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Hard Times Cafe

American, Bar
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6362 Springfield Plz, Springfield, VA 22150-3431
+1 703-913-5600
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 11:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Alexandria, Virginia
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150 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

The food was fairly good, but it was hard to get past the smell of cigarette smoke. I don't think we will be back.

Thank Jennifer M
Bancroft, Nebraska
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62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Late night dinner and was glad this place was open until 2am! Basic looking inside, nice staff greeted and seated us. Was impressed with their menu, specialty is chili so decided to try a Frito pie. Was delicious and their Cincinnati chili didn't disappoint! Fiancé had the steak tips, said they were okay but not seasoned enough. Only con of... More 

Thank trevtnyc
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104 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Good food and service. Large place with booths in the front for eating. Pool tables and bar are in the back. TVs carry sports channels. Daily food and beer specials. Large menu. Inexpensive if you stay with the specials. Free pool at lunch time.

Thank leaf888
Springfield va
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 July 2016

The food is good with a informal neighborhood bar atmosphere. The servers are nice and you can usually get a table with no problem. This is a chili joint and the chili dogs and cold on tap beer are a favorite. The front part of the place is a sit down with wooden booths and a bar. The back room... More 

Thank Mary C
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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163 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A good change of pace. Get all your favorites with the addition of chili. My favorite is the Nachos with Texas Chili.

Thank David M
Springfield, Virginia
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Always enjoy the HTC. Excellent chili and fried green pickles. Service is always prompt, friendly, and attentive. Haven't tried the games room in the back, but looks like fun.

Thank Ralph B
Brunswick, Georgia
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173 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

Was staying close by at a hotel and this place was recommended, There were four styles of chili, interluding Cincinnati style, which I have never found outside Cincinnati. Ask for the sampler. They will give you a taste of all four. Check them out. I like Cincinnati style, which has a bit of Cinnamon in it but it may not... More 

Thank svargasi
Alexandria, Virginia
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

Enjoyed a Texas chili mac 5 way with a side of warm cornbread. It was very good and filling. I always enjoy chili on a cool evening and it was even better washing it down with a cold beer. I know....but chili and beer go together.

Thank jimmyscores
Alexandria, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2016

Older place, but still serves a good burger. Try it tergila chili on top. And of course they have the best Cincinnati chili around.

Thank jmsaw
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2016

I only go to this place because it is fairly close to my office. I think the staff there are very nice and welcoming. The atmosphere in the front part is really casual, and the back part is where it gets more lively. This was my scene back in college but now that I am older and I suppose somewhat... More 

Thank Naoji W

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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
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
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: 6362 Springfield Plz, Springfield, VA 22150-3431
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  Springfield
  • Phone Number: +1 703-913-5600

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