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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
+1 804-464-1476
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good42%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“fried oysters” (11 reviews)
“crab legs” (9 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time at this location, was very nice atmosphere, had reservations for a Friday night got busy when we were leaving. Dinner was good, service was good. I had the crap cake dinner which was very tasty. Prices are a little high...More

Thank RD915
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is restaurant week in Richmond, and the Hard Shell is participating. We thought that this would be a good chance to treat the family to a nice meal. We are 5 people, 4 adults, 1 teenager. We went around 6 on a Thursday night....More

Thank MaryJane03
Amy S, Manager at The Hard Shell - Bellgrade, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Mary Jane, I'm very sorry that your restaurant week experience did not meet and exceed your expectations. We do take customer feedback very seriously, and while we didn't get the opportunity to fix everything that evening, we will use this feedback too improve our...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good service out on patio, including accommodating a toddler. We enjoyed edamame to start, with pretty good bread. The salads were average choices but tasted crisp and fresher than most. The scallops were the favorite of the table, but the snow crab legs were extremely...More

Thank Birdsong859
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Wow! What took me so long to discover this gem! Had a delicious lunch today at the Hard Shell - Bellgrade. Would highly recommend this venue to get together with friends and family. The service was exceptional and the PEI Mussels I had were the...More

Thank VirginiaSnowbirds
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

I like to meet friends here for happy hour. They have a great selection of wine and fresh catch dishes. The atmosphere is friendly and welcomes guests. Service is good the truffle oil fries are great as are the shrimp by the pound with spice...More

Thank Suzanne L
Reviewed 4 October 2017

My salmon dinner was fresh and cooked evenly, the vegetables were fresh, the staff was very accommodating for my Celiac and other menu requirements. It was a great choice to bring my out-of-town business guests, and I won't hesitate to return.

Thank Sherr M
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

It was just OK but not for the price. Considering their reputation I expected better. I realize it was a holiday , but I was not impressed with this Chesterfield county location. The service was good however.More

Thank beth k
Amy S, Manager at The Hard Shell - Bellgrade, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Beth, I am very sorry to hear that your experience at The Hard Shell back on April 16th did not exceed your expectations. I realize it's been a few months since that visit, as we certainly would've responded much sooner, but we would like...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017

I have been to all locations of The Hard Shell in Richmond and the food and servers are wonderful. We were there with friends in the early summer and had a great time and food. I would totally recommend for lunch or dinner.

Thank ttvaughan60
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

We chose this restaurant because we were taking an elderly aunt to lunch who loves crab soup. I had read that this restaurant got good reviews for their crab soup and seemed to have it always on the menu. My aunt got a bowl of...More

Thank CarolinaBecky
Chris F, Manager at The Hard Shell - Bellgrade, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent brunch visit to The Hard Shell. I am extremely sorry we did not provide you with the experience and service that we, nor you expected. We take customer feedback very seriously, and will use...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Had the chicken wrap which was very tasty. Sat on the patio which was very nice. Great service. Have also been here for Sunday brunch which was very nice.

Thank Cheryl W
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24 February 2017|
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Response from Don M | Reviewed this property |
I'm not aware of a Thursday night special. Check their web site.
NKay S
17 March 2015|
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Response from palominagal | Reviewed this property |
Happy Hour is 4 - 7 Mon - Fri. Crab dip with crostinis - wonderful. You should be able to find the list on line. doz. oysters on half shell - $8.95 I think. A shrimp dish with lettuce wrappers.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Midlothian
  • Phone Number: +1 804-464-1476
  • E-mail
The Hard Shell now has two locations to choose from, the original location in Shockoe Slip and our new location at The Shoppes at Bellgrade in South Richmond. Both locations offer private dining rooms and have outdoor patios as weather permits.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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