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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%
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“brunch” (16 reviews)
“seafood chowder” (28 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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...More

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

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...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

Thank pamellaandrose21
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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...More

Thank kristiboren
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Dave H
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Before traveling to Baltimore while on vacation, we selected this restaurant to meet a friend for dinner. We were not disappointed. The service was great, a wonderful neighborhood/casual feel that makes one want to return and dine more often. We all chose various forms of...More

Thank ntune
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Thank you so much for this amazing review! We are thrilled you decided to visit Mama's on The Half Shell while visiting Baltimore and were not disappointed! It is so great to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere, service, and dinners. We hope to see you...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Went here on a Sunday night after the Orioles game. It is not close to Camden Yards but am very glad I took the short trip there. This was my families second trip to Baltimore and decided to try a new restaurant. From the casual...More

Thank ronniek18
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 8 September 2017

Thank you for the awesome review! We are thrilled you decided to make the trip and visit and visit Nacho Mama's after the Orioles game. It is so great to hear everyone enjoyed all of the food and the ambiance. We can't wait to see...More

Reviewed 17 August 2017

Had the opportunity to eat at this cozy little restaurant Friday evening and the food was really good. I enjoyed the drinks also. Had a bit of a wait since the place is not that big. But waiting 30 minutes is fairly short considering the...More

Thank Dayna F
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Thank you for the great review, Dayna! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed our atmosphere, food, and drinks when you visited. Thank you for the recommendation as well. We can't wait to see you again!

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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, 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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