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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
(410) 276-3160
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9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Scenic view

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Visitor rating
  • 179
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic, but a long wait!

The food was fantastic, beer mussels, salmon BLTs, and stuffed shrimp. It was wonderful. Also the fried calamari was the best ever, and the Maryland crab soup was fantastic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Rita B
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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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336 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The food was fantastic, beer mussels, salmon BLTs, and stuffed shrimp. It was wonderful. Also the fried calamari was the best ever, and the Maryland crab soup was fantastic.

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Laurel, Maryland
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

Great little place in Canton! In area for Conference and went on TripAdvisor reviews and was not disappointed. Yes, there seems to be a wait and they are busy, but ordered drinks at the bar and time went by fast. The bartender was awesome... Great service and made sure anyone at the bar got their drinks and answered questions. Chose... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This is a really small restaurant, if you go for lunch expect to wait. Get the crab cakes they are excellent, everything was fresh and the bartender was pretty cool too.

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Dallas, TX
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place was packed on a Monday night and smelled wonderful from the first step in the door. Very friendly staff. Wine was poured generously. All the food was very good starting with oysters from Virginia to the shrimp and scallops. Great meal in a fun restaurant.

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Houston, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Coming to Baltimore without trying the renowned crab cakes is like gong to El Paso and not having Mexican food. It was late Sunday night and Mama's On the Half Shell came up on the restaurant ouija board. This group of four out of towners plugged in the GPS, wound our way through streets we'd call quaint in Texas and... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were looking somewhere to get a late dinner, we had just opened La Tolteca on Boston St, my bartender specialist and myself were starving and that's when we decided to stop at Mama's on the Half Shell. It was amazing! everything was delicious and the waitress was beautiful and polite so that is always awesome haha we will be... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Just left this place feeling horrible. I've been treated badly trying to get into restaurants before in my life (in racists places), but I've never been treated like I was tonight...... basically asked to shut up when I'm trying to explain what the problem was with the food. One of the members of my party had an overcooked dish, which... More 

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We went here for lunch on Monday. First time there and what an Awesome meal it was. We just found it on Google and thought, Lets give it a shot. The stuffed shrimp was unbelievable. the oysters were awesome and the seafood bouillbaisse was very good. The service was great. Very friendly waitress, we sat in the bar area. We... More 

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Best place to enjoy seafood Baltimore is known for. Don't miss out on this local gem. Casual, friendly and excellent service.

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Glyfada
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87 reviews 87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Terrific place! It is very popular with locals. Service was excellent. Had the fried oysters and the scallops and shrimps plate. They also had the seasonal Sam Adams beer. Everything was delicious. A true gem!

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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: (410) 276-3160

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
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
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?