Mother's Cantina

4.5 stars 4.5 out of 5 37 ratings
$$$Celiac Friendly, Dairy-Free, Vegan Friendly + 10 more
96% of 29 votes say it's Celiac friendly

2810 North Philadelphia Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842 Directions

(410) 289-1330
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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 week ago

    Make sure to ask for corn tortillas.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 weeks ago

    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!!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    1 month ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    1 month ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    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 :)

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    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!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 months ago

    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!

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    3 months ago

    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.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 months ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    11 months ago

    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.

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    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!

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    1 year ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    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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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating Celiac friendly
    1 year ago

    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.

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    Not celiac
    2 rating
    2 years ago

    Well intentioned but super spicy and not a lot of choices

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    2 years ago

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

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    Celiac
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    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
    5 rating
    2 years ago

    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!!

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    Featured Reviewer, Celiac
    3 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    Most items on menu can be made Gluten Free

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    5 rating
    2 years ago

    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.

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    1 rating
    3 years ago

    I can give only one star because we never even got to eat. We arrived and were waiting in line behind several families. A sign asked that we wait to be seated but no hostess appeared. We decided to sit at the bar to avoid the wait but the bartender never even looked our way. We went to leave and the other families who were ahead of us left as well. We saw no hostess still, no wait staff, and a few empty tables that no one had bussed from the time we came in. We were very disappointed.

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    Celiac
    4 rating Celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    We had a very celiac-literate waitress who understood our daughter's needs thoroughly. There is not a separate gluten free menu, but because they fry corn tortillas separately than flour, many corn dishes are already GF. We were happy to be at a Mexican restaurant where my daughter could eat chips and salsa b/c of the designated fryer. The restaurant is very small though, so go at a slightly off time or be prepared to have a long wait.

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    Not celiac
    1 rating Not celiac friendly
    3 years ago

    well after reading the website I was excited that they said they would custom make gf meals for you, after getting there I was told I could only eat a few things! Disappointed to say the least! The service we had was mediocre, I didnt even get asked if I wanted my water refilled, at least I tried it. I won't go back for another meal though!

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    4 rating
    3 years ago

    Yum!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    4 years ago

    Excellent food, great and knowledgeable servers. They know their way around gf for sure. Pretty much anything on the menu can and will be made gf. Definitely coming back.

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    Not celiac
    5 rating
    4 years ago

    The food was great and the wait staff was wonderful with allergies/sensitivities. They were able to modify meals for both me and my mom (I'm gluten/soy free and mom is vegan and gluten/soy free). I would highly recommend this place.

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    5 rating
    5 years ago

    Knowledgable staff, kid friendly, almost anything can be made gluten free. Delicious and you will not leave hungry.

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    Celiac
    4 rating
    5 years ago

    Delicious guacamole and chips. The fish tacos were great as well!

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    5 rating Celiac friendly
    5 years ago

    Lots of options & knowledgable staff. Tortilla chips and sides are all wheat free. Good Ocesn City option.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Celiac Friendly

Categories

  • Dairy-Free
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Happy Hour
  • Late Night
  • Lunch
  • Mexican
  • Pescetarian Friendly
  • Plant Based
  • Restaurant
  • Sports Bar
  • Tex-Mex
  • Vegan Friendly
Monday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
Tuesday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
Wednesday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
Thursday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
Friday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
Saturday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
Sunday
12 am - 2 am, 12 pm - 12 am
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