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Our Story

Firing up delicious Tex Mex specialties since 1982.

For nearly 40 years, we've cultivated a delicious menu featuring the BOLD flavors of Texas and Mexico. From using mesquite-wood grills to sear special marinades into our fajitas to crafting margaritas, chips, salsa, guacamole and tortillas by hand daily, we take pride in serving authentic Border-Style meals in generous portions.

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Better Together

Our Teams at the restaurant and beyond work day in and day out to make the food, atmosphere, and service remarkable for every Guest.

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Always Generous

We’re generous not just with our big ol’ portions, but also with our attitude! Whatever a Guest needs, we’re on it.

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Up for Fun

Lively music, shaken margaritas, and sizzling fajitas bring our vibrant atmosphere to life in restaurant, on the patio, or at the bar.

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The First OTB Location Opens!

A little bit of tequila inspired three friends to open On The Border's first location off Knox & Travis Street in Dallas, TX. Originally known as On The Border South Texas Café, it made a name for itself with its sizzling fajitas, strong margaritas, and lively patio scene.

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On The Border Goes International

In 2007, On The Border opens its first international location bringing its authentic Border-Style Mex to Seoul, Korea.

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The Growth Continues

On The Border continues to expand its footprint across the continental United States and Korea with over 136 On The Border locations across the globe.

Our History

On the border of Texas and Mexico, between the Rio Grande and Nueces Rivers, rests 20 million acres of drylands where mesquite trees once grew in abundance. This mesquite flavor is infused in everything we fire up here at On The Border and has been part of our DNA since 1982.

To this day, we’ve stuck to the tradition of bringing Border-Style Mex to cities across America and beyond and we invite you to share in this history on your next visit!

MEET OUR PRESIDENT & CEO

Tim Ward is a long-time operator, who started as a dishwasher for his first job in the restaurant industry. Since joining On The Border in 2020, he has leveraged his industry experience to improve profitability, drive sales and streamline operations. His vision is to deliver a great experience for our guests, our team members, and our communities.

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Tim Ward

President & CEO

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On The Border believes in bringing out the best in people, which is why recognition is in our DNA. When you join On the Border you will have endless opportunities to be the Best, Make Money, and Have Fun.

A job at On the Border means saying yes to a “People First” culture in a lively and an engaged environment. We attract individuals who have fresh ideas and passion for growing leaders. Together we can make a difference in the lives of every guest we encounter!