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Dear Prospective Patron:

This letter serves as an introduction to The Hard Shell, known to locals as one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Located at 1411 East Cary Street in Richmond, Virginia’s historic Shockoe Slip, The Hard Shell features exposed brick, mahogany woods, floor to ceiling windows, private dining options and patio seating.

The Hard Shell’s menu boasts the best in fresh and local seafood as well as an extensive raw bar featuring oysters, clams, shrimp, mussels, crab legs, lobsters and much more. The Hard Shell also offers such items as filet mignon, baby back ribs, free range chicken and vegetarian options. During your visit to The Hard Shell, observe our chefs prepare mouth watering meals from our open kitchen. After dinner, enjoy one of our desserts made in house daily.

To quench your thirst, The Hard Shell offers a variety of beers, wines and cocktails. Our beer list includes local draught choices as well as a selection of bottles ales, microbrews and lagers. The wine list feature a variety of red, white and sparkling options from around the world, including local Virginia winery selections. Our bartending staff is knowledgeable in everything from the classic cocktails to the up and coming drink trends. Just ask and we will be happy to create something to suit all tastes.

The Hard Shell has private dining options to seat parties from 5 to 50. Our private dining room is perfect for special events, rehearsal dinners, luncheons or business functions and is fully equipped with a LCD projector and screen for presentations and slideshows. The entire restaurant is available for parties up to 125 people. Customized menus, entertainment, flowers and transportation are available upon request.

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