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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

4.6
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1686 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1686 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.5
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4.4
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vipWendyM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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Fabulous
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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KevinC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
4 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.

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TeresaB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to enjoy great food! We were celebrating my birthday and it far exceeded my expectations

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ChristinaC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner-I ordered the crab cakes and my girlfriend ordered the shrimp & scallops. Everything was cooked to perfection.

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CharlesP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary meal. Everything about the evening was wonderful. Would recommend it for a good seafood meal. On other occasions we have had beef and it was delicious as well but the seafood is outstanding!

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MarkP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience was outstanding food was great, Service outstanding

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you for the support, Mark!

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vipfoodie
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here most every week either as a couple or with a group of my female friends. We always find the service and food exceptional.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you for the kind words!

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NatashaH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was not only amazing but pretty cheap for what we was served and the presentation as well. The flavors of the dishes we had were flawless and didn't need for me to put salt on which for me seasoned food is always plus. The ambiance is real classy and professional but also a place where you can unwind and relax if need be. The service was as well professional and personal which is quite a balance. Our waiter who also bartended which was a plus was so polite and professional but like I said touched the personal side by catering to what we were asking for and just being able to laugh with us. Overall this establishment is beyond what I expected and more!

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you for the feedback & support, Natasha! We appreciate it.

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Coffeegal
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had two brithdays to celebrate and had a great time and dinner.
Will be going back in a couple of weeks.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you!

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vipfoodie
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always cheerful and great service. Love the food especially the crab

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you!

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KarenF
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio! Excellent service, wine and food!

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on October 4, 2020

Thank you for the support, Karen!

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CandiceM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Doing everything right during the pandemic. We sat outside on their newly expanded patio and they had lots of heaters which made it perfect for the cooler fall nights. The food was excellent! Highly recommend.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 23, 2020

Thank you, Candice! We appreciate your support & feedback.

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DonnaR
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pricey- crab louies she crab soup is much better. My son enjoyed it, although they don't offer much except over priced fries and ribs. A one time occasion- will go back to crab louies or riptide.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 20, 2020

Hi Donna, I am sorry to hear we did not exceed your expectations on your recent visit. We take guest feedback very seriously and while our current menu has a few less options than before as we all navigate these unusual circumstances for Covid-19, we always appreciate guest suggestions on ways to improve our offerings. Thank you for your patronage.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table was exactly what I requested- outside.
The food and drinks were very good, as was the service.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 20, 2020

Thank you for the support and feedback!

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vipMMGRVA
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

I hate complaining about service because I have a lot of respect for the service industry but our server clearly wasn’t trying to provide us with a good experience. I overlooked the incorrect orders(hubby asked for no anchovies and I asked for egg whites) until she decided to drop a check at one price then run my credit card for another. This was due to her realizing she forgot to charge me for my kid’s drinks. Would have been nice for her to let me know about the adjustment instead of just adding it on after the fact. I’m a very understanding person and would have had zero problem paying the extra $5 but the optics aren’t good when you present a check one way and then alter it when running the card. A manager never even visited us before leaving and it was very clear that I was disappointed with the level of service. Server tried to blame it on having only 2 servers staffed which could have been justified if there were more than 3-5 tables seated in the whole restaurant. Bottom line is that she should have just made me aware. I tipped well despite this (would have been more) and expected better quality service at a nice restaurant like this. Won’t be returning

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 13, 2020

Good evening Mrs. Murray, I do apologize for the missteps on your recent visit. We take guest feedback seriously, and will use this to improve our efforts. We strive for things to always go well, and when mistakes are made we hope to correct them. I am glad Kelly was able to get you the correct omelette. We will be sure to take the correct steps in future situations. In these unique times, we do appreciate your patience and understanding and hope you reconsider visiting us again. Thank you

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rplii
Richmond
40 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for Brunch. Our waitress was friendly, timely and knowledgeable. Our food was prepared well and served hot. We were there right as they opened and yet they were ready to serve us. We ate outdoor which I like.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you for the kind words and support!

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Thom
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere. Food was excellent and service great. One of my favorite dine ins. I will recommend to others.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 20, 2020

Thank you, Thom! We are thrilled you enjoyed your visit.

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vipRVAdiner
Richmond
31 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor patio. We’ll done!

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 13, 2020

We're so glad you like the changes!

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vipBetty2
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Brunch! Loved sitting outside. Excellent service. Very clean!

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on September 13, 2020

Thank you, Betty! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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deejay
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived late on a Sunday evening, and were still graciously seated and served a wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday Brunch and the options were delicious.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on August 30, 2020

Thank you!

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MGraves
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good meal with wonderful options. My food (mashed potatoes) were less than warm, and the food was a touch salty. For that, I give the meal four stars Overall, I loved the restaurant decor, and the food options were great. Solid service with well crafted cocktails. I will be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal, but did see the hostess take off her mask to talk to a table, which made me very uncomfortable.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on August 30, 2020

Our apologies. Our hostess had friends & family in for a visit. I will be sure to remind our staff to be more diligent. Thank you for the feedback.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Delicious food great service!

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ReginaP
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Hard Shell is the BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT in the Richmond, VA area. You won’t be disappointed if you dine there.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on August 30, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words, Regina!

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Alro
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going for years. Great place

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on August 30, 2020

Thank you for the continued support!

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JerryS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent! Nice atmosphere. Waiter could have been a little more friendly.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on August 28, 2020

Thank you, Jerry!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These folks run a first class restaurant and observe Covid rules. Great job, thanks.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
Responded on August 28, 2020

Thank you very much for the support!

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FAQs

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 464-1476.

The Hard Shell - Bellgrade is rated 4.6 stars by 1686 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.