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Mama's on the Half Shell
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Ranked #29 of 2,227 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$40
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We had a great meal on Friday night the start of a three day weekend. Oysters, Soft Shells, Fried Seafood, everything was good. Service was a little slow. The downstairs is a fun atmosphere with a long bar and lots of hanging plates. We ate upstairs, which was quieter but not as cool of a vibe.

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Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you so much for the great review! We are thrilled you decided to start the weekend off right with Mama's, all of our seafood dishes and the cozy atmosphere upstairs. We hope to see you again soon! Take care.

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Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

Our food during our early dinner was very tasty. We had the seafood chowder, calamari, clams on the shell and a poboy sandwich platter. When we arrived on a Sunday afternoon around 4:30, the upstairs dining room was half empty. We were seated at a table by the wall, and the waitress refused to give us a table by the window. She told us that these tables were reserved. However, these tables were not occupied one hour after our arrival. I also asked for the clams on the shell to be served at the same time as the seafood platter. The seafood platter was served more than 10 minutes before the clams. Disappointing timing and service, but very good food!

Thank Elizabeth L
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Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2018

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for the great review! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your early dinner with us on a Sunday afternoon and really liked our seafood chowder. We hope that your next visit with us you will get the true Mama's overall experience. We can't wait to see you again soon! Take care.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

This is honestly one of the best seafood meals I’ve ever had!!! The restaurant is cozy with great music, cold beer and Blue crab for days! Left with a smile on my face! This is a MUST while in Baltimore!

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Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thanks so much for the amazing review, Beth! We are thrilled to learn Mama's is one of the best meals you had and that you truly enjoyed your visit with us in our cozy atmosphere. We appreciate the great recommendation and cannot wait for your next visit with us. Take care.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Lots of restaurants have crab cakes. Lots of restaurants have seafood. But to encompass Baltimore-style, and not chain restaurant style is hard to find. But Mama's does it! Tried the grilled oysters with paprika...to die for. Then the crab cake plate was amazing. There were lumps of crab with the littlest amount of coating on them. It was heavenly. Finished up with White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce. So, so good and the atmosphere is like being in Cheers. The decor was family-oriented pictures that were really theirs.

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Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

Hi Ann, wow, thank you for the amazing review! We are ecstatic and more than flattered by the wonderful compliments about our food, ambiance, atmosphere and more! It is so great to hear you truly enjoyed our oysters, crab cakes & even had room for dessert. We cannot wait for your next visit to revel in more of what Mama's has to offer. Take care.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

The seafood chowder was amazing as were the crab cakes. We had no room for dessert but will definitely be returning next trip.

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Jackie M, Owner at Mama's on the Half Shell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for the amazing review! We are thrilled you enjoyed our seafood chowder and crab cakes and definitely can't wait to see you again! Take care.

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