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.

Little Pete's
Italian · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 3.7 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.9

"The same Formica" , "the same menu" and the same kind of "genuine" waitresses "from 30 years ago" "what's not to love" say fans of these "unpretentious but satisfying" diners dispensing "cheap" eats without "a lot of fluff and flourish" ; the all-around "comfortable atmosphere" includes the sound of "coffee cups" clanging any time of day (Rittenhouse is open 24/7).
Pub & Kitchen
Gastropub · Rittenhouse Square · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

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.
Mediterranean · Washington Square West · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

“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
Brunch · Northern Liberties · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

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.
Loco Pez
Mexican · Fishtown · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · 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.
Alla Spina
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
Bar · 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.