Whether after a late night of nightclub hopping, a long evening of cheering at PETCO Park, an extended night of work or simply sheer boredom, we’re all guilty of the curse of late-night hunger pains. Luckily, there are many San Diego restaurants that are open to cater to your cravings.
Discover the top ten restaurants for late night dining in San Diego
The Tractor Room: Calling all carnivores. The Tractor Room is your ticket for honest cocktails and delicious meats. From the prime beef and fresh ground lamb burgers served with criss cross fries to filet mignon skewers and 18 oz porterhouse, the Tractor Room offers the perfect edge of “gamey meats” to curb your late night appetite. On Fridays and Saturdays, the kitchen stays open until 2am. Go fancy with Sage Duck Breast Skewer with Goat Cheese, Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Tenderloin, BBQ Glazed Lamb Shank and the Smoked Wisconsin Cheddar Mac & Cheese.
Gaijin Noodle + Sake House: If you’re starving for some Asian cuisine done well, Gaijin has just what the doctor ordered. Sunday through Thursday, the kitchen stays open until 1am. And on Fridays and Saturdays, it keeps serving until 3am. Set in the heart of downtown, it’s a must-stop while out and about the Gaslamp. Choose from Chef Antonio Friscia’s yakitori grill, Gaijin Drunken Noodles or a specialty cocktail (or two).
barleymash: For the Gaslamp-goers who are looking for a little traditional American fare after last call, head to this corner hub. Served from 10pm to 12am, barleymash’s late night menu hits the spot when it comes to comfort-food cravings. Take your pick from the hearty Barley Pies made with ingredients from Ballast Point Brewery. Try the Cilantro Pesto Pie, Duck Pie, Salami Pie, Spiced Shrimp and many more. Along with the Barley Pies, you can order the Mason Jar, a 1.5 gallon jar filled to the brim with a specialty cocktail such as Kate Sessions with strawberry and gin or the Clydesdale with bourbon and vodka mule. (Main image)
Starlite Lounge: This modern restaurant and bar keeps it classy in Mission Hills. A late-night menu offers food after 10pm Sunday through Thursday. While it’s always rotating depending on the day, guests have recently dug into dishes like Grilled Margarita Jidori Chicken Skewers, Local Summer Salad, Pork Belly Egg Burger, Couscous Stuffed Peppers, Local Eggplant and Anaheim Pepper Gratin. Don’t forget to wash it down with the Starlite specialty cocktails.
Uptown Tavern: Centered on University Avenue in the heart of Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern takes a "super local" approach to both food and philosophy. Served until 1am, the tavern cooks up some appetizing eats to devour. When it’s been a late night out, refuel yourself with the Charred Brussels Sprouts, some Bacon Wrapped Nut-Stuffed Medjool Dates, Hot Wings, Steak Frites or Burnt Cheddar Mac ‘N’ Cheese.
Quality Social: Quality Social isn’t trying to be a dive bar – it’s a playful juxtaposition of all that we love about neighborhood dives, presented in a new light with no detail spared. It brings together a little luxury and delicious grub in an inviting setting, where DJs and party people have been known to come and play late into the night. Open until 2am every day besides Sundays, it’s a hot spot to take a bite out of the Fish Tacos, TJ Dog, Duck Wings, Mac N’ Cheese and more. Food is served until 10pm weekdays and until 11pm every Friday and Saturday.
Basic Urban Kitchen and Bar: Located on the corner of J and 10th in East Village, the circa 1912 warehouse converted into a swanky restaurant and bar is the ideal place to grab late night American fare. Basic serves signature New Haven, Connecticut thin crust brick oven pizzas until 2 am. Choose from the red or white pie, load on the toppings and dig in.
Slater’s 50/50: This Liberty Station spot is packed with burgers and beef, along with their extensive beer menu. A few steps up from yesterday’s burger joint, they’re embracing the late night hours concept to keep guests chowing down. If you’re craving a bite to eat, you’re in luck as the kitchen stays open until 1am. Menu features the 50/50 Burger, Hawaiian Burger or the popular Peanut Butter and Jellousy Burger.
Dirty Birds: Dirty Birds is not your average Pacific Beach bar and restaurant. Although it comes with a side of coastal breeze, a laid-back beach town crowd, and epic street-side people watching in true PB-style, Dirty Birds is all about the food. Open until 2am Thursday through Saturday, you’ll find cheap wings available in flavors such as Bangkawk BBQ, Flaming Honey Mustard, Lemon Pepper or Maple chipotle BBQ.
Lucha Libre: The famed taco shop located in Mission Hills provides delicious eats in an electrifying atmosphere. The family-run restaurant embraces its customers with bright pink walls, golden upholstery and images of Lucha Libre professional wrestling in Mexico. Open until 2:30am on Fridays and Saturdays, get your burrito fix from the Surfin’ California Gourmet Burrito, a Veg Out or a Classic Carne Asada.
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