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Mama's on the Half Shell

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2901 O'Donnell St, Baltimore, MD 21224-4821
+1 410-276-3160
09:00 - 02:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

My buddy and I went here for dinner before going to a concert at The Power Plant Live (walking distance). He had a coupon; and I've wanted to try this place for years. I had the seafood pasta dinner and it was incredible. If I remember correctly, my friend had the jambalaya which he really enjoyed. Serving portions were very... More 

Thank Parott1966
Kallie A, Manager at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review on your recent visit to Mama's On the Half Shell. We are so happy that you were finally able to come and enjoy our fabulous food! Make sure to come back soon and try one of the many other wonderful items on our menu. More 

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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely service and okay traditional food, though somewhat limited. Ordered a side Cesar salad but it had no anchovies or croutons and probably bottled dressing...forgettable. Oysters Rockefeller were okay but have had better. Had a nice glass of Albariño which was served too cold but once it lost it's icy chill, it provided a very nice acidity to balance the... More 

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

Hi Linda, we appreciate you taking the time to leave this review and your feedback. We are pleased to hear that you found the service lovely but we are disappointed that you found your meal forgettable. Our dishes should be arriving to tables full of robust flavor and perfectly seasoned. We would love the chance to show you that we... More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

Wow, this meal was a meal that made me grateful I am able to eat food. It was a life-changing experience. I went with a group of friends and we had a corner table upstairs with wonderful windows. The decor feels like an old seafood bar in Baltimore. I love it. I started with the Oyster Stew. OMG. This soup... More 

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

It is amazing that dining at Mama's On the Half Shell was a life changing experience for you, Calista! Our scrumptious food is to die for and our staff provide top notch customer service. Please do come back soon so we can continue to provide you with an exceptional time, thank you. More 

Lincoln, NE
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264 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

In town on business, a colleague and I stopped in to Mama’s on the ½ Shell on the recommendation of a client. The place is on O’Donnell Square Park and has an old pub look to it on the outside, and the interior is no different. The downstairs area is more bar-like with high tops, TVs, and a bar, but... More 

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

We are happy you took the recommendation and came and visited us at Mama's On the Half Shell, Paul! We have a welcoming atmosphere where our guests can sit back, enjoy themselves and receive attentive service from our staff. Our menu is full of delicious options that are sure to satisfy any hunger. We do hope you will make it... More 

New York City, New York
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143 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for a fun environment, ample drinks and good food, this is your place. It's not the best food I've ever had, but not every place can be the best. The close quarters had us socializing with our neighbors which was a plus, with some even offering us a taste of their dish! We didn't, but enjoyed the... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
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182 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We stopped for lunch during a Ravens game and the place was stacked and rightfully loud. Service was therefore slow and hard to hear and get orders straight. We were informed that there was nothing gluten free on the menu, but managed to find items ourselves. Definitely not a GF friendly establishment, server seemed bothered by the question even and... More 

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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

The food and drinks are a sure winner here and very filling. Try Lincolns "Orange Crush" as he probably makes the best easy on the seafood club sandwich as it was larger than imagined. Prices area but higher than others but so are the portions to somewhat justify it. Top location and great staff! Thanks Danielle and Lincoln and the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The area is very quaint and you could probably spend sometime walking around during the day. For this reason, parking is quite painful! We did have to drive around for about 15 minutes before street parking opened up. Fortunately, it was a pleasant evening, so the walk to the restaurant was nice. Upon opening the door to Mama's, you are... More 

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York, Pennsylvania
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We are long time fans of mamas and today was no different! We had the seafood skins for the first time and they were amazing!! Best orange crushes, ever!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

We live about an hour away from Baltimore so really aren't that familiar with where to go. We had an opportunity to meet up with a distant cousin who was in town for a conference so we picked Mama's on the Half Shell based on other reviews here on TA and crossed our fingers for good results. Happy to say... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 12 - USD 40
American, Bar, Seafood
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, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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 O'Donnell 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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