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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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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Elegant but comfortable restaurant in an area of old town Richmond known as Shockhoe Slip. We had the appetizer special of ceviche, which was perfection. Entrees were excellent as well.

Thank Karen J
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12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our group of six visited the 1st week of March. Three had the steak & cheese lunch special. Others had the she crab soup & fish & chips. I had the blackened mahi mahi tacos. The tacos were tasty! Others said the steak & cheese was good. The fish & chips were okay. This was our second lunch trip there.... More 

Thank tralam1
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walking down Carey St enjoying the beautiful Saturday evening and saw Hard Shell seafood and decided to check it out. Its not a big place but there is ample amount of seating for 130 or so people, I would say. There are booths and tables and seating at the bar. When we walked in, hostess asked if we had rsvp,... More 

Thank GiGimobile
Greater London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had perfect weather so we decided to find a place where we could get some great seafood for lunch and eat outside. We took our time, ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and relaxed. Appetizers ordered were the Scallops and the Hard Shell oysters. You could compare the oysters to Rockefeller style. We also ordered the mussels and the house... More 

Thank CourtneyandScott
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 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 

1 Thank DharmaKarmaVA
Richmond, Virginia
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

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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131 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

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 3 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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122 reviews
104 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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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
US$30 - US$40
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?