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The Hard Shell

1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
+1 804-643-2333
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (28 reviews)
“crab cakes” (36 reviews)
“potstickers” (5 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked a few blocks from our downtown hotel to the Hard Shell for Happy Hour. We walked in and it started pouring rain so no sitting our on the lovely patio. I had a Blue Mountain Ale on tap with a dozen oysters. J Had...More

Thank William W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated near the canal in Richmond, this eatery boasts some of the best seafood I've ever tasted. My wife had the grouper with whipped mashed potatoes and asparagus. She said it was one of the best meals she's ever had, and I agreed as I...More

Thank Aaron L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

variety of oysters on the half shell; soup was good; lamb was done well [not well done]; I liked the sides, esp the arugula salad; great happy hour drink and food specials. the staff seem to like who they work with/ for, and were attentive....More

Thank Gary B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spent the night in Richmond , Made reservation at the Hard Shell. There was 3 of us and everyone meal was great and great service

Thank wmbrakeman
Reviewed 16 April 2018

My best friend and I had an early dinner here after a show at Dominion Arts Center (about 1/2 mile away). Upon entering we really liked the atmosphere and decor which is mostly shades of white and gray. However, some places can feel pretentious decorated...More

Thank Foodiein757
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I came here for our anniversary dinner. We were pleasantly surprised they have a Monday night Lobster special. She had the Lobster tail with asparagus and roasted potatoes. I had the Lobster tail and crab cake. Both were excellent. The Lobster was...More

Thank Dstudder
Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We started with the sampler of oysters, which were mild to moderately briny and very tasty. I opted for the hard shell pasta, which consisted of clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp and lobster. All the seafood was excellent on the dish, the marina needed a little...More

Thank Anne P
Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a great place for seafood. Monday night is lobster night and they have a variety of very well priced specials that include lobster, scallops, crab cakes, and lots more.

Thank 142jerriw
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Mr and I stopped here on the way home from DC. It just so happened Monday is Lobster Night. Although we did not have a reservation we were able to be seated without a wait. The table we were seated at was closest to both...More

2  Thank WeekendWarrier
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

I ordered a shrimp and vegetables. It was a little bit greasy and is almost only cabbage. Wine is good and good atmosphere.

1  Thank Maiara S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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