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“Best in Canton” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mama's on the Half Shell

Mama's on the Half Shell
Ranked #18 of 1,999 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
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.
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3 restaurant reviews
“Best in Canton”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

A true Baltimore local restaurant. We live a few blocks away and I never get tired of going to Mama's! It's the "go-to" place when we have out of town guests because it's a true Baltimore experience. The food is always fresh, consistent, and well-priced. The staff is friendly and we often make new friends at the bar. The orange and grapefruit crush is fantastic! I dare you to eat the seafood club alone...it's worth it!

Visited January 2013
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Virginia
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263 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“good brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Sunday brunch always packs a crowd so be prep to wait in line. Came here for the seafood and wasn't disappointed. Ordered the oyster rockefeller and it was a bit over cooked since it was dry.The shrimps were great tasting.
Service was attentive but wasn't too overbearing.
Nice ambiance to boot.
One downside is parking. No private lot only street parking available.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“breakfast especially!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

I cannot rave enough about the wonderful food and service! Delicious brunch and way more than you can eat. We all got different plates and everyone was satisfied. Go there!

Visited October 2012
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Forest Hill, Maryland, United States
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Always Packed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

The Beer Mussels are the best. So much food, must share and they have the best Orange Crushes in town.

Visited June 2012
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Great potential”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

I liked everything about this restaurant from the ceaser salad to the French onion soup. I ordered the crab cake and I got a stale roll so that ruined it for me. It is likely I'd go back and try something else on the menu-- looked like a lot of things worth trying... But how are you a Baltimore restaurant and you don't serve Natty Boh?!

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