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Hard Times Cafe

) #17 of 604 Restaurants in Alexandria $ American, ,
1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
+1 703-837-0050
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good47%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“cornbread” (103 reviews)
“chilli” (460 reviews)
“texas chili” (36 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The service was great. Gave us the sampler of the chilis and that hooked us. We ended up getting chili and wings. Both were great. Excellent place.

Thank _bmonroe2009
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind words. We are proud of our staff, chili, and wings. Our staff loves hearing from our guests and we post all the reviews. Thank you for your business and taking the time to share it with the Trip Advisor family.

Reviewed 1 week ago

I was working in the area when I got hungry. As I looked around, I found Hard Times within walking distance and decided to give it a try. If you know the area, they are a lot of unique bars and restaurants. I thought the...More

Thank Richard T
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you like the food and service. We will resolve the sticky counter issue immediately. The cornbread should always be warm. After 37 years at the same location, we strive to keep it quaint, friendly and simple. Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in a country type bar and enjoy old tunes from years past the Hard Times is a place to try. They pride themselves on good chili and cornbread. Their ribs are also worth sampling. Friendly waitresses.

Thank TropicalParadise888
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A local favorite of chili-estas From classic to spicey to vegetarian the chili is the star and reason to go Long been serving up well honed seasonings for decades Beer and beverages available Well located in Alexandria Virginia

Thank RMJ11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered the chili bubba. The sweetness of the cornbread was an incredible complement to the savory chili. Good, quality beer selection as well. I do wish they would have a side salad option.More

Thank deBo739
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to share them. We do have a side salad! I will make sure some of our new servers are aware of the option. At Hard Times we always try to say yes to all our...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Last time I was here it was more of a wing place, but they seem to be more chili focused now. There is a sampler plate of four styles and all are good. Toppings are offered and they still have standard pub food. I came...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Chili is the thing -- ask for the little chili sampler so you can make an informed decision on your order. This is a great place to just get out for a casual time with friends.

Thank allesfresh1
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Ok, here we are in Arlington/DC and we were told by a relative that the chili at Hard Times is true Texas style...and IT IS! There are four types of chili and since we haven't eaten here before, the waitress brought us out a small...More

3  Thank MaltaBound
Reviewed 16 May 2017

They have a free sampler of their 4 types of chili. Their chili was not my favorite, needs more kick and larger chucks of meat. The burgers were way better- definitely worth it and reasonably priced. The service was great. It is worth stopping

Thank Ryan K
Reviewed 14 May 2017

The tacos had good, fresh ingredients and had a "homemade" taste. Over salty, but good flavor. The jalepeno poppers were good. Fries were a little softer than I'd like, but most people will like them. They have a pretty good root beer. Serving sizes are...More

Thank ctyadmcc
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2017

Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to share them. The staff loves hearing from our guests. We will work on the fries, I like crispy also. Thank you for your business.

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Do they still have half-price burgers for lunch on Mondays?
27 April 2016|
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Response from chaz4021 | Reviewed this property |
agree above 1/2 priced burgers on Tuesday
how do i edit information about this restaurant such as hours of operation
30 January 2015|
Response from Alan F | Reviewed this property |
Contact trip adviser administration on their Web site. Under CONTACT US.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:45
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:45
11:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-837-0050
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