From raw oysters and Champagne to loaded tater tots and cheap wells, New Orleans has plenty of gems for late night dining if you know where to look. Whether you worked up an appetite on the dance floor long past dining hours or simply lost track of time, there’s no reason to go hungry after midnight in the Big Easy.
Located across from Tulane University, this petite Parisian-style crêpe spot slings over 50 kinds of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert crêpes. A breakfast Benedict crêpe hits the spot in the wee hours; to satisfy a sweet tooth, try the bananas Foster ice cream crêpe. There’s an entire section of the menu devoted to smoked salmon crêpes, plus crêpe versions of classics like the Monte Cristo. Good to know: There’s no seating inside, so have an impromptu picnic under the oaks on Tulane’s lawn or take the very portable snack to go. Hours stretch to “midnight or later” every day of the week.
This romantic St. Charles Avenue wine bar shimmers with twinkling lights and colorful umbrellas lining an outdoor patio. With over 350 wines and a globetrotting menu—including a house-made pâté plate, smoked salmon Johnny cakes, goose fat fries with malt vinegar aioli and peanut satay, and a lamb burger—Delachaise keeps its standards high no matter what time it is. The kitchen closes at 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at midnight every other day of the week.
Housed in a circa-1845 building, it’s a treat that the Avenue Pub is open 24/7 every single day of the year. With one of the best beer selections in New Orleans, this beer pub on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line defines the late night food scene. This beloved spot aims to source all its products locally, which means the burger comes on a Gracious Bakery challah bun and the fromage grille (a grilled cheese with cheddar and goat cheese, tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, and caramelized onions) comes on Susan Spicer’s Wild Flour Bakery brioche. The kitchen stays open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and until 2 a.m. the rest of the week.
This 24/7 Mediterranean hub on the French Quarter’s Decatur Street serves house-baked pita, comforting tagines with meats, seafood, and vegetables, creamy hummus with toppings like fried cauliflower, stuffed grape leaves, and more. There’s also a no-frills location housed in a convenience store on Canal Street.
There’s no reason to settle, even when it’s late. Housed in a circa-1832 cottage, the Ace Hotel’s Seaworthy restaurant feels like a hidden club on an 18th-century sea liner. Along with the oyster bar, raw bar, and late-night menu, happy hour deals are available until 1 a.m. White anchovies and burrata on sourdough toast, dill pickle seasoned fries, marinated blue crab claws with green goddess dressing, and chicken fried oysters embrace late night like it’s the most luxurious indulgence in the world.
Opened in 1946 (and still channeling 1946), this landmark diner in the Riverbend specializes in omelets, burgers, grits, pecan pie, and the Orange Julius. Walk into the white-columned building and grab a seat at the twisty counter among pink walls and images of the Camellia flower. The waitstaff, many of whom have worked there for years, still wear starched white dress shirts and black bow ties. It’s open from 8 a.m. to midnight every day.
Edge past the rows of potato chips to the back of this French Quarter corner store and order the “All That Jazz” po’boy, a hedonistic masterpiece that combines grilled turkey and ham, fried Gulf shrimp, American and Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and creamy “wow sauce.” There’s nowhere to sit in the store, so stake out a spot on the curb or head back to your hotel room and enjoy it from the comfort of your bed. Open 24/7.
This iconic greasy spoon on Bourbon Street has been keeping the French Quarter well fed since 1939. Open 24/7, it serves burgers cooked under an “American-made hub cap,” biscuits and gravy, omelets, chicken fried steak sandwiches, and other comfort food classics. It’s both a dive and a sanctuary when you stumble in after too many Hand Grenades.
When you stumble out of the Frenchman Street music clubs, feet sore from dancing and belly filled with booze, 13 Monaghan’s entire menu section devoted to loaded tater tots will be there to salve the pain. The rest of the menu includes sandwiches, quick bites like crawfish boudin, and tons of vegan options. It’s a no-frills spot with friendly service, which is just about all some need late at night. Open daily until 4 a.m.