Best Late Night Restaurants in Philadelphia

Top Philly Spots to Grab Grub after Hours

Late night eats: they can be so good but so bad. Where does one head for good eating in Philadelphia after the stroke of midnight? Fortunately there's no shortage of options. From grabbing a quick plate of fries to gobbling down some Chinese to going to town on a scrumptious sandwich, there are options available all over town. Treat those tastebuds to choices from Standard Tap, chat with friends over food from Silk City Diner, wrap up the night with a date at Sidecar Bar & Grille or eat your heart out at David's Mai Lai Wah. While some of these haunts offer sustenance in an unpretentious and unassuming environment, others step it up a bit with a tad more class. Depending on where the rest of the evening has been spent, one venue may be better for you and your crowd, but they've all got the ability to fill up your belly and get you on your way. Some will bring you back for more on another night, and others will simply satisfy for the time being. Check out which venues are high on our list, and add them to the venues you already know and trust for this time of the night.


Drop into Cavanaugh's Restaurant for good times and great food. The restaurant isa neighborhood favorite, and offers a casual, friendly dining atmospherethat you and your friends are sure to enjoy. Cavanaugh's Restaurant also featuresa friendly, professional staff of great people, who will make sure you enjoyyour visit and that Cavanaugh's Restaurant lives up to its reputation for pleasantdining and superb cuisine. The menu offers an inspired array of selectionsthat is sure to satisfy everyone in your group, every time. Be sure to askyour server about new selections, daily specials, and special chef'screations. Whether you're in the mood for casual dining or a specialoccasion, Cavanaugh's Restaurant is sure to please.

Recommended for Late Night because: There's plenty of seating here, so come with friends and enjoy burgers, nachos and other fare with plenty of TVs to entertain your whole crowd.

Sharon's expert tip: The wings and burgers come highly recommend, so sample a few when you're here.

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This Graduate hospital haunt is perfect for late night drinks and eats in South Philly. Whether you're hungry or thirsty, this venue satisfies your cravings. Meet friends or head here after an event to unwind and enjoy a great casual setting and tasty menu choices that often get described as "familiar, yet eclectic". The craft beer is top notch and draws many a hipster to hang here and enjoy good times and great friends. With the kitchen open late, it also offers those who work up a late night appetite some choices as far as food that are not just the same-old, same-old.

Recommended for Late Night because: A tad eclectic, this bar and grille helps you step out of your comfort zone just a tad.

Sharon's expert tip: Have you veer had pretzel-crusted chicken fingers? Then you need to come here.

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South Street

Many folks in the Graduate Hospital area rave about this venue as a great drinking spot. Yet don't discount this place as a great place to eat as well. Locals credit the laid-back atmosphere, great beer and interesting Cajun-inspired eats, like sausage sandwiches, explain this quirky pub's appeal. Others say it's just a great place to grab a good bite to eat that will not leave your stomach wondering what in the world just rolled through it. Menu items like a spinach and sausage sandwich, jambalaya, po boys, as well as a nice selection of burgers to choose from give patrons plenty of opportunity to grab something that appeals to their particular tastes.

Recommended for Late Night because: Food that's a bit more refined in a casual and relaxed setting makes this place a sure bet when it comes to late night dining.

Sharon's expert tip: Sample the burgers and blackened green beans for a true treat.

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Good dog attracts a more hipster-type of a crowd, and does its thing in a venue decorated in admiration of the beloved dog. Pooch-themed items can be found from one end of the restaurant to the other, and gives it a friendly and fun feel. The food satisfies, and comes in small plates, larger plates, burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and beverages to suit all kinds of tastes. Veggie options are even on the menu, and the place is open until 2am. Located in Rittenhouse Square, it defies what many think of the area, by being quite down-to-earth, unassuming and generally friendly and fun. What a great combination.

Recommended for Late Night because: Burgers are what many people think of when heading out for food after hours, and this place does them right.

Sharon's expert tip: Burgers here are worth a try, accompanied by the side of your choice to round out the meal.

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This Chinatown eatery offers late-night food options which include soups, noodles, dumplings and other delicacies at affordable prices. The joint is small, an the staff is business-only and don't mess around with small talk or helping you through the menu. Yet the place rocks where it counts - in good food done well. Many call it the best Chinese they've found in the city, so don't discount it because it's open until the wee hours of the morning. They don't deliver, so you'll have to venture out and grab your grub yourself, but take out is available, so you can head right back to your room should you choose to.

Recommended for Late Night because: Chinese as late night food? Why Not? This place will convince you to make it Chinese a lot more often.

Sharon's expert tip: Regulars say most things on the menu are delicious, but the fried rice and salt and pepper squid come especially recommended.

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South Philadelphia Tap Room
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The South Philadelphia Tap Room is a pretty damned fine establishment, there are 13 taps, local breweries and Belgian imports are strongly featured and back up by an eclectic 100 bottle selection. A long spacious bar with booths, exposed brick and garlands of white fairy lights create it's downright pleasant atmosphere, attracting a hip (but not hipper-than-thou) predominantly twenty-to thirty something crowd. The bar staff is friendly and laid back. But attentive.

To describe SPTR in a nutshell would be to call it your favorite neighborhood hangout and a high-quality beer joint wrapped together. With a couple of TVs, a seriously interesting menu, a down-to-earth urban tavern environment, and great beers from both the local and the world scenes, you can start to understand why SPTR is getting such rave reviews... Late night, the kitchen is open until 1 am with a full menu to please.

Recommended for Late Night because: Solid dining choices like grilled cheese and tomato soup keep it simple while satisfying all kinds of cravings.

Sharon's expert tip: Sit outside here on a warm summer night and enjoy the sights.

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This cozy corner watering hole, located at 3rd and Brown, has emerged as a true haven for the more sophisticated palates that live and play in the Northern Liberties. Works by local artists adorn the place's exposed bricks walls, and the selection of poisons is as diverse as any place in town (from Rothbury Estate Shiraz to minty Mojito Martinis). Adding to the spot's wide appeal is a calendar of events that slates weekly Indy film screenings. As for eats, try your hand at their tasty potato pierogies, gazpacho or steamed mussels. Weekend brunch at North 3rd � a lineup that includes challah French toast, breakfast quesadilla eggs and arugula and beet salad � is also a must. The new American fare offers great late night dining, and the wings are known to be delish.

Recommended for Late Night because: Northern Liberties is not left out of the mix when it comes to dining late night. North 3rd is very laid back and welcoming.

Sharon's expert tip: Have you had their homemade pierogies?

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Named after the legendary geographical feature in the Hindu Kush Mountains, this Old City music venue isn't for the faint of heart. Punk and indy acts with names like Oppenheimer, Nashville Pussy, Human Television and Iggy Pop take over the downstairs stage each week, cranking their amps to full volume and whipping into a frenzy the 20-somethings who pack the dark listening room. Upstairs, DJs spin everything from hip-hop to Britrock until well past the witching hour. When it comes to food, this venue delivers with Southern BBQ as well as a variety of vegan options to quiet your inner grumbings.

Recommended for Late Night because: Khyber Pass Pub is open late and a great dining option for Old City visitors.

Sharon's expert tip: May we suggest the nachos?

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On the corner of 2nd and Poplar stands the Standard Tap, a neighborhood pub that boasts some of the city's most innovative cookery. Yes the Standard's beer selection is impressive � very impressive, in fact � and includes a number of micro-brewed products that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. But, honestly, what gets this joint the high marks is the fact that, like the good gastro-pubs in Europe, their kitchen staff strives to keep things fresh and new, resulting in tasty dishes like roasted lamb shanks, steamed clams, octopus and smelts. Late night you can grab dinner until 1am, filling up before heading back out.

Recommended for Late Night because: Standard Tap offers up a variety of hearty choices to satisfy late-night hunger for all kinds of citygoers.

Sharon's expert tip: Late night eats don't have to be bad for you. Standard Tap offers wholesome food choices that fit the bill.

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Built on to a trolley-car diner/restaurant and a funky beer garden, the long-time Northern Liberties hipster hangout brings DJs, live bands and special events like comedy showcases to a simple, single-room space. Home to an exceptionally diverse crowd of 20- and 30-somethings, this is the place to catch surprise sets by ?uestlove of The Roots. Since its beginnings as a true dining car, its always attracted the offbeat, the eclectic, the creative and the interesting. The place came under new management in 2006 and was remodeled and a warmer-weather beer garden was added to keep up with changing tastes and preferences. Late night eats can be had here until 1am, rounding out the evening's activities wonderfully well.

Recommended for Late Night because: Silk City Diner is known for its offbeat environment, but it's also a great place to grab a delicious bit to eat.

Sharon's expert tip: Take some time to try the bread pudding here.

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