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“Pre-game tailgating” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mama's on the Half Shell

Mama's on the Half Shell
Ranked #19 of 1,994 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 12 - USD 40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Canton
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.
Bel Air, Maryland
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Pre-game tailgating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

Love the oysters Rockefeller!! This place is great for a Sunday brunch before Raven's games when it's cold outside.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A Canton Staple!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

Going to Mama's is like putting on your comfie jeans that fit just right! You can't go wrong with raw oysters, grilled oysters, crab cake or peel-n-eat shrimp or anything on the menu for that matter! Going for brunch? The Grand Marnier French Toast and Seafood Omelet are favorites. AND you must have a grapefruit crush (or 3)- the best!

Visited February 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A must”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

If you're anywhere near Canton and looking for great food especially seafood, come here!! Everything is amazing so I recommend it all. Never anything bad here! Try an ice cold beer or a fresh squeezed orange crush too! Oh and def come here for Sunday brunch menu too!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“Great food and atmosphere. Good place for visitors to experience Baltimore seafood.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2012

I have twice taken guests from Southern California (in their twenties) and upstate NY (in their fifties) here and everyone loved it. All the food was excellent -- every appetizer, entree and type of seafood was a winner, and the guys especially enjoyed the many beer selections. Make a reservation -- it is really a busy place. It can be loud if you have a large group seated nearby, but that is part of the overall experience. I look forward to going again soon.

  • Visited December 2011
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1 Thank KNP330
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Peoria, Illinois
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80 reviews
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“Great atmoshere and food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Had dinner with our daughter and her husband. Many locals here, but all were friendly. Seafood mixture was great and the local micro brews hit the spot.

  • Visited February 2012
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