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“Birthday dinner”

Mama's on the Half Shell
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Ranked #19 of 2,075 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, 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 12 October 2017

Thank you Jordan M. for making my son's 21st Birthday dinner special. The food was delicious and the service was fast and attentive. My compliments to the chef--the fried calamari was the best i've ever had. Thank you to the hostess for seating us right away even though we didn't have a reservation.
Parking was interesting but I would expect no less for dinner time on a Friday in the city. My husband circle the block twice before he found a parking space.

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Thank ecpgrass
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2017

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are thrilled you decided to celebrate your son's birthday with us and truly enjoyed everything about the evening. We will be sure to pass those kind words along to Jordan and our kitchen staff. We hope to see you again very soon! Take care.

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Staying over night in Baltimore before heading out for a cruise. Looked up restaurants in the area and came across this one...to say we were pleasantly surprised would be an understatement..food was wonderful and there was so much of it we had to take some back to our hotel...the crab cakes were indescribable, huge and loaded with lump crab meat, tarter sauce was different and delicious, drinks were generous Service was awesome, our waitress Jenny was attentive and never far away..if you have never eaten there you should give it a try, you won't be sorry...

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Thank Cathy L
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Wow, thank you for the amazing review, Cathy! We are thrilled you decided to give us a try while staying overnight in Baltimore. It is so great to hear you thoroughly enjoyed everything about your first experience with us at Mama's On The Half Shell and we are so happy you had leftovers to enjoy all over again. Thank you for the great recommendation and we hope to see you the next time you are in Baltimore! Take care.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Love spending Sunday afternoon at Mamas! Great Orange Crush cocktails and a menu sure to please everyone. Multiple screens with all of the games, friendly bartenders & wait staff!

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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

We love that you spend your Sunday's with us! What a great way to top off the weekend with our orange crushes and wonderful menu. Thank you so much for the amazing review! Can't wait to see you again on Sunday!

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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a good Bloody Mary and brunch on a Saturday morning. Came across Mama’s on the Half Shell... They have a wonderful Bloody Mary, house made mix, and a great menu! The food was great as well. I had the crab soup & crab cake, broiled, sandwich with a side of Mac & cheese, amazing. My husband had the crab hash and was very pleased. What I really enjoyed, too, was the service! We sat at the bar and had the friendliest and best service while in Baltimore.

Thank kristiboren
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Thank you for the great review, Kristi! We are thrilled you happen to find us and decided to enjoy brunch with us. It is so wonderful to hear you and your husband liked all of the crab dishes, bloody mary's, and especially the service you received at the bar. We hope to see you again soon- maybe for dinner next time! Take care.

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Prior to my reunion in Baltimore, I began searching for some really great restaurants online. I wanted to make sure I didn't leave without enjoying some of the excellent seafood that this region is known for. One key criterion was to find a restaurant that offered lots of shellfish dishes. Mamas On The Half Shell rose to the top of my choices after reading lots of menus. While on a hotel van ride I questioned the driver as to where they ate seafood and without hesitation, they said Mamas On The Half Shell.
Parking on the street was easy to find and the restaurant was in a quaint neighborhood. Staff were very friendly and helpful and before we knew it we were being served amazing dishes. Our table of 6 had 6 different mains and shared a delicious Crab Artichoke Dip. My "Classic Combo Plate" included a huge lump crab cake, broiled scallops, jumbo breaded shrimp and a large breaded fish fillet. WOW! Food was delicious and everyone at the table left full and happy. I can't overstate what a good "find" this restaurant was. If I ever find myself in the area again, I will definitely make a special trip to Mamas On The Half Shell.

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Thank Dave H
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Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2017

Wow, thank you so much for the amazing, incredible review, Dave! We are beyond thrilled and happy you not only picked us to visit, but your van driver recommended us as well! It is so great everyone truly enjoyed the 6 different dishes that were served and the crab artichoke dip on top of that! We cannot wait for the next time you are in Baltimore to see you again (hopefully soon)! Take care.

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