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Mama's on the Half Shell

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2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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09:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite hangout during my 3-week business trip. Fantastic raw bar and menu, friendly and courteous waitstaff and two of the best bartenders on the planet (Michael and Lincoln). Friendly locals to converse with while watching the O's game.

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Thank Michael W
Kallie A, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, Michael! We are delighted you chose to visit Mama's on the Half Shell on your business trip! It is great to hear you enjoyed the atmosphere and food we serve. Hope to see you again the next time you visit Baltimore! Cheers. More 

Laguna Beach
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160 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

... not a minor statement. Big chunks of delicious sweet crab with a delicate flavorful binding. Tuesday night had a special on two of these delicious mounds. Great service. Interesting historical surrounds. Definitely a be-back.

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Kallie A, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

We are thrilled to hear Mama's on the Half Shell has the best crab cakes around! Thank you so much for the awesome review! Can't wait to see you again. Cheers. More 

California
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89 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we are in Baltimore, we make sure to have lunch in Canton at Mama's on the Half Shell. The old, gorgeous wood paneling & bar is a treat to see & so happy they have retained its integrity. Although they have a 2nd floor dining room, we usually opt for the 1st floor front part. There are also outdoor... More 

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Thank Bebe44
Kallie A, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for the very kind words a great review!! We are ecstatic to hear that you have made Mama's on the Half Shell a staple for when you visit Baltimore! We are very happy that we live up to your expectations each time and more! Thank you again, and can't wait for your next visit with us! More 

Newburgh, Indiana
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211 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I liked the memorabilia on the walls. The downstairs is narrow with a long bar but they have seating on the sidewalk and upstairs. Crab chowder was delicious, crab club sandwich was tasty. This place is in a great location in Canton with plenty of other choices for dining but no need to miss this spot.

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Thank creole6684
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your crab club sandwich and hope you will come back soon! Thanks again More 

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Favorite of locals,recommended by 3 Uber drivers! Excellent service, atmosphere A+. In nice neighborhood!

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

We are thrilled to hear this!!! Thank you so much, Jill! See you soon! More 

Maryland
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Crab cakes are the best I've ever had and the bouillabaisse is amazing with generous amounts of seafood; warm atmosphere and fantastic staff.

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

Thank you so much for your review. We truly appreciate you coming in and hope you will come back soon! Cheers! More 

New York City, New York
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135 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I went there with two other people for a casual business dinner. The food was very good and really enjoyed the crab cakes. Beer and spirits selection was solid and staff was friendly with good service. Would go back

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

Thank you so much for your review!! We really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again very soon! Cheers! More 

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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

Place has great happy hour specials for food and drinks . Crushes were a little weak on the alcohol but still tasty. The mussels were awesome

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Thank jd2282132
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and review!! We hope to have you back with us again soon! More 

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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Warm, welcoming staff...Warm, welcoming decor...Excellent drinks...Excellent food. Gets busy. Lively, buzzing and a fun place. Period.

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

Thank you so much for your review!! We look forward to having you back with us again very soon! Cheers! More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

Though this restaurant is extremely popular and we frequent it regularly, it is more for the employees and the location than for the food. It's over priced and over rated. Food is mediocre at best, but prices are high.

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

We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time with us and we do hope that you will come back to give us another try. Thanks again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, 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
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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