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Hard Knox Cafe

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2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
+1 415-648-3770
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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
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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Very notable eatery in the Dogpatch neighborhood that serves comfort food in abundance. Huge servings of their mainstay, chicken and waffles, cannot be passed up. Light delicate waffles with flaky fried chicken make a unforgettable impression. Cornbread is yummy to begin with. Super selection of beers on tap or bottle originating from the deep South. Cozy atmosphere with good staff... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

We went at 4pm hoping to miss the rush. They seem to be busy pretty much whenever they are open, which is a good thing. This visit Ie had the Juicy Lucy burger, which came with 2 side dishes (red beans and rice), all included in the price of $9. Huge serving of food and you couldn't wish for more... More 

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Thank Lindsay W
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2016

It's a small place, so took a while to get seated. Took over 10 minutes to get a couple beers while we waited for a table. Once we got a table, everything was good. Food was fantastic, service was fine. Nice little dive restaurant that I typically wouldn't have gone to.

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Thank Fil-Am_Flash
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank lovelyleo365
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank mikef00die
California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank MossbackCalifornia
San Francisco, California
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank g l
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Thank Murrissa A
Naperville, Illinois
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank lologeorge69
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Cajun & Creole, Cafe, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2526 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107-3113
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: +1 415-648-3770

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