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Hard Times Cafe

14389 Potomac Festival Plaza, Woodbridge, VA 22193
703-492-2950
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Ranked #124 of 237 Restaurants in Woodbridge
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Chili. Wings. Burgers. Sports.
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English first
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Stopped in for dinner while in the area for work and I won't be back. Corn bread was very dry and burnt, while the crackers where stale. Service was very slow to the point we waited about 10 minutes to get our change back. Food in general was fair at best.

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GLEN ALLEN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I was recently in Woodbridge for an event, on the same day that I really wanted to watch a football game. I like to smoke cigars when I watch football. I called all over town looking for a place where I could watch the game, get something to eat, and have a cigar, before heading off to my event, and... More

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The food is pretty good but the service is horrible. The management is even worse. Don't waste your time here. I had an issue here during one of their fight nights and was passed around from person to person and when I asked to see the manager I waited for about 15 minutes. I see the manager in the bar... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Great chili (I recommend the teralingua), tater tots... I love the Elvis sliders. It's too bad that based on the no-smoking law allowing smoking in closed-off areas that there is no bar to sit at in the non-smoking area.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I was lucky enough to be given $100 worth of gift certificates to this place. I ate here enough to know that the food doesn't get any better. Go for the sports, eat before you go.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

I can say for something different go to Hard Times, but not as a steady--honestly, the food now is just average.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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8 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

In some ways it has come a long way from the smoke-filled billiards parlor that also served food. I stopped to get a carry-out order and was directed to the bar. I am a cancer survivor and will not enter there again. Second hand smoke kills too and ruins the aroma of otherwise good food. I love their Cincinnati Chili... More

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Newburgh, New York
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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is the only time we had horrible food on our trip! I would never go back here again! The service was adequate but would not advise anyone to choose this restaurant. Crackers in basket were stale, and some were put back opened.

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Layton, Utah
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12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

Hard Times has a very well-patronized bar presence for locals, providing plenty of pool tables, music, and great local beers. Don't overlook the restaurant though - they are known for their amazing chili recipe. Try the "Terlingua Red" - it's a Texas chili with no beans, but great spice. It's served over spaghetti and very delicious!

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Cold beer, hot Texas style chili and cornbread. What more do you need! Oh yeah fried pickles. Always fast friendly service and a large selection of very cold beer. Prices are very good and the have a daily special. Worth the trip.

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