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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

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (23)
Good for Birthdays (21)
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Good for Anniversaries (19)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Casual (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Business Meals (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (8)
Romantic (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Authentic (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
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·Dined 2 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 15, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 29, 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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·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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·Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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·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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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful evening with 2 friends, the service was nice and the food excellent

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Best restaurant for excellent food, service, and cost...the best. not being rushed, enjoyed our special birthday dinner..a 5++++++ rating

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great night as always!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Wonderful dinner on a snowy night. Dinner by the fire with great food at happy hour prices!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best she crab soup. Delicious chicken entree.
Great service! My choice for my birthday every year.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent food and service as always . We come here for dinners and business lunches frequently.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The bartender Jesse was the best! Everything was good from the bloodies to the oysters. However, when you order spiced shrimp you expect them to be spiced. They came steamed and I had to get Old Bay in the side. Weird. Otherwise great time with family.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing food and service, as always... best kept secret in Richmond! Not only the seafood is cooked to perfection- the ribs, steak, and veggies are on the same level. Crab cocktail, ribs, kale sale and asparagus are staples when my family dines here.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The Hard Shell at Belgrade has excellent seafood. Highly recommended!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent responsive service. Nice atmosphere. Seafood entrees worthy of the price. We had one entree issue and both server and manager promptly addressed it to our satisfaction and with minimal drama. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We went to celebrate a birthday, and it was lovely. I highly recommend dining here for any occasion, special or not.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great experience!! Our server was a gem..answered all questions and her suggestions were on target. Food was great ! Will be coming back to try some of the other selections..Great seaood..

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent service. My rockfish was excellent. A little disappointed that the $13 scallop appetizer came with 3 small scallops instead of 4 but really good.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We’re never disappointed when we dine here. Food, service, and quality are absolutely amazing every time. The Hard Shell Bellgrade always knocks it out of the park!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had an outstanding meal and great service. The food was fresh tasting and presented very cleanly. We were here for my wife's Birthday, and we'll most certainly be back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Bill, our waitstaff was Awesome! Food was delicious! Will continue to be one of my favorite places to dine for all occasions. Only one suggestion is to extend happy hour cocktail service to dinning room. Thank you!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We went for Restaurant Week and I have to say the food was not good. It tasted cheaply made. Our waitress, however, was very good.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

As always. Food was awesome, service A+ and great place to eat. My wife,and I love it here and are never disapointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Love The Hardshell. If you go to the Southside location, ask for Bill. He's awesome and will take great care of you. Best crab cakes around.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

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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