The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

4.7
1787 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1787 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JaneD
Richmond
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to reserve a party of 7 through OpenTable. The overall experience was awesome! Drinks, appetizers and entrees were the best! This is our new favorite restaurant. Can’t wait to return!

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DeniseG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service where super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! We had the best service on Saturday night! I wish I wrote her name down because we would ask for her again on our next visit!

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vipMidloFolks
Richmond
46 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each time we go to the Hard Shell at Bellgrade we get a great meal and excellent service. Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Ray!! So happy to see a familiar face w outstanding customer service

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DianneM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Just love their poached lobster. Delicious. Would highly recommend it. The shrimp cocktail is superb.

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vipluv2eatout
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I had a date night there for Valentine’s Day.
The service was very good & our dinner was excellent. We both highly recommend The Hard Shell.

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vipLaurieO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent!

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ColbyS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing from the beginning to the end. Every drink was incredible, the food was amazing. Definitely coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was pretty tasty. The waiter wasn’t the best had to ask other waiters to bring my date and I things to the table but overall was pretty good.

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MarkE
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great and we didn't have to long. I think our server was new, but otherwise did a good job. That's the only reason we didn't give 5 stars across the board. We will definitely be back and would recommend The Hardshell to others.

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ChristinaC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my dear friends birthday. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner of crab dip & she crab soup, salads with grilled shrimp & cream burlee to finish. The food was delicious & service was excellent!

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cmedoit
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was our first time here, and will definitely be back. Everything we ordered was outstanding. Service was great only issue was that appetizers/soup/entrees all came out too quickly and we didn't have enough time to finish one before the next arrived.

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DavidD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Second straight Saturday night spent at the Hard Shell Bellgrade and it was just as good as the first visit! Food was great as was the service. The only complaint I have is that the back room where we were seated was a little to loud. I think the wood and brick walls need something to help absorb the sound. Other than that a great night out!

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on February 12, 2021

Thank you for the feedback , David! Saturday was considerably louder than usual in our banquet room with the larger groups. SO glad to have you back, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Chris

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vipAmyH
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent outdoor dining! Seriously warm heaters outside. All of the seafood was wonderful- clams, oysters, lobster, shrimp, and crab legs. Filets were delicious as well.

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FJ12
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was average, service was excellent. For the price, I expected better food preparation. Not the experience I was hoping for.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on February 10, 2021

Hi FJ, Thank you for the constructive feedback. I do wish your experience had been better in regards to your meal, would you mind sharing some of the details about what you ordered so we can continue to improve our product & consistency? I hope to hear from you when you have time. the hard shell bellgrade @ gmaildotcom Thank you, Chris Franklin

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DavidD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great evening out! The food was fantastic, oysters were fresh and great flavor, and my rockfish was cooked perfectly. Atmosphere was great. Energetic but not too loud that you couldn't easily carry on a conversation. RRG does a great job and I highly recommend their restaurants. We will return again soon. David

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard shell is great! Service was amazing and the hostesses and Manager were extremely professional!! Food ROCKED

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vipRVAdiner
Richmond
33 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always perfect!

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vipZara
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The atmosphere is lovely. The waiter was attentive. Everything was delicious.

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PatP
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. From the quality of food, to service, to atmosphere it is hands-down the best seafood place in Richmond.

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Toni
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We eat here frequently. The food and drinks are good and service is always great too.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal and cannot wait to go back again. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

My family and I recently enjoyed brunch over the weekend. What the restaurant has done to ensure that patrons can comfortably dine outside is outstanding. While my wife thoroughly enjoyed her crab cake sandwich, my grilled chicken sandwich was overcooked, and both were accompanied by fries that were far too salty. The kids, however, more than enjoyed their breakfast fare, paying particular attention to the blueberry muffins that they ordered. The service we received was prompt and attentive and attentive throughout most of the meal, but trailed off a bit towards the end (e.g, requests for more water not fulfilled) even though the restaurant wasn’t overly busy at the time. All in all, we enjoyed the outing and will be back for future meals. Other dining experiences at this restaurant have been exemplary.

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LoraL
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely dinner and great service. We'll be back for sure! Thank you!

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MarkM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This was our 4th time dining at The Hard Shell. Service is great, the menu is reasonably priced with great small and large plates. The wine list is also very reasonably priced with a great selection. I can tell that someone put a lot of thought into the wine list and how it melds with the menu.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 24, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, Mark! We're glad you had a great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Normally love our wait staff.. past 2 times they were not there and poor service

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 24, 2021

Hi, Thank you for taking the time share some of your experience from Friday night. Guest feedback is very valuable to us, and I'd like to know a bit more about your experience so that we may improve our consistency. Please email me at thehardshellbellgrade @ gmail Thank you, Chris

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JenH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner for my son’s 14th birthday!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time last night! Our waiter Nick was super attentive and made sure we had a nice evening for our anniversary.

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DeeLicious
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As usual, from seating to departure, the waitstaff was attentive and the food and service were good.

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AnneS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, pleasant atmosphere, tables well spaced and outsider dining available.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual! Ruby salts were fantastic ❤️

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you so much!

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abbym
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious & service was great! We will definitely be back.

JC
vipJamieC
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming here! Excellent food and service.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you for the kind words & support, Jamie!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Happy to hear you had a great visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always!

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you!

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RaymondM
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the Hard Shell does not disappoint. Service was prompt and friendly, food was enjoyed by all - the she crab soup and lobster bisque are both to die for.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you for the review, Raymond!

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LisaLace123
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time eating at this restaurant. I must admit the food was excellent and very tasty. I say this cause I’m a native New Yorker and one thing I miss the most is the food!! We have everything there! I have lived in Virginia for the past 15 years and to say the least the food here sucks!! I was quite surprised that I enjoyed EVERYTHING that I had ordered.
Appetizer—- Spicy steam shrimps
Entree—— Hand Tossed Pasta in creamy sauce w/ scallops, shrimps, clams and mussels
Drinks—- 2 Cosmopolitans w/ splash of peach & Margarita
Our waitress Rachel was the absolute best! She was very personable and can make a drink!! Wow! I luv her!!! Overall on a scale of 1-10 I would give them an 11. I was going to Ruth Chris on my birthday (Jan. 27) but I will definitely be returning here.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you for the detailed feedback! We love Rachel too, she's incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing dinner served by a very good waitress and excellent food.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you for the support!

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vipjohannac
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, awesome food and service. I totally recommend.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 18, 2021

Thank you for the support, johanna!

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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 4.7 stars by 1787 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.