Los Angeles, like many major cities, has had to wrestle with staffing shortages and higher operating costs within its robust restaurant scene of late, which means late-night dining is often the first thing to be affected. Angelenos have typically been early morning types, with the city’s rich breakfast and brunch scene as evidence of their popularity, but there’s still plenty of food and drink that night owls and late-night diners need. Here now, 15 of the essential late-night restaurants in Los Angeles, listed geographically.Read More
15 Essential Late-Night Restaurants in Los Angeles
The best places to eat in Los Angeles past 11 p.m.
One of Thai Town’s classic late-night haunts, this versatile cafe has everything from classic pan-fried noodles to boat noodles that work well to soak up any booze from nearby dive bars and cocktail spots. Sanamluang closes at 2 a.m. nightly.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele
Hollywood’s famed pizzeria from Naples took over one of the neighborhood’s most charming spaces, with plenty of indoor and outdoor dining areas to hang out in late into the night. From Thursday to Sunday, everything from wood-fired pizza to heaping bowls of pasta are available until midnight.
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles
Classic Hollywood chicken-and-waffle restaurant Roscoe’s serves its namesake dish, plus plenty of other hearty soul food, until midnight. The chain’s outlets in Long Beach, Anaheim, and Pasadena serve until midnight on weekends. While the iconic Pico Boulevard location has closed after 30 years, the new Mid-City flagship on La Brea serves until midnight most days, and 2 a.m. on weekends.
One of LA’s most iconic late-night destinations, Jones serves a red sauce-style Italian menu of calamari, bruschetta, pizza, and pasta until 2 a.m. every evening. The spaghetti and meatballs served in a cast iron skillet are a classic, as is the griddled slice of apple pie a la mode. Jones is a fantastic combination of rock-and-roll dive with Italian American comfort food.
LA Tofu House
This newer Koreatown soon dubu restaurant follows much of the same model established by places like Beverly Soontofu and BCD, but with some significant menu additions, from fried atka mackerel and braised short rib to various kinds of beef soup. But the star of the show is always the spicy, bubbling cauldrons of Korean tofu stew, available until 4 a.m. (And yes, they deliver too.)
Hello Fish Sushi & Izakaya
Few things are more wonderful in life than a parade of all-you-can-eat sushi. Hello Fish in Koreatown offers a combination of AYCE sushi rolls and nigiri with late-night service until 2 a.m. every day. Dinners cost about $50 before tax and tip, though bills might run up from the extra bottles of beer to help wash everything down.
Dan Sung Sa
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 than standard pub fare, with skewers, wings, savory pancakes, and plenty of other drinking grub that goes great late into the night. Paired with a crisp Korean lager or ice-cold bottle of soju, everything just falls perfectly into place at Dan Sung Sa, which serves until 2 a.m. nightly.
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Sun Nong Dan
There’s something entrancing about the smell of short ribs boiling in a fiery stone pot. The flavors only get better at Sun Nong Dan the later it gets; just beware of the potential wait times when everyone shows up at the same time trying to ward off the next day’s hangover. It’s open 24/7, though there can be waits even in the middle of the night. The newer Western Avenue location is also open 24 hours a day, with a larger dining room and a parking lot to accommodate more night owls.
JJ Hong Kong Cafe
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 midnight, and ‘til 1 a.m. on weekends. Try the big pork chop, beef chow fun, and fried rice after virtually everything else in the SGV has shut down.
Cole's French Dip
Downtown’s other famous French dip restaurant is more of a noirish cocktail bar than a full-on restaurant, but the sandwich here is just as delicious as Philippe’s. As a bonus for late-night revelers, the kitchen is open until 2 a.m. serving pork, roast beef, turkey, braised lamb, and pastrami dip sandwiches, as well as pie slices.
With a Tex-Mex menu and plenty of cocktails, Thunderbird is one of West LA’s true late-night haunts. Order up some nachos, puffy tacos, and a margarita to help wind down in this somewhat sleepier part of town.
The Apple Pan
This staple LA burger spot, whose motto is “quality forever,” has long been a late-night salve for hungry diners. Open until 11 p.m. during the week, the squared-off counter restaurant keeps cooking until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Golden Bull Restaurant
A reborn Santa Monica classic, this midcentury steakhouse plays the hit from prime rib and burgers to well-grilled chops until midnight and even until 2 a.m. on weekends. Just know that the ice-cold martinis and Old Fashioneds make the ideal pairing.
Belles Beach House
It might seem incongruous to enjoy Tiki drinks and Japanese-infused island fare during the middle of winter or even the colder months of spring, but Belles Beach House has remained one of Venice’s best late-night food and drink options, with service until midnight on Thursdays and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
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 that ranges from salads to chicken tenders to nightly meatloaf platters. Make sure to get a bran muffin with extra whipped butter on the side.