The food was excellent. The service was exactly what I would expect. I would dine at the Hard Shell anytime.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Richmond Seafood!
Great price for quality, I would highly recommend for lunch! The she crab soup was amazing.. dad loved his crab cake sandwhich too. We will definitely be going back!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
June 15th in Richmond
I was very pleased with the Hardshell, even though I found it online. I just googled a seafood place close to the hotel I was staying. I had lobster and it was very tasty and fresh.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We ordered the risotto, the mashed potatoes and the bread that came out prior to the meal. All items were lukewarm or cold. The bread should have had a little heat or toast so that the butter would melt more smoothly.
In addition, the potatoes with the red skin were clearly fried, but the discription did not say that they would be fried. We sent those back for the lukewarm mashed potatoes that came out.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding fresh seafood. Great service. Couldn't ask for a better dining experience.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We celebrated our 30th Anniversary at the Hard Shell. The food, service and ambience were outstanding.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
it has been 2 years since
it has been 2 years since I last went to the Hard shell and the food and service was still great. the waitress was knowledgeable and friendly and the food was delivered on time.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The blackened mahi mahi was
The blackened mahi mahi was delicious and the presentation was colorful.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We celebrated my birthday here after celebrating our 30th Anniversary dinner at this Hard Shell the week before.
Our party of 6 enjoyed the food, service and location. I was served a special birthday brownie topped with ice cream for everyone to sample. Bon Appetit!!
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were in town for the day and searching for a nice seafood restaurant. It was perfect! Service great and food was delish! Coming from Maryland we are seafood snobs and the Hardshell more than met our high expectations.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent place to enjoy some
Excellent place to enjoy some fine seafood in historic downtown Richmond. Great place if you are looking to have a romantic dinner or just hang out on the outside patio and enjoy their great wine list; great service and very affordable for what they have to offer, I already am planning on heading back when my schedule allows a chance
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second visit
This was our second visit to the Hardshell. Richmond is a stop over point when we travel south. Wwe enjoyed it the first time and it was just as good the second time.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
While in Richmond, I typically eat at one or two of my favorite places and rarely try something new. Well, I went to Hard Shell tonight was pleasantly surprised it was oyster night. I have never cared for oysters, but just recently acquired a taste for them, both raw and cooked. They offered a great deal on dozen raw oyster (superb) as well as Oysters Rockefeller and Buffalo style. Well, I tried all three appetizers and made them my meal and was very pleased. I would go back and try other meals there!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly the best Seafood in Richmond
I found The Hard Shell thru an internet search for seafood in Richmond, and found it was voted Richmond's Best seafood on more than one occassion. So I surprised my husband with reservations to celebrate his 45th birthday, and I had high expectations. The Hard Shell did not disappoint! The food was AMAZING! The calamari was fresh and delectable. My husband had the seafood pasta and savored every bite. I have never been one for lobster, but opted for surf and turf since lobster is their specialty........and it was D-lish! Prices were reasonable overall. Great place for a date night or special occassion. Convenient parking across the street was a bonus. I totally loved this place and I cannot wait to go back and try other items on the menu.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Time at Hard Shell
I had seen some advertisements for this restaurant and had a business meeting nearby, so I decided to try the Hard Shell for our luncheon meeting. It was a great find as the food was great and the service by the wait staff was very attentive. I would like to go back to try their dinner menu. For lunch I had a cup of the Lobster Chowder and a "Po Boy" Oyster sandwich...both of which I would recommend and have again.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had read about this place after searching for a seafood restaurant in downtown Richmond. Definitely a find! We both enjoyed our meals, although a bit pricey, admittedly. As luck would have it, we were also served by Anne, as a previous reviewer had complimented her outstanding and friendly service!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eaten here many times but been a little while since I don't live in Richmond anymore. The seafood is LwYs fresh and very well prepared. Highly recommend the Hard Shell and the location is cool as well
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went there for the snow crabs, they were wonderful! But members of oru group had thr rabcakes and the surf and turf, which werre equally wondeful!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Richmond's finest seafood
My brother from Chicago visited me and hungered for good crab cakes. I took him to The Hard Shell, of course. He loved the crab cake appetizer and salmon entree. I feasted on the she crab soup and fried oysters. Both of us were delighted with the food and service.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed this restaurant. The food was simple but flavorful. I would definitely go back!
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighborhood Gem with 5 star menu
We ate here on a Sunday afternoon. We were impressed with the menu and craft beer selections. We dined outside so there was some noise from other diners and the street. However, we were able to hear each other just fine. Our server was nice and went the extra mile without having to ask. The ribs melted off the bone and were bathed in a tasty sauce. The potato croquette was unique but good. The Asparagus was cooked perfect. The She Crab Chowder was creamy. At the end we were given warm water and lemon in a bowl to clean our fingers. A touch we liked better than those little hand wipes. The key lime pie I had for dessert was as good as I have had in Key West.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good, not great
We had a dinner party of 5 for a birthday gathering. The good was quite good, not fantastic, just very good, probably a bit less than one would like given the prices. Noise level very high--it was hard to hear across the table (maybe four feet). Service was excellent. All in all, we were happy we chose the Hard Shell, not because it was first-rate (it wasn't), but because it's a solid restaurant that does things well enough.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Oyster Night at The Hard Shell
The Oyster Night at the Downtown Hard Shell met our expectations. Our party of six enjoyed many of the oyster appetizers and entrees. Bon Appetit!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went on saturday for lunch,
Went on saturday for lunch, we were a group of 10. Th food was very good and the service was excellent, very accommodating tp children. Would will be back and recommend to friends.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great lobster, great service.
Great lobster, great service. Overall, a wonderful lunch experience.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect balance of attention
This was my daughters 15th Birthday Party Dinner Celebration. She picked Hard Shell because of her love for Crab Legs and she was not disappointed. Matter of fact we all loved our meals as well as the excellent service and attention to detail from our waiter. We recieved friendly and timely attention from everyone, without interfering with out meal. That is a trickly combination to pull off and Hard Shell did it perfectly.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great! The service was also very good. My first time here, and I would gladly come back.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
30th Birthday Surprise
I had never been to the Hard Shell, I just heard great things about it! I invited a group of friends here for my birthday dinner which turned out to be a surprise party. They were flexible, took care of my party and made my birthday experience memorable.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time diner and very happy!!!!
this is my first time dining in Richmond. I am new to the area and was looking for good seafood and the food was excellent. Our server was a but slow, but I will be back for the food. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends and if you want good crab legs and fresh seafood this is the place to go.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sunday's Crab Legs a Must
great deal, great crab legs. we will be back. booked a large holiday party there as well.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great selections on lobster choices for Mondays. Ordered the Lobster tail and crab cake. Lobster was extremely sweet and delicious, crab cake was good (had better but certainly not bad). No substitutions allowed which is clearly listed on the special menu. I asked for double vegetable anyway and was denied. Well, I let the potatoes go to waste then! They also have a featured red and white wine for $6. Enjoyed the white. Experience was good....waiter was extremely attentive and managed multiple tables....great job and attitude.
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went as a family of 4 on a Sunday night which happened to be crab night. I had 2 pounds of snow crab legs for $20 and they were perfect as well as my son's choice of surf and turf. my husband had the hard shell pasta and it was ok, the sauce was not the best and it was one of the most expensive choices. Overall, nice wine and beer selection and my son got a free dessert for his birthday. Would definitely go back.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for a romantic evening or special occasion without breaking the bank. I had an anniversary dinner with two full entrees, an appetizer and two cups of soup including mixed drinks for around $80. Highly recommend!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great restaurant to have special get togethers, dates and an evening out. The food is awesome and the waiters are very knowledgeable on the food they are serving. I always take my family there when they are in town.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We enjoyed the selection of fresh oysters on the half-shell, as well as the various seafood options for other dishes.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food and Great Location
The Hardshell in downtown Richmond was amazing. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious and very well priced. The atmosphere was very romantic, and the restaurant was clean and roomy. We will definitely be going back there again.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I liked this restaurant. It had great menu selections. A few of my co-workers and I went for Richmond Restaurant Week. We liked the regular menu so much we didn't order off the Restaurant week menu. Each dish came out beautifully plated and tasted great. We ordered lobster dip as an appetizer, but was a little disappointed it didn't have little chunks of lobster in it. Still, it didn't disappoint in the visual or taste department.
Very nice place! I would go back. I do however question the city's decision to have construction going on a Friday after work and during Restaurant week. It made a 10 minute trip a 30 minute trip and blocked the street for the restaurant parking deck. Very inconvenient timing.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is great hands down. One of the best seafood places Richmond has! Real seafood.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was attentive, food
Service was attentive, food came out hot and in a reasonable time after ordering. Potion sizes were a tad bit small for the pricing. I would eat here again.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The setting was very romantic and a young lady placed candles on our table not long after we were seated. We were seated in a quiet corner and the setting was very romantic. We went during restaurant week and they still didn't sacrifice the food nor the service. I will be returning.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect and Delicous!
My husband and I came for restaurant week and the food was amazing with more than ample portions. We were pleasantly surprised with the portions for both the appetizers and entrees.
Very good atmosphere, great service, and Delicous food. I can't wait to come back!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my first time at The Hard Shell Downtown and I was extremely pleased. I took advantage of Restaurant Week and ordered the crab soup, filet mignon and key lime pie. Everything was delicious! The waiter was very attentive and friendly. Although the restaurant is pretty small you still feel like you have your own privacy and aren't sitting on top of the other guests. My only complaint is that the portions were small so keep that in mind. I'll definitely be back!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and a good
Excellent food and a good value. Pleasant atmosphere in a classic "Cary Street" setting.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dinner - mussels, lobster
Great dinner - mussels, lobster chowder and rockfish were fantastic
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
mussels are a must try...........an
mussels are a must try...........and, the she crab soup was subtle and perfect, not overpowering as is the case in most restaurants.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Some of the best fried oysters in Richmond. Great shoestring fries. Service was attentive but not intrusive. One of our favorite restaurants downtown.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
B-day dinner with friends
Good safe staple for seafood and atmosphere. Waiter was very good and informative. Treated myself to a surf and turf for my birthday. Lobster tail was great and a good portion. Cooked just right and very tasty. Filet however left a bit to be desired. Tender cut but absolutely no taste. Still one of my favorite places to go in the bottom.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Sunday crab night special was great once again. We also had the surf and turf special that was outstanding. Our waiter was very good and quick to help us throughout the evening.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Couldn't be happier
My boyfriend and I were only in Richmond for a few hours and picked The Hard Shell somewhat at random. So glad we did!
The service, cocktails, and food were all delicious and if we ever have a occasion to be in Richmond again, we'll definitely dine again.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Neighborhood Spot
Hardshell is much more of a bar than restaurant but service was really good and food was stellar.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM