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Mother's Cantina

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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28th Street / Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842
+1 410-289-1330
16:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Thu 16:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sun 12:00 - 02:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

That good! Expect to wait but worth the wait. Chicken nachos were superb with nicely spiced pulled chicken. Mother's burrito was awesome and taco salad was fresh and delicious.

Thank George M
Darnestown, MD, USA
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62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Mother's Cantina did redeem themselves with the pork wings (yes, that's what they are) and flounder fingers ....both excellent choices and worthy of a return. However, when you can't make a decent "homemade" chip or guacamole tastes mostly of salt and garlic powder (or garlic salt?) something should be changed. They could take a CANTINA-101 lesson rom Luna's Cactus Cafe... More 

Thank Summerlanding
Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed the guacamole and soft corn tortilla tacos. Did not enjoy standing up for over an hour waiting for a table. Would definitely go back at a less busy time.

Thank mom3david
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're working on the space issue by expanding our dining area. Hoping to be open with additional seating and bar by April! More 

Berlin, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love tacos and this is the best place to have them. They have a great menu with lots of choices. I loved it but to my wife it was a little spicy !!! Visited couple times staff always super nice so defiantly will be back!

Thank tohakartoha
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review. You are right to mention that our flavors are often REALLY spicy. We can tone it down if she tells us to take it easy :) We appreciate your business! More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Eat here every year. Cheap happy hour and tasty authentic mex. crab quesadillas are so good. Have not had a bad plate yet.

Thank Djclutch
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent Mexican food. There were 6 of us. We ordered many appetizers and dinner with drinks before, during and after dinner and the bill came to about $50 pp with a 20% tip added on. Nothing tasted like it had been frozen or pre-made. This place is a real find in a beach town!

Thank GeoGiantPa
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! So glad you found us! More 

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Came across the restaurant after using Tripadvisor to show restaurants near to our hotel. Even though it was December the place was very busy and we were lucky to get a booth in the bar area which had a real buzz about it. Out of the 4 of us 2 were coeliacs (gluten free) and 1 vegetarian, but the menu... More 

Thank Graham M
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great review. We have so much to offer vegetarians, vegans, and celiacs, that we LOVE when social media points people to us for those reasons. Thank you again for this thoughtful review and for adding to the information out there regarding our menu! More 

Ocean City, Maryland
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Delicious crab soup! This is a small venue, can be very crowded. We come specifically for the crab soup, but pick and choose times because of younger exuberant drinking crowd.

Thank dawn b
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We're expanding, hoping to make a slightly more family environment (a little quieter) in our new space :) More 

Fenwick Island, Delaware
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136 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Shame on me. We live here and haven't been here. Wonderful top shelf margarita. Real me Mexican tacos. Happy hour prices best in Ocean City

Thank leisuresusie
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

A strip mall usually isn't often top choice for dining options, but I'm so happy when people do make a leap of faith to give us a try. Thank you so much, and we hope to see you at Mother's a lot more! Thanks for the great review! More 

ocean city
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122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Went here for the Happy Hour taco specials! Ordered 2 chicken and 2 beef on a soft tortilla and also ordered nachos. Nachos were good, could have used a bit more sour cream. Tacos were good but the soft shells were a little greasy. Will order the hard shells next time. I think they needed more waitresses , the 1... More 

Thank trashedbunny
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this review

Hello and thank you (we love nachos too)! We'll take a look at the tortillas to make sure everything is consistent. We make them in house and hope you'll give them another shot. Additionally, we have been unseasonably busy! Being too busy is certainly a privileged dilemma, and we'll continue to adjust staffing based on reviews like yours. We appreciate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?