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The Best Late-Night Eats In San Francisco, California
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The Best Late-Night Eats In San Francisco, California

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Updated: 10 November 2016
Sadly, despite its generally outstanding culinary scene, San Francisco, California can be a barren place for the late-night spots to eat – but this is slowly changing. Here are SF’s best options for food late at night.
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© Jawed Karim/Wikimedia Commons

Alta CA

Alta CA is the latest restaurant from Beard Foundation Award winner Daniel Patterson, best known for his two Michelin-starred Coi. A favorite among the tech crowd, Alta is an upscale celebration of local California ingredients such as Mt Lassen trout. Chef David Goody’s menu features carefully composed dishes such as a smoked pork trotter with a slow-cooked egg and mustard. There is also an outstanding chicken liver toast. The special late-night menu is offered from 10.30pm until 1am. Don’t forget to check out the restaurant’s cocktail program.

1420 Market Street, San Francisco, CA +1 415 590 2585

CoCoBang

Korea is renowned for its late-night eating and drinking culture. CoCoBang, in the Tenderloin, brings some of that goodness to San Francisco. Open until 2am Sunday through Thursday and until an ungodly 4am on Friday and Saturday, CoCoBang has become a favorite for those favoring extraordinarily late nights. Traditional Korean stews such as an army soup with hot dogs and spam are immensely satisfying. The real late-night treat here is the Korean-style spicy fried chicken, in half, whole, and wing portions. Soju cocktails can also be had.

550 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA +1 415 792 5144

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© Republic of Korea/Flickr

Tosca Café

Tosca Cafe was opened up in 2013 by the superstar restauranteur-chef duo Scott Friedman and April Bloomfield. Having previously partnered on New York’s Michelin-starred gastropub The Spotted Pig, the pair decided to convert what was previously an aged dive bar into a high-end red sauce joint. The meticulous care which was taken to preserve the bar’s history is obvious. It can be seen from the Formica tabletops to the original murals lining the walls. The food, which comes from an open kitchen that perfumes the room wonderfully, is indeed pricey. However, nowhere else in SF can such perfect meatballs in red sauce or bucatini with tomato and guanciale be found until 2am. Tosca is also known for its house cappuccino, which contains armagnac and bourbon but not a bit of coffee.

242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA +1 415 986 9651

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© stu_spivack/Wikimedia Commons

Bitters, Bock, and Rye

Finding good authentic Texas-style barbecue in San Francisco seems a near-impossibility, let alone past midnight. And yet, Bitters, Bock, and Rye proves that conventional wisdom wrong. BBR has smoked brisket, in both lean and fatty varieties, served with BBQ baked beans and ham hock-flavored collard greens. There is also dry-rubbed St. Louis-style ribs served with potato salad and corn on the cob. Spend time sipping whiskey cocktails in each of the restaurant’s three different spaces, from the casual main restaurant space to the Western-themed Tap Room and intimate lounge. Be warned; although the restaurant officially closes at 1.30am, some of the more popular meats will sell out before then.

1117 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA +1 415 440 4490

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© Robyn Jay/Flickr

New Sun Hong Kong Restaurant

No list of beloved late-night eats would be complete without Chinese food in some form or another. The combination of salt, oil, filling starches, affordability, and down-to-earth environs makes Chinese an always attractive after-midnight option. New Sun Hong Kong in Chinatown is no exception to this rule. It serves up delicious and hearty classics such as congee with pork and preserved egg, Hong Kong-stye seafood, pan-fried noodles, and salt and pepper fried prawns until 3am every night.

606 Broadway, San Francisco, CA +1 415 956 3338