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Hard Times Cafe

) #15 of 604 Restaurants in Alexandria $ American, ,
1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
+1 703-837-0050
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good45%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cornbread” (104 reviews)
“chilli” (465 reviews)
“texas chili” (36 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:45All hours
American, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

While exploring Alexandria, stumbled upon this very cool, little place! We were looking at the menu posted outside, when a passerby recommended we venture in...best recommendation this trip! The staff is very friendly! Prices are reasonable. Beverage menu includes a variety of drafts, including IPA's....More

Thank Wardine I
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of the best restaurants I have found outside Texas for Chilli. A good selection and perfect service from friendly staff.

Thank Tom A
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your kind words. It's always nice to receive a compliment from a Texan, especially when you are in the Chili business. We share all our reviews with the staff and they will be happy. Thank you for your business.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Don't go here if you are a food snob. Great chilli and burgers and fries and onion rings. This is a fun place to eat. Don't let the appearance scare you. I live in Alexandria and eat here 5 or more times a year.

Thank _dkuhns10
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here touring Alexandria, and stopped here. Definitely made my time in Alexandria worth it. Little West of the main area downtown, but close to other major transportation areas. Well accessed by the Metro and Busses/Free trolley.More

Thank CameronJohnson
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 with our Trip Advisor family. We pass them on to the staff who loves hearing from our guests. Like Alexandria we have been around a long time, 37 years and are glad...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very narrow, casual bar. It was recommended for dinner. We sat at the counter/bar where you had a front row to where the food was being prepared. I know a lot of people feel the best "dives" make the best food. However, it was pretty...More

Thank DonnaZ597
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for the feedback. We will check and address the bathrooms immediately and resolve the problem. We will also make sure the cook line is clean. I am sorry you did not care for the food. We do have salads, tacos, burgers and salmon...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like taco salads and Mexican style food this is a good place. It is deceiving from the outside - almost looks as if it is closed. But open the door and the place is bustling. Short order cooks keep the food moving at...More

Thank Bonnie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After arriving in Alexandria, we walked out of our hotel starving and this was the first place we found with a good menu for lunch. We sat outside and ordered. The food was okay. Nothing crazy special, but decent. My salad was a nice size...More

Thank BeckyE618
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your feedback. Sounds like we really blew it on the inside. I will double check the bathrooms and the AC settings to make sure we have are fresh and clean. On the really hot days we need to be extra vigilent. Thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had the chile. Pretty good. Corn Bread would make it better. Had their wings. Flavor was a 10, got the old Bay. Size was a 4, tiny. Feed your chickens more, just kidding, but they are small. Beer was a 10. Large and cold with...More

Thank Hawg51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting local place, food wasn't good. I greatly appreciated the chili sampler because I would've been real mad ordering it any of it. Service was horrible to boot. I won't be back.

Thank Dameka W
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you did not like our chilis. I apologize for the bad service and will investigate and fix the problem right away. We really blew it. Thank you for trying us out.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed overnight in Alexandria on my way the HJF in Hampton VA. My wife & I walked the strip on King St which they call Old Town. Lots of great shops and eateries. We had dinner at a moderately priced restaurant called the Hard Times...More

Thank Chava2014
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and kind words. We do listen closely to folks from Texas and Ohio, especially Chili lovers. Our staff works hard and loves to hear from our guests. I am glad you liked Texas Tacos. The Fish Tacos take over Texas...More

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Response from chaz4021 | Reviewed this property |
agree above 1/2 priced burgers on Tuesday
31 January 2015|
Response from Alan F | Reviewed this property |
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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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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