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Hard Times Cafe

American, Bar, Southwestern
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4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
+1 703-267-9590
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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287 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Non-smoking area too SMOKEY. Nachos with Texas chili was great. Loaded fries great too. Will go to Springfield next time.

Thank Crazzzzs
Fairfax, Virginia
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We had been craving the chili mac. What a let down. Had a scorched taste. Maybe we got botton of the pot.

Thank kar313
Fairfax, Virginia
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130 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Guess I was served "humble pie". I didn't want to go here for dinner, but the man vote prevailed. Not a fan of the chili or burgers, but to my surprise, their bourbon glaze salmon was surprisingly good! As you can see from the photos, neither the view from my corner booth of Nascar on the TV, nor the look... More 

Thank Marcia2424
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108 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

A great place for some good chili and fresh food. Guests are provided with a free chili sampler to try the four different variety's of chili they serve. Staff was friendly and a nice variety of adult beverages and drinks.

Thank FrequentTraveler501
Fairfax, Virginia
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56 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Hard Times has an unique vibe and they on serve chili. It's a very cool place to eat, they serve the chili in different ways and the one in Old Town Alexandria is the coolest. Plus the beer is cold.

Thank Carol F
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

I've been a hard times regular for a long time. Their chili is some of my favorite around. I love that they offer a veggie burger with veggie chili, it is delicious. While I like coming here for lunch and dinner I think their evening bar scene is the best. They do great drink specials, have fun games and some... More 

Thank Mille567
Great Falls, VA
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101 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Texas Chili Mac three ways, with spaghetti, and cheese is the best I have had, including Texas and Mexico. They serve four kinds of chili and several combinations. Still best in the land. Jim is also a great waiter

Thank mfingerhut
Fairfax, Virginia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This chili parlor serves Texas, Cincinnati, Terlingua, and Vegetarian chili served in a number of tasty combinations. I prefer a Cincinnati 5 way chili mac (chili over spaghetti) or just Texas chili with some cheddar, onions, and corn bread. A cold beer or iced tea helps wash it all down. They also have some great salads. The grilled salmon salad... More 

Thank Cruising-Ken
Fairfax, Virginia
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312 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

This chain does it right when it comes to selecting a place for a hot bowl of chili. Wash it down with one of their many fine beers available

Thank John P
Fairfax, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

James is the reason I keep coming back to this restaurant. Every time he is my server I know I'm in for a good time. He, unlike most servers, takes a keen interest in his diners and in all my times there, James takes a moment to ask me how I'm doing. And if its a slow day he'll even... More 

Thank Conor T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
American, Bar, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-267-9590
Chili. Wings. Burgers. Sports

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?