You Don't Have To Eat Your Dinner Before Midnight In Boston
is far from the city that never sleeps. But there are plenty of places you can go for a meal after midnight on the weekend. And it doesn’t have to be a sub shop either. Here’s a sampling of selections throughout the city and surrounding neighborhoods to fit all price ranges, dress codes, tastes and budgets. Let us know your favorite!
Azama (2:00) – Allston – Egyptian fare with raved about Shawarma, Egyptian Fries and Baklawa. Cheap and tasty.
Kelly’s Roast Beef (2:00) – Allston – Warm roast beef sandwiches with your pick of toppings/sauces or fried seafood. Nothing fancy but affordable, friendly and perfect for the munchies when the bar kicks you out.
Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese Truck (2:00) – Cleveland Circle in Brighton – Parked to serve you fantastical grilled cheese concoctions – such as the Green Muenster – at all hours for takeaway.
Sunset Grill & Tap (1:00) – Allston – Yummy nachos, Mexican, BBQ, Burgers and Peanut Butter sandwiches along with a gazillion different beers to wash it all down.
Boston Back Bay
Back Bay Social Club (1:30) – Tantalizing burgers but also higher end dining options with the price tag. Real food, real late such as pumpkin ravioli appetizers, seafood, steak, decadent chocolate cake.
Boloco Berklee (2:00) – Goloco at Boloco. Creative ingredients that you customize to build your own burrito.
Brasserie Jo (1:30) – Bar menu offers selected French cuisine at petite portions including scallops and glazed pork. There are also fondue options for folks who like to play with their food.
Little Stevie’s (3:00) – Pizza joint that is cheap cheap cheap serving large thin crust slices perfect for folding. Expect to see plenty of broke college kids released from the bars.
Lucca (1:00) – Finer Italian dining at lower prices off of the late night menu which is large and features pasta and pizza. The bolognese is a best bet.
Parish (1:00) – Take Boston’s chefs, ask them for a specialty sandwich creation, and serve them all in one trendy spot. Big bang for your buck considering the portions for the price tag. There are a few entrees too but why bother when a Zuni Roll will do?
Spike’s Junkyard Dogs (1:00) – For when all you really need is a mega, loaded hot dog (there are even vegetarian varieties). Oh, and some curly fries too.
Via Matta (1:00) – The late night Caffe menu has a small sampling of fancy (mostly seafood) appetizers along with some pizza and sandwiches. The Italian wine list is impressive.
Boston Beacon Hill
Harvard Gardens (1:00) – The menu seems more fru-fru than the clientele which can be hospital employees, grad students or politicians. An eclectic twist on comfort food – like the Mac n’ Cheese with Prosciutto and English Peas.
Dumpling Cafe (2:00) – Not to be confused with the Gourmet Dumpling House, this authentic Taiwanese styled restaurant serves up dumplings to die for and some pretty awesome scallion pies as well.
Peach Farm (3:00) – Nothing fancy here but you’ll find decent Cantonese Chinese seafood dishes such as their lobster special.
Boston Downtown/Leather District
Les Zygomates (1:00) – Casual Parisian bistro with live Jazz music and a small bar menu for late night serving a sampling of short ribs, lobster rolls and fried seafood.
South Street Diner (24 Hours) – Super good, super fast diner food at any time of the day or night. This attracts lots of entertaining drunk characters late night but the food, especially the banana bread, and service are always spot on.
Basho (1:00) – Great sushi spot with thumbs up on the Spicy Tuna Roll and Spicy Ginger Edamame. Prepare to be serenaded by techno-DJ beats.
Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar (12:30) – A pub environment that serves up fancier dishes such as roasted pig, tuna burgers, game hen and of course, fresh local oyster dishes.
Tasty Burger (2:00) – Pulp Fiction comes alive with big juicy burgers (any meat can be substituted for a veggie version), ice cold beer, milkshakes to die for and a jukebox.
Boston Govt. Center
Anthem (1:00) – Faneuil Hall, Looking for truffled mashed potatoes on a flatbread pizza? Or how about a fried Twinkie? Surprisingly good twist on standard bar food in the heart of tourism.
Red Sky (1:00) – Posh/sleek/dark environment serving trendy priced mostly American fare that is good with large portions – try the Calamari.
Boston Kenmore Square
Eastern Standard (1:30) – A smaller late night menu contains the ever popular mussels, the Cuban sandwich, Steak Tartare and Fried Calamari. Terrific service to go along with the cocktails.
Island Creek Oyster Bar (1:00) – Pricey but you get what you pay for. Excellent service, oysters from across the world, fresh seafood galore.
Boston North End
Bricco (2:00) – Late night reduced menu of pasta & pizza in a fine quality contemporary Italian restaurant made more delicious by the fresh mozzarella and homemade pasta.
Legal Test Kitchen (2:00) – Their menu changes every 6 weeks and there is a separate one for late night dining. Creative seafood concoctions for you to test out. Their famous clam chowder doesn’t need any tweaking.
Boston South End
Franklin Cafe (1:30) – Good variety in a laid back atmosphere. Highlights include the Roasted Chicken, Steak Frites and Turkey Meatloaf. Vegetarians will find a decent menu for them as well.
Gaslight Brasserie (1:30) – French, French, French. Romantic atmosphere. Free – yes, FREE – parking.
Stella (1:30) – Affordable, chic Italian dishes off of a good sized late night menu that features some pretty tasty pizzas in addition to pasta specialties.
Sel de la Terre (12:30) – Rowe’s Wharf, French food served off of a reduced Bar Menu for late night features Pate, Mussels, Oysters, Pommes Frites and Truffled Mac & Cheese. They also mix in a burger, chicken fingers and other American options.
The Abbey (1:30) – A dark and cozy atmosphere with a small but varied menu. Busy bar scene late night but you can’t beat the Truffle Fries here.
Beacon Street Tavern (1:00) – Large for a late night menu – with good variety including Turkey Chili, Panini Special, Salads, Flatbread Pizza, Oysters, Spicy Wings, Pulled Pork Sandwich and Fish Tacos. Eat on the patio or on the couch. Good spot for a conversational meal.
Golden Temple (1:00) – For when you want Chinese food prepared in a more healthy, less greasy manner, from a huge menu. Oh – and the decor is huge too. Over the top, like a James Bond set. And they have a DJ dance party going on too to dance off the Scorpion Bowls.
Hungry Mother (12:30) – Kendall Square – Down home Southern cookin’ in an old Cambridge home. Catifsh, Carolina Pulled Pork BBQ, Pimento Cheese Sandwiches, Cornbread, Boiled Peanuts – all the comfort food you could ask for to cap off your evening.
Moody’s Falafel Palace (3:00) – Central Square – Speedy meals, healthy options including a good vegetarian selection, fresh ingredients daily and cheap prices in a small setting. Middle Eastern dishes abound – but the Lamb Shawarma gets raves.
Redline (2:00) – Harvard Square – Standard American fare, trying to be a step above bar food. People gather here mostly for the club scene but it will stave off your hunger if you can’t find a date on the dance floor.
James’s Gate (12:30) – This homey pub with the inviting fireplace has a late night menu sprinkled with a little bit of everything – Bangers & Mash, Quesadillas, Fried Calamari, Chips & Curry or your standard burger to name a few. All good in a casual setting.
The Hen House (4:00) – Jump on the waffles & chicken bandwagon. Ridiculously sweet waffles and buttery options to go along with non-greasy chicken – including the incredibly clever and tasty Sweet Potato Chicken. Good at any hour!
Victoria’s Diner (5:00) – Looks like a diner. Smells tantalizingly like a diner. Straightforward menu like a diner. And the food tastes like all good diner food should. With good service and an even better price tag it is the best spot to end, or start, your day. Diner style.
Photo credited to Bilal Lashari via Flickr. Post by Molly G.
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