Whether you’re in the mood for home-style cooking or a high-class restaurant, D.C.’s late night dining scene has what you’re looking for! We’ve compiled a list of the top spots worth checking out on your next late night escapade with the help of B and J of Two DC, Clint of Bite and Switch, and Malini Sood Horiuchi of The Restaurant Fairy.
Hank’s Oyster Bar – 1624 Q St NW
“Hank’s Dupont Circle location features a late-night happy hour with half off raw bar selections from 10 pm to midnight every night!” –B and J
Open City – 2331 Calvert St NW
“…Open City is a ‘jack of all trades’ type of restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and the late night crowd. Part coffee shop, diner, sandwich shop, bakery, and casual dinner restaurant.” –Clint
Ben’s Chili Bowl – 1213 U St NW
“It’s a DC institution for good reason. We love the chili cheese fries, half smokes, and the cake!” –B and J
Etete – 1942 9th St NW
“Etete means mama in Amharic, which is a perfect name for this Ethiopian eatery. The food served in this homey café feels just like it came out of a ‘mama’s’ kitchen. In fact, just about everything about this stand out spot in Little Ethiopia reminds you of home – from the warmth of the servers to the ease of the patrons dining there. It feels like everyone is part of one big family. The food is served family-style on a large round steel platter, covered with an injera (a spongy bread). The injera is laden with different colored spiced vegetables, gravies, and meats. The food is rich with wonderful flavors and textures that are eaten by hand using ripped bits of injera that scoop the gravies. One can easily go through a heap of injeras without even realizing it!” –Malini
Oohhs and Aahhs – 1005 U St NW
“When that late-night macaroni and cheese craving hits, head to Oohhs and Aahhs on U Street.” –B and J
Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.