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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

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11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
+1 804-464-1476
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Richmond, Virginia
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32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great food! Monday is lobster night and it is always packed. We love the steamed shrimp and filet mignon is always perfect!

Thank Jamie C
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324 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite spots for business lunches when I'm in Chesterfield County or south of the James River in the Metro Richmond area. Although the menu is heavy on the seafood selections, there are plenty of other options particularly for lunch. Excellent she crab soup.

1 Thank Don M
Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is good but it is hard to find a friendly smiling person on the staff. What is it like working there?

Thank Paul1361
West Palm Beach, Florida
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We stopped by for lunch. Shee-crab soup was delicious as was the fish and chips. The restaurant was not very busy on a weekday afternoon, and the waitress was very attentive. One member of our party ordered the scallops appetizer and was very pleased. We will definitely go back here during our next visit to the area.

Thank NancyB936
Richmond, Virginia
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

We wanted a stress-free wedding that we (the bride and groom) could actually enjoy... and the staff at The Hardshell Bellgrade did just that! We used the fireplace room and private bar. The setting was comfortable and beautiful for our 40+ guests. Amy, the event coordinator, made the planning so easy, and we were able to drop by our centerpieces... More 

Thank AJ1020
Midlothian, Virginia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This was our first time there for brunch. I had the Crab omelette. It was fluffy, delicious and HUGE. Inside there were also cherry tomatoes, spinach and white cheese. It came with delicious home fries, a biscuit and a small ramekin of fresh fruit. Ummm good!

Thank Donna126
Richmond, Virginia
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

First visit to The Hard Shell and we enjoyed it. Service was a little slow but she made up for it with her friendly and helpful demeanor. We ordered the crab cakes to start then one rockfish with risotto and one monkfish special. Finished off with cheesecake. All were delicious and decent size portions. Drink prices were reasonable. Fish dishes... More 

Thank LGRichmond
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324 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

My guest had not been here before and was very impressed. We both ordered crab cakes and they were excellent. The wait staff was very helpful and also stayed away when we were having a private discussion. Not many people in the restaurant for this mid week business lunch so we had lots of privacy. Nice wine list but we... More 

Thank Don M
Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Excellent seafood. Perfect anniversary dinner! She had the stuffed lobster tail, I had the Hard Shell Pasta. Both were terrific.

Thank hal244
Level Contributor
34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Food here is delicious! Expensive but well worth it. Very nice setting for fine dining, great place for couples date night, celebrations. Staff is very friendly and food service and accuracy is top notch. Would definitely come back here.

Thank ecrost84

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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