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Essential Philly Late Night Eats

Where to dine well after dark

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Beef Tartare at Southwark
| Casey Robinson

Philadelphia isn’t much of a late-night city, but that doesn’t mean late-night eaters can’t eat well. The after-midnight food scene goes beyond Philly's beloved diners and 24-hour cheesesteak joints to a wide range of cuisines in bars and restaurants, taco shops, gastropubs — even the cocktail bars are getting into the act.

Those looking to undo damage from earlier in the night might look to the dumplings at Dim Sum House, the Southern fare at Khyber Pass Pub, or even the oh-so-juicy burger at Fountain Porter. Looking for more elegant plates for late-night dining? Turn to the gorgeous bar snacks at Southwark, French fare at The Good King Tavern, or even vegan and vegetarian options like the “crab” cakes at Charlie Was a Sinner.

Here are 21 late-night places — that stay open between midnight and 4 a.m. — to explore on Philly dining scene.

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Kabobeesh

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West Philly’s Kabobeesh stays open until 1 a.m. (11 p.m. on Mondays) to serve Pakistani and Indian dishes to hungry students after a night out or long study session. The casual spot is known for its kebabs, rice dishes, and fresh naan.

Dim Sum House

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University City’s Dim Sum House keeps college students (and everyone else) full of dumplings and scallion pancakes from lunchtime until 1 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Service is quick — perfect for late-night hunger.

Grace Tavern

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This neighborhood tavern serves food until 2 a.m. every single day of the week. Grace's bartenders stock a wonderful beer collection, and those in-the-know order blackened green beans alongside their Grace Burgers.

American Sardine Bar

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There isn’t much else around Point Breeze’s American Sardine Bar, but with a great beer list and a tight, rotating menu of perfectly executed beer-friendly food served until 1 a.m. daily, it’s worth the detour.

Good Dog Bar

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A real bar with a real food menu is just the ticket at the end of a night and that’s where Good Dog thrives. The full menu of well-executed bar food — including the popular burger — is available until 1 a.m. Try to catch one of the Chef Carolynn Angle’s luxe daily specials, which have included split lobster tails and steak tartare.

McGillin's Olde Ale House

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Philly’s oldest bar is known as a late night drinking spot, but also serves its full menu of comfort food until 1 a.m. every day of the week. Mile high meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, wings, and nachos are a great way to wrap up a night.

Known as a late night spot for its live music and whiskey selection, Time’s kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. to serve cheffy snacks and entrees, including grilled octopus, beef tartare, and oysters.

Charlie Was a Sinner

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Vegan cocktail bar Charlie Was a Sinner keeps its kitchen open until midnight on weekends. This narrow Gayborhood/Midtown Village spot is known for elegant small plates — like zucchini “crab” cakes and cauliflower steak — that pack in flavor while eschewing animal products.

Fountain Porter

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While beer takes center stage at this neighborhood pub, it's Fountain Porter’s burger that's been getting all the attention. For just five bucks, get the thin, backyard-style burger stacked high with tomatoes, lettuce, and American cheese. It's salty, dripping with juice, and always available until 1 a.m.

Triangle Tavern

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A bowl of mussels, a massive portion of eggplant parm, maybe a plate of the day's bruschetta — those are all the makings of a great late night dinner in true South Philly fashion. The red gravy joint was a neighborhood staple in its heyday and now, reopened and serving until 1 a.m., it has become so again.

Taqueria La Prima

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This tiny taqueria in the Italian Market has done wonders for Philly's restaurant workers and others who get off the clock late and need tasty 4 a.m. tacos after a weekend shift. (Note that it used to be named Prima Pizza Taqueria Mexicana. It doesn’t serve pizza.)

David's Mai Lai Wah

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Over in Chinatown, David's Mai Lah Wah is the late night capital of Philadelphia, staying open until 3 a.m. It's by no means the best Chinese food in Philly, but it does offer some of the best late night eats in the city. Come for the fried dumplings and salt-and-pepper wings and stay for the people-watching.

Royal Tavern

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Neighborhood haunt Royal Tavern serves satisfying pub grub with an international flair until 1 a.m. Think: wings, potato skins topped with shredded duck, and lots of vegan options, including a sloppy Joe and a tempeh club sandwich.

The Good King Tavern

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One of Philly’s best French restaurants, The Good King Tavern, keeps its kitchen open late (until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and midnight on Sunday) to serve up hearty tavern fare like steak frites and escargot. It also has one of the best wine programs in town, which is très bien because nothing goes better with French wine than French food.

Southwark

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There aren't too many places in Philly for a fancy meal late at night. Sure, there are plenty of late-night burgers, cheesesteaks, and tacos — but chicken liver mousse with a local blueberry compote? That's a hard ask, except at Southwark. The Queen Village charmer stays open late, putting out some excellent bar snacks until 1 a.m.

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Royal Sushi & Izakaya

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As the name suggests, Jesse Ito’s Royal Sushi & Izakaya is a two-part affair, with a chill Japanese pub in the front and a reservations-only sushi counter tucked away in the back. The pub serves chicken and pork belly skewers, fried oysters, beef tataki, rainbow rolls, and much more until 1 a.m. daily.

Silk City

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Quirky Silk City is half nightclub and half diner, creating the perfect mash-up for hungry partiers seeking comfort food classics after getting sweaty on the dance floor. Get buttermilk fried chicken, mac and cheese, turkey BLTs, and more until 1 a.m.

Khyber Pass Pub

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Late nights in Old City, especially on weekends, can be downright chaotic. But in the middle of it all there's Khyber, an oasis on 2nd Street with a great beer list and Southern and Creole cooking. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m.

North Third

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Consistency is key when it comes to late night eating, and North Third's got it down pat. Reasonable prices, someone making a real effort in the kitchen, and friendly vibes make this long-running Northern Liberties gastropub a neighborhood staple. The wings? They're as good as everyone says they are — crispy, saucy, sticky, and just right after a night out on the town. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and until midnight the rest of the week.

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Johnny Brenda's

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One of Philly’s favorite local music venues has got dinner and a show for night owls every day of the week. The kitchen at Johnny Brenda’s stays open until 1 a.m. to satisfy late night hunger with burgers, fries, snacks, and some impressive veggie dishes.

Loco Pez (multiple locations)

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Fishtown meets Los Angeles at this popular taqueria on Norris Street. The tacos live up to the hype, and getting a round of expertly stacked nachos and a street dog is always a good idea. The kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. nightly. A second Loco Pez in West Philly serves dinner until midnight.

Kabobeesh

West Philly’s Kabobeesh stays open until 1 a.m. (11 p.m. on Mondays) to serve Pakistani and Indian dishes to hungry students after a night out or long study session. The casual spot is known for its kebabs, rice dishes, and fresh naan.

Dim Sum House

University City’s Dim Sum House keeps college students (and everyone else) full of dumplings and scallion pancakes from lunchtime until 1 a.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Service is quick — perfect for late-night hunger.

Grace Tavern

This neighborhood tavern serves food until 2 a.m. every single day of the week. Grace's bartenders stock a wonderful beer collection, and those in-the-know order blackened green beans alongside their Grace Burgers.

American Sardine Bar

There isn’t much else around Point Breeze’s American Sardine Bar, but with a great beer list and a tight, rotating menu of perfectly executed beer-friendly food served until 1 a.m. daily, it’s worth the detour.

Good Dog Bar

A real bar with a real food menu is just the ticket at the end of a night and that’s where Good Dog thrives. The full menu of well-executed bar food — including the popular burger — is available until 1 a.m. Try to catch one of the Chef Carolynn Angle’s luxe daily specials, which have included split lobster tails and steak tartare.

McGillin's Olde Ale House

Philly’s oldest bar is known as a late night drinking spot, but also serves its full menu of comfort food until 1 a.m. every day of the week. Mile high meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, wings, and nachos are a great way to wrap up a night.

Time

Known as a late night spot for its live music and whiskey selection, Time’s kitchen stays open until 1 a.m. to serve cheffy snacks and entrees, including grilled octopus, beef tartare, and oysters.

Charlie Was a Sinner

Vegan cocktail bar Charlie Was a Sinner keeps its kitchen open until midnight on weekends. This narrow Gayborhood/Midtown Village spot is known for elegant small plates — like zucchini “crab” cakes and cauliflower steak — that pack in flavor while eschewing animal products.

Fountain Porter

While beer takes center stage at this neighborhood pub, it's Fountain Porter’s burger that's been getting all the attention. For just five bucks, get the thin, backyard-style burger stacked high with tomatoes, lettuce, and American cheese. It's salty, dripping with juice, and always available until 1 a.m.

Triangle Tavern

A bowl of mussels, a massive portion of eggplant parm, maybe a plate of the day's bruschetta — those are all the makings of a great late night dinner in true South Philly fashion. The red gravy joint was a neighborhood staple in its heyday and now, reopened and serving until 1 a.m., it has become so again.

Taqueria La Prima

This tiny taqueria in the Italian Market has done wonders for Philly's restaurant workers and others who get off the clock late and need tasty 4 a.m. tacos after a weekend shift. (Note that it used to be named Prima Pizza Taqueria Mexicana. It doesn’t serve pizza.)

David's Mai Lai Wah

Over in Chinatown, David's Mai Lah Wah is the late night capital of Philadelphia, staying open until 3 a.m. It's by no means the best Chinese food in Philly, but it does offer some of the best late night eats in the city. Come for the fried dumplings and salt-and-pepper wings and stay for the people-watching.

Royal Tavern

Neighborhood haunt Royal Tavern serves satisfying pub grub with an international flair until 1 a.m. Think: wings, potato skins topped with shredded duck, and lots of vegan options, including a sloppy Joe and a tempeh club sandwich.

The Good King Tavern

One of Philly’s best French restaurants, The Good King Tavern, keeps its kitchen open late (until 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday and midnight on Sunday) to serve up hearty tavern fare like steak frites and escargot. It also has one of the best wine programs in town, which is très bien because nothing goes better with French wine than French food.

Southwark

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There aren't too many places in Philly for a fancy meal late at night. Sure, there are plenty of late-night burgers, cheesesteaks, and tacos — but chicken liver mousse with a local blueberry compote? That's a hard ask, except at Southwark. The Queen Village charmer stays open late, putting out some excellent bar snacks until 1 a.m.

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Royal Sushi & Izakaya

As the name suggests, Jesse Ito’s Royal Sushi & Izakaya is a two-part affair, with a chill Japanese pub in the front and a reservations-only sushi counter tucked away in the back. The pub serves chicken and pork belly skewers, fried oysters, beef tataki, rainbow rolls, and much more until 1 a.m. daily.

Silk City

Quirky Silk City is half nightclub and half diner, creating the perfect mash-up for hungry partiers seeking comfort food classics after getting sweaty on the dance floor. Get buttermilk fried chicken, mac and cheese, turkey BLTs, and more until 1 a.m.

Khyber Pass Pub

Late nights in Old City, especially on weekends, can be downright chaotic. But in the middle of it all there's Khyber, an oasis on 2nd Street with a great beer list and Southern and Creole cooking. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m.

North Third

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Consistency is key when it comes to late night eating, and North Third's got it down pat. Reasonable prices, someone making a real effort in the kitchen, and friendly vibes make this long-running Northern Liberties gastropub a neighborhood staple. The wings? They're as good as everyone says they are — crispy, saucy, sticky, and just right after a night out on the town. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and until midnight the rest of the week.

North Third [official]

Johnny Brenda's

One of Philly’s favorite local music venues has got dinner and a show for night owls every day of the week. The kitchen at Johnny Brenda’s stays open until 1 a.m. to satisfy late night hunger with burgers, fries, snacks, and some impressive veggie dishes.

Loco Pez (multiple locations)

Fishtown meets Los Angeles at this popular taqueria on Norris Street. The tacos live up to the hype, and getting a round of expertly stacked nachos and a street dog is always a good idea. The kitchen stays open until 2 a.m. nightly. A second Loco Pez in West Philly serves dinner until midnight.

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