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Mama's on the Half Shell

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2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
11:00 - 02:00
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Asheville, North Carolina
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288 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

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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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 28 March 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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!

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 

Baltimore, Maryland
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134 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

15 of us went for lunch after Mass, as we have been doing for many years. The food, as always, was very good. We enjoyed the blue point oysters, calamari, salmon BLTs and shrimp salad were great. Kudos to Tarah for attending to all of our food and beverage needs and keeping the orders straight.

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

We love this Tradition! We are thrilled that you were able to enjoy your time with us and hope to see you back before next Saint Patrick's Day! Cheers :) More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

After reading reviews I made a reservation 4 days prior to our planned visit and was glad I did. We were seated right away in the cozy upstairs dining room (the downstairs appeared to have a more bar type atmosphere). The atmosphere was great, our waitress was very pleasant, the cocktail menu leaves nothing out, and the food was delicious... More 

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

We are thrilled that you had such a wonderful time!! I apologize that you received the whipped potatoes instead of the rice pilaf. We do hope to see you back again to make this right. Cheers! More 

Atlanta, GA
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556 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Food was better my first visit. Love the old building. Seafood chowder was tasty but not hot. Crab cake was okay but not great. Service was good.

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

We appreciate your feedback and we will definitely take your recommendations into consideration!! We hope you will come back and see us soon! More 

Wayne , PA
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Recommended to us by our B&B hosts, we expected and were rewarded with a delicious meal. Highlights were the oysters, of which there were at least 5 choices, and the grilled scallops. We were delighted with the generous size of the entrees and loved the vibe in the restaurant. You can't go wrong at Mama's!

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

We are so glad that you took that recommendation and came to see what we were all about! We love hearing that our oysters and grilled scallops were the highlights of your meal! We agree that you can't go wrong at Mama's! Come back and visit us again soon! Have a wonderful day! More 

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Reviewed 10 February 2017

OK...we're from the Midwest and were raised on beef! Soooo...not a lot of seafood lovers! BUT...we transplanted to the East Coast 40 years ago, and a number of us fell in love with everything seafood...except my brother! Mama's converted him! My niece flew in from St Louis, and we had a mini family reunion at Mama's! Started with the Chincoteague... More 

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

Paula, we are THRILLED that you had such a great time. Here at Mama's we pride ourselves on our great service and incredible food! We could not be happier that you and your family had such a memorable experience! We look forward to having you all again soon for more of our incredible seafood! More 

Tallahassee, Florida
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140 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I love a good oysters rockefeller and Mama's does not disappoint. I've never been there when the place isn't packed so this time I opted for food to go, much simpler that way and no waiting. If you can't get a reservation do yourself a favor and get it to go, don't miss out on this place.

Thank fsview11
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Whether you are dining in or getting food to go from Mama's On the Half Shell you will not be disappointed by the fabulous flavors! Our menu is full of authentic cuisine that is absolutely delicious and will satisfy any appetite. We look forward to serving you again, thank you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
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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