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Hard Times Cafe

4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113
+1 703-267-9590
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Overview
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good29%
  • Average27%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“chili” (32 reviews)
“spaghetti” (5 reviews)
“wings” (5 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
American, Bar
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LOCATION
4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family went to Hard Times Cafe in Fairfax, VA tonight. We had never been there but thanks to the reviews on Trip Advisor, we thought we might enjoy this establishment. We were right! Our server, Dan, was extremely attentive and explained the choice of...More

Thank Melinda W
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Melinda, Thank you so much for the kind words! We're very excited that you gave us a try and loved it! We hope to see you around again! Warmest Regards, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax

Reviewed 22 August 2017

Lovely service, laid back place, candles on the table, nice roomy booths, good food but the service is the best part of Hard Times. It doesnt matter if you go there years later, it is the same quality of service - very friendly, prompt, and...More

Thank Muffarah M
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Muffarah, Thank you for the kind words! And thanks for being a loyal guest! We hope to see you around! Best Regards, Hard Times Cafe, Fairfax

Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This small chain is known for its chili, but its hidden treasure is the char-grilled burger: thick, juicy, and cooked to order. Served with hand-cut fries, it's perhaps the very best burger/fries combo in Northern Virginia. Service is always pleasant and fast.

Thank brian14leonard
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hello brian14leonard, Thank you so much for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again! All the best, William Leigh Hall Bar & Cafe Manager

Reviewed 10 July 2017

It is fine, but no where as good as Red, Hot & Blue. Overall, just average. Chile is probably their best offering.More

Thank Fred G
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Dear Fred, We are the best at Chili. BBQ on the other hand we are still not as good as Red, Hot & Blue. We can attest to that. But thanks for stopping in and giving us a try! On your next visit try the...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017

My son will be attending GMU in the fall so we were here on school business. Stopped by for a late lunch and were instantly charmed by the atmosphere and menu. The server James greeted us, introduced himself, and continued to attend to our every...More

Thank HSQ1958
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Hello, Thank you! As a Mason Alumni myself it's always amazing to see new students! We look forward to having you dine with us over the next four years! Best Regards, William Leigh Hall Bar & Cafe Manager

Reviewed 15 March 2017

Our family enjoys the nachos and has determined Hard Times to a have the best wings EVER! We also like their chili mac. Most of our family prefers turkey chili, so we buy the HT chili seasoning packs and make our own at home --...More

Thank suzanneddowd
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Hi There! Thank you so much for the kind words! And those are my two favorite spices to mix together too! Hope to see you around! Best Regards, William Leigh Hall Bar Manager

Reviewed 4 March 2017

If you like sports, this is a great sports bar. Famous for it's chili, it also provides a great atmosphere for a football game. The large bar area still permits smoking, but there is a rear bar area that is non-smoking. Lots of specials on...More

Thank Miskell1964
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Hi there, Thank you for the kind words!! We look forward to seeing you around! Best Regards, William Leigh Hall Bar Manager

Reviewed 28 January 2017

I dined downstairs. Great atmosphere. Terrific service. And I think their burgers are some of the best in town. The chili-mac is pretty good too!!!

Thank David C
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2017

Hi David, Thank you so much for the kind words! Have you stopped in on Monday for our Burger Special before? $7.99 burgers all day! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Warmest Regards, William Leigh Hall Bar & Cafe Manager

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
FairfaxHTC, Manager at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2017

Hi, Sorry to hear that! We are working on trying to fix the problem. Thank you for your feedback! Best Regards, Hard Times Cafe

Reviewed 4 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-267-9590
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Description
Chili. Wings. Burgers. Sports. Let us know what you thought or of any changes you think would help! Any review is a good review to help us improve!
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