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La Calle is just one of many late-night spots in Houston where you can fill up on delicious tacos.
Becca Wright

17 Excellent Late-Night Restaurants in Houston

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

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La Calle is just one of many late-night spots in Houston where you can fill up on delicious tacos.
| Becca Wright

If you ask Houstonians about a place to grab a late-night bite, the easy answer is Whataburger. After all, with most locations equipped with a 24-hour drive-thru, they stay ready to fulfill a late-night burger or breakfast-on-a-bun craving. But the city can do one — or several — better, with its wide-ranging offerings of pho, kabobs, breakfast, pies, and so much more either late in the night or in the wee hours of the morning.

So whether finishing an evening shift, getting something after a night out, or just quenching a late craving, you can step into any of these 17 places confident that you’ll get some late-night grub long after 10 p.m.

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Chacho's

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With three locations in Houston, this 24-hour Mexican hot spot is perfect for breakfast tacos any time of day, plus comforting eats, like loaded burritos, piled-high nachos, crispy buffalo wings, and quesadillas, plus cold drinks, like its frozen cognac and coke. Be warned. The restaurant gets busy when nearby clubs are closing, but you can always make a friend in line or learn about the restaurant’s hilarious history on its brutally honest About Us page while you wait.

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, restorative coffee, and one of the city’s best burgers until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Poppa Burger

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Open 24 hours daily, this cash-only North Main Street joint has been in operation for over 50 years, dishing out a variety of finger foods, burgers, tortas, tacos, salads, and more. If looking to soak up the alcohol, the bacon burger, fish sandwiches, chili dogs, and nachos are all delicious choices.

Ninja Ramen

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Though closed on Monday, this Washington bar is a surefire choice from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The menu is simple, offering heartwarming brothless Mazeman ramen and its spicy, garlic-laden Aburamen noodle dish, plus miso caramel and Thai ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

La Calle

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Focused on Mexican street food, La Calle offers elote, birria, cevichito, tacos, tostadas, and more — all after midnight. When choosing one thing from its menu gets tough, order the super sampler, which comes with two street tacos, two tostadas, and a Gringa, their quesadilla made with melted chihuahua cheese.  Follow it up with thirst-quenching agua frescas, horchata, or Mexican coke. The Midtown and Ella Boulevard locations are open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, while the Downtown location closes at 2 a.m. nightly.

Frank's Pizza

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Like a forever friend that Houstonians can depend on for their late-night needs, Frank’s is open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, welcoming in barhoppers and night owls alike with hot cheesy slices and whole pies.  You can’t go wrong with pepperoni or cheese pizza, but if looking to venture out, try the BBQ chicken or the boudin and bacon pizza with a side of wings.

Cafe Layal

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If you’re in the Midtown area after-hours and looking for Mediterranean cuisine, head to this cafe, which specializes in kabobs, shawarmas, falafel, and gyros, plus pizzas, fries, and wings. Open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Burger Joint

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What started as a food truck has since evolved into three restaurant locations, including one in the Heights and Baybrook. The Montrose outpost, open until 4 a.m., is a particular favorite among those who are up late and seeking sustenance in the form of burgers, shakes, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Try the Mexi, their Angus burger with grilled ham, avocado, queso fresco, and jalapenos, or their Mahi-Mahi sandwich topped with red onion, baby arugula, creamy avocado, and tomato. And if the night isn’t over for you yet, peruse their selections of shakes and make it boozy.

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 Maw Maw’s bread pudding, served warm with a creamy sweet sauce.

Katz's Deli & Bar

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Known for its slogan “Katz never klozes,” this deli promises a stacked sandwich at any hour. Visit the longtime Montrose location, or the newer locations in the Heights and Shenandoah, where it's never been easier to score matzo ball soup, French toast, or a pastrami sandwich, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mai's Restaurant

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Open since the late 70s, Mai’s is a staple on Houston’s late-night scene, offering an expansive menu of Vietnamese cuisine with everything from sticky rice patties to Vietnamese fajitas. Try their garlic tofu or the udon noodle soup.  Though most weekdays mean an earlier closing time, doors stay open until 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

House of Pies

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House of Pies has been serving the city since 1967 with a host of diner options you can depend on, now at six different locations. From 7 a.m. to midnight daily, diners can gorge on breakfast items like rib-eye steak and eggs, omelets, and eggs benedict, crispy fish and chips, or skip straight to the dessert, with its assortment of cheesecakes, cookies, and of course, freshly baked pies.

Fat Crab

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A reliable choice when a seafood craving creeps up, Fat Crab offers its seafood boils full of blue crab, lobster, mussels, and crawfish, plus platters of fried seafood until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The mixed drinks, with cocktails like the Skittles — a mixture of peach, pineapple, and apple Ciroc, and sour Sprite with grenadine that will make you pucker — are also a perfect option to keep the party going — even if taking them to go.

FuFu's CAFE Restaurant

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With two locations that aren’t far apart, FuFu Cafe and FuFu Restaurant both offer a bevy of Chinese cuisine but with different menus.  Hot pot service dishes with broth at varying spice levels and a choice of meats like lamb, seafood, pork, chicken, and more are thankfully guaranteed at both. But if you have a hankering for its salt-toasted spare ribs, visit the cafe at 9889 Bellaire Blvd Suite A 105, or dine in at its restaurant (9889 Bellaire Blvd suite E209) for its sizzling duck, beef, oyster, and short ribs specialties. Both are open until 2 a.m. daily.

Pho Bình By Night

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

Dot Coffee Shop

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Take a trip back in time at this iconic Houston institution. One of the first restaurants opened by the Pappas restaurateur family, this adorably retro diner serves up one of the city’s best chicken fried steaks, plus various other breakfast options all made from scratch, any time of day.

Sleepy's Po-Boys

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Those seeking a taste of Louisiana with a touch of Texas after 10 p.m. should look no further than Sleepy’s Po-Boys on South Main. Find satisfying po’ boys packed with your choice of boudin, shrimp, Philly cheesesteak, crawfish, hot sausage, porkchop, or hamburgers, plus healing bowls of gumbo and yaka mein, a meaty noodle soup from New Orleans that has a reputation for being a cure for hangovers.

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Chacho's

With three locations in Houston, this 24-hour Mexican hot spot is perfect for breakfast tacos any time of day, plus comforting eats, like loaded burritos, piled-high nachos, crispy buffalo wings, and quesadillas, plus cold drinks, like its frozen cognac and coke. Be warned. The restaurant gets busy when nearby clubs are closing, but you can always make a friend in line or learn about the restaurant’s hilarious history on its brutally honest About Us page while you wait.

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, restorative coffee, and one of the city’s best burgers until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Poppa Burger

Open 24 hours daily, this cash-only North Main Street joint has been in operation for over 50 years, dishing out a variety of finger foods, burgers, tortas, tacos, salads, and more. If looking to soak up the alcohol, the bacon burger, fish sandwiches, chili dogs, and nachos are all delicious choices.

Ninja Ramen

Though closed on Monday, this Washington bar is a surefire choice from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The menu is simple, offering heartwarming brothless Mazeman ramen and its spicy, garlic-laden Aburamen noodle dish, plus miso caramel and Thai ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.

La Calle

Focused on Mexican street food, La Calle offers elote, birria, cevichito, tacos, tostadas, and more — all after midnight. When choosing one thing from its menu gets tough, order the super sampler, which comes with two street tacos, two tostadas, and a Gringa, their quesadilla made with melted chihuahua cheese.  Follow it up with thirst-quenching agua frescas, horchata, or Mexican coke. The Midtown and Ella Boulevard locations are open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, while the Downtown location closes at 2 a.m. nightly.

Frank's Pizza

Like a forever friend that Houstonians can depend on for their late-night needs, Frank’s is open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, welcoming in barhoppers and night owls alike with hot cheesy slices and whole pies.  You can’t go wrong with pepperoni or cheese pizza, but if looking to venture out, try the BBQ chicken or the boudin and bacon pizza with a side of wings.

Cafe Layal

If you’re in the Midtown area after-hours and looking for Mediterranean cuisine, head to this cafe, which specializes in kabobs, shawarmas, falafel, and gyros, plus pizzas, fries, and wings. Open until 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Burger Joint

What started as a food truck has since evolved into three restaurant locations, including one in the Heights and Baybrook. The Montrose outpost, open until 4 a.m., is a particular favorite among those who are up late and seeking sustenance in the form of burgers, shakes, sandwiches, and hot dogs. Try the Mexi, their Angus burger with grilled ham, avocado, queso fresco, and jalapenos, or their Mahi-Mahi sandwich topped with red onion, baby arugula, creamy avocado, and tomato. And if the night isn’t over for you yet, peruse their selections of shakes and make it boozy.

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 Maw Maw’s bread pudding, served warm with a creamy sweet sauce.

Katz's Deli & Bar

Known for its slogan “Katz never klozes,” this deli promises a stacked sandwich at any hour. Visit the longtime Montrose location, or the newer locations in the Heights and Shenandoah, where it's never been easier to score matzo ball soup, French toast, or a pastrami sandwich, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mai's Restaurant

Open since the late 70s, Mai’s is a staple on Houston’s late-night scene, offering an expansive menu of Vietnamese cuisine with everything from sticky rice patties to Vietnamese fajitas. Try their garlic tofu or the udon noodle soup.  Though most weekdays mean an earlier closing time, doors stay open until 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday.

House of Pies

House of Pies has been serving the city since 1967 with a host of diner options you can depend on, now at six different locations. From 7 a.m. to midnight daily, diners can gorge on breakfast items like rib-eye steak and eggs, omelets, and eggs benedict, crispy fish and chips, or skip straight to the dessert, with its assortment of cheesecakes, cookies, and of course, freshly baked pies.

Fat Crab

A reliable choice when a seafood craving creeps up, Fat Crab offers its seafood boils full of blue crab, lobster, mussels, and crawfish, plus platters of fried seafood until 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday through Sunday. The mixed drinks, with cocktails like the Skittles — a mixture of peach, pineapple, and apple Ciroc, and sour Sprite with grenadine that will make you pucker — are also a perfect option to keep the party going — even if taking them to go.

FuFu's CAFE Restaurant

With two locations that aren’t far apart, FuFu Cafe and FuFu Restaurant both offer a bevy of Chinese cuisine but with different menus.  Hot pot service dishes with broth at varying spice levels and a choice of meats like lamb, seafood, pork, chicken, and more are thankfully guaranteed at both. But if you have a hankering for its salt-toasted spare ribs, visit the cafe at 9889 Bellaire Blvd Suite A 105, or dine in at its restaurant (9889 Bellaire Blvd suite E209) for its sizzling duck, beef, oyster, and short ribs specialties. Both are open until 2 a.m. daily.

Pho Bình By Night

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

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Dot Coffee Shop

Take a trip back in time at this iconic Houston institution. One of the first restaurants opened by the Pappas restaurateur family, this adorably retro diner serves up one of the city’s best chicken fried steaks, plus various other breakfast options all made from scratch, any time of day.

Sleepy's Po-Boys

Those seeking a taste of Louisiana with a touch of Texas after 10 p.m. should look no further than Sleepy’s Po-Boys on South Main. Find satisfying po’ boys packed with your choice of boudin, shrimp, Philly cheesesteak, crawfish, hot sausage, porkchop, or hamburgers, plus healing bowls of gumbo and yaka mein, a meaty noodle soup from New Orleans that has a reputation for being a cure for hangovers.

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