10 Best San Diego Late Night Restaurants

Maybe your movie let out late or you need a bite after a long day at work. Or, you've hit the bars and danced up an appetite. While not terribly common, it is definitely possible to grab late night meal in San Diego. And, no, we're not talking fast food or big chains either. The options are as delicious as they are unique and in sit-down environments designed for lingering.

When hearty diner food hits the spot, head over to Studio Diner, recently featured on the Food Network's "Diners Drive-ins and Dives" TV show. It's comfort food like biscuits and gravy or fish and chips with healthier options should your companion be in the mood for lighter fare. A bit off-the-beaten-path in Kearny Mesa, some argue it's worth the drive.

The only restaurant in downtown San Diego to offer round-the-clock meals is Brian's 24, located adjacent to the historic Ramada St. James hotel. Order huge portions of breakfast, lunch and dinner at any time since this is a restaurant that never sleeps.

Costa Brava, also our top tapas and small plates restaurant, also claims a spot on the late night list for the ability to order food until midnight, just as they do in Spain.

San Diego isn't much of  a late-night city to begin with, but here are 10 great options for late night food.



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Extraordinary Desserts


Chef Karen Krasne earned a Certificat de Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and it has put her in good stead with area gourmets who flock here for a slice of coconut cream torte, a wedge of tangy-sweet tart, a scoop of intensely-flavored...  Read More

Brian's 24


If there's one thing the Gaslamp Quarter needs, it's a place to nosh after a late night at the clubs. Brian's 24 is extremely popular for ordering breakfast, lunch or dinner 24 hours a day. The owners were fed up that a 24-hour option did not...  Read More



Not only is Harney Sushi a favorite of San Diego locals for sushi, they are pioneering the sustainable fish movement. They've recently introduced edible QR codes printed on rice paper with water-based ink that show where the fish came from to...  Read More



If you're looking for Mexican food in the Gaslamp, La Puerta is your place. La Puerta is famous for street tacos that can only be made better by pairing them with a freshly-squeezed margarita (no mixes here). Over 100, 100% blue agave tequilas...  Read More

Studio Diner


When you're in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to checkout Studio Diner. The menu at Studio Diner features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to...  Read More

Pacific Beach


Costa Brava seems like a hole in the wall to many San Diego residents. It's tucked away on a busy street in Pacific Beach though the ambiance inside is notably Spanish where guests are welcomed like family. Great for a date or meal out with the...  Read More



Basic (sometimes referred to as Bar Basic) serves up authentic Italian in East Village near PETCO Park. Basic's approach is a simple one void of frills and fancy ingredients. What guests will find is a no-nonsense drink list and amazing...  Read More



South Beach Bar and Grill is much more than just a funky beach hangout. They boast perhaps the best fish taco in all of San Diego. The mahi-mahi taco is a favorite as is the fried calamari taco. Though happy hour from 3:00-6:00pm is great value...  Read More


Meet Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie