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Houston has plenty of late-night restaurants to love.
Kirsten Gilliam

13 Excellent Late-Night Restaurants in Houston

Score tacos, pizza, and fine dining, all after 10 p.m.

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Houston has plenty of late-night restaurants to love.
| Kirsten Gilliam

Whether inspired by an all-night study session, a third shift work schedule, or a drunken good time, sometimes an excellent after-hours meal is in order. But when that late-night food craving strikes, it can be challenging to find the right spot to scratch that itch. Fortunately, Houston has plenty of great restaurants that keep the lights on late.

House of Pies, FM Kitchen, and Mai’s have been removed to make way for new additions, and Roadster Grill at 1836 has since shuttered, but restaurants like Frank’s Pizza, Katz and Velvet Taco are still rockin’ after dark.

From spanakopita to a quality slice of pizza to a lofty seafood tower, check out our list of the best hideouts, diners, and destination restaurants serving well into the wee hours.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Spanish Flowers

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Both locations of Spanish Flowers are open late on weekends, but the outpost on North Main is open 24 hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, serving up fajitas, lengua, hot melty queso, and a host of other Tex-Mex classics.

Cantina Barba

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What Cantina Barba lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor. The no-frills Heights kiosk offers smoked meat tacos, steak and eggs, pork hash, and restorative coffee until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Velvet Taco

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There's truly no greater after-hours food than tacos, especially after a late-night pub crawl. Soak up those vodka sodas with tacos stuffed with everything from spicy chicken tikka to fiery Nashville hot tofu and beer-battered cauliflower. While Velvet Taco has several Houston locations, the Washington Avenue and Montrose locations stay open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Frank's Pizza

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Frank’s Pizza is forever the friend that Houstonians can depend on for their late-night pizza needs. Barhoppers and night owls alike can dive into a hot, cheesy slice, or even a whole pie at Frank’s, which stays open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

AL Quick Stop

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Neighboring popular Montrose bar Rudyards, AL Quick Stop is part convenient store, part Mediterranean fast-food counter, and it’s open until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Venture in for a gyro platter or chicken kabob sandwich after taking in a game of pool or a live show at Rudz.

BB's Tex-Orleans

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The tiny Montrose location of this Cajun favorite is open until 3 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, making it the perfect spot for some late-night fried seafood, po’boys, or a hearty bowl of gumbo. Have a sweet tooth in the middle of the night? Opt for the bread pudding.

The Montrose neighborhood is synonymous with late-night hangouts, but for night owls looking for someplace new, Marmo, newly opened in the Montrose Collective, serves dinner until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, with live music filling the space until 1 a.m. Snack on calamari or burrata, or better yet spring for a complete platter of lobster ravioli.

Love Buzz

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This Montrose hangout gives “wake and bake” new meaning with its most popular pie, which comes topped with breakfast staples like bacon, hash browns, and sunny-side up eggs. In addition to pizza, Love Buzz serves beer, cocktails, and wine and stays open until 2 a.m.

Katz's Deli & Bar

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At Katz, the world is your stacked deli sandwich at any hour of the day. The longtime Montrose location known for its slogan “Katz never kloses,” and with two additional locations — in the Heights and Shenandoah — it’s never been easier to score 24-hour deli eats, seven days a week.

Loch Bar

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This spirited River Oaks District destination keeps its doors open until 2 am daily. Guests looking to do it up big can do so with splurge-worthy seafood towers, baseball-sized Maryland crab cakes, and champagne-fueled cocktails. As an added bonus, Loch Bar has live music every night.

A bar with traditional swivel chairs and several menu board and shelves of liquor bottles.
Bar seating at Loch Bar.
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La Tapatia Mexican Cafe Montrose

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A wide variety of Tex-Mex dishes are served until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and till midnight Sunday through Thursday at Montrose mainstay La Tapatia. The massive menu lists tortas, chile con queso-topped burrito dinners, meat and vegetarian enchilada platters, and, of course, salt-rimmed margaritas.

Pho Bình By Night

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This popular Chinatown-adjacent restaurant specializes in pho tai be, rare veal cooked in silky pho broth. Slurp up a bowl before you sleep — they’re open until midnight six days a week, and closed on Mondays.

Dot Coffee Shop

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Take a trip back in time at this iconic Houston restaurant. The adorably retro diner — one of the first restaurants opened by Houston restaurant magnates the Pappas Family — serves up one of the city’s best chicken fried steaks, plus breakfasts made from scratch, 24 hours a day.

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Spanish Flowers

Both locations of Spanish Flowers are open late on weekends, but the outpost on North Main is open 24 hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, serving up fajitas, lengua, hot melty queso, and a host of other Tex-Mex classics.

Cantina Barba

What Cantina Barba lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor. The no-frills Heights kiosk offers smoked meat tacos, steak and eggs, pork hash, and restorative coffee until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Velvet Taco

There's truly no greater after-hours food than tacos, especially after a late-night pub crawl. Soak up those vodka sodas with tacos stuffed with everything from spicy chicken tikka to fiery Nashville hot tofu and beer-battered cauliflower. While Velvet Taco has several Houston locations, the Washington Avenue and Montrose locations stay open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Frank's Pizza

Frank’s Pizza is forever the friend that Houstonians can depend on for their late-night pizza needs. Barhoppers and night owls alike can dive into a hot, cheesy slice, or even a whole pie at Frank’s, which stays open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

AL Quick Stop

Neighboring popular Montrose bar Rudyards, AL Quick Stop is part convenient store, part Mediterranean fast-food counter, and it’s open until midnight on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Venture in for a gyro platter or chicken kabob sandwich after taking in a game of pool or a live show at Rudz.

BB's Tex-Orleans

The tiny Montrose location of this Cajun favorite is open until 3 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, making it the perfect spot for some late-night fried seafood, po’boys, or a hearty bowl of gumbo. Have a sweet tooth in the middle of the night? Opt for the bread pudding.

Marmo

The Montrose neighborhood is synonymous with late-night hangouts, but for night owls looking for someplace new, Marmo, newly opened in the Montrose Collective, serves dinner until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, with live music filling the space until 1 a.m. Snack on calamari or burrata, or better yet spring for a complete platter of lobster ravioli.

Love Buzz

This Montrose hangout gives “wake and bake” new meaning with its most popular pie, which comes topped with breakfast staples like bacon, hash browns, and sunny-side up eggs. In addition to pizza, Love Buzz serves beer, cocktails, and wine and stays open until 2 a.m.

Katz's Deli & Bar

At Katz, the world is your stacked deli sandwich at any hour of the day. The longtime Montrose location known for its slogan “Katz never kloses,” and with two additional locations — in the Heights and Shenandoah — it’s never been easier to score 24-hour deli eats, seven days a week.

Loch Bar

A bar with traditional swivel chairs and several menu board and shelves of liquor bottles.
Bar seating at Loch Bar.
Kirsten Gilliam

This spirited River Oaks District destination keeps its doors open until 2 am daily. Guests looking to do it up big can do so with splurge-worthy seafood towers, baseball-sized Maryland crab cakes, and champagne-fueled cocktails. As an added bonus, Loch Bar has live music every night.

A bar with traditional swivel chairs and several menu board and shelves of liquor bottles.
Bar seating at Loch Bar.
Kirsten Gilliam

La Tapatia Mexican Cafe Montrose

A wide variety of Tex-Mex dishes are served until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and till midnight Sunday through Thursday at Montrose mainstay La Tapatia. The massive menu lists tortas, chile con queso-topped burrito dinners, meat and vegetarian enchilada platters, and, of course, salt-rimmed margaritas.

Pho Bình By Night

This popular Chinatown-adjacent restaurant specializes in pho tai be, rare veal cooked in silky pho broth. Slurp up a bowl before you sleep — they’re open until midnight six days a week, and closed on Mondays.

Dot Coffee Shop

Take a trip back in time at this iconic Houston restaurant. The adorably retro diner — one of the first restaurants opened by Houston restaurant magnates the Pappas Family — serves up one of the city’s best chicken fried steaks, plus breakfasts made from scratch, 24 hours a day.

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