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Where to Find Late Night Eats in San Diego

Top picks for dining after-hours

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Whether it’s a case of the midnight munchies or hunting for a bite to eat after a night out on the town, San Diego has plenty of post-12 a.m. restaurants, walk-up windows – even a 24-hour gas station famed for its Mexican food – to satiate appetites in the wee small hours. From pizza by the slice and yakitori to gastropub fare, here are 20 dependable after-hours spots.

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The Taco Stand

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Encinitas residents can dig into rotisserie-marinated pork al pastor tacos, loaded mar y tierra fries and more until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, before rounding things off with a paleta or some housemade hot churros.

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You can get authentic tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas and burritos 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the El Pueblo taco shop inside the gas station just off exit 40.

Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant

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This cash-only spot inside 99 Ranch Market serves Cantonese-style barbecue, noodles dishes and soups (the roast duck is a must-try) until midnight seven days a week.

Yakitori Taisho

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Open until 11:30 p.m. every night except Wednesday and Sunday this 15-seat spot is a favorite among chefs for its wide range of tasty grilled meats, Sapporo on draft and a hand-picked sake list by chef-owner Taisho,

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Hinotez

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Open until 2 a.m. daily, Hinotez is a top spot for ramen, curries, sushi and izakaya staples, like yakitori, with last orders for food called at 1:30 a.m. Their late-night happy hour runs from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Small Bar

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A University Heights institution, Small Bar’s weekday hours run 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. with bites from the menu, including wings, nachos, tacos, Kennebec fries, and tater tots, all served until around 11 p.m.

Rudford's Restaurant

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Serving no-frills comfort food since 1949, Rudford’s (open twenty-four seven, 365 days a year) has a little bit of everything on the menu from breakfast dishes and entree specials to soups, salads, and beyond.

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The 3rd Corner

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Enjoy bistro food and a bottle of wine until 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday at this OB favorite or until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The kitchen closes a little earlier on Sundays at 11:30 p.m. 

Izakaya Masa

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Swing by Mission Hills’ jewel box-sized Japanese gastropub for small plate appetizers like agedashi tofu and gyoza, plus ramen, soba noodles, and sake (of course), until 1 a.m. every night except Monday. 

The Asian Bistro

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Tuck into appetizers like cheesy wontons and egg drop soup to entrées like pad Thai and roasted duck noodles, plus chef’s specials, curries, and wok dishes in Hillcrest until 3 a.m. daily at The Asian Bistro.

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Saigon on Fifth

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Serving food until 3 a.m. every day, the pho, roasted fish, spring rolls, stir-fried noodles, and curries are particular favorites at this go-to for Vietnamese in the Gaslamp. 

Tacos Libertad

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Open until midnight on Tuesday and Sunday and 2:30 a.m. Wednesday to Saturday, the housemade tortillas here come stuffed with everything from duck and octopus to pork belly — perfect for a post-bar pick-me-up.

Starlite

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While Starlite’s regular dinner menu is available until midnight on Friday and Saturday, the India Street stunner also offers a special late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, too.

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Cloak & Petal

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Bites from the Cloak After Dark late-night menu at this swish Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar are available until 12:30 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. They include sushi tacos, fried gyoza, and a spicy futomaki burrito. 

Landini's Pizzeria

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Closing at 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights (and 11 p.m. the rest of the week), grab a slice or two from Landini’s wide selection of thin-crust pies to enjoy on the walk home along India Street or take a seat on the back patio while waiting for that Lyft or Uber ride.

Turf Supper Club

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Grill-your-own steaks (vegetarian options also available) until 1 a.m. every night of the week at this storied spot in Golden Hill, while stiff cocktails and jukebox playlists can be savored and curated until 2 a.m.

Brian's 24

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As the name implies, expect generously sized portions of comfort food served twenty-four seven at this restaurant in the Gaslamp Quarter whose dining room also happens to feature a rather fabulous chandelier.

The Lion's Share

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Night owls can treat themselves to elevated eats like bison carpaccio, French onion soup, escargot, truffle fries, and wild boar bolognese –– even camel tacos –– until 1 a.m. at the fabulous cocktail bar meets gastropub that is The Lion’s Share.

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Basic Bar & Pizza

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East Village go-to for New Haven, Connecticut style thin-crust brick oven pizzas, craft beers, and cocktails until 2 a.m. seven nights a week.

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Tavern At The Vogue

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Chula Vista’s Tavern at the Vogue serves a late-night bites menu until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, highlights of which include beer mac and cheese, sausage sliders, and salted pretzels with mustard and cheese.

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The Taco Stand

Encinitas residents can dig into rotisserie-marinated pork al pastor tacos, loaded mar y tierra fries and more until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, before rounding things off with a paleta or some housemade hot churros.

Cardiff Valero

You can get authentic tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas and burritos 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the El Pueblo taco shop inside the gas station just off exit 40.

Sam Woo BBQ Restaurant

This cash-only spot inside 99 Ranch Market serves Cantonese-style barbecue, noodles dishes and soups (the roast duck is a must-try) until midnight seven days a week.

Yakitori Taisho

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Open until 11:30 p.m. every night except Wednesday and Sunday this 15-seat spot is a favorite among chefs for its wide range of tasty grilled meats, Sapporo on draft and a hand-picked sake list by chef-owner Taisho,

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Hinotez

Open until 2 a.m. daily, Hinotez is a top spot for ramen, curries, sushi and izakaya staples, like yakitori, with last orders for food called at 1:30 a.m. Their late-night happy hour runs from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Small Bar

A University Heights institution, Small Bar’s weekday hours run 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. with bites from the menu, including wings, nachos, tacos, Kennebec fries, and tater tots, all served until around 11 p.m.

Rudford's Restaurant

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Serving no-frills comfort food since 1949, Rudford’s (open twenty-four seven, 365 days a year) has a little bit of everything on the menu from breakfast dishes and entree specials to soups, salads, and beyond.

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The 3rd Corner

Enjoy bistro food and a bottle of wine until 12:30 a.m. Monday through Thursday at this OB favorite or until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The kitchen closes a little earlier on Sundays at 11:30 p.m. 

Izakaya Masa

Swing by Mission Hills’ jewel box-sized Japanese gastropub for small plate appetizers like agedashi tofu and gyoza, plus ramen, soba noodles, and sake (of course), until 1 a.m. every night except Monday. 

The Asian Bistro

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Tuck into appetizers like cheesy wontons and egg drop soup to entrées like pad Thai and roasted duck noodles, plus chef’s specials, curries, and wok dishes in Hillcrest until 3 a.m. daily at The Asian Bistro.

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Saigon on Fifth

Serving food until 3 a.m. every day, the pho, roasted fish, spring rolls, stir-fried noodles, and curries are particular favorites at this go-to for Vietnamese in the Gaslamp. 

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