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Border Cafe

$$ - $$$Mexican, ,
32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
+1 617-864-6100
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (78 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (46 reviews)
“catfish” (26 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Cajun & Creole, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
32 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3768
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41 - 50 of 757 reviews

Reviewed 27 December 2017

This is a regular place to visit on trips from the UK - the food is hearty, generous portions and the restaurant is always busy, which is a good sign. It's a lively place, full of atmosphere so much so that at times you almost...More

Thank JellyBean22
Reviewed 21 December 2017

The Border Cafe is one of our "go to" family dinner outings. They have great fajitas and margaritas for the adults, and kids menus for young people. It is always well attended, as it's close to Harvard and in the middle of Harvard Square. I...More

Thank cyn22016
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

The seating was cramped but worth it for the food. I had the fried eggplant with a crab meat cream sauce on top and a side of jambalaya and it was piping hot melted in my mouth.

Thank michelle t
Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

Loved the warm chips & salsa but DEVOURED every bite of the chicken bandera! It was a delicious explosion of flavors in your mouth...lime, garlic, honey & cilantro.

Thank coffeegirl_75
Reviewed 8 December 2017 via mobile

We went there for lunch. Great Mexican food, good service and the place has a really nice vibe. Would definitely go again.

Thank Andrea Bára S
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

We popped by here for a work lunch. Its laid back and casual. Service is great and the prices are really reasonable at about 13 dollars for a meal. We will definately come back the next time we swing this side of the pond.

Thank neomayemer
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Good food, service and atmosphere. Filled with students and locals. Reasonable prices, great drinks... A fun place for a casual dinner.

Thank JWC87
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Great location in Harvard Square. We had great service. Huge fresh iced tea. Chips and salsa yummy. Rest of food ordered for lunch was average. Seems like more of a bar atmosphere for the night time. Would be good for a large group.

Thank Cancersucksprep
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Spent 2 hours here with my friend and certainly enjoyed their signature Margarita! Jambalaya is great too, a very good spot to hang out with close friends!

Thank Jessica Y
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The Border Cafe has a great selection of menu options and side dishes. Be sure to ask prior to ordering about the heat level in the spices used. The chef's idea of spice is quite a bit different than what I can handle. The atmosphere...More

Thank NottageCottageHawaii
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Kelley D
17 December 2015|
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Response from Michael M | Reviewed this property |
Hi. All of the answers from previous reviewers I read regarding getting a gift certificate are the ones I would have suggested. They are very accommodating and I'm sure a quick phone call will get the result you want.
Kelley D
17 December 2015|
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Response from Ellen M | Reviewed this property |
Have you tried calling the restaurant directly? Or looking online?
7 October 2015|
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Response from Charles B | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can remember there is no Kid's menu but it never stopped us from bringing our daughter - from the time she was a baby up to now (she's 6). Border Café has plenty of dishes that can be shared with a kid... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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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