Best Late Night Dining in Philadelphia

November 8, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Philly isn’t exactly a city that never sleeps, but there are still plenty of places to get a stellar meal after hours.

Mediterranean · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.2

“Incredible” pizzas, “farm-to-table” salads and other “serious” eats, plus a budino dessert that’s “out of this world” , come out of the open kitchen at this Mediterranean in Washington Square West; although some report “jackhammer” -like decibels and “cramped seating” , most consider it a “win every time.”
Standard Tap
Bar · Northern Liberties · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.1

When in Northern Liberties, you "cannot skip the Tap" say fans of this pioneering "oldie-but-goodie" gastropub beloved for its "locally sourced" , "full-of-flavor" American fare, "amazing, ever-changing beer selection" and charmingly "worn-in" multilevel setup (including a roofdeck) with a "fun" , "laid-back" feel; factor in late-night hours (till 2 AM nightly) and a "nice" , "knowledgeable" staff, and "simply put, it's a dream bar" for many – no wonder it gets "packed and loud" at prime times.
Alla Spina
Italian · Spring Garden · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

This “vibrant” Italian pub in an old car dealership in Spring Garden offers a “fabulous beer selection” , "inventively indulgent” snout-to-tail pig cooking and “friendly” , “knowledgeable” service in an “urban” , “industrial” setting with “graffitied walls” ; some say it gets as “loud as all get out” , though outdoor seating in the warmer months may offer some respite.
Royal Tavern
American · Bella Vista · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Boosters "wade through the hipsters" at this Bella Vista "hangout" "bursting with people" for the "extremely tasty" American options, including burgers with "no substitute" and "tons" of "vegan-friendly" choices, plus an "exciting" beer list; despite the crowded house, the "local pub" ambiance is "calming" and the staff "never seems bogged down."
Pub & Kitchen
American · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

"Casual but upscale" , this "always-packed" Southwest Center City gastropub has settled into "trendy" mode, adding "lots of charm to the 'hood" with its "amazing flavors" and outdoor cafe that lures "late-twenty- and thirtysomething" patrons when the "weather is warm" ; an "excellent drinks menu" is one more reason it's "seemingly always packed" even into the "late-night" hours.
Loco Pez
Mexican · Fishtown · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.6 · Service 4.0

"Hipsters line up out the door" at prime times at this "fun" LA-style taqueria/dive bar in Fishtown, where the "awesome" burritos, quesadillas and other Mexican street faves brim with "fresh ingredients" and are matched with a "great" cocktail, tequila and cerveza list; you "gotta love them $1 taco nights" – though really the "normal" prices here "won't perturb your wallet" too much, and now there's a bottle shop and take-out counter as well; P.S. cash only.