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Hard Knox Cafe

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2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
American style

I was in this Cafe before leaving from SFO. A tipical place in wich you can feel the atmosphere of US. The food is good and the waitress is really kind. Really suggested

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was in this Cafe before leaving from SFO. A tipical place in wich you can feel the atmosphere of US. The food is good and the waitress is really kind. Really suggested

Thank doris_tour
Tours, France
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Waitresses very friendly, warm atmosphere, and generous menu for a fair price ( $4 a pint haha) ... It's more because of this than just the food you will come back! -------------- Super ambiance à l'américaine, de même que le menu. Les serveurs étaient très agréable, et la pinte est à 4 dollars ;) Sorte de cantine pour les habitués.

Thank Max C
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

A piece of me I feel was left behind in this dainty, hole in the wall spot otherwise better known as "Hard Knox Cafe". The people who help make this establishment what it is can only be referred to as godsends, imo, since what they're dishing out can only be seen as "heavenly". EVERY thing I have had the pleasure... More 

Thank Sarah H
San Francisco, California
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132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Very much down home cafe featuring southern cooking from Louisiana. Corn bread is out of the world!!! Fried chicken is generous as well as the ox Tail and short ribs. Collard greens and beans and rice are excellent accompaniments. Located in 3rd Street Dog Patch corriedor.

Thank Arnold C
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86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I had the burger with chips and several house reds. They supplied complimentary corn muffins. If you are on a budget and want quick tasty food with atmosphere, this is the place. They are busy so it would be wise to book.

Thank Lindsay W
san francisco
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The place for southern cooking, fried chicken and sides. Great value without going all the way to bayview district(I try to avoid this area). I had the gumbo $6bowl - lo of meats, sausages and shrimps..spicy and yummy! Will come back for some ' po boy sandwich and they have huge burger! Interesting decor with corrugated iron and old tools... More 

Thank SF_camino
San Francisco, California
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85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

FWii (For What It Is): South of ATT Ballpark in the gentrified Dogpatch area, Hard Knox Cafe has SF's tastiest soul food. Best fried chicken, best turkey wings---choose two sides like collard greens, mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese, red beans/ rice..... Fabulous corn muffins (2) are complimentary. Many other entree choices---like waffles/ fried chicken.... All goes well with draft beer. Small cafe... More 

Thank Howard W
San Angelo, Texas
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79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

For a place that advertised to be a Cajun restaurant I expected more flavor. Everything was under seasoned. The chicken was very bland. The chicken fried steak was mostly breading and the gravy was thin and bland. Maybe we just went on an off night. At least it's a local restaurant and all of the local places are better than... More 

Thank BaileyPugs
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64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Stayed in SF only for a couple of days in an Airbnb stop. Out host recommended this place and were they right? Yes they were. Easy parking right outside. Easy to find. Queue to get in, always a good sign. Staff were great and gave a good indication of how long the wait would be and were spot on. The... More 

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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This small restaurant offers so much good comfort food and great draft beer that it is unbelievable! The only complaint is that you usually have to wait in line to get a table. I absolutely love the fried chicken and waffle dish. You can ask for all white meat or dark or just get what they bring you. Of course... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: 415-648-3770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Barbecue
Open Hours
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?