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Where to Eat Late Night in San Francisco

Sleepy SF still has good food past 11 p.m.

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San Francisco is notorious for its early dining bedtime, as most restaurants stop serving by 11 p.m., even on weekend nights. Still, there are a few city spots that take pity on the hungry and restless, keeping their ovens warmed and doors open until well past normal dinner time. This list of 10 restaurants and bars is sure to satisfy the late-night appetite, whether your midnight inclination veers toward divey counters or classic hideaways. Some of these restaurants are serving pizza and flipping burgers until 12 a.m., while a notable few welcome the hungry as late as 4 a.m.

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1. Sam's

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618 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-1539

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. It's been flipping its famous burgers until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends to hordes of hungry Chinatown and North Beach partiers ever since.

2. Taishan Cuisine

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718 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 788-2288

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 11:30 p.m. daily.

3. Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

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1621 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 776-3141
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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.

4. Grubstake Diner

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1525 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 228-8420
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This classic SF 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 as well as milkshakes, coffee, and a small but respectable selection of beer and wine. 

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5. Cocobang

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550 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 292-5144

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. 

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3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 294-1871
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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.  

7. Monk’s Kettle

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3141 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 865-9523
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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.

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8. Beretta

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1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 695-1199
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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 a.m. these days. And for that we’re grateful. On Friday and Saturdays you can pop into the dark, wood-clad space for fritto misto, pizza, and a cocktail until midnight.

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9. Toyose

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3814 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-0232
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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.

10. Taqueria El Farolito

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2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-7877
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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.

1. Sam's

618 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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. It's been flipping its famous burgers until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends to hordes of hungry Chinatown and North Beach partiers ever since.

618 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Taishan Cuisine

718 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

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 11:30 p.m. daily.

718 Broadway
San Francisco, CA 94133

3. Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop

1621 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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.

1621 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Grubstake Diner

1525 Pine St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Grubstake Diner
Grubstake Diner/Facebook
Grubstake Diner/Facebook

This classic SF 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 as well as milkshakes, coffee, and a small but respectable selection of beer and wine. 

1525 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Cocobang

550 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA 94102
A plate of cheese corn at Cocobang Lauren Saria

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. 

550 Taylor St
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. ABV

3174 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.  

3174 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

7. Monk’s Kettle

3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
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.

3141 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. Beretta

1199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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 a.m. these days. And for that we’re grateful. On Friday and Saturdays you can pop into the dark, wood-clad space for fritto misto, pizza, and a cocktail until midnight.

1199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Toyose

3814 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

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.

3814 Noriega St
San Francisco, CA 94122

10. Taqueria El Farolito

2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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