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The Hard Shell

1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
+1 804-643-2333
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (64 reviews)
“crab cakes” (33 reviews)
“lobster tail” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
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1 - 10 of 297 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

There is a lot of competition in this tourist area, but few offer outdoor dining. The menu offered good variety, including many pasta dishes. Quick service, friendly staff. Fish prepared perfectly. Casual dining but not a cheap meal.

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Party of 10 - made reservations, but they got confused, which has happened here before. No worries, they worked us in with no wait. Drinks and appetizers were quick and tasty. The crab soup was delish, but served lukewarm. Salads all were fresh and lots...More

Thank Barbara K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice, casual restaurant with delicious seafood. Seating on the outside patio was a delight. A bit cool this night, but with the heating lamps, we were very comfortable. Out friend had the seafood platter, which she devoured with delight! I had the Hard Shell...More

Thank nancy t
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here. We had dropped in on a Sunday night without a reservation. We ate at the bar, it was cozy, as we sat at the end. We had a nice view of the room. I can’t say enough about the...More

Thank smileyeye
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and a convenient location. A nice place to meet family and friends for a light dinner and drinks. Really enjoy being outside on a nice evening. Tried ( over time) all of the oysters ... can't go wrong.

Thank Ann P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here on a Thursday night for dinner. Parking deck is right across from the restaurant. ($5) Service was outstanding!!!! I ordered the she crab soup, oysters hard shell, Caesar salad, crab cakes, and key lime pie. It was all very good! I would...More

Thank Jay C
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

In town for business and this was in walking distance of the hotel. We sat outside and had a good meal. The salmon was excellent. Service was fast and friendly. Good beer selection too.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Salads are great, entree's good, but not great. Service very good. Nice atmosphere. But with MANY restaurant choices, this one needs to really concentrate on improving their entree's.

Thank rryan313131
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Visited The Hard Shell on a Monday (Lobster Night!) Thought about sitting outside on the terrace, but it was quite loud, so opted for a nice large booth indoors. The menu was quite varied and included a great seafood selection, though a bit on the...More

Thank Joyce3909
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Our server, Brian, seemed rushed. Barely heard what we had to say before rushing off. Seemed to be more attentive to others. The ceviche was just ok, pretty heavy on the lime. The crab cakes were just ok. The creme brulee was eggy and the...More

Thank PortiaWiggins
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
    (14th St)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-643-2333
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Opening its doors in 1995 in downtown Richmond, Virginia’s Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell has created a loyal following and has been repeatedly voted “BEST SEAFOOD” in the city by Style Magazine and Richmond Magazine.The Hard Shell strives to offer the highest quality seafood, steaks and more in a warm, inviting and relaxing atmosphere and to provide outstanding customer service to each and every customer.
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