Where to Find Late-Night Bites Around Arlington

From naan wraps and Cubano sliders to chocolate-chip hotcakes, find fab food any hour of the night. 🍽
Patsys Back Bar

Lots of Northern Virginia restaurants stay open late, including Patsy’s American in Tysons. (Photo by Rey Lopez)

There’s nothing more “hanger”-inducing than staying out late, getting the munchies and realizing all the restaurants are closed for the night. But don’t fret; dozens of eateries in this area keep their doors open late, some into the wee hours of the morning. Here are several burning the midnight oil that cater to just about any craving.

Bob and Edith’s Diner

Select Locations Open 24 Hours

Since 1969, Bob and Edith’s 24-hour diner on the Pike has been an Arlington mainstay, serving up favorites like country fried steak, western omelets and onion rings. Today B&E’s has six NoVA locations, including a Crystal City outpost that’s also open round the clock, Wednesday to Sunday. From chocolate-chip hotcakes and BLTs to hand-spun milkshakes, this family-run operation knows comfort food. // 2310 Columbia Pike and 539 S. 23rd St., Arlington


Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 

Dig into Ethiopian and Eritrean fare at this eatery on Crystal City’s Restaurant Row, where highlights include sauteed shrimp, slow-cooked beef zigni and kategna—injera topped with berbere spice and seasoned butter. Thirsty? Try the beer or wine selections or a specialty cocktail. (We’re intrigued by the Blue Jaguar, a concoction featuring Ketel One vodka, blue Curaçao, lemon juice and prosecco.) // 549 23rd St. S., Arlington

Galaxy Hut

Galaxy Hut’s vegan Jalapeno Bomb Burger is so packed with fixings, it just might explode. (Photo courtesy of Galaxy Hut)

Galaxy Hut

Sunday-Wednesday 5 p.m.-midnight | Thursday-Saturday 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 

In addition to the obvious appeal of late-night arcade games and VHS film screenings (they have both), Galaxy Hut sports some of the meanest grilled cheese, burgers and tots around. Swiss and cheddar on sourdough with avocado, roasted red pepper and chipotle aioli? Yes, please. Queso fundido “totchos”? We’ll take those, too. And vegans, rejoice! This longstanding Clarendon music venue and watering hole offers vegan cheeses and proteins. // Galaxy Hut is a 21+ establishment. 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington


Tuesday-Sunday 12:30 p.m.-midnight (closed Mondays) 

For 25-plus years, this family-run restaurant has served Lebanese and Syrian specialties in Arlington’s Bluemont neighborhood just west of Ballston. Need sustenance after an evening of revelry? The late-night menu (10 p.m.-2 a.m.) includes hummus, falafel, chicken shawarma, lamb fatteh and more than a dozen other savory dishes. And if you need a calming drink to round out your meal, try the cardamom tea. // Kitchen closes a half-hour before the restaurant closes. 5216 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Mehran House of Kabobs

Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. | Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. 

Mehran has been serving the D.C. area since 1998, with a location in Sterling and another in Clarendon that opened in 2022. If you’re in the mood for a kabob, you’ve got several options, such as chicken tandoori or lamb chop. The menu also features naan wraps, veggie samosas and a host of chef specialties, like goat curry. // Kitchen closes 15 minutes before restaurant closes. 2721 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Palette 22

Monday-Tuesday 11 a.m.-midnight | Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-1 a.m. | Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. | Saturday 10 a.m.-2 a.m. | Sunday 10 a.m.-midnight 

For those nights when you just need a little something to tide you over till morning, pop by this Shirlington eatery specializing in small plates. From walnut-stuffed dates and Cubano sliders to pineapple empanadas, Palette 22 has a bevvy of internationally inspired sweet and savory treats. For a nightcap, the Rosé Lava Lamp blends New Amsterdam vodka with strawberry syrup, brut rosé, cranberries and grapefruit soda. // Kitchen closes one hour before restaurant closes. 4053 Campbell Ave., Arlington

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich

The late-night menu at Patsy’s American includes a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. (Photo by Rey Lopez)

Patsy’s American

Daily 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

This spacious Tysons eatery offers a late-night menu with an expansive array of menu all-stars from the Great American Restaurants family (its sibling eateries include Carlyle, Sweetwater Tavern and Coastal Flats). Seafood lover? Try the oysters on the half shell, served with blood-orange mignonette. Looking for something creamy and rich? Order the spinach and artichoke dip. Starving? Dive into the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich or a slow-roasted French dip, made with prime rib. And absolutely do not leave without considering the warm flourless chocolate waffle. (You’ll thank us.) // 8051 Leesburg Pike, Tysons


Tortas y Tacos La Chiquita cooks up Mexican favorites on Columbia Pike. (Photo courtesy of Tortas y Tacos La Chiquita)

Quinn’s on the Corner

Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-midnight | Friday 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m. | Saturday 10 a.m.-2 a.m | Sunday 10 a.m.-midnight 

Pop by this 5-year-old Rosslyn bar and restaurant for all kinds of battered goodies (including fried goat cheese and fried pickles), salads, sandwiches (try the hot chicken with Nashville hot sauce) and decadent desserts.  And here’s another pro tip: You don’t have to hit the state fair to enjoy some funnel cake fries. // Kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and midnight Friday-Saturday. 1776 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Tortas Y Tacos La Chiquita

Daily 24 Hours

Find dozens of satisfying belly-fillers at this Mexican outpost on Columbia Pike that got its start as a food truck. Choose from snacks such as chicharrones or ceviche, or heartier options like the chicken flautas, al pastor burrito or chorizo “mega” nachos, topped with refried pintos, pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled jalapenos—guaranteed to satisfy the strongest of late-night hunger pangs. // 2911 Columbia Pike, Arlington

This post has been updated to clarify the operational hours of Patsy’s American.

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