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Hard Times Cafe

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1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
+1 703-837-0050
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Overview
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cornbread” (114 reviews)
“chilli” (495 reviews)
“texas chili” (38 reviews)
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American, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ask for the FREE chili sampler! All are good. Although I wasn't fond of the vegetarian chili. Picking a chili flavor is hard but deciding what to put it on is even harder. We chose tater tots and corn bread. Both dishes were plentiful and...More

Thank Denise N
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with our Trip Advisor family. Next trip, try the Veggy chili half and half with the Texas chili. The two complement each other well. Our Depression era Chili Parlor theme provides and break from the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The wings were excellent as well as the service. Deborah was fantastic and took care of everything. Food came out quick and fresh. Try the Texas style wings they are my favorite.More

Thank Tracy H
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. Deborah is a great server and love to read our guests comments. While Chili is number one, Wednesday wing day is a great reason to eat our grilled Texas wings. Thank you for your business and taking the time...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Being a chili lover, I was happy to read about this chili joint in Old Town, Alexandria. I came away very disappointed. All the chilis were made with very finely ground beef, instead of chunky or chopped beef as it should be. The spice mix...More

Thank Peter G
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry you did not like our chili. Our four types are of chili, Texas, Cincinnati, Terlingua and Vegetarian are all very different and try reflect their origin. Our Texas recipe comes from Hazel's Texas Chili Parlor and is...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Worst service I have ever experienced. We were sat down and 10 minutes later we were asked what we wanted but we hadn’t actually been given menus. When we got menus the server explained nothing at all and was just plain unaccommodating. We ordered a...More

Thank SRB59
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We really blew it and I apologise. Thank you for taking the time to let us know. I will determine when and whom let us down and will retrain and counsel so it won't happen in the future. Thanks again and again I apologise.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Can I give this place 10 stars????!!!! We were just walking down the street & only went in because we were looking for coffee & thought it was a coffee shop!! How pleasantly surprised were we???!!! There’s not many places who specialize in chili AND...More

Thank Melissaandfloyd
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to share them with our Trip Advisor family. We have been in Alexandria for 38 years and are glad you found us. Please don't wait 25 years to return. Thank you for your business.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing really more than a burger and chile spot, it does have some fancier entrees. I tried the tereaki salmon with home cut fries and salad, This was very satisfying. A nice cheaper oasis on pricy King St.

Thank LightPro
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. I love the grilled salmon, especially in the summer. After 38 years on King Street, we try to make sure we deliver value for the buck. Thanks you for your business.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is great. There's not only so much authenticity and history with this place, it's just a freakin' great experience, too. You walk in: normal-looking sit-down, slightly darker/warmer 'mood lighting', tons of country, rock, and western memorabilia. There's a jukebox in the back, by...More

Thank haveacigarrr
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your detailed review and for sharing it with our Trip Advisor family. When I travel it's reviews like yours that help me decide where to eat in a new town. Remind your boyfriend that Chili is a way of life and he...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

I am on a solo vacation in Washington DC and decided to spend Easter exploring the streets of Old Town Alexandria... I picked "Hard Times Cafe" for my lunch; loved the interior....rustc, somewhat nostalgic... a place that reminded me of Irish pubs and several places...More

Thank ute3457
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2018

Thank you for your visit and your kind words. I hope they offered you our free chili sampler. Chili is our culture but the chicken sandwich and wings are excellent. We have a great staff and they love hearing from our guests. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Soon as you get there, the hospitality is amazing. Chile sampler was good. Nachos were really good. I also had the Texas tacos and couldn't complain. Prices are very reasonable. Would definitely recommend if in Old Town.

Thank Cortez W
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words. The Veggie nachos are my favorite. Thanks you for your business.

Reviewed 26 March 2018

It's good! They serve comfort food, in comfortable surroundings, at comfortable prices. Other reviews reference the good chili, but we weren't in the mood. My colleagues and I enjoyed the Buffalo Chicken wrap and the Santa Fe chicken wrap, and a steak tip salad, and...More

Thank Louis59
Alexandria-Chili, Owner at Hard Times Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback. We will work on the wine list, thanks for reminding me. The wraps and the tacos are good and pick up in the summer. Thank you for your business.

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Response from chaz4021 | Reviewed this property |
agree above 1/2 priced burgers on Tuesday
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:45
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:45
Saturday
11:00 - 23:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-2715
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-837-0050
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