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Where to Eat After Midnight in Greater Boston

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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. Adding to the difficulty, continuing staffing shortages and other pandemic-era challenges have caused a lot of restaurants to cut hours over the past few years.

So it’s hard, but fortunately not impossible, to find a solid meal after midnight. Here are 17 of the best late-night dining options in and near Boston, from mapo tofu nachos to bison Bolognese to Brazilian hot dogs. All restaurants on this map serve food past midnight at least a couple nights a week; many of them serve a substantial menu until 1:30 a.m. nightly. (That said, hours can change without notice — see above re: staffing shortages — so it’s best to call and confirm before heading over.)

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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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Love Dog Hot Dog Buffet

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Late-late-night Brazilian hot dogs — what more does anyone need in life? Hungry visitors will likely find this truck parked and serving up sliced and pressed hot dogs loaded with toppings from dinner time until at least 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday; on Fridays and Saturdays it’s there as late as 4 a.m.

The Abbey

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At the Abbey, a gastropubby neighborhood spot with locations in Cambridge and Brookline, the full dinner menu is available until 1:30 a.m. nightly, including dishes like bison Bolognese, grilled pizza, chive gnocchi and steak frites.

Two deviled eggs sit on a long, rectangular white plate, garnished with microgreens.
Deviled eggs at the Abbey.
The Abbey

Ali Baba

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Steps from the Sullivan Square T station, Ali Baba, primarily a takeout and delivery joint, is serving halal Turkish and other Middle Eastern fare until 1:30 a.m. — think kebabs, pide, meze, and more. Find its older sibling in Boston’s South End, also open late.

Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs

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Feeding hungry Harvard students and locals for over 55 years, Pinocchio’s serves thin-crust pizza as well as Sicilian-style rectangles. There are also subs, pasta dishes, and salads. It’s currently open until midnight on Sunday and 1 a.m. the rest of the week, but watch for later weekend hours when Harvard undergrad classes are 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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Bova's Bakery

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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. At 1 a.m., late-night specials kick in: $5 stuffed croissants (chicken parm, Buffalo chicken, and steak and cheese) and $7 arancini (meat and peas, spinach, and pepperoni).

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Bova’s Bakery pastry case.
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JM Curley

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In the heart of Downtown Crossing, neighborhood mainstay JM Curley serves comfort food and excellent cocktails until 1:30 a.m. nightly. Midnight espresso martini and a burger, anyone?

Lone Star Taco Bar

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Lone Star is open until 1 a.m. daily, both at its original Allston location and its Cambridge one. As the name suggests, the menu is mostly focused on tacos, although there are a few others options too, such as Frito pie, torta Milanesa, and huevos rancheros.

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate
Tacos at Lone Star.
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Dumpling Cafe

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There are soup dumplings (and lots more) until 1 a.m. on weekends at this popular Chinatown spot; watch for a hopeful return to later hours eventually. (Pre-pandemic, it was open until 2 a.m. nightly.) The rice cakes with pork and mustard greens are also a must-try. Also check out its royal siblings in Allston (Dumpling Kingdom, open until 12:30 a.m. or 1:30 a.m., depending on the night) and Back Bay (Dumpling Palace, open until 2 a.m.).

A wooden steamer holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings. The steamer sits on a round white plate on a wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe.
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Double Chin

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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 mapo tofu nachos, it’s Double Chin to the rescue. The Chinatown restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights (11 p.m. the rest of the week).

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

Pastoral

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Visitors to Pastoral in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday will find a variety of wood-fired pizzas and garlic knots on the late-night menu.

A large, wood-fired fennel sausage knot sits on a plate, covered with grated cheese
Fennel sausage knot at Pastoral.
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The Avenue Bar

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Open until 2 a.m. nightly, the Avenue is the type of place to relive those college years with Fireball shots, Jell-O shots, wings in a variety of flavors, cheap beer buckets, and more.  

South Street Diner

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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.

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South Street Diner is open 24/7.
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Tasty Burger

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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 several of its locations open late, including the original Fenway location, open until 2 a.m. every single night. The Harvard Square and Back Bay locations are also open until 2 a.m. on the weekends and midnight the rest of the week. (Pre-pandemic, Tasty Burger Harvard Square stayed open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights; stay tuned for an eventual return to those hours, hopefully.)

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Tasty Burger.
Tasty Burger

Anchovies

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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.

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Anchovies.
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Franklin Cafe

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Open for over 25 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. 

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The Franklin Cafe full dinner menu is available until 1:30 a.m. nightly.
Franklin Cafe

Moonshine 152

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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).

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Moonshine 152 has a rotating burger of the month; this bruschetta burger was previously featured.
Moonshine 152

Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant

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The full dinner menu wraps up at 10 p.m., but there’s late-night food — mostly wood-fired pizzas — available until 1 a.m. nightly at this popular South Boston spot, which specializes in the aforementioned pizzas and gastropub fare, not to mention fun cocktails.

Love Dog Hot Dog Buffet

Late-late-night Brazilian hot dogs — what more does anyone need in life? Hungry visitors will likely find this truck parked and serving up sliced and pressed hot dogs loaded with toppings from dinner time until at least 1 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday; on Fridays and Saturdays it’s there as late as 4 a.m.

The Abbey

Two deviled eggs sit on a long, rectangular white plate, garnished with microgreens.
Deviled eggs at the Abbey.
The Abbey

At the Abbey, a gastropubby neighborhood spot with locations in Cambridge and Brookline, the full dinner menu is available until 1:30 a.m. nightly, including dishes like bison Bolognese, grilled pizza, chive gnocchi and steak frites.

Two deviled eggs sit on a long, rectangular white plate, garnished with microgreens.
Deviled eggs at the Abbey.
The Abbey

Ali Baba

Steps from the Sullivan Square T station, Ali Baba, primarily a takeout and delivery joint, is serving halal Turkish and other Middle Eastern fare until 1:30 a.m. — think kebabs, pide, meze, and more. Find its older sibling in Boston’s South End, also open late.

Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs

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 55 years, Pinocchio’s serves thin-crust pizza as well as Sicilian-style rectangles. There are also subs, pasta dishes, and salads. It’s currently open until midnight on Sunday and 1 a.m. the rest of the week, but watch for later weekend hours when Harvard undergrad classes are in session.

The menu board, counter, and an employee at Pinocchio’s in Harvard Square
Pinocchio’s, a Harvard Square institution.
Gabe Bellegard Bastos/Eater

Bova's Bakery

View of a pastry case in an old-fashioned Italian bakery, with rows of cannoli and other treats behind glass.
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. At 1 a.m., late-night specials kick in: $5 stuffed croissants (chicken parm, Buffalo chicken, and steak and cheese) and $7 arancini (meat and peas, spinach, and pepperoni).

View of a pastry case in an old-fashioned Italian bakery, with rows of cannoli and other treats behind glass.
Bova’s Bakery pastry case.
Katie Chudy/Eater

JM Curley

In the heart of Downtown Crossing, neighborhood mainstay JM Curley serves comfort food and excellent cocktails until 1:30 a.m. nightly. Midnight espresso martini and a burger, anyone?

Lone Star Taco Bar

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate
Tacos at Lone Star.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Lone Star is open until 1 a.m. daily, both at its original Allston location and its Cambridge one. As the name suggests, the menu is mostly focused on tacos, although there are a few others options too, such as Frito pie, torta Milanesa, and huevos rancheros.

Two shredded beef tacos and a wedge of lime sit on a plate
Tacos at Lone Star.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Dumpling Cafe

A wooden steamer holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings. The steamer sits on a round white plate on a wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

There are soup dumplings (and lots more) until 1 a.m. on weekends at this popular Chinatown spot; watch for a hopeful return to later hours eventually. (Pre-pandemic, it was open until 2 a.m. nightly.) The rice cakes with pork and mustard greens are also a must-try. Also check out its royal siblings in Allston (Dumpling Kingdom, open until 12:30 a.m. or 1:30 a.m., depending on the night) and Back Bay (Dumpling Palace, open until 2 a.m.).

A wooden steamer holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings. The steamer sits on a round white plate on a wooden table.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Double Chin

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

When the occasion calls for cube toast stuffed full of ice cream and other sugary treats, or scallion pancake sandwiches, or mapo tofu nachos, it’s Double Chin to the rescue. The Chinatown restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights (11 p.m. the rest of the week).

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

Pastoral

A large, wood-fired fennel sausage knot sits on a plate, covered with grated cheese
Fennel sausage knot at Pastoral.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Visitors to Pastoral in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood between 10 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday will find a variety of wood-fired pizzas and garlic knots on the late-night menu.

A large, wood-fired fennel sausage knot sits on a plate, covered with grated cheese
Fennel sausage knot at Pastoral.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The Avenue Bar

Open until 2 a.m. nightly, the Avenue is the type of place to relive those college years with Fireball shots, Jell-O shots, wings in a variety of flavors, cheap beer buckets, and more.  

South Street Diner

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.

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

Tasty Burger

A fast-food burger, fries, and a soda in red and white packaging, isolated on a white background.
Tasty Burger.
Tasty Burger

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 several of its locations open late, including the original Fenway location, open until 2 a.m. every single night. The Harvard Square and Back Bay locations are also open until 2 a.m. on the weekends and midnight the rest of the week. (Pre-pandemic, Tasty Burger Harvard Square stayed open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights; stay tuned for an eventual return to those hours, hopefully.)

A fast-food burger, fries, and a soda in red and white packaging, isolated on a white background.
Tasty Burger.
Tasty Burger

Anchovies

The exterior of a restaurant with maroon awning, shot from across the street after dark. Neon signage in the window says Anchovies in red.
Anchovies.
Katie Chudy/Eater

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 a restaurant with maroon awning, shot from across the street after dark. Neon signage in the window says Anchovies in red.
Anchovies.
Katie Chudy/Eater

Franklin Cafe