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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (20 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (28 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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LOCATION
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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1 - 10 of 563 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

WOW!! This place is amazing. The wait staff for our first visit was outstanding. There were five in our party and they did an great job accommodating us. We went to the second floor and they put us in the corner with the window views....More

Thank PurpleRain82001
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Third time here. Keep coming back. Fast service. Staff are great. Food is awesome! Seafood chowder cant be beat! No reason to miss this place!!

Thank Skippy116
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Wow, we love that you keep coming back to Mama's On the Half Shell. It is so great you truly enjoy every visit with us and like our seafood chowder. Thank you for the awesome review- can't wait to see you agian.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to us by our daughter and son in law. They said the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great and they were right! As soon as we were seated our server, Julie, who was exceptional, came right over to take...More

Thank K D
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful review. It is so great your daughter recommended you to visit Mama's On the Half Shell and took them up on that. We are thrilled you really enjoyed your lobster hash and steak and eggs and received...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed a summer night here with great oysters and knowledgeable bartenders. Bar food has good it a very hopping place.

Thank Ragtop
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are so happy you visited us on a summer evening and liked our oysters. We hope to see you again soon. Take care.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We found Mama's on the Half Shell on Trip Advisor and gave it a try. The décor is really cute. There are a lot of vintage posters and photos to look at. We ate in the upstairs area. It was well-lit and comfortable. We ordered...More

1  Thank BeachyGrandma
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We love hearing when people find us on TripAdvisor and decide to give us a try. It is so great you really enjoyed the atmosphere of not only our restaurant but the Canton neighborhood as well. The...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our niece lives in Canton near Baltimore Harbor and she took us to this place for dinner. I had it on my list of places to try and I'm glad we went. I had a dozen raw clams which were OK and then had fried...More

Thank Bill A
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Bill. We are thrilled your niece decided to bring you to Mama's On the Half Shell while visiting Baltimore and even better that we were already on your list to see! It is so great you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always amazing food and great drinks any kind across you can dream of they will whip it up for you fresh voicers daily if you lovely stirs and a great brunch on Sundays. Service is always one point as well!

Thank Gina K
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the amazing review, Gina! We are thrilled you always enjoy our fresh and tasty food and mixed drinks. It is so great you visit us for brunch and receive such great service. We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love Nacho Mama’s (Mexican, next door) and have made the 100 mile each way trek more than several times for dinner and their margaritas. We expected to be equally enthusiastic about Nacho Mama’s on the Half Shell. My Bloody Mary was...More

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

Hi Brian, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. While it is great to hear you love Nacho Mama’s (and make such a long trip), we hope that you would like Mama’s On The Half Shell, too! We truly appreciate your feedback...More

Reviewed 13 October 2017

This is a unique atmosphere with delightful photographs of the past that adorn the walls and it's dark rich wood that is the bar where we sat. There are tables and chairs as well, however we dropped in for Happy Hour/Late Lunch and wanted to...More

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

Hi Lynn, thank you for the wonderful review and recommendation! We are thrilled you decided to stop by for Happy Hour at the bar and truly enjoyed your beer mussels. We cannot wait for the next time you are in Baltimore to try some more...More

Reviewed 13 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...More

Thank ecpgrass
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...More

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Tons of restaurants, nice view for walking, inner harbor is pretty close by
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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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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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