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Mama's on the Half Shell

€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (25 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (32 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
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2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Food was great, service great. It’s hard to maintain a convo as it is a loud loud place. The crab cakes are rich and plentiful so don’t order the double. Enjoy it!

Thank dimashq
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are thrilled you loved our crab cakes when dining with us and received excellent service as well. We can't wait for your next visit with us! Take care.

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Despite our waitress being very impatient and almost in tolerant of my need for lots of water with my meal, the food blew me away! I’ve never had better seafood in my life, and I’ve eaten all around the world.

Thank Lawdrum
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled our seafood blew you away and you truly enjoyed your meal with us! We hope to see you again soon the next time you are in Baltimore. Take care.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The oyster selection was great. The dinner menu had a lot of options. All of the food was fantastic along with the service. The location is really neat too. Great place to walk around.

Thank Kayla S
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Kayla, we are so happy to hear you truly enjoyed our oysters as well as the other food during your meal with us. We appreciate the great review and hope to see you again soon! Take care.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mark was our server and he was terrific with spot-on recommendations as to what was good! The Maryland crab soup comes in a small bowl but is thick with crab meat, vegetables and flavour, it also had two wee crab claws in it! Then we...More

Thank Claire M
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the amazing review, Claire! We are so happy to hear of the wonderful, impeccable service by our employee Matt- which will be sure to share with him. It is so great to hear everyone truly enjoyed everything about their meals and everyone...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Mama's on a Monday for lunch. Our server, Sarah, was excellent; friendly, helpful and attentive! The oysters were delicious, my son enjoyed his crab cake platter and the gazpacho was outstanding. If the weather is nice, take a table outside or sit at...More

Thank Lynn R
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Lynn, thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so happy you and your son decided to visit Mama's for lunch and truly enjoyed everything about your experience! You can never go wrong with oysters or a classic crab cake with us...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time We are in Baltimore we go to Mammas absolutely the best seafood in the city if not state and the sides are just as good.

Thank Jody G
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thank you for the amazing review, Jody! We are thrilled you always visit Mama's when in Baltimore and think we have the best seafood! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Take care.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Read about this place on tripadvisor and I will confirm that the crab cakes are the best. My friend had salmon and loved it. Our waitress lives nearby and was so friendly and gave us directions to get to the Hyatt. College girl and top...More

Thank dsun77
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the amazing review! We are thrilled our crab cakes lived up to their hype and it is so great to hear of the excellent servie you received as well. Hope to see you the next time you are in Baltimore!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When in Maryland....you have to try the crab cakes. This place is famous for them. And, I found out why. They are huge, fresh, and filled with large chunks of delicious crab! The Crushes are something else that they are famous for. And, I found...More

Thank Remember911
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the amazing review! We are thrilled you thoroughly enjoyed the classic menu items we are definitely known for- crab cakes and crushes! It's what Baltimore does best and definitely what Mama's does best! We appreciate the kind words and cannot...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

great mac-n cheese, fresh oysters and good seafood. Cold beer and great coctails. Always visit when in charm city

Thank whit1955
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much! You hit the delectable classics right on the head and can't wait to see you again soon! Cheers!

Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

On our way back to New York from Washington DC, we stopped at Mama’s for some fantastic Chesapeake bay sea food. The place feels like has been here for ages. The staff is helpful and charming. The atmosphere feels like a place to hang out...More

Thank Bobby B
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2018

Thank you so much for the amazing review, Bobby! We are so happy you decided to make a pit stop in Baltimore to check out Mama's and our delectable seafood menu. It is so great to hear you not only enjoyed the crab cakes, but...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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
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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