The Best Late-Night Eats in Orlando

Downtown Orlando
Downtown Orlando | Courtesy of Kelsey Glennon / @kelsey_wanders
Kelsey Glennon

No matter your tastes, Orlando has fresh and tasty fare to satisfy even the pickiest of after-hours cravings. Tapas, hot dogs, vegan donuts—this city serves up fresh, local food enjoyed by early birds and night owls alike. Late-night bites don’t have to be eaten at a drive-thru. Instead, roll down your windows and enjoy Orlando’s warm nights as you cruise its streets for late-night eats.

1. Santiago's Bodega

Restaurant, Tapas, American

If your idea of a bodega is a hot dog vendor on the corner of Broadway and 42nd Street, you’ve got it all wrong. Santiago’s is best described as a neighborhood family room serving up tapas-style plates of many cuisines. If you’re dining with a choosy crowd, the menu is sure to appease a variety of tastes with dishes like Roman meatballs, Greek saganaki, yellowfin tuna ceviche, and even patatas bravas for the tapas traditionalists. Though born in Key West, FL, Santiago’s sister restaurants in the Orlando area are just as artistic, eclectic, and welcoming. You’ll still find the same stained-glass doors and one-of-a-kind woodwork that characterizes Santiago’s Bodega. Perhaps Santiago’s most alluring late-night characteristic is its open-air patio—perfect for enjoying Florida out of the heat of the day.

2. Market on South

Market, Farm Shop, Restaurant, Deli, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian

Vegans get late-night cravings too. And when they do, they head to Market on South, a shared market space home to Dixie Dharma and Valhalla Bakery. The two offer savory and sweet treats to satisfy the tastes of those with a plant-based diet. Dixie Dharma specializes in Southern-style vegan fare. With a kitchen open until 11 p.m. six days a week, you can enjoy your Carolina BBQ Pulled Jackfruit into the night. If your sweet tooth kicks up after-hours, Valhalla’s pies, cakes, tarts, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, and bars will surely offer up something to satisfy your craving.

3. The Hammered Lamb

Restaurant, Bar, American, Beer

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If you’re looking for late-night food with a side of entertainment, head to your friendly neighborhood pub, The Hammered Lamb. Depending on the night, you’ll find live music, DJs, ping pong tournaments, and trivia. The ‘Lamb, open until 2 a.m., specializes in the late-night cravings of the sinful-dip and hot-wing kind.

4. Pom Pom's Teahouse and Sandwicheria

Sandwich Shop, Tea , Soup, American

Pom Pom’s is a casual sandwich and tea staple easily missed by the passerby. Situated in an unassuming strip mall, it doesn’t look like much from the outside, but once inside the funky sandwich shop, you’re greeted by the world’s friendliest sandwich makers. Pom Pom’s is known for its service and hospitality, which makes it loved by locals. Try Pom Pom staples like Mama Ling Ling’s Thanksgiving sandwich made with turkey, gouda, stuffing, ginger-cranberry chutney, mashed potatoes, cream cheese and served with a side of gravy. Order the tea of the day and enjoy free refills. Soups and sweet treats are also not to be missed.

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