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Where to Eat Late Night in San Francisco

Sleepy San Francisco still has good food past 11 p.m.

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San Francisco may not be known for its late-night food scene, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to sleep on the hometown heroes who do keep the lights on all evening long. There’s a heavy burrito game in the Mission (and now in North Beach) and steaming kimchi fried rice in Union Square, all available in those wee witching hours.

All across these stoic 48 hills, cooks cater to the diners who, against the typical Bay Area grain, manage to stay up past midnight. These 11 restaurants are here for a drunchies run. They are here for the all nighter study session pit stop. And they are here for night owls who refuse to eat food when the sun does shine.

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This North Beach mom-and-pop is a welcome throwback to the good ol’ days — 1966, to be exact, when this burger joint opened its doors. Formerly the business was famously open until 4 a.m., but during these pandemic-y times, the shop’s hours are shorter though still run late.

A burger on a white paper plate. Lauren Saria

Taishan Cuisine

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This Chinatown newcomer specializes in food from China’s Guangdong province, which means braised lamb or beef stew, steamed vermicelli with shrimp, or wontons and fried fish balls, all served until 3 a.m. daily.

Late night eats at Taishan.
Late night eats at Taishan.
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Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

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Bob’s, San Francisco’s undisputed king of late night doughnuts, is known for its apple fritters and signature crumble donuts roughly the size of the tire on a kid's bike.

Grubstake Diner

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This classic San Francisco late-night diner has stood the test of time, continuing to serve three square meals a day in the Pork Gulch neighborhood. The menu is full of the usual fare, think burgers, pancakes, and good ol’ fashioned American apple pie, but with a Portuguese flair in the form of bife a portuguesa and linguica sausage.

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Grubstake Diner/Facebook

Cocobang

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Slide into one of the booths at this Union Square–adjacent spot, which is open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays and until 2 a.m. the rest of the week, for an order of cheese corn (it’s exactly what it sounds like, a plate of canned corn topped with hot, melted cheese) and a platter of Korean fried chicken. Will this meal rock your world? Maybe, but only if you’ve had enough to drink before you arrive. Even the latest of hours, there will be a projector playing music videos on the back wall creating the perfect backdrop for a late-night meal. 

A plate of cheese corn at Cocobang Lauren Saria

Genki Crepes & Mini Mart

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Clement Street in the Richmond District is a bevy of incredible restaurants, but not so much in the as the night stretches on. Genki Crepes and Mini Mart is there to answer the call, though Naya Dessert Cafe holds it down, too. Where else can one pick up a red bean ice cream and banana crepe while stocking up on shrimp chips? Weekdays the shop is open until 11 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

You can order one of the many outstanding cocktails at ABV until 2 a.m. everyday, but if you want in on the menu of grilled abalone mushrooms or soft shell crab tacos, you’ll need to get that order in by midnight. There’s plenty to please — from meat and cheese platters to a fried chicken sandwich, because of course — but star of the food side is the burger, which comes with white cheddar cheese, raw red onion, shredded lettuce, pickles, and a tangy special sauce.  

Monk’s Kettle

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Monk’s Kettle, an unassuming gastropub, possesses a prodigious selection of Belgian and Trappist beers as well as a hearty food menu. Notable items include warm, pillowy pretzels, creamy macaroni and cheese, and a freshly ground burger. Head over to get your fill until midnight daily.

Monk’s Kettle

Beretta

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It was a tough go for Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House restaurant group in 2020, but Beretta in the Mission is one of the few higher-end restaurants open past 11 p.m. these days. And for that we’re grateful. (Plus, with incoming Rad Radish, Paganini is on the rebound.) On Friday and Saturdays you can pop into the dark, wood-clad space for fritto misto, pizza, and a cocktail until midnight.

Beretta

Despite its humble exterior (it is after all, housed in a former garage), Toyose is one big party. The late night Korean hideaway serves up hefty portions of Korean fried rice and saccharine soju cocktails until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the rowdy. During the week, the party ends at midnight.

Taqueria El Farolito

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The witching hour for El Farolito is after midnight, as it metes out burritos the size of bricks until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays — making it a late night pit stop for both the hungry and the inebriated. What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for with the sheer size of its offerings, which you can explore until 1:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. Now available to the North Beach residents, too.

Sam's

This North Beach mom-and-pop is a welcome throwback to the good ol’ days — 1966, to be exact, when this burger joint opened its doors. Formerly the business was famously open until 4 a.m., but during these pandemic-y times, the shop’s hours are shorter though still run late.

A burger on a white paper plate. Lauren Saria

Taishan Cuisine

This Chinatown newcomer specializes in food from China’s Guangdong province, which means braised lamb or beef stew, steamed vermicelli with shrimp, or wontons and fried fish balls, all served until 3 a.m. daily.

Late night eats at Taishan.
Late night eats at Taishan.
Yelp

Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

Bob’s, San Francisco’s undisputed king of late night doughnuts, is known for its apple fritters and signature crumble donuts roughly the size of the tire on a kid's bike.

Grubstake Diner

This classic San Francisco late-night diner has stood the test of time, continuing to serve three square meals a day in the Pork Gulch neighborhood. The menu is full of the usual fare, think burgers, pancakes, and good ol’ fashioned American apple pie, but with a Portuguese flair in the form of bife a portuguesa and linguica sausage.

Grubstake Diner
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Grubstake Diner/Facebook

Cocobang

Slide into one of the booths at this Union Square–adjacent spot, which is open until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays and until 2 a.m. the rest of the week, for an order of cheese corn (it’s exactly what it sounds like, a plate of canned corn topped with hot, melted cheese) and a platter of Korean fried chicken. Will this meal rock your world? Maybe, but only if you’ve had enough to drink before you arrive. Even the latest of hours, there will be a projector playing music videos on the back wall creating the perfect backdrop for a late-night meal. 

A plate of cheese corn at Cocobang Lauren Saria

Genki Crepes & Mini Mart

Clement Street in the Richmond District is a bevy of incredible restaurants, but not so much in the as the night stretches on. Genki Crepes and Mini Mart is there to answer the call, though Naya Dessert Cafe holds it down, too. Where else can one pick up a red bean ice cream and banana crepe while stocking up on shrimp chips? Weekdays the shop is open until 11 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight.

ABV

You can order one of the many outstanding cocktails at ABV until 2 a.m. everyday, but if you want in on the menu of grilled abalone mushrooms or soft shell crab tacos, you’ll need to get that order in by midnight. There’s plenty to please — from meat and cheese platters to a fried chicken sandwich, because of course — but star of the food side is the burger, which comes with white cheddar cheese, raw red onion, shredded lettuce, pickles, and a tangy special sauce.  

Monk’s Kettle

Monk’s Kettle, an unassuming gastropub, possesses a prodigious selection of Belgian and Trappist beers as well as a hearty food menu. Notable items include warm, pillowy pretzels, creamy macaroni and cheese, and a freshly ground burger. Head over to get your fill until midnight daily.

Monk’s Kettle

Beretta

It was a tough go for Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House restaurant group in 2020, but Beretta in the Mission is one of the few higher-end restaurants open past 11 p.m. these days. And for that we’re grateful. (Plus, with incoming Rad Radish, Paganini is on the rebound.) On Friday and Saturdays you can pop into the dark, wood-clad space for fritto misto, pizza, and a cocktail until midnight.

Beretta

Toyose

Despite its humble exterior (it is after all, housed in a former garage), Toyose is one big party. The late night Korean hideaway serves up hefty portions of Korean fried rice and saccharine soju cocktails until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the rowdy. During the week, the party ends at midnight.

Taqueria El Farolito

The witching hour for El Farolito is after midnight, as it metes out burritos the size of bricks until 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays — making it a late night pit stop for both the hungry and the inebriated. What it lacks in ambiance it makes up for with the sheer size of its offerings, which you can explore until 1:30 a.m. Sunday to Thursday. Now available to the North Beach residents, too.

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