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Hard Times Cafe - CLOSED

4920 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2512
+1 301-951-9652
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good44%
  • Average13%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible13%
16 Dec 2014
“Hard time had a hard time with my hamburger”
10 Nov 2014
“Perennial Favorite”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
4920 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2512
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Reviewed 16 December 2014

Maybe it was the rain, but for the first time in quite a while, I had a less than good meal at this Hard Time cafe. The place was filled but not packed and while our server was very pleasant, the food was less than...More

Thank Patsy L
Reviewed 10 November 2014

My son and I hit the Bethesda branch of Hard Times Café for lunch yesterday. No matter which outlet I go to (And I’ve been eating here on and off for three decades), it’s always a great experience. Hard Times is essentially a chili joint....More

Thank John V
Reviewed 24 October 2014 via mobile

I've eaten at many of their locations and I've never been disappointed. Food is always good. An added bonus: it must give Michelle Obama fits to think people (besides her) are allowed to eat food like this! Enjoy!

Thank touron4
Reviewed 10 July 2014 via mobile

Hard Times is a great spot for wings and a few brewskis. Good fries, too. Unfortunately the chili's are all heavy and heavily salted to the point of no redemption. Need new recipies which is a shame or I would visit more frequently.

Thank barymad
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Family atmosphere, friendly wait service, regular fun food at reasonable prices and yes, there's good cold beer. You can eat/drink in a booth or at the bar. It's also a great place to order take-out from on holidays. Phone your order in, swing by for...More

Thank PapaInternational
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Yes, it is a local spot. Lots of families around dinner - lots of locals at the bar for a nice cold micro-brew on draft. This was never meant to be a gourmet spot. In ever more expensive Bethesda - it is one of the...More

Thank Gerarddunn
Reviewed 14 March 2013

The five-way veggie chili-mac is real comfort food. Goes great with a pitcher of beer! Fine place to chill with friends.

Thank APM_01
Reviewed 9 December 2012

We're done. The last 3 visits have featured sticky table-tops and bland, lukewarm chili. I'd rather stay home and make my own. It's too bad, because I remember what Hard Times once was.

Thank AgentSmithDC
Reviewed 20 August 2012

The wings are great. The chili, specially the 5 way, is plentiful and tasty. The Beer is cold and icy, a treat for those of us who like it cold. The staff remembers repeat customers and treat you like the favorite side of family. A...More

Thank Pat G
Reviewed 29 May 2012

After reading the review of the dripping water and burnt grilled cheese I can see why some would not bother with this restaurant. First off I don't blame that reviewer for the poor review. But that was one family and one time. Since I moved...More

Thank DaveinMD
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4920 Del Ray Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814-2512
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Montgomery County  >  Bethesda
  • Phone Number: +1 301-951-9652
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