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“A long way to travel for Valentines dinner.”

Mama's on the Half Shell
Ranked #19 of 2,026 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Canton
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.
Olney, Maryland
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A long way to travel for Valentines dinner.”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

I used to go here about once a week. But my sales territory changed and it is way out of my way now. When my wife asked me where to go for Valentines Day, I said Mama's. Yes, we went 2 days early. Their Maryland Crab Soup is not really a soup. It is so thick it is a stew. It remains awesome. The French Onion Soup is about as good as can be imagined. My wife had the Seafood Melt and I had the Marylander. Both were excellent, as always. It is noisy, but the atmosphere is so quaint and neighborly.

  • Visited February 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Rude Hostess”
Reviewed February 11, 2012

The hostess was extremely rude and showed no flexibility with accommodating our party. She spoke in a condescending manner and looked to be talking about us to other servers during our meal. She evened turned her back to us when we were leaving. Other than the hostess, everything else was satisfactory. This was one of my favorite places to bring out of town guests, but we won't be going back. We'll stick to Nick's Fish House from here on out.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Crab Cakes!”
Reviewed January 25, 2012

Get their crab cakes--best in the city.  (no joke, many people wouldn't realize this)

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Baltimore, Maryland
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207 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

As much as I want to give this place a high rating, I cannot. The ambiance is nice, and so is the staff, but the food is bland and, especially the 'greatest crabcakes in Baltimore' are a great disappointment. The fact that it is one of the better restaurants in Canton says more about the other restaurants than about Mama's on the Half Shell.

  • Visited February 2011
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Bowie, Maryland
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5 reviews
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“New Favorite Place in Baltimore”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

Good Meals...Reasonable priced. You can make a meal off the appetizers!!!!

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