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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

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11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
+1 804-464-1476
10:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:30 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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118 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The atmosphere is pleasant--inviting and comfortable. Recently visited for lunch with friends, and had an excellent meal. Three of our party had seafood--all positive reviews on their meal. I was a rebel and ordered filet mignon--which turned out to be the best I have had in the area! Roasted potatoes and asparagus rounded out the meal--potatoes delicious. The asparagus included... More 

Thank greyhairedwanderer
Williamsburg, Virginia
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219 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four people, three different entrees - crab cakes x 2, oysters & mahi plus a shrimp cocktail and lobster chowder. All good renditions although the lobster chowder was a little light on visible lobster meat. The quality was quite good for the price point.

Thank GWR757
Richmond, Virginia
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76 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Best of everything: atmosphere, food, beverage, and live music. I could dine there once a week and never get bored of the pecan salmon.

Thank jennsinger
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

In town for a trade show. A coworker recommended The Hard Shell. We had the Sunday night crab legs special, 2 lbs for $24.95. (Don't understand why The Hard Shell in Richmond 20 mins away had them for $20.95.???) Sat at the bar and had half dozen oysters on the half shell and calamari. Both were good. Upscale casual atmosphere... More 

Thank Ashley A
Richmond, Virginia
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for Brunch on a perfect fall day to enjoy the patio seating! Had the Steak and Eggs and also sampled a cup of the Lobster chowder ( very good!!! ) . Friendly staff and nice choice. Located next to Ruth Chris.

Thank mjrgnsn
Richmond, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

For midweek birthday, we made Happy Hour fun and light with the 1/2 price shrimp, mussels, crab dip and oysters on the half shell. All were yummy and the tap beers consisted of numerous fresh Fall brews. Angela checked on us in a very timely way and we left feeling we made the exact right choice for our celebration.

Thank ELizabeth K
Midlothian, Virginia
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243 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

We had dinner on a weeknight; it was busy for a Wednesday so I was glad we had reservations. Our server was very knowledgeable and patient while we decided on our entrees. We have eaten at the Hard Shell in Shockoe Slip and I have to say this was a disappointment. I had the sesame crusted seared tuna and was... More 

Thank VAlovetotravel2
Midlothian, United States
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Hard Shell offers Happy Hour appetizers and beverages on the patio and in the bar on Monday-Thurs from 4-7. This is one of our favorite casual dinners! The Patio servers know their product and can recommend whatever you like.There is a special Happy Hour menu for Apps and Bevs, but you can also order, at regular price, anything from the... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We arrived early evening, very hungry. The server was very efficient and on the ball, no complaints. The food was not as good as the promise nor matching the price. The crab was totally tasteless and the House Salad the most boring I have had for a while. Why ruining crab with melted butter? This would have tasted so much... More 

Thank Elis T
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133 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We decided to try Hard Shell as we heard good things about it. Walking in, everything seemed to be quite nice. A singer and musicians were setting up and we were taken immediately to our table. Our waiter came over and took our drink order and told us about the specials. The Hard Shell even has a gluten-free menu. So... More 

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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, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups, Kids
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?