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Local cuisine, Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Tex-Mex, Mexican restaurant and bar serving made from scratch, locally sourced menu, local beers, delicious cocktails, and fresh juice margaritas. Currently offering only delivery and carryout.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, 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 4 weeks ago

Last night was my first time. The food was good, portions were right on the money. The drinks were food. Staff was corteous and I enjoyed the music played at the restaurant. I would go back and recommend.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 10 April 2022

Terrible service. Good help is hard to come by. If I could give them a zero rating, I would. We were told a wait of 25-30 minutes by young man at the hosting stand who claimed to be the manager. They claimed to have called...us for our table 30 minutes ago, meaning a table was available immediately after we checked in. But they never did. When I asked the young man what happened, he became rude, defensive, and loud. I reminded this young man that I was a client/customer and he said not yet BC I haven't been seated yet. LOL. At that point my husband said let's go and that they dont derserve our money. We are a family of 5 with 3 hungry teen boys. We would suggest you save your money for some place else. We are.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 7 November 2021 via mobile

I’m not exactly sure why we came back but we figured after our last bad experience (earlier this year) we’d give them another chance. Like others posting on here, something has definitely changed. It’s Mexican. It’s not hard to do well nor should it be...expensive. It starts with the chips and salsa. I suspect the salsa comes out of a 5 gallon Sysco tub. It’s a mess of mushy tomatoes and has little or no taste. I found myself eating plain chips. I’ve consistently had better burritos at Chipotle. A burrito shouldn’t be anywhere close to being $20 but it is at Mothers. The margaritas are very good but again: expensive. $17 for a standard top shelf or $30 for a large. (They are good though) If you want a drink this may be your juke joint. If you want food I’d go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 23 October 2021 via mobile

One margarita, two margaritas...whoa! Awesome margaritas never fail to disappoint! Beef and shrimp fajitas were spot on! Taco trio was great too! Had enough for lunch the next day!

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 17 September 2021 via mobile

Wife and I ate at the 78th st. Location outside on a Thursday night. Steve was our server and was prompt and attentive. We had chips salsa and margaritas to start on in what seemed like 5 minutes. We ordered the guacamole appetizer that was...served in the avocado skin. It was creamy, and good call. We shared the ahi- tuna fajitas in which tuna was prepared perfectly. Plenty for 2. We observed good teamwork with all of the employees and will definitely be back next year!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 19 August 2021

The homemade guacamole in the avocado shell was the best. So much to choose from and so fresh. We ate outside on the patio and the only complaint was the music was so loud both live and piped in that you couldn't hear yourself talk...or talk to the server or have a conversation. But the food was great. And service was attentiveMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 21 July 2021 via mobile

Great food and service . A definite go to while in OC. Margarita was super good and made the way a margarita should be, real margarita glass and kosher salt, not fake like a lot of the restaurants in OC put it in a plastic...cup and no salt.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 21 July 2021

Drink specials are back but $5 per taco ($30 for 6) on 30+ tacos and no happy hour food specials was beyond salty and the food was pretty average on this visit. This was a hopping place before the pandemic but this visit in June...left us skipping a return in July or our trip in mid August as there are too many good places to eat in OC. I decided to eat Mexican when I got back. I hope things get better in the future but until we see some drastic improvements in the reviews and some semblance of a real happy hour or better value on the food we are skipping this on all future visits to OC.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 17 July 2021

The food is fantastic. You could throw a dart at the menu and hit something phenomenal every time. The staff is friendly and eager to make your experience one to remember. Everyone seems like a big family. I’d make sure to plan a meal here,...no matter how short your visit to Ocean City is.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 12 July 2021

Great place! Phenomenal service and food! Must visit! Best Mexican food in OC! Staff is friendly and attentive! Go soon!!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Beth K C
15 August 2019|
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Response from Alexandria-Chili | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very kid friendly. I took my 5.
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|
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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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Frequently Asked Questions about Mother's Cantina

Yes, Mother's Cantina offers takeaway services.

Mother's Cantina is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4