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Essential Late-Night Dining in Seattle

This quiet city still has some life after midnight

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For a large city, Seattle gets sleepy way early. Happy hour is huge; not so much the revelry 'til the break of dawn (unless you're a Capitol Hill crawler). But not every restaurant shuts down at the stroke of 10, and it's certainly possible to track down solid food to pair with your liquid diet past midnight — there are even a few 24/7 spots worthy of your dining dollar, as well as some late-night happy hour options in another guide.

That's why Eater's collected a list of top late-night joints in Seattle. ("Late-night" definition: serving food after 12:01 a.m.) Some are cheap and good; some are fast and cheap; and a few might even break all the rules of business and be cheap, fast, and good simultaneously. Yes, it's possible to eat great late, even in Seattle.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. North Star Diner & Shanghai Room

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8580 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 457-5794
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Another 24/7 stop in the heart of Greenwood, milkshakes, bacon melts, and mac and cheese are just a few favorite menu items served at all hours of the day. The buttermilk pancakes are considered some of the best in the area and the adjacent Shanghai Room is the ideal place to pre-game, offering a full drink menu and karaoke five nights a week.

A group of decorated milkshakes with red and white straws.
Milkshakes from North Star Diner
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2. Beth's Café

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7311 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 782-5588
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Beth’s is perfect for anyone in need of a monstrous omelet and unlimited hash browns at 3:35 a.m. Or 9 a.m. Or 4:15 pm. Thank the Seattle food gods there are people willing to make breakfast 24/7.

3. Shawarma King

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4337 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 420-1484
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Located right off University Way, this U District haunt not only serves up quality gyros, kababs and shawarma, but does it so until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. Must-eats include the lamb shawarma sandwich and the mixed grill special for some variety. The Greek fries, too, are essential.

4. Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar

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3516 Fremont Pl N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 387-1702
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A laid-back counter for heaping bowls of Russian potato dumplings, sour cream, and brown bread, this Fremont hideaway stay opens until 2:30 a.m. every single night — and there’s a Capitol Hill sibling on 12th Ave with the same hours.

5. Bites of Bangkok

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340 15th Ave E #201
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 268-0823
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Serving Thai-style tapas late into the night in Capitol Hill, what’s not to like? Open until 2 a.m. most nights, Bites of Bangkok’s Massaman Curry and Pad See Ew are necessities for late-night diners. There are also late night comedy shows on select nights.

6. Li'l Woody's

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1211 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 457-4148
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What would a late-night menu be without a burger? Li’l Woody’s is a favorite for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike for its burgers, fries, and floats in Ballard, Capitol Hill, SLU, and White Center. The only one that stays open late, though, is the Capitol Hill location, perfect for the post-Pike-Pine crowds thanks to weekend service until 3 a.m.

7. Palace Kitchen

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2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2001
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At Tom Douglas’ Palace Kitchen, late-night dining overlaps with James Beard Award nominations. Serving its full menu until 1 a.m., the restaurant also offers a great late-night happy hour with discounted snacks and fernet shots. Recommended: the Palace Burger Royale.

8. Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

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1505 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-5678
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One of Seattle’s few remaining 24-hour staples, Lost Lake is a classic for the Capitol Hill crowd. The diner serves its full menu 24/7, including popular breakfast items such as chicken fried steak and eggs benedict.

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Chicken fried steak from Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge
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9. Bangrak Market

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2319 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 735-7352
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If you’re looking for authentic Thai cuisine in the wee hours of the night, look no further. Bearing the same name of a popular market in the Thai capital, Bangrak Market is Belltown’s destination for Thai street food. Fried crab wontons, chicken satay, and an extensive selection of noodles and curries are all available until midnight most days and 2 a.m. on weekends.

Brown crispy fish cakes with a blue dish of sliced vegetables all in a banana leaf
Spicy fish cakes from Bangrak
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10. Monster Dogs

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E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122
(888) 571-4447
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Claiming to have some of the best franks in the city, Monster Dogs is the perfect stop on the way home from the bars. With locations in Capitol Hill and Belltown, bar hoppers are bound to be pulled in by the signature smell of polish dogs and onions on the grill — just be prepared for the chaotic lines of intoxicated fans. And yes, they serve a Seattle dog — the one with cream cheese.

11. Rocco's

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2228 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 448-2625
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With its fresh ingredients and cool atmosphere, Rocco’s is proof that late-night pizza doesn't have to be a guilty, trashy pleasure. The best part? This Belltown favorite serves up giant pies and slices until 2 a.m. every night of the week.

12. The Escondite

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1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 538-0556
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Tucked inside Chop Suey, The Escondite is a late-night necessity for those chasing a quality burger or BLT. Open until 1 a.m. on weekdays, The Escondite serves up a number of tasty bites after hours, including the buffalo shrooms and Texas-style club. Plus, there’s a very worthwhile secret menu.

13. Betsutenjin Ramen

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954 E Union St #102
Seattle, WA 98122

For a select few, a quality bowl of ramen is the food of choice after a night out. That said, Betsutenjin serves up some of the best Hakata-style ramen in the city. While the rich, flavorful bone broth is a must, the gyozas and lobster salad are tasty complements. Seating is limited, so be prepared for a wait.

A bowl of ramen in a black bowl with crispy onions, corn, seaweed.
A bowl of ramen from Betsutenjin Ramen
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14. Café Presse

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1117 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 709-7674
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This Cap Hill classic serves frites, croques, and more until 1 a.m. every day. Francophiles should settle in for a midnight snack and a glass or two of Rhône syrah before saying "bonne nuit."

15. Zig Zag Cafe

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1501 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 625-1146
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One version of a perfect night involves a bar stool, a dinner menu served until 1 a.m., and a Last Word cocktail at this low-key Pike Place Market standby where famous bartender Murray Stenson popularized the classic drink.

16. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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On a normal night, Capitol Hill's low-lit, twinkly Ba Bar flagship serves upscale Vietnamese fare until 2 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant feeds the city’s drunk and hungry masses bowls of oxtail pho or platters of wings until 4 a.m., only to reopen for breakfast a few hours later. The growing chainlet also has locations in SLU and U Village now, the latter of which is open until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

17. Lecosho

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89 University St
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 623-2101
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Sometimes late night calls for greasy burgers and messy tacso — but sometimes it calls for a high-class meal. Lecosho boasts an impressive late night menu of first-rate fare until 1:00 am every night.

18. Talarico's

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4718 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-3463
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West Seattle’s go-to for huge East Coast slices "with no fuss,” Talarico’s serves up 14-inch slices and a full dinner menu until 1 a.m. Goes great with karaoke Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

19. Roxy's Bar and Grill

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2823 SW Roxbury St
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 935-7400
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There's no point questioning this White Center bowling alley/casino/Chinese-fusion restaurant, there's just delicious salt-and-pepper wings and the sound of pins falling.

20. Randy's Restaurant

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10016 E Marginal Way S
Tukwila, WA 98168
(206) 763-9333
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Randy and his wife opened this 24/7 restaurant more than 40 years ago just to serve reasonably priced breakfast at any time of day. Fun fact: Randy's is known as the "Museum of Bite" because it’s filled with service artifacts and model airplanes.

21. 13 Coins

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18000 International Blvd, SeaTac
WA, 98188
(206) 243-9500
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13 Coins embodies old-school decadence seemingly frozen in time, with big high-backed booths, buckets of clams, martinis, frequent live music, an open line of engaging chefs, and a cheesy chicken parmesan. It’s hard to know where this place would stand if it weren’t open 24/7, but thankfully it’s a moot point, as all three locations will satisfy the basest steak-and-eggs craving all night, every night.

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1. North Star Diner & Shanghai Room

8580 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
A group of decorated milkshakes with red and white straws.
Milkshakes from North Star Diner
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Another 24/7 stop in the heart of Greenwood, milkshakes, bacon melts, and mac and cheese are just a few favorite menu items served at all hours of the day. The buttermilk pancakes are considered some of the best in the area and the adjacent Shanghai Room is the ideal place to pre-game, offering a full drink menu and karaoke five nights a week.

8580 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

2. Beth's Café

7311 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

Beth’s is perfect for anyone in need of a monstrous omelet and unlimited hash browns at 3:35 a.m. Or 9 a.m. Or 4:15 pm. Thank the Seattle food gods there are people willing to make breakfast 24/7.

7311 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

3. Shawarma King

4337 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Located right off University Way, this U District haunt not only serves up quality gyros, kababs and shawarma, but does it so until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. Must-eats include the lamb shawarma sandwich and the mixed grill special for some variety. The Greek fries, too, are essential.

4337 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar

3516 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103

A laid-back counter for heaping bowls of Russian potato dumplings, sour cream, and brown bread, this Fremont hideaway stay opens until 2:30 a.m. every single night — and there’s a Capitol Hill sibling on 12th Ave with the same hours.

3516 Fremont Pl N
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Bites of Bangkok

340 15th Ave E #201, Seattle, WA 98102

Serving Thai-style tapas late into the night in Capitol Hill, what’s not to like? Open until 2 a.m. most nights, Bites of Bangkok’s Massaman Curry and Pad See Ew are necessities for late-night diners. There are also late night comedy shows on select nights.

340 15th Ave E #201
Seattle, WA 98102

6. Li'l Woody's

1211 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101

What would a late-night menu be without a burger? Li’l Woody’s is a favorite for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike for its burgers, fries, and floats in Ballard, Capitol Hill, SLU, and White Center. The only one that stays open late, though, is the Capitol Hill location, perfect for the post-Pike-Pine crowds thanks to weekend service until 3 a.m.

1211 Pine St
Seattle, WA 98101

7. Palace Kitchen

2030 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

At Tom Douglas’ Palace Kitchen, late-night dining overlaps with James Beard Award nominations. Serving its full menu until 1 a.m., the restaurant also offers a great late-night happy hour with discounted snacks and fernet shots. Recommended: the Palace Burger Royale.

2030 5th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

1505 10th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
A fried steak covered in gravy with two fried eggs, one being cut by a fork and knife
Chicken fried steak from Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge
Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge/Facebook

One of Seattle’s few remaining 24-hour staples, Lost Lake is a classic for the Capitol Hill crowd. The diner serves its full menu 24/7, including popular breakfast items such as chicken fried steak and eggs benedict.

1505 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Bangrak Market

2319 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Brown crispy fish cakes with a blue dish of sliced vegetables all in a banana leaf
Spicy fish cakes from Bangrak
Bangrak Market/Facebook

If you’re looking for authentic Thai cuisine in the wee hours of the night, look no further. Bearing the same name of a popular market in the Thai capital, Bangrak Market is Belltown’s destination for Thai street food. Fried crab wontons, chicken satay, and an extensive selection of noodles and curries are all available until midnight most days and 2 a.m. on weekends.

2319 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

10. Monster Dogs

E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122

Claiming to have some of the best franks in the city, Monster Dogs is the perfect stop on the way home from the bars. With locations in Capitol Hill and Belltown, bar hoppers are bound to be pulled in by the signature smell of polish dogs and onions on the grill — just be prepared for the chaotic lines of intoxicated fans. And yes, they serve a Seattle dog — the one with cream cheese.

E Pike St
Seattle, WA 98122

11. Rocco's

2228 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

With its fresh ingredients and cool atmosphere, Rocco’s is proof that late-night pizza doesn't have to be a guilty, trashy pleasure. The best part? This Belltown favorite serves up giant pies and slices until 2 a.m. every night of the week.

2228 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

12. The Escondite

1325 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98122

Tucked inside Chop Suey, The Escondite is a late-night necessity for those chasing a quality burger or BLT. Open until 1 a.m. on weekdays, The Escondite serves up a number of tasty bites after hours, including the buffalo shrooms and Texas-style club. Plus, there’s a very worthwhile secret menu.

1325 E Madison St
Seattle, WA 98122

13. Betsutenjin Ramen

954 E Union St #102, Seattle, WA 98122
A bowl of ramen in a black bowl with crispy onions, corn, seaweed.
A bowl of ramen from Betsutenjin Ramen
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

For a select few, a quality bowl of ramen is the food of choice after a night out. That said, Betsutenjin serves up some of the best Hakata-style ramen in the city. While the rich, flavorful bone broth is a must, the gyozas and lobster salad are tasty complements. Seating is limited, so be prepared for a wait.

954 E Union St #102
Seattle, WA 98122

14. Café Presse

1117 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This Cap Hill classic serves frites, croques, and more until 1 a.m. every day. Francophiles should settle in for a midnight snack and a glass or two of Rhône syrah before saying "bonne nuit."

1117 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

15. Zig Zag Cafe

1501 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

One version of a perfect night involves a bar stool, a dinner menu served until 1 a.m., and a Last Word cocktail at this low-key Pike Place Market standby where famous bartender Murray Stenson popularized the classic drink.

1501 Western Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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16. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

On a normal night, Capitol Hill's low-lit, twinkly Ba Bar flagship serves upscale Vietnamese fare until 2 a.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant feeds the city’s drunk and hungry masses bowls of oxtail pho or platters of wings until 4 a.m., only to reopen for breakfast a few hours later. The growing chainlet also has locations in SLU and U Village now, the latter of which is open until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

17. Lecosho

89 University St, Seattle, WA 98101

Sometimes late night calls for greasy burgers and messy tacso — but sometimes it calls for a high-class meal. Lecosho boasts an impressive late night menu of first-rate fare until 1:00 am every night.

89 University St
Seattle, WA 98101

18. Talarico's

4718 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

West Seattle’s go-to for huge East Coast slices "with no fuss,” Talarico’s serves up 14-inch slices and a full dinner menu until 1 a.m. Goes great with karaoke Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

4718 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

19. Roxy's Bar and Grill

2823 SW Roxbury St, Seattle, WA 98126

There's no point questioning this White Center bowling alley/casino/Chinese-fusion restaurant, there's just delicious salt-and-pepper wings and the sound of pins falling.

2823 SW Roxbury St
Seattle, WA 98126

20. Randy's Restaurant

10016 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila, WA 98168

Randy and his wife opened this 24/7 restaurant more than 40 years ago just to serve reasonably priced breakfast at any time of day. Fun fact: Randy's is known as the "Museum of Bite" because it’s filled with service artifacts and model airplanes.

10016 E Marginal Way S
Tukwila, WA 98168

21. 13 Coins

18000 International Blvd, SeaTac, WA, 98188
13 Coins/Official

13 Coins embodies old-school decadence seemingly frozen in time, with big high-backed booths, buckets of clams, martinis, frequent live music, an open line of engaging chefs, and a cheesy chicken parmesan. It’s hard to know where this place would stand if it weren’t open 24/7, but thankfully it’s a moot point, as all three locations will satisfy the basest steak-and-eggs craving all night, every night.

18000 International Blvd, SeaTac
WA, 98188

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