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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” (62 reviews)
“crab cakes” (33 reviews)
“lobster tail” (12 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1411 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219-4249
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1 - 10 of 291 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

In town for business and this was in walking distance of the hotel. We sat outside and had a good meal. The salmon was excellent. Service was fast and friendly. Good beer selection too.

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Salads are great, entree's good, but not great. Service very good. Nice atmosphere. But with MANY restaurant choices, this one needs to really concentrate on improving their entree's.

Thank rryan313131
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited The Hard Shell on a Monday (Lobster Night!) Thought about sitting outside on the terrace, but it was quite loud, so opted for a nice large booth indoors. The menu was quite varied and included a great seafood selection, though a bit on the...More

Thank Joyce3909
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our server, Brian, seemed rushed. Barely heard what we had to say before rushing off. Seemed to be more attentive to others. The ceviche was just ok, pretty heavy on the lime. The crab cakes were just ok. The creme brulee was eggy and the...More

Thank PortiaWiggins
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

In town for business. This place came recommended.... While they served the shecrab soup with a teaspoon... it was delicious... in a hundred little bites. The seared rockfish was fantastic... but go heavy on the fresh lemon; it needs the acid. Risotto is good, but...More

Thank James J
Reviewed 27 July 2017

This was my second visit to the Hard Shell and is always good. The ceviche appetizer was "smack your mama, good". We shared our meals and it was all very good.

Thank Verde1001
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Celebration dinner for my daughters excellent lacrosse game and it did not disappoint. Started with a Poke appetizer and oysters. The oysters were probably the best I have ever had, not fishy at all. My husband and the fish and chips and said it was...More

Thank Jadesmom02
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Five of us dined on July 8. Lobster tail excellent. Grilled salmon, perfect. Mixed seafood grill huge and tasty. She crab soup very good but barely warm. Crispy brussel spouts excellent.

Thank Adrienne G
Reviewed 8 July 2017

We had our lunch outside. The service was good and the food was even better. You never know how a seafood restaurants is going to be, but this one was very good.

Thank KnitsbyConnie
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We shared a terrific dinner with friends on the lovely terrace. Everything was perfect until the sun was setting. As it got dark, those seated on the outside edge of the terrace were badgered by panhandlers. This has never been a problem on previous visits...More

Thank Barbara O
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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
  • E-mail
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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