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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
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (25 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (31 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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1 - 10 of 602 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I go to Mama's for brunch and get the Bloody Mary's. They are a meal in themselves and are to die for!!! Don't take my word for it, try one for yourself!!!

Thank Buggsey99
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the awesome review! We are thrilled you always enjoy our Bloody Mary's during brunch on the weekend! We can't wait to see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking for a great crab cake and we certainly found it. Kallie, the manager, was friendly and welcoming and our server was helpful and attentive. We will certainly go back when we are in Baltimore again.

Thank Longboatergirl
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the great review! We are very happy to hear of the excellent service from Kallie and found the amazing crab cakes you were looking for! We can't wait to see you again soon. Take care.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was lackadaisical at best. Could see into the kitchen prep area and watched a young gentleman rub his eyes with palms of his hands and his fingers and grab an onion to slice it. Please remind staff about proper food handling and hygiene. Seating...More

Thank BethBZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

The crab cake was perfect! The mussels were amazing! The staff were very friendly and the coolness of the building and bar makes this place the perfect place for a Great meal !!

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

Thank you so much for the amazing review, Carl. We are thrilled your crab cake with us was perfect and you truly enjoyed everything Mama's has to offer! We are looking forward to many more visits with you! Take care.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would highly recommend this restaurant when in Baltimore. Food was fabulous and service was excellent too!

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

Thanks so much for the amazing review! We are thrilled you truly enjoyed your time with us and appreciate the recommendations as well. Hope to see you the next time you are in Batlimore!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here after reading g the reviews.... never had Soft shell crab and heard this was the place to go. Starters were grilled oysters, and parmesan oysters. Only drawback to our "Later than norm" dinner was Yes you could be seated outside as long as...More

Thank Jett2000
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your night out with us and ordered some of our classic, favorite dishes from the menu! Unfortunately, the rule is here to stay for the city but we are always open late...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the atmosphere of Mama's more than we did the food. It is elbow to elbow and loud. It is a popular place. Lot's of interesting things hanging on the walls, old oyster advertising, etc. Our waitperson was great in taking the time to...More

Thank h2oworks2000
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great, service great. It’s hard to maintain a convo as it is a loud loud place. The crab cakes are rich and plentiful so don’t order the double. Enjoy it!

Thank dimashq
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We are thrilled you loved our crab cakes when dining with us and received excellent service as well. We can't wait for your next visit with us! Take care.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Despite our waitress being very impatient and almost in tolerant of my need for lots of water with my meal, the food blew me away! I’ve never had better seafood in my life, and I’ve eaten all around the world.

Thank Lawdrum
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review! We are thrilled our seafood blew you away and you truly enjoyed your meal with us! We hope to see you again soon the next time you are in Baltimore. Take care.

Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

The oyster selection was great. The dinner menu had a lot of options. All of the food was fantastic along with the service. The location is really neat too. Great place to walk around.

Thank Kayla S
Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Hi Kayla, we are so happy to hear you truly enjoyed our oysters as well as the other food during your meal with us. We appreciate the great review and hope to see you again soon! Take care.

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Maggie1875
28 July 2018|
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Response from Ann N | Reviewed this property |
I’m not from Maryland, but I’ve eaten a number of crab cakes. You cannot go wrong. But also order the grilled oysters. Absolutely delicious! And ambiance is fun.
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Kari S
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20 minutes.
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Kelly K
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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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