The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

4.7
2067 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2067 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time and will definitely be back!

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Jacky
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfectly prepared and enjoyed to the max!

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ArleneB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner for our anniversary, complimentary glass of wine was nice added touch

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ElaineF
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Happy Hour with friends celebrating a birthday! Perfect location on the patio warmed by heaters! Our waiter was very friendly and accommodating to our needs! We will definitely go back!

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DanaH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience4

One of our favorites let us down last night.
Filet was not cooked correctly, and tough. We never were offered refills on our tea. The bread pudding was dry.
Just an off night ; perhaps.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on January 9, 2022

Hi Dana, Thank you for the review, I'm very sorry to hear we didn't deliver on the experience yesterday. We value guest feedback and I wish we could have made it right last night during your visit. We appreciate our returning guests and always hope to deliver the quality and consistency you expect. I hope to see you again, and will make sure your experience is much improved. Chris

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MarianneP
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I THANK our waiter ADRIAN for being helpful and very kind
He is a Great GUY

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

70th birthday

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hard Shell always meets expectations. Great food and servers.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

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vipRVAdiner
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful New Year’s Eve dinner. Our server Eva was really great. We’re frequent diners and will continue.

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vipAmyD
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate here for New Year’s Eve and it was lovely! Warm atmosphere, food was wonderful and great service. I am sad to say it was our first time at The Hardshell but won’t be the last! Such a cute restaurant right here in Southside. We will be adding this to our regular spots.

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ClaudiaS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Delicious food, fun atmosphere and nice people.

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chrisd
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. Lovely evening at our outdoor table. New menu items exquisite!

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vipNayy
Richmond
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience, as always. We made it in time for some Happy Hour deals too!!

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vipGregoryD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. We go every year for ky wife’s birthday on NYE. It was amazing as usual

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RaymondS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the very beginning Hardshell was a cut above the rest. My wife and I started to dine there approximately 3 yrs ago. The second time we walked in the waitress remembered what our drinks were. The staff, no matter who is always courteous. The food is always prepared just right, Portion sizes are right on the money. The food is always consistent, along with portion sizes, flavor and presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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SharonW
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas gathering with friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated immediately and service and food was wonderful. Their crab soup and fish tacos are excellent!!

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vipluv2eatout
Richmond
36 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience....Staff very attentive & food so delicious!

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vipdarlene
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff are both wonderful!

MD
vipMikeD
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Christmas Eve spot. Great server. Ample choices of win by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare to find clams anywhere in RVA. They were perfect. We had crab cakes and scallops & shrimp, creme Brule, and coffee...all very good. Service was excellent.

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NikiaN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas Eve Day Date

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Cindy
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The quality and value of the food was not as good as expected in previous visits to this restaurant. We were rather disappointed. The service was great as usual.

CM
CarlosM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very friendly staff and quite attentive. Making reservation online was very simple and recommended it. We have been eating here for several years now and believe that the menu needs an update soon.

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vipSirL
Richmond
55 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seared salmon prepared as ordered - medium rare. Crab cakes great as usual. Spoonbread good as usual. Service? Good as usual.

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JuanitaH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service..amazing!! Had a wonderful night.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went very well and the food was delicious. We will definitely go again…

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TonyH
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food and presentation were excellent. Menu is still limited. They appear to be adequately staffed. Wish it were a little quieter - hard to carry on a conversation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service !

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DonB
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Way too many people walking in, looking at the "Please Wear Mask" sign, but did not have on masks?? I don't understand that. Why is it not enforced. You are endangering every employee and their family.
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BradP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Food and drinks were exceptional and on time. Our server really helped make the night special for my wife’s 40th birthday.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on December 15, 2021

So glad to hear you enjoyed your meal and service. We look forward to seeing you back again soon!

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Will
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good seafood, great service, for a special meal anytime

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vipUKAyj
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always and great service. Mezcal margarita was excellent.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on December 15, 2021

Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, especially the margarita. We pride ourselves in offering a creative and eclectic cocktail menu. You'll have to come back to sample another drink soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good waitress

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on December 15, 2021

We are glad you received exceptional service!

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KristaB
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambiance was lovely, the food great, and the service prompt. Prices were very reasonable and portion sizes were ample. A definite do-over! We really enjoyed the evening.

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WilliamH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was excellent and the ambience was very nice. We go there regularly and enjoy our meals immensely. I’m sure we will go again before the Christmas holidays are over.

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vipTheBaroness
Richmond
137 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food but very loud

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Bigcheese
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great!

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 4.7 stars by 2067 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.