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The Hard Shell - Bellgrade

11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
+1 804-464-1476
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good42%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“lobster dip” (6 reviews)
“crab legs” (9 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.All hours
American, Seafood, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
11400 W Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113-1193
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had not been here in a few years. We had a great meal this past Friday evening! Good atmosphere, lively but not too noisy. Great seafood seafood and good wine selection. Our server did a great job as well!

Thank Yoshidog
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had 20 guests join me at a Christmas party thrown by my office. It was such a hit! Everyone had a great time and the staff was very good given the size of our group in total being about 60 perhaps more. The service...More

Thank Jonathan H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with my husband for anniversary dinner. He had their Salmon and I had a Shrimp dish. The service was excellent and the seafood was very good. Great wine and beer selection and nice atmosphere.

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The menu was large, contemporary and everything was delicious. The arugula and goat cheese salad was amazing. We tried the crab cakes, pecan crusted salmon and grilled shrimp .The prices of entrees were very reasonable. Everything was fresh and delicious. Our server was pleasant and...More

Thank MarylandJules
Reviewed 7 January 2018

We took our son there for his birthday at 3:45 PM on Friday. we were offered the appetizer menu, salads, soups, and drinks. We were told that there would be more offerings starting at 4 PM. My husband got crab cakes(3), I got Shrimp Potstickers...More

Thank Cathy K
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The first time here was with a large group of women. Everyone ordered something different...from a salad to calamari. Everyone liked their choice and it was agreed that our group ( about 20 ) would return again.the food was great, the service exceptional and the...More

Thank Palski41
Reviewed 3 November 2017 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 27 October 2017 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 29 October 2017

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 24 October 2017

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
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23 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
16 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
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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