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Mama's on the Half Shell

Mama's on the Half Shell

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Canton, Baltimore
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  • Tracey W.
    Tracey WilliamsSeptember 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a 'must' if in the Baltimore area, if you want to experience the best seafood in the city, Crab Cakes, Mac $ Cheese, Lobster Roll, Orange Crush's, Bloody Mary's, and Seafood Chowder Soup!
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PlackMay 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried oyster platter is excellent. Make sure to use the unnamed hot sauce in the glass bottle… Mama's is the best seafood spot in Canton, and probably Baltimore.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BinettiSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The salmon club with apple-wood smoked bacon is my go to here. Try an oyster shooter if you're feeling adventurous, an orange crush if you just want to drink something yummy.
  • Neil M.
    Neil MartinezNovember 16, 2013
    Friday night looks like a "scene" at the bar downstairs. But if you choose to stay for dinner you will be gob smacked with the quality. Best crab cakes I've ever had!
  • Rebecca
    RebeccaJuly 27, 2011
    1) Don't tell the bartenders someone 'sent you'. That's ridiculous. 2) try a half grapefruit half orange crush. Amazing!! 3) blackened tuna sandwich *drools* 4) Tenderloin sandwich- wowza. 5) enjoy!!
  • Emily F.
    Emily FAugust 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Appetizers are huge! Beer mussels are the bomb. They have really strict rules about pulling up chairs though so it's hard to have people join your party.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJanuary 5
    Their bread-crumb-topped masterpiece mac and cheese gets extra bonus points because you can order it with crab cakes. Read more
  • Bhoom S.
    Bhoom SuktitipatDecember 30, 2013
    Definitely get the crab cakes and fried calamari. Both are huge. If you like sweet drinks, try their orange crushes as well. It's refreshing!
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NeiraApril 24, 2013
    Best crab & artichoke dip ever! All the food is excellent. Can't go wrong with anything you order.
  • Christina L.
    Christina LawlessMay 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Must get the 1/2 & 1/2 soup when cream of crab is on special...1/2 MD crab mixed with half cream o' crab. Amazing.
  • Crystal G.
    Crystal G.June 6, 2011
    Delicious! I tried the crab cake and fried oyster po boy. Both were delicious! Try the rice pilaf and mac & cheese sides! Great draft beer selection!
  • Jon B.
    Jon BackhausJuly 11, 2016
    Crab cake: lots of crab, very little anything else. Get it broiled (probably) and with bacon (definitely)
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BrandellJuly 28, 2013
    Great place and staff. Don't get the crab Benedict. One very small piece of crab on each side of the English muffin.
  • Mike M.
    Mike MartocciaMay 16, 2011
    This place is worth the 1.5 hour drive from NOVA. The spicy beer mussels and the titanic wedge salad = fantastic (via Scoville) Read more
  • Linda L.
    Linda LamarreMarch 10, 2015
    Great food, service, Atmosphere. Come on down. I'm from Portland Maine and the seafood is superb !!!!
  • Elliott P.
    Elliott PlackAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Fish and Chips - This is the most massive fish and chips I've ever experienced! #tasty
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TyndallApril 15, 2015
    Food was very good! Very good as well! Bread pudding is very good but creme brûlée is better!
  • BaltimoreGal
    BaltimoreGalAugust 18, 2014
    Oysters & raw bar. Great steam buckets there too. All around excellent seafood.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LoehrApril 4, 2013
    Amazing. One of the best spots on the East Coast. Amazing! Beer mussels, crab cakes, grapefruit crush.
  • Dave C.
    Dave CutlipApril 19, 2015
    I've never had a bad meal the wait to get a table sometimes is long but worth it !!
  • Askia
    AskiaJune 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great atmosphere and reasonably priced dishes. The Crab Imperial and Mac N' Cheese is great.
  • Christine Q.
    Christine QuirayJanuary 14, 2012
    Oysters on a half shell are amazing, so is calamari. The Chesapeake chicken is to die for!!!!
  • Christina M.
    Christina MoshNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You get your money's worth with the mac and cheese! Topped with breadcrumbs it's amazing
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 5, 2014
    AMAZING seafood. They know what they're doing in Baltimore, especially this place.
  • Tracey H.
    Tracey HalvorsenOctober 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great helpful people, I always bring my car here with any problems, and they take great care of me. Reasonable prices.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunNovember 30, 2012
    The Baltimore Sun ranks this restaurant one of Baltimore's Best 100 Restaurants. Read more: http://bsun.md/QSRG3Z
  • kate r.
    kate roweDecember 10, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday brunch is key - beer mussels, ceasar salad, grilled oysters, GM french toast, needful breakfast...all good bets. Top it all off with Blue on Blues :)
  • Greg R.
    Greg RubyFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Monday-Friday Happy Hour special (3P-7P) - 6 Chincoteagues oysters for $6
  • Mark T.
    Mark ToughSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great service here. They look for effective, inexpensive solutions. I've used them many times.
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LundgrenMay 19, 2012
    You have to try the orange or grapefruit crush. So fresh and delicious!
  • Peace & A Cup of Joe T.
    Not a bad dish for breakfast on a cold and sunny morning. Yup give it a try for sure.
  • Michele H.
    Michele HamlinFebruary 25, 2012
    Awesome service. Knowledgeable, friendly mechanics. Thanks, Bill, you went above and beyond. :)
  • Kristi P.
    Kristi PearceSeptember 29, 2012
    Beer mussels and the seafood club are ridiculously amazing!
  • Jaime C.
    Jaime CserSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Blackened Salmon BLT (no bacon though lol) is amazing!
  • brian m.
    brian murphyFebruary 3
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite oysters/seafood spot in Baltimore. Crushes are good for brunch!
  • Matt F.
    Matt FordSeptember 4, 2011
    The soft shell crab with lump crab imperial is legit! Delicious!!!!
  • MISSLISA
    MISSLISAApril 9, 2012
    Bar and small dining area downstairs ...and dining seating upstairs
  • Alex G.
    Alex GAugust 11, 2012
    Awesome brunch. Must try the Egg/cheese/scrapple sandwich!
  • JoAnn D.
    JoAnn D'AlbaDecember 22, 2015
    Potato skins topped with crab, shrimp, and scallops. Oh My God!
  • Kristen B.
    Kristen BerryhillJuly 26, 2011
    The crab cake sandwhich was amazing! Would definitely come back!
  • Todd R.
    Todd RademacherDecember 23, 2014
    Excellent seafood, oysters are excellent.
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BlattMay 15, 2014
    The oysters on the half shell and oysters rockafeller were fabulous!
  • Nikki D.
    Nikki DaskalakisSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Orange crush, seafood skins, and a wedge salad (it's huge).
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FengMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Oysters, Mac and cheese, and their world famous ORANGE CRUSH. My favorite Canton hangout.
  • Desmon N.
    Desmon NewbyMay 17, 2013
    Their calamari was the best I've ever tasted. No BS.
  • Jason P.
    Jason PowersAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the most amazing French toast, I also recommend the Mac n cheese
  • Kim B.
    Kim B.August 17, 2014
    Love the shrimp cocktail--they're always extremely fresh!
  • Tigran S.
    Besides oysters Seafood chowder is amazing!
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PayneMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Sit at the bar, tell them A. Payne sent you, and you'll be taken care of...
  • Farah R.
    Farah RoldanAugust 26, 2016
    The artichokes and crab dip was to die for.
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