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Mother's Cantina

28th Street / Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
+1 410-289-1330
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (40 reviews)
“tacos” (104 reviews)
“burrito” (40 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
28th Street / Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We happened to showed up at happy hour and it was amazing!! The $2 fish tacos were the best and were loaded to the the top. They weren't the little tiny tacos you get wrapped in tin foil at your usual local Mexican restaurant. The...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here a few times while in Ocean City. They have daily specials and the food is consistently good. The new seating area with larger take-out service lacks eh character of he original seating areas, but he food is just as good. Fresh...More

Thank Joy V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this was the best happy hour. the tacos were amazing and reasonable drink prices too. i would have gone here every day of vacation if i could have. definitely worth it. they have vegan/vegetarian and gluten free options too.

Thank Katie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a small space and can be very tight and they can be a bit slow to see you even with open tables. Once seated the service is very good. The food was very good. I had the chili rellenos. The guacamole is excellent....More

Thank Ken P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Saw the great reviews on trip advisor, so we wanted to try out this place. Food was just ok, definitely not an authentic Mexican restaurant. The food was definitely overpriced. I was not satisfied after I left. Would not recommend.More

Thank Sammy79
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It's true we are not an authentic Mexican restaurant, nor to we advertise ourselves to be one. We serve Tex-Mex food, which is an American invention and geared towards local tastes. Additionally, we price our food based on a percentage of our food cost. We...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

According to the reviews, we've expected an outstanding Mexican food. But we were shocked of moderate taste and less than good The staff were friendly but overwhelmed and rushing around. We had to wait 35mins which was ok as we were excited to try the...More

Thank Neomaxmaya
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. The last two weeks of the summer are often difficult for us to staff, which could explain some of the issues with your meal and service. Our guacamole and salsa are made in small batches, and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this resturant for the first time on our vacation in Ocean City. You can call ahead and put your name on the list, which I reccommend bc the wait can be long and it gets crowded. The food was amazing, although a little...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know about your experience. Staffing is often a little difficult at the end of the summer, so I apologize if your server wasn't as attentive as usual. Unlike chain restaurants, we do not ask our staff to sing, nor do...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great including the margaritas. Large portions and fresh food. Get there early, it gets packed fast. Try the dinner combos so you can get a test of everything.

Thank Mark M
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was delicious! We had burritos and enchilada platters and guacamole Service is definitely slow. We ate a whole basket of chips and salsa while waiting for the guacamole to come out. It seriously took a long time :( But once our entrees finally...More

1  Thank KimAnn2015
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We do have difficulty staffing in the last couple weeks of summer, but we appreciate your patience and are so happy you ended up having a great experience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

GREAT food. Very slow service. My wife loves the food so I'll go back again. But if the service is slow again, that'll be it.

Thank postaldouds
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review! We do have a couple weeks during the end of our busy season when staffing is a little difficult. We hope you do make it back again soon!

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Questions & Answers
26 October 2016|
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Response from Neely J | Property representative |
Sorry we missed this question! No we don't take reservations, but we will add you to our wait list if you call ahead. Thanks for the question!
Timothy a
28 April 2015|
Response from Neely J |
Hello! Unfortunately we cannot get the fight. While we would love to, it's unreasonably expensive, and we would not feel comfortable charging a cover that would need to be well over $40. If we find somewhere showing the... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
16:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
12:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28th Street / Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ocean City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-289-1330
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