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“Lame & over-priced” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Hard Times Cafe

Hard Times Cafe
4069 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
703-267-9590
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Ranked #131 of 356 Restaurants in Fairfax
Price range: $5 - $12
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch
Description: Chili. Wings. Burgers. Sports
Fairfax, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Lame & over-priced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Even though we complained about how horribly salty & inedible the chili was we still got charged for it even though we couldn't eat it. Very lame service.

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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545 reviews 545 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 148 cities Reviews in 148 cities
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
“Always very good chilli...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The chilli at Hard Times is always good, very good, but the service at this one can be spotty, making the whole experience average. Sometimes you get your appetizer and entree at the same time, sometimes the order can be wrong, or you may be waiting a really long time for a server in a very small place. The last time I was at this location the wait staff and kitchen staff were having a disagreement over something and were very loud about it. Since the dining area is a small space, it was amplified and uncomfortable to listen to.

Since this is closest location to me, I am sure I will be back, and I am sure it will be an all new wait-staff, I just hope it's still good food.

Visited November 2012
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Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Tasty and cheap!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I have eaten here many times and it is always very good. The service is great and the chili is consistently good. They typically have some good draft beers and you can watch sports on TV. Prices are very reasonable for what you get.

Visited October 2012
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Fairfax, VA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Best Chili on the planet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

That says it all. I mean the Texac Chili in particular. Try it, and you will know. Also fine place to watch sports. Upstairs bar, downstairs tables only.

Visited November 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great cheap family meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

The food is basic but greatj tasting and generous portion sizes. The staff is wonderfully attentive. Their draft beer selection could stand an upgrade as they carry mostly traditional ones on tap.

Visited November 2012
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