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The Hard Shell

1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
+1 804-643-2333
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (56 reviews)
“crab cakes” (30 reviews)
“lobster dip” (7 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed everything about the restaurant The friendly and efficient waitstaff The consideration in adjusting our orders. Timely service and the best raw bar ever! The crab cake was delicious oysters fresh and plump. Now the dessert.. drumroll.. key lime pie amazing We went back...More

Thank MyrnaMary
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've come here at least three time in 6 months and we were never disappointed. The ambiance is subtle and dim, but the meals are hot and exciting. Our server was the same for at least two visits with almost a month in between visits,...More

Thank Emad A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here for a work outing and it was a great experience. I'm not a big seafood eater but I still found many things on the menu that I enjoyed. The potstickers and rib appetizers were very tasty to start the night off. I...More

Thank squirrel4569
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We were able to be seated without a reservation on a very busy day. The manager seemed to be working the hostess stand and wasn't doing a very good job. When we were seated we waited 12 minutes to be acknowledged, until I finally said...More

1  Thank karmicluv22
Reviewed 12 May 2017

Located in a great part of Richmond. Was a delightful walk to the restaurant, which had been recommended by several people, including our hotel staff. Staff was friendly, although not very attentive. Had to flag down our waiter for refills on our drinks. While busy,...More

1  Thank dleewilkins
Reviewed 1 May 2017

My spouse and I really enjoy the Hard Shell, not only for its great food, but also the ambiance and friendly staff. On this visit we sat out on the patio on an unusually warm night. We ordered an appetizer of the pan roasted mussels...More

Thank c s
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

Probably the best crab dip I've ever had. Wonderful atmosphere and impeccable service. A little pricy but you get what you pay for.

Thank DFWAndy
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We went to the restaurant specifically for the crab leg special and were not disappointed. The legs were even good cold the next day. Service was very very slow however. A table next to us got up and left. Hopefully it was just a bad...More

Thank JollyTravelerDetroit
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Our service was great as was the atmosphere, although a bit noisy, the food made up for it. Three of us had the lobster tail and it was delicious. My son in law had the ribs and said they were also delicious.

Thank Connie H
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We like small plates and so decided just to have a few appetizers. We feel that they should act as courses in their own rights. As I have indicated they were real just average in their tastes. The hand cut fries did not provide that...More

1  Thank Harvey703
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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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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