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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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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (25 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (31 reviews)
Opens in 23 min
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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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1 - 10 of 581 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of restaurants have crab cakes. Lots of restaurants have seafood. But to encompass Baltimore-style, and not chain restaurant style is hard to find. But Mama's does it! Tried the grilled oysters with paprika...to die for. Then the crab cake plate was amazing. There were...More

Thank Ann N
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Ann, wow, thank you for the amazing review! We are ecstatic and more than flattered by the wonderful compliments about our food, ambiance, atmosphere and more! It is so great to hear you truly enjoyed our oysters, crab cakes & even had room for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The seafood chowder was amazing as were the crab cakes. We had no room for dessert but will definitely be returning next trip.

Thank Burgschzz
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the amazing review! We are thrilled you enjoyed our seafood chowder and crab cakes and definitely can't wait to see you again! Take care.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my spouse here for dinner on a Friday evening when we were visiting Baltimore for a romantic weekend. I had eaten lunch here on several occasions while in Baltimore for business. We arrived in time for happy hour. We decided to sit at...More

Thank revy2005
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are thrilled you and your spouse truly enjoyed your romantic evening with us while visiting Baltimore. It is great to hear you savored our seafood dishes and took advantage of our happy hour specials. We can't...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Mama’s was exactly what my family was looking for during our trip to Baltimore. The place just oozes Baltimore seafood joint. My wife raves that the seafood chowder and crab cakes were the best she ever had. From the filet, to the raw oysters, clams...More

Thank Joe C
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the amazing review, Joe! We are thrilled Mama's was just what you were looking for when visiting Baltimore and everyone truly enjoyed their experience with us. It is great you revelled in our oysters, seafood chowder, crushes & more. We can't...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were led upstairs in this historic building and seated beside the fireplace and windows. The atmosphere was so cool. We ordered a banana crush and an orange crush to drink. They were both great but being a rum drinker the banana was my favorite...More

1  Thank Noleman13
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this amazing review. We are elated your meal with us was everything you were expecting and more. Our crushes and oysters are always an excellent way to start your meal with us and we are so happy you truly enjoyed...More

Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Bartenders were amazing. Great food, wish I had the stomach to try more than the crabcake benny. Crushes are delish! Super fun place!

Thank nh73
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you for the amazing review! We are very happy you truly enjoyed everything about your visit with us, you'll just have to come back to try more of our crabcake benny! We can't wait to see you again, take care.

Reviewed 13 March 2018

I liked everything about my first visit to Mama's for dinner. The atmosphere, food and service where all excellent. It seems to be a very popular place, I was there with two others on a Wednesday night and I don't think I saw and empty...More

Thank Kwldtrvlr
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review. We are thrilled you were finally able to visit Mama's on the Half Shell and truly enjoyed everything about your experience. Our crab cake is definitely a signature dish with us and it is so great to hear you...More

Reviewed 7 March 2018

That was a really, really good RARE pan-seared salmon - the asparagus cooked to perfection and the beurre blanc sauce of french quality! Well done! Salmon is often dry and overcooked and this was as salmon should be. Tried a selection of oysters - and...More

Thank Queen14259
Reviewed 2 March 2018

Joined family for lunch on the weekend for seafood. The placed was packed and loud, but we were seated very fast. staff was friendly and the service was good. We had heard about the outstanding lobster roll from friends who said it was fresh and...More

Thank P5433DZrobertm
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

I ordered the catch of the day and boy was it awful. Seafood chowder was subpar at best and mamas mac’n cheese is super greasy. The best part of dinner was the wine (great selection).

Thank williamwellington
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Monday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Tuesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Wednesday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Thursday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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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