Your Guide To Late-Night Dining In Los Angeles
Sometimes you just get those hunger pangs late at night and Taco Bell just isn't going to cut it. We've put together a list of L.A. restaurants that are open late that are sure to sate your cravings, whether it be pizza, pastrami sandwiches, or a fancy steak. They'll help you soak up that alcohol from that all-night bar crawl or give you a little pick-me-up after you get off work late. The list 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:
Hey, this diner has been open since 1924, so they have to be doing something right. The Original Pantry Cafe is an L.A. institution. The place is open 24/7 and is home to late night groups bustling in after late-night downtown bar crawls. It's the type of place to get your standard greasy breakfast at any hour of the day, and the portions are generous. Remember to bring cash because this place doesn't accept credit cards.
Original Pantry Cafe is located at 877 S Figueroa St. in downtown, (213) 972-9279
Kitchen 24 isn't your typical greasy spoon. The restaurant's food is a modern take on the classic American diner dishes. Along with breakfast items, burgers, and comfort food (think meatloaf and fried chicken), the 24/7 joint also prides itself in specialty cocktails, different daily cupcake varieties and dessert cocktails. The Hollywood location is especially an easy walk over after a bar crawl through the Cahuenga Blvd. watering holes.
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
Where else can you get a variety of crepes at any time of the day in the Valley than Crave Cafe? The cute cafe is open 24/7 and the cooks will make you a nutella crepe whenever you damn well please. They also have a panini sandwich spread along with their hearty breakfast dishes. For the ones with a sweet tooth, they have a list of red velvet items, from cookies to cupcakes and whoopie pies.
Crave Cafe is located at 14504 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, (818) 990-7888 and 11992 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, (818) 763-9000
Steak and onion rings at Pacific Dining Car (Photo by Marshall Astor via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
Pacific Dining Car
Just because you're hungry in the middle of night doesn't mean you have to resort to hole-in-the-wall joints. Pacific Dining Car's whips up crab cakes, sauteed Chilean sea bass, and filet mignon surf-and-turf options with their fancier fare. Pair some wine with your dishes too. Their two locations are open 24/7 and they even offer a special late-night menu.
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
If you don't feel like going to Denny's or IHOP, check out Pipers. The 24/7 Korean-run diner whips up standard American breakfast (such as steak and eggs and waffles) and Korean dishes as well. The place even has a full sports bar on the other side of the restaurant. In addition, there's plenty of free parking in the lot in the back. You can't go wrong with that.
Pipers is located at 222 N Western Ave. in Koreatown, (323) 465-7701
Beef soon tofu at BCD Tofu House (Photo by keroism via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
BCD Tofu House
Ah, the perks of being an Angeleno include getting Korean food whenever you want. BCD Tofu House is always bustling and open 24/7. It's the place to get your quick spicy soon tofu or Korean short rib fix. Service is quick and prices are reasonable considering the large spread of ban chan you get along with it.
BCD Tofu House is located at 3575 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, (213) 382-6677, and 869 S. Western Ave. #2 in Koreatown, 213-380-3807
Los Tacos is one of those places people stumble into after a night out in West Hollywood, and the food is tasty whether you're drunk or sober. The 24/7 taco shop serves your traditional combo plates mixing and matching burritos, tacos, enchiladas and tamales with beans and rice. Sometimes there's a late-night rush after the bars let out on the weekends, but on the plus side, there's a parking lot with plenty of spots. The place is cash only, but you can always hit up the 7-Eleven next door and get a pack of gum to save you on those ATM fees.
Los Tacos is located at 7954 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, (323) 848-9141
Fred 62 gives off that retro diner vibe in the heart of Los Feliz. The restaurant is open 24/7, 365 days a year, so you can always count on it to serve you breakfast at any hour of the day. They've recently changed their menu up a bit, but you can still get the New Amsterdam breakfast sammie or tofu chilaquiles.
Fred 62 is located at 1850 N Vermont Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 667-0062
Korean noodles are the epitome of comfort food, especially on cold, winter nights. Myung Dong Kyoja is open 24/7 and is known for its signature soupy noodles and variety of dumplings. Hell, you can even order the dumplings in your soup! You'll get an abundance of garlicky and spicy kimchi on the side, so you might want a breath mint after all that vampire-warding goodness.
Myung Dong Kyoja is located at 3630 Wilshire Blvd. in Koreatown, (213) 385-7789
24/7 Restaurant at The Standard
Sure, the Standard may have an awesome rooftop bar, but don't forget about the 24/7 restaurant open downstairs. The hip and cozy little mod joint whips up chicken and waffles and creamy mac and cheese. Plus, pick up a cocktail (like a Pimm's Cup) while you're at it because... why not? Try to find street parking to avoid the $10 valet parking charge at the hotel.
24/7 Restaurant is located at the Standard at 550 S Flower St. in downtown, (213) 892-8080
Pastrami Sandwich at Canter's (Photo by Arnold Gatilao via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
Need to fulfill your deli cravings? Canter's is a household name and open 24/7. Although we would probably go to Langer's as our first choice for a pastrami sandwich, Canter's does the trick when you have those late-night hunger pangs. The matzo ball soup is also a must. Hang out at the adjoining Kibitz Room for some cocktails and check out a local band perform. (Guns N' Roses and the Doors performed here, so who knows what soon-to-be big acts you'll see.)
Canter's Delicatessen is located at 419 N Fairfax Ave. in Beverly Grove, (323) 651-2030
Open 24 hours and free valet parking on the Sunset Strip? Count us in. Mel's Drive-In is one of those joints every Angeleno has to hit up at least once in their lifetime. The diner has decent breakfast food that will hit the spot after a long night of drinking. You can also get some fish and chips or a french dip sandwich if you're tired of eggs and bacon. Hey, even Entourage was filmed here, so you know it's a choice spot. The chain also has locations in Hollywood and Sherman Oaks; although they're not open 24 hours, they are open past your regular late hours.
Mel's Drive-In is located at 8585 W Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, (310) 854-7201
25 Degrees sure knows how to flip a burger at any hour of the day. This small restaurant, nestled inside of the hip Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, gives diners a new name. You can make your own customizable burgers or go for their tested-and-true versions, like the "number one," which has toppings of caramelized onions, gorgonzola, bacon, and arugula. They have a killer grilled cheese and tomato soup combo and a roasted beet salad for the vegetarians. Also, make sure to try their spiked milkshakes.
25 Degrees is located at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, (323) 785-7244
It's nice to know there's a neighborhood cafe downtown where you can drop by or have them deliver food to your house any hour of the day. L.A. Cafe offers up breakfast dishes like crispy breakfast tacos to lobster grilled cheese 24/7. And the adorable restaurant, which even has a little Astroturf strip outside with wooden tables and chairs, has a lot of charm.
L.A. Cafe is located at 639 S Spring St. in downtown, (213) 612-3000
Chili cheese fries, chili cheese burgers, chili cheese everything... Original Tommy's is the 24/7 hamburger joint that is a gut-buster, but tastes especially good on those late nights out. (It might be the alcohol talking too.) It's been an L.A. institution since 1946 when this original stand first opened and is a favorite among many Angelenos.
Original Tommy's is located at 2575 Beverly Blvd. in Westlake, (213) 389-9060
The following restaurants aren't open 24/7, but they're still open pretty late:
Cactus is one of those go-to Mexican taco stands that are bubbling with energy late night on the weekends. The joint whips up some delicious and cheap standard taco and burritos with your usual al pastor, carne asada and carnitas type of fare. 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 of drinking. On the plus side, there's a parking lot and plenty of street parking. Cactus is open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays and 3 a.m. the rest of the week.
Cactus Taqueria is located at 950 Vine St. in Hollywood, (323) 464-5865
Stout Burgers & Beers
Stout has spread its wings with locations in Santa Monica and Studio City, but the one in Hollywood remains to be the one open until 4 a.m. daily. Beer and burgers might just be one of the best combinations and Stout does it well. The restaurant delivers gourmet burgers with toppings such as rosemary bacon and brie and fig jam. Plus, the menu offers suggestions on the type of beer to pair with your meal.
Stout Burgers & Beers is located at 1544 N Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood, (323) 469-3801
Pizza is one of those food items that you can crave any time of the day. Two Boots is the Eastsiders' answer to getting that quick fix, especially after hitting up a concert or dancing at the Echo. Order your typical pepperoni slice here, but if you're feeling adventurous, they've got stuff like the Bayou Beast (full of shrimp, crawfish, andouille sausage, and jalapenos) or the Bird (their take on buffalo wings). Two Boots is open until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 a.m. on Thursdays, and until 12:30 a.m. the rest of the week.
Two Boots is located at 1818 W Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park, (213) 413-2668
If you want high quality, late-night Thai food, Ruen Pair will hit the spot. The cash-only place will fulfill your cravings for pad see ew, papaya salad, and tom yum soup. The best part is this place, which is open until 3 a.m. every day of the week, also offers beer and wine until 1 a.m. If you bring in your own bottle of wine, there's a cheap $10 corking fee. There's cheap valet parking in front of the restaurant in case you can't find street parking (which is pretty tough in Thai Town).
Ruen Pair is located at 5257 Hollywood Blvd. in East Hollywood, (323) 466-0153
Greenblatt's Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop
Greenblatt's is often overlooked as the go-to place for pastrami, but it has one of the best sandwiches in town. The storefront is half wine shop, half restaurant (with more cozy booth seating upstairs). They serve American comfort food including meatloaf and Thanksgiving-like turkey dishes until 2 a.m. everyday. You can also grab a nice bottle of wine from their extensive collection to go along with your meal for a small corkage fee. Pro-tip: there's a parking lot in the back.
Greenblatt's Delicatessen & Fine Wine Shop is located at 8017 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, (323) 656-0606
Swingers serves up classic diner food with a Californian take. The food won't be a gut-buster, and they even have a large selection of vegetarian and vegan options like soyrizo scrambles and tofu chilaquiles. Plus, the homemade cupcakes are just heavenly and will hit the spot for your sweet tooth. The restaurant is open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays, and 2 a.m. on other days.
Swingers is located at 802 Broadway in Santa Monica, (310) 393-9793, and 8020 Beverly Blvd. in Beverly Grove, (323) 653-5858
The Brite Spot has long been a standby for the crowds pouring out of nearby Echo late at night, but its food wasn't always as great as its hours. But since the diner and its menu got an overhaul a couple years ago, we can recommend this place without reservation. The kitchen serves up plenty of old standbys like burgers and veggie chili. Breakfast is served all day, so you can try rich dishes like Southern Decadence or Cowboy Coffee Cake. Save room for whatever sweet thing happens to be in the pastry case. Brite Spot is open until midnight Sunday through Tuesday and 3 a.m. the rest of the week. —Emma Gallegos
Brite Spot is located at 1918 Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park, (213) 484-9800
This little Tokyo mainstay has a little bit of everything—chicken katsu, stir-fry and tempura—but it's the udon that hits the spot late at night. You won't have to wait in line like at Daikokuya down the street, and better yet, it's open until 3 a.m. on weekends and until 1 a.m. the rest of the week. —Emma Gallegos
Suehiro is located at 337 E. 1st St, Los Angeles, (213) 626-9132
Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
Bossa Nova's different locations from West L.A. to Hollywood gives Angelenos a chance to sample Brazilian cuisine until the wee hours of the morning. Their extensive menu, though, covers other food including pastas, pizzas, and burgers. Plus, there's beer and wine to keep you sated in the liquor department. Don't feel like getting out of bed? They do delivery too. The late-night hours vary from location to location, but the Hollywood one has the latest hours—it's open until 3:30 a.m. from Sundays to Wednesdays and 4:00 a.m. from Thursdays to Saturdays.
Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine is located at 7181 W Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, (323) 436-7999; 685 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, (310) 657-5070; and 10982 W. Pico Blvd. in West L.A., (310) 441-0404
Bánh mì at Red Medicine (Photo by Julian via the Creative Commons on Flickr)
If the foodie in you is looking to get a little more adventurous with what you're putting in your belly, check out Red Medicine. The Beverly Hills restaurant is open until 2 a.m. every day of the week and works on serving its guests some interesting and creative dishes with a modern take on mostly Vietnamese cuisine. The chicken dumplings are a must. In addition, the plating of the dishes are beautiful and the joint has some unusual cocktails.
Red Medicine is located at 8400 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, (323) 651-5500
They don't call this place Seafood Village for nothing. You can get this SGV restaurant's Chinese dishes like house special crab, steamed fish, or honey walnut shrimp. However, if you're not into seeing your seafood before you eat it, let's say, live crabs and lobsters in fish tanks, then you might want to check out another joint. It's one of those no frills, get your grub on until 2 a.m. sort of places.
Seafood Village is located at 684 W Garvey Ave. in Monterey Park, (626) 289-0088
When you step into Jones Hollywood, you get transported into a dimly lit and reddish sexy atmosphere. It's a great place for cocktails and for some Italian fare like thin crust margherita pizzas. Go with a date or with a group; the spot is open until 2 a.m. everyday.
Jones Hollywood is located at 7205 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, (323) 850-1726