The Hard Shell - Downtown
house tartar sauce
corn relish, house hot sauce, cilantro lime crema
She Crab Soup
topped with crab meat
Good food and great service
Lobster tail was amazing, as were the bacon-wrapped Brussel sprouts and crab cakes. The Key lime pie was better than in Key West, Florida.
I was disappointed. I was expecting a classier restaurant for my husband's birthday. It was more of a bar atmosphere.
The food was truly awful. My rice tasted like soap. The pineapple was not ripe. I paid $70+ for mostly vegetables.
We won't be back.
Visiting Richmond for the first time. The food here was excellent and our waiter was very attentive. I highly recommend the Hard Shell.
Mediocre and the table had chips out of the laminate. Not upscale, but if I was looking for an expensive dive this would be it.
Everything was great from the service to the ambience to the food! I actually appreciated the noise level; not too loud to where you couldn’t hear your table’s conversation but loud enough that the tables close by weren’t an interruption. The calamari is a must try. I had a fish special which was delicious. Our guests had the 6 oz filet, shrimp and scallops, and ribs which were all reportedly perfect and delicious. We were served cheesecake for my father’s birthday which was amazing and a great complimentary end to the evening.
Taylor was our server and she was fantastic. Very professional, personable and attentive. Outstanding service and excellent food. From a menu perspective it was disappointing that the Cary Street location does not offer happy hour and half priced appetizers like the sister restaurant at Bellegrade. Still, all in all very good.
Four girls at table next to us were very very loud. Had to move to another table but the staff accommodated us no problem.
The Hard Shell has become our favorite restaurant in Richmond, which we visit frequently.
The food and service are always top notch. The ambiance is unpretentiously chic.
Every appetizer and meal has been prepared perfectly.
I feel the prices are very reasonable for this level of quality and service.
The clams were very small so they discounted them. The tuna was tough, couldn’t easily cut it. Lobster & rockfish were great and so was Ryan, our waiter.
This was the noisiest restaurant I can ever recall visiting.
We had a variety of offerings and all were good except the crab cakes, which were poor quality meat and heavy on filling. Service was very good.
Loved the seafood and steak. Just a bit loud inside the restaurant.
Our experience was good in all aspects. Our waiter could have known more about the wine selection but he was nice.
Had a wonderful dinner. We’ll be back next time we’re in town.
Went there for a business meeting. Great food and Service with a great location
Crystal and Ryan are amazing; give them raises.
Really good food and professional service.
Visited the restaurant and Jesse was our waiter he was friendly and professional. He had great knowledge of the menu and gave great selections. The rib & dungeons crab were both fresh and tasty. The side Caesar salad was just the right amount.
Great restaurant. My dad was meeting my boyfriend for the first time. Scallops were amazing great outdoor seating.
For our 10th Anniversary, Hard Shell was a GREAT find. Jesse was part of a wonderful waitstaff that was professional, courteous and attentive. Thank YOU Hard Shell for a wonderful start to a great evening in the Slip.
Everything about our dinner was simply AMAZING! We hadn’t been to Hard Shell in a couple of years and it definitely won’t be that long for our next visit.
Everytime I come to Richmond I like to get over to the Hard Shell it is always a quality meal. This time was no different. The food was high quality and the service can atmposphere matched it.
Great food, great service! Enjoyed some local beer, a Bubbly Fizzy, Crab Dip, the soup special, crab cakes and the seafood pasta. Also had the chocolate cake for dessert.
Food was excellent and the service was hreat
Absolute perfection. The she crab soup was the best I’ve ever had and everything else was top notch!
awesome experience, highly recommend
Great overall dining experience. Table was available on the patio and it was lovely to sit outside. Waitstaff Melissa attentive and knowledgeable. Service was fabulous. Food from appetizers to entree to desserts - all excellent- a go to place for shellfish and seafood.
The other location is better all around. Same menu, but this one doesn’t do happy hour, the window sills were dusty, a vent was blowing cold air. I had to put an old sweatshirt on from my car over my dress. It wasn’t a bad experience. Just the little things made it a not great experience. Our bill was over $100 and it wasn’t worth it.
Our waiter JESSE was OUTSTANDING! It was a first date night and the setting was PERFECT💜
My lunch companion’s Cajun chicken wrap was excellent. My she crab soup had very little crabmeat. My crab cake sandwich was very good, but the size of the crab cake did not warrant a $18.95 price tag. The server (Dennis) was okay. He was a bit slow in refilling our iced tea.
Excellent food! We really enjoyed the tuna carpaccio and the scalops.
Food was wonderful and so was the service and ambience. We were very pleased - the entire experience was worth every penny. Will definitely come back! Thank you!
Very loud with echos food was good, service excellent
Excellent food with superior service. Best seafood in RVA.
Steamed shrimp and snow crab legs to start. Unbelievably delicious Molasses Bourbon Ribs appetizer then onto Crab cakes for dinner. Seafood is unmatched in Richmond. Ribs you won’t forget. Tim, our server, was super friendly and right on time. Hard Shell never disappoints. It is our go to for the best seafood in town.
Great food, Great Staff as always
The food is consistently incredible and the atmosphere is enjoyable.
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OpenTable ダイナー1401名によるThe Hard Shell - Downtownの評価は4.5☆です。