Whatever the reason you’re hungry and out on the town, Los Angeles is the perfect city to satisfy a wide range of your late night cravings. From New York pizza to authentic ramen noodles and a popular taco truck, there are numerous dining options besides the classic greasy spoon. Read on to find out the tasty spots around L.A. open until at least 2 a.m. to buffer a night of imbibing with a hearty nightcap.
The Original Pantry Cafe
There’s late night eats, and then there’s 24-hour eats. The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown LA (877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90017) qualifies for both, offering up a really great buttered toast as well as top-notch omelettes, steaks, and burgers. The service is fast and friendly - something they’ve perfected since opening in 1924. Don’t forget to pay at the register with cash when you’re done.
Open 24 hours
Kouraku is a casual late night spot in the heart of Little Tokyo (314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles 90012) offering takoyaki, fried rice, gyoza, and a huge variety of ramen flavors along with other comforting fare. On their vast menu, the starters shine the most - perfect for enjoying a little taste of everything. It’s open until 3 a.m. every night except Sunday, so you have plenty of time after last call to enjoy your order. Cash only.
Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-midnight
Everson Royce Bar
Sure, there’s a great cocktail menu and spirits list, but this guide is all about late night eats, which Everson Royce Bar in the Arts District (1936 E 7th St, Los Angeles 90021) does supremely well thanks to Osteria alum, Matt Molina. ERB's menu includes a famously indulgent cheeseburger, out-of-this-world biscuits, potato tacos and shrimp rolls. Whether you keep drinking or sop up the end of your night with bar fare, all is right at ERB.
Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sat. 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. (kitchen open until 1 a.m. Mon-Sat); Sun. 2 p.m. - midnight (kitchen till 11 p.m.)
Pacific Dining Car
Though it’s a very specific order at hand, there’s nothing like a classic steakhouse in the wee hours. Going beyond late night, this iconic restaurant dating back to 1921, ensconced in wood and crown mouldings, is open 24 hours. Pacific Dining Car offers a late night menu, but dinner and breakfast selections are available all day long.
Open 24 hours
1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
2700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
BCD Tofu House
What better late night snack than a few pickled appetizers before a bubbling pot of spicy tofu soup? BCD Tofu House (3575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010) is open 24 hours, serving up no frills but deliciously consistent Korean fare with lightning fast expediency - especially given the late-night crowds. Coupled with warm rice, your meal will go nicely with some Hite beer or barley tea.
Open 24 hours
Chicken and rice is probably one of the most comforting, flavorful things available late night, anywhere. Thank goodness the famed New York cart, Halal Guys expanded to Los Angeles with brick and mortar locations in Downtown LA, K-town, WeHo and Glendale. Of the four LA locations, DTLA (510 W 7th St, Los Angeles 90014) is open the latest on weekends. Choose from chicken, gyro and/or falafel - one or two - and add their delicious white sauce for ultimate flavor. The red sauce will bring up the heat levels pretty fast, but it’s too good not to try, so add sparingly.
Mon-Thu, Sun 11am - midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am - 3am
One of several late night options in Thai Town, Ruen Pair (5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90027) is famous for its extensive menu of stir-fry dishes, as late night revelers often stop here before they head home - or to Jumbo’s Clown Room. Crispy pork belly sauteed with morning glory is off-menu but a classic choice. Their salads are solid and you might even want to take a look at their omelettes. Bring cash.
Mon-Thu, Sun 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.; Fri-Sat, 11 a.m. - 3 a.m.
The 101 Coffee Shop
There are many reasons why this classic diner, which is a historical landmark, remains a neighborhood favorite. Conveniently located off Franklin at the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel, the The 101 Coffee Shop (6145 Franklin Ave, Hollywood 90028) is an all-day, late night spot straight from the ‘60s that might otherwise be passed over as another greasy spoon were it not for the healthful menu options - including vegan - and top-notch jukebox selection to set the stage for music and film industry veterans.
Daily 7 a.m. - 3 a.m.
New York style pizza is served at Joe's Pizza locations in Downtown L.A., the heart of Hollywood (6504 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028), the Sunset Strip, and Sherman Oaks. Since it’s available by the slice or by the pie, it’s perfect for exactly the amount of pizza you need. The crust of each slice has that crunchy layer we all love - perfect for folding, if that’s how you eat your pizza. Vegan, veggie, and gluten-free options, too.
Hollywood: Mon-Wed, Sun 11am - 2am; Thu-Sat, 11am - 3am
Stout Burgers & Beers
It’s hard to predict exactly when a burger craving will strike, but thanks to Stout Burgers & Beers you can get your fix at almost any hour of the day. There are three L.A. locations - the one in Hollywood (1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles 90028) is open until 4 a.m. Studio City is open daily until midnight, and Santa Monica till 2am on Friday-Saturday. The menu features eight different burgers with a variety of sauces, so you’re bound to find something to your liking.
Hollywood: Daily 11:30 a.m. - 4 a.m.
One of the tried and true favorite taco trucks for many, many years, El Chato (5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles 90036) has stood the test of time at their corner of Olympic and La Brea. The bite size tacos with carne asada are solid, as are the el pastor variety and even buche - if that’s your thing. They’ve also got fantastic quesadillas, but their smoky salsa roja is key. At $1 per taco, this Mid-City taco truck stop is a win-win.
Tues-Thu: 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Fri-Sat: 9 p.m.-3:30 a.m.
The charm of Jones Hollywood (7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 90046) is immutable thanks to its red checkered tablecloths and lively neighborhood vibe. The vast menu of classics do well enough to satisfy your “jonesin’” for Italian, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention their apple pie a la mode, which is a cast iron skillet favorite and a perfect closing dessert. Available Sunday through Thursday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m, the Beggar's Banquet menu features discounted pizzas, pastas, salads and drinks.
Mon-Fri: noon-2 a.m.
Sat-Sun: 7 p.m.-2 a.m.
E.P. & L.P.
L.P. (603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood 90069) is one of the only non-hotel rooftops where you can eat and drink. Louis Tikaram’s Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine brings vibrant flavors to late night eats., while the full bar serving craft cocktails means you don’t have to end your imbibing, just yet. After all, there’s nothing like ending the night with breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills.
9 p.m. - late
Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
There are few things more indulgent than a bowl of the most delicious ramen before bedtime. We are lucky that Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle (2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles 90025) is not only open late, but serves the best tsukemen (dipping ramen) available anywhere in town - meaning you can have the best of both worlds.
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (1:30 a.m. last call)