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Mama's on the Half Shell

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2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Favorite of locals,recommended by 3 Uber drivers! Excellent service, atmosphere A+. In nice neighborhood!

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Thank Jill P
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We are thrilled to hear this!!! Thank you so much, Jill! See you soon! More 

Maryland
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crab cakes are the best I've ever had and the bouillabaisse is amazing with generous amounts of seafood; warm atmosphere and fantastic staff.

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Thank Eric M
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We truly appreciate you coming in and hope you will come back soon! Cheers! More 

New York City, New York
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135 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there with two other people for a casual business dinner. The food was very good and really enjoyed the crab cakes. Beer and spirits selection was solid and staff was friendly with good service. Would go back

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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review!! We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again very soon! Cheers! More 

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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place has great happy hour specials for food and drinks . Crushes were a little weak on the alcohol but still tasty. The mussels were awesome

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Thank jd2282132
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and review!! We hope to have you back with us again soon! More 

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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Warm, welcoming staff...Warm, welcoming decor...Excellent drinks...Excellent food. Gets busy. Lively, buzzing and a fun place. Period.

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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review!! We look forward to having you back with us again very soon! Cheers! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though this restaurant is extremely popular and we frequent it regularly, it is more for the employees and the location than for the food. It's over priced and over rated. Food is mediocre at best, but prices are high.

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Thank cantonkaren
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time with us and we do hope that you will come back to give us another try. Thanks again! More 

Asheville, North Carolina
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288 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mama's is in a corner building in Canton. Bar with tables downstairs and a nice dining room upstairs. Had brunch on St Patty's Day. Place was crowded even at 1:30. Had a shrimp and crab (seafood) omelette. Came with fruit salad. Very good. Service was a bit slow both in greeting you upon sitting down and in time to get... More 

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Thank bumpkin13
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review!! We truly appreciate it and hope to see you back again with us soon! Cheers! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

eating as i type this omg good I ordered the seafood chowder DEEEElicious and flavorful no salt needed .now for the lobster roll got to open the tray 1st reaction WOW it has big chunks of lobster no skimping here didn't think I was gonna like its because after I ordered I checked yelp for reviews and a lady said... More 

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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We truly appreciate your review and are thrilled you enjoyed your chowder and lobster roll. We hope to have you back again!! Cheers More 

Syracuse, New York
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I discovered Mama's about five years ago just by good luck on Google. This is a neighborhood place with really great people--every time I am there the patrons at the bar are so friendly and great! Bartenders are excellent and the grapefruit crush is to die for. Eating oysters at the bar helps pass the time while you wait for... More 

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Thank wevans100
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Best place in Baltimore - we would have to agree!! Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you back the next time you are in town! More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

A very popular place, you'll need make reservations, but totally worth it. A historical building with funky decor and seafood done right. Excellent choices plus their own custom cocktails. I had the combo platter, my husband enjoyed the bouillabaisse with an oyster starter. It was all delicious!

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Thank hma225
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this awesome review. We appreciate you coming in to see us and we look forward to having you back again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 40
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
  • Neighbourhood: Canton
  • Phone Number: +1 410-276-3160
Description
In 2003, we opened Mama's on the Half Shell. Our opening day was the realization of five years of dreaming, discussing and collecting. As native "Baltimoreans," we felt Baltimore lacked a real seafood restaurant. Because of our love for the restaurant business, our favorite pastime is to dine out, but we struggled to find the real taste of Baltimore seafood. We missed the classics, the ones that we could count on as kids, such as Connely's & Hausner's, the one we would visit with friends from out of town who say "take us to a real Baltimore seafood house." We missed that and wanted to bring it back. That's why we created Mama's on the Half Shell. Our menu is the most important part of our restaurant, but we also want our guests to come in and feel comfortable for any occasion: bringing in a client, Sunday football, a birthday, anniversary or just some time out. It's a great place to visit after a day on the water and it's also remembered by some as the place where they got engaged. Our restaurant is a place that you could "bring it or bring it down." There is really no average age at Mama's on the Half Shell which leads us to believe this truly is a Baltimore classic for food and celebration. For a good start to a classic Baltimore meal at Mama's, order a fried crab cake with mustard and our famous Orange Crush. Have a seat at the raw bar and just drift back into your best Baltimore memory, hon! It is our hope that when you are with us you feel you are welcomed into our home with open arms.

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