The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

4.6
1712 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Located in Midlothian, The Hard Shell Restaurant is known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. With a new fresh look; The Hard Shell features sleek booths, lots of light and a vibrant city feel. The Hard Shell has Richmond's widest variety of fresh and local seafood. Menu items include signatures such as filet and lobster, shrimp and scallops, lump crab cakes. Patio & indoor reservations are available . Please contact the restaurant for private dining requests. Dress is casual.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Now accepting reservations for Christmas Eve. Our full meu with additional dinner specials is available.

What 1712 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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MzCherry5
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and our service was too. Glad we decided to eat here.

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vipGigi
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server, Rachel. They even had a back up person check on us when she got a little busy. Highly recommend.

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RaymondM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was great as was the service. Never rushed.

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SharonC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Please advise the kitchen staff the she crab soup arrived at the table lukewarm. I do not send food back for obvious reasons.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was great, drinks were great! Perfect birthday dinner!

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LeslieJ
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been there before but I loved every bite the food and service was wonderful

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EarlH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just went there for the 3rd time and it is our favorite seafood restaurant. The raw oysters are very clean and fresh. It is hard to find a place with 3 varieties of crab.

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Bruce
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable evening for dinner. Seafood is particularly good, service was even better. We have dined at Hard Shell before and I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always/ the Hard Shell never disappoints!! Amazing food and service!. The hostesses are so friendly!!

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vipfoodie
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food. LOVE the crab and the crab cakes

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VickiM
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exceptional and the service was great. The ambiance was as good as it can be under the current circumstances. It was my sister’s birthday and she thoroughly enjoyed celebrating there.

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vipfoodie
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Our group goes there 2-3 times a month and the food and service is always top notch. This is definitely one of my favorite restaurants. The crab is to die for.

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AlenciaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It was our one year anniversary and this restaurant was recommended. The ambience was very nice but our server didn't seem to want to be bothered with us much. We had never been there before and had questions but he was quite short answering. We needed refills of water and he was more attentive to the other table beside us.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on November 11, 2020

Hi Alencia, My sincerest apologies on your service experience. Anniversaries are such special occasions, and I am very sorry your experience with us did not reflect the level of attention you deserved. We take guest feedback to heart, and I would like to try and make amends for Saturday's visit. If you could please contact me here: thehardshellbellgrade @ gmaildotcom Thank you, Chris Franklin

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AT03
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

A few steaks were ordered within our party and the request as to how they were prepared were all different. When brought out apparently they had been mixed up. After waiting for the server to return and be notified, the offer was made to have this corrected. However, due to the length of time it took to get this back out, the request was made to have this made to go. While waiting a dessert was offered, but couldn’t help but notice the utensil used to prepare the dessert had been used to slice onions. Once we left & arrived home we also realized they neglected to provide the side dishes in this “to go” order. Very disappointed in this experience as I have been here before & not had this issues.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on November 18, 2020

Hi AT, My apologies on your experience on 11/6. That is definitely now how we had hoped to rectify our mishap with regards to the steaks your table ordered. We value guest feedback, both positive & negative, as it helps us improve the product & service we offer. Please contact me here at the restaurant if you have time. thehardshellbellgrade @ gmail dotcom Thank you, Chris

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vipMikeD
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place for outdoor dining and oysters. Nice wine choices.

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Theus
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. It was quick. Great options on the menu

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VirginiaT
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I will come back just for the Arugula salad. Seafood marvelous too.

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DianeH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love their crab cake sandwich so much!

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vipSteve
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hard Shell is a real treat. Our food and service were excellent. We will return.

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AndyS
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Hard Shell has a nice menu, and the prices are commensurate with those of other area restaurants. The asparagus was especially well prepared, the wine tasty, and the dessert delicious.

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vipSM2017
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful dinner- the food was delicious and service impeccable for a causal dining restaurant. We spend over $200 for dinner to include a bottle of wine and a cocktail for four and it was worth it because of the level of service. Thanks for a great night!

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vipRVAdiner
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Consistently good foot and service. Love the outdoor dining! We’ll be back!

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YvonneW
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Cute eatery. Went on a Thursday night. Outside seating was not great. The chairs were very hard and the tables too close together Had crabcake appetizer. Cakes were very small and too much breading. Partner had a beer I had prosecco.
We both were craving scallops so we had the shrimp and scallops. Both were cooked perfectly. The rice was awesome.I did not care for the vegetables that were underneath they tasted burnt. We shared an arugula salad that was very tasty.The bill was around $95 which was reasonable. Will return and sit on inside..

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on November 5, 2020

Hi Yvonne. Thank you for the feedback from your review. We did take some time to re look at our patio tables and make sure that they are within the guidelines of the Governer's orders. This did require taking away a few patio tables. We are doing everything that we can to protect our staff and our guests. We hope to host you again soon!

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vipfoodie
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nick is the best server we have ever had. He makes sure we have what we need as we need it. He is AMAZING

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vipWendyM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our brunch at The Hardshell. The pineapple juice mimosa with eggs Benedict was divine. The entire family was happy with their meals. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard shell is the best! Franklin and his team of amazing staff (especially the organized and friendly hostesses) are amazing. The food is top notch and great atmosphere!!

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Fabulous
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the minute we walked through the doors everyone at The Hard shell made us feel like family. The food was perfect, the recommended dishes were amazing. Will definitely return when in town.

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DennisB
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I forgot this gem in the Belgrade area of Midlothian. Excellent value and atmosphere.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. First time there. This place was recommended and it did not disappoint. Thanks for the experience.

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Cheryl
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Crab cakes were very good. Service was very good. Wedge salad is large enough to share.

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vipDebiP
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside and felt safe and well taken care of. The food and drinks were wonderful and the service was as well. It will be our new go to when in Richmond visiting family.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall good experience. Clean. Good atmosphere.

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vipNickscotti
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to The Hard Shell because they have fresh seafood and a great wine list!

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brianB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for a date night. Food is a good value

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Mich
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Rockfish dish and my husband had the scallops and shrimp. Both were cooked perfectly and the sauces/flavor were amazing! The Brussel sprouts and She Crab chowder were also amazing. We will be going back!

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BobF
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed the Hard Shell Bellgrade for many years. While it was always good, we have to say the food it is better than ever. The service is good and we do miss the live music. But the food is excellent!

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vipeandr
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We did have a few glitches, but our waitress, Eve, and the manager did everything possible and got the situations corrected very quickly. In the end, the lobster turned out perfect, and the drinks were delicious. Clams and oysters were shucked perfectly and were awesome. We will be back

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PatB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first outing since COVID-19 for dinning out. We went for brunch to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. It was a great experience we were the only ones in the restaurant. We have eaten dinner there many times. The food is delicious.

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KristieL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing and staff is very kind. Will definitely go back.

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BillK
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good outdoor layout, heaters available if the weather turns, food good , but the menu could use some updating and verity.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Hard Shell - Bellgrade using the Order Online button. The Hard Shell - Bellgrade also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 464-1476.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade is rated 4.6 stars by 1712 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.