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Mama's on the Half Shell

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$$$
Canton
Seafood, Balti
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2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
14102763160
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Description: In 2003, we opened Mama's on the Half Shell. Our opening day was the...
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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  • 34
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fresh Local Seafood/Fantastic Service/Great Location

Fresh Local Seafood: Sooooo many great options. I'll include what we tried along with the description and price from the menu -- Cream of Crab Soup: celery onions shallots and leeks cooked in to a sherry wine cream based soup garnished with a flash fried soft shell crab...$9.50 [AMAZING... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kristen H
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is great for happy hour and appetizers. However, every time I have gone for a more formal dinner I have been disappointed. The entrees are overpriced and poorly done. The fish we had was overcooked and the vegetables very disappointing. Our food took very long to get there and therefore some of the dishes were already cold. The... More 

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Thank Sn0wli
Raleigh, North Carolina
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190 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh Local Seafood: Sooooo many great options. I'll include what we tried along with the description and price from the menu -- Cream of Crab Soup: celery onions shallots and leeks cooked in to a sherry wine cream based soup garnished with a flash fried soft shell crab...$9.50 [AMAZING FLAVOR] French Onion Soup: scallions shallots leeks red and yellow onions... More 

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Thank Kristen H
Baltimore, Maryland
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an excellent lunch with colleagues. Nice fried calamari. Wonderfully prepared fish and brilliant bread pudding. The food was delicious, and the atmosphere was warm and pub-like.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my customers here for lunch. The portions are large but even better this the quality of the food. Everything was perfect. I had a pasta lunch special. It was so good!!!

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Arlington, Virginia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Yes, it is simply just that - YUMMY!!! The Seafood Soup is to die for. It tastes so authentic and filled with all types of seafood. We selected this place for my brother-in-law's bday dinner as a result of the reviews I read here. For one, Mike (the bartender) makes wonderful drinks and he is just as pleasant! Then there... More 

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Thank bibio7
Kallie A, Guest Relations Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We're are so glad you enjoyed yourself! I'll be sure to pass this along to Mikey and Mike as well. We look forward to your next visit! More 

Eldersburg, Maryland
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

If you like seafood then this is the place to go. In a nice area of canton the place is a great place for casual dining. The menu offers enough choices to suit most every one.

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Thank Bill G
Milford, Delaware
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39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My husband and I had dinner while on a trip to Baltimore for a Johns Hopkins appt. I had the seafood chowder (average) and my husband had the cream of crab soup (very good). My entree was a special Cobb salad offered that night as an appetizer. It was huge, I could not finish it. My husband had the fried... More 

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Thank 220Molly
sumerville
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

About as close to Connolly's when I would go there with my parents as a small girl. Everything is available from oyster, shrimp and most dishes can be served with crabmeat. The essence of Maryland seafood is the crab dishes...gotta have em. The wait staff is polite and prompt and cheerful. The seating is close , a bit loud, and... More 

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Thank jothad
Scottsdale, Arizona
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178 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is a great spot for locals and tourists...........the bar is fun and packed, lots of young people. The menu has shellfish, pasta, soups and seafood. The happy hour from 5 - 7 and good prices. Plenty of TV's to watch the game. The oysters and steamed clams were awesome and fresh.

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Thank kpeterson001
Owings Mills, Maryland
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Stopped by with an out of town guest on Monday 9 Nov for a couple of Natty Bohs and oysters. My guest from Louisiana/Texas loved the Blue on Blue shots. The Blue Point Oysters were...well on point. I often bring out-of-towners to this location and they always love it and ask to go back on follow up visits. The servers... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
  • Neighborhood: Canton
  • Phone Number: 14102763160

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Balti

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 2:00 am

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