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2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
415-648-3770
Today
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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • 13
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  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
All good. Atmosphere, food and price.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 8, 2015
Lindsay W
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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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san francisco
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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San Francisco, California
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80 reviews 80 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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San Angelo, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

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London
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57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is the best southern food restaurant you can find in bay area! Their fried chicken and corn bread is so delicious! The space is small but very much feel like a home kind of place.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I lived in GA and one of the best things about that (coming from Denver, originally) was the southern home style cooking that sticks to your ribs. The comfort foods, if you will. New to the Bay Area my co-workers took me to Hard Knox cafe. First of all, the intense aroma wafting out of the door made my mouth... More 

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Thoiry, Rhone-Alpes, France
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I ate here for Sunday lunch and really enjoyed it. The place was pretty full, but it was possible to sit and eat at the bar. Being from Savannah, GA, I really wanted my Italian boyfriend to try authentic Southern food. Hard Knox ticked all the boxes. Large portions of tasty soul food and a very reasonable... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

The best southern food I have ever tasted. The service was very friendly and efficient. I had the pulled pork sandwich quite frankly it was delicious with a capital D. For my taste it was the perfect amount of sweet.

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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, Coffee Shop, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?