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“Great food and excellent wine selection”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Hard Shell

The Hard Shell
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Ranked #45 of 1,603 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 14th St
Description: 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.
Santa Rosa, California
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“Great food and excellent wine selection”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Seafood when in season, plus meats, great service and nice ambiance. The wine selection is dynamite – I have not been to a restaurant that has had such a great selection of wines, (wines are very personal and each to their own) most were from Sonoma but Napa, South America, and Australia had their place on the shelf. Bar was stocked with other great choices in beer and spirits. Food portions nice, well presented, and flavorful. You can park in the street , if you are lucky, or in the garage right opposite the place, plenty of space and not too pricy. This is the old part of town with many choices but this place is worth a meal.

  • Visited December 2012
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Yummy!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Great crab leg specials on Sunday night - perfect for me and Mom! 19.95 for 2 pounds. Sides were very good. Would like to see more choices of wine by the glass.

Visited December 2012
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richmond
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Was not impressed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

My husband and I had date night here and while the food was okay it just seemed like very small portions of food for an expensive price. I would not say do not visit this restaurant as everyone has an opinion but I will say eat first and then go.

  • Visited October 2012
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cute little restaurant with great service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We went to the Hardshell for a work event with a large party. We were warned ahead of time that the service may be slow with a party that large but it wasn't. The wait staff was very attentive and the food delicious...especially the lobster dip. The only aspect I would change is that the portions are small but still well worth it and it leaves room to try one of their great desserts.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Seafood on the River 3 miles from downtown Richmond”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Nice outdoor patio which is charming and a little quieter than the inside dining room. Great fresh seafood and cocktails in Shockoe Slip.

Visited May 2012
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Thank Amy G
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