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Canton bar, filled with oyster buckets
Patrick "Scunny" McCuster

A Baltimore Classic
Family Owned & Operated

In 2003, we opened Mama’s on the Half Shell. Our opening day was the realization of five years of dreaming, discussing and collecting. It is our hope that when you are with us you feel you are welcomed into our home with open arms. There really is no average age at Mama’s on the Half Shell, making it a true destination for great food and celebration.

As native “Baltimoreans,” we felt Baltimore was in need of a thoughtful, classic seafood restaurant. Because of our love for the restaurant business, one of our favorite pastimes is to dine out. What we found was we missed the classics; the ones that we could count on as kids. Iconic restaurants like Connolly’s & Hausner’s, the ones we would visit with friends from out of town who say “take us to a real Baltimore seafood house.” We missed that emotional attachment 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. Be it a business meeting, 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.” 

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! Or…create a new one.

Check out some articles that we've been mentioned in

Owings Mills will soon be getting a popular Baltimore seafood restaurant... Read More
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The around 7,000-square-foot restaurant will feature a raw bar, main dining... Read More
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Arrives garnished with crab claws and lumps of meat—was created by late owner... Read More
Mama's opened because its owners wanted to bring the feel and flavor of a real Maryland... Read More
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It made us super excited. Plus, we’re in Baltimore, a city well-known for its seafood... Read More
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The seafood restaurant, which first opened 20 years ago in Canton, opened it second ... Read More
McCusker said it had "always been a dream" to open a Mama's on the Half Shell eatery... Read More
Mama's on the Half Shell is a woman-owned Baltimore staple that has... Read More
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A cozy location will serve its seafood favorites, Mama’s Famous Crushes, Maryland crab cakes ... Read More
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