Mama's on the Half Shell

4.6
188 reviews
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Seafood
Mama’s on the Half Shell is a classic Baltimore Style Seafood House. As owners, it was important to us
to create a Modern Day - Old School establishment. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland Seafood is a
rite of passage – and of course, not to mention your grandma’s recipes.
Mama’s boasts a classic approach with the latest and greatest cuisine. Our Chef continues to challenge
the greatness of Maryland seafood, with a then and now approach.
Our cozy atmosphere lends to an easy going style. Our interior is surrounded by pictures and artifacts
from our Maryland shores along with genuine Chesapeake Bay Memorabilia.
We are proud of our restaurants blended atmosphere. Whether you are here for a game with your pals, a
business meeting or date night – we’ve got you covered.
Our Mama’s Family is dedicated to bringing you into our home to feel like you’ve known us forever.
What 188 People Are Saying
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AF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The shrimp and fish was overcooked/dry and made me sick later.

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LM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You guys were great all around. The meal was amazing. Ribs and Shrimp.... It just disappeared. Sooooo coming back!!

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place to celebrate Baltimore Seafood! We always bring our families to give a true taste of Baltimore!

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JW
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was prepared to our liking (tuna perfectly seared and lump crab meat in avocado was fresh). All three dishes were underdressed. Waitress happily brought more dressing and then food was perfect.

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MB
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great staff, nice ambiance. The beer selection was good, but there could be more craft beers.

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N
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place 2 nights in a row! Fresh seafood prepared perfectly.

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Food was prepared improperly, had to ask several times for extra we ordered with meal while food got cold. One entree was very chewy and wasnt tenderloin and extremely salty. Oysters were good, maybe they should stick to seafood. Drinks were average. Prices were ok but food didnt meet our expectations. We won't return, at least for dining.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mini crabcakes are now my "beat that crabcake" favorite. Delicious.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been there before and I took a friend so she could try the Grand Marnier French toast. She loved them and will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great love the place.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready when we got there. Our waitress was very friendly. The food was excellent and we didn’t have to wait long. This was our second time there and we loved it both times.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t think of a better place to eat, drink and be merry when we’re in Charm City!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was pick on a humble...Best kept secret place....Awesome Goodness...The Seafood Club is amazing...We left so stuffed and pleasantly surprised...

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ER
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The seafood omelet was outstanding! My family enjoyed the blue point oysters and bloody Mary's too! Great place for brunch and so glad they take reservations. There was a line out the door.

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I will have full try something different next time. The fish and chips were jusy ok.

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MB
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The oysters were delicious and the orange crush drinks were so good.

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CL
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried to make it in time for brunch, but got a late start so we arrived after the menu was no longer available. Thankful for that, as I ordered the crabcake sandwich with shrimp salad on it. It was amazing!

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D
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good dining experience overall.

I made reservations and was seated immediately... I was seated in the 2nd floor dining area with the fireplace, which was nice and cozy with unique and aesthetically pleasing decor.

The food was pretty good; I had pecan crusted salmon served over sweet potatoes and with spinach - very food dish and great portion size... My husband had fried shrimp, mac and cheese and asparagus - his food was good but the mac was a little dry but had really good flavor.

The service was excellent - everyone that we encountered from the hostess to the waitress, to the servers were pleasant, prompt and helpful... Whenever I return to Baltimore I will definitely return!

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a visit while in Baltimore. Crab cake platter was fantastic!

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Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best crab cakes ive ever had! Very cute restaurant. The wine was great, the mac and cheese was insane, and the vegetables were amazing (cooked and seasoned just right/not overcooked). The wine was also fantastic. The dessert is the only thing that was just okay. We ordered the coconut cheesecake.

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BS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambience and service. Limited beer selection. Have had a lot better shrimp and grits at home! I found this a little too smoky and homogenous. Salads look good but shellfish prices are a bit high aren’t they?

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CD
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved every dish we had here! I will definitely be back when I visit Baltimore again!

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DW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Only thing i didn't like i was unaware of kitchen closing at 12 other than that i love it

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Essex
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Very nice place for Breakfast, we dont eat sea food. So would not come for lunch or dinner but the breakfast Awesome

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M
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Crab cake and spinach were fantastic! My friend had the oysters and was very pleased.

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 2

The meal was good. I had crab cake and a salad

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D
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stumbled upon this gem! Great hospitality. Excellent mussels, crab cake, oysters...and the Bloody Mary and mimosa were a great addition! We’ll be back!

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was extremely attentive when we were trying to decide what to eat. She provided excellent service which made our experience great.

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EM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great HH oysters and seafood options. Steak was perfect!

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The staff was superb from start to finish. The food was astounding, as per usual. I wish I could remember the young lady's name...(topside, glasses and dark hair in a ponytail). She was fantastic and very accommodating. I had a bad short rib, so she replaced my dish and was too apologetic, if anything.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutey great. Great food. Great service. Cool vibe.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service & nice table upstairs in the window gave us the opportunity to have our meeting w/out it being too loud. Food was delicious♥️

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service was spotty. Ordered oysters on half shell came after reminding that it was order.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service and the food was magnificent!

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L
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been to Mamas twice now and both times it was phenomenal! This time my boyfriend and I split the (small) crab dip and French onion soup for starters. The crab dip is huge, even for a small, and also sooo delicious. Comes with veggies, crackers, and bread which I was a huge fan of for the sake of variety. The soup was savory with a nice layer of cheese. I ordered the scallops entree with the Mac and cheese and seasonal veggies (roasted carrots) as my 2 sides. The scallops were perfectly cooked and seasoned, my bf said they were the best scallops he’s ever had. He ordered the single crab cake platter with spinach and potatoes. Again the crab cake was one of the best we’ve ever had. We were there during happy hour when they had $5 crushes which were also amazing, especially for that price! My one and only complaint would be the noise level and the tables seemed a bit crowded but with how amazing this place is, it is no surprise how busy it was! Definitely recommend for any occasion and can’t wait to return!

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Baltimore
111 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

What happened to this restaurant? The food was so bad, we left what we hadn't finished (except the wings)to be tossed away. When the wings are the best items served, a seafood restaurant might want to rethink things. The service was on the same level.

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RC
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food—best crab cake E-V-E-R. Great location. Great environs. Will plan to return.

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LR
Philadelphia
110 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

I love this place! The tables are very close together and crammed that’s my only complaint. Great food, friendly service. Just uncomfortable.

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ME
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite place to eat. My husband & I drive a hour & a half atleast 5 times a year to eat at Momma's. Everything they offer is very fresh & delicious. We love oysters on the half shell & Momma's has the best prices in the area & a good selection to pick from. My favorite thing there is their seafood chowder. The best I've ever had & I'm not a big soup/ chowder person. My husband loves the pasta & seafood dish. Everyone who works there is very nice & knowledgeable about their menu. If you've never been you must try it!

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MB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Christmas lunch there. The service was excellent and friendly. The food was delicious and filling. I will return.

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