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30 Restaurants With Late-Night Dining In Los Angeles
Sometimes our stomachs will growl late into the night, after a long bar crawl or when we get some serious munchies. Fortunately, our options aren't only limited to Jack in the Box or Taco Bell here in L.A., and we can actually get delicious Korean BBQ, ramen and fried chicken into the wee hours of the morning. This guide is split up into two categories: joints open 24/7 and ones open until at least 2 a.m. These are some of our favorites, but let us know yours in the comments section.
The following restaurants are open 24/7:
Burger at 25 Degrees (Photo via Facebook)
Nestled in a corner on the ground floor of the Roosevelt Hotel sits 25 Degrees. It's a tiny place that packs a punch when it comes to their burgers. You can build your own burgers with their high-quality ingredients, but when you're feeling lazy, we suggest trying their tested-and-true Number One burger—a medley of bacon, arugula, Gorgonzola, caramelized onions and thousand island. We're also big fans of their grilled cheese and tomato soup, and their roasted beet salad with burrata. Also, make sure to order their spiked shakes, because when else can you feel like a kid and an adult at the same time?
25 Degrees is located inside The Hollywood Roosevelt, 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, (323) 785-7244. It's open 24 hours daily.
Galbi short ribs at BCD Tofu House (Photo via Facebook)
BCD Tofu House
BCD Tofu House is where we go when we need our Korean food fix at any hour of the day. We're talking about some of our favorite dishes like hot stone bibimbap, spicy dumpling soon tofu, galbi short ribs, and for the more daring—spicy raw crab. This place is always poppin', and the prices are reasonable considering the huge ban chan spread that you get when you order a meal. The ban chan even comes with a whole fried fish. What more could you ask for?
BCD Tofu House is located at 869 S Western Ave., Koreatown, (213) 380-3807; and 3575 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown, (213) 382-6677. Both locations are open 24 hours daily.
Crepe from Crave Cafe (Photo via Facebook)
What other place than Crave Cafe can you get all sorts of crepes 24/7? They offer a spread of sweet ones—from fruit-filled crepes to cinnamon, Nutella and sugar combos—to savory ones with Greek-style combos and Lox with veggies. Plus, you can get breakfast all day. Besides your usual omelets, you can also order more fun items like breakfast tacos and even breakfast pizza. For those with a sweet tooth, they have a variety of red velvet desserts, from cookies to cupcakes and whoopie pies. So, basically you should wear stretchy pants when you go there.
Crave Cafe is located at 14504 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-7888 and 11992 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, (818) 763-9000. They're both open 24 hours daily.
You might notice that El Huero has taken over the spot that housed what was once Chanos. This Mexican stand (with a drive-thru!) near USC is where you go when you have serious munchies after midnight. Their carne asada nachos are smothered with guacamole, salsa, cheese and beans, almost to the point where you feel overwhelmed—in a good way. They have burritos, tacos and a vegetarian menu (include veggie chili cheese fries), and the eats are cheaply-priced—just like we like it.
El Huero is located at 3000 S Figueroa St., University Park, (213) 747-0012. It's open 24 hours daily.
Pastrami sandwich from Canter's Deli (Photo by Arnold Gatilao via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
Canter's Deli is a mainstay in Los Angeles. After all, the delicatessen has been open since 1931, so you know they're doing something right. It's a no-frills diner where you can sit down at a table and get your pastrami sandwich or matzo ball soup fix 24/7. While you're there, you might as well stop by the adjoining Kibitz Room for some cocktails, and check out a live band or two. The lounge has been known to show some famous acts from the likes of Guns 'N' Roses to Fiona Apple, so you know there's a lot of history there.
Canter's Deli is located at 419 N Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove, (323) 651-2030. It's open 24 hours daily.
While there are plenty of 24/7 diners in L.A. where you can get breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long, Kitchen 24 takes it up a notch and gives it a modern spin. They have things like Nutella and banana waffles, disco fries, and brie burgers, not to mention their different daily cupcake flavors—from red velvet to cookie dough. Plus, they have a full bar in case you get thirsty. The Hollywood location is a great spot to end up after a Cahuenga Boulevard bar crawl, and the perks that come along with the West Hollywood location is that you can get free two hours parking with validation.
Kitchen 24 is located at 1608 N. Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood, (323) 465-2424; and 8575 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, (424) 777-0959. Both locations are open 24 hours daily.
Sul lung tang (Photo by T.Tseng via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
Keungama Korean Restaurant
The ultimate comfort food is the Korean sul lung tang—and it's nice to know that you can get it 24/7 at this K-Town joint. (Han Bat Sul Lung Tang is our fave spot to get the soup, but since it only stays open until 10 p.m., Keungama is the next best thing.) Sul lung tang is a bone broth soup that's been slow-cooked for hours (just like you'd imagine your mom would make it) until the soup becomes milky white and super flavorful. It comes out with slices of tender beef, but the broth isn't seasoned. It's up to you to add the toppings and be the chef for the day. Throw in some salt, a handful of sliced green onions, minced garlic, and ground black pepper—all to your liking. Then dump in some steamed rice in there if you so desire, and pair that with the cabbage and radish kimchi they serve on the side. Take note that some think of this as a hangover cure, so you can always revisit the joint the next morning as well after a long night out.
Keungama Korean Restaurant is located at 3498 W 8th St., Koreatown, (213) 365-6788. It's open 24 hours daily.
Pacific Dining Car
Sometimes you have a refined palate in those late-night hours, and a taco or slice of pizza won't cut it for you. Enter Pacific Dining Car: a fancy steakhouse with locations on both the Westside and in DTLA where you can get an aged prime cut of filet mignon, Maine lobster tail or rack a lamb 24/7, 365 days a year. The cute part is that you feel like you're actually sitting inside an old timey train car. And yes, you can sip some wine with your meal because you're living the good life.
Pacific Dining Car is located at 2700 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, (310) 453-4000, and 1310 W 6th St. in Westlake, (213) 483-6000. Both locations are open 24 hours daily.
24/7 Restaurant at The Standard
When we're not partying it up at The Standard's rooftop pool, we're downstairs stuffing our faces at their mod-style 24/7 Restaurant. The downtown location of this hip hotel has a spot where you can get nachos and chicken and waffles into the wee hours of the night. They even have a special late-night menu available after midnight where you can get some eats at even cheaper prices.
24/7 Restaurant is located at the Standard at 550 S Flower St. in downtown, (213) 892-8080. It's open 24 hours daily.
Mac 'n' Cheese Balls at Fred 62 (Photo via Facebook)
Fred 62, you had us at breaded and deep-fried Mac 'n' Cheese Balls, something we will gladly eat at any hour of the day. This funky Los Feliz diner, which kind of reminds us of something that popped out of The Jetsons, is the kind of place you can depend on to be open 24/7, 365 days a year. Some of our favorite dishes include their New Amsterdam sandwich—scrambled eggs, bacon and hash browns sandwiched between pillowy-soft brioche buns—and their breakfast burritos with chorizo. They also have plenty of options for vegetarian and gluten-free folks, too.
Fred 62 is located at 1850 N Vermont Ave., Los Feliz, (323) 667-0062. It's open 24 hours daily.
The Original Pantry Cafe
The Original Pantry Cafe has seriously been open 24/7 since 1924, so you can bet that they're pretty dependable. This greasy spoon is without fail a great place for people-watching as it's usually the final destination for groups after a downtown L.A. bar crawl. It's a no-frills eatery where you can get a heap of crispy bacon on your eggs breakfast plate. And you can order steak and pork chops there if you just so happen to be getting hunger pangs for meatier fare. Note: this place is cash only.
The Original Pantry Cafe is located at 877 S Figueroa St. in downtown, (213) 972-9279. It's open 24 hours daily.
The following restaurants aren't open 24/7, but they're still open pretty late:
Tatsu Ramen (Photo via Facebook)
We are creatures of comfort, and sometimes all we need is a hot bowl of ramen way into the wee hours of the night to make us happy. Over at the hip Tatsu Ramen, which has two locations on the Westside and in the Fairfax district, you can order your ramen without having to even talk to a server by ordering off iPads attached to a wall. (The last thing we want to do when we're hammered is try to pretend we're sober to a waiter.) The soup broths are packed with flavor, and you can customize your orders by choosing from pork, chicken or tofu, adding your own spice levels and adding soft-boiled eggs. We especially like their Bold Ramen—a tonkotsu broth that goes well with their pork—and their Hippie Ramen—a delicious soy-based vegan broth with a ginger kick. We suggest adding spinach, tofu and shredded cheese to the Hippie Ramen. Pro-tip: both locations offer free parking.
Tatsu Ramen is located at 2123 Sawtelle Blvd., Sawtelle Japantown, (310) 684-2889; and 7111 Melrose Ave., Fairfax District, (323) 747-1388. Both locations open until 2 a.m. from Sundays through Wednesdays, and 3 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.
El Chato Taco Truck
Located five nights a week (only?!) in the parking lot of an auto body body shop at La Brea and Olympic, El Chato is the best al pastor in the city, bar none. While its fatty, spit-roasted pork was a competitor in FiveThirtyEight's national burrito bracket, the trick is to get the tacos so you can savor their other meats as well—particularly the lengua (beef tongue) and cabeza (beef head, mainly cheek). Make sure to ask for a piece of pineapple to go with your al pastor, and top all of it off with as many habanero-picked onions as your heart desires. Although not particularly close to any nightlife—aside from a few neighborhood bars just blocks away—its central location makes it the perfect place to take an Uber or Lyft to and afterparty. —Carman Tse
El Chato Taco Truck is located at the corner of La Brea Avenue and Olympic Boulevard. It operates Tuesday through Thursday nights, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
Koreatown is full of late-night options, with plenty of places to get a full belly well after the bars close. One of our favorites is a small Korean fried chicken eatery tucked in a strip mall at the corner of Western and 3rd Street. Chicken Day serves fried chicken, plus soup, salad and cheap—but tasty—rice burgers. These are two rice patties with a meat or veggie inside. Our favorites are the boneless Korean Pepper Sauce or the Sweet and Spicy wings. You can also get a boba or other sweet drink, or order a late night snack of waffles and ice cream. Chicken Day isn't alway the timeliest, so we suggest calling ahead with your orders, though they do deliver until 5 a.m. —Juliet Bennett Rylah
Chicken Day is located at 301 S. Western Ave. Ste. 107, Koreatown, 213-387-9933. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Mohawk Bend's Hecho En Echo pizza is made with refried beans, roasted peppers, red onion, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and cheddar (vegan or non-vegan). (Photo courtesy of Mohawk Bend)
Echo Park can keep you plenty busy late into the night with all the music venues and dance nights. Fortunately, Mohawk Bend is there to keep you sated after you've worked up a hunger. The gastropub, which caters to both the carnivores and vegans, has a special late-night dining menu that goes from 10 p.m. to midnight or later on Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You can get nachos (made with regular or vegan cashew cheese) for $6, and personal pizzas like their popular Banh Mi, Hecho en Mexico or Breakfast All Day for $7 to $8. If you need something to wash that all down with, you can also add a half pint of Golden Road Brewery beer to any food order for just two bucks.
Mohawk Bend is located at 2141 W. Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, (213) 483-2337. It's open Sundays through Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Oysters at EMC Seafood (Photo via Facebook)
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar
EMC Seafood is our go-to place for cheap late-night oysters when we're out in K-Town. They have a late-night happy hour menu on Sundays through Thursdays from 10 p.m. to midnight, where they have $1.25 oysters, and $5 draft beers, wine and select menu items. On Fridays and Saturdays they open until 2 a.m., and that's when we can get our crispy soft shell crab sliders and uni pasta fix way after midnight.
EMC Seafood & Raw Bar is located at Wilshire Center at 3500 W 6th St., Ste. 101, Koreatown, (213) 351-9988. Dinner dining hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to midnight, Fridays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturdays from noon to 2 a.m., and Sundays from noon to midnight.
JJ Cafe is the landing pad in the SGV after a night out—and it's pretty great for people watching (AKA checking out the drunks). We can always depend on this Hong Kong-style eatery for serving fast, cheap, and casual Chinese comfort food until 4 a.m. every night. We're talking about dishes like seafood chow fun, grilled pork chop with rice, and even baked bolognese (if you're having an Italian craving for some reason).
JJ Cafe is located at 447 W Garvey Ave, #102, Monterey Park, (626) 280-3833. It's open from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m daily.
The outside patio at Far Bar (Photo via Facebook)
After a great show at the Troubadour, the logical next step is Swingers on Beverly Boulevard, just a few-minutes drive away. Their great jukebox will keep the great music going, and their extensive menu will have something that'll please everyone, from steak & fries to milkshakes and several vegan options. The MVP: vegan nachos that'll even satisfy the carnivores. Seriously—they're that good. —Carman Tse
Swingers Diner is located at 8020 Beverly Blvd in Beverly Grove, (323) 653-5858, and 802 Broadway in Santa Monica, (310) 393-9793. The Santa Monica location is open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. The Beverly Grove location is open from 6:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. daily.
A BBQ joint in the Valley that's open until 2 a.m.? Sold! Boneyard Bistro's offerings include slow hickory-smoked ribs with chipotle glaze and smoked chicken (until they run out for the day). And, yes, you can most definitely get fried mac 'n' cheese and baked beans as your sides. But what's also fun is their "after hours eats" menu where things get extra creative. You can get items like bacon-wrapped, hickory-smoked meatballs, and kobe beef chili-filled donuts—a sweet and savory appetizer for the gluttonous ones. Our hearts stopped for a second, but we're still salivating.
Boneyard Bistro is located at 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, (818) 906-7427. It's open until 2 a.m. daily.
Lucky Boy's breakfast burrito (Photo via Facebook
Lucky Boy's breakfast burrito is no joke. It's a massive one that's chock full of crispy hash browns, bacon (or ham, sausage or chorizo—your choice!) and scrambled eggs. And we're happy to let you know that you can order this baby until 2 a.m. on the reg. They also have delicious chili cheese fries and char-broiled hamburgers, but really, we know inside that we have our eyes set on the breakfast burrito.
Lucky Boy is located at 640 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, (626) 793-0120. It's open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Far Bar knows their stuff when it comes to craft beers, especially since they carry everything from 21st Amendment to Three Weavers and Hitachino Nest Beer. We like going to this Little Tokyo joint because they also offer tasty bites to soak up all that alcohol until 1 a.m. every night (though their bar stays open until 2 a.m.). Think East-meets-West bar food like wasabi fries, sushi rolls and burgers. The best part is you can also sit in their outside patio—that has pretty white lights strung above your heads—on those warm summer nights.
Far Bar is located at 347 E 1st St., Little Tokyo, (213) 617-9990. It's open until 2 a.m. daily.
Sweet + Sour WingDings tossed in mint, corianger, and roasted rice from L.P. (Photo by Kristie Hang/LAist)
E.P. & L.P.
Hip restaurant and bar E.P. & L.P. recently opened in West Hollywood in May. The downstairs restaurant, named "E.P.," closes late night, but the rooftop bar, dubbed "L.P.," has a late-night menu that's available until 1 a.m. However, you can continue to get your drink on until 2 a.m. While this place is a bit swanky, you can stick to their $10 menu items (for us thrifty folks) and get dishes like crispy soft shell crab buns, sweet and sour wingdings, and tumeric pork skewers. Did we also mention Axwell of Swedish House Mafia just so happens to be an investor in E.P. & L.P.? So, basically, you're covered when it comes to good tunes.
E.P. & L.P. is located at 603 N La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 855-9955. L.P. is open 5 p.m to 2 a.m. daily.
Pad Kee Mao at Sanamluang Cafe (Photo via Facebook)
It seems like every time we hit up Sanamluang Cafe on a late-night weekend, it's packed full of people. Located in the heart of Thai Town, it's not too far from a bar crawl or clubbing night out in Hollywood. And we can always depend on them for cheap Thai eats—from their pad kee mao to combination fried rice and roast duck curry. It's greasy food, but we definitely need something to soak up all that booze before our nightcap. Remember to bring cash since they don't take credit cards, and they also have a small valet parking lot in the plaza since we know it's a pain finding street parking in that neighborhood.
Sanamluang Cafe is located at 5176 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood, (323) 660-8006. It's open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
Big Mac and Fries from Doomie's Home Cookin (Photo courtesy of Doomies)
Doomie's Home Cookin'
Vegans and vegetarians rejoice! There's a plant-based eatery that whips up delicious Southern-fried "chicken," BBQ pulled "pork" sandwiches and "Big Macs" (this one's off their secret menu) until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. While this Hollywood hotspot normally closes at 10 p.m. during the week, it stays open longer on the weekends, and even until 1 a.m. on Sundays. Did we mention they also have deep-fried Oreos for dessert? Okay, pace yourselves.
Doomie's Home Cookin' is located at 1253 Vine St. #9, Hollywood, (323) 469-4897. It's open Mondays through Thursdays until 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays until 3 a.m, and Sundays until 1 a.m.
There are several Cactus Taqueria locations through Los Angeles, but we have to say the one in Hollywood is our favorite late-night spot. You'll always find a group of people lining up outside the stand late night on the weekends. The eatery whips up taco and burritos with charred, meaty fillings like al pastor, carne asada and carnitas. Though, vegetarian options are also available. The place is cash only and there are plenty of picnic tables outside—great for a group to hang out after a night out. On the plus side, there's a parking lot and plenty of street parking.
Cactus Taqueria is located at 950 Vine St. in Hollywood, (323) 464-5865. Cactus is open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays and 3 a.m. the rest of the week.
The Bayou Beast at Two Boots (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
We admit we have a love affair with Two Boots because we're all about that New York-style 'za life. We've wandered over to the Echo Park joint many a night after a rock concert at the Echo, and at the downtown L.A. spot after checking out the Ace Theater. The thin crust pizza comes just like we like it—with crunchy cornmeal baked into the bottom. They also offer a variety of unique flavor combinations (yes, taking us to Flavortown, USA). Our personal favorite is the Bayou Beast, which is a spicy Louisiana-style slice with crawfish and shrimp. You can order by the slice or by the pie, your choice.
Two Boots is located at 1818 W Sunset Blvd., Echo Park, (213) 413-2668; and 828 S Broadway, DTLA, (213) 623-2100. The Echo Park location is open Sundays through Wednesdays until midnight, Thursdays until 2 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until 2:30 a.m. Their DTLA location is open Sundays through Wednesdays until 10 p.m., and from Thursdays to Saturdays at 2 a.m.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
If you have a hankering for eating copious amounts of barbequed meats—Korean-style—late into the night, then head over to Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong. This KBBQ joint is open until 2 a.m. While it's not an AYCE spot, you will definitely be getting your fill of fresh, high-quality cuts of short ribs, marinated galbi and bulgogi. And, of course, you'll also get a ban chan spread. Their kimchi is killer, too. Wash that all down with some Hite beer because they've got that, too. This popular restaurant can get packed, so plan accordingly.
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is located at 3465 W 6th St., Ste. 20, Koreatown, (213) 384-9678. It's open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Pho Show (Photo via Facebook)
We're all about the pho puns in restaurant names and getting the comforting Vietnamese noodle soup way past midnight. Although Pho Show's soup can't be compared with the likes of stuff you'll find in Westminster, it will do the trick when you're craving pho late into the night and you're in West L.A. They have a pretty lengthy menu that includes familiar pho additions like rare beef, brisket and beef balls. And if you have a craving for vermicelli, they've got that, too.
Pho Show is located at 4349 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, (310) 398-5200
Greenblatt's Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop
While places like Langer's gets all the credit for great pastrami, Greenblatt's is a top contender that often gets overlooked. The half restaurant, half wine shop whips up hot pastrami sandwiches like nobody's business, complete with Russian dressing and cole slaw on rye. We're also hooked on their matzo ball soup, and love the fact that you can order a Thanksgiving meal (we're talking about the works—roasted turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, stuffing and mashed potatoes) 365 days a year until 2 a.m. every day. You can also grab a nice bottle of wine from their extensive collection to go along with your meal for a small corkage fee. We know how hard it is to find parking Sunset Boulevard—just know they've got you covered with a free parking lot out back.
Greenblatt's Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop is located at 8017 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, (323) 656-0606. It's open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Need a spicy papaya salad fix? Ruen Pair's will satisfy your cravings long into the night, and they can even add raw blue crab to that if you so desire. This East Hollywood restaurant is a staple in Los Angeles. Known for their high-quality, authentic Thai cuisine, you can get everything here from your crispy pork with chinese broccoli to pad see ew and garlicky spicy raw shrimp salad (a must try for the more daring). They also have beer on hand so you can have something to drink to cool down from all that spicy heat. Pro-tips: this place is cash only, and there's a really cheap valet in its plaza.
Ruen Pair is located at 5257 Hollywood Blvd. in East Hollywood, (323) 466-0153. It's open Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.