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Hard Times Cafe

4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113
+1 703-267-9590
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good30%
  • Average28%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“chili mac” (7 reviews)
“spaghetti” (5 reviews)
“cornbread” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar
4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030-4113
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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
Reviewed 3 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,...More

Thank Marcia2424
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
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
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...More

Thank Mille567
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
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 22030-4113
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax
  • Phone Number: +1 703-267-9590
  • E-mail
Chili. Wings. Burgers. Sports.

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