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Giant slices of pizza have long been the late-night food standby in the district, but many of D.C.'s favorite restaurants offer their own late-night dining options, too. Whether you're looking for a bigger menu, a variety of cuisine or a place to sit for your late-night meal, check out our list of the best places to dine in D.C. after-hours. From late-night menus to kitchens open late, we have you covered in our neighborhood-by-neighborhood breakdown. (Pictured: Capital City Diner)
Updated: June 02, 2010
This restaurant and sports bar has a special menu of "After Hours Snacks" available between 11pm and 1am on Fridays and Saturdays. Expect the kind of greasy, hangover-absorbing food you'd want in those wee hours, such as tater tots, wings, burgers and quesadillas.
The Clarendon location of this sports bar chain--famous for its chili mac and entire chili menu--serves everything on the menu until 2am during the week and 3am on the weekends. Even when neighboring bars have called it a night, you'll find patrons in search of their fourth meal here.
When you get that late-night hankering for hand-dipped shakes, burgers, melts and even breakfast at 2am, this traditional diner hits the spot. Open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays and 2am during the week, the extensive menu--which also features lighter fare at less than 600 calories--is always a crowd pleaser.
This Mediterranean restaurant--known for its exotic mojitos--is open until 1:30am during the week and 2:30am on weekends. As an alternative to the neighborhood's ubiquitous jumbo slice options, Meze's late-night menu features its most popular small plates, including kofte, dolma and tavuk kebab.
You can't go wrong with The Diner's comfort food menu, which is available 24 hours, every day. Expect standard diner grub such as mac and cheese, burgers and breakfast fare such as omelets and pancakes. There are surprises, too; look for six varieties of grilled cheese and some home-style pasta dishes.
Churchkey shares a gourmet kitchen with Birch & Barley downstairs, so the bar menu fare--which is available until about an hour before last call--is top-notch. Breaded mac and cheese sticks are fried to perfection, and the truffled grilled cheese served with tomato soup dip is one of the best in the city. There's also salads, charcuterie and oatmeal cream pie.
This gourmet burger shop is open every night until 5am serving a variety of all-natural beef patties on buttery brioche buns from Lyon Bakery. The Square One (made with sea salt and fresh black pepper) and The Rogue State (house spice blend, chipotle and cilantro) are also available as turkey patties.
A local favorite, this cafe attached to Kramerbooks is open 24 hours on the weekends. Citysearch fans love the pie, but you can also get pasta, burgers, salads and other American fare. While the menu has plenty of options, true night owls will want to browse the book section, too.
This French bistro is open until 1am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The lively space, decorated in a hodge-podge of holiday trinkets and string lights, serves up classic bistro fare such as tartines, foie gras, moules, and steak frites.
The neighborhood gathering place (its name references poet Langston Hughes) serves its entire dinner menu until 12am during the week and until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. The dim lights, lounge seating and dining room chatter make it a comfortable place to transition from drinks to late-night dining.
Though the terrific base booming from the second floor of this Jamaican club steals the spotlight, a food counter on the first floor serves Jamaican patties--pastry-like pockets similar to empanadas--until 4am on weekends and 3am during the week. Grab a bar stool at the window and take in the U Street nightlife scene.
How many times have you craved dessert in the middle of the night? Satiate your sweet tooth until 3:30am on weekends at this rock-and-roll-themed pie shop, where sweet and savory varieties are available as whole pies and by the slice.
This Philadelphia-inspired deli serves giant, made-to-order hoagies until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights. Made with meat and cheese imported from Italy and bread delivered daily from an Italian bread maker in Philly, Taylor's sandwiches really are a gourmet late-night fix.
This authentic 1950s diner--it's housed in a transplanted vintage trailer--serves a special late-night menu featuring its most popular items from the all-American menu between 10pm and 6am on Friday and Saturday nights. You can also call-ahead for takeout orders.