We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

1860's Hard Shell Cafe and Bar

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Seafood
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1860 S 9th St, Saint Louis, MO 63104-3904
+1 314-231-1860
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 01:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 19: English reviews
Level Contributor
53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Friendly, neighborhood feeling, great service, and live music. The usual pub/bar feel but with a local flair.

1 Thank ddrischell
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Level Contributor
119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

The food is good. The service is attentive. They have sports on TV. What else could you ask for. The menu is a little bit Cajun but mostly American. They have a daily special which is always good. They also have shuttle service to Busch Stadium, Savis Center, and Fairmont Race Track on Horse Hooky Tuesdays. Check it out.

Thank Mike B
great midwest
Level Contributor
129 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Decided to get lunch here as I remembered they had southern-type foods. The first thing that struck me was an odd smell, like cleanser, and it basically bothered my husband and I the entire meal. Our food was excellent - I had a crabcake blt, and the service was excellent. But the atmosphere was really not very pleasant, with that... More 

1 Thank readytotravel95
Mt. Vernon, Illinois, United States
Level Contributor
50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

We didn't eat here but had a few drinks. Very fast and friendly service. The band was great, not too loud and drew a crowd of all ages. You can get up and dance. Not cover charge, not sure of other night though.

Thank Sherry F
Linn Creek, Missouri
Level Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Every time we go to St. Louis, we go to the 1860. We've never eaten there because we go for the live music - which they have 7 nights a week. The staff is always great and we always hear good bands and have a great time. It's in the Soulard district, which is a must if you're in St.... More 

Thank Blondie1965
Springfield, Illinois
Level Contributor
98 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

This is a review for the Game Room addition only: Awesome! When I heard about the Game Room, I didn't know what to expect. I was hoping for a video arcade; no such luck. Instead pool tables, dartboards, shuffleboard, and Golden Tee all placed in strategic locations around the room fill the bar with friendly competition. You might have to... More 

Thank Joseph B
St. Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
289 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

My husband and I dined here with our sister and brother-in-law this past weekend. Each couple ordered a half dozen raw oysters to split. They were great! They were a little expensive but most raw oysters in St. Louis are not cheap! Three of us ordered the Cajun sampler which had red beans and rice, gumbo, and jambalaya served with... More 

Thank stjohnbeachlover
Level Contributor
175 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

Just like the title says, I really love this place but more as a local than a tourist. I was a regular here for years. The restaurant is a lot more roomy if you go to eat and the food is ok. Don't expect Gordon Ramsey to serve you any culinary delights, the menu is pretty plain for what it... More 

Thank Bloozydude
Level Contributor
44 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

The Hard Shell Cafe was recommend to us by the front desk clerk at our hotel. The hour was late when we arrived in town and our options were limited, so we took the suggestion. We found the restaurant to have a strong bar-like atmosphere with loud, in-your-face decor. That didn't really bother us; it gave us a lot to... More 

Thank Dj C
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level Contributor
85 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

We had oysters, buffalo chicken wrap, fried chicken, and a seafood plate (can't remember what exactly that one was) on a Sunday evening. The food was great, the beer was cold, and it was nice to have music coming in from the bar side but not be bombarded by it on the cafe side. We could actually have a conversation... More 

Thank car t

Travellers who viewed 1860's Hard Shell Cafe and Bar also viewed


Been to 1860's Hard Shell Cafe and Bar? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1860 S 9th St, Saint Louis, MO 63104-3904
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Saint Louis>  > Soulard
  • Neighbourhood: Soulard
  • Phone Number: +1 314-231-1860

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from 1860's Hard Shell Cafe and Bar staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?