The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thehardshell.com/
  • Phone: 8044641476x
  • 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: Steak, Seafood
  • 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.
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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (53)neighborhood gem (46)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (30)great for outdoor dining (27)romantic (25)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (15)notable wine list (13)great for lunch (10)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    the sword fish special was wonderful with the side dish that made it pop. all the food was great. the bar does a really good mint julep and the special drinks were great also. hats off to katy. and the other wait staff. see you soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well traveled diner
    LisaC
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Traveled to Hardshell as a point between to meet with an long time friend - we both drove 2 hrs - we had high expectations. Our request on the on-line reservations were met and everything else exceeded expectations. Fabulous drinks, well prepared and presented food. We were not rushed, were able to enjoy a leisurely brunch. Both of us have traveled and experienced multiple 5 star restaurants. This dining experiencing exceeded every nuance of what we wanted for our reunion. The drive was totally worth it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Our 3rd time there. Fabulous ! Great food, served hot, great service , well worth a trip from the West End . Music was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I booked a table for 4 to entertain a business partner and his wife at The Hard Shell Midlothian. It was a slow Tuesday night and our reservation was at 7pm. There were only 2 other occupied tables in the place. Admittedly, our group of 4 was the loudest in the place, and having so much room, I wish we had been sat further fro the other 2 - 2 tops. The server was great and the food was fine. We just felt like we were keeping the rest of the staff against their will. Maybe this place is better on the weekends when they expect people to come in and have fun...
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  • Good as ususal
    AESRichmond
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Hard Shell at Bellgrade has consistently good food. Service was great too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem!
    Betty2
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Creative, fresh seafood. Excellent service. Really enjoyed the live jazz music!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MotaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Good solid meal with terrific service and reasonably priced seafood as their feature. Specials every day add to an already extensive menu that has creative fish dishes that are atsty and economical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so hot
    retiredfrequentdiners
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This was our first visit to the Hard Shell. The appetizer - Oysters Hard Shell- was tasty. The salad (wedge) and she-crab soup were good. We both ordered fish (blackened mahi-mahi & rockfish). The meal was mediocre. My mahi mahi portion was very small, dry and not very tasty. My wife's portion was good, but dry and her rice was cold. The waiter said the meal quality was caused by a large group that was being served at the same time- of course that made us feel much better about the money we spent.
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  • Very good experience
    apple
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a group of 11. Our server, Erin was very attentive and did a great job of keeping everyone happy. I would definitely go back for dinner for tow or a larger group as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Enjoy the Hard Shell
    LoriBee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was my first time at this location. I went specifically for crab leg night. They were very very good but not the quality I seem to get on nights when there is less demand. Service and atmosphere were excellent. I'll definitely go again even on crab leg night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like crab...
    generob61
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    2 lbs. of crab legs for$20, are you kidding me?! And the she crab soup too?! If you enjoy crab like I do, this is the place to go on Sundays!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tracy
    justshoeit
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is one of the best restaurants in Richmond. We have been coming for years. Food is delicious and wait staff is very friendly and knowlegeable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch
    Kelly
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Eggs benedict were very good. Quiet Sunday. Nice atmosphere. Not rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good service and food but a really loud band and freezing AC almost ruined it for me. I can't see going back. When the server gets your drink order screwed up because she can't hear it over the band, then you've got a problem.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I had a business meeting/dinner there. It was perfect. The food was great, service was very good and it wasn't too noisy. I highly recommend it.
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  • smelled of dirty carpet!
    the2js
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    the filet tasted spoiled on 8/3 evening. Surf and turf was good however
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  • Great
    AClosetedFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I spent my birthday dinner here the other night and the staff made sure I was well taken care of! From being seated by the hostesses and being waited on by great staff I will definitely recommend this to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING & FABULOUS FOOD!!
    Foxcrest
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Can they please open a Hard Shell in Greensboro, NC??? PLEASE!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what's not to like
    Chris
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had the crab cakes. They were small, but very delicious with little to no filler. Wonderfully presented. My date had the steak and lobster tail, and she let me try bites of both. Excellent. The booth was superb, and I didn't feel cramped or wedged in there likes many Fan restaurants.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lilysnewfind
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    dining experience was satisfying and the quality of food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    ReasonableexpectationVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent seafood, live jazz, impeccable service. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. Truly loved the oysters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
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  • So enjoyable
    Fabulous
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Visit at the Hard Shell
    1pickydiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New England natives stay away
    Rick
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Identity Crisis
    M2Hofnksi
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nothing special
    darylw
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday dinner at THE HARD SHELL
    kingkenn
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great outdoor dining
    Maajaa2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall
    kismet
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gobbling
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood at the Hard Shell
    MidloFolks
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    WhitneyG22
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • It has both
    LuvGoodFood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We seek restaurants with great food and atmosphere. Hard Shell provides both.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DavePsyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    en times and this was the best experience ever. The server was excellent. He was present when needed and
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 6/20/14
    Bobc
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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..
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  • Great Father's Day
    aems
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    forever18hearts
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • two please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Betty2
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Superior quality seafood. Slightly overlooked. But delicious anyway. Chef was able to meet my dietary requirements very nicely! Great menu and service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic