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Mama's on the Half Shell

2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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Reviewed October 16, 2015

We came Sunday night to celebrate my parents 30th. Crab dip good, crushes were OK. I had one of the specials- strip steak with goat cheese compound butter. AMAZING. the other meals were also good, dessert was OK. i would on my way back but...More

Thank Laurenmb
Reviewed October 15, 2015

Good crowd; nice bar and professional and friendly bartenders. Had good cocktails and oyster appetizers at the bar. Oysters were terrific. Seated at a table for dinner which was average; disappointing bouillabaisse. Wait staff at the table not particularly friendly.

Thank CPC213
Reviewed October 14, 2015

Every time I come to Baltimore, I make sure I stop by Mama's! They have a great bar scene downstairs, and the upstairs is a nice dining experience. The food is always fantastic, but make sure you make a reservation!

Thank funpolice83
Reviewed October 13, 2015

My husband and I dined at Mama's 3 times last week. There was no need to looke for a good seafood restarant after dining there the first night. Everything was delicious and made to order. Oysters, soft shell crabs, scallops - I can still taste...More

Thank Diane G
Reviewed October 10, 2015

generous portions, great soft shell crab, very good crab cakes. Very good service. The service in Baltimore in general has been excellent.

Thank lisajones4
Reviewed October 6, 2015

I do not eat seafood of any kind. My colleagues said the crab soup was among the best ever tasted (and we are all OLD), and really enjoyed the fish selection. For my part, I had an excellent salad and one of the best open-faced...More

Thank Bredebear
Reviewed September 26, 2015 via mobile

Best Seafood in town and I've lived here for 52 years. The bartenders are awesome if your from out of town. Jump in a cab or uber its worth the trip 10 mins from the inner harbor.

Thank Michael D
Reviewed September 23, 2015

This restaurant surely contributes to Baltimore's name of "Charm City". This is a small, bustling restaurant with heavy wood paneling and a neighborhood bistro atmosphere. We first enjoyed a dozen Maryland oysters prior to our entrees. Delicious with other selections available from their raw oyster...More

Thank Neferteria
Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Had oysters and Crab Cakes, note their 6oz crab cake is large. The Orange Crush is excellent. Plan to visit next trip to Baltimore

Thank Chris W
Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

It's hidden in a corner of the menu. Ample portions of sea food on a delicious broth. Get it! Our original 45 minute wait turned out to be only 25 minutes. Attentive waitress. I'll order this again next time!

Thank teddy33050
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Tons of restaurants, nice view for walking, inner harbor is pretty close by
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$12 - $40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
  • Neighborhood: 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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