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2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
415-648-3770
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • 17
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  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
MANY YEARS OF DELICIOUS

I have been coming her since 1996, and not once have I ever had a bad experience!! The foods is always on point! Down to every bone!! Customer service is perfect, served with a "Home Style" touch! Don't Knox it, till you try it!! Love❤ this place! Smothered chicken, collard greens, cabbage, corn... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Murrissa A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been coming her since 1996, and not once have I ever had a bad experience!! The foods is always on point! Down to every bone!! Customer service is perfect, served with a "Home Style" touch! Don't Knox it, till you try it!! Love❤ this place! Smothered chicken, collard greens, cabbage, corn bread and sweet potato yams!

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Thank Murrissa A
Naperville, Illinois
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived as it was opening at 11 am on a sunday. Our service was excellent. I had the ribs with greens and mashed potatoes and I was impressed. I usually need to add extra salt to my food but the food here did not need it. Very tasty. All meals come with nice moist corn bread and honey/butter. My... More 

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Thank lologeorge69
Toronto, Canada
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Walking past, you could almost miss this place, but don't! Great southern food, generous portions and chill vibe. Tables turn over quickly but if you get there earlier you can walk in straight away or sit at the bar. It's only small and the menu is simple, but that's part of its charm. They are know for their Chicken &... More 

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Thank ApplesP
Biella
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank doris_tour
Tours, France
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

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.

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Thank Max C
California
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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 

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Thank Sarah H
San Francisco, California
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147 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 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.

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Thank Arnold C
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129 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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.

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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 

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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 

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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
Sunday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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