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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
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Sun 11:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The chef was unwilling to prepare a dish for my son to accommodate his food allergy. I even told the waiter to just toss muscles in olive oil and garlic to avoid the allergen and he said that could not be done. They were unable to tell me what ingredients were used in dishes even ingredients as simple as mustard.... More 

Thank yepitsgood
Ashland, Virginia
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Many Richmond restaurants have come and gone, but the Hard Shell remains one of the best seafood, and simply one of the best, restaurants in the city. Excellent service, and a cozy atmosphere. Ordered the Lobster chowder and it was loaded with large chunks of lobster. Had the special for dinner, which was Salmon Wellington. Cooked perfectly and the puff... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had work Christmas dinner here and it was wonderful. Service was excellent. Food was great. Even on a Friday, they accommodated the four children that accompanied us. Will be going back soon!

Thank wfudd
Northern Virginia
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128 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Hardshell has an extensive seafood menu--and other items as well. The food, however, was just average--although the brownie a la mode was terrific!

Thank vatravelingbug
North Carolina
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

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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74 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

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
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 11 November 2016 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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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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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
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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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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, Television, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?