The Hard Shell - Downtown
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
corn relish, house hot sauce, cilantro lime crema
house tartar sauce
with roasted peppers, fresh dill and fried flour tortillas
Food and service was outstanding.
always looking for a good place to get fresh fish and oysters, glad to see that Hard Shell is surviving
Small place with great food! Loved it!
It was a wonderful Valentine’s evening! Food was delicious and our waiter was very attentive and helpful. We’ll defiinately be back!
The food was amazing. I loved the vibes in the restaurant. This is definitely a place that I will be returning to in the future.
The service was Great.
While visiting Richmond , I saw the Hardshell menu online and hoped we would not be disappointed. We were not disappointed and would recommend the Hardshell to Richmond natives and visitors alike.
The Hard Shell never disappoints. 10/10 would highly recommend!
Great atmosphere, excellent food and awesome service.
Everything was wonderful!
Great food and service. The selection of high quality seafood options was impressive and appreciated Tim’s help navigating the choices. Will definitely repeat.
Great experience. Will definitely return.
This might be my new favorite restaurant in Richmond! Fantastic food, drinks, and atmosphere. the staff were all very friendly and gave us great wine recommendations. We will definitely be back!
Outstanding food and service! Brian was a great waiter! The clams and grilled salmon were outstanding!
I was just a little disappointed in the food, it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. Very bland, tasted like there was no seasoning on anything.
We always have a nice time here. Great food and service and a cute little restaurant.
I always enjoy eating at the Hardshell. Jess, our server always goes above and beyond even in these times of covid. The quality of the food is good and consistent. I am very thankful they are open for lunch.
Food was mediocre at the best. Wait staff were disheveled in appearance. Definitely not what one would expect for the price of the entrees.
Will not dine there again
Food, Bev, Atmosphere & Service: 10/10
Even though we are still in the midst of Covid, the restaurant was busy enough and a place to go whenever we get back to normal. Food and drinks excellent as was the service. Would love to be here when it is very busy again, very upscale, trendy fun looking.
All of the food was great except the Dungeness Crab. It was just okay. Lobster, steak, salmon, ribs, brussels sprouts and sides were all great.
Great meal and good service. We had the raw oysters, calamari and lobster dip. Yum!!
My mussels were delicious. Will definitely return.
The food was delicious! One of the best crab cakes I've ever had!
Great food, great ambiance, server was friendly and very knowledgeable.
Loved it. Will definitely go back
We loved our visit to The Hard Shell. We chose it because the reviews said the oysters were excellent (they were!) but actually everything we ate was delicious and the staff was extremely accommodating and kind to our kids and and their palates. Everything was extremely fresh, and the wine and desserts were delicious. This was our first visit to Richmond and the only restaurant we tried. We are sold and will go back on our next visit.
I had always heard about this restaurant and I love seafood. I had high expectations and they food, service and ambiance was awesome. Definitely get the she crab soup and truffle fries delish! I will definitely be going back again !!!
Cozy, great food and great service
When in Richmond this is a must visit.
Cold night made comfortable outside with plenty of heaters.
Tim, our server was pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable. Martinis were EXCELLENT as was the GG with Chambourd. Fried oysters made my Honey happy. She crab soup and shrimp were recommended prior and they were very good. Had the King crab combo and wasn't disappointed at all. Very relaxing atmosphere considering the CCP virus scares and we enjoyed the date night in a new city to visit.
Bill and Nancy
I selected this restaurant as a nice, quiet place for my anniversary. The server was friendly and very attentive. The drinks and appetizers (parmesan truffle fries) were a good start to our evening. Sadly, I was disappointed with my dinner. I had ordered the 14 oz Sirloin, comes with potatoes and asparagus. The sirloin was cooked to my liking on the inside, but the outside was burned or even charred. The potatoes seemed to be cooked the same way, burned. I couldn't even finish my meal because the flavor was nonexistent due to the way the food was cooked.
Our date night dinner was delicious The service was wonderful.
Excellent. Would definitely return when in the area again.
Everything from the cocktails to dessert was awesome. Every time we visit we think we don’t eat here enough!
Very nice, with option for inside or outside seating.
Phenomenal experience. Our sever, Tim, was fantastic. Will be back.
We had such a wonderful rehearsal dinner!! The Hardshell was so accommodating and amazing! 10/10 would recommend.
Our third straight anniversary dinner here, and we'll be back!
It was good, very nice and quiet peaceful very romantic,will return again
Very nice staff! Delicious cocktails. Nice ambiance. The food came out quickly and was perfect temperature. Nice presentation. Loved the she crab soup and the rockfish. Get the carrot cake! Will definitely return.
This place has only gotten better over the years!
You can order delivery directly from The Hard Shell - Downtown using the Order Online button. The Hard Shell - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 643-2333.
The Hard Shell - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 1336 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.