Mama's on the Half Shell

4.6
170 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 170 People Are Saying
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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 11, 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 2, 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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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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Washington DC
24 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 18, 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 16, 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
5 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 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service and the food was magnificent!

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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
107 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
43 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
105 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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AB
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food and Bloody Mary!

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Memphis
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had late lunch/early dinner. We had iceberg lettuce salads with seafood and the salmon sandwich. Also had the mussels as an appetizer.For dessert we shared the warm chocolate chip cookie with whipped cream. All very good. Waitress very attentive. Only thing I would say that is not positive is that it was cold in the restaurant. We wore our coats most of the meal. Would definitely return.

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LW
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This my second visit to Mama's the first was a few years ago and nothing has changed, the food the service and the ambience is the same Great! One of the best restaurants in Baltimore.

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AF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Despite all of the great reviews on Trip Advisor, we found the food to be average overall. Our party of six had a Sunday Brunch and I will offer comments/ratings (stars) on a select number of edibles. Oysters on halfshell: 4 - no complaints. Beignet appetizer: 1 - The dough was dense and not fluffy and light - possibly over fried. Scallops appetizer: 5 - delicious, though for $10 we thought we'd get more than three. Shrimp and Grits entree: 4 - spicy and flavorful. Crab Bennie entree: 3 - mixed bag - crab cake with poached egg and Hollandaise was delicious (although I prefer a broiled cake as opposed to fried) but the hash browns were awful. Sandwiches were a 3-4. Drinks were tasty but heavy on the ice. Service was excellent. Atmosphere was nice and the location is wonderful in Canton. Mama's may be worth a try, but there are alternatives all over. Not sure we would be back.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Thanksgiving!

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Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a nice time with friends. The food and drinks were good. Abundant food. We
shared apps. The service was good. The only prob was too noisy. Hard to have a conversation.

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JW
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent crab cakes and mac and cheese! Ambiance was great, service was great. Food was so good we gorged ourselves. Clams casino were the bomb!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great !! crab mac is all that! Can’t wait to go bac!

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NP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and tasty. The french onion was cold, but all other food was hot and great! I will be back!

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MC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was perfect!

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MS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and attention for our special celebration. Can’t wait to visit again.

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GE
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter and other servers were attentive. The crab cakes were outstanding. We really liked the tavern ambiance which was full of energy but it was hard to hear each other.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good neighborhood restaurant close to harbor area with tasty food and fast efficient service.

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DS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The seafood chowder is one of the best that I have ever had!!!!

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PT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Mama's, best Old Bay wings in the city. Awesome brunch menu and drink specials!

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AJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mama’s menu and service are great. Fro
The hostess, to the server, to the food runner, we were well taken care of.

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DQ
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice outdoor service. Seafood chowder was delicious.

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JW
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and a wonderful meal. Six friends enjoyed every item: crab cakes were great, so was shrimp and grits and the Benny crab cakes. Virgin and Bloody Mary’s were delicious, chocked full of veggies and slicey. Noise level made conversation among six people difficult but we enjoyed the ambiance, anyway.

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