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.Read More
Where to Find Late Night Eats in San Diego
Top picks for dining after-hours
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Yakitori Taisho
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,
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.
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6. 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.
7. Rudford's Restaurant
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.
8. 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.
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9. 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.
10. The Asian Bistro
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.
11. 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.
12. Tacos Libertad
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.
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.
14. Cloak & Petal
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.
15. Landini's Pizzeria
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.
16. Turf Supper Club
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.
17. Brian's 24
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.
18. The Lion's Share
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.
19. Basic Bar & Pizza
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.
20. Tavern At The Vogue
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.