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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.

11400 W Huguenot Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23113
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Service:
Monday through Saturday 4 pm until 10 pm.
Sunday 4 pm until 9 pm.

Brunch:
Sunday 10:30 am until 2:30 pm

Cross Street:
Huguenot and Robious Roads

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 464-1476

Website:
http://thehardshell.com/

Entertainment:
Saturday Evenings 630pm to 930pm

Executive Chef:
Chef Cory Peay

Additional:
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

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Good for a Date (27)
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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Casual (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Groups (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Fun (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Romantic (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Authentic (6)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Seasonal (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
People Watching (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

I have eaten at all of the so called best seafood restaurants in Richmond and I would rate the seafood at Hard Shell as having the most consistent quality. I have never eaten any bad seafood at Hard Shell unlike the other seafood restaurants in Richmond. The only other restaurant that I would rate this highly is Lemaire.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

We have been there many times. One (or both) of us often orders the Simply Grilled option, especially if we have somewhere else to go that evening. My Simply Grilled was fine; my husband’s (Mahi + the 2 sides) was most disappointing ( and yes, he has ordered this same Mahi choice quite a few times). This time, the portion of Mahi was comically small...it seemed to be a half-portion! My husband, a true gentleman, is not one to complain...I WOULD have. I gave him one of my Simply Grilled shrimp out of sorrow.
When this email survey came today, I felt you needed to know about our disappointment. The kitchen certainly did not give us our money’s worth.
Sincerely,
Elizabeth Hulcher

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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

I've been to the Hard Shell several times however this time was by far the best. We had the calamari appetizer and it didn't disappoint. Our dinners were excellent as well. Looks like I will be going back again and again.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

This was our second valentines dinner in a row here. The last year was great. This year not so much. The lobsters were way over cooked. They were tough and rubbery. The waitress checked on us once at the very beginning of our meal before we even tasted the lobster. Then only after we had finished eating. By that time we just decided to eat the meals anyway. I don’t send food back. I am not hard to please either. But when I pay for an expensive meal I expect to get a properly cooked meal. This was not.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

My wife visited early on Valentines Day, to beat the rush. We were pleased to see lamb on the table and both ordered it. We also ordered a salad and soup. After seeing other tables who came in after us get their order we waited. They finally came out with the entree but had yet to receive our first course, so we cancelled it. The server was apologetic and offered to comp a dessert. The lamb was very mild and a little tough. It was still an enjoyable evening and we enjoyed the free desserts.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful time. We can't wait to go back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Crab cakes were very bland. Risotto had no flavor at all. Too much garnish. Did not give us any tools to crack open the crab legs; had to ask for them. Had to go looking for wait staff. Manager never said anything to us, even after the waitress took my wife’s plate back; his cell phone seemed more important. Great price on crab legs, too bad the rest of the food wasn’t good. Won’t be returning. Waste of $75.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server Sydney was very friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Fresh seafood !!! Great servicer and management very helpful

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We have been many times for dinner but this was the first time for Brunch and we really enjoyed and will definitely go back. We attend various restaurants on Sunday after early morning church service and this is one we will recommend to family, friends and co-workers

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We love this place, it has a comfortable dining room that allows for a private conversation. The seafood is fresh and full of flavor. The snowcrab and rib combo was so good my date ate most of my meal. The food as always was outstanding the service was outstanding. I would recommend this place to all my friends and we will return for another round of great seafood and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The establishment was clean and ambiance was great. I love 80s music so I enjoyed the selection. The server was very good and also honest when we asked questions about the menu. The soup (she crab and lobster bisque) were delicious! I could take the soups and my meal. The crab cakes were also great! No my husband and I’d sides for our meal were a different story. The asparagus had no seasoning what so ever. I typically see restaurants serve asparagus sautéed and seasoned. This asparagus was steamed with no seasoning. The “whipped” potatoes were hard and stiff. The also has a taste of boxed mashed potatoes. Granted the server did bring me a different side... I really couldn’t believe that the hard shell thought it was okay to plate those sides...

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food presentation was great, portion size was adequate and food flavor was very tasty. It was a bit too noisy for my taste, but a great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I went there for my BD with my granddaughter. She enjoyed a Gluten-free non seafood entrée while I enjoyed a specially prepared seafood entrée. The food was excellent & Bill provided excellent service above & beyond the call of duty. The chef & he made sure that I enjoyed my wonderful seafood dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions! The only drawback was that it was hard to carry on a conversation due to the noise level.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Everything is just amazing at The Hard Shell. We go there for special occasions and the meals, service and ambiance never disappoint. Our server Bill, whom we've had several times, is terrific, and the food is just incredible. Seriously incredible. And the value for what you get is really good too, way better than the top tier steakhouses, etc. in town. Can't recommend it highly enough!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 4, 2018

was very good but the food took a long time to be cooked and served. the restaurant was not very crowded either.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was the first time at the Hard Shell. We were happy with the atmosphere. Our server, Bill was great. He gave us some good recommendations and was very helpful. His service was outstanding also. The food was good, but not great. The portions were on the small side. The salads where actually better than the main entrees. The prices were not out of line for an upscale establishment, but we were a little disappointed. We both said when we left that we would probably not go back unless it was a function planned by someone else. Again, it was not bad at all, but there are lots of great choices in the Richmond area for seafood.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Terrific fish menu and prompt service. A bit noisy. Despite being busy, they cheerfully accommodated an increase in the number of parties in our reservation at the last minute. We shall return!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Ruby Salts, Mussels, and Calamari appetizers were outstanding. Entres included Fried Oysters, Salmon, and Scallops, all were prepared exceptionally. The wine list is very good with reasonably priced options. The Hard Shell corners the seafood market in the Richmond area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Celebrating a birthday for a friend, I was nicely for a complimentary dessert which we shared. Staff was pleasant and I liked getting an email confirmation of my reservation. It was a nice evening for us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It's a wonderful place for both lunch and dinner. We've never been disappointed by a meal here.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for my wife's birthday and it was great. Having spent my childhood summers in MD I am a bit of a seafood snob I was very pleasantly surprised the crab cakes had virtually no filler awesome.Can not wait to go again check out there specials.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was really great my girlfriend enjoyed he Birthday Dinner

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great service. Lobster dip was great!! Stuffed lobster entre was not stuffed. Rather, a crab cake was lying on top. Very difficult to extract meat from the lobster tail. Bar items were good and very creative. Creme broule was excellent. Beignet-not so much.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Excellent food, great drinks. Our server was amazing. Very attentive, knowledgable about the dishes, very personable.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I am a vegetarian .... ordered the black bean burger and it was, without a doubt, the best black bean burger I have ever eaten!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wait staff was extremely attentive and food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Consistently good food and less noise than many area restaurants.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was very cold outside so the restaurant was not busy at all. Service was great - staff was very friendly and didn't hover. The food was delicious. This was our first time here - we couldn't believe we'd never tried this before. Recommend for anyone wanting a good meal.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been here a few times. Never been dissapointed. Good place for New Years

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was outstanding and the menu was quite extensive which was good. Food was just average though.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I’ve eating at your place. Feels like home as the atmosphere s so soothing. See you soon!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our go to is always the shrimp and grits which unfortunately lacked flavor and was tepid to taste. On a positive note, My husband had the tuna special which he very much enjoyed.

The disappointment was mainly with the service or lack of service.

Thank you

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We went to celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary. We had a great time together just the two of us. The food was great the service was great and we will definitely be going back again and again. We had the rib and crab combo. Yum yum

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Good food and great service. We had lunch can't wait to return for dinner

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion
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