Mother's Cantina

24 recent ratings
$$ • Mexican Restaurant
80% of 21 votes say it's celiac friendly
2810 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842

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Celiac

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We alerted sever of celiac disease. She said no problem. Whole table ordered corn tortillas for entrees. Food was delivered and I said these are all corn correct? They said yes. My enchiladas came and I knew they were flour. Cook came out and sure enough they were flour. Luckily my celiac husband didn’t take a bite. Server apologized. Did not send manager over. He happened to stop over and I told him what happened. He apologized. No adjustment to bill. Second trip here. Food is great but lost faith now and won’t be back. Too many other great places in OC to choose from.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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So yummy, so safe. Waiter knew off the top of her head what they can do gluten free. We got the nachos, tacos and enchiladas and no one got sick. We are very sensitive and wished we came here again.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free space in the kitchen
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 3 weeks ago read full review

Celiac

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Dedicated Gluten Free fryer used for corn chips only. Almost everything can be made on hard of soft corn tortillas. Very helpful waitstaff.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Good vegan options
Updated 1 month ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten Free Features

  • Dedicated Fryer
  • Gluten Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Happy Hour
  • Healthy
  • Kid Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Online Ordering
  • Restaurant
  • Sports Bar
  • Takeout
  • Tex-Mex
  • Vegan Friendly

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Garlic Parmesan wings and fries! Yum
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Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 month ago read full review

Celiac

Overall Rating

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was so good! My waiter was knowledgeable on what was safe to eat. Tacos were amazing along with their chips, salsa, and queso.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I could not wait to order from here due to all the amazing reviews. When I called to place my take out order the girls answering the phone had no answers to my questions about fryers etc. They tried to help but when I asked to speak to someone who knew how the corn tortillas were prepared they were not available to speak to me. That should have been my sign to leave but with so many positive experiences I was still hopeful. My celiac child had chicken tacos on corn tortillas, she didn’t even have any chips as the fryer answer was unknown and she got very sick afterwards. So disappointing.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Not at all

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Updated 2 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I got the three tacos meal with a corn tortilla. Their chips are safe to eat and are fried in a dedicated fryer.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for kids
  • Good for takeout
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Good vegan options
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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The food was great. We got chips and Guac, fajitas, chowder. Would definitely return.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 3 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Really enjoyed dinner. Multiple options on the menu of interest to our family. My celiac kiddo had tacos and guacamole. I tried the crab and corn chowder which was gluten free and was sad I only ordered a cup! Very tasty. We are hoping to go back again during this long weekend trip.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 7 months ago read full review

Celiac

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I’ve ordered chips and guacamole, comes with salsa, chicken hard shell tacos (fried in the same fryer as the tortilla chips separate from everything else), and once even got the crab chowder which was amazing! I’m very sensitive to cross-contamination and haven’t gotten sick in my two visits. I’d suggest calling in your pick up order, as there isn’t a spot to specify GF in the online system.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contamination?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 8 months ago read full review

Celiac

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Had one of the best cream of crab soups I've ever had here, as well as a salad that was tasty. They have a separate area for pick-up, which was very convenient.

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for lunch
  • Good for takeout
  • Offers online ordering
Updated 8 months ago read full review

Not celiac

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Since my husband and I are very sensitive to gluten we decided to give this place a try on our vacation to Ocean City based on the excellent reviews on this site. I had the crab soup and chorizo nachos. They were both excellent! My husband had enchiladas made with corn tortillas and he said they were delicious. We were so grateful to have found this place!

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Some

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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We were a little nervous after some of the reviews but the server made us feel extra safe about serving our daughters with Celiac. Corn tacos, guacamole and (best of all) the QUESO were delicious and very safe. Will come here everytime we visit OC.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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Told the waitress I needed GF and got the corn tacos and margarita and didn't get sick

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 1 year ago read full review

Celiac

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I have celiac disease and my body reacts to dairy just as bad. This is my go to place in Ocean City, I come here at least 10 times a year and have never had a bad experience. If there's a wait, it's worth it!

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Food was amazing tasted really great.... but I got sick afterwards. Getting sick on vacation was not my idea of fun

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Excellent crab chowder! Everything we had was fantastic. Appetizers and sides all marked if GF. Main dishes are GF with corn shells/tortillas. Recommended!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food and fabulous owner/chef. They have a dedicated fryer for corn tortillas. Most dishes can be made GF!! I had their chips, salsa and two hard tacos... delish!!! The best part, I did not get sick. Just a heads up, the restaurant is a little run down and could use a good cleaning. However, a great experience! Highly recommend!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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I went during happy hour and got corn tortilla tacos with dairy-free cheese (which is tapioca-based grated style). The corn tortillas were not stuffed and then fried, like many Mexican restaurants I’ve been to do, but I suppose that helps the restaurant ensure GF, just not as tasty. The people I was dining with did not like the chicken (which was shredded and on the spicy side) as much as the beef. Margaritas and salsa were good. I really appreciated the vegan cheese option.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food and service! Stuffed ourselves silly on nachos and tacos! Also- the crab chowder is ridiculously amazing! Even bought t-shirts, that’s how much we loved it.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

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Always go here anytime we visit OC. Food is excellent and have never had a reaction. Staff is knowledgeable about allergies. Popular and therefore sometimes crowded but it is worth the wait!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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My husband and kids all have celiac so we chose this restaurant because of the reviews. We were assured of a separate fryer and that precautions are taken to make gluten free food. Unfortunately all three of my children ended up sick after eating there. My 7 year old said can we please never go to this restaurant again.

Celiac friendly?

No

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Menu is labeled with gluten free options and instructions to talk with wait staff about GF choices. The cook even came out to speak with us about how they prepared the food. Really wonderful place!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Super friendly waitress and very careful to make sure everything was GF. The waitress made sure that the chips that are brought to every table were made in a separate GF fryer. ALMOST everything on the menu can be made GF.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This place was fine, but I was surprised (given all of the great reviews about how careful they are with frying) that their French fries were cooked in a shared fryer and not truly gluten free, as explained by our waiter. A disappointment to my gluten-free 5-year-old.

Updated 2 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Make sure to ask for corn tortillas.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Cannot say enough about this place! The corn tortillas are so good and the staff was so friendly and patient with questions. They use a separate fryer! I will eat here every time I’m in OC. Had the nachos and fajitas! Out of this world!!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This place is amazing! All corn products are separate from gluten, including fryers, so tortilla chips are safe. One person mentioned that none of the entrees are labeled gluten free but that’s only because flour tortillas are the default. However most entrees can be made gluten free simply by requesting a corn tortilla (enchiladas, fajitas etc). Beans, rice, veggies, meat etc are all gluten free. The chef has even come to our table to answer any questions and even brought out the food himself! Can’t say enough good things about this place. They understand celiac better than any other restaurant in OC.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing! Wings, queso, fries oh my!! Great options for food, we talked with the server and confirmed wings, and fries were in a safe fryer. So tasty, also open later also have a take out location.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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I was actually disappointed with this restaurant. They had their gluten free options listed on the menu...but there was barely any entrees..at all that were listed gluten free. I tried talking to the server but the place was crazy busy and I just felt it was too risky to try to get them to make something or fix something that isn’t usually gluten free..gluten free. So I ended up getting the Portabella mushroom nacho platter that was AMAZING! But did to their lack of options for celiacs I probably won’t be back.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Amazing Food!!! Friendly Staff and great atmosphere. If you love and miss Authentic Mexican food this is the place for you. Did not get sick AT ALL. Highly recommend the wings and guac. Don’t forget to add a marg or 3 :)

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Cannot say enough good things about this place. GF items are listed on the menu but they claim to be able to make just about anything GF. Best part is that I had a completely GF meal without anyone in the place knowing that had food allergies. Anything marked GF is safe to order without mentioning anything to the server. I am extremely sensitive and did not feel 1% sick. Had the wings, chips and guac, chips and salsa, beef tacos, chorizo tacos (both hard shell), and the black beans and rice as a side. Also a few margaritas! Everything was delicious.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Love Mother's! If you're in the mood for Mexican and have celiac this is the place to go. Servers and all staff friendly and knowledgeable. Corn tacos are very yummy & the best part they Fry the corn chips in a separate fryer so the chips are safe. Definitely recommend the chicken nachos and corn tacos!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Wow!!! Homemade everything. Daughter is Celiac and had a homemade corn tortillas! Very polite. Very accommodating!!! Concerned for allergies!!! Loved it and recommend it.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Lots of gf options. Their corn tortillas are homemade and the chips/hard corn tortillas are fried in a separate frier! Had tacos & chips/queso and did not get sick!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Celiac review: I have eaten here 5 times and never had any issues. I think their food is great, especially the chips. We usually get queso to go with it. Most of their menu can be made gf which is why I go each year. I got the enchiladas most recently. The chicken enchiladas are awesome. If you like spicy, get the beef enchiladas. The beef was too spicy for me personally as it has a lot of jalapeno but it was still good.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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This place is great. I hade the sautéed fish taco served on corn tortillas. They were awesome. They have quite a few choices and will accommodate for GF choices.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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It looks like a local neighborhood watering hole, and it probably is. But the food was great and they able to tweak items on the menu to be GF. We had the wings, nachos, tacos, and the spicy crab soup and didn't get sick.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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We went here after reading all the great reviews. I had the chicken tacos and they amazing. I was not sick at all and Homemake the corn tortillas which were the best I have had.

Updated 3 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Great food for both GF and not! Wait staff was knowledgeable, highly recommend the guacamole and chips. Spoke with the owner and the tortillas are all hand made, so you know for sure it's GF! No labeled options on kids menu as GF except fries, but got my celiac daughter a crispy corn taco, rice and beans, all GF. Highly suggest this restaurant, although wait was 2 hours for dinner so suggest coming early or for lunch!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Not celiac

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Great tacos. Many options for GF. Menu is marked as such. Very beachy atmosphere. Tons of tequila options too!

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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many items are naturally gf, and labeled on the menu. waitress was knowledgeable. corn chips are fried separate from gluten. my celiac kiddo was excited to have appetizers as many restaurants do not have gf apps. we recommend the guac and 3 pepper queso dip. tacos can be made with soft or hard corn shells, all meats are naturally gf. food was amazing, kiddo had no reactions. our new go to in town

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Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Fajitas were amazing! Very good wait staff! Fantastic food!

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 4 years ago read full review

Celiac

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This is the most gf accommodating Mexican restaurant I have ever come across. Everything corn is fried separately from gluten. They can make any dish gf except burritos leaving a ton of options on the menu. Our server was happy to answer my questions which is always appreciated.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Not celiac

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Well intentioned but super spicy and not a lot of choices

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Fantastic food and great awareness of cross-contamination. About 85% of their food is naturally gluten-free.

Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

Celiac

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Showed up at midnight and got quick amazing GF tacos. Not sure why the $$$ rating, the tacos are $3 and they are large. I ordered 5 and only ate 3. Manager on duty was knowledgeable. Affordable drinks and decent nightlife. They serve food until 1am which is a dream when you're out with friends and want to join in a late night meal. Usually I end up hungry watching people eating while we're out late.

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Not celiac

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Wonderful owners named Ryan and Neeley! VERY knowledgeable about food allergies! Amazing food that was FRESH and local! Love this place! My son and I both have wheat allergies and they are more than accommodating!!

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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My aon has Celiac. We went to Mother's Cantina. waitress knowledgeable and very helpful. They have a lot of GF options. will be coming here to eat again. go early because it gets busy.

Updated 5 years ago read full review

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