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Late Night San Diego?

yourownliz May 2, 2008 07:18 PM

Hi All,

I searched the board and didn't find any threads on late night dining in SD. I am new to the area and need places to eat late. My friend is flying in tonight around 9:30 and we want to eat around 10.

I already know of Modus, Cafe Chloe, and City Deli.

What else is there?


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  1. Captain Jack RE: yourownliz May 2, 2008 07:38 PM

    Studio Diner in Kearny Mesa is 24 hour. It is a big step up from other San Diego 24 hour options. Try the Maine style lobster roll, or the deep fried Ipswich whole belly clams. I have also been told they make a mean Monte Cristo. This is my most current review.


    1. DiningDiva RE: yourownliz May 2, 2008 09:18 PM

      Third Corner in Ocean Beach serves food until 2 am. Rudford's on El Cajon is open all night.

      1. ibstatguy RE: yourownliz May 2, 2008 09:34 PM

        Neighborhood, its at about 7th & G

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          Bigmike56 RE: yourownliz May 2, 2008 09:46 PM

          Brians American Eatery in Hillcrest is the bomb!! It's on Washington and Normal Sts. I believe its open 24 hrs on the weekend, has a huge menu and also serves cocktails. What more could you ask for. Ate at Rudford's once. Wasn't impressed.

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            mliew RE: yourownliz May 3, 2008 12:06 PM

            If you like asian food Tajima ramen house on Convoy is open late (I think until midnight). There's also Emerald (cantonese seafood) which has a late night menu as well.

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              DougOLis RE: mliew May 3, 2008 04:47 PM

              Tajima's actually open till like 3 on the weekends.

              I think there was a post about late night food not too long ago here. Maybe in early April.

            2. Josh RE: yourownliz May 4, 2008 08:52 AM

              Izakaya Sakura in Kearny Mesa is open until midnight, and has food that's a cut above Tajima.

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                DougOLis RE: Josh May 4, 2008 10:17 AM

                ay, I forget they were open that late

              2. jmtreg RE: yourownliz May 4, 2008 11:35 AM

                My SO's favorite restaurant is open until 3 a.m. It's the Asian Bistro (a thai place under the Golden Dragon sign). The food is a mix of Thai and some Chinese and always satisfies.

                Asian Bistro
                414 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

                1. cgfan RE: yourownliz May 5, 2008 08:46 AM

                  Kaito Sushi is reliably open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, when their closing hours are listed as "later".

                  Please note the new location: they just re-opened to a much better spot less than a block away from the old building.

                  Kaito Sushi
                  130-A N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024

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                    beth1 RE: yourownliz May 5, 2008 06:59 PM

                    If you're not afraid to go to a dive, Turf Supper Club on 25th is open until 1 or 2 am. The only catch is that you cook your own steak on a communal grill. The drinks are good, and the prices are reasonable. It has a "crusty charm." It's not fast by any means, so go to drink and talk as much as to eat.

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                      jmtreg RE: beth1 May 6, 2008 03:08 PM

                      Hands down, the Turf Supper Club is my favorite bar. The steaks are pretty good - but I don't think they serve food after midnight, just drinks (very, very good drinks).

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                        mr mouther RE: jmtreg Jun 30, 2009 04:59 PM

                        Any decent beers at the turf? going to a padre game and trying to grab a bite afterward. (hoping to get into the linkery before they close, but looking for a backup just in case, and it'd be a shame to be in san diego and not not be sampling as many of the wonderful local brews as possible)

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                          JRSD RE: mr mouther Jun 30, 2009 05:03 PM

                          Ritual Tavern is open until 11:30 and is right up 30th from the Linkery. Great beer selection with many locals and a Stone Porter milkshake! Menu has several pub-type dishes, i.e. burger w/ home made condiments, shepherd's pie, fish and chips, mussels, etc.

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                            DougOLis RE: mr mouther Jun 30, 2009 08:12 PM

                            I'd suggest going to Hamilton's then. Their kitchen is normally open until midnight and the food is pretty good.

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                        stevewag23 RE: yourownliz Jun 30, 2009 05:05 PM

                        Does Modus still serve late night?

                        Cafe Chloe, kind of tries to rush you at 9:45.

                        1. Beach Chick RE: yourownliz Jun 30, 2009 06:51 PM

                          Late night and San Diego do not go together..too bad, since I love eating and drinking late!

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                            stevewag23 RE: Beach Chick Jun 30, 2009 06:56 PM

                            "Late night and San Diego do not go together"

                            Late night and San Diego go together like The Del Mar Racetrack and PETA.

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                              Beach Chick RE: stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 07:18 PM

                              LOL...can't wait for the track to open...love love love the racetrack!

                              Bully's would do well in the Downtown SD area..open late..
                              makes a strong cocktail..naugahyde booths....great cheeseburger & food..low lighting..blue cheese dressing with great croutons on a chilled plate of iceberg....so old school.

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                                stevewag23 RE: Beach Chick Jun 30, 2009 07:37 PM

                                You mean if they stay open late right?

                                Last time I was at the Del Mar one, they were trying to shoo me out of there at like 930 or so.

                                And yes, the track is one of the last bastions of class and fun in san diego.

                                Although, I think they are trying to outlaw smoking.

                                Bing Crosby and Sinatra are rolling over in their graves.

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                                  Captain Jack RE: stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 07:45 PM

                                  Bully's East is always open late. 12:15 M- F, 2:00am Sat, Sun

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                                    Beach Chick RE: Captain Jack Jun 30, 2009 08:12 PM

                                    that's what I'm talking about Willis..

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                                    ibstatguy RE: stevewag23 Jun 30, 2009 08:59 PM

                                    if you go to the track real early in the morning, you can get breafast and coffee in the jockeys lounge and hang with trainers, jockeys, etc.

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                                      stevewag23 RE: ibstatguy Jun 30, 2009 10:01 PM

                                      I guess that would be considered "really late dinning".

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                                        ibstatguy RE: stevewag23 Jul 1, 2009 06:22 AM

                                        LOL; it seemed appropriate with the racetrack thread drift

                              2. re: Beach Chick
                                jmtreg RE: Beach Chick Jul 1, 2009 07:48 PM

                                Well, late night high dining and San Diego don't go together. Most people just grab burritos.

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                                  stevewag23 RE: jmtreg Jul 1, 2009 08:29 PM


                                  Its the only option.

                              3. foodiechick RE: yourownliz Jun 30, 2009 10:25 PM

                                Starlite has food available until midnight 7 days a week. Pretty decent kitchen, creative cocktails and great atmosphere.

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                                  tastycakes RE: yourownliz Jul 1, 2009 02:22 PM

                                  chocolat in downtown sd was a pleasant surprise this weekend. it looks like a dessert parlor, but has excellent panini, bruschetta, salads, and wraps, not to mention the insanely delicious gelato and crepes. they also serve coffee drinks , beer, wine, and cocktails and are open til midnight.

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