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About The Hard Shell - Bellgrade
2nd location for beloved Richmond legend! The Hard Shell offers a variety of fresh and local seafood entrees and appetizers as well as an extensive raw bar menu featuring oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, crab legs, lobster, and much more. The Hard Shell also features items such as filet mignon, baby back ribs, roasted chicken, vegetarian dishes and gluten free options as well.
Midlothian, VA 23113
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday 4 pm until 10 pm.
Sunday 4 pm until 9 pm.
Sunday 10:30 am until 2:30 pm
Huguenot and Robious Roads
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Saturday Evenings 630pm to 930pm
Chef Cory Peay
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Hard Shell - Bellgrade Ratings and Reviews
Dinner was delicious and quickly served. It was a Tuesday night so the kitchen wasn't too busy, but I would be willing to bet that the service would be good any night of the week. My husband had the shrimp and grits. He said it was very good. I agree. I stole a bite or two. 🙂 I ordered the grilled salmon and it was cooked to perfection. Crispy brussels sprouts as my side were yummy as well. This was our 1st time there but it won't be our last.
We took our good friends to dinner as they were lovers of fish dishes and seafood as were we. Our waitress (Gigi) was fabulous, not only with her recommendations but also with her delightful conversation. Among us we had the lobster chowder, she crab soup, grilled fish, crab pasta and Hard Shell seafood pasta - - all delicious. As this was the first time at the Hard Shell we were quite pleased with the experience and look forward to coming again.
Fantastic experience! Even though it was NYE, which is typically hectic, we had reservations & they got us in right on time. Our server, Rachel, was extraordinary & really on top of things. I had raw oysters, lobster chowder & rockfish and everything was delicious.
We had a nice time at your restaurant. We enjoyed our filet mignon and lobster tail dinner however there were two vegetables with which we were quite disappointed. Sautéed spinach had way too much garlic and the brussels sprouts was just too hard to bite into.
Every entree was Superb, in our party of 6 there were 6 Clean Plates. Dec. 20 was a slow night for them only 5 tables of people, our server was excellent but something happened in the kitchen that caused a longer than normal wait for our main course (we were not in a hurry). The staff apologized a brought us a large Beautiful Desert Plate to compensate us for our wait.
It was pleasantly quiet that night. We are regular customers 4-5 times a year and it is usually a very energetic atmosphere.
Again the wait staff is always excellent!
Server seemed disconnected, reaching over people without excusing herself. Taking plates before we had finished our meal. It seemed that we were a bother.
I eat here 3-4 times per month and always enjoy the experience, this was a surprise. I was very disappointed.
Great service - server moved us from a small table to a larger table. She was terrific.
Food was fabulous as always. Portion size has decreased, a bit pricey for what you get. Tasty.
Overhead music is not what you expect for such an upscale dining experience. Loud and not conducive to atmosphere.
Overall pleased with the experience.
I come to Richmond 6 or 7 times a year and I go to the Hard Shell almost every time. I enjoy the oyster sampler and the seafood is always of very good quality. I have always had nice, friendly servers who really know the menu and have given me very good recommendations when I want to try something new. i'm sure that I will come back again on my next trip.
We took advantage of restaurant week to bring friends who were visiting the area. Being able to make a reservation was a plus, assuming this would be a busy Saturday night. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. There were really good options on the 3- course dinner menu.Two had the salmon, one the crab cakes and one the lobster tail. The crab soup was quite good. Overall, the food was good.
We had a table on the patio, early evening. Happy Hour is until 7 pm every day of the week so we started with some drinks and an appetizer. Our main courses included grilled mahi and lobster and filet, all of which were cooked beautifully and tasted wonderful. We ended with a sweet potato bread pudding which was enough for 2 people, and not too sweet. Our server was very attentive and we experienced a lovely evening.
We had a perfect waitress who was cheerful, helpful and smooth..a pro. My fried shrimp were fine. What good french fries! Salad ok. My husband’s fried oysters were different from what he had had before there. Much more breading and so-so flavor. Not served the usual way. Was the chef off that night? Not the usual standard we have come to expect. One of our party had the filet and said it was great.
Wonderful to have a restaurant like this without overwhelming noise so that conversation is possible! Next time my husband will have the filet!
Disappointed this time. Our first time was for lunch and it was amazing, we returned for my birthday evening cebration for 2 and we got surf and turf and my husband got crab legs, mussels, oysters...my steak a
Had absolutley no flavor at all, mash potatoes were terrible only thing good was salad i substituted for my brocolli and the bread and tea. My husbands was fair...he was disappointed in the lack of meat in the crab legs they were verg scrawny. Over all we decided it would be a while before we would return again. Server kept disapearing as well for refils on drinks and to bring check. We still tipped her well. Overall just really disappointed in everything...especially when it was our second time eating there and it was for a birthday celebration. Very sad 😞
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