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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

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Special Occasion (25)
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Good for Birthdays (20)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Worth the Drive (14)
Casual (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Cozy (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Fun (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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vip
 (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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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I really wish you had a blender so that you can make frozen drinks. I happen to like piña colada’s, daiquiris and margaritas.

I ask every time I go in there do you have a blender yet and I always hear no. Would you consider branching out to frozen drinks.?

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was and well priced. The only downside was we had to ask for some hotter spinach after it was served at room temperature. The waitress brought it promptly and it did not detract form the meal. The crab cake appetizer, fried oysters, kale salad and salmon were superb.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

I love seafood and the Hard Shell has such high quality seafood.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We sat outside- pleasant and quieter. Food good- my lobster tail was very small. My husband and our friend's dinner was excellent... they ordered the same thing. Our waitress was excellent- very friendly. Our friend and her had a special connection with funny jokes and this was a good experience.j

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Healthy
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Great place. Highly recommended Will definitely go again 😉

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food Excellent. The 6 oz filet was perfect!!!

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Awesome happy hour! Really good for a girls night or a date! One of my favorites

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Their food is always well prepared and served. And the servers always go above and beyond what is expected.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Absolutely amazing food. Would highly recommend. The cheesecake and key lime pie were the best I have ever hand.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Love the Monday night Loster Tail and crabcake special. delicious and a great value!

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had a terrific birthday experience on Sunday evening. Our waitress was attentive and caring to our needs. Menu offered a full range of choices. Food was enjoyed by our entire party.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 17, 2017

With all of the fresh seafood available around Richmond, I would give this place a miss. Nothing is terrible--in fact the salmon was quite good. We went for she-crab soup which was average and for crab cakes which were lacking in good, sweet crab flavor. Service was absent-minded even though they were not busy.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We had never been to the Hard Shell before, but truly enjoyed our evening. We had a great waitress (Rachel) that helped us make our drink and appetizer selections. Everything was wonderful and my oysters were perfect and exactly what I wanted. My husband enjoyed his rockfish, and the complimentary dessert for our anniversary was pleasant surprise. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

My wife and I definitely enjoyed the food I had the Alaskan snow crab legs and they were absolutely delicious in my wife had crab cakes that were full of actual crab meat not too much filler and they were also very good. We also enjoyed the dessert everything was very tasty. Definitely be going again9

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Over a two hour ordeal. Watched groups come in a half hour later than us and leave well before us. Server was nice and wanted to be helpful but not up to par. Tabling two cups of soup without utensils is bad enough but when you tell us you will be right back, forget, serve two other tables forcing us to get up and get our own utensils is a crime. Then you come back to our table 20 minutes later telling us you haven't forgotten is a felony. Just say you are sorry and move on. Don't lie. Still tipped 15% because there was no managerial oversight whatsoever in the dining room where the problem with this restaurant lies.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Ordered a drink, didn't get it until after I finished my appetizer. Server disappeared for long stretches. Fried oyster appetizer was excellent.

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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Every time I go there, I am never disappointed. The staff is so accommodating and the food, I can't say enough about the food. Perfect every time.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Another wonderful experience and great food in the perfect environment for a business lunch. Love the online reservation system with reminders that is super easy to use...Highly Recommend.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Met two friends here for lunch to celebrate a retirement. Sat on the patio so we could observe the eclipse. Food and service were outstanding. Will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

As usual, the service was great as well as the crab legs my wife ordered. I was, however disappointed with my order. I ordered the "surf and turf". I requested the steak to be medium rare and it came through the 1st time pretty much well done. My wife requested that it be redone and the second steak was a little, but not much, better. I also was not impressed with the broccolini as it was quite stringy. I will admit that I usually fail to write reviews when everything is as expected. I only hope that the regular cooking staff was on vacation on this particular day. Will we return? Absolutely! Everyone has a bad day. I just won't order that Sunday special again.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Very nice evening with excellent service with business associates.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Good atmosphere. Great server and delicious food.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent crab cakes. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and our 9 and 5 year olds were with us. Good children's menu and excellent wait staff. Food was delicious, but the crab cakes and calamari appetizer win over everything else.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Lobster dip was great, fried oysters nicely done but the crab legs were tasteless and dry.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food is always amazing at the Hard Shell. We try a new dish every time plus get the usual, crab cocoktail and we are always pleased. Service is also superb. This place is top notch, one of my favorites. Great for date night, special family occasion, business meetings.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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