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Samanthas Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
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631 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901-3769
+1 301-445-7300
11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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920 reviews
581 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Samantha's is an old favorite...a place that looks like a gritty hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but on the inside is a surprisingly good, family-oriented and relatively quiet Mexican restaurant in Silver Spring. One of my regular default dishes is the Ceviche appetizer. This time, for take-out, I chose the Ceviche Mixto which has a mix of shrimp, scallops and fish.... More 

Thank jaseaton
Rockville, Maryland
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78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I saw this place listed as one of the top mexican places in the area and it was on my commute to work so one day I picked up dinner. I ordered the marisco saltado and fajita mixo. Both were delicious! They tasted very flavorful and buttery (scared to ask how much butter was used in the cooking process). We... More 

Thank Susie G
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent service and lovely people. Great tacos and beans. Skip the mints that they give out at the end of the meal.

1 Thank Gore W
Mequon, Wisconsin
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309 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

About the parking...park in the lot AFTER the restaurant not before at the hair salon. There is a lot of traffic in front of the restaurant, but people were kind in letting me out. I did really enjoy the cloth napkins. It is a nice looking restaurant on the inside. One of the more upscale Latin restaurants that I have... More 

Thank Ttttraveler
Herndon, Virginia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Found this place in this month's Washingtonian and also read TA reviews. Go early to assure parking. The food will not disappoint! We went dressed very casual for a family birthday dinner there are white linens on the tables so you could easily go dressed up for a romantic date. Definately recommend the skirt steak tacos.

Thank hlasik
Columbia, MD
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

On 4-27-16 a friend of mine and I had lunch for the first time at Samanthas. The food was as good as previous reviews from TA had suggested. The service was prompt and friendly. The guacamole was the best I ever had in a restaurant. it is tricky to get there because of major road utility work near by. The... More 

Thank joegearth1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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290 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

This has been in the list for years, and we finally made it. The chips (extra thin) and salsa (warm and roasted) were delicious. The pupusas were perfect, and the salad with avocado and hearts of palm was refreshing. We will be back!

Thank Amy W
Raleigh, North Carolina
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2016

We discovered Samantha's about four years ago when we were visiting the University of Maryland with our daughter. Originally from Texas we are very particular about our Mexican but we have read and positive online review and decided to check it out. We have since then been back most times we are in the area, so at least 12 ...... More 

Thank SLC1991
Burlington, Vermont
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61 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

What a surprise! We came with my parents for a lunch. Couldn't believe how delicious the food was! everything was prepared authentically and perfectly. Service was very good, unobtrusive and very kind. The busboy noticed that my mother had mobility issues and thoughtfully brought her a mug with a handle and a straw, which made it much easier for her.... More 

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Takoma Park, Maryland
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75 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

My wife and I recently enjoyed a delightful meal at this friendly neighborhood restaurant. The food was delicious, with generous portions. The service was quick, friendly, and accommodating. Our only wish is that there was more parking. On at least one occasion in the not so distant past, probably a busy Saturday night, we abandoned plans to eat here in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901-3769
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Silver Spring
  • Phone Number: +1 301-445-7300

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?