The Best Late-Night Food in Boston

By Jacqueline Cain
JM Curley | Credit: Brian Samuels Photography

Boston defines late-night dining a little differently than some other cities because the bars close at 2 a.m. (Is that round at 3 a.m. ever really a good idea, anyway?!) Despite a lingering reputation as a city that definitely sleeps, Boston has restaurants serving until midnight and later from Allston to the South End. Next time you get hit with a late-night craving, check out these 10 spots for the best late-night food in Boston.

Peach Farm

Salt and pepper shrimp from Peach Farm one of the Best Late-Night Food in Boston
Credit: Brian Samuels Photography

Peach Farm is a longtime favorite industry spot because it’s open late with fresh and delicious Chinese food. (These days, that’s until midnight every night.) Its location in Chinatown, not too far from the Theater District, makes it a prime post-show option, too. The head-on Salt and Pepper Shrimp are a perfect snack with or without a Tsingtao or two, but to designate this Chinatown favorite’s seafood as “drunk food” does it a disservice. The Lobster with Ginger and Scallions is a specialty, and we also love the Roast Pork Lo Mein, Stir Fried seasonal vegetables, Singapore Style noodles, and other delights from the voluminous menu.

top view of food from Lone Star Taco Bar in Cambridge one of the Best Late-Night Food in Boston
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Lone Star Taco Bar isn’t quite open 24 hours, but it’s pretty much always there when you need a taco or three. With locations in Allston and Cambridge, the Tex-Mex inspired spot is open daily from brunch straight on through late-night. In fact, you can get brunch that late—the full menu of breakfast tacos, Birria, fish tacos, the bacon-wrapped Mexican Dog, tortas, chili con queso, grilled street corn, and more is available nightly until 1 a.m. (last call for food is 12:30 a.m.). Whether you pair your midnight munchies with a Mugarita or a cold bottle of Topo Chico sparkling water is up to you.   

JM Curley

chicken from JM Curley one of the Best Late-Night Food in Boston
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In Downtown Crossing, JM Curley is a reliable late-night dining option any night of the week. Sister-spot to neighboring steakhouse Bogie’s Place and cocktail lounge The Wig Shop, JM Curley is the casual kid on the block with a menu of burgers, sandos, and snacks to share served nightly ’til 1:30 a.m. Among the after-hours bites are the likes of Curley’s Mac, a rich cheesy skillet made with beer cheese and buttered breadcrumbs; Popcorn Chicken with smoked jalapeño aioli; and house-made crab Rangoons. 

Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant

Lincoln Taven food and drinks one of the Best Late-Night Food in Boston
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The high-volume Lincoln Tavern is Southie’s standby open morning ’til early the next morning. A lively scene at all times, Lincoln rocks four meals a day. Daily brunch service transitions into casual American fare enlivened with fire—think: Wood Fired Pizzas ringed in an airy, chewy crust and flame-crisped Spicy Wings. While bartenders craft cocktails like Lady Lincoln (botanical vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon, blackberry, mint), a streamlined selection of late-night food, focused on the two aforementioned top-sellers, is available until 1 a.m. most nights. 

Dumpling Kingdom

Dumpling from Dumpling Kingdom The Best Dumplings in Boston and one of the Best Late-Night Food in Boston
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Along with Chinatown sibling Dumpling Cafe, Dumpling Kingdom in Allston is a late-night go-to. With an extensive menu of umami and spice-packed Taiwanese and Szechuan flavors, the popular dumpling houses are both open nightly until 2 a.m. Catch us slurping down some Mini Juicy Buns (aka pork-filled soup dumplings) while our ears are still ringing after shows at Brighton Music Hall or the Paradise Lounge. This spot is also popular among the Boston University crowd. Beyond the dumplings, give the Roasted Duck Buns a whirl, and the Taiwan-Style Noodles with pork and vegetables. 


food served in Anchovies one of the Best Late-Night Food in Boston
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Part-dive bar and part-classic Italian-American eatery, Anchovies is a timeless slice of Boston nightlife. We’re here for the vibes and the pint-size Dirty Martinis, not necessarily the cooking—but huge portions of comfort food available until last call is partially why Anchovies is such a beloved South End institution. At 1 a.m., specialties like Burrata with tomato-basil salad and braised beef Ravioli in creamy alfredo sauce have no business being so good. You can never go wrong with Chicken Parm, and there’s always pizza, too, but hands-down our favorite midnight snack at Anchovies is the crispy Fried Ravioli, filled with cheese and matched with spicy marinara sauce.

Si Cara

top view of pizza and food from Sicara
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If you find yourself hungry in Central Square after 10 p.m., the lights are on at Si Cara. SRV chef Michael Lombardi’s “pizzabar” serves a slimmed-down selection until midnight, specializing in a style of pizza called canotto, characterized by a crust that’s softer and puffier than a typical Neapolitan slice. Try the classic Margherita with super-fresh tomato sauce and fior di latte (fresh, semi-soft cow’s milk mozzarella) or one of the seasonal creations, such as summer Corn or Eggplant Piccata (eggplant, capers, garlic, lemon, parsley). Si Cara also offers some snacks on the late-night menu, like garlicky White Bean Dip served with lemon and potato chips and a craveable Garlic Bread.


Burger plate from Stubby's
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Stubbys is a welcome addition to the Seaport and not only because it’s the area’s only late-night food. This casual spot comes by way of Nantucket, and it’s known on island and the mainland for quality fast-food fare served all day. Open till 11 p.m. nightly and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Stubbys serves up cheeseburgers (and Impossible meat), fried chicken sandwiches, fish and chips, salads, mozzarella sticks, and more as well as breakfast sandwiches and hash browns always available. Fans love the Steak & Cheese sub with a bag of Nantucket Crisps. 


Pizza cooked in brick oven from Bricco
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The North End has a famous bakery open 24 hours, but if you’re craving more than just sweets  in the neighborhood after-hours on a weekend, head to Bricco. The Hanover Street restaurant is open ’til 1 a.m. or later on Fridays and Saturdays with a lineup of pizzas and snacks such as garlic-caper Wellfleet Mussels; Angus beef Meatballs with fresh ricotta and fresh-baked crostini; truffled ricotta-filled Zucchini Flowers; and more. Bricco’s Famous Espresso Martini—made with Absolut Vanilla, Bailey’s, Kahlua, Frangelico, Disaronno, espresso, raw sugar, and a cocoa rim—may keep you awake, but we’d bet you won’t be too upset about it.

Franklin Cafe

chicken from Franklin Cafe
Credit: Chris McIntosh

A beacon of late-night dining in Boston since 1996, Franklin Cafe offers the full menu every night till 1:30 a.m. Head to this South End bistro for a little or a lot, from snacks like house-made Ricotta Crostini or Warm Ciabatta and Hummus to entrees like Sole Meuniere and the ever-popular Classic Hanger Steak Frites with a port wine sauce and Roquefort butter. The substantial selection of midnight munchies alongside the full gamut of craft cocktails makes Franklin Cafe a frequent post-shift spot for many in the Boston restaurant industry.

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