Food & Drink

Where to go late-night in Boston

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013

Sometimes you have to embrace the fact that every awesome night out has to come to an end eventually. Or does it? When you're desperately in need of late-night sustenance, these late-night joints are here for you.

Ribelle
Washington Square
Recently named one of Bon Appetit’s top 50 best new restaurants, (and more exclusively, one of Thrillist's 33 best new restaurants) Ribelle is now running a weekend-only late-night menu. Pizza and subs are served between 11p-1a on Fridays and Saturdays, and while the toppings & fillings change based upon that day's menu, chances are you won't be disappointed.

A4 Pizza
Union Square
The A4 outpost in Union Square serves up half-priced slices of a rotating selection of pizzas daily from 11p until whenever they run out. Take a seat at the bar and make some tough choices; to play Super Mario Brothers or Tetris? To sip on a whiskey or Fernet? To eat just one slice or... actually that's not tough, you're clearly having more.

Lone Star Taco Bar
Allston
If you're going to be anywhere in Allston late-night, this is where you want to be. Splitting space with sibling spot Deep Ellum, they both share the same wall, the same owners, and an equally tempting cocktail/draft list. Plus, both kitchens stay open until 130a every night. Deep Ellum has one of the best, constantly changing beer selections in the city, perfect to pair with their semi-famous beer cheese dip. For those nights when you just want tequila and a taco, Lone Star has you covered.

Uni
Back Bay
Every Friday and Saturday at 11p, Uni turns into a late-night ramen shop. Located inside of Clio in the Eliot Hotel, Uni offers shishito peppers, steamed buns, and (of course) ramen to go along with their extensive cocktail list. Seats are first come, first served -- so be prepared for a potential (worthwhile) wait.

Franklin Cafe

Franklin Cafe
South End
The Franklin Cafe is a perfect late-night South End reprieve; it's small, it's dark, and best of all, they serve the full menu until 130a every night. With a great cocktail list, must-have steak frites, and a a bunch of other deliciousness on their revolving menu, it's hard to find a better bite this late in the evening.

South Street Diner
Waterfront
The only 24-hour diner within city limits, the South Street Diner is a great place to grab a stack of pancakes (and a beer!) and hunker down for some top-flight people-watching. Dimly lit and divey with all the mandatory diner staples, it's the place to go when you want breakfast before you go to bed.

Eastern Standard
Fenway
With a menu that gets scrawled out nightly at 11p on the mirrors behind the bar and is served until 130a, ES is undoubtedly one of the city's go-to destinations for quality late-night food. While the menu rotates nightly, be on the lookout for flatbreads, pig parts, and their signature roasted bone marrow.

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1. Area Four Somerville 445 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143 (Somerville)

This cafe/bar serves up sick wood-fired pizzas made from simple, quality ingredients -- alongside great coffee and baked goods.

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2. Eastern Standard 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway Kenmore)

This big, classy, gourmet American joint specializes in good, strong cocktails and classic fare like salmon and oysters.

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3. Ribelle 1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445 (Washington Sq)

This elegant spot from Strip T's and Momofuku Ssam Bar alum Tim Maslow is slinging gorgeously plated, Italian-inspired dishes -- lamb tartare with sunchokes and egg, for example -- and refreshing 'tails.

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4. Lone Star Taco Bar 479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134 (Allston Brighton)

Lone Star is the result of a collaboration between two dudes from Texas and Southern California, so you can feel pretty confident that they know their way around Mexican food. With a menu influenced by taquerias and markets in Austin, Dallas, and Mazatlan, Lone Star serves up a huge range of tacos, from carnitas and barbacoa to refried beans and huevos rancheros. They also do a killer breakfast menu (breakfast tacos! huevos rancheros!) and have an absolute ton of tequilas ready to pour.

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5. Franklin Cafe 278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South Boston)

Go to Franklin Cafe to enjoy a beer or craft cocktail from their extensive list, stop by for a pre-theater dinner, or even show up late night (the kitchen's open until 130a). Just make sure you go, unless you feel like missing out on the likes of smoked mussels, braised short rib, and steak frites.

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6. South Street Diner 178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111 (South Boston)

A legend since 1947, the venerable South Street Diner is the only joint in Boston where you can get grub 24/7. And that’s big-time. The always-packed Worcester Dining Car has been churning out working man’s breakfasts since factory workers crowded the counter, and you can still get the same smile-inducing meals today. Regulars swear by the Monte Cristo, the smoked salmon, and the Diner Special complete with three eggs, two pancakes or French toast, home fries, toast, and choice of bacon, corn beef hash, ham, or sausage. But you really can’t go wrong with anything... just don’t forget to add a side of banana bread or grilled cinnamon roll.

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7. Clio 370A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Stop in for truffle pot pie with a soft poached egg; duck drummettes with cocoa pimente in an XO sauce; fried chicken w/ kimchee & ginger mustard, pork belly, and crispy yuba buns; and a late-night ramen menu (avail Thurs-Sun).

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