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Mama's on the Half Shell

) #18 of 1,671 Restaurants in Baltimore $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
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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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

Was in town form Orlando with my wife and went to lunch on Friday at Mama's and had some oysters, crab soup, crap cake, Natty Bo and an Orange Crush. The meal was so good I came back Saturday with my buddy and his daughter...More

Thank SpankyandMo
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting us twice from Orlando and leaving such an awesome review! We are so happy you thoroughly enjoyed the crab cakes and oyster you had to come back again for more! We can't wait for your next visit to Baltimore to see...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best place for crab cakes in the whole United States. Certified tasters, my family loves crab cakes. this is where we all go for crab cakes. this is where we take our friends and family when they come in from California and Texas and Washington...More

Thank SyvieGi
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Wow, thank you so much!! The crab cakes are definitely one of our favorites but it is so awesome to hear you bring out of town guests to Mama's On The Half Shell just for them! We can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like a rough and tumble, raw oyster bar then this place is for you! But our food was the worst I've had anywhere, and that's saying something! I had the soft shell crab 'sautéed '..they came out grease laden and disgusting. The manager...More

2  Thank Tvteacher50
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was amazing! The crab cakes was the best I ever had! I also ordered the Tenderloin sandwich which had a great flavor. I highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner.

Thank Jason R
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

The crab cakes are one of our favorites so it is awesome to hear that they are the best you ever had! Thank you so much for the review and recommendation, Jason! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with my girlfriend for drinks after dinner at Nacho MaMas. The grapefruit crush was the best ever. They are not very sweet if that is what you like. They are made with fresh grapefruit and just amazing

Thank Jeffery M
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so happy you visited both Nacho Mama's and Mama's on the Half Shell! Thank you for the great review, Jeffery! Can't wait for your next visit- we'll have a grapefruit crush waiting for you!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I recently had a very pleasant experience at Mama's On The Half Shell in The Canton section of Baltimore, Maryland. The restored historic building, the corner property ( perfect for watching the world pass by), the classic bar, the friendly servers and...More

Thank mamahartsoul2016
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, thank you so much for this thoughtful and kindhearted review! We are thrilled you decided to visit us all the way from New York and thoroughly enjoyed yourself- from the atmosphere all the way to the food. The crab cake and orange crush are...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are in town leaving on a cruise in a few days! This place was great. We ate outside which was very nice. Not being a seafood lover I had the filet which was excellent the glazed carrots were awesome! One of the couples had...More

Thank Monique W
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Monique, we are thrilled to hear you decided to visit us before you left for your cruise! It is so wonderful that everyone liked their dishes and you really enjoyed the atmosphere! Thank you so much for the great review and recommendation! We hope you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service is outstanding, the food is amazing and the drinks are wonderful! The portions are very generous, however the decision to have 'just one more bite' or to take home is very difficult! My 'one more bite' left absolutely no room for dessert; i'll...More

Thank labrat4x4
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this wonderful review! It is so great to hear you thoroughly enjoyed everything to your last bite! We can't wait to see you again, and hopefully for some desert next time too! Cheers.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to this restaurant for years in the Canton area of Baltimore. It is a great menu with fantastic food. The environment is great for a cocktail and dinner, drinks and appetizers, or a full meal.

Thank ericgloberman
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review, Eric! It is so wonderful to hear you have becoming to Mama's On The Half Shell for years and really enjoy everything we have to offer! Can't wait to see you again!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ate lunch here and it was way beyond expectations. They have a great lunch menu that is essentially a half portion. We had the calamari as an appetizer and it was cooked to perfection along with a good dipping sauce. As a group we...More

1  Thank fishinMTL
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for this enthusiastic review! It is so exciting to hear you chose to have lunch here and all of our food was beyond expectations- the calamari is one of the favorites. We can't wait to have you back!

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Kari S
How far from the airport?
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Response from Pat M | Reviewed this property |
20 minutes.
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Kelly K
What attraction are nearby?
22 February 2016|
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Response from bibio7 | Reviewed this property |
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
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
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
  • E-mail
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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