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Hard Times Cafe

$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
“chili” (440 reviews)
“sampler” (67 reviews)
“wings” (60 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting NationalHarbor, we made a shuttle ride over to Alexandria to catch the Metro. While waiting for the shuttle back, we decide to grab a bite to eat. We found Hard Times Cafe. Convenient to the Metro stop. Since we had never been there,...More

Thank Rodney C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For many years my family has enjoyed eating at Hard Times Cafe. We had some problems last year, but we decided to go back again hoping that this time would be like we have enjoyed in the past. The best part of the meal was...More

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

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry that you did not like your chili. We have four Chili's and strongly recommend the free sampler. Texas is greasy one but can be ordered dry with the grease removed. The Terlingua, Cincinnati have little grease and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tries the chili sampler to start. Four kinds - veggie, Texas, Cincinnati and Terlingua. Veggie was the best. Got a bowl with cheese and jalapenos. Filled me up. Good food for a great price.

Thank Lronn H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you come by Metro, head down King Street toward Old Town and the Hard Times Cafe is one of the first places you'll come across. If you love chili, and I admit I LOVE CHILI (done well) then don't deny your guilty pleasure and...More

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

Thank you for the kind words. It is always nice to hear from Chili Lovers. If you ever get tired of the Chili try the grilled wings. Thank you for your business.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mother and I wanted to get something for carry out so we could just eat in our hotel room. The 3/5 is mostly for the service. The first time we called, the person just hung up after not being able to hear us (despite...More

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

Thank you for your feedback. It's how we make things better. I am sorry your phone experience was bad. We really screwed up. I will make sure they do a better job on the phone. Glad you liked the food. Carry out is nice but...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately we just stopped in here for a drink, we'd already eaten. We did look at the menu, and I wish we could have tried the food. They have a really fun menu. Heavy on the chili, but who doesn't love chili. And they have...More

Thank norskies
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This long standing bar/eatery offers better than average bar foods including open flamed chicken wings and several types of chili's from Texas to Cincinnati. Good beer specials and happy hours, plenty of tv's for game viewing.

Thank barymad
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Sean greeted us promptly and took our drink order. Yes, they serve Coke products! Sean answered a few of our questions about the establishment and the menu items. They have daily specials. He offered us a complimentary flight of chili, which we declined this time...More

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

Thank you for your comments. Our staff loves to hear from our guests. I am glad you liked your Burgers. The fresh Certified Angus Beef hand made patties make a big difference. We are looking into your restroom concern. The first-floor restrooms have a common...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Locals go here a lot. Food is well prepared and we'll proportioned. They have carry out but are not yet on delivery.

Thank Philip D. C
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. After 37 years our cooks have perfected the Chili. We now do delivery, check the website for details, Hardtimes.com Thank you for your business.

Reviewed 2 August 2017

20 years ago, when I lived in Alexandria, Hard Times Cafe was a favorite of mine. It's good to know that some things can stay the same. Cincinnati 3 way still delicious!More

Thank lanaleaman
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Thank you for your kind words. Although we have missed you over the last 20 years. I think you need to come home and visit at least twice a year! We missed you. After 37 years we continue to be true to our roots, the...More

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Response from chaz4021 | Reviewed this property |
agree above 1/2 priced burgers on Tuesday
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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, Bar Scene, 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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