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18 Essential Late-Night Dining Restaurants in LA, 2021 Edition

The best places to eat in Los Angeles past 11 p.m.

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Cheese-covered galbijjim from Sun Nong Dan
| Matthew Kang

Now that many remnants of the pandemic have subsided, for now, due to increased vaccination rates, LA’s late-night restaurant scene is slowly coming back. From Thai staples in the Valley to Korean comforts in Koreatown, there’s no denying the breadth and depth of late-night dining in greater LA. Here now, 20 places to eat past 11 p.m., and often well into the middle of the night.

Added: Monty’s Good Burger, Comfort LA, Louders, Canter’s Deli, Zinque, Yangji Gamjatang, Sanamluang Cafe, Wally’s Beverly Hills, Sorry Not Sorry, Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, Daikokuya Sawtelle

Removed: 101 Coffee Shop, Dog Haus Pasadena, Aghassi Gopchang, Jones Hollywood, Original Pantry Cafe, Mel’s Drive In Santa Monica, Mao’s Kitchen, El Oaxaco Taqueria

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Krua Thai Restaurant

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13130 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 759-7998
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This late-night spot in the northernmost part of North Hollywood serves one of the best pad thais until past 2 a.m. every night. The menu has practically every Thai dish one could want, which works well for large groups with varying tastes.

2. Sanamluang Café N. Hollywood

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12980 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 764-1180

Both the North Hollywood and Thai Town outlets of Sanamluang serve reliable classics like pad thai and boat noodle soup well past any reasonable bed time.

Sanamluang Cafe

3. Casa Vega

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13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-4868
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The Valley’s classic Mexican haunt serves comfort fare like enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and margaritas until midnight on weekends, making this the ideal night-owl hangout. The timeless vibe and plush banquettes just add to the experience.

Casa Vega dining room
Casa Vega dining room
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4. Ruen Pair

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5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 466-0153
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This Thai Town favorite serves up tasty dishes at reasonable prices. The stewed pork leg, pad prik king (chicken preferred), turnip omelet, crispy pork belly with morning glory or broccoli, green papaya salad with raw crab, and stir-fried chicken dishes are all worth getting. Normally closed around 3 to 4 a.m. nightly.

5. Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles - Hollywood

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1514 N Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 466-7453
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Classic Hollywood chicken-and-waffle restaurant Roscoe’s serves its namesake dish, plus plenty of other hearty fare, until midnight every night. The chain’s West LA, Long Beach, Pasadena, and Anaheim locations also serve until midnight on weekends.

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6. Zinqué

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8684 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(424) 284-3930
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West Hollywood and Downtown LA’s Zinqué serves wine and easygoing French fare late into the night, until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, and well past that on weekends.

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7. Monty’s Good Burger

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1533 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 915-0257
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This plant-based burger spot using well-seared Impossible meat serves burgers, fries, and more until midnight on weekends. There are other locations in Koreatown, Third Street, and Riverside.

Monty’s good burger
Monty’s Good Burger
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8. Wally's Beverly Hills

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447 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 475-3540
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It might be a bit of a surprise, but this ritzy Beverly Hills wine bar has some pretty late hours, until 1 a.m. some nights and midnight on others. If money is burning a hole in your wallet and you’re looking for upscale American fare with amazing vintages of wine, Wally’s is your late-night spot.

Wally's Beverly Hills
Wally’s Beverly Hills
Wally’s

9. Dan Sung Sa

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3317 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 487-9100
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This North Korean-style dive bar has the exact ambiance one would expect at a low-key place in Pyongyang, and that's a good thing. Expect the food to be much better pub fare, with skewers, wings, savory pancakes, and plenty of other drinking grub that goes great late into the night. Serves until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

10. Yangji Gamjatang

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3470 W 6th St #6
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-1105
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Though the menu at this reliable Korean restaurant has virtually everything, the namesake gamjatang is the best reason to come here. With rich, spicy soups full of hulking pork neck bones, it’s a great hangover cure, or pre-hangover cure.

For a massive Korean pork neck stew available nearly all hours of the day: Yangji Gamjatang.
Gamjatang at Yangji Gamjatang
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11. Sun Nong Dan

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3470 W 6th St #7
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-0303
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There’s something intoxicating about the smell of short rib boiling in a fiery stone pot. The flavors only get better at Sun Nong Dan after last call; just beware the potential wait times when everyone shows up at the same time trying to cure tomorrow’s hangover. Open 24/7, though there can be waits even in the middle of the night.

Sun Nong Dan
Sun Nong Dan
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12. JJ Hong Kong Cafe

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447 Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 280-3833

What’s more classic than a late-night Hong Kong-style cafe in the SGV? JJ Hong Kong Cafe is one of the more popular spots, serving until 4 a.m. every night. Try the big pork chop, beef chow fun, and fried rice after virtually everything else in the SGV is closed down.

13. BCD Tofu House

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3575 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 382-6677
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Koreatown might have the highest density of late-night restaurants in Los Angeles, but BCD Tofu House has long been ground zero for folks hungry past midnight. Spicy tofu stews and a wide range of classic Korean dishes are available 24/7, and that means every night of the week.

14. Xelas

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1846 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 685-5767
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Xelas is home to craft beer, live music, and barbecue. The food comes by way of East LA BBQ Co., with a crew turning out everything from mole wings to tri-tip tortas. The place runs until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

A packed bar with neon vibes as bartenders reach for cash.
House of Xelas
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15. Cole's French Dip

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118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-4090
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Downtown’s other famous French dip restaurant is more of a noirish cocktail bar than a full-on restaurant, but the sandwich is just as delicious as Philippe’s. As a bonus for late-night revelers, the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. serving pork, roast beef, turkey, braised lamb, and pastrami dip sandwiches as well as pie slices.

Outside Cole's, Downtown.
Outside Cole’s, Downtown.
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16. Canter's Deli

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12109 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 317-0307

Classic Fairfax Avenue deli Canter’s is now open late into the night, serving reliable pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, salads, and other diner-style food to an always-colorful set of night owls.

Canter’s Deli
Canter’s
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17. Daikokuya Sawtelle

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2208 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 575-4999
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West LA ramen shop Daikokuya serves its rich kotteri tonkotsu ramen past midnight most nights. Don’t forget to order a plate of gyoza, too.

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18. The Kettle

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1138 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-8511
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After a night of drinking up and down Manhattan Beach Boulevard, one is likely to end up at the Kettle, one of the South Bay’s 24-hour restaurants with an extensive menu, from salads to chicken tenders to nightly meatloaf platters.

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1. Krua Thai Restaurant

13130 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605

This late-night spot in the northernmost part of North Hollywood serves one of the best pad thais until past 2 a.m. every night. The menu has practically every Thai dish one could want, which works well for large groups with varying tastes.

13130 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605

2. Sanamluang Café N. Hollywood

12980 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA 91605
Sanamluang Cafe

Both the North Hollywood and Thai Town outlets of Sanamluang serve reliable classics like pad thai and boat noodle soup well past any reasonable bed time.

12980 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA 91605

3. Casa Vega

13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Casa Vega dining room
Casa Vega dining room
Wonho Frank Lee

The Valley’s classic Mexican haunt serves comfort fare like enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and margaritas until midnight on weekends, making this the ideal night-owl hangout. The timeless vibe and plush banquettes just add to the experience.

13301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

4. Ruen Pair

5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This Thai Town favorite serves up tasty dishes at reasonable prices. The stewed pork leg, pad prik king (chicken preferred), turnip omelet, crispy pork belly with morning glory or broccoli, green papaya salad with raw crab, and stir-fried chicken dishes are all worth getting. Normally closed around 3 to 4 a.m. nightly.

5257 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

5. Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles - Hollywood

1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
roscoe’s
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Classic Hollywood chicken-and-waffle restaurant Roscoe’s serves its namesake dish, plus plenty of other hearty fare, until midnight every night. The chain’s West LA, Long Beach, Pasadena, and Anaheim locations also serve until midnight on weekends.

1514 N Gower St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Zinqué

8684 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90048
dishes at Zinque Courtesy Photo

West Hollywood and Downtown LA’s Zinqué serves wine and easygoing French fare late into the night, until midnight on Wednesday and Thursday, and well past that on weekends.

8684 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90048

7. Monty’s Good Burger

1533 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Monty’s good burger
Monty’s Good Burger
Farley Elliott

This plant-based burger spot using well-seared Impossible meat serves burgers, fries, and more until midnight on weekends. There are other locations in Koreatown, Third Street, and Riverside.

1533 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. Wally's Beverly Hills

447 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Wally's Beverly Hills
Wally’s Beverly Hills
Wally’s

It might be a bit of a surprise, but this ritzy Beverly Hills wine bar has some pretty late hours, until 1 a.m. some nights and midnight on others. If money is burning a hole in your wallet and you’re looking for upscale American fare with amazing vintages of wine, Wally’s is your late-night spot.

447 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

9. Dan Sung Sa

3317 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This North Korean-style dive bar has the exact ambiance one would expect at a low-key place in Pyongyang, and that's a good thing. Expect the food to be much better pub fare, with skewers, wings, savory pancakes, and plenty of other drinking grub that goes great late into the night. Serves until 2 a.m., seven days a week.

3317 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

10. Yangji Gamjatang

3470 W 6th St #6, Los Angeles, CA 90020
For a massive Korean pork neck stew available nearly all hours of the day: Yangji Gamjatang.
Gamjatang at Yangji Gamjatang
Matthew Kang

Though the menu at this reliable Korean restaurant has virtually everything, the namesake gamjatang is the best reason to come here. With rich, spicy soups full of hulking pork neck bones, it’s a great hangover cure, or pre-hangover cure.

3470 W 6th St #6
Los Angeles, CA 90020

11. Sun Nong Dan

3470 W 6th St #7, Los Angeles, CA 90020
Sun Nong Dan
Sun Nong Dan
Farley Elliott

There’s something intoxicating about the smell of short rib boiling in a fiery stone pot. The flavors only get better at Sun Nong Dan after last call; just beware the potential wait times when everyone shows up at the same time trying to cure tomorrow’s hangover. Open 24/7, though there can be waits even in the middle of the night.

3470 W 6th St #7
Los Angeles, CA 90020

12. JJ Hong Kong Cafe

447 Garvey Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

What’s more classic than a late-night Hong Kong-style cafe in the SGV? JJ Hong Kong Cafe is one of the more popular spots, serving until 4 a.m. every night. Try the big pork chop, beef chow fun, and fried rice after virtually everything else in the SGV is closed down.

447 Garvey Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

13. BCD Tofu House

3575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Koreatown might have the highest density of late-night restaurants in Los Angeles, but BCD Tofu House has long been ground zero for folks hungry past midnight. Spicy tofu stews and a wide range of classic Korean dishes are available 24/7, and that means every night of the week.

3575 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

14. Xelas

1846 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
A packed bar with neon vibes as bartenders reach for cash.
House of Xelas
Courtesy Xelas

Xelas is home to craft beer, live music, and barbecue. The food comes by way of East LA BBQ Co., with a crew turning out everything from mole wings to tri-tip tortas. The place runs until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

1846 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

15. Cole's French Dip

118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Outside Cole's, Downtown.
Outside Cole’s, Downtown.
Photo: Hank Chinaski L.A./Eater LA Flickr Pool

Downtown’s other famous French dip restaurant is more of a noirish cocktail bar than a full-on restaurant, but the sandwich is just as delicious as Philippe’s. As a bonus for late-night revelers, the kitchen is open until 1 a.m. serving pork, roast beef, turkey, braised lamb, and pastrami dip sandwiches as well as pie slices.

118 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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16. Canter's Deli

12109 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Canter’s Deli
Canter’s
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Classic Fairfax Avenue deli Canter’s is now open late into the night, serving reliable pastrami sandwiches, matzo ball soup, salads, and other diner-style food to an always-colorful set of night owls.

12109 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

17. Daikokuya Sawtelle

2208 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Daikokuya Cathy Chaplin

West LA ramen shop Daikokuya serves its rich kotteri tonkotsu ramen past midnight most nights. Don’t forget to order a plate of gyoza, too.

2208 Sawtelle Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

18. The Kettle

1138 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

After a night of drinking up and down Manhattan Beach Boulevard, one is likely to end up at the Kettle, one of the South Bay’s 24-hour restaurants with an extensive menu, from salads to chicken tenders to nightly meatloaf platters.

1138 Highland Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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