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Mama's on the Half Shell

Mama's on the Half Shell

Seafood Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Canton, Baltimore
134 Tips and reviews
  • oysters
  • beer mussels
  • shellfish
  • grapefruit crushes
  • crab cakes
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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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 5, 2014
    AMAZING seafood. They know what they're doing in Baltimore, especially this place.
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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
  • Chelsea L.
    Chelsea LundgrenMay 19, 2012
    You have to try the orange or grapefruit crush. So fresh and delicious!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
    MISSLISAApril 9, 2012
    Bar and small dining area downstairs ...and dining seating upstairs
  • JoAnn D.
    JoAnn D'AlbaDecember 22, 2015
    Potato skins topped with crab, shrimp, and scallops. Oh My God!
  • Alex G.
    Alex GAugust 11, 2012
    Awesome brunch. Must try the Egg/cheese/scrapple sandwich!
  • 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.
  • Kim B.
    Kim B.August 17, 2014
    Love the shrimp cocktail--they're always extremely fresh!
  • Jason P.
    Jason PowersAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the most amazing French toast, I also recommend the Mac n cheese
  • Desmon N.
    Desmon NewbyMay 17, 2013
    Their calamari was the best I've ever tasted. No BS.
  • 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.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LynnAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat the Beer Mussels! They are the best I've ever had :) Try a grapefruit crush too!
  • Cherise
    CheriseFebruary 12, 2015
    Great place to take the family for Sunday brunch.
  • Tim T.
    Tim TremperSeptember 18, 2016
    The seafood potato skins are to die for!
    MISSLISAApril 9, 2012
    Crab cake was good a lil spicy but I like spicy
  • Rob S.
    Rob StaufferAugust 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    amazing shrimp salad...their bloodys are great too
  • Jenna D.
    Jenna DooleyNovember 17, 2011
    The mussels and mac & cheese are a must!
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunMarch 2, 2012
    The Baltimore Sun ranks this restaurant one of Baltimore's Best 100 Restaurants. Read more
  • Alan
    AlanApril 24, 2011
    Food is out of this world, one waitress is not good, two times in row....time to find a new place for crab cakes!
  • Jesse C.
    Jesse CarrMay 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer Mussels and the Seared Scallops over Spinach and Potato Pancake are both amazing.
  • Brittney C.
    Brittney CraigApril 12, 2012
    This gas station has some of the most expensive gas in the city. If you just travel a few more blocks you can get gas for much cheaper.
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooAugust 7, 2011
    Awesome crab cakes, tuna tartare, and seafood pizza.
  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay McGettiganJune 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best Maryland crab soup and bloody marys in Baltimore
  • Meg B.
    Meg BowesOctober 13, 2010
    Try the old bay mussels, the crab cakes and the orange crush
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph CamperchioliApril 11, 2013
    Crab cakes might be the best I've ever eaten
  • Emely L.
    Emely LugoJuly 15, 2012
    Get the crab cake sandwich, it's delicious
  • Suzanne
    SuzanneMay 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best blackened salmon salad I've ever had!
  • Wines By Raz
    Wines By RazJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Liver Brochette - Delish
  • Georgi U.
    Georgi UzunovDecember 2, 2015
    Food is fantastic!
  • Rashaun H.
    Rashaun HallFebruary 20, 2013
    Try the lobster melt special!
  • Cate S.
    Cate StrykerOctober 14, 2012
    Grand Marnier French Toast. That is all
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyJuly 2, 2015
    beer mussels are amazing
  • Dione D.
    Dione DrewDecember 2, 2013
    Orange crush, grapefruit crush. Get both.
  • Telly T.
    Telly TonklinAugust 29, 2012
    Salmon special was phenomenal.
  • Keith W.
    Keith WesterbergOctober 24, 2011
    Fish and chips. Delish. Then pie across the street.
  • Gina G.
    Gina GeppiMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Neil...he may put you in his next movie....and if you see Maria, buy her a shot and she's yours.
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunNovember 16, 2010
    The Baltimore Sun ranks this restaurant No. 32 on its Baltimore's Best Restaurants list. Read more
  • @followfrannie B.
    @followfrannie BaltimoreApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Text "mamas" to 410-205-6929 to join the mamas VIP text club for discounts and specials @blbaltimore
  • Kriz A.
    Kriz AlinSeptember 1, 2014
    Always get an Orange Crush and a Blue and Blue.
  • Mia
    MiaMarch 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    6 blue point oysters + side of mac n cheese + grapefruit crush = my favorite meal on earth
  • Jess B.
    Jess BFebruary 1, 2012
    Order a Black and Blue shooter!
  • Aimee d.
    Aimee de PontbriandAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Crushes before we crush the 49ers!
  • Em E.
    Em EricaJanuary 17, 2015
    Brought the wrong item, took forever to replace it, when it came out it was cold, so is the replacement, they were indifferent and unhelpful. Do not recommend.
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite restaurant in the Square.
    MISSLISAApril 9, 2012
    Dessert ... Mango /pineapple cheesecake was good
  • Sid C.
    Sid CAugust 9, 2014
    Oyster shooters are great here
  • Adi P.
    Adi P.August 6, 2014
    Great happy hour food
  • Mindy V.
    Mindy VSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Orange/Grapefruit Crushes...the BEST in Baltimore!
  • Jess
    JessMay 29, 2012
    Orange Crush is a MUST!
    MISSLISAApril 9, 2012
    Try the Mango Pineapple Cheesecake
    MISSLISAApril 10, 2012
    Try the orange crush drink
  • Zenda H.
    Zenda HaynesSeptember 7, 2013
    Awesome grapefruit crush
  • The Conflict S.
    The Conflict SATXJune 25, 2011
    Don't be a wuss! Drink a hubcap margarita!!
  • Jason N.
    Jason NealisMarch 12, 2013
    Crush! Don't over think it!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CunninghamDecember 13, 2014
    Huge fish and chips.
  • Kortney B.
    Kortney BAugust 11, 2012
    Try the Oysters - #Yummy
  • Michael J H.
    Michael J HeimApril 1, 2012
    Order the Orange Crush!
  • Dan F.
    Dan FoyJune 14, 2015
    Good eats in Canton
  • Jeremy D.
    Jeremy DayJuly 1, 2011
    Food is a little too salty for me but tasty nonetheless
  • Mark M.
    Mark MiazgaMay 29, 2011
    The crushes were great.
  • Steph
    StephMarch 16, 2016
    Mussels, oysters
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