THE HARD SHELL, Richmond - Shockoe Slip - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Reservations - Tripadvisor
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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.
PRICE RANGE
$30 - $40
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Jesse was an amazing waiter for us first time Richmond visitors. Recommended dishes and was attentive. The She Crab soup is divine as well as the shrimp and scallops and lobster roll. Great selection of beer and wine. Wish we lived here so we could...try more! Kudos to the chef!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed December 30, 2020 via mobile

It’s a beautiful day in Richmond and we have found this excellent restaurant on the internet for lunch. The restaurant is collated in the new part of the city, right next to the James River with the nearby parking area. The are a few 2-hour...free parking right in front of the restaurant. It is a very nicely decorated and cozy restaurant. The foods and services are great as well. We had the Pan Roasted Mussels for appetizer, and for the main courses, the Angus Burger, the Blacken Tuna Sandwich and the Cajun Chicken Wrap. They were all very goods and went well with the Santa Julia Malbec. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed October 13, 2020 via mobile

Marginal at Best! We went as a group and the raw oysters and salmon was great. The rest of our meals were very marginal at best. The fish tacos were horrible, over fried and extremely salty. Service was good.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed March 10, 2020

2/21/2020, 5:33PM, Table 61, Server: Taylor G...Escorted directly to awesome table out on the heated porch...wonderful decor and ambiance. Taylor was a true professional, couldn't have orchestrated a finer dinner with such outstanding service. My Wife opted for one of the night's specials - swordfish...and I had the menu Hard Shell Pasta dish. Appetizer was the best calamari served with three accompanying sauces. Drinks were an Aleworks Brown Ale and Chateau St Michelle Reisling. Entrees superb....perfect pasta with clams, mussels, lobster tail, scallops and shrimp. Swordfish was melt in your mouth. Finished it off with the BEST Creme Brûlée I have ever had. It was the best dining hour we've had in a long time. Total for the dinner was $105.34 which was fine dining at one of my top ten restaurants so far.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

After a very poor experience at a restaurant right up the street, we came to The Hard Shell where we were greeted and served promptly at the bar and shown to our table before we could even clear our tab. Our bubbly server CHRISTY was...outstanding and more than made up for our earlier evening experience. The food was plentiful and very good. The fried oysters were outstanding.as was the she crab soup.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

We spent two days in Richmond and this was, by far, our best eating experience. After parking in the parking structure opposite, we just happened across The Hard Shell and immediately thought from its layout and the menu that it would be a contender for...dinner. On our second evening we reserved a table for 8pm and were warmly welcomed at the door. It was not a busy evening and we selected a table and ordered a couple of cocktails. The menu was varied with several dishes that I would have enjoyed. I began with a plate of assorted oysters which were cold, very fresh and 2 of the 3 types were delicious (the 2 from Chesapeake). I followed this by lobster pasta, a large dish with the lobster served in a mushroom-truffle cream sauce. It was very rich but I thoroughly enjoyed the decadence. We drank a bottle of Frog’s Leap Chardonnay which accompanied all dishes perfectly. Great ambience, comfortable chairs and friendly service made this our pick of Richmond eateries. We also enjoyed an excellent IPA at Billy Jack’s Shack, conveniently located next door!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 15, 2019

This location does not have a separate listing in Trip Advisor, so I'm combining my review with the Shockoe Slip location also owned by the Richmond Restaurant Group. I had the Snow Crab Combo, with all the shellfish steamed to perfection. The House Salad was...large enough for two which we shared. My wife had the Simply Grilled Tuna ordered one knotch below medium rare and it was perfect. The veggies were broccolini and they allowed a substitute of asparagus (crunchy, which she likes) with no upcharge. The key lime pie with graham cracker crust had the correct amount of tartness and the best I have had outside of Florida. Iced tea could not be better. The waitress was Sydney and a true asset to the dining experience. As a native Richmonder, I feel I now have found the best Seafood restaurant in Richmond. Will return.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed December 5, 2019

My daughter chose this restaurant for her birthday dinner. She is a Richmond resident and I drove in from out of town. I made the reservation through Open Table and noted that it was her birthday. We were immediately seated upon arrival, choosing a booth....The dining area was attractive and comfortable. Our server was attentive and offered several suggestions. We had the baked oysters for our appetizer. I had a salad and calamari, both were large servings and nicely prepared. The Hard Shell pasta my daughter had was amazing! It was loaded with perfectly cooked seafood. We were offered a complimentary cheesecake slice for dessert. All staff was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our celebration.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 19, 2019

Awful service, mediocre food, overly priced food in a cute little place. Our waiter, Pierce, was never around. He didn’t give us a chance to ask for a knife when the entrée was served, so we just shared one knife for two of us. No...extra bread, no offer to order another glass of wine, no offer to have dessert. The food was mediocre, the sliders were dry, and, of course, we couldn’t find Pierce to ask for ketchup or hot sauce. The only superb dish was the burrata salad. The last straw came when they insisted on 20% tip. I indicated on the receipt only 15%, and wrote the total in clear, big numbers. They still charged the full 20%. We had chosen this restaurant because none of the others had available space. Now we know why. CONCLUSION: Awful service, mediocre food at quite high prices and untrusty management – Pick another place!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 6, 2019

Excellent food and drink. Pleasently surprised to find in a strip mall.definitely will be back excellent prices and happy hour

Date of visit: October 2019
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No pics. Crab Cakes had my attention. They were great.
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