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Mama's on the Half Shell

) #17 of 1,670 Restaurants in Baltimore ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, , Seafood
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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LOCATION
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant space is small and we had to lug an infant and stroller upstairs because the downstairs seating area was full, but we made it work. The food here was awesome - the crab cakes are fantastic. Our server was very nice and attentive....More

Thank Pelotek
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are thrilled to hear of your wonderful experience with us at Mama's On The Half Shell! Thank you so much for this great review and for deciding to dine with us! Come back again (when you're in town) for another crab cake! Cheers.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always visit this restaurant when visiting in town. However, this time they didn't provide the crabdip in bread bowl and seemed like less crabdip with artichoke, which was disappointing. We also ordered the delicious Mac n cheese, wings, shrimp melt sandwich, pasta dish and...More

Thank Erica M
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review, Erica! It is great to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your dishes and we will take your feedback about the crab dip into consideration! Thank you for always visiting us when you are in town, it is awesome to know...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sunday night on a holiday weekend. Boy did we get lucky we are from out of town and chose to try here. With a 45 min wait they offer outdoor seating instead of waiting. Service was quick and friendly. All of our food was excellent....More

Thank Allen T
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It is so wonderful to hear you decided to try us from out of town! We are thrilled you really enjoyed the ambience of Mama's On The Half Shell and savored your entrees! The Mac 'N' Cheese is one of our favorites as well. Thank...More

Reviewed 14 May 2017

My favorite hangout during my 3-week business trip. Fantastic raw bar and menu, friendly and courteous waitstaff and two of the best bartenders on the planet (Michael and Lincoln). Friendly locals to converse with while watching the O's game.More

Thank Michael W
Kallie A, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thank you for the great review, Michael! We are delighted you chose to visit Mama's on the Half Shell on your business trip! It is great to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere and food we serve. Hope to see you again the next time you...More

Reviewed 10 May 2017

... not a minor statement. Big chunks of delicious sweet crab with a delicate flavorful binding. Tuesday night had a special on two of these delicious mounds. Great service. Interesting historical surrounds. Definitely a be-back.

1  Thank 4SIGHT
Kallie A, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

We are thrilled to hear Mama's on the Half Shell has the best crab cakes around! Thank you so much for the awesome review! Can't wait to see you again. Cheers.

Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

Whenever we are in Baltimore, we make sure to have lunch in Canton at Mama's on the Half Shell. The old, gorgeous wood paneling & bar is a treat to see & so happy they have retained its integrity. Although they have a 2nd floor...More

Thank Bebe44
Kallie A, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Thank you for the very kind words a great review!! We are ecstatic to hear that you have made Mama's on the Half Shell a staple for when you visit Baltimore! We are very happy that we live up to your expectations each time and...More

Reviewed 28 April 2017

I liked the memorabilia on the walls. The downstairs is narrow with a long bar but they have seating on the sidewalk and upstairs. Crab chowder was delicious, crab club sandwich was tasty. This place is in a great location in Canton with plenty of...More

Thank creole6684
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2017

Thank you so much for your awesome review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your crab club sandwich and hope you will come back soon! Thanks again

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Jill P
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

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

Reviewed 11 April 2017

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

Thank Eric M
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

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

Reviewed 9 April 2017

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

Thank AlcoholProf
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

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

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Kari S
How far from the airport?
23 May 2017|
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Response from Pat M | Reviewed this property |
20 minutes.
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Kelly K
What attraction are nearby?
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Response from bibio7 | Reviewed this property |
Tons of restaurants, nice view for walking, inner harbor is pretty close by
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 12 - US$ 40
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
  • Neighbourhood: Canton
  • Phone Number: +1 410-276-3160
  • E-mail
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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