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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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    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!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Eggs benedict were very good. Quiet Sunday. Nice atmosphere. Not rushed."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "the filet tasted spoiled on 8/3 evening. Surf and turf was good however"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Can they please open a Hard Shell in Greensboro, NC??? PLEASE!!!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "dining experience was satisfying and the quality of food was good."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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