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The Hard Shell - Downtown

4.6
921 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Located in downtown Richmond"s historic Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell Restaurant is known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. With a new fresh look; The Hard Shell features sleek booths, lots of light and a vibrant city feel.

The Hard Shell has Richmond's widest variety of fresh and local seafood. A raw bar in now the focal point of the restaurant located where customers can view the extensive selection featuring oysters, clams, shrimp, crab legs, lobster and much more.

The Hard Shell menu items include signatures such as filet mignon, shrimp and scallops, and more.

Private dining reservations are available. Dress is casual.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday
Lunch 11:30 - 4:00
Light Fare 4:00 -5:00
Dinner 5:00 - 10:00

Sunday
Brunch 10:30 - 3:30
Light Fare 3:30 -5:00
Dinner 5:00 - 9:00
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Phone number
(804) 643-2333
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chris Chaisson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
14th St
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Parking details
The Hard Shell validates parking after 5pm daily in the garage at the corner of 14th St. and Cary St. directly across from the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 921 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great overall experience. The food was good and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We went at 5:00 PM on a Sunday evening, so it was quiet for us. We asked for a nice quiet spot on our Open Table reservation, but they did not seem to know this and we had to ask again. The food was delicious and the service was great! We really enjoyed our time there and look forward to going back again. Great spot!!

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CherrelleH 
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was great. We ordered drinks they did not taste good so we sent them back. For our appetizer we ordered the spiced shrimp, it the shrimp has no spice—we didn’t want to wait and reorder so we ate them. Our entrees were ok but overall for money you spend the food and drinks could be better. I would not recommend this location

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

As always, the food was great. Two of us had the crab cakes, one had oysters, and one had seared tuna. All were great. The restaurant was busy, but our table was ready the moment we arrived. Our server, Pierce, was busy, but took great care of us and made an excellent wine recommendation.

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BrendaW 
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

We had a lovely time as we entertained out if town visitors. Everyone enjoyed their meal!

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JohnS (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent seafood. We had rhe crab cake appetizers and then the scallops/shrimp and Rockfish entrées...all were great.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent..start to finish!!! Our excellent waiter, Greg, was even better....thanks for a great Valentine's Day dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Great surprise for a last minute dinner in a town I had never been to before. Very high on the taste and value scale.

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KateB (Richmond)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great atmosphere, and even better food! The only complaint I’d have is that the crab cake appetizer was tiny! Other than that, everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was good, but I could not hear the person who was across the table. Our waiter was good but it was clear he was overwhelmed.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very nice, friendly service. Lots of fresh choices.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

My wife and I ordered the mini crab cake appetizer which had 3 mini cakes, yummy, but could have been 4 cakes for 2 people. Our entrees were very good. Only real complaint were the 2 cups of She Crab soup which were watery thin and lacked crab meat. In fact it seemed like oyster stew and not she crab soup. The few morsels of meat at the bottom was blackish/gray in color and had the texture of cut up oysters. This was for dinner but we will return for lunch sometime. Total bill for 2 was $77, no drinks other than water.

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OpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Can't wait to come back in the spring to sit on the patio! Nice place.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Wonderful dinner while in Richmond for a conference. We all enjoyed it tremendously and the food was wonderful. We will go back when in town.

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Merry3 (Richmond)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This place had great reviews. Was not impressed. However, they did swap out a meal for something that was not good so I will not get into the other food we did not like due to their willingness to make us happy. The atmosphere was nice. The prices are reasonable. Maybe just an off day.

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