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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

4.4
1232 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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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
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Phone number
(804) 464-1476
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Cory Peay
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Huguenot and Robious Roads
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Entertainment
Saturday Evenings 630pm to 930pm
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
What 1232 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.4
service
4.2
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4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Nice (and loud).
First time at this Hard Shell, usually would go downtown. Service was friendly but knowledgeable and reasonably prompt. There were a couple of large groups there and the overall noise level was "energetic". Same menu as the other Hard Shell but that's fine, we like it. Nothing exceptional but overall good and that's what we were looking for. Would recommend for someone looking in that area of town.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Excellent service. Great taste (except fried flour tortillas).
Nice price.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I LOVE The Hardshell! The sea food is delicious! I am a BIG mussel fan and I get them almost every time I visit! They are perfectly cooked with a wonderful sauce and crunchy bread for dipping in the juice. My husband LOVES oysters. He usually gets them along with the spicy shrimp. The salads are lovely! I especially enjoy the arugula with cranberries and feta. YUM!

It it cosy without being crowded and there is plenty of parking. It's perfect!

Our server was Alex. She was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a very plesant experience!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We've dined here before and this time we dined in the bar area. The service and food was outstanding as usual. Will dine there again.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great food. Great service.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Shrimp and grits, baby

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was great as well as Service.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our food could have been a little hotter (temperature wise) but everything tasted good.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The visit to Hardshell was to return after 2 not so great visits over the past year (one for happy hour and one for brunch). I am very pleased to say that our food and service was very good. The calamari was very good and the dipping sauces were very tasty. We had the macadamian crusted salmon with whipped potatoes and brussel sprouts. I had the mahi mahi with whipped potatoes and asparagus. Both meals were yummy. Also, our server did a good job. We will come back.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Best seafood in Richmond area! Staff were great & very kind to elders.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food is good and the service is good, but….the cook seem to have an aversion to real anchovies. He serves white anchovies that have very little taste. I complain each time but without success. Of course, we will go back ..I just don’t order a salad. Wow, remember how great table side real Caesar salads were? Seems to no longer be the case in Richmond.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

My favorite thing in the world is crab legs. Sunday night is crab leg night at The Hardshell. I got more snow crab legs and I could eat, and always the service was awesome.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our last visit to Hard Shell was to celebrate our anniversary on 3/25/2018. We have visited Hard Shell on many occasions and have never been disappointed. They were serving from the brunch menu when we arrived. We enjoy the lobster dip and my wife wanted lobster tail. Neither of these items were on the brunch menu. We asked the waitress if we could order the items during brunch. She talked to the kitchen staff and they served us the lobster dip and lobster tail. They have accommodated our request on previous visits. Good service and tasty meal.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything was perfect! The staff was attentive, the drinks were divine and the food was, as usual, delicious! This is a place we happily return to again and again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Our waitress absolutely made our dining experience exceptional!!! She was calm, comfortable in her position, extremely knowledgeable about menu options and recommendations and very attentive to our needs!!
The food was amazing as well but I had no doubt it would be! We will definitely be back!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

5 stars across the board. Great all around seafood restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great Restaurant. I was in town from Maryland for my mother's birthday and chose this restaurant based on the menu. I will definitely be eating here again. Food was fresh, service was AWESOME, and prices are VERY reasonable.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I go to The Hard Shell about once a month... However my last 2 experiences were NOT great. The last time I thought it may have been a rough night in the kitchen you know everything can't be perfect every time so we overlooked my cold pasta and my husband's overcooked filet mignon... BUT this time was waaay worst than the last. My fish was way overcooked and didn't seem fresh, my spinach was salty, and my husband's oysters were definitely overcooked and too salty to eat. We are not the type of ppl to send food back, however we did inform our waitress who went missing after our LONG wait for our food to arrive. Unfortunately, we will probably give The Hardshell a break for a while.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Excellent service and great food!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Had a great time at the Hard She’ll at Bellgrade. The sea food selection was quite vast, the service was good, and the food quality was great.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Fabulous, fresh seafood, delicious sides, all cooked to perfection. The only drawback is that while they offer a good happy hour, it is only available to those seated in the bar or on the patio. It would be nice to allow all diners to enjoy happy hour. But the seafood is delicious here and the service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Hard Shell offers delicious food, both in the dining room and at the bar. We were celebrating a birthday, so we took our time (over two hours) enjoying cocktails, appetizers, she-crab soup, and entrees. Everything was sooo good! Our server, Marissa, was very attentive without being intrusive. It was a very enjoyable evening. One more thing—Hard Shell overs a great happy hour! Speaking from experience, it also is an excellent place to hold a private event. Go see for yourself how nice Hard Shell is!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Went for lunch with friends on a Thursday. Not busy at all. Waitress very friendly. My friends got the lobster roll and crab cake sandwich. Both were very good. We all shared the lobster dip as an appetizer which was also really good. I messed around and got the filet Mignon. Not so good. No flavor at all. I guess I shouldn’t have ordered steak at a seafood restaurant. Overall we had a good time. I would go back. Just don’t order the steak.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Located in the Belgrade Shopping Center, this excellent restaurant features several varieties of fresh seafood as well as other options. They had 4 types of fresh oysters available when we ate lunch and we sampled 2, which were both excellent. We both had the crab cake sandwich with a side. Very reasonable prices and outstanding service from a very knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I took my husband here before leaving on a trip. We decided to go for the lobster bisque never fails and both had a selection of appetizers for a change. We have never been disappointed here!
Too cold to eat outside this time, but will wait for warmer weather to go back for that.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Good restaurant, but it wasn't as near as good as the downtown Hard Shell. Will definitely go back to the downtown restaurant instead of this one.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service was initially very good; however, it was a busy evening and wait staff seemed very rushed later in the evening. One of our party was able to request slight change in a dish's ingredients and was quickly accommodated. Food was very good. Very pleasant atmosphere. Slightly noisy, but not distracting. Overall, very satisfied!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Waiter and Food were amazing!! Drinks were amazing!! Only bad part was Hostess was not at her station for 5 minutes so we had to wait and noone in the nat area acknowledged us.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Monday night at 6ish we found the restaurant to be only half full. Nice noise level for conversation. Staff friendly and attentive. Monday is lobster night so many lobster specials. Breads and crackers were brought to us with our drinks and a short time later the Caesar salad arrived. The salad was large and enough for two people. Our dinners included lobster and crab cake with mashed potatoes and asparagus and the Hard shell seafood pasta. Lobster was tender and the crab cake meaty. The pasta had a wide variety of different seafood and plenty of it. Both meals were seasoned well. FYI Sunday night is crab night. Enjoyable evening out.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

My friend and I had a dozen oysters before the meal that were outstanding. He had the crab cake and lobster while opted for the surf&turf. Both were well received.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding as usual. Great food and Service.. This time sat at table in bar area. The fireplace was a nice feature that you don't have in dining room. It was quiet enough to hear the music and have a nice conversation.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We were seated next to a group that was VERY NOISY. Our wait person had to have us repeat our orders because it was so noisy.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

For the most part, I'd say the seafood here is quite good. My husband always loves the crab legs and the oysters. I don't eat seafood, but can usually find something on any menu that I can eat. I chose the appetizer portion of the honey ribs. They were super salty and I couldn't finish them. Unfortunately that was my meal, so I didn't really have much. I was looking forward to a good dessert and coffee. The dessert was blueberry cheesecake, which was ok. They didn't have an espresso machine, so no cappuccino ...... they did have a nice selection of hot tea though. I'd have to try some more of their non-seafood options, but my husband and our friends really enjoyed their meals.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The staff was great & very accommodating!
Food was excellent!!
Gluten free menu was good, but need Gluten Free Bread!!!
Nose level was good compared to other restaurants!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Excellent food and service. Second time visiting and food is high quality and excellently priced. Good children's menus as well.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We went for Sunday Brunch. The food was very good and the service was equally as good. My entire party liked the menu selections and everything was prepared to our liking.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Waitress was so attentive personable and helpful. Food was delicious. Can’t wait to return and try more items.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great seafood, fresh and flavorful. Service was solid and menu pretty diverse. Would like a few more draft choices.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My husband and I met two ofour best friends there for a great dinner. i would highly ercomment the food and the service. We look forward to going back there soon.

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