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Mama's on the Half Shell

) #18 of 1,687 Restaurants in Baltimore $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2901 Odonnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went on a Friday evening and were lucky to get in without a reservation. We had our first Baltimore Crush !!!!! All of our seafood dishes were great. The seafood chowder and the oyster stew are both very tasty. The lettuce wedge salad and...More

Thank singasong123
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for the awesome review! It is so wonderful to hear you enjoyed your first Baltimore Crush, the seafood dishes, and salads! We can't wait until you are back in Baltimore to see you again. Take care.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is strictly a review of having s drink at the bar. I was in town from California for a conference at the Renaissance Harbor hotel and wanted to get away from the tourist area. So my cousin took me to Birroteca for pizza then...More

Thank Jeorge T
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the great review Jeorge. Most people would be hesitant to try the B & B Shooters but we are thrilled you liked it enough to have a three! The Baltimore crush is also a classic among us at Mama's On The Half...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food, great atmosphere and wonderful staff. Make sure you make reservations... also NOTE unless all your party is there at time of reservations, you will not be seated. SO heads !

Thank UrbanLadya411
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the great review and heads up to future guests! We are so happy you enjoy our food, atmosphere and the excellent service provided by our staff. We can't wait to see you again.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with family during restaurant week and thought it would be impossible to get in! Luck would have it that we were early enough to beat the hungry mob! My stepson had a great tuna steak, cooked perfectly and ample, while his girlfriend had...More

Thank tdear666
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the awesome review! We are thrilled everyone enjoyed the tuna steak, swordfish, crab cakes, stuffed shrimp and especially our mac 'n' cheese! We are so happy you decided to join us for restaurant week and enjoyed our upstairs atmosphere as well. Can't...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The location and decor fabulous! Not so great food. 7 of us on a beautiful Saturday afternoon we ordered off of the Restaurant week menu both of the guys that ordered the oyster sandwich stated that of the two oysters on the slider roll-yes the...More

Thank Kim G
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Kim, thank you for taking the time to leave a review. It is really great to hear you enjoyed the overall atmosphere and ambiance here at Mama’s On The Half Shell. We truly appreciate all of the feedback provided regarding the oyster sandwiches, Caesar...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing squash salad, something I've never tried before, and still thinking about it a week later. According to my friends the crab cakes were ok ( shellfish allergy ) and the food as well. Nice location, friendly staff, and good food. Definitely worth a visit,...More

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

Thank you for the great review! It is so great to hear you are thinking about the squash salad a week later and that everyone enjoyed their visit. We appreciate the recommendation as well, and hope to see you back since you enjoyed the ambience.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We met friends for lunch on the weekend. Although we have lived in Annapolis for more than 40 years we have never eaten at any of the places on the Square. The structure itself had plenty of historical and architectural interest. We decided to dine...More

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

Thank you greatly for the great review! We are so happy you finally made it to Mama's On The Half Shell and that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience! The oysters are definitely one of the favorites on the menu but you can't go wrong with...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We discovered Mama's a few years ago and have been devoted eaters there ever since. The staff is friendly and welcoming, and professional without being stuffy - ever! The food is consistently very good and often absolutely wonderful. The menu is broad, as is the...More

Thank Bill G
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Wow, thank you for this exceptional review, Bill! We love hearing you have been devoted patrons since your first visit and our food has always left you pleased and wanting more. Our staff always tries to provide the best customer service and it is great...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last time we were in Baltimore, we couldn't get in. Busy and we didn't have a reservation. This time we knew better and e-mailed to request a reservation. Rick responded back by calling and reserving us a table. Love the atmosphere. Our waiter was very...More

Thank KDel73
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are thrilled you wanted to come back and give us a second try visiting Baltimore again! It is great to hear Rick was accommodating and had a reservation waiting for you. It is wonderful you enjoyed the lobster, scallops and shrimp! Can't wait to...More

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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
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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 Odonnell 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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