The Guide to Late Night Dining in Los Angeles

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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

Ham Steak at The Original Pantry
Ham Steak at The Original Pantry | Instagram by @la_california_barber

There’s late night eats, and then there’s 24-hour eats. The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown L.A. 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 

Kouraku

Tenshin chahan ankake at Kouraku
Tenshin chahan ankake at Kouraku | Instagram by @adamdpascual

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

Everson Royce Bar

Double Single Burgers at ERB
Double Single Burgers at ERB | Instagram by @eversonroycebar

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

Pacific Dining Car

Club Car dining room at Pacific Dining Car in Downtown L.A.
Club Car dining room in Downtown L.A. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Dining Car, Facebook

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

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

What better late night snack than a few pickled appetizers before a bubbling pot of spicy tofu soup? The Wilshire Boulevard location of 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

Halal Guys

Falafel plate at Halal Guys in Los Angeles
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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

Dishes at Ruen Pair in Thai Town
Ruen Pair | Instagram by @wideevo

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

101 Coffee Shop

Booth at The 101 Coffee Shop
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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

Joe's Pizza

Slices at Joe's Pizza
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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 Burgers & Beers

Stout Burger at Stout Burgers & Beers
Stout Burger | Photo courtesy of Stout Burgers & Beers, Facebook

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

El Chato

Tacos at El Chato
El Chato | Instagram by @sabykong

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

Aburiya Raku

Robatayaki at Aburiya Raku West Hollywood
Robatayaki | Photo courtesy of Aburiya Raku, Facebook

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

Jones Hollywood

Late night menu at Jones Hollywood
Jones Hollywood | Instagram by @txjon

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 

E.P. & L.P.

Rooftop bar at E.P. & L.P.
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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

Tsujita

Ajitama tsukemen at Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
Ajitama tsukemen | Photo courtesy of Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle, Facebook

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, CA 90025