briar B.
    Briar BNovember 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This greasy Tex-Mex place is pretty decent, but the things that keep me coming back are the great chips and salsa, and the super cheap margaritas.
  • Pablo G.
    Pablo GoldbargJune 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Quality is always great and great service. I love the pastelitos and the fish. Eggplant is also great.
  • Brett A.
    Brett AfrickMarch 11
    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.
  • Roberto A.
    Roberto AriasMarch 9, 2011
    Good, cheap food... They serve a mad salsa and margaritas. Be prepared to go home and take a nap after the meal because they serve in excessive proportions. ENJOY!!
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 7, 2014
    Awesome fajitas, large portions, and great amosphere😊 don't miss the margarita👏
  • Abby
    AbbySeptember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    No one mentions this but the house salad for 3.98 is an amazing deal, and delicious
  • Linda S.
    Linda SongOctober 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Their salsa, guac, and chips are deathly good. Was almost to full to eat my actual entree!
  • Raj T.
    Raj TrivediMay 20, 2010
    Get the chimmichurri burrito...or any fajita...and don't drink anything but the traditional margarita on the rocks (to die for)Like Chi Chi's - but better in every aspect
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CMarch 24, 2011
    Love this place. The cheese enchiladas are my favorite. Awesome at this location as well as the one in Saugus.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TroianoJune 10, 2012
    The catfish is really good. And in general the Cajun stuff is better than the Mexican.
  • Nicholas S.
    So far the best Mexican food I've found in Boston or the surrounding area.
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