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“Fabulous Seafood and a "neighborhood feel"”

Mama's on the Half Shell
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Ranked #26 of 2,238 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar Scene, View
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed September 13, 2017 via mobile

Before traveling to Baltimore while on vacation, we selected this restaurant to meet a friend for dinner. We were not disappointed. The service was great, a wonderful neighborhood/casual feel that makes one want to return and dine more often. We all chose various forms of crab cakes and salads and all were scrumptious! Attentive service, great food and friends! A great "find".

Thank ntune
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2017

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are thrilled you decided to visit Mama's on The Half Shell while visiting Baltimore and were not disappointed! It is so great to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and dinners. We hope to see you the next time you visit Baltimore! Take care.

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Went here on a Sunday night after the Orioles game. It is not close to Camden Yards but am very glad I took the short trip there. This was my families second trip to Baltimore and decided to try a new restaurant. From the casual and interesting decor to the food quality everyone in my party was pleased. The crush drinks were a hit, have to try the Key Lime one, the appetizers were brought out very quickly and disappeared just as fast. Oysters, dip, calamari were all delicious. The dinner only elevated my opinion. I had the Crabcakes with asparagus and rice. The stuffed shrimp, crab imperial and pasta dishes were all hits at the table as well. Too bad we were too full for dessert because I was curious to try the derby pie. If you are in the Baltimore area definitely give this place a try.

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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2017

Thank you for the awesome review! We are thrilled you decided to make the trip and visit and visit Nacho Mama's after the Orioles game. It is so great to hear everyone enjoyed all of the food and the ambiance. We can't wait to see you again to try the derby pie next time! Cheers.

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

Had the opportunity to eat at this cozy little restaurant Friday evening and the food was really good. I enjoyed the drinks also. Had a bit of a wait since the place is not that big. But waiting 30 minutes is fairly short considering the space. I would recommend it, especially if you're a lover of seafood.

Thank Dayna F
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

Thank you for the great review, Dayna! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our atmosphere, food, and drinks when you visited. Thank you for the recommendation as well. We can't wait to see you again!

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

We went on a Friday evening and were lucky to get in without a reservation. We had our first Baltimore Crush !!!!! All of our seafood dishes were great. The seafood chowder and the oyster stew are both very tasty. The lettuce wedge salad and the Caesar salads were very good. In general everything was great. Will definitely go back when we are visiting in Baltimore!!

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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2017

Thank you so much for the awesome review! It is so wonderful to hear you enjoyed your first Baltimore Crush, the seafood dishes, and salads! We can't wait until you are back in Baltimore to see you again. Take care.

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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

This is strictly a review of having s drink at the bar. I was in town from California for a conference at the Renaissance Harbor hotel and wanted to get away from the tourist area. So my cousin took me to Birroteca for pizza then we came here for a drink. I really like the feel here..seemed like a lot of locals were at the bar. I tried two things here I never tried before: 1. Baltimore crush which sort of tastes like orange crush but with alcohol, and 2. B and B oyster shooter which is a blue point oyster and pabts blue ribbon beer in a short glass with some sort of hot sauce that you stir first then drink all at once.

Both were really good. The Baltimore crush is a little sweet but I could see myself drinking this on a muggy Baltimore August day. I had three of the B and B shooters. The beer and hot sauce mixed well with the oyster for some reason. Staff was really friendly and attentive.

Thank Jeorge T
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2017

Thank you for the great review Jeorge. Most people would be hesitant to try the B & B Shooters but we are thrilled you liked it enough to have a three! The Baltimore crush is also a classic among us at Mama's On The Half Shell. We are happy you enjoyed your visit and can't wait for the next time you are in Baltimore! Cheers.

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