The Guide to Late Night Dining in Los Angeles

Seafood Hot Tofu Stew | Photo: BCD Tofu House, Facebook


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.

Pancakes, bacon & eggs at The Original Pantry

Pancakes, bacon & eggs at The Original Pantry

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

The Original Pantry Cafe

There’s late night eats, and then there’s 24-hour eats. The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown LA 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
877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017 

Tenshin chahan ankake at Kouraku in Little Tokyo

Tenshin chahan ankake at Kouraku | Photo: @bkim8121, Instagram

Kouraku

Kouraku is a casual late night spot in the heart of Little Tokyo, 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
314 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Double Single Burgers at ERB in the Arts District

Double Single Burgers at ERB | Photo: @eversonroycebar, Instagram

Everson Royce Bar

Sure, there’s a really impressive spirits list, but this is all about late night eats, which Everson Royce Bar (aka ERB) in the Arts District also does supremely well thanks to Osteria alum, Matt Molina. It’s bar food done just right, with a famously indulgent cheeseburger and out-of-this-world biscuits. Potato tacos and shrimp rolls are on the menu, too, and whether you keep drinking or sop up the end of your night with bar fare, all is right at ERB.

Mon-Sat 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. (kitchen open until 1 a.m.); Sun 2 p.m. - midnight (kitchen till 11 p.m.) 
1936 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Steak Au Poivre at Pacific Dining Car

Steak Au Poivre | Photo: Pacific Dining Car, Facebook

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

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Dumpling soon tofu | Photo courtesy of BCD Tofu House, Facebook

BCD Tofu House

What better late night snack than a few pickled appetizers before a bubbling pot of spicy tofu soup? BCD Tofu House 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
3575 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Falafel plate at Halal Guys

Photo: Halal Guys Los Angeles, Facebook

Halal Guys

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 has expanded and become a brick and mortar transplant amongst our ranks. 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.

Daily 10 a.m. - 4 a.m.
3432 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 

Ruen Pair in Thai Town

Ruen Pair | Photo: @wideevo Instagram

Ruen Pair

Ruen Pair is a Thai Town favorite that's 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.

Daily 11 a.m. - 3 a.m.
5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The 101 Coffee Shop booth

Photo: The 101 Coffee Shop

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 101 Coffee Shop 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.
6145 Franklin Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028

Pizza slices at Joe's Pizza

Photo: Joe's Pizza, Facebook

Joe's Pizza

New York style pizza is served at Joe's Pizza locations in Downtown L.A., the heart of Hollywood, and the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. 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, that is.

Hollywood hours: Sun-Thu 11am-3am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am
6504 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Stout Burger at Stout Burgers & Beers

Stout Burger | Photo: Stout Burgers & Beers, Facebook

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, however only the one in Hollywood is open until 4 a.m. - Studio City and Santa Monica are open until midnight. The menu features eight different burgers with a variety of sauces, so you’re bound to find something to your liking.

Daily 11:30 a.m. - 4 a.m.
1544 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Tacos at El Chato

El Chato | Photo: @sabykong, Instagram

El Chato

One of the tried and true favorite taco trucks for many, many years, El Chato 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.
5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Robatayaki at Aburiya Raku

Robatayaki | Photo: Aburiya Raku, Facebook

Aburiya Raku

We’re lucky that some of the best izakaya around is available late night from Aburiya Raku, a Las Vegas import located on La Cienega Boulevard. The grilled items might be the focus, but you won’t want to ordering at least one of their housemade tofu dishes, which are as silky and delicious as can be. You can also continue your night with a selection of sake from their vast list, for which you’ll select one of their unique cups to enjoy each sip.

Lunch: Mon-Fri noon-2:30 p.m.
Dinner: Mon-Thur 6 p.m.-midnight | Fri-Sat 6 p.m.-1 a.m.
521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

Italian dishes at Jones Hollywood

Jones Hollywood | Photo: @txjon, Instagram

Jones Hollywood

The charm of Jones Hollywood 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.
7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 

Rooftop bar at E.P.

Photo: E.P., Facebook

E.P. & L.P.

L.P., the hotspot in the heart of West Hollywood, 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
603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Ajitama tsukemen at Tsujita LA

Ajitama tsukemen | Photo: Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle, Facebook

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 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)
2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles 90025


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