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The Korean fried chicken sandwich is available at the Automatic until 1:30 a.m. every night
Andrew Katz

Where to Eat After Midnight Around Boston

Korean fried chicken sandwiches, Sicilian slices, tacos, and burgers galore

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The Korean fried chicken sandwich is available at the Automatic until 1:30 a.m. every night
| Andrew Katz

Boston is not really a late-night city: The T shuts down on the early side — and the bars and live music scene with it — so it can be hard to find a snack or full meal late at night and into the early morning hours, especially on a weeknight. Hard, but fortunately not impossible.

Here are 24 of the best late-night dining options in and around Boston, from fried chicken to bison bolognese to ramen. All restaurants included on this map serve food past midnight at least two nights a week; many of them serve a substantial menu until 1:30 a.m. nightly.

This map was originally published on October 16, 2018; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Abbey

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1755 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 714-4944
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At the Abbey in Cambridge and Brookline, the full dinner menu is available until 1:30 a.m. nightly, including dishes like bison bolognese, fish and chips, turkey chili, and steak frites.

Two deviled eggs sit on a white plate at the Abbey, garnished with microgreens
Deviled eggs at the Abbey
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2. Bukowski Tavern

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1281 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-7077
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At Bukowski’s Cambridge location, the full menu is available until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, which means you could be dining on 1 a.m. kimchi dogs, duck burgers, and loaded tater tots. Solid beer list, too.

An Elk burger sits on a white plate at Bukowski Tavern, with the top bun askew to show off the tomato and mushroom topping
An elk burger at Bukowski (not on the current menu)
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3. Alden & Harlow

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40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100
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Some of Alden & Harlow’s most popular dishes stick around through late-night hours, including the shishito-topped corn pancakes, “ubiquitous kale salad,” and chicken fried rabbit. There are also some smaller snacks available, such as chips and onion dip. The late-night menu is served from 11 p.m. until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights.

Eggplant dip at Alden & Harlow
Late-night diners might find snacks such as this eggplant dip on the menu
Alden & Harlow [Official Photo]

4. Momi Nonmi

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1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-7328
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This Inman Square izakaya serves a late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Keep an eye out for a rotating array of snacks like Spam musubi, sashimi, and dollar dumplings, as well as heftier options, like fried chicken donburi (rice bowl).

A couple of plump dumplings and a soy dipping sauce sit on a black plate at Momi Nonmi
Late-night at Momi Nonmi sometimes includes dollar dumplings and lots more
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

5. Tasty Burger

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40 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 425-4444
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The best late-night solution is often a fast-casual burger or hot dog with a jumble of fries and onion rings on the side. Perhaps a milkshake, too. Local chain Tasty Burger keeps all its locations open late, especially the one in Harvard Square, which operates until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights and 2 a.m. the rest of the week. The original Fenway location is also open until 2 a.m. every single night.

A burger, fries, and a soda at Tasty Burger
You could eat this at 2 a.m.
Tasty Burger [Official Photo]

6. Charlie's Kitchen

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10 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 492-9646
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This Harvard Square mainstay serves food until 12:45 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 1:45 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The lively spot, which has a beer garden out back, is known for its double cheeseburgers and waffle fries, not to mention the jukebox.

Double cheeseburger with waffle fries on a white plate on the edge of a red table. A red tiled floor is visible underneath.
Waffle fries are the correct choice
Katie Chudy/Eater

7. Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs

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74 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4897
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Feeding hungry Harvard students and locals for over 50 years, Pinocchio’s serves thin-crust pizza as well as Sicilian-style rectangles. There are also subs, pasta dishes, and salads. Open until midnight on Sunday, 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday (or 1 a.m. if Harvard undergrad classes aren’t in session).

The menu board, counter, and an employee at Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square
Pinocchio’s, a Harvard Square institution
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8. The Automatic

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50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5226
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From Cambridge power duo Chris Schlesinger (the founder of the O.G. East Coast Grill) and Dave Cagle (cocktail expert perhaps best known for his time at B-Side Lounge), the Automatic is a fun and funky little hideaway in Kendall Square. Get a mudslide or a shot and a can to pair with the late-night menu, which includes a Cubano sandwich, Buffalo fried sweet plantains, a spicy Frito pie “from hell” (featuring Schlesinger’s well-loved Inner Beauty hot sauce), and more. Available until 1:30 a.m. daily, starting after regular dinner service ends (10:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday).

A Cubano sandwich , stuffed with pork and grilled, served on a white plate on a wooden table
The Cubano at the Automatic
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9. Bova's Bakery

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134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-5601
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This classic North End spot is one of the only 24-hour establishments in town, covering your very late-night needs with Sicilian pizza slices, arancini, Italian pastries, and more — dinner, dessert, and breakfast in one.

A view of Bova’s Bakery’s pastry case, including cookies, cannoli, eclairs, and more
Bova’s Bakery pastry case
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10. Deep Ellum

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477 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 787-2337
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Deep Ellum serves excellent comfort food alongside a killer beer and cocktail selection. The late-night menu, available from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. nightly, hits the essential spots: There’s a cheeseburger, wings, chili dog, fried chicken sandwich, and truffle gorgonzola fries.

A cheese burger with lettuce and a skewered bun sits on a white plate with a blue rim atop a black surface at Deep Ellum
The Deep Ellum burger is available until 1:30 a.m.
Deep Ellum [Official Photo]

11. Lone Star Taco Bar

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479 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 782-8226
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Like sibling and neighbor Deep Ellum, Lone Star serves food until 1:30 a.m. daily, both at its original Allston location and its Cambridge one as well. And as the name suggests, the menu is mostly focused on tacos, although there are a few others options too, such as chile con queso and the Sonoran dog (the latter of which is unique to the Cambridge location).

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate at Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge
Tacos at Lone Star
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12. Dumpling Cafe

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695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-8859
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There are soup dumplings (and lots more) until 2 a.m. nightly at this popular Chinatown spot. Also check out its royal siblings in Allston (Dumpling Kingdom, open until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., depending on the night) and Back Bay (Dumpling Palace, open until 3 a.m.).

A wooden steamer at Dumpling Cafe holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe
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13. Peach Farm

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4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-1116
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You’re sure to spot industry folks at this favorite late-night haunt in Chinatown, open until 3 a.m. daily. Go for a seafood dish, particularly lobster.

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
Lobster with scallions and ginger, a popular choice at Peach Farm
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14. Double Chin

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86 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-0682
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When the occasion calls for cube toast stuffed full of ice cream and other sugary treats, or scallion pancake sandwiches, or platters of crispy soft-shell crab, it’s Double Chin to the rescue. The Chinatown restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights (11 p.m. the rest of the week).

Double Chin’s Cube Toast is a doughy exterior stuffed with several scoops of ice cream, candy pouring out, Pocky sticks, and chocolate syrup
Double Chin’s cube toast is for those with a major sweet tooth
Double Chin [Official Photo]

15. Pastoral

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345 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 345-0005
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Served between dinner and 1:30 a.m. nightly, Pastoral’s late-night menu — which is also available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — includes around a dozen pizza options (gluten-free crust available) and several types of wood-fired knots.

A large, wood-fired fennel sausage knot sits on a plate at Pastoral, covered with grated cheese
Fennel sausage knot at Pastoral
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16. South Street Diner

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178 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 350-0028
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Another one of Boston’s small class of 24-hour dining options, South Street Diner has been open for decades, serving typical diner fare a short walk from one of Boston’s main transportation hubs, South Station. Note that there’s a $5 minimum order per 20 minutes of service; you can’t stick around all night with just a cup of coffee.

A patron at South Street Diner cuts into food on a plate, with a pile of fries in the foreground
South Street Diner is open 24/7
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17. Uni

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370A Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 536-7200
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Even in Uni’s earlier life as a cozy sashimi bar within the Clio space, before Uni expanded to take over the entire space in early 2016, the Back Bay restaurant was known for its weekend late-night dining — especially the ramen. That tradition continues today with late-night service on Friday and Saturday nights, 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., with ramen and a variety of small plates.

A bowl of late-night ramen at Uni, with a poached egg, mushrooms, and other toppings
The ramen at Uni has long been a Boston late-night staple on weekends
Uni [Official Photo]

18. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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A longtime favorite of restaurant industry workers, Kenmore Square hotel guests, and locals alike, Eastern Standard serves a hearty late-night menu until 1:30 a.m. nightly (beginning at midnight Friday and Saturday and at 11 p.m. the rest of the week), not to mention enviable cocktails. Eastern Standard’s late-night offerings always include raw bar items, charcuterie, some sandwiches, and more — even larger entrees like a 16-ounce ribeye — and there are always interesting specials written on the mirror behind the bar, too.

An interior shot of Eastern Standard, with dim lighting and red chairs, booths, and lamps
Eastern Standard
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19. Fuji at Ink Block

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352b Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 936-3282
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The flashy South End location of local sushi chain Fuji offers a late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 12:45 a.m. daily, including inexpensive small bites, such as gyoza, duck buns, and spicy tuna maki, as well as a sushi boat and a pupu platter.

A variety of snacks appear on a late-night pupu platter at Fuji at Ink Block
The late-night pupu platter at Fuji at Ink Block
Fuji at Ink Block [Official Photo]

20. Hojoko

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1271 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 670-0507
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Energetic O Ya sibling Hojoko serves food until 1:30 a.m. every night, with a special late-night menu kicking in at 10 p.m.: karaage fried chicken, spicy tuna rolls, “funky” chicken ramen, cheeseburgers, the “doggzilla,” and more.

Hojoko Doggzilla
The Hojoko “doggzilla” is available on the late-night menu
Hojoko [Official Photo]

21. Anchovies

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433 Columbus Ave
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-5088
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This neighborhood staple is the place to go for cheap beer and red-sauce Italian, served until 1:30 a.m. nightly. Nothing says midnight dining like cheesy stuffed peppers over linguine and marinara.

The exterior of Anchovies in the South End, shot from across the street after dark
Anchovies
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22. Franklin Cafe

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278 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 350-0010
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Open for over 20 years, Franklin Cafe offers its full menu until 1:30 a.m. nightly — gastropub fare, from smoked mussels to steak frites to a roasted half chicken. 

The Franklin Cafe burger, stacked high with onion rings
The Franklin Cafe burger is available until 1:30 a.m. nightly
Franklin Cafe [Official Photo]

23. Moonshine 152

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152 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 752-4191
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Serving the full dinner menu until 1:30 a.m. daily, Moonshine 152 is a great South Boston spot for when those midnight cravings set in (especially if those cravings are for one of the best burgers in town, “party tots,” bacon-wrapped stuffing bites, or Jell-O shots).

Bruschetta burger at Moonshine 152
Moonshine 152 has a rotating burger of the month; this bruschetta burger was previously featured
Moonshine 152 [Official Photo]

24. The Frogmore

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365 Centre St
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(857) 203-9462
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Serving food until 1:30 daily, the Frogmore focuses on Lowcountry cuisine from the Carolina coast. The late-night menu kicks in after dinner — 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday — and includes mac and cheese, steamed mussels, a double cheeseburger, pimento grilled cheese, and a few other options.

The Frogmore’s meaty double cheeseburger, with a side of lettuce, tomatoes, and onion
The Frogmore’s double cheeseburger is on the late-night menu
The Frogmore [Official Photo]

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1. The Abbey

1755 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Two deviled eggs sit on a white plate at the Abbey, garnished with microgreens
Deviled eggs at the Abbey
The Abbey/Official Site

At the Abbey in Cambridge and Brookline, the full dinner menu is available until 1:30 a.m. nightly, including dishes like bison bolognese, fish and chips, turkey chili, and steak frites.

1755 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

2. Bukowski Tavern

1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
An Elk burger sits on a white plate at Bukowski Tavern, with the top bun askew to show off the tomato and mushroom topping
An elk burger at Bukowski (not on the current menu)
Chris Coe/Eater

At Bukowski’s Cambridge location, the full menu is available until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, which means you could be dining on 1 a.m. kimchi dogs, duck burgers, and loaded tater tots. Solid beer list, too.

1281 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

3. Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Eggplant dip at Alden & Harlow
Late-night diners might find snacks such as this eggplant dip on the menu
Alden & Harlow [Official Photo]

Some of Alden & Harlow’s most popular dishes stick around through late-night hours, including the shishito-topped corn pancakes, “ubiquitous kale salad,” and chicken fried rabbit. There are also some smaller snacks available, such as chips and onion dip. The late-night menu is served from 11 p.m. until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights.

40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. Momi Nonmi

1128 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A couple of plump dumplings and a soy dipping sauce sit on a black plate at Momi Nonmi
Late-night at Momi Nonmi sometimes includes dollar dumplings and lots more
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This Inman Square izakaya serves a late-night menu from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Keep an eye out for a rotating array of snacks like Spam musubi, sashimi, and dollar dumplings, as well as heftier options, like fried chicken donburi (rice bowl).

1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Tasty Burger

40 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
A burger, fries, and a soda at Tasty Burger
You could eat this at 2 a.m.
Tasty Burger [Official Photo]

The best late-night solution is often a fast-casual burger or hot dog with a jumble of fries and onion rings on the side. Perhaps a milkshake, too. Local chain Tasty Burger keeps all its locations open late, especially the one in Harvard Square, which operates until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights and 2 a.m. the rest of the week. The original Fenway location is also open until 2 a.m. every single night.

40 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Charlie's Kitchen

10 Eliot St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Double cheeseburger with waffle fries on a white plate on the edge of a red table. A red tiled floor is visible underneath.
Waffle fries are the correct choice
Katie Chudy/Eater

This Harvard Square mainstay serves food until 12:45 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 1:45 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The lively spot, which has a beer garden out back, is known for its double cheeseburgers and waffle fries, not to mention the jukebox.

10 Eliot St
Cambridge, MA 02138

7. Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs

74 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The menu board, counter, and an employee at Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square
Pinocchio’s, a Harvard Square institution
Gabe Bellegard Bastos/Eater

Feeding hungry Harvard students and locals for over 50 years, Pinocchio’s serves thin-crust pizza as well as Sicilian-style rectangles. There are also subs, pasta dishes, and salads. Open until midnight on Sunday, 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 2:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday (or 1 a.m. if Harvard undergrad classes aren’t in session).

74 Winthrop St
Cambridge, MA 02138

8. The Automatic

50 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A Cubano sandwich , stuffed with pork and grilled, served on a white plate on a wooden table
The Cubano at the Automatic
Andrew Katz

From Cambridge power duo Chris Schlesinger (the founder of the O.G. East Coast Grill) and Dave Cagle (cocktail expert perhaps best known for his time at B-Side Lounge), the Automatic is a fun and funky little hideaway in Kendall Square. Get a mudslide or a shot and a can to pair with the late-night menu, which includes a Cubano sandwich, Buffalo fried sweet plantains, a spicy Frito pie “from hell” (featuring Schlesinger’s well-loved Inner Beauty hot sauce), and more. Available until 1:30 a.m. daily, starting after regular dinner service ends (10:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday).

50 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Bova's Bakery

134 Salem St, Boston, MA 02113
A view of Bova’s Bakery’s pastry case, including cookies, cannoli, eclairs, and more
Bova’s Bakery pastry case
Katie Chudy/Eater

This classic North End spot is one of the only 24-hour establishments in town, covering your very late-night needs with Sicilian pizza slices, arancini, Italian pastries, and more — dinner, dessert, and breakfast in one.

134 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113

10. Deep Ellum

477 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
A cheese burger with lettuce and a skewered bun sits on a white plate with a blue rim atop a black surface at Deep Ellum
The Deep Ellum burger is available until 1:30 a.m.
Deep Ellum [Official Photo]

Deep Ellum serves excellent comfort food alongside a killer beer and cocktail selection. The late-night menu, available from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. nightly, hits the essential spots: There’s a cheeseburger, wings, chili dog, fried chicken sandwich, and truffle gorgonzola fries.

477 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

11. Lone Star Taco Bar

479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate at Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge
Tacos at Lone Star
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Like sibling and neighbor Deep Ellum, Lone Star serves food until 1:30 a.m. daily, both at its original Allston location and its Cambridge one as well. And as the name suggests, the menu is mostly focused on tacos, although there are a few others options too, such as chile con queso and the Sonoran dog (the latter of which is unique to the Cambridge location).

479 Cambridge St
Allston, MA 02134

12. Dumpling Cafe

695 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
A wooden steamer at Dumpling Cafe holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

There are soup dumplings (and lots more) until 2 a.m. nightly at this popular Chinatown spot. Also check out its royal siblings in Allston (Dumpling Kingdom, open until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., depending on the night) and Back Bay (Dumpling Palace, open until 3 a.m.).

695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

13. Peach Farm

4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
Lobster with scallions and ginger, a popular choice at Peach Farm
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

You’re sure to spot industry folks at this favorite late-night haunt in Chinatown, open until 3 a.m. daily. Go for a seafood dish, particularly lobster.

4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

14. Double Chin

86 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
Double Chin’s Cube Toast is a doughy exterior stuffed with several scoops of ice cream, candy pouring out, Pocky sticks, and chocolate syrup
Double Chin’s cube toast is for those with a major sweet tooth
Double Chin [Official Photo]

When the occasion calls for cube toast stuffed full of ice cream and other sugary treats, or scallion pancake sandwiches, or platters of crispy soft-shell crab, it’s Double Chin to the rescue. The Chinatown restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights (11 p.m. the rest of the week).

86 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

15. Pastoral

345 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
A large, wood-fired fennel sausage knot sits on a plate at Pastoral, covered with grated cheese
Fennel sausage knot at Pastoral
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Served between dinner and 1:30 a.m. nightly, Pastoral’s late-night menu — which is also available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — includes around a dozen pizza options (gluten-free crust available) and several types of wood-fired knots.

345 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

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16. South Street Diner

178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
A patron at South Street Diner cuts into food on a plate, with a pile of fries in the foreground
South Street Diner is open 24/7
Nick DiNatale/Eater

Another one of Boston’s small class of 24-hour dining options, South Street Diner has been open for decades, serving typical diner fare a short walk from one of Boston’s main transportation hubs, South Station. Note that there’s a $5 minimum order per 20 minutes of service; you can’t stick around all night with just a cup of coffee.

178 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

17. Uni

370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215