Late Night Eats in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

It is the eternal question of the late night party crowd – “where are we eating?” You’re rolling out of a bar or nightclub at 1:00 AM and have worked up an appetite dancing. It’s late but nobody wants fast food. And while I am a diehard fan of the 24-hour taco shop, I recognize that this is not everyone’s preference, so here are a few suggestions for your late night eats:


For those who want to rock out while they snack out, Maryjane’s in the Hard Rock Hotel offers a variety of diner-style food options until 3:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Whether you’re partial to late night breakfast foods or go for such classic late night eats as chicken wings or chili cheese fries – you’ll be eating like a Rock Star at Maryjane’s.

Gaijin Noodle House

Drunken Noodles at Gaijin Noodle House

Gaijin Noodle House – which is open until 1:00 AM most nights – actually stays open until 3:00 AM on Friday and Saturday nights! What better food to chow down on after a long night of drinking and shenanigans than a bowl of ramen noodles, some yakitori skewers or (if you’re not quite done drinking yet) a Kakigori cocktail!

Bolillo Tortas

Chow Down on a Great Late Nite Snack at Bolillo Tortas

If you’re craving something a little more south of the border, Bolillo Tortas is also open until 3:00 AM Thursday – Saturday nights. Their menu of healthier Mexican options includes some great soups, salads and tortas (Mexican sandwiches) with flavors that will not disappoint!

So while I know the lure of 4th Meal is calling, try to avoid the drive thru and check out one of these delicious late night spots!

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Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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