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Mother's Cantina


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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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, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We are local to the area and decided to try this place while visiting Ocean City on a winter Saturday (offseason). We arrived at about 4:00 pm and found the placed packed. They old us they were full (really surprising for an offseason day at...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Ryan T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I eat at Mothers on a regular basis because they have a laid back vibe, great food and great customer service. We love going for happy hour, and arrived at 3:30 but got seated a few minutes after happy hour ended. The...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Foodluvr1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love Mother’s and eat there as often as possible. Sometimes there’s a wait but totally worth it. Tonight we sat at table #3 in the bar area (favorite). Our server (Rico?) tall and sort of blond was excellent as usual. It was super busy...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lisa W
Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Me and my wife took a weekend trip to OC for this past weekend. Stopped in on Saturday. Place was packed. And after eating the food I know why. All of OC was a ghost town except this place. We both got the fajitas. I...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank relicclothing1
Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

After a lovely lunch we were hungry for dinner at 9pm. Thank you Mother's Cantina for being open year round and having late hours. Wouldn't usually go this far down Ocean Highway, but there weren't a lot of options. Thank goodness, best Mexican in Ocean...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lynne R
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

Trying to find late night food in OC off season is difficult. Ran into this Mexican restaurant and was not disappointed. Dark and loud with locals at the bar...not sure if right environment for children. No refried beans! The Spanish rice was great! My pinto...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 743shastaw
Reviewed December 29, 2018

We came to Mother's for lunch on our first day in town because we felt we had missed something in times past due to the great reviews they had received. As soon as we walked in we thought we were in the wrong place. You...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Vincent G
Neely J, Owner at Mother's Cantina, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2018

I am sorry we did not live up to your expectations. We do serve both cheese and chorizo rellenos, and I am certain the problem would have been corrected if you had mentioned it to the staff. We do take both credit and debit cards,...More

Reviewed December 26, 2018

This place is definately a locals place. We were told they have great mexican food so we decided to try. It was still happy hour so we had some soup and tacos. Beef tacos not great but everything else was good. Nice happy hour Margarita....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank conchyjoe1967
Reviewed December 17, 2018

This place is great! The menu is extensive and all the food we've had is always fresh and comes in large portions for a good price. We were there with our grand daughter this time for lunch and the kids menu suited her perfectly. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank jerseymariner
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

The crab chowder here is amazing! Not the traditional MD style and a little different...but so delicious. They have won several awards and I would agree it’s one of the best around. A great place for food and drinks...the margaritas are fantastic too!

Date of visit: November 2018
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Questions & Answers
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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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