Food for the Night Owls: Charleston's Late-Night Restaurants

If you're out and about in Charleston, South Carolina at night, weeknight or week day, chances are you'll be tempted by our late night restaurants–whether you're finishing up a long day of explorations or a night of bar-hopping. There's absolutely nothing wrong with giving into those late-night cravings when you're in our city. In fact, you might be surprised by the number and variety of restaurants serving late night food in Charleston.

Holy City late night food comes in all forms. You may be salivating for the cheesy goodness of a hot slice of pizza from Pizzeria di Giovannis on the market or Mellow Mushroom on King Street, or you could be wishing for a full plate of Southern comfort food classics (read: chicken and waffles) from The Early Bird Diner in West Ashley.

Want to keep the party going while you get your grub on? One of Charleston's most beloved dive bars, AC's, serves food until 1:30am, while The Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap House on Cumberland whets your craft beer whistle with food specials and 40+ beers on tap. Want to pretend it's already morning? Easy: head over to The Rarebit on Upper King to get your breakfast on until 2am. Just remember to bookmark this page for easy referencing later on tonight!



You may have had good pizza, but other pizza isn't Mellow Mushroom pizza. This colorful, laid-back, mushroom-themed restaurant and bar is open serves food until 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and until midnight Friday and Saturday. That's great...  Read More



With over 40 taps that change nightly, Closed For Business is more than dedicated to offering an impressive beer selection to the Charleston public. What makes CFB even better is the small yet varied menu on hand to go with your local brews. Hit...  Read More



Visit AC's for a friendly, rowdy dive bar experience, complete with tabletop dancing, pool, and some great late night food. When ordering late night grub, you'll find a decent selection of sandwiches, burgers, and "stuff." You'll want to check...  Read More



Head on over to The Craftsmen on Cumberland Street after bar hopping your way through the Market and East Bay nightlife scene. Here, you'll find burgers, sandwiches, and all-around good pub grub alongside nearly 50 beer taps on deck. Craftsmen...  Read More



Pizzeria di Giovanni, located downtown adjacent to the Charleston City Market and Rainbow Market shops, is ideally situated to supply hungry late night eaters with delicious pizza. It's not hard to find a crowd who enjoys pizza as their late...  Read More



Their name might be a shoutout to the early bird breakfast eaters, but this classic Charleston diner is open late (until 4am on weekends!) to feed and fuel local night owls, too. Walk into The Early Bird Diner, grab a booth or counter seat, and...  Read More



This cozy corner pizza joint is a locals' favorite, located in the heart of the residential Elliotborough neighborhood. D'Als, as it is called by its regulars, is an excellent place to kick back and enjoy a beer and a couple of slices of thin,...  Read More

North Downtown


This casual, sometimes rockin' bar on Morrison Drive may require a car ride to get to from downtown, but the 5-minute drive is worth it if you're into meaty, cheesy late night sandwiches. This is a ditch the diet, "I need to soak up the beers I...  Read More



The Rarebit, an upscale restaurant and bar known for its retro-style decor and other-worldly Moscow Mules, it also an excellent choice for late night eats. Conveniently located on Upper King Street downtown, The Rarebit offers their full menu...  Read More

North Downtown


Located on Upper King Street, Butcher & Bee is known as a purveyor of what they call "craft sandwiches." In a world of many craft things, Butcher & Bee's sandwiches are a standout, particularly late at night after some Charleston bar...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare is always venturing between traveling abroad and her beloved Lowcountry. 

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