Food

11 New Late Night Food Options Around DC

Tacos, dumplings, and fried chicken for night owls.

Little Chicken dishes up fried birds and cold drinks until 1 AM on weekends. Photograph by Rey Lopez

You’ve hit up Duccini’s for jumbo slice, joined post-shift chefs at New Big Wong, and seen the sun rise from Bob & Edith’s Diner. Then the pandemic hit, and late-night options vanished like a hangover after 2 AM Honey Pig. Thankfully, many of the tried and true places are back—and there’s a new wave of bars and restaurants serving drinks and belly-padding eats until midnight (or way later).

Here are a few newer and newly reopened spots to try, ranked from ridiculously late to a sensible midnight meal. Don’t sleep on the classics, either.

Rebel Taco U Street 
1214 U St., NW
The taqueria is about to reopen on U Street’s busy nightlife corridor on Thursday, October 6—and it’s going all-in with a taco takeout window that’s open until 4 AM on weekends. Jumbo slice will get some competition from the “taco grande,” an eight-inch taco stuffed with all the fixings and your choice of protein (i.e. pork al pastor, lamb birria, grilled shrimp), all served with fries on top.

Clarendon Ballroom 
3185 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
Disco Pizza, a new standalone pizza bar, opens at the nightlife spot on Friday, September 30. Revelers can grab slices until 2 AM (look for later hours down the line), or order a whole pie to-go.

Little Chicken
1100 15th St., NW
The new fry joint and bar at Midtown Center dishes up chicken buckets, tendies, pie, and massive sandwiches for night birds until 1 AM on weekends. The drinks are fun, too—there are beer buckets or sangria service for your crowd before a game of shuffleboard. The place is also open on the later side (11 PM) on weekdays.

We love late night Taqueria Xochi. Photograph courtesy of Taqueria Xochi

Taqueria Xochi
924 U St., NW
Birria cravings that strike after midnight can be satisfied at this stellar taqueria, which is open until 1 AM on Friday and Saturday (we’re team lamb quesabirria all the way). The late night menu also includes street-style tacos, elote, chips and salsa, and other treats.

Tiki on 18th
2411 18th St., NW
New late night hours for tiki drinks and DJs run until 2 AM, while the kitchen dishes up its full menu until 1 AM on Friday and Saturday. Lumpia (spring rolls) reimagined as mozzarella sticks hit right after midnight, as do heaping platters of pancit noodles.

Mi Vida 14th Street
1901 14th St., NW
The corridor’s colorful new Mexican spot dishes up tacos, margaritas, and more until midnight on Friday and Saturday (11 PM on weekdays). Groups can fare well with margarita pitchers and shareable Mexican snack or dessert platters.

The party goes late at Tiki on 14th. Photograph by Surpass Visuals LLC

Bar Chinois
455 I St., NW
Dumplings after dark are the move at this moody Mount Vernon Triangle spot—open for dining until midnight on Friday and Saturday (the bar pours cocktails and bubbles much later). Patrons can snack on French-onion-soup-inspired gyoza and pork belly bao, or dig into bigger plates like garlic noodles.

Chicken + Whiskey Navy Yard
70 N St., SE
The Peruvian chicken is hot and the whiskey strong at this ballpark-area spinoff. Patrons can grab stuffed arepas, huge sandwiches, and rotisserie chicken with sides until midnight, Wednesday through Saturday (service is fast-casual, but a full bar pours drinks until 2 AM). The 14th Street flagship stays open even later for food— until 2 AM Wednesday and Thursday, and 3 AM on weekends.

Gatsby
1205 Half St., SE 
This retro-glam homage to an American diner dishes up all-day breakfast, milkshakes, and wings until midnight on Friday and Saturday (11 PM on weekdays).

*Correction: The original post included Thirsty Crow, which is open late but their kitchen closes at 10 PM. 

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.