Hard Times Cafe

Hard Times Cafe

American Restaurant, Sports Bar, and Bar
4069 Chain Bridge Rd (at Page Ave), Fairfax, VA 22030, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Free
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
7.6/10

Based on 108 votes

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  • Ranked #2 for American restaurants in Fairfax
  • What you need to know
    Mikey Z.
    "Love the veggie chili and the appetizers!"(3 Tips)
    Sabrina H.
    "Get the chicken alamo!"(2 Tips)
    Starlet S.
    "Ask for the Chili sampler before you eat - so worth it!"(2 Tips)
    Zee V.
    "5.99 wings on Wednesday are the best deal!"(6 Tips)
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  • chili
  • chicken wings
  • alamo
  • happy hour
  • veggie chili
  • chili sampler
  • fried pickles
  • burgers
  • scenic views
  • good for a quick meal
  • tater tots
  • beer
  • pool tables
  • nachos
  • mac & cheese
  • great value
  • authentic
  • lunch
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  • dinner
  • Mikey Z.

    Love the veggie chili and the appetizers! Try the fried mac and cheese bites.

    Mikey Z · 3 weeks ago
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  • Glenn P.

    Chili, Happy Hour specials, Emily at the bar, many TVs, pool tables.

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  • Patti H.

    $1 bottle domestics on Thursdays during happy hour

    Patti Hinko · November 15, 2014
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  • Karin G.

    Veggie chili is great!!!

    Karin Gander · June 9, 2014
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  • Natasha K.

    New pool tables!😀

    Natasha K · April 21, 2014
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  • John S.

    Extremely friendly staff!!!!!!!!!

    John Schubel · February 1, 2014
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  • Gwen T.

    Best fried pickles. The breading and seasoning beats all.

    Gwen Townsend · December 31, 2013
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  • Patti H.

    Chili is great so are the fried pickles. Some of the best wait staff in the area. Love this place.

    Patti Hinko · December 29, 2013
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  • Israel S.

    They sell cigarettes at the bar. It may be a suburban hellhole, but at least the bartenders are nice!

    Israel S · December 27, 2013
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  • Sabrina H.

    Get the chicken alamo! Personally no tomatoes! Sounds gross till you eat it trust me I am sooo picky!

    Sabrina Hunter · September 26, 2013
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  • Stephanie W.

    Used to love going to Hard Times but this experience was awful. Terrible service, over cooked food that we had to wait a long time for. Will not go back!

    Stephanie Wade · July 28, 2013
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  • Daniel L.

    Don't go here. It was 90 sum odd degrees today and they won't let me in with a tanktop. Good way to turn away money. You just lost my business forever. .

    Daniel Lloyd · July 7, 2013
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  • Ginger P.

    Staff very friendly. Get a downstairs table to avoid the first floor smoking. The wings rocked.

    Ginger PC · July 6, 2013
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  • Kevin H.

    Poker Mondays at 7pm and 9:30pm. Thursday $1 Dom. Bottles 3-9pm Saturdays $4 Bombs all day

    Kevin Hollywood · July 3, 2013
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  • Kevin H.

    Wednesday is Giant Mug Night all day long. Also trivia is at 8 pm

    Kevin Hollywood · July 3, 2013
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  • Mikey Z.

    Love the vegetarian chili!

    Mikey Z · May 20, 2013
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  • Callista S.

    It's hard to find a seat on Sundays

    Callista Small · May 5, 2013
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  • DistrictBlake !.

    Veggie Chili Salad was a great idea. Flavorful well seasoned.

    DistrictBlake !!! · April 13, 2013
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  • frankie2pants

    Don't feed the animals.

    frankie2pants · March 7, 2013
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  • Washington Capitals

    A great Caps on Tap Viewing Party location. For official Caps On Tap Viewing details - Read more

    Washington Capitals · February 13, 2013
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  • Christine Y.

    It was great.

    Christine Young · January 25, 2013
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  • Chris D.

    Service sucks, but the food is decent.

    Chris Douthat · December 5, 2012
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  • Zee V.

    5.99 wings on Wednesday are the best deal!

    Zee VanBaker · September 26, 2012
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  • Gillian D.

    Service sucks and the smoke permeates into the non-smoking bar. Try Fast Eddies instead.

    Gillian Dionne · August 22, 2012
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  • Starlet S.

    Weird location, easy to pass on the road if you don't know it is there. Ask for the Chili sampler before you eat - so worth it!

    Starlet Smith · July 8, 2012
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  • Yenij W.

    fun times at the buddy last weekend! birthday get together =)

    Yenij Wng · March 7, 2012
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  • Scott K.

    One of the best bars in Fairfax and great Thursday happy hour

    Scott K · March 2, 2012
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  • Graham J.

    YOU CAN SMOKE INSIDE HERE AND IT'S GLORIOUS

    Graham J. · February 25, 2012
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  • Cristian L.

    The mini burgers with fries here are glorious. Make sure you come out for $1 beers on Thursday.

    Cristian Loza · February 24, 2012
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  • CaraMari

    On Thursday: $1.50 bottles!

    CaraMari · November 19, 2011
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  • Phong K.

    The Alamo chicken is money!! Great place for Redskins and Caps games. One of the few local bars where you can smoke and dine

    Phong Khomphengchanh · September 30, 2011
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  • Megan Y.

    If you get Chili Mac ask for a bowl!

    Megan Yamamoto · September 7, 2011
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  • Amir K.

    Wednesdays for geeks at 8:00

    Amir K · August 18, 2011
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  • Erica R.

    Plan on waiting about 20 minutes to ask if you want a beer all the girls seem nice but you can tell they don't give a shit

    Erica Reynolds · June 16, 2011
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  • Chris F.

    If the girl with the huge jugs is there, compliment her ... she will show you them

    Chris Ford · June 9, 2011
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  • Dan D.

    How has no one mentioned that you can still smoke at the bar here.. you can smoke at the bar upstairs post smoking ban.

    Dan Duckwitz · April 29, 2011
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  • Kate C.

    Service is pretty piss poor. Go to the one in Old Town or Springfield.

    Kate Carroll · March 15, 2011
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  • Michael N.

    Best wings in the dc area.

    Michael Norman · February 17, 2011
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  • Jodi B.

    $5 bar nachos on Fridays. :)

    Jodi B. · December 17, 2010
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  • Nova S.

    $5.99 Monday night burgers with a tater tot substitution is awesome!

    Nova Shepherd · November 9, 2010
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  • Marvin L.

    Ask for the billy crampler

    Marvin Lopez · November 3, 2010
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  • Christopher G.

    $5 burgers on Mondays!

    Christopher Gonzalez · August 17, 2010
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  • Kevin H.

    Ask for a chili sampler before you order

    Kevin Hollywood · August 5, 2010
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  • Danny B.

    Try the times, ask for extra hard.

    Danny Baldwin · August 2, 2010
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  • Christopher G.

    Asked for Marvin Lopez, the dude didn't know what I was talking about. Coincedentally it may have been the wrong Marvin L!

    Christopher Gonzalez · July 18, 2010
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  • Stephen B.

    Ask for Marvin Lopez. He's the mayor. He thinks he runs the place.

    Stephen Boensel · May 2, 2010
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  • Michelle M.

    Best Chili, Wings and Service around! Just opened their shuffleboard tables too! Good times!

    Michelle Milam · April 16, 2010
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  • Hard Times Cafe

    eaten their $5 lunch, any day of the week! Read more

    Hard Times Cafe · March 10, 2010
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  • Tad S.

    Cheapie drinks in a take-home plastic mug Tuesdays. Also, try a Cincinnati five-way. You won't regret it.

    Tad Suiter · February 17, 2010
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  • Sean M.

    Get drunk before. This isn't DC, a bud light pitcher shouldn't cost $13

    Sean Meyer · December 24, 2009
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