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Hard Knox Cafe

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2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

Can't go wrong with Fried chicken or Oxtails dinner. The serving proportions are generous and worth every dollar.

Thank lovelyleo365
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

I came here with some friends when in SF. Pretty solid menu with good sides and beers on tap as well as bottled. I had the spicy fried chicken with a side of collard greens and rice. It was cooked well, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, the sides were tasty as well. I would give this... More 

Thank mikef00die
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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

We went to the Hard Knox to celebrate my son's birthday. We were a party of five: my wife and I, the "Birthday Boy", his wife and our four-year old granddaughter. As is typical of almost all San Francisco locations, parking was in short supply. My daughter-in-law, the four-year old and I were dropped off in front to put our... More 

Thank MossbackCalifornia
San Francisco, California
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016 via mobile

Their signature is fried chicken and waffles which is my "cheat day" food excursion. Less guilt inducing but just as delicious is there spicy chicken sandwich. And when I'm trying to be "good" I order their chicken salad.

Thank g l
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 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!

Thank Murrissa A
Naperville, Illinois
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

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 

Thank lologeorge69
Toronto, Canada
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 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 

Thank ApplesP
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14 restaurant reviews
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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

Thank doris_tour
Tours, France
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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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.

Thank Max C
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8 restaurant reviews
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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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
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
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

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