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The Hard Shell - Downtown, Richmond, VA

The Hard Shell - Downtown

4.8
4.8
1719 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Located in downtown Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell Restaurant is known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. With a new fresh look; The Hard Shell features sleek booths, lots of light and a vibrant city feel. The Hard Shell has Richmond's widest variety of fresh and local seafood. Menu items include signatures such as filet and lobster, shrimp and scallops, lump crab cakes. Patio request honored when possible but tables are first come, first served. Private dining & reservations are available. Dress is casual.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (804) 643-2333
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    The private dining room accommodates parties up to 50 guests. The Hard Shell offers custom menus and bar packages to suit every event. The private dining room is the perfect place for dinner programs, wedding functions or celebrations.
  • Private party contact
    Leandra Dunlevy: (804) 643-2333
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Cross street
    14th St
  • Parking details
    The Hard Shell validates parking after 5pm daily in the garage at the corner of 14th St. and Cary St. directly across from the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,719 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virginia

    Seafood

  • Richmond

    Good for business meals

1,719 Reviews
  1. Wunchman

    Richmond

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food here is always fantastic and the prices are awesome. Service tonight was a bit slow but didn't distract from the overall quality of the experience.

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  2. JosephineT

    Raleigh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We ordered pan roasted mussels, crab cake with lobster tail, fish tacos and key lime pie. All were excellent!

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  3. Robk

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good server, good food...never had a bad experience here

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The seafood was cooked perfectly and delicious. Server was great, but the soda lines were being replaced so it was a little loud and nothing to drink but libations & water. Looking forward to eating there again.

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  5. LisaR

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good place for a special celebration or fun night out. Nice lively ambiance, good food and great service. Cute historical neighborhood and indoor/outdoor seating. Convenient and plentiful parking across the street.

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  6. JimS

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brunch at Hard Shell was excellent as was the service. Prices were very reasonable.

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  7. VincentJ

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience for Mother's Day. The raw bar was very fresh (oysters and snow crab) and the entrees were delicious. They have a great cocktail menu as well, and the service was very friendly and attentive.

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  8. DebraS

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience for brunch! Will come back again. Crabcakes were delicious as were the omelets

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  9. MauiMarc

    Salt Lake City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On holiday from Maui,Hawaii. Our experience at Hard Shell is nothing less than exceptional. Michelle and Tucker provide top-notch service and the food is excellent!!! We highly recommend this spot and will return upon our next visit to RVA. Thank you again Team Hard Shell. - Aloha, Marc & Shahina

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their food is always delicious and beautifully plated.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Hard Shell - Downtown using the Order Online button. The Hard Shell - Downtown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 643-2333.

The Hard Shell - Downtown is rated 4.8 stars by 1719 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Hard Shell - Downtown

1411 East Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Additional information

  • Cross street
    14th St
  • Neighborhood
    Richmond
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The Hard Shell validates parking after 5pm daily in the garage at the corner of 14th St. and Cary St. directly across from the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (804) 643-2333
  • Private party facilities
    The private dining room accommodates parties up to 50 guests. The Hard Shell offers custom menus and bar packages to suit every event. The private dining room is the perfect place for dinner programs, wedding functions or celebrations.
  • Private party contact
    Leandra Dunlevy: (804) 643-2333
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