After doing considerable research, I can now definitively say that Las Vegas has a bit of a nightlife scene.
Okay, all sarcasm aside, there’s a very good argument to say that life in Vegas doesn’t start until the sun goes down. Some would say that the real Sin City doesn’t begin until after midnight.
This is, of course, backed up by the fact that there’s a party going on somewhere in Las Vegas. Even better, there’s a game of poker all hours of the day. Perhaps most importantly, though, there are tons of places you can go to eat even if the sun went to bed hours ago.
The real problem when you visit Las Vegas isn’t where you’re going for late night eats, it’s narrowing down your options. A lot of restaurants cater to a later rising crowd (or to casino workers getting off their shifts).
Still, I did my best to find eight places that I am confident you will enjoy should you find yourself out at night in Las Vegas with a real case of the late-night snack attack.
8 – In-N-Out Burger (Open Until 1 AM)
There’s a lot of Las Vegas originals (or at least non-chain restaurants) that I could have put in the number eight spot, but I didn’t. And that’s because I love In-N-Out Burger.
It really is one of the best fast food burgers you can find anywhere. And when you get your fries animal style, there’s nothing that your taste buds will love more.
I do wish it was open a little later than 1 AM, but I can tell you from personal experience that if you go around 12:30 AM, they will serve you after 1:00 because the lines are so long.
7 – Biwon Korean BBQ and Sushi Restaurant All You Can Eat (Open Until 3AM)
Located off the Strip, Biwon is my favorite place to go for Korean BBQ in all of Las Vegas. The fact that it’s open until 3 AM is really just the icing on the cake.
With that said, even I thought it might be a little much to go for the all-you-can-eat meat in a Korean BBQ so late at night. However, after giving it some deep consideration, I decided that all that meat would put me in a meat coma and I’d fall asleep that much easier.
Plus, their sushi sometimes has cucumber or avocado or something vegetable-like in it. So, it’s basically a health food, right? That’s a good thing to have before bed.
6 – Hash House A Go Go at the LINQ (Open 24 Hours)
Like some restaurants on this list, not all Hash House A Go Go restaurants are open 24 hours. Fortunately, the one at the LINQ Hotel & Casino is. The others, inexplicably are only open until 10PM, which is kind of a bummer.
Anyway, Hash House A Go Go is your destination when you think that eating a plate full of food the size of your head is not enough and you’re really angling for a plate full of food the size of your entire body. (I say that with only a little hyperbole.)
Famous for their breakfast food, sandwiches, and burgers, it would take a pack of wild horses to keep me from ordering Andy’s world famous sage fried chicken and waffles—a four-waffle, two-chicken piece meal that is taller than the knife that comes with it.
Even better, I can make it Nashville hot for a dollar more, which I am likely to do even if I will hate myself the next day.
5 – Tacos El Gordo (Open Until 4 AM)
Interestingly enough, Tacos El Gordo also made the list of best tacos in Las Vegas. This fairly authentic taqueria serves up magic on a plate in the form of tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, and fries (which are covered in meat and cheese).
If this were a normal trip to Tacos El Gordo, I would probably opt for a big taco platter with carne asada or an al pastor sope. However, if we’re talking late night eats, I have my eyes on those French fries. More nacho than fry, I think that dish is perfect for when I want to eat late at night.
4 – Earl of Sandwich in Miracle Mile Shops (Open 24 Hours)
Like Hash House A Go Go, not all Earl of Sandwiches are open 24 hours. To satisfy those late night cravings for some of the best sandwiches you’ll ever eat, head to the Miracle Mile Shops inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino where you will find the Earl of Sandwich.
At first look, the Earl of Sandwich looks fairly ordinary. In some ways, it has all the glamour of Subway’s older brother who has started wearing cologne.
That impression quickly dissolves away once you bite into your food, as Earl of Sandwich has perfected the art of sandwich making. Their menu is a mix of more avant garde sandwiches and more commonplace meals.
Still, it doesn’t matter. No matter what you order, the sandwich will be next level amazing and the chocolate cookies are some of the best you have ever had.
3 – Izakaya Go (Open Until 2AM)
Apparently, I have a thing for eating sushi after the sun goes down. Or any time, really… But let’s face it, when you want sushi, you want sushi. Thanks to places like Biwon and Izakaya Go, I can pretty much get my fill.
Fortunately, I can get my fill on the good stuff, too. Izakaya Go is a traditional-looking Japanese “tapas” restaurant which serves some of the most beautiful dishes you will find in Las Vegas. Also, their multi-page menu covers everything from hot and cold appetizers to sashimi to grilled and fried dishes to sushi.
It’s really hard to suggest a single dish because they’re all amazing looking, but at the end of the day, I’m going to get a Super Go Crunch sushi “burrito” (with tempura shrimp and veggies), a fresh halibut roll, and the fresh poke served with homemade chips.
2 – Herbs and Rye (Open Until 2AM)
There’s something about the Sin City experience that says, “Go eat meat.” There’s something even a little more Las Vegas about going to a place with a big meat menu at midnight (or later). For me, this used to be Ruth’s Chris, but now I turn to Herbs and Rye for my midnight carnivorous adventures.
If I’m going with friends, then the King Kong Ribeye (a mere five pounds of meat that serves three) is always going to be my choice.
If I’m flying solo, I go with the 12 ounce Bone-In Kansas City steak with a side of jalapeno cream corn and sweet potato tots. Since I’m the guy who always orders an app even when I have five pounds of meat coming, I will also recommend either the carpaccio or the littleneck clams.
1 – Peppermill Restaurant (Open 24 Hours)
The Peppermill Restaurant is a funky, futuristic neon eatery that’s constantly cited as one of the best places to eat in Las Vegas (late night or not). This is undoubtedly due to the quality of their food and a rather impressive menu that encompasses both breakfast and non-breakfast favorites.
If you go to the Peppermill looking for breakfast, choose from one of their 1 omelets or gild the lily a little bit and try a crab cake eggs benedict. For non-breakfast selections, the wings are plentiful and come with a number of sauces.
However, the real star of the appetizer section is the sriracha chicken bites. Sriracha is “infused” in the chicken before they’re battered and deep fried. That pretty much checks all the important food boxes right there.
Then, for dinner, finish the meal with a sandwich, one of several burger choices, or go with something way too big and filling. If that’s your game, try the New York steak and shrimp scampi. It’s a perfect marriage of sweet shrimp, robust steak, and garlicky scampi sauce.
Sandwiches, sushi, Japanese, Korean, diner food, omelets, meat, meat, or meat… No matter what you’re looking for on your late night adventures, Las Vegas has something for you. Even better, the places on this list are all over Las Vegas so you can find a place even if your misadventures take you off the Strip.
Feel free to try them all and figure out which one you think is best. But whatever you do, don’t just call out for room service. You won’t enjoy the food from your hotel any more than the places on this list. Plus, this way, you get to see more of Las Vegas at night, which is always cool.