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Mama's on the Half Shell

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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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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, 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
Georgeous evening outdoor dining

Met an old friend who we hadn't seen in years so we had a reunion of sorts. We ate outside on a lovely warm evening with a nice breeze. Our server was generous with her time and patient with our chatting. We started with the mussels (delicious), draft beer was cold and smooth. (Great selection... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Larry L
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Met an old friend who we hadn't seen in years so we had a reunion of sorts. We ate outside on a lovely warm evening with a nice breeze. Our server was generous with her time and patient with our chatting. We started with the mussels (delicious), draft beer was cold and smooth. (Great selection). Had a scallop appetizer, our... More 

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PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went there on a Friday night (called ahead and they said no reservations Friday/Sat. night). We were told the closer we came to 5pm, the more likely we could get a table. I was so thankful that we got there early because this place was a gem, exactly what we were looking for. We had a very knowledgeable server,... More 

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Somerset
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

If you've ever been at a restaurant where the wait seemed impossible, sometimes there's a reason. The food, the atmosphere, and the staff, were worth the 5 rating that I have never given another restaurant. Our waiter Jordan was also spectacular, unlike many, he knew the menu intimately, and was happy to offer his advice. All aspects of the meal... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I've been eating here for over 6 years. Never got a bad meal. I'm a local. I would recommend this place to any visitors. Best food around and large portions as well. Also. Everyone s. Friendly here Mike D

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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378 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Mama’s had about a 30-40 minute wait for food on the night we visited, but I wish we had stayed and waited. The food smelled amazing there. However, we did return to get a drink. Their grapefruit crushes are the best in the area. We also tried the John Daly crush as well, which was also good- strong, but good.... More 

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We stopped in to grab a quick bite to eat from a recommendation by a local. We ordered the calamari, bacon scallops and clams casino. The calamari was awesome and a good sized portion but the clams casino was sub par. The bacon scallops were good but a little pricey for the portion size. The restaurant was clean and comfortable... More 

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Clarksville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I am a local and would recommend this restaurant to a visitor to town. The place sort of has two personalities with a more pub like atmosphere on the ground level and a restaurant atmosphere on the second floor. It is located in a classic Baltimore neighborhood that is on the trendy side with several bars and restaurants in the... More 

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Wilmington NC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Dark wood looking bar. Lots of seafood. We sat at the bar and service was fast and attentive. Festive atmosphere. Slushies are the present thing to order in this area of town. Very good apps. Try the crab toast. Id go back. Stumbling distance to a lot of other bars and restaurants. Light rail at camden yards is about a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I cannot rate this place high enough. It was honestly some of he best food I've ever had. I was there with a large group and sampled several dishes. The steaks, the oysters, the mussels, the pork belly, the lamb shank, the cocktails. All of it was excellent. I'd rate it best of canton and top 3 in the state.... More 

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Perry Hall, Md
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This place has THE best oysters and crushes ever!! I could eat here everyday! Everything is good including the drinks!! There is always a wait on the weekends, but SO worth it!

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Additional Information about Mama's on the Half Shell

Address: 2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
Phone Number: 14102763160
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
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
Average Prices: USD $12 to $40
Cuisine: Seafood, Balti, Eastern European

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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: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Doing business, Bar scene, Romantic

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?