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Mama's on the Half Shell

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2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK...we're from the Midwest and were raised on beef! Soooo...not a lot of seafood lovers! BUT...we transplanted to the East Coast 40 years ago, and a number of us fell in love with everything seafood...except my brother! Mama's converted him! My niece flew in from St Louis, and we had a mini family reunion at Mama's! Started with the Chincoteague... More 

Thank Paula C
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Paula, we are THRILLED that you had such a great time. Here at Mama's we pride ourselves on our great service and incredible food! We could not be happier that you and your family had such a memorable experience! We look forward to having you all again soon for more of our incredible seafood! More 

Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love a good oysters rockefeller and Mama's does not disappoint. I've never been there when the place isn't packed so this time I opted for food to go, much simpler that way and no waiting. If you can't get a reservation do yourself a favor and get it to go, don't miss out on this place.

Thank fsview11
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Whether you are dining in or getting food to go from Mama's On the Half Shell you will not be disappointed by the fabulous flavors! Our menu is full of authentic cuisine that is absolutely delicious and will satisfy any appetite. We look forward to serving you again, thank you. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Baltimore, don't miss Mama's on the Half Shell for fresh crab cakes. The fried oysters are also delicious! The restaurant has a great vibe, but you can also take out and enjoy the seafood at your own place. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

Thank Judith H
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We appreciate the recommendation, Judith. If you are looking for mouthwatering, delicious food, then Mama's On the Half Shell is where you want to be! I'm sure we will see you again soon so we can appease your craving for fabulous food, thank you. More 

Havertown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

first stop on a weekend trip to Baltimore. Just had a drink. Bartender was nice and it seemed like a cool place to be.

Thank KG42
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback on your recent stop at Mama's On the Half Shell. Make sure to come back and try some of our amazing menu items! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My buddy and I went here for dinner before going to a concert at The Power Plant Live (walking distance). He had a coupon; and I've wanted to try this place for years. I had the seafood pasta dinner and it was incredible. If I remember correctly, my friend had the jambalaya which he really enjoyed. Serving portions were very... More 

Thank Parott1966
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on your recent visit to Mama's On the Half Shell. We are so happy that you were finally able to come and enjoy our fabulous food! Make sure to come back soon and try one of the many other wonderful items on our menu. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely service and okay traditional food, though somewhat limited. Ordered a side Cesar salad but it had no anchovies or croutons and probably bottled dressing...forgettable. Oysters Rockefeller were okay but have had better. Had a nice glass of Albariño which was served too cold but once it lost it's icy chill, it provided a very nice acidity to balance the... More 

Thank Linda Z
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Hi Linda, we appreciate you taking the time to leave this review and your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you found the service lovely but we are disappointed that you found your meal forgettable. Our dishes should be arriving to tables full of robust flavor and perfectly seasoned. We would love the chance to show you that we... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow, this meal was a meal that made me grateful I am able to eat food. It was a life-changing experience. I went with a group of friends and we had a corner table upstairs with wonderful windows. The decor feels like an old seafood bar in Baltimore. I love it. I started with the Oyster Stew. OMG. This soup... More 

1 Thank Calista S
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

It is amazing that dining at Mama's On the Half Shell was a life changing experience for you, Calista! Our scrumptious food is to die for and our staff provide top notch customer service. Please do come back soon so we can continue to provide you with an exceptional time, thank you. More 

Lincoln, NE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

In town on business, a colleague and I stopped in to Mama’s on the ½ Shell on the recommendation of a client. The place is on O’Donnell Square Park and has an old pub look to it on the outside, and the interior is no different. The downstairs area is more bar-like with high tops, TVs, and a bar, but... More 

1 Thank Paul K
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We are happy you took the recommendation and came and visited us at Mama's On the Half Shell, Paul! We have a welcoming atmosphere where our guests can sit back, enjoy themselves and receive attentive service from our staff. Our menu is full of delicious options that are sure to satisfy any hunger. We do hope you will make it... More 

New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a fun environment, ample drinks and good food, this is your place. It's not the best food I've ever had, but not every place can be the best. The close quarters had us socializing with our neighbors which was a plus, with some even offering us a taste of their dish! We didn't, but enjoyed the... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We stopped for lunch during a Ravens game and the place was stacked and rightfully loud. Service was therefore slow and hard to hear and get orders straight. We were informed that there was nothing gluten free on the menu, but managed to find items ourselves. Definitely not a GF friendly establishment, server seemed bothered by the question even and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
American, Bar, Seafood
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Canton
  • Neighbourhood: Canton
  • Phone Number: +1 410-276-3160
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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