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1738 Rt. 46, Totowa, NJ
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Wayne, New Jersey
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141 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I know that this place used to be good and very popular, but it has steadily gone downhill. I have given it a few chances, but not good. The service is so bad. They really could care less. There is very little help at all. The drinks are pretty good. The food is just OK. I really wish it was... More 

Thank Jackie V
Ocean city
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86 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Visited many times in the past, mostly for lunch but this last time for dinner. Decor is Mexican and often there are long waits for a table. Complimentary chips/salsa for the table. Drink offerings are the basic american and Mexican beer variety with assorted tequilla drinks e.g. Margaritas. We ordered Chicken burritos, fish tacos, steak fajitas, chicken tortilla soup and... More 

Thank PizzaMavin
Oakland, New Jersey
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015 via mobile

Staff was so chaotic !!! We were a table of 3 where in other restaurants would have been seated sooner. We waited 45 mins while we saw 6 empty table available. And the receptionists excuse was the kitchen us overwhelmed !!! Poor planning !!!!

Thank oakland3
Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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144 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015 via mobile

This place was way better. Recently I went there for take out. Sat down at the bar and the crazy looking guy behind the bar never came over to ask me what I wanted. After about 20 minutes somebody else came out from the back, saw me sitting there waiting and took my order. He said the crazy looking guy... More 

Thank Emmet R
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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190 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

We ate at On the Border for dinner on Sunday nights in July 2015 and September and found the food to be very tasty (chicken fajitas and chicken fajita bowl) and found the service to be friendly with no problems. The chicken fajita bowl is on a separate “summer specials” sheet and I hope that they make it a regular... More 

Thank seek-scenic
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38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

The location is nice , staff is good , but over all good, good salsa and chips, Fajita's are very good , Taco's are very good , cheese casa dip is excellent , free refills on soda

Thank John F
Anaheim, California
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76 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

One of the best places for Mexican and Cuban cuisine. They have actually printed a separate menu card for vegetarians. Something i have seen for the first time. The rates are also not too high. Overall, i would visit again and again. The food quality is amazing, the appetizers are worth their name. Full marks.

Thank Rohit S
Totowa, New Jersey, United States
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

This used to be an ok place to meet friends after work. Had been going for many years but my last three visits were not so good, so they are off my list. The quality of food, drinks and service has dropped dramatically, twice we got the wrong order, twice the bathrooms hadn't been serviced, and the place needs a... More 

Thank Tracy S
Totowa, New Jersey
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131 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2014

I honestly only come here when I have gift cards to do so.Every Christmas I get gift cads and this is one of the places I can eat with the cards. I wouldn't pay to eat here with my own money, but I will go once a year.

Thank shyfunnygal
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67 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Probably the worst Mexican dining experience I have ever had. Cheap tasting chips. Watery, overly spicy salsa. And everything, I mean everything was tasteless except for salt, salt, salt. I cannot believe how salty everything was. Honestly you are far, far better off at Baja Fresh or if you really want something good try don Jose, riviera maya in bogota,... More 

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: 1738 Rt. 46, Totowa, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Totowa

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