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The Hard Shell

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1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249 (14th St)
+1 804-643-2333
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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North Carolina
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The she crab soup was some of the best I have had outside Charleston, SC...super creamy and delish. The seafood choices were good, not extensive, but good... good wine choices...would recommend for business dinners.

Thank woozylu
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been there a few times for meals. Brunch is extraordinary. Nice mixture of seafood with breakfast foods. Atmosphere is nice. Not crowded. Great attention from the staff.

Thank Henry R
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having never been in Richmond before, our choice of a place for dinner was somewhat arbitrary. The Hard Shell's location is convenient to many hotels. Its appearance is modest and its menu not as large as many restaurants. So we were even more surprised by an outstanding meal. I had salmon with a pecan crust, while my wife had crab... More 

Thank Dilys & Peter L
Denver, Colorado
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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First, historical setting, the crabcakes, fabulous, no fillers here ! Served with asparagus and rice....awesome...cheesecake for dessert, again delicious. The service was spot on ! Efficient, courteous and attentive ! Recommend this restaurant for anyone in the area. The filet was ordered by someone in our party, it was cooked perfectly and tender. Enjoyed immensely!

Thank CableQueen2
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

It's the best ever seafood I have eaten in Richmond. Nice service and ambience is good too. Must go place

Thank sageer77
Louisville, Kentucky
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141 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Just ate at the restaurant. Had crab legs. The were very small, over cooked, difficult to shell, and had poor taste. But, was very expensive!!

Thank FLJ021251
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The food was amazing. The service was a little slow but the food made up for it. There were very few people in there during lunchtime.

Thank tralam1
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Ate here twice and were very satisfied both times. Good ad surprisingly fast service, tasty and interesting food - and a great range of beers.

Thank tonyandviv
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299 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We attended a party in a private room at Hard Shell. From appetizers to dessert, the food was delicious. I had lobster and my husband had filet. Both were perfect . Key lime pie and creme brûlée for desser along with ice wine. Perfect dinner party.

Thank labguides
Lewiston, Maine
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141 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

When we arrived, people were waiting to be seated, but our reservation had us seated immediately. The place was packed and noisy, but the aromas of seafood were tantalizing. Service was excellent and I enjoyed my rare grilled tuna with asparagus, spinach and ginger sauce. The she crab soup was also tasty. My husband liked his crab cakes and we... More 

Thank Barbara O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 40
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Private Dining, Television, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?