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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

4.6
4.6
2198 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (804) 464-1476

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jeff Kolakowski

  • Neighborhood

    Midlothian

  • Cross street

    Huguenot and Robious Roads

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    Saturday Evenings 630pm to 930pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,198 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Seafood

  • Richmond

    Seafood

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  1. DO

    DOUGandLYNNE

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband ordered rib and crab combo, my daughter got Dungeness crab legs and I had my 'go to' House Salad w/Salmon. ALL delicious!! We shared a Creme Brulee and my daughter got Key Lime pie to go ~ yum. If you enjoy a cocktail, my husband recommends 'I Can't Feel My Legs'. ; )
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary today. Everything was wonderful.
  3. KM

    KarenM

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect for Sunday AM brunch. Wonderful Eggs Benedict and mimosas. The asparagus was really delicious, but we could have done without the potatoes. Will defy come back!

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded 3 days agoHey Karen, happy to hear you enjoyed our brunch offerings. Please feel free to swap out your potatoes for extra fruit, side salad, etc. on your next visit. Hope to see you again soon!

  4. AJ

    AntoinetteJ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch after church services on a beautiful day! The meal, ambiance (out door seating) and service was wonderful. Would definitely visit again.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded 3 days agoWe're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, look forward to having you back soon!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. Great food and good strong drinks
  6. W

    William

    Richmond

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Asparagus was soft and limp. Rest of dish was very good…

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded 3 days agoWilliam, I'm sorry your asparagus left you dissatisfied. While we strive for perfection, we sometimes miss the mark. Please feel free to make your server aware in the future if there is a part of your meal you're unhappy with. We are more than happy to get you a replacement. I hope we'll get the chance to serve you again soon!

  7. W

    Winelover

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy dinners at The Hard Shell. This past dinner, Gwen was our server and she balanced our dinner for two with a party of 20 very well.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded 3 days agoSo glad to hear you had a lovely dining experience, look forward to having you back!

  8. m

    marke1

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went to the Hardshell while my sister and her husband were visiting. We truly enjoyed our drinks, appetizers, dinners and dessert. The food was hot, and very tasty and we all really loved the flavors of our meals. Our waitress, Jordan, was one of the best waitresses we have ever had. She was intuitive and anticipated our every need. We wish we could have that great service everywhere we go!

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded 3 days agoSounds like you guys had a fabulous time! We are lucky to have talented wait staff like Jordyn on our team and we look forward to serving you again soon!

  9. S

    Spiderphins

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Place was VERY loud. Had a hard time hearing the people across from me without yelling. Food (blackened mahi-mahi) was overcooked and the rice was very clumpy/chewy. I used to like this place but after last night I don't think I'll be going back for a while.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 30, 2022Hi, I'm sorry to hear your dish was subpar last night. We value guest feedback, and while we would always prefer to fix our mistakes, I understand you may not have wanted to wait longer with how busy it was. If you could contact me here at the restaurant, I would be happy to make amends for your meal. the hard shell bellgrade @ gmail. Thank you, Chris

  10. B

    brianB

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great as usual
  11. R

    clipperRog

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice clean restaurant with good choices on the menu. Service was great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and our server was awesome 👌🏾
  13. CR

    ChristieR

    Richmond

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We celebrated our anniversary at this restaurant. The food was delicious. The wine was also great. We will definitely visit this restaurant again.
  14. WC

    WilliamC

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great Salmon! The wait staff are very friendly and professional. Will go again!
  15. H

    Hopeful

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As usual, our dinner at The Hard Shell was excellent. The She Crab soup is the best around and our salad and filet mignon were very good as well. The bartender customized one of their signature drinks to suit my wife's taste - and she loved it. I had my favorite local beer- Triple Crossing Falcon Smash - that was on tap. Overall, another great job by The Hard Shell staff. We will definitely continue to return.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was wonderful. Food was very good. It was very noisy.
  17. RC

    RhondaC

    Richmond

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Corrine was absolutely amazing as our server. She was very attentive to our needs. Thank you Corrine!
  18. JD

    JamesD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and beverages were delicious. Service was excellent. The noise level ,however was comparable to a Nascar race. You actually had to yell to speak to your table mate sitting directly across from you; and even then you had to try to read lips! Other the obnoxious noise level, our visit was quite enjoyable.
  19. JC

    JeremyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and had a great experience. Our server Destiny was excellent!
  20. SW

    StephtheWahoo

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service! We will definitely be back at Hard Shell soon.
  21. KW

    KevinW

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice anniversary dinner. Great steak and lobster. Blackened Mahi was good also. The she crab soup was a nice appetizer.
  22. ST

    SeniorTraveler24

    Richmond

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was very helpful in trying to get my OpenTable reward accepted. Manager went over and above to work with me even though OpenTable made it difficult for them to process my reward. The food was excellent, service was above normal and overall experience was very positive. We picked a midweek night to avoid some of the crowds and it was a good choice. It is definitely a place for good and well prepared seafood!
  23. DO

    DOUGandLYNNE

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband enjoys your lobster tail. Each time he has ordered it, it has been cooked to perfection; I could even smell the 'freshness' of his lobster tail across the table. I went with the arugula salad and will definitely order again. For desert we shared the pineapple bread pudding. Yum!
  24. PB

    PatB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful experience… From our server, Angela. To the dinner, dessert & wine!! All Excellent! ThxU Hard Shell

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 12, 2022So glad you enjoyed yourselves! We look forward to having you back soon!

  25. S

    Smansy

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We have dined at this location several times. Unfortunately, the quality of the food has declined over our last few visits. On this last occasion, the truffle fries (app) were really greasy and under cooked. We went for brunch…. So I got the steak and eggs. The steak was palm size, over cooked and overall poor quality of steak. All for $25. It was not worth it. The mimosas are served in a water glass with ice. Terrible! I know restaurants are struggling. But… they have to find a way to do better. So disappointed

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 12, 2022I apologize your recent visit left much to be desired! We cut and weigh our steaks in house so it should be a consistent size, 7 ounces, or one half of our full NY Strip. As for the truffle fries, they may have been tossed in a bit too much truffle oil making them greasy. We do serve our mimosas over ice, but you can ask for them without ice upon ordering. I apologize that we missed the mark a few times, we'd love to treat you to a mimosa (no ice!) or appetizer on your next visit!

  26. LA

    LouisA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Being from DC, it is very moderately priced, not expensive. I thought the food was okay, ask to be in the front, did not like the back room. It was the tightest calamari circles I had ever seen. The she crab soup was OK, not hot, the crab they put on top is not lump, the crab cakes are not lump, the bottoms were so over cooked, I ate the crab off the top, the bottom was still in tact. I indicated it was a birthday dinner on the OT reservation, not acknowledged. This was a friend referral.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 12, 2022Oh no! First, I'd like to apologize that your birthday wasn't acknowledged. We treat to dessert for birthdays and this should've been done for your special day. Secondly, sometimes the sear on the crabcakes can be too severe. It would be so helpful if these issues were addressed during your visit, so we could heat up that soup, treat to that dessert, etc. Saturday was a difficult night with power outages and an emergency medical evacuation etc. Please give us the chance to make this up to you!

  27. C

    Candy

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was our first time at Hard Shell and I thought the food was very good. At one point the lights went off and no one seem to know what was happening. The next incident was a man right behind us was having a seizure and the staff did not seem to know what to do. Thank God two men stepped up to help, they seem to be experienced in the medical field. I actually told the waitress to call 911 because she would know the details of the restaurant. It was upsetting to watch but the local EMT got there so quick and proceeded to take him to the hospital. The food came out and was delicious.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 10, 2022Thank you for the review, Candy. What an adventurous first time visit you had! The local power outage was certainly a challenge as safety is paramount when dealing with gas as well as electrical outages. We are definitely grateful 2 medical professionals were dining with us, as well as the couple members of our staff that called 911 to communicate the situation. Thank you to you as well for springing into action and advising your server also! We hope to see you again.

  28. B

    Bear

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    In a way it is unreasonable for us to rate the restaurant on this evening since it had little to do with the restaurants actions. 1. The power fluctuated on and off for more than 30 minutes. It affected the kitchen's ability to complete meals as normal and lights went on and off several times 2. One guest was extremely loud and didn't realize how their laughter made it unpleasant for others. 3. Another guest had a medical emergency and required an ambulance. Nonetheless we will try again with the hope that it will be better.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 12, 2022Thank you for acknowledging that several of these variable were outside of our control. Saturday was a challenging evening to say the least. Please come give us another chance, under normal circumstances, I'm confident you will not be disappointed!

  29. SC

    SueC

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Celebrated 2 friends birthdays at Hard Shell for lunch!

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 12, 2022Yay! Happy Birthday Friends!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    It was my daughter’s birthday. The service was ok. Sometimes our server seemed inattentive. He didn’t introduce himself or come to take our order for awhile. We had to ask another server to find him so we could order entrees. Overall he was nice and brought my daughter a free dessert for her birthday. The food was excellent as always. We sat in the back room and it was very noisy. We could hardly hear our own conversation.
  31. d

    darlene

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the staff and delicious food.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 10, 2022Thank you Darlene! We love having you folks as well!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Generally it's just kinda loud in there. Took a really long time to take our order. It's not awful, just not really worth it when you're spending $150 for 4 people.
  33. DO

    DOUGandLYNNE

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I'm sad to report fair for my brunch on Sunday. My veggie omelet was not hot when it is was served. So disappointed. The crab omelet I received the week before was served nice and hot as it should have been; clearly my omelet served on 7/3 was 'setting to be served' too long. Pineapple in fruit cup was brown and spoiled. However, my husband enjoyed his crab cake benedict and said it was delicious. I did not share this with our waitress Rachel because my husband asked me not to and to share in our review. There you go.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 5, 2022Hi Lynne, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am very sorry your omelet was so disappointing. We always want our guests to enjoy their meals and service, and leave satisfied. Guest feedback helps us improve, and we are more than happy to recook any meal that isn't exemplary to achieve that. We hope to see you again in the future, and a private message has been sent.

  34. SB

    StephanieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was our first time visiting and we loved the overall environment. The cheese platter appetizer was amazing! We were disappointed with how small my husband's lobster roll was, though. It appeared to be child sized with an adult size price. His side was a bowl of spinach and that was huge compared to the lobster roll. Will give it another chance but will skip the lobster roll next time.
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    drthin

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Had the fried oysters which were small, few, and minimal taste. Have had larger portions when getting else where as an appetizer. The mussels were great as was the desert and our waiter Fred. Would possibly return, but order something different.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on July 4, 2022Thank you for the feedback regarding your Saturday night visit. I am sorry to hear the fried oysters didn't exceed your expectations; we definitely would have preferred to fix that during your visit. I am glad to hear you enjoyed some other items, as well as your server, Frank. We hope to see you again, and a member of our staff would be more than happy to ask what size oysters we have that day.

  36. D

    Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was absolutely delicious! We highly recommend The Hard Shell!

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on June 29, 2022Yay! Always so good to hear, thanks for dining with us!

  37. DO

    DOUGandLYNNE

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first go for brunch at the Hard Shell. I ordered the crab omelet and my husband ordered french toast w/eggs and sausage (potatoes and fruit). Brunch was delicious!!

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on June 29, 2022So glad to hear you had a wonderful experience, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  38. KM

    KenanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Pretty good accommodation of our large party. Not the best we have experienced but decent. Our server seemed to be more “with it” than the management.

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on June 27, 2022Thank you so much for the feedback Kenan. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. It was certainly a challenge accommodating so many smaller groups with reservations at both of our locations across multiple times that arrived much closer than anticipated, and all at our location. Our team definitely tried their best to meet everyone's expectations, and we hope your teams had a great stay.

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    cowpoke

    Richmond

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We love this place and are frequent diners here. This place did not disappoint us either. The food has a great taste, drinks are delicious and cutting edge. Our waitress was good, but not spectacular. We will be back again. Thank you!

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on June 29, 2022We're glad to hear you were impressed, for the most part, with your recent experience. We hope to see you again soon and get another chance to offer more spectacular service!

  40. BS

    BettyS

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service the promptness of our server and the seating

    The Hard Shell - BellgradeResponded on June 29, 2022Thank you for the complimentary review!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

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 2198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

11400 W Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Huguenot and Robious Roads

  • Neighborhood

    Midlothian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jeff Kolakowski

  • Entertainment

    Saturday Evenings 630pm to 930pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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