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Mother's Cantina


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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Three Pepper Queso Dip
Melted cheeses blended with fresh tomatoes, three types of peppers, and Mexican spices. Served with chips and salsa
Mother's Guacamole
Made fresh daily from ripe avocados, heirloom tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs. Served with chips and salsa
Flour tortillas are layered with our house cheese blend, chile sauce, cilantro, and diced jalapeno
Hand-Cut Grouper Tenders
Lightly battered, hand-cut grouper pieces. Served with Thai garlic dipping sauce
Jalapeno Poppers
Lightly breaded jalapeno peppers filled with cream cheese or cheddar cheese. Served with Mother's magic dipping sauce
Chicken Wings
One pound of wings served with blue cheese or ranch dressing. Your choice of wing sauce; mild, medium, hot, suicide hot, sweet hot, Old Bay, chipotle barbeque, or garlic butter
Wild Pork Wings
Tender quarter pound pork shanks served on a bed of Mexican rice and topped with sweet garlic chile sauce
Mother's Nachos
Hand topped chips with our house cheese blend, diced jalapenos, and cilantro, baked, and finished with lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream
Santa Fe Rolls
Crispy rolls of chicken and Santa Fe style veggies and spices. Served with Mother's magic dipping sauce
Chicken Tenders and Fries
Lightly‎ battered and fried tenderloins are served with a pint of fries and honey mustard dipping sauce
Mamacita's Fajitas
Choose your favorite sizzling platter of perfectly spiced, flame-grilled meats and seafood served steaming over a bed of grilled onions and peppers. All fajitas are served with sides of authentic flour tortillas, lettuce, cheddar-jack cheese, pico de gallo, and sour cream.
Seared Ahi Tuna Fajita
Sushi grade tuna steak is dusted in our house blackening spice and delicately seared
Sizzling Steak Fajita
Generous cut of flank steak is seasoned, perfectly flame-seared, and thinly sliced
Grilled Chicken Fajita
Large chicken breast is spiced, grilled, and sliced
Grilled Portabella Fajita
Locally grown portabella caps are seasoned and grilled for a hearty vegetarian platter
Steaming Shrimp Fajita
Lightly spiced shrimp are steamed over the grill and perfect for fresh and light tacos
Shrimp Fajita Combo
Add spicy steamed shrimp to your favorite fajita plate
Mother's Fajita Combo
Healthy portions of steak and chicken make the Mother's Fajita Combo a house favorite
Traditional chorizo
Chimichanga Combo
One chorizo sausage Chimichanga, one taco, one enchilada, refried or black beans, and Mexican rice
Traditional chorizo
Mother's Burrito Combo
One‎ Mother's Burrito, one enchilada, refried or black beans, and Mexican rice
Traditional chorizo
Chile Relleno Combo
One Relleno, one taco, one enchilada, retried or black beans, and Mexican rice
Traditional chorizo
Two Tacos Combo
Two Tacos, one enchilada, refried or black beans, Mexican rice, and chips with a small side of either guacamole or queso cheese
Chorizo Chimichanga
Spicy Mexican sausage is slow roasted with black beans, onions, jalapenos, and spices, topped with a creamy three pepper cheese sauce, rolled in a flour tortilla, and deep fried.Topped with pico de gallo and served with sour cream, romaine, retried beans, and Mexican rice
Pescado Del Dia
Ask‎ about our special preparations for the fish of the day. Served with queso-topped broccoli and Mexican rice
Black Bean Queso Burrito
Choose your burrito smothered in three pepper queso and pico de gallo. With even more queso, chipotle black beans, rice, cilantro, diced jalapeno, and smoky chile sauce inside your burrito, this one is a flavor explosion! Served with retried beans and Mexican rice
Mother's Burrito
Choose your filling rolled in a flour tortilla with our house blend of cheeses, rice, retried beans, cilantro, diced jalapeno, and smoky chile sauce, then grilled to perfection, Topped with pico de gallo and served with black beans and rice
Red-Hot Burrito
Choose your burrito and order it Red-Hot for a serious kick! Grilled hot peppers, Mother's En Fuego sauce, serious spices, and an ancho chili tortilla wrap light this burrito on fire! Topped with pico de gallo, served with black beans and rice.
House Enchiladas
Two of your favorites:cheese, chicken, beef, black bean, chorizo, spinach, or portabella rolled in a flour tortilla with cilantro and diced jalapenos, Topped with smoky chile sauce and shredded house cheeses. Served with retried or black beans and rice
Taco Meal
Your choice of three: delicious fried or sauteed fish, chicken, beef, black bean, chorizo, or portabella. Flour or corn tortillas.
One relleno d la carte 6.99
Chile Relleno
A savory, roasted, poblano pepper is stuffed with chevre and herbs orchevre, herbs, 8c chorizo, lightly battered, and served with a fire-roasted red pepper sauce. Served with retried or black beans and Mexican rice
Steak and Shrimp
12 oz. flank steak is lightly seasoned, grilled to order, and topped with a skewer of marinated, grilled shrimp. Served with retried or black beans and Mexican rice
Blackened Seafood Salad
Blackened flounder, wild-caught Ahi tuna, or spicy steamed shrimp.Topped with pico de gallo and piled high over a fresh salad. Served in a light, crispy flour tortilla bowl
Guacamole Salad
A fresh salad is topped with ripe avocado slices and pico de gallo. Served in a tortilla bowl with sour cream.
Taco Salad
A‎ tortilla bowl is layered with black or retried beans, melted cheeses, romaine lettuce, and pico de gallo. Add chicken, beef, chorizo, or portabello. Served with sour cream
Grilled chicken +3.00
Side Salad
Romaine, cheddar-jack cheese, bell peppers, pico de gallo
Rvd's Kickin' Crab Soup
Sweet, lump Maryland crab meat and corn in a lusciously spicy chowder
Mother's Chili Bowl
1st place chili at Ocean City's annual chili cook-off! A traditional, savory chili bowl is topped with cheese, baked, and served with warm chips
Tinga Chicken Corn Chowder
Chipotle chicken, creamed corn, and roasted garlic make up some of the rich flavors of Mother's take on chicken soup
Hand-Patted Burger
Ground sirloin loaded with Mother's Signature Spice Blend and grilled to order.Served on a Kaiser roll with fries
Santa Fe Veggie Burger
A garden veggie burger is grilled, topped with melted cheese, ro­maine, avocado slices, and pico de gallo. Served on a Kaiser roll with fries
Chicken Breast Sandwich
A full 8 oz, tender chicken breast is spiced, grilled, and topped with cheddar-jack cheese. Served on a Kaiser roll with fries
Santa Fe Chicken Cheese Steak Wrap
Tinga-style chicken with grilled onions, peppers, and mush­rooms. Topped with our house blend of cheeses and tomatoes, wrapped in a sun-dried tomato tortilla and grilled. Served with fries
Mexican Rice
Black or Refried Beans
Vegetable del Dia
Chips and Salsa
Pico de Gallo
French Fries
Small 0.99
Large 2.99
Small 0.99
Large 2.99
Three Pepper Queso
Single Taco
Choose soft flour or fried corn tortillas. Topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato
Queso Taco
Choose a single taco smothered with our creamy three pepper queso cheese
Double Decker Taco
Queso cheese is melted between a flour tortilla and a fried shell to make one huge taco! Stuffed with romaine, your filling, and loaded with three pepper queso cheese and tomatoes
Chicken Tenders and Fries
Crispy chicken tenders are slices and served with Mother's honey mustard. Served with a pint of fries.
Hand-Patted Kid Burger
Hand pattied burger is well done and topped with melted cheeses. Served with a pint of fries
Mac and Cheese Bites
Macaroni and cheese wedges are fried and served with ketch­up
Pint Sized Fries
A pint of fries are served with ketchup
Beef +0.99
Chicken +0.99
Kid Dilla
6 inch tortillas are layered with cheese and grilled
Chocolate Chipotle Lava Cake
A molten lava of sweet, mildly spiced chocolate spills from the center of Mama's chocolate cake. Topped with fresh hand-whipped cream
This item will significantly increase wait lime.
Fried Cheesecake
Subtle flavors of banana and caramel in a chilled cheesecake, rolled in a flour tortilla and fried, Topped with dulce de leche sauce
Fried Ice Cream
Vanilla ice cream coated with a blend of crunchy corn flakes and cinnamon, topped with chocolate sauce and dulce de leche sauce
Not all menu Hems travel well. Most items reheat nicely in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees or even the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Thank you.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Mexican, Southwestern
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed today via mobile

Our condo owner suggested we try this Mexican restaurant and we’re so glad we did! We loved the Double Decker Taco! The guacamole was also great but the portion was slightly disappointing. Our waiter was amazing and I loved how they seemed environmentally friendly using...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank jwall311
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every year we come to OC this is our spot to go. The food is great and the serivce is awesome too. The kids enjoyed the fresh tortilla being made in front of us. Their hot and sweet sauce is amazing and something you want...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Mitul29
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the happy hour margaritas which were flavorful. The Releno combo was awesome and a lot of food. You will not go hungry at this place. The queso dip was excellent.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank 106BettyBoop106
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don't bother coming here unless you want to your vacation or day ruined by carelessness. Tonight I went to dinner here with my husband, two teenage daughters, and infant daughter. When the food came out, the server dropped their inferno hot sauce right next to...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Nancilla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service was exceptional. However we were not impressed with our meals. Tortillas used for the tacos were reheated and falling apart. Guacamole and chips were the best part of our meal.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank jenibgirl895
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Long wait, below average food and very slow service, I would not go in with very high hope of eating good food. if you are drunk and its late go in, you would not care what you eating anyways, I would not recommend it.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank pilania1547
Reviewed May 13, 2019

Everytime we go to OC this is our go to spot! Everything is delicious especially the crab soup. I also love that they have late hours. Awesome place!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank kiminde
Reviewed May 12, 2019 via mobile

4 stars is generous, 3 wouldn’t be fair. Visited in early May, mid-week. Good drink prices during happy-hour. Had 4 different appetizers, wings, guac, quessadillas, and santa fe rolls. All were very average to good. No ill-effects. $40 got us 2 beers, a coke, a...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank robfromqueens
Reviewed May 10, 2019

Mother's Cantina is located in O. C. Its small inside has both booths and tables and a bar. I have dined there several times. I recommend going during happy hour for drinks and half priced tacos. The fish tacos are a favorite. The mexican restaurant...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Correna M
Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Great place. Great food. Excellent happy hour. The soup is kickin every time. The happy hour tacos are super. The dinners are consistent for any group of people from friend to family to company dinners.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Ed M
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October 25, 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
April 27, 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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