Best Afterhours Restaurants In Washington DC

April 14, 2016 8:00 AM

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A night out in the nation’s capital can leave you craving a midnight (or later) snack. Whether you are in need of something to soak up the alcohol or you didn’t have time to eat before the theater, options can be somewhat limited. Many of the restaurants and bars stop serving food close up. Here are five late night hotspots ranging from fast food to sushi where you can quell your later night hunger in DC.
Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St. N.W. 
Washington DC 20009
(202) 667-0909

Ben’s Chili Bowl is a staple in Washington, DC. Started in 1958 by Ben and Virginia Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl is multi-location chain with a menu based around a winning chili recipe. Ben’s also has hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers and other items that late night dreams are made of. The U Street location is open Monday through Thursday until 2 a.m., and until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Ben’s Chili Bowl is conveniently located near the U Street Music and Hall but only takes cash, so come prepared.

Pizza Mart
2445 18th St. 
Washington, DC 20009
(571) 762-2437

If a New York Style monster pizza slice is your favorite late night snack, Pizza Mart is the place to go. This Adams Morgan pizza place serves up slices the size of your head, all for around $6. Pizza Mart is open until 4 a.m. every night of the week, satisfying that munchies requirement after a long night of drinking or for the night owl who woke up in the middle night craving pizza. Credit and debit cards are accepted

1800 N St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 466-1830

Surfside is reminiscent of a beachside taco stand you might find in Baja California. Lucky for DC, it’s right here and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The menu includes tasty grilled fish tacos, surprising burrito combinations, quesadillas and Caribbean inspired stir fry dishes. Surfside also supplies the traditional chips, salsa and guac. For a late night snack that’s shareable, try the Bermuda Triangle with guacamole, cheese dip, salsa and chips all for $14.95.

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Sticky Rice DC
1224 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-7655

Nothing hits the spot after a night out than sushi and noodles. Sticky Rice on H Street has a menu of traditional sushi, noodle and rice bowls, plus Asian-inspired sandwiches. The restaurant has a good selection of vegetarian and vegan options and yummy appetizers like veggie tempura, wings and tater tots served with a special sauce. Sticky Rice is open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturdays and features live DJs.

Oohh’s & Aahh’s
1005 U St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 667-7142

If you desire a late night bite that is more of meal, Oohh’s & Aahh’s is sure to satisfy. With menu items like turkey wings, beef short ribs and catfish, this soul food restaurant is taking hungry to task in DC. The restaurant’s delectable fare has been featured on a variety of TV shows including Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” and offers a late night menu until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The menu is almost the same as the dinner menu, but dining is cash only (ATM on site).

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Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at

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