D.C. Late Night Restaurant Menus Appeal To Every Craving And Budget

It's late. You have walked around to several different venues. Maybe had a little too much to drink and laughed hard at friends' jokes. While you may want to continue, your stomach doesn't. Thankfully many Washington, D.C. restaurants stay open into the wee hours of the morning so you can keep the party going.

Since the party won't wait for you, there are several options for quick grab and go restaurants that still provide your mouth with amazing taste sensations. U Street institution Ben's Chili Bowl offers craveable specialties like the all meat chili dog, jumbo beef dog and half pound gourmet burger. If you have a hankering for baked foods, Julia's Empanadas and Wiseguy NY Pizza may be your best bets for quick bites fresh from the oven.   

If you are looking to take your time with a good meal, try Old Ebbitt Grill which offers fresh ingredients and classic recipes like grilled oysters, watermelon salad and Maine lobster pot pie. For upscale yet casual dining, try Oyamel from world renowned chef Jose Andres. Make sure to check out the sinfully delicious specialty cocktails too.

Whatever you decide, the nation's capital has many late night restaurants to choose from that will leave your stomach happy and ready for more fun.   



With affordable prices and mouth watering dishes, this U Street favorite has been serving celebrities, politicians and every day folks since 1958. Ben's famous all meat chili dog, chili con carne and jumbo beef dog are menu specialties....  Read More

Jack Rose Dining Saloon
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When you think saloon, you automatically start think about the drinks at the bar but this entry has a tasty late night menu. Want something small? Chose between bites like BBQ almonds or friend chicken skins. Need just a tad more food? Try...  Read More

Julia's Empanadas
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After a night of fun, you just want to get something quick and tasty. Julia's Empanadas has been serving up the hand made, mildly spiced, fresh from scratch baked calzone like meals for more than 20 years. Chose from eight different empanadas...  Read More



The owners of Taylor's Gourmet grew up in Philadelphia surrounded by hoagies from various mom and pop shops. When they moved to the nation's capital, they were surprised to find none of the local stores came close to the hoagies of their...  Read More

Wiseguy NY Pizza
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Originating in the Empire State, the New York-style pizza features hand tossed, crisp thin crust selections and this eatery makes them to perfection. Pizzas are offered mainly by the slice but also as a whole too. Slices are taken from a 20'...  Read More



Their motto "Serving early birds, night owls and everyone in between" is a good fit for the eatery which stays open 24/7. Just because it's late at night, doesn't mean you can't chose some breakfast favorites like buttermilk pancakes or sample...  Read More



When Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Teddy Roosevelt were in need of libations, they came to here. Established in 1856 and boasts of being Washington, D.C.'s oldest saloon, the restaurant today offers a large late night menu that is...  Read More

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Opening in 2010, this venue aims to share the food, culture and hospitality of Lebanon with the masses. You'll find a menu that is a perfect cure for the munchies. If your sweet tooth is craving a hit, go straight to the crepes section featuring...  Read More



Named after the sacred fir tree native to central Mexico where monarch butterflies take refuge after migration, Oyamel is emerging as one of the district's top upscale casual dining options. The menu features creative interpretations of modern,...  Read More

Amsterdam Falafelshop
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With a believe that food can be both quick and delicious, founders Scott and Arianne Bennett set out to bring European and Middle Eastern flavors to the states. Their franchise of stores were first inspired by seeing falafel shops throughout...  Read More


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