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On the Border

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Mexican, Southwestern
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535 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1827
+1 224-433-5450
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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North Suburbs, IL
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159 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great restaurant! Good food, good service and the best margaritas in all of Chicago. Go - you will not be disappointed!

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Thank Patti2
Chicago, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food here is always consistent, and we have never had a bad service/server experience. It's loud - as are most Mexican restaurants - and it can accommodate some fairly big parties. We use this as one of our go-to restaurants for going-away parties, and a happy-hour spot.

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Thank karenkB6811UK
Wauconda, Illinois
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137 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of seating for the noon lunch crowd. Fast and friendly service here. I made the mistake in ordering...😣 but the waiter corrected my meal with a smile and served me what I wanted. YES... that is customer service! 😀 Plenty of parking available. I recommend this place for your enjoyment.....😉😉

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Thank Rex M
San Jose, Costa Rica
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86 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I really like on the border, since they serve abundant food for the price you pay, red mex and Mexican food is great ,

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Thank jochava
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Food was great! My husband had the pick three - soup, beef empanadas with rice and black beans. I had the chimichuri chicken and shrimp - both were delish! Chips and salsa on point as usual. Service great and the manager outstanding. He always makes us feel special and remembers our name. He's a special guy! We look forward to... More 

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Thank Alesa R
UK
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113 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Thursday night and so a little quiet but the staff were friendly and the food good.... and plenty of it. Recommended.

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Thank justbruce
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This place has very good food and a very nice outside sitting area. Each year I am there at least 15 times. Few years ago my waiter offer me a strawberry mojito, and now it became a tradition, every time I am there I have to have it.

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Thank Anulka1983
Port Orange, Florida
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184 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Took son and 2 grandsons here for dinner. We all had different meals and enjoyed them. Ramiro was our server and did excellent job. Meal for 5 of us totaled $82 which I thought was a deal.

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Thank robertru44
Mundelein, Illinois
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Good Herradura margarita and ultimate fajita. Ate outdoors. Hot day but covered deck with fans. Chops salsa and guacamole always a fav.

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Thank Mary R
Wheeling, Illinois
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Went here durning lunch time, seemed a little quite and empty for being in a really good area. The patio is really nice specially with the wind. The chips were too big and the salsa felt too mild. Ordered the three cheese fajitas burrito which was ok. The Sauce on there was way too mild, even with hot sauce on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL 60061-1827
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Lake County  >  Vernon Hills
  • Phone Number: +1 224-433-5450

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