You’re picking up a friend at LAX one night and you’re both bitter and starving. You get out of work late after finishing an exhausting project and you’d like to not punish your stomach with Del Taco. Or maybe you just swan-dived off a table during K-Town karaoke and it’s time to reward yourself with some 3am glory.
Whatever the reason, you’re bound to crave some late-night nourishment at some point in this town. And when you do, don’t panic. Though it seems like everything in LA closes at 9pm, it certainly doesn’t. Grab your favorite stumbling friends, your last ounce of dignity, and get to it. Here is an updated list of the 27 best spots to eat late night in Los Angeles.
Hollywood has no shortage of late-night food, but a tiny to-go window serving authentic Thai food till 2am? Just take our money now. The place was opened last year by the Luv2Eat Thai people (and is now also being served inside Black Magic Rose, the magic show/cocktail extravaganza next door). Our 1:30am moves tend to be either the jade noodles or the shui mai chicken dumplings, but follow your inebriated heart, and you’ll be just fine.
If you don’t at least secretly crave chicken and waffles after a long night of drinking, you’re lying to us and yourself. Roscoe’s has been around since 1975 and is a flat-out LA institution. They deep-fry their chicken in the same batter as they make their waffles and yes, it’s sob-inducing. Maybe you were already crying because you saw your ex looking happy on Instagram a few hours ago, but these will be tears of joy. Their Hollywood location is open till midnight during the week, and 4am on the weekends.
101 Coffee Shop is one of those places that’s been around since the dawn of time and every time you stumble back into it, you blame yourself for not going more. Technically operating as the ground-floor diner of the Best Western on Franklin (trust us, it’s sexier than it sounds), 101 Coffee Shop has a 1960’s retro vibe going on that actually feels authentic. The food isn’t going to blow your mind, but you have six vodka sodas floating in your stomach, who needs finesse at a time like this? They serve breakfast all day, make some of the best shakes in town, and are open till 3am nightly. Done and done.
DTLA has plenty of fantastic taco joints, but the harsh reality for night owls is most of them are closed by 10pm. White Boys Tacos, as you might have guessed, isn’t the most authentic taco you’ll find downtown. But that doesn’t mean this taco stand on Broadway doesn’t completely hit the spot after a night of bar-hopping. Get the whiskey-marinated steak “Foghorn Leghorn” and the ginger and lime shrimp “Lieutenant Dan.”
Everson Royce Bar is one of those places that makes getting everything right look easy. The small interior of this Arts District spot is dark and intimate (and ideal for some date night extracurriculars), and the back patio is a party you’ll never want to end. The food menu doesn’t look too different than any other bar menu around town, but don’t let that fool you - it’s excellent. And that burger is one of the best you’ll find in LA. The kitchen is open every night until 1am.
Located in The Original Farmer’s Market, Du-par’s has been around for nearly 80 years and is an LA diner classic. We usually go for an omelet, turkey club, or a burger, but the pancakes here shouldn’t be missed. Heads-up to people in Northeast LA: the Pasadena location has a back room with a fire pit and red leather booths, which is a particularly magical place to enjoy a patty melt. All locations are open 24 hours.
Greetings from our favorite Eastside drunk food diner. Admittedly, Fred’s food is just fine while you’re sober, but after a few too many beers it reaches levels of spectacular. Breakfast sandwich? Jucy Lucy? Peanut Butter Malt Shake? Yes to all. The vibe is retro and not in the Mel’s Diner type way that makes you die inside. Fred’s your friend who always has your back – 24/7. Underrrated date move: watch a movie at the Los Feliz 3 and head here for a late-night meal afterwards.
An LA institution, Canter’s isn’t the best Jewish deli in town, but it’s certainly the most convenient. The late-night crowd is a fascinating cross-section of blacked-out celebrities and all your ex’s who you never called back. As for the food, skip the burgers and stick to the deli fare, whether you’re in the mood for cheese blintzes, latkes, matzo ball soup, or a bagel and lox. Canter’s Reuben is a comforting greasy corned beef sandwich, but if you’re looking really looking to comatose yourself, the Monte Cristo is a grilled turkey, ham, and cheese sandwich that also happens to be on French toast. Open 24 hours.
Seemingly out of the drunken mist, one of LA’s best taco spots opened another location right in the heart of the Weho. Guisados delivers a late-night option to a part of town that, unless you want day-old pizza, leaves much to be desired. Open on weekends till 2am, head out just before last call to beat the rush and get your body and mind prepared for that taco sampler.
If it’s midnight on a Friday or Saturday night (or any night of the week), and an In-N-Out burger doesn’t sound great to you, you should alert the police and call your loved ones - because it’s over for you. The best cheap burger in the history of the world hits all the spots every single time, no matter how long that drive-through is at 12:30am. Animal-style, protein-style, with jalapenos or onions, it doesn’t matter. This is one of the best things to ever come out of California, and we have Maxine Waters.
The Original Pantry opened in DTLA in 1924, making it a legend in its own right - no matter how mediocre the food actually tastes. Come to this greasy spoon on a weekend after the bars close and there’ll be a line out the door. Come here any other time of the week, and experience some of the best people-watching in the city. Everybody’s eating giant plates of eggs and bacon and grumbling about the better days. Open 24 hours.
We have no idea why it goes seemingly unnoticed that Jones is open late-night. Open till midnight on weeknights and 2am on Fridays and Saturdays, Jones is where you go to crawl into a booth, eat some pizza, drink a Peroni, and wait for the best dessert in town (the apple pie skillet) to arrive. This isn’t your roll-in-after-last-call throw-down spot. Come here after a nice night out with friends or an overtime rehearsal, and you’ll be in late-night Italian bliss.
Stout is a local fast-casual burger chain with a ton of excellent craft beers on tap, and their Hollywood location is open until 4 am every night. While the burgers are all very good (yes, we’ve tried each of them), we’re partial to the “Morning After,” which comes topped with a fried egg and bacon.
Functioning as the 24-hour restaurant in The Roosevelt Hotel, 25 Degrees is one of those places you just assume can’t be good. And then you eat there and realize it actually is. Maybe it’s because you’re completely hammered or maybe it’s because they let you build your burger, it doesn’t matter - 25 degrees is very solid, whether it’s 2pm or 2am. Parking can be treacherous (but if you’re here at late-night, you’re probably not parking here anyway). FYI: spiked milkshakes.
It’s oddly satisfying to order your ramen via a wall-mounted touchscreen tablet, especially after a night out. Skip the mediocre ramen burger and pork buns, and order the well-balanced creamy tonkotsu ramen or a rice bowl. Open till 2am during the week and 3am on weekends.
It’s 2am, you’re done popping Fireball shots down on Main Street, and you need food. Open till 3am every night of the week, La Cabana is a true Westside savior. Few places rival the vibe (that back patio gets rowdy in a hurry) and old-school Cali-Mexican cuisine quite like this 53-year-old staple. The El Verde burrito is a monstrosity and easily shared between two people, and their La Casa quesadilla is worth traveling to at any point on the sobriety scale.
Despite its nightlife allure, there’s a disturbing scarcity of solid late-night eats in the Arts District. Luckily, Wurstkuche makes up for it with its mild to wild sausages and a space large enough for the whole crew to find a seat. The lines can get long, and you’re not entirely sure why there’s a guy in the corner spinning David Guetta, but you’re into it. And you’re even more into those Belgian fries. Open till 2am every night.
There are a bunch of late-night spots to choose from in Thai Town, but this is the reigning champ. You could certainly order pad thai, papaya salad, or any of the curries here and leave perfectly happy. But in addition to whatever you’re craving, you should be aware of their outstanding egg dishes - the salted radish omelet and the deep-fried egg salad are both superb. Open till 3am every night.
If you’re craving Chinese food late at night on the Westside, your only move is Mao’s Kitchen. The Venice Beach go-to is serving solid, approachable Chinese street food classics. Open till 3am on the weekends, they offer both delivery and take-out, but don’t pass up the opportunity to get a little rowdy in their main dining room either - it’s BYOB.
Ktown is the best nightlife neighborhood in Los Angeles. And conveniently, it’s also home to the best collection of late-night eats in the city. But our first choice is always BCD Tofu, simply because there’s nowhere else can you get a bubbling cauldron of spicy tofu stew in your face at any hour of the day. If you’re really hungry, add on some bibimbap or bulgogi. Open 24 hours.
So you did the Hollywood thing and you did it hard. Now it’s time to soak up all those lemon drops with some food. Hollywood caters pretty well to the drunk food crowd, but nothing quite beats the pilgrimage down Vine to Cactus Taqueria #1. What’s essentially a stand in the middle of a strip-mall parking lot, Cactus has solid Mexican standards across the board, but for our money, we’ll never pass up their #5 Burrito. We couldn’t tell you what’s in it, but you’re already halfway done with it anyways. Warning: cash only. Open till 4am on the weekends.
Sure, it’s costly, but there’s nowhere else we know of in LA where you can you sit down to a rib eye and a lobster tail 24 hours a day. This might not be our favorite cut of meat in Los Angeles, but some of our most memorable late-night dinners have taken place here. Don’t miss out on the (insultingly overpriced) cheeseburger which, when ordered medium-rare at 3am, is a gift from the gods.
EMC might have one of the best raw bars in LA, but it’s also just a fantastic spot to hang with friends. When you’re craving cocktails after midnight accompanied by a lobster roll or charbroiled oysters, EMC’s got you covered. EMC offers a late-night happy hour menu on Fridays and Saturdays that’s full of excellent items at a lower price than their regular menu offerings. Think soft shell crab sliders, freshly-shucked oysters, and fried brussel sprouts. Open every night until 2am.
The line for Leo’s tacos stretches across the parking lot for a reason. This gas station taco truck at the corner of La Brea and Venice makes one of the best al pastor tacos in town. And their carne asada tacos are tasty too. We wouldn’t throw either out of bed. Ahh, tacos in bed. Open till 3am every night.
The excellent DTLA fried chicken and donuts order-at-the-counter spot is open 24 hours a day on the weekends. Meaning no matter how late your downtown escapades go, Birdies has your back. And at no point after 3am do you turn down a spicy fried chicken sandwich. Or donuts the next morning. Bless us all.
After nearby bars close down for the night, the Silver Lake location of Garage Pizza can become packed with people all trying to order a slice or two, so we usually take the pizza out to the curb and use our knees as a table. Bless. Open till 4am every night.
The service can be atrocious and the food is for the most part mediocre. So why even set foot into the House of Pies? It’s all in the name. After a movie or a concert, you want to end your night with pie (get a cream slice, they’re better than the fruit ones). The crowd is a mix of hipsters, septuagenarians, former basic cable reality show stars, and the cast of Pan’s Labyrinth. Open till 2am every night.