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Assorted breakfast dishes at Bob & Edith’s.
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Eateries Open 24 Hours Around D.C. and Beyond

Where to find hearty breakfast plates, fish tacos, and Korean-style hangover soup at any hour of the day

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Assorted breakfast dishes at Bob & Edith’s.
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D.C.’s dining scene is diverse, but 24-hour spots are few and far between around this commuter city — even more so since many restaurants have scaled back hours because of issues born out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reliable standards like Steak ‘n Egg Kitchen and Tastee Diner that previously operated around the clock now close up shop around 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. each night.

With zesty tacos and cult hoagies to bracing Korean soups, there’s nourishment available at any hour if you know where to look. Here are spots around D.C. and beyond that are giving it everything they’ve got 24 hours a day.

Know of another can’t miss 24-hour eatery? Sound off in the comments or shoot us an email (dc@eater.com).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

This reliable chain has beckoned late night warriors with the sweet smell of pancake syrup for years. Besides pancakes, IHOP has branched out with burgers, burritos, bowls, and gluten-free options. And for anytime cravings for burgers, fries, pancakes, milkshakes, and more, diner chain Denny’s also does the trick. D.C. is home to two 24-hour Denny’s outposts (both in Northeast), plus two in Maryland (Laurel and College Park) and one in Virginia (Falls Church).

Situated at the nightlife nexus of 14th and U Street NW, this 24-hour Subway stalwart is still going strong. It’s also possible to grab a footlong or wrap around the clock at a nearby Howard University locale, plus another 24-hour spot across town in Southeast.

Surfside (Multiple locations)

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The Tex-Mex arm of the Georgetown Events family of restaurants (Millie’s, Due South, Jetties) has two locations in D.C., but the Dupont Circle stand is the only one that serves gourmet tacos, burritos, and more around the clock.

Wawa (Multiple locations)

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This regional chain features a full range of gourmet coffee, display cases full of assorted baked goods, and, of course, Wawa’s made-to-order hoagies and breakfast sandwiches. There are several 24-hour locations across the D.C. area.

Bob & Edith's (Multiple locations)

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This homegrown chain with outposts sprinkled throughout Northern Virginia features breakfast favorites (biscuits with sausage gravy, country-fried steak and eggs, western omelettes), grill fare (patty melts, half-smokes, steak and cheese subs), and classic comfort foods (fried chicken, meatloaf, pork chops with mashed potatoes). Need something sweet? Try chocolate chip pancakes, pecan waffles, or any of the rotating desserts in the display case.

Kabob Palace

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The quarter-century old neighborhood Afghan eatery located in Crystal City serves kebabs (chicken, lamb chops, seasoned ground beef) as well as specialty dishes (curry chicken, spicy trotters, spinach-potato stews). Located about 10 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, it’s an ideal stop at whatever hour the flight touches down or takes off.

Gom Tang E

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This friendly Korean restaurant in Centreville is best known for its nourishing soups laden with oxtail, chicken, tofu, and seafood. In the darkest hours of the night, consider haejanggukmade, a reliable go-to stew known as a hangover helper in Korea.

A hearty soup at Gom Tang E.
A hearty soup at Gom Tang E.
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Tosokchon

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This lauded Korean restaurant, with lighter-than-air blood sausage, umami-packed soups, and springy noodles, satisfies hungry diners around the clock. Ordering involves pressing a button at the table to alert the servers to attend to the table. The menu is in Korean and English.

A bowl of stew at Tosokchon with greens and cloudy broth in a black bowl.
A bowl of stew at Tosokchon.
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IHOP

This reliable chain has beckoned late night warriors with the sweet smell of pancake syrup for years. Besides pancakes, IHOP has branched out with burgers, burritos, bowls, and gluten-free options. And for anytime cravings for burgers, fries, pancakes, milkshakes, and more, diner chain Denny’s also does the trick. D.C. is home to two 24-hour Denny’s outposts (both in Northeast), plus two in Maryland (Laurel and College Park) and one in Virginia (Falls Church).

Subway

Situated at the nightlife nexus of 14th and U Street NW, this 24-hour Subway stalwart is still going strong. It’s also possible to grab a footlong or wrap around the clock at a nearby Howard University locale, plus another 24-hour spot across town in Southeast.

Surfside (Multiple locations)

The Tex-Mex arm of the Georgetown Events family of restaurants (Millie’s, Due South, Jetties) has two locations in D.C., but the Dupont Circle stand is the only one that serves gourmet tacos, burritos, and more around the clock.

Wawa (Multiple locations)

This regional chain features a full range of gourmet coffee, display cases full of assorted baked goods, and, of course, Wawa’s made-to-order hoagies and breakfast sandwiches. There are several 24-hour locations across the D.C. area.

Bob & Edith's (Multiple locations)

This homegrown chain with outposts sprinkled throughout Northern Virginia features breakfast favorites (biscuits with sausage gravy, country-fried steak and eggs, western omelettes), grill fare (patty melts, half-smokes, steak and cheese subs), and classic comfort foods (fried chicken, meatloaf, pork chops with mashed potatoes). Need something sweet? Try chocolate chip pancakes, pecan waffles, or any of the rotating desserts in the display case.

Kabob Palace

The quarter-century old neighborhood Afghan eatery located in Crystal City serves kebabs (chicken, lamb chops, seasoned ground beef) as well as specialty dishes (curry chicken, spicy trotters, spinach-potato stews). Located about 10 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, it’s an ideal stop at whatever hour the flight touches down or takes off.

Gom Tang E

A hearty soup at Gom Tang E.
A hearty soup at Gom Tang E.
Gom Tang E/Facebook

This friendly Korean restaurant in Centreville is best known for its nourishing soups laden with oxtail, chicken, tofu, and seafood. In the darkest hours of the night, consider haejanggukmade, a reliable go-to stew known as a hangover helper in Korea.

A hearty soup at Gom Tang E.
A hearty soup at Gom Tang E.
Gom Tang E/Facebook

Tosokchon

A bowl of stew at Tosokchon with greens and cloudy broth in a black bowl.
A bowl of stew at Tosokchon.
Tosokchon [official]

This lauded Korean restaurant, with lighter-than-air blood sausage, umami-packed soups, and springy noodles, satisfies hungry diners around the clock. Ordering involves pressing a button at the table to alert the servers to attend to the table. The menu is in Korean and English.

A bowl of stew at Tosokchon with greens and cloudy broth in a black bowl.
A bowl of stew at Tosokchon.
Tosokchon [official]

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