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Hard Times Cafe

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5521 Route 28, Inlet, NY
315-357-5199
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Dining options: Breakfast

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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
Not as Happy as Before-No Shrimp BOWL!!!

I still think the Hard Times is cute and has some decent prices, but the service seems to have gone downhill in the past 2 years. There's a much longer wait for the food (when empty), the waitresses aren't as good as they used to be, and they removed the main reason we'd go, which was a delicious... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2013
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albany ny
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

on tuesday,we stopped for lunch on the way to old forge.we just wanted a light lunch,so i had a bowel of soup which had severel meatballs and a large amount of vegatables. my hus

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Canandaigua, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Service was good. The food was good. Pleasant atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Good place for children.

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Auburn, New York
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Great staff, made us feel very welcome and was sure to check on our orders often to be sure we were all set.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Can not believe this place still has open doors. My group of twelve (including two children between 8 and 10, one 6mo and a 1.5yo baby stopped in on our way out of Limekiln. We usually stop at the Old Barn but they would not be open until noon and it was 10 am. One of the adults in the... More 

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Horseheads, New York
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife and I were there in August. We waited an hour to be served and there were only 3 other parties there. When the food finally arrived the waitress said the food would be worth the wait but that was far from the truth. While my wife's fish dinner was good the spaghetti with eggplant was Mediocre at best.... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our party of five visited for the Cafe for breakfast. The breakfast menu is manageable - the number of choices is not overwhelming or bewildering. You know and recognize the dishes. Most of them would be characterized as diner mainstays. We tried five different breakfast options and also got an order of pancakes and an order of french toast for... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

My family and I have been vacationing in Eagle Bay for 9 years this year. Hard times food used to be wonderful, now its absolutely in the garbage. This week we went 3 times. First time, we waited close to 30 mins for lunch in the middle of the day!! The second time, we sat for 40 mins without a... More 

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37 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had been to this restaurant for breakfast the year before and it was very good, so we thought we would try it for dinner. Bad thought. They had a prime rib dinner special that my husband opted for and I ordered the fried shrimp dinner. My husbands was edible and he gave it between 3 1/2 to 4 stars... More 

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Middletown, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Was Here Back In 2010 And Was Happy' Stopped in for LUNCH MARCH 8,2014 while up for SNOFEST. VERY UNHAPPY. Came in and sat down, waited for service .Finally rude and miserable waitress came back to ask us what we wanted to drink AS IF WE WERE BOTHERING HER. After half an hour late finally got our drinks. Another15 minutes... More 

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Rocky Point
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I still think the Hard Times is cute and has some decent prices, but the service seems to have gone downhill in the past 2 years. There's a much longer wait for the food (when empty), the waitresses aren't as good as they used to be, and they removed the main reason we'd go, which was a delicious bowl of... More 

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  • Address: 5521 Route 28, Inlet, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Inlet
  • Phone Number: 315-357-5199

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