by Lauren Sloat - 260 Reviews - 86 List
Bob Seger isn't the only one working on night moves--many Washingtonians are night owls in need of restaurants that are open 24 hours. With so many workaholics and such a great nightlife scene, it's no wonder that so many district residents are on the prowl for food at all hours of the day and night. Whether you're in search of a great piece of pie--complete with a bookstore open for late-night browsing--or breakfast at 4am, check out our picks for the best restaurants open 24 hours (or nearly 24 hours) a day.
Updated: July 19, 2010
This popular neighborhood spot in Adams Morgan says it all with its tagline: "Serving early birds, night owls and everyone in between." Get breakfast, lunch and dinner at any time of day or night at this diner, where the food and decor are a bit classier than what you'd find at a regular greasy spoon.
With three Maryland locations, this diner--which has been in business since 1935--is a popular late-night stop for everything from hot cakes to burgers and steak. With breakfast, lunch and dinner available all day as well as daily specials (available until 9pm) and a menu just for kids, Tastee Diner fits the bill for almost any occasion.
Whether you want to browse the well-curated selection of books or grab a late-night slice of pie, this Dupont bookstore and cafe is open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Centrally located among Dupont's lively bar scene, it's a popular spot after last call and again for weekend brunch.
"Not technically 24 hours," says Citysearch Dictator Jacob P. of this famous U Street eatery. "But they only close when no one's looking." Indeed, Ben's is open until 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, which means it's closed for just a few hours (until 7am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday) on the weekends. Anytime Ben's is open--even during breakfast hours--its famous chili dogs and half-smokes are always available.
This Tenleytown breakfast and steak spot--just two blocks for the Metro stop--is open 24 hours a day for dine-in and carryout. The extensive menu includes scores of waffles, pancakes, French toast and "killer" cakes, as well as sandwiches, burgers and meat platters.
This Dupont burger spot is only closed between 5am and 11am each day, so its made-to-order gourmet burgers, cooked over mesquite wood and served on brioche buns, are available all through the night and through most of the day.
Located at the base of the Adams Morgan bar strip, this El Salvadoran and Mexican spot is a lively place to dine until 5am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, when it closes until 11am the next day. The casual space and laid-back staff make it ideal for large groups, too.