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Mama's on the Half Shell

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Canton
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2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
14102763160
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9:00 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: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Seafood and atmosphere

This is a great gem in the heart of Canton, and a must-go. Their crab imperial is awesome, and their fresh catch is never wrong. Their lump crab cake is made with real jumbo lump crab. While a majority of their menu is seafood items, they also have a bunch of things for people like my husband... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is a great gem in the heart of Canton, and a must-go. Their crab imperial is awesome, and their fresh catch is never wrong. Their lump crab cake is made with real jumbo lump crab. While a majority of their menu is seafood items, they also have a bunch of things for people like my husband who don't eat... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We ordered Oysters Rockefeller and those were a hit. Could have eaten a dozen of those. The catch of the day (rockfish) was perfection. Caesar salad was so-so. The crab cakes were the best we'd had. Uniquely yummy tartar sauce. Get the Mac & cheese side! Small place, we didn't have to wait but we got there after brunch ended.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The crab cakes were fantastic, we got the seafood platter which was good but wished we had just gotten more of the crab cakes! Oysters Rockefeller and the crab dip were very good as well. Upstairs was kinda loud, but it seemed to quiet down when it filled up with people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Best steamed shrimp ever! The Bartenders are amazing! It gets really busy really fast any day of the week. If you get there before 3 you should be able to get a spot at the bar M-F. Good luck on the weekends, it's usually packed.

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Edinburg, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Decided to eat here and foof was not what we expected. I ordered a combinaton plate which included shrimp, crab and Fish which was overally battered and greasy. Wife ordered the seafood club which was huge and good.

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Englewood, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

The food is OK, the atmosphere is OK (loud). The service is OK. Nothing truly stood out. This was our second time here in a few years and I was more impressed the first time. As we were staying at a nearby B&B, we passed by one morning and the breakfasts really looked good. Next time, I'll try them for... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Popular place. Make reservations... but SOOOO WORTH IT. The food was incredible, the service was good and the restaurant is great. The neighborhood is safe and quaint.

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Cleveland, Oh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a small restaurant in Canton which is always crowded, and for good reasons. The fish quality is superior and it is simply but well prepared. The fish offering changes depending on the season and availability. The grilled rock fish or blue fish are superb, and so are the crab cakes. The service is informal but efficient. Be prepared... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Yummmmm! This bar was packed when we walked in and I would soon find out why. The food was so delicious, especially if you like seafood. Ordered the crab cake and not only was it huge it was super crabby and not full of breading. Wasn't a huge fan of the coleslaw, bland for my taste. The bartender (Lincoln?) was... More 

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Milford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

If you're looking for a neighborhood restaurant that's casual, comfortable and local in Canton with off-the-boat fresh seafood check out Mama's on the Half Shell where they list the locations that they acquired their clams that day on a blackboard. Our dinners consisted of a pasta seafood medley containing clams, muscles and shrimp with an amazing complimenting sauce which I... 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 to 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Balti, Eastern European

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Scenic view, Bar scene, 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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