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A bowl of tonkotsu ramen from Betsutenjin.
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12 Essential Late-Night Restaurants in Seattle

This quiet city still has some life after midnight

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A bowl of tonkotsu ramen from Betsutenjin.
| Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

For a large city, Seattle gets sleepy way early. And that’s gotten worse during the pandemic as bars and restaurants shortened hours and Seattle late-night institutions like Beth’s Cafe closed forever.

That being said, if you know where to look, you can still absolutely get a good meal after ten in Seattle, whether that’s a satisfying bowl of pho from Ba Bar in Capitol Hill, a plate of silky pad see ew from Belltown’s Bangrak Market, or steak frites served in dim light at Pike Place Market’s Zig Zag Café.

As usual, this list is not ranked; it’s organized geographically. Know of a spot that should be on our radar? Send us a tip by emailing seattle@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bites of Bangkok

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Serving Thai classics late into the night in Capitol Hill, what’s not to like? Open until 1 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.

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

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One of Seattle’s few 24-hour restaurants is still serving Capitol Hill diners late into the night. The diner serves its full menu until 2 a.m. including popular breakfast items such as chicken fried steak and eggs benedict.

Bangrak Market

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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 1:30 a.m. on weekends.

Monster Dogs

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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.

Rocco's

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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 12 a.m. every night of the week.

Betsutenjin Ramen

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For many, 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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Zig Zag Cafe

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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.

When Ba Bar first opened in the late aughts as one of Seattle’s best Vietnamese restaurants, it was open until 4 a.m. on weekends. Hours got cut during the pandemic, but the Capitol Hill flagship location recently extended them back to midnight, offering crispy wings, steaming bowls of pho, and refreshing vermicelli noodles to Seattle’s late-night crowd.

13 Coins

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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. The three locations (in Seattle, SeaTac, and Bellevue) are now open until 11 p.m.

Big Mario's Pizza

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Big Mario’s locations in Capitol Hill and Fremont are both open until 12 a.m. every night, and its Lower Queen Anne joint is open until 2:00 a.m., a popular spot for people leaving the Seattle Convention Center or Climate Pledge Arena after an event. The big, cheesy, New York slices with curled pepperoni cups are the perfect, filling late-night bite.

Shota Nakajima’s Capitol Hill fried chicken restaurant serves a late-night menu until 2 a.m. most nights. Besides the signature double-fried karaaage (with a variety of flavors), you can also order a spicy fried chicken sando, oyako don, and mochi ice cream.

Sultan Gyros Grill

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Out of the many shawarma spots open late at night on University Ave., Sultan’s Gyro stands out for its satisfying falafel sandwiches with feta, well-executed fries, and other dishes. Expect a wait on weekends.

Bites of Bangkok

Serving Thai classics late into the night in Capitol Hill, what’s not to like? Open until 1 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.

Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge

One of Seattle’s few 24-hour restaurants is still serving Capitol Hill diners late into the night. The diner serves its full menu until 2 a.m. including popular breakfast items such as chicken fried steak and eggs benedict.

Bangrak Market

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 1:30 a.m. on weekends.

Monster Dogs

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.

Rocco's

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 12 a.m. every night of the week.

Betsutenjin Ramen

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 many, 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
Jay Friedman/Eater Seattle

Zig Zag Cafe

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.

Ba Bar

When Ba Bar first opened in the late aughts as one of Seattle’s best Vietnamese restaurants, it was open until 4 a.m. on weekends. Hours got cut during the pandemic, but the Capitol Hill flagship location recently extended them back to midnight, offering crispy wings, steaming bowls of pho, and refreshing vermicelli noodles to Seattle’s late-night crowd.

13 Coins

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. The three locations (in Seattle, SeaTac, and Bellevue) are now open until 11 p.m.

Big Mario's Pizza

Big Mario’s locations in Capitol Hill and Fremont are both open until 12 a.m. every night, and its Lower Queen Anne joint is open until 2:00 a.m., a popular spot for people leaving the Seattle Convention Center or Climate Pledge Arena after an event. The big, cheesy, New York slices with curled pepperoni cups are the perfect, filling late-night bite.

Taku

Shota Nakajima’s Capitol Hill fried chicken restaurant serves a late-night menu until 2 a.m. most nights. Besides the signature double-fried karaaage (with a variety of flavors), you can also order a spicy fried chicken sando, oyako don, and mochi ice cream.

Sultan Gyros Grill

Out of the many shawarma spots open late at night on University Ave., Sultan’s Gyro stands out for its satisfying falafel sandwiches with feta, well-executed fries, and other dishes. Expect a wait on weekends.

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