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A Cheat Sheet for 19 Cheap Late Night Eats in D.C.

From waffles to falafel, this guide covers it all.

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Taylor Gourmet on H Street
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Finding a good meal in the early morning hours can be a challenging mission. Fast-food chains don't always cut it, and many other restaurant kitchens shut down before midnight, leaving hungry bar goers and night owls out of luck.

But D.C.'s bustling nightlife scene has given rise to many options for a cheap late night meal, from 24-hour greasy spoons to takeaway spots for pizza and tacos.

Here's where to head for food in the D.C. area, even after last call.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Diner

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2453 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-8800
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This diner is open 24/7 and ready to cater to the late-night Adams Morgan crowds. The varied menu has something for any craving, from classic breakfast dishes to comforting entrees like bacon-wrapped meatloaf or Greek pasta.
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2. Wiseguy NY Pizza

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 408-7800
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This traditional New York-style pizza spot stays open until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Grab a slice of what's fresh, or order a whole 18" pie.

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3. Hard Times Cafe

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3028 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 528-2233
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The Clarendon Hard Times offers its full menu until closing at 12 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, at 2 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday and at 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Good bets include the chili nachos or a pile of the grilled wings.
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4. Amsterdam Falafelshop

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2425 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-1969
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Stop in for a fried falafel sandwich piled with toppings like hummus, cabbage and garlic cream sauce. Both the Adams Morgan and the 14 Street locations stays open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays and 4 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays.
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5. Surfside Taco Stand

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1800 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 466-1830
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This Surfside outpost is on a mission satisfying taco cravings 24/7. The Cabo San Lucas tacos– a combination of grilled steak, poblano peppers, red onions, avocado and cilantro– is just one of the options sure to hit the spot for late-night hunger.
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6. Kabob Palace

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2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 486-3535
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Combat hunger at any hour with dishes like chicken, lamb or spicy beef kabob. Most plates come in at under $10 and are served with bread, rice, salad and vegetables.
[Photo: Ryan B./yelp]

7. The Mediterranean Spot

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1501 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 232-7108
The menu here ranges from kabob and shawarma to pizzas, wings and subs. The Mediterranean Spot stays open until 4 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on weekends.
[Photo: Roy L./Yelp]

8. Satellite Room

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2047 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 506-2496
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Bacon syrup, buffalo and poutine tots are among the more economical choices at this diner-style restaurant and bar.
[Photo: Alex S./Yelp]

9. Waffle Shop

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3864 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305
The waffles at this small, no-frills 24-hour diner can be ordered with toppings like syrup, meat or fruit. There are other options too, like cheap eggs and simple sandwiches.
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10. Julia's Empanadas

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1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 861-8828
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A warm, flaky empanada is the perfect to-go meal at the end of a long night. Popular savory flavors include Chilean or Jamaican beef, saltenas, or Spanish chorizo, among others. Plus, the Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle locations are open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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11. Fast Gourmet

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1400 W St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 448-9217
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Fast Gourmet turns out tasty sandwiches until 2 a.m. on Thursdays and 5 a.m on weekends. Grab a Cuban or turkey sandwich, or go for something smaller like a beef or chicken empanada.
[Photo: Vivian C./Yelp]

12. Dangerously Delicious Pies

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1339 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 398-7437
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Hearty slices of sweet pies, savory pies and quiches range in price from $6.50 to $7.50. Options run from the meaty beer brat pie, to tofu curry, to chocolate pecan and pumpkin. It's open until 3:30 a.m. everyday except Sunday when it closes at 10 p.m.
[Photo: Kaleo D../Yelp]

13. Taylor Gourmet

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1910 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 588-7117
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Both the 14th St. and H St. locations of this hoagie shop are open late on weekends. Good bets include the 9th Street Italian sub, or the Pattison Avenue made with hot braised pork, broccoli rabe and sharp provolone.
[Photo: Matt A./Yelp ]

14. Tastee Diner

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7731 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-3970
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This classic diner menu features favorites like meatloaf, eggs, burgers and sandwiches. There's also a location in Silver Spring.
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15. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-0909
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Ben's Chili Bowl has been catering to late-night diners for decades. The D.C. institution also recently opened another location on H Street. Conquer hunger with a half-smoke, burger or perhaps a side of chili cheese fries and a milkshake.
[Photo: Eater.com>]

16. Muncheez Mania

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1071 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 567-3000
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This Georgetown spot cranks out a menu of Lebanese-inspired food like shawarma and falafel alongside snacks like pizza, fries and crepes. Closing times range from 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., depending on the day.
[Photo: Win S./Yelp]

17. Pizza Mart

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2445 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-9700
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It's far from glamorous, but sometimes a giant slice of cheese pizza is the best way to finish a long night on the town. It's open until 3 a.m. during the week and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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18. District Commons

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2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 587-8277
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District Commons (and sister restaurant Penn Commons) offer "dinner bell" specials after 10 p.m. everyday except Sunday. For $12, diners can eat a whole meal for an affordable price with options like chicken-fried steak and huevos rancheros.
[Photo: R. Lopez]

19. The Partisan

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709 D St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004
The Partisan's late night menu means options like chili cheese fries, a bologna and cheese sandwich and a triple stack burger with two beef patties with chorizo and cheese.

20. Compass Rose

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1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 506-4765
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Compass Rose serves up late night dishes, including their beloved khachapuri, until 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. depending on the night.

1. The Diner

2453 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Facebook]
This diner is open 24/7 and ready to cater to the late-night Adams Morgan crowds. The varied menu has something for any craving, from classic breakfast dishes to comforting entrees like bacon-wrapped meatloaf or Greek pasta.
2453 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

2. Wiseguy NY Pizza

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
[Photo: Facebook]
This traditional New York-style pizza spot stays open until 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Grab a slice of what's fresh, or order a whole 18" pie.

[Photo: Facebook]

300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Hard Times Cafe

3028 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
[Photo: Sarah T./Yelp ]
The Clarendon Hard Times offers its full menu until closing at 12 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, at 2 a.m. Wednesday-Thursday and at 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Good bets include the chili nachos or a pile of the grilled wings.
3028 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

4. Amsterdam Falafelshop

2425 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Andrew D./Yelp]
Stop in for a fried falafel sandwich piled with toppings like hummus, cabbage and garlic cream sauce. Both the Adams Morgan and the 14 Street locations stays open until 3 a.m. on Thursdays and 4 a.m on Fridays and Saturdays.
2425 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Surfside Taco Stand

1800 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
[Photo: Official]
This Surfside outpost is on a mission satisfying taco cravings 24/7. The Cabo San Lucas tacos– a combination of grilled steak, poblano peppers, red onions, avocado and cilantro– is just one of the options sure to hit the spot for late-night hunger.
1800 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Kabob Palace

2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202
[Photo: Ryan B./yelp]
Combat hunger at any hour with dishes like chicken, lamb or spicy beef kabob. Most plates come in at under $10 and are served with bread, rice, salad and vegetables.
2315 S Eads St
Arlington, VA 22202

7. The Mediterranean Spot

1501 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Roy L./Yelp]
The menu here ranges from kabob and shawarma to pizzas, wings and subs. The Mediterranean Spot stays open until 4 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on weekends.
1501 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

8. Satellite Room

2047 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
[Photo: Alex S./Yelp]
Bacon syrup, buffalo and poutine tots are among the more economical choices at this diner-style restaurant and bar.
2047 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Waffle Shop

3864 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305
[Photo: Facebook]
The waffles at this small, no-frills 24-hour diner can be ordered with toppings like syrup, meat or fruit. There are other options too, like cheap eggs and simple sandwiches.
3864 Mount Vernon Ave
Alexandria, VA 22305

10. Julia's Empanadas

1221 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
[Photo: Sarah T./Yelp]
A warm, flaky empanada is the perfect to-go meal at the end of a long night. Popular savory flavors include Chilean or Jamaican beef, saltenas, or Spanish chorizo, among others. Plus, the Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle locations are open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
1221 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

11. Fast Gourmet

1400 W St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Vivian C./Yelp]
Fast Gourmet turns out tasty sandwiches until 2 a.m. on Thursdays and 5 a.m on weekends. Grab a Cuban or turkey sandwich, or go for something smaller like a beef or chicken empanada.
1400 W St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

12. Dangerously Delicious Pies

1339 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
[Photo: Kaleo D../Yelp]
Hearty slices of sweet pies, savory pies and quiches range in price from $6.50 to $7.50. Options run from the meaty beer brat pie, to tofu curry, to chocolate pecan and pumpkin. It's open until 3:30 a.m. everyday except Sunday when it closes at 10 p.m.
1339 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

13. Taylor Gourmet

1910 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Matt A./Yelp ]
Both the 14th St. and H St. locations of this hoagie shop are open late on weekends. Good bets include the 9th Street Italian sub, or the Pattison Avenue made with hot braised pork, broccoli rabe and sharp provolone.
1910 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

14. Tastee Diner

7731 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
[Photo: Facebook]
This classic diner menu features favorites like meatloaf, eggs, burgers and sandwiches. There's also a location in Silver Spring.
7731 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

15. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Eater.com>]
Ben's Chili Bowl has been catering to late-night diners for decades. The D.C. institution also recently opened another location on H Street. Conquer hunger with a half-smoke, burger or perhaps a side of chili cheese fries and a milkshake.
1213 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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16. Muncheez Mania

1071 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
[Photo: Win S./Yelp]
This Georgetown spot cranks out a menu of Lebanese-inspired food like shawarma and falafel alongside snacks like pizza, fries and crepes. Closing times range from 2:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m., depending on the day.
1071 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

17. Pizza Mart

2445 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
[Photo: Chef A./Yelp]
It's far from glamorous, but sometimes a giant slice of cheese pizza is the best way to finish a long night on the town. It's open until 3 a.m. during the week and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
2445 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

18. District Commons

2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
[Photo: R. Lopez]
District Commons (and sister restaurant Penn Commons) offer "dinner bell" specials after 10 p.m. everyday except Sunday. For $12, diners can eat a whole meal for an affordable price with options like chicken-fried steak and huevos rancheros.
2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

19. The Partisan

709 D St NW, Washington, D.C., 20004
The Partisan's late night menu means options like chili cheese fries, a bologna and cheese sandwich and a triple stack burger with two beef patties with chorizo and cheese.
709 D St NW, Washington
D.C., 20004

20. Compass Rose

1346 T St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Compass Rose serves up late night dishes, including their beloved khachapuri, until 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. depending on the night.
1346 T St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

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