Mother's Cantina

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2810 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, Maryland, USA, 21842

Serves meat, vegan options available. Mexican style bar and restaurant seating at the bar, tables, and booths. Some vegetarian choices, of which several can be made vegan (at additional charge), including the veggie burger and portabella fajitas. Reported to offer vegan cheese as a substitute - ask. Open Mon-Thu 4:00pm-2:00am, Fri-Sun 12:00pm-2:00am.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, Beer/Wine, Mexican, Non-veg

23 Reviews

First Review by vegangirl87

veganize everything? no - Edit

sorry, but our visit was not so great, they say they can veganize everything, but the only thing that would be a complete meal where the 3 tacos. They were really good but beside them, everything else is with meat, they have no faux meat, so what do i get when I veganize chicken fajita? bell pepper with rice? We were a little bit disappointed, looked forward to this because of the reviews. The place is nice but has a long waiting time even with reservation.

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really good veganaized tacos - Edit

The place was pretty good! It is easy to veganized items on the menu and the waitress was also very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. To add vegan cheese there is a $3 charge. The veggie burger can't be veganized due to dairy being inside the burger. But with that being said, I had the 3 taco meal which is a portobello tacos with pico, black beans, rice & vegan cheese. The portion was also very big and I was full! Def had a good lunch.

Pros: vegan options

Cons: wait time

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Great Mexican food - Edit

I have to echo the sentiments of some of the other users that I would give it 5 stars if I could. (For some reason you can't rate a restaurant 5 stars if it serves non-vegetarian food). This is the perfect place to go if you have a group with vegan and non vegans. There are lots of options for vegans on the menu and the give you the option to "veganize" any of the other dishes which gives you the option to have vegan cheese for $3 extra. I ordered a combo with the Mother's Burrito with peppers and onions as well as the spinach enchilada. It was so good! I also ordered some of the inferno sauce on the side. (As a side note, if you decided to get the inferno burrito, I recommend getting the sauce on the side instead of mixed in to control the heat unless you truly like pain!). My wife (non-vegan) got the fajita and complained that the beef was too tough and the meat wasn't seasoned well. I had zero complaints with mine! There was a long wait to be seated ( 35 minutes on a Wednesday at 7pm). Wait staff was pleasant and efficient. Also, be careful when ordering appetizers. The entrees are huge and you might not have enough room if you eat too much appetizers!

Pros: lots of options for Vegans, great place for mixed vegan/non-vegans to go, Vegan cheese!

Cons: Long waits

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FIVE STARS - Edit

This place was absolutely AMAZING! Went here with non-vegans and they said it was the best ever. The mushroom tacos were great and many menu items can be "veganized" upon request. Vegan cheese available.

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IT'S LIT - Edit

We came here twice on our trip!!! It's so good!!!!! Lots of vegan options and everything tasted so good!!! Cute environment as well!!!!

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five stars - Edit

So happy cow won't let me rate 5 stars but I want everyone to know that it is a 5 star rating. My husband (vegetarian), daughter (vegetarian) and I (vegan) stop here for dinner last night and the way they can make almost every entree vegan is amazing and the meals we got (mother burrito and quest black bean burrito) was to die for! Thank you so much for offering vegan options! #fitveganmomphilly

Pros: vegan and vegetarian option, delicious , nice restaurant atmosphere

Cons: little so for take out on a Tuesday but not too ba

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Delicious! - Edit

The food is delicious. They have a bunch of vegan options and vegan cheese by request.

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Great Experience - Edit

Friendly and accommodating staff. Lots of delicious options. Fresh food. Great place. Worth going out of your way for. Came for lunch with a large family with little kids, no problems. Looks like it would be more adult oriented and difficult with kids at night, but lots of fun without them.

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omg yum - Edit

Seriously may be the best Mexican food I've ever eaten. They made exactly what we wanted. We are vegan and we had plenty of options. They were very accommodating. The margarita was to die for. :)

Pros: so yummy, great price , knowledgable staff.

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Good Mexican food, lots of vegan options - Edit

A nice casual bar/cantina with lots of vegan options. Vegan cheese is available for all items, and the vegan options are clearly marked on the menu. Spanish rice, guacamole, black beans, and refried pinto beans are all vegan. We had the portabella mushroom and spinach enchiladas with vegan cheese, and black bean, refried bean, and portabella tacos. The platters are pretty big and come with sides of beans and Spanish rice. They also have local craft beers on tap and the usual Mexican drinks like margaritas.

Pros: Vegan cheese, Vegan options clearly marked on menu

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Best Veg Dinner in OC - Edit

This place is a vegan's heaven. Menu has tons of delicious choices. Offers vegan cheese!!!! Food is so fresh, flavorful and delicious. Seriously. In a land of seafood buffets, Mother's Cantina is hands down the best place for a vegetarian in OC.

Pros: Vegan cheese and excellent food, Great atmosphere , Awesome staff

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Best vegan tacos in OC - Edit

The double decker prepared vegan was outstanding. A tortilla coated with black bean paste, a crunchy corn tortilla inside of that, and then beans or portobellos for filling. Totally delicious. I would've given 5 stars, but the wait staff is constantly overwhelmed with the volume of people. I definitely recommend ordering everything immediately, to avoid a huge wait.

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Yummy Enchiladas! - Edit

I tripped upon this place during a recent trip to Ocean City. There was more than one vegetarian in our group and we were thrilled to have actual choices on the menu (spinach, portobello, or black bean fillings available for almost anything on the menu). It also does have several vegan options. In addition to the vegan cheese substitution option mentioned in the other reviews, the menu says all the sides are vegan except the queso, which means putting together a vegan meal is definitely doable.

The happy hour is every day and was really good. We had decent-sized, delicious margaritas for $3.50 each. It was a bit hard to stop myself from ordering more than a few!

It's a shame another reviewer had trouble with a server; our server was very attentive and really friendly.

Overall, this was a delicious meal and a fun time! I will definitely return when I'm in town again!

Pros: Yummy Vegetarian Food, Fun Atmosphere, Great Happy Hour

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kim2121 07 Jun 2016 - A quick update - just returned a few weeks ago and still great! Happy hour is still a steal!  


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Fantastic! - Edit

My mother and I are both vegetarians and we found this place and decided to try it. Everything was fantastic, we got the guacamole appetizer, margaritas, portobello fajitas and the black bean veggie burrito - delicious!

Pros: delicious food & drinks, extensive menu

Cons: slow service

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conny589 05 Oct 2017 - we were told the guacamole is not vegan  


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Check it Twice to be Sure it's Vegan - Edit

After finding that Mother's Cantina was the only Happy Cow listed restaurant open at 7pm, I headed over. I had a few minute conversation with the staff person, asking about vegan options. I ordered a bean burrito and reviewed (just to be sure) - "no cheese". I ordered food to go and was told it would be 15 minutes. 30 minutes later the food was ready. I opened it in the car and there was cheese in the burrito and on the side beans. I went back in and the staff person said "sorry, I forgot to write it down". People make mistakes, but, really, that was kind of the whole point...

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Yummy! - Edit

As has been mentioned in prior reviews, you have to ask to veganize your meal. They use Daiya cheese. I had veggie enchiladas, which were sooo good! I used to eat enchiladas almost weekly before I was vegan, and the enchiladas here totally hit the spot, so to speak.

Do be careful of the gaucamole, if you are vegan: it contains sour cream.

Pros: Can veganize a lot, Really tasty, Cute place

Cons: Pricey to veganize (+$3)

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Great vegan food but you must ask! - Edit

Mother's was great - some of the best mexican food I have had on the eats coast - and very vegan friendly. It looks a little crazy when you walk in to the bar area but they have a nice and surprisingly uiet dining room off to the left. Pretty much everything they offer can be made vegan with sauteed veggies, spinach, portabellos, or bean fillings. The secret however is that you need to *ask* for vegan cheese, for some strange reason they don't list it on the menu! My waitress was very knowledgeable however and said I could veganize my meal for $3.

Pros: delicious food

Cons: having to ask about veganization

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Vegan friendly - Edit

My husband and I were very impressed as soon as we walked in because the bartender knew what Vegan meant. That's so rare! She knew which dishes to recommend, and was very helpful. Both our dinners were really delicious. We will definitely go back if we ever visit Ocean City again.

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Great Veg*n Options! - Edit

In a relatively veg*n-unfriendly area, Mother's Cantina is a diamond in the rough. I was surprised to find it in a little shopping center, but the atmosphere was great and the food was fantastic. The complimentary chips and salsa were hot, crispy and just a little spicy, and the service was quick and friendly. I got the Mother's Burrito with sauteed veggies and Daiya cheese (HUGE points!) and my boyfriend got the black bean and portabella taco meal. Both dishes came with rice and beans, and the portions were hearty enough to keep us full for the rest of the night. Highly recommended!

Pros: Good Service, Daiya Cheese, Big Portions

Cons: Mildly Pricey

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Great Vegan Spot..daiya anyone?! - Edit

We heard that this place had some great vegetarian options so we decided to check it out. The waitress was really nice and gave us the low down. Most of the main ingredients were all vegan but the guacamole is unfortunately not, so skip that. However, they have DAIYA CHEESE so this really is a great vegan spot! The food is awesome and the vegan options are plenty. The complementary salsa is also really yummy. I will never go hungry in Ocean City again!

Pros: food, vegan options, friendly staff

Cons: slow service, a little pricey

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Great Place for Vegetarians and Non - Edit

We just got back from Ocean City. My husband and I are both vegetarian, and there isn't much in the way of non-seafood in this area, so we thought we would check this place out. When we walked up, I was a little worried as it was not a nice upscale place, more like a sports bar. But everyone was so nice and the food was amazing. They answered all of our questions without being annoyed, and the waitress really went out of her way to make it a nice experience. We had several people come check on us. I can't say enough about this yummy restaurant and their incredible staff. Wish more places were like this!

Pros: lots of veg options, can customize to make veg or vegan, staff is not rude when you ask ?s

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Mother's Cantina - Edit

Very good food with nice people. With food for everyone. Mexican style and is very Veggie and Vegan friendly. Nice restaurant/bar with Vegetarian owners. Moderate prices and food comes in diecent quantity.

Pros: Good food, Nice people

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Fantastic Veggie/Vegan Tex-Mex @ Mother's Cantina - Edit

Mother's Cantina is a really friendly restaurant and bar that serves a ton of veggie options. All of their beans, rice, and veggie sides are vegan (I asked). Also one of the owners is a vegetarian and she is the chef. She even came to our table to see if we liked everything. I was the only vegan at the table. Had the portabella fajitas and it was a ton of food with AMAZING flavor. The chef said she buys all her veggies local - which is also pretty awesome. I highly recommend Mother's Cantina. Spread the word!

Pros: Veggie Friendly, Vegan Friendly, Family Friendly

Cons: Kinda small dining room

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