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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thehardshell.com
  • Phone: (804) 464-1476
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner Service:
    Monday through Saturday 4 pm until 10 pm.
    Sunday 4 pm until 9 pm.

    Brunch:
    Sunday 10:30 am until 2:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Chef Cory Peay
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
2nd location for beloved Richmond legend! The Hard Shell offers a variety of fresh and local seafood entrees and appetizers as well as an extensive raw bar menu featuring oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, crab legs, lobster, and much more. The Hard Shell also features items such as filet mignon, baby back ribs, roasted chicken, vegetarian dishes and gluten free options as well.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent seafood, live jazz, impeccable service. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Truly loved the oysters!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "very disappointed. This restaurant came highly recommended and my sister was in town for a visit and I took her there for dinner. For the price (and this is NOT an inexpensive restaurant), I had expected the food to be much better. When I made the reservation online, I had made a note that this was a 'special occasion' but there was absolutely nothing special about this dinner. Will not be back."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Our experience at The Hard Shell was the wonderful. My dinner was with friends from 50+ years and was able to sit and talk for 2+ hours. Our server was the best. Wish I could remember his name because he made our evening so special. Very patient while we talked prior to deciding what to eat. He also was able to have the chef make my order just like I requested. The She Crab soup was the best I'd ever had. We closed the place down."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "My husband and I had a fabulous first time visit at your restaurant! We were celebrating his birthday. The service was excellent; food delicious; atmosphere pleasant; and prices well worth it! Thanks for a wonderful experience! We'll definitely return ourselves, but we've also recommended out friends."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went there for Lobster Night (Mondays) to celebrate a birthday and was very disappointed not to find a plain steamed lobster on the specials menu. They would serve you one at the market price of $28 that included two sides but that was more than we expected to pay. No self-respecting Mainer would eat any of those options. Got the lobster chowdah and they did add a little lobster to a vegetable soup that had almost no lobster flavor. The calamari Caesar salad was okay but not what we wanted for lobster night. Go to Legal Seafood (nearest one may be Crystal City) but it will be worth the trip. They know how to cook lobster and will have the steamer clams to go with it. Great clam chowdah, too. Aye-yuh."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My husband and I made reservations here for our wedding anniversary. The website states "casual" but when you first go in it certainly appears a little more upscale. The ambiance is beautiful and seemed classy. That being said - the servers wore blue jeans and were playing music that was quite loud before someone turned it down and it included songs by the Violent Femmes. I wasn't really clear on what type of setting they were going for. When we were seated I noticed our glasses were dirty. Food was OK. My spiced shrimp was a overdone with little seasoning but my husbands shrimp and scallops were good. Appetizers of crab cakes and scallops were the stars! Delicious!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I ordered the crab pasta. I took my first bite and gagged because it had so much garlic in it. My father in law ordered the shell pasta. The marinara was so watered down that it no taste. The fries were not seasoned and the calamari was like rubber. The noise level is very high."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Setting up the reservation thru Open Table was flawless. Thank you. Arrived, checked in and seated instantly. My waitress, MEAGHEN, was extroidinary. Drinks were nice. Nice selection of a variety of drinks. Had a seafood choice that was excellent. No complaints. Only negative for me was my wife didn't have her sweater, (first time) and it was a little too chilly inside. We were ultimately seated in the outdoor section. Nice. We took MEAGHEN with us. For this ambience I was expecting warmed bread. My only disappointment. The bread was DELICIOUS!! It just wasn't heated"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a party of six. The dining porch was very nice with shade and a breeze. Service was very good. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We have been there several times. Food is pretty consistent and reasonable for fresh seafood."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "food was fabulous...waitress one of the best I've ever had. Only complaint is music is much too loud for those of us just coming to dine."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was great and the prices were a little high. Besides the loud crowd around the bar wathching the TV. I will be back to visit the restaurant on special occasions like my wife's birthday. Our service was excellent and the restaurant was very romantic"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dining at the Hard Shell at Bellgrade is always a great experience. The food is always cooked perfectly and the wait staff is very attentive. I would definitely recommend reservations."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I took my coaches to a brunch here before coaching our last games at the Champions Cup Lacrosse Tournament. The service was great and the food was delicious! They bring you little mini blueberry muffins that are nice and warm with butter, yum yum!!! The coffee was delicious too. I am planning on taking my coaches here for dinner when we come back down to Richmond for the Capital Cup!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We seek restaurants with great food and atmosphere. Hard Shell provides both."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "en times and this was the best experience ever. The server was excellent. He was present when needed and"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "2 of 3 meals fine. Fried oysters and mahi fine, sesame tuna avg to below. No flavor and overcooked. No atmosphere, and won't return. Too much like chain restaurant food.."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our server was great and the food was delicious. As a vegetarian, it was great to see a separate vegetarian menu at a seafood place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nothing negative to say about Hardshell! I came here with my family for Father's Day, and not one person in our group was disappointed. Great food and great service. I will definitely be returning very soon."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Hard shell is a great dining get away. The music was playing and made it very enjoyable, The two person tables are very cozy makes you feel very close to your dinning partner . I can't wait to try it for brunch"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Superior quality seafood. Slightly overlooked. But delicious anyway. Chef was able to meet my dietary requirements very nicely! Great menu and service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Wedding Anniversary dinner at The Hard Shell. Though the conversation noise level was a bit high, we still enjoyed the jazz trio that was playing that night - a great addition to the evening! We'll be back.....but maybe to dine outside - for a lower decibel level."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed dining at Hard Shell. The service and food were outstanding; it was a very nice evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My son and I took my husband here for Father's Day. I have never been to this location but found it online as one of the top seafood restaurants in the area. My son had the fish and grits, I had the Mahi Mahi, and my spouse had the seafood pasta dish. Everything was well made even the 2 appetizers we had which were the crab dip and short ribs. I did not care for the coconut rice or the spinach with my Mahi Mahi however. It could have just been my tastebuds. They even had a live band playing at the time of evening we dined in."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was also. We really enjoyed our experience and would highly recommend the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "The Hard Shell has the best seafood that I've found in Richmond. The fried calamari appetizer was fantastic--crisp coating, and tender calamari. My husband and son loved the crab pasta."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The food on our most recent trip was satisfactory, but not great. I'd give it a C+. Usually the food is a B or B+. The crab cakes have too much filler. The choice of sides is limited. Desserts were all great. Service was great. We'll go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Our family dined at The Hard Shell to celebrate a special occasion. Our table was perfect, the wait staff was neat and professional and our party enjoyed their meals."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Fantastic Service. Waiter was extremely helpful in the food selection process. Friendly atmosphere. Recommend Highly."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food and the service was excellent. I had the shrimp and grits and my wife had the tuna. The food was delicious and the portions were large. We had the bread pudding for dessert and it was superb. This was our first time at the restaurant and we will definitely go again. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We have been to Hard Shell for Easter Brunch twice--was very nice both times. We have also been on several evenings for Lobster night. The lobster itself was really delicious. However, we bought friends this past visit that were very disappointed in the small amount of food that accompanied the lobster. And I must admit--they were correct! Also, my wife ordered crab cakes with a greens salad--it was limp & not cold as a salad should be --she would have complained but felt uncomfortable doing so with our guests. We each had ordered she crab soup that was delightful."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I have dined with just my husband and have taken business associates to dinner here. In the five or six times dining here, every experience has been very good. Sometimes we stop by after work to enjoy the half price appetizers and a drink after work: other times we come for the complete experience. We have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "While visiting family I choose the hardshell for a group of 7. One of the group is a diabetic and was failing fast. The waitress was great and quickly brought her some bread that saved the day. The food was great as were the drinks. Our table was ready when we arrived proving the worth of the app."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent service, food, atmosphere we will deffinitely be going back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We were looking for a raw bar in Richmond and found this gem :-) Really good seafood - good prices. Tables were a little small but other than that we really loved it."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The Hard Shell continues to provide excellent excellently prepared food. Thank goodness they haven't fallen victim to the latest trends of over spicing food, they let the natural flavors come through, using spices and garnishes to enhance flavors not over power them. Service is great. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "my rockfish special was wonderful. my wife and son enjoyed their meals also. everything was spot on. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Mother's Day in evening, had interesting menu, food really nicely prepared and presented. Service was friendly, attentive but not overbearing, knowlegeable. Ambience is a little like a large box, and noiselevel is a little high, but better than the downtown location. It had been a while since we'd been to Hardshell--now I remember why we liked it. Will be back"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went for Mother's Day so kids were expected. There were 2 screaming babies and I have a 9 month old so I'm not being insensitive. If those moms would have stepped out to calm them I would have no complaints. Great food, fresh, hot, and very delicious. Very professional waitress. A little dark inside for a sunny afternoon. I plan to go again. We had on skirts and sandals but it think anything dressier would have been too fancy. Very relaxed environment. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The food was excellent for brunch, with a number of choices under $10 to fit all budgets in our large family. The service was just right, and our server cheerfully split our bill into three different amounts. A great choice for this special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Hard Shell was not necessarily the first place I thought of for brunch, but it was delicious. Had a large group, so our orders were diverse- blueberry pancakes, omelets, and steak. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Ambiance and decor was nice, service was fast and friendly and they had a nice covered patio for outdoor dinning. Would definitely recommend for any meal. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014