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Mama's on the Half Shell

) #16 of 1,676 Restaurants in Baltimore $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (18 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Amazing squash salad, something I've never tried before, and still thinking about it a week later. According to my friends the crab cakes were ok ( shellfish allergy ) and the food as well. Nice location, friendly staff, and good food. Definitely worth a visit,...More

Thank levinwest
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the great review! It is so great to hear you are thinking about the squash salad a week later and that everyone enjoyed their visit. We appreciate the recommendation as well, and hope to see you back since you enjoyed the ambience.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We met friends for lunch on the weekend. Although we have lived in Annapolis for more than 40 years we have never eaten at any of the places on the Square. The structure itself had plenty of historical and architectural interest. We decided to dine...More

Thank napman
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you greatly for the great review! We are so happy you finally made it to Mama's On The Half Shell and that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience! The oysters are definitely one of the favorites on the menu but you can't go wrong with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered Mama's a few years ago and have been devoted eaters there ever since. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and professional without being stuffy - ever! The food is consistently very good and often absolutely wonderful. The menu is broad, as is the...More

Thank Bill G
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you for this exceptional review, Bill! We love hearing you have been devoted patrons since your first visit and our food has always left you pleased and wanting more. Our staff always tries to provide the best customer service and it is great...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Last time we were in Baltimore, we couldn't get in. Busy and we didn't have a reservation. This time we knew better and e-mailed to request a reservation. Rick responded back by calling and reserving us a table. Love the atmosphere. Our waiter was very...More

Thank KDel73
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are thrilled you wanted to come back and give us a second try visiting Baltimore again! It is great to hear Rick was accommodating and had a reservation waiting for you. It is wonderful you enjoyed the lobster, scallops and shrimp! Can't wait to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mama's on the Half Shell is no better than any of the local bar/restaurants in Maryland. I got a crab cake platter. The crab cake was OK, not worth going there for. Greens in my salad were very dry. Staff was very nice.More

Thank 885Steve1948
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, Steve. We take great pride in being a local favorite bar, here in Canton as well as the food we serve. It is great to hear our staff provided excellent service on your visit....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came to Baltimore and had to have crab cakes. Found Mama's. Far and away the best we've ever had. Ditto the bouillabaisse. And thanks to our server, Katie, for recommending a great wine to accompany our food. My only recommendation: Find a better bread supplier....More

Thank Portland-PR-Man
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are thrilled to hear of the exceptional experience you had while visiting Mama's On The Half Shell! Thank you so much for the great review and for thinking we have the best crab cakes (although we do agree)! Can't wait for your next visit...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there again on 6/30/17 for happy hour and it was great as usual. Had a dozen oysters from Chincoteague for $12 and awesome mussels for $7. Lincoln makes wonderful lemon drop martinis and Manhattans.

Thank macguy47
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy you continue to join us for Happy Hour and always like the oysters/mussels and drinks! Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great lunch and Very accommodating staff - needed walker access! Had 4th of July special with blackened tuna wrap - huge portion!

Thank Katie H
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are thrilled you and your mom could really enjoy themselves! Thank you for the great review, Katie! We hope to see you again! Cheers.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Mamas for my last meal in US. what a brilliant place for brunch. Matt looked after us really well and the food was amazing and good value. I was visiting my daughter who eats here practically every week. I could see why. Can't...More

Thank Annie Lou R
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We can't wait for you to visit again either, Annie! Thank you for this wonderful review. We are thrilled you decided to have Nacho Mama's as your last meal and you were able to leave satisfied and happy! Hope you have safe travels! Cheers.

Reviewed 19 June 2017

Was in town form Orlando with my wife and went to lunch on Friday at Mama's and had some oysters, crab soup, crap cake, Natty Bo and an Orange Crush. The meal was so good I came back Saturday with my buddy and his daughter...More

Thank SpankyandMo
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank you for visiting us twice from Orlando and leaving such an awesome review! We are so happy you thoroughly enjoyed the crab cakes and oyster you had to come back again for more! We can't wait for your next visit to Baltimore to see...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
  • Neighbourhood: Canton
  • Phone Number: +1 410-276-3160
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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