Late-night dining represents an important hallmark of a world-class city. How can a city compete with the 24-hour nature of New York, Tokyo, or Las Vegas without a few establishments serving high-quality meals that diverge from the usual 24/7 fast-food options? Phoenix is a commendable city for late-night dining — how else can one escape the blistering heat brought by the desert sun than by being out well past sunset? Whether just getting in from a red-eye, working in the service industry, or just needing that 2 AM chile relleno, these 12 spots have you covered.Read More
The Best Late-Night Phoenix Eats
Where to get that fourth meal of the day in Phoenix
Housed on a prominent Grand Ave. corner, Snapback is serving some of the best pizza in Phoenix. Founder and chef Ryan Moreno, aka the Hungry Homie, got his start slinging pies at various pop-up events around Phoenix, and has created a permanent home at Snapback. Described as a cross between Neapolitan and New York-style pizza, this casual window service establishment has daily special pies and pepperonis that are almost as big as the slice itself. Snapback is open until midnight Tuesday to Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Gracie's Tax Bar
Gracie’s is the dive bar that rivals all dive bars. The former tax service office turned bar opened in 2017 from local musician Grace Perry, and has been killing it ever since. Bathed in a sultry red light inside and littered with discarded lawn furniture outside, Gracie’s challenges the not-so-positive dive bar food narrative. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, serving up dive classics like cheese curds, fried pickles, and a Bronx favorite —chopped cheese (including a vegan option).
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Cornish Pasty Co.
This popular loosely-metal-themed English pub has time-honored pub dishes like Scotch eggs, chicken liver pâté, and shepherd’s pie, but the true star of the show, as the name suggests, is the Cornish pasty. The English comfort food dish gets an update here, where an extensive menu of vegetarian, meat-filled, and constantly rotating pasties with funky riffs on sandwiches like a Cubano, reuben, and French dip. Cornish Pasty is open until 1 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Housed in a former department store by the same name, Hanny’s is a chic downtown Phoenix staple. The building was built in 1947 and opened its doors as a restaurant in 2005. The kitchen is open until 12:30 a.m. every night of the week and features dishes like chicken milanese, hot honey pizza, a to-die-for brown butter cake, and an impressive cocktail menu. Don’t miss a photo opportunity in the establishment’s iconic bathrooms, or the secret art installation in the basement.
5 & Diner
Open until 2 a.m. Sundays to Thursdays and 3 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 5 & Diner is a traditional 50s American diner —finished with checkered floors and chrome walls to boot. Since 1989, 5 & Diner has been satisfying Phoenicians’ appetites with comforting entrees like open-faced turkey sandwiches, liver and onions, and meatloaf.
La Frontera 1
This no-frills permanent food truck provides traditional, impeccably done Mexican plates well into the night. La Frontera 1 is open until 12:45 a.m. Sunday to Tuesday and 1:45 a.m. the rest of the week. In a city flush with great Mexican food, La Frontera’s al pastor taco holds its own. They serve staple mariscos dishes until close (a rarity), and their $2-4 agua frescas (jamaica, horchata, lemonade) are extremely generous. Don’t forget to bring cash, as there is a card surcharge.
Nogales Hot Dogs No.2
The Sonoran-style hot dog is an iconic Arizona dish, consisting of a Mesquite-smoked and bacon-wrapped hot dog, tucked in a bolillo-style bun and topped with beans, mayonnaise, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, salsa, and cheese. A small stand tucked away on the southwest corner of 20th Street and Indian School called Nogales Hot Dogs No.2 is offering some of the best Sonoran dogs in the valley. Owner Pablo Perez has been in the Sonoran hot dog biz for over a decade and knows exactly what he is doing. Nogales Hot Dogs No.2 is open until midnight Sunday to Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Phoenix has no shortage of 24/7 drive-thru Mexican spots, but Los Toritos stands above the rest. These days, it is pretty rare to find sub-$7 burritos, but Los Toritos is somehow managing to charge exceptionally low prices for all of the staples: chile relleno, tripe, carnitas, and more. Pro tip: their breakfast menu is available all day and night, every day of the week.
BoSa Donuts (Multiple Locations)
Any true Phoenix native knows Bosa Donuts. The now-iconic donut chain started in Chandler in 1994 and has since expanded all over the valley. Bosa Donuts is everything you want in a donut shop: it’s affordable, most locations have a drive-thru, and of course, the donuts are always fluffy. With most locations open 24/7, you can satisfy your craving for taro, honeydew, or watermelon smoothies, donuts, or breakfast sandwiches whenever you want.
El Paisano Market
Beloved by ASU students and late-night construction workers alike, El Paisano has been a Tempe staple for years. Colloquially known as El P’s, the casual deli-style establishment offers updated classics like a Hot Cheeto quesadilla, carne asada fries, and a Fiji burrito which consists of cheese, pineapple, avocado, tater tots, pico, and salsa. Don’t expect a life-changing meal at El P’s, but their kitchen is open until 3 a.m. every day, perfect to satisfy those post late-night study session cravings.
Night Owl Pizza & Drinks
Newly opened Night Owl is seasoned Phoenix restaurateur Tucker Woodbury’s eclectic South Scottsdale hangout. Playing off Woodbury’s other popular Phoenix restaurants, Ziggy’s Pizza and Stardust Pinbar, Night Owl serves up late-night slices alongside pinball machines and nostalgia-fueled wall art. The aesthetic at Night Owl can most aptly be described as your grandpa’s 70s garage meets the local watering hole —complete with a spacious, dog-friendly patio. Open until 2 a.m. Monday through Sunday.
Where else in the valley can you get chicken feet at 12:30 in the morning than at Drunken Tiger? This Korean mainstay is a true testament to late-night dining. Chef and owner Justin Park describes his place as harmonizing typical Korean street and bar food with American comfort food. The menu is a direct reflection of Park’s wishes, with some staples like kimchi pork fries, mussel soup, and corn cheese, which is like a Korean deconstructed elote with melted cheese. Open until midnight Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday and until 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.