Orlando offers theme-park fun and night-club action late into the evening. But what can you do when hunger strikes past midnight and fast food just isn’t on your itinerary? Fight back with our favorite light-night dining spots that serve everything from Szechuan-inspired tofu to gut-busting burgers almost around the clock.
The B-Line – Located inside the swanky Hyatt Regency, this retro-inspired 24-hour diner serves breakfast, sandwiches and hot dishes to satisfy every craving. Whether you are looking for Eggs Benedict at 4 am or a vegan Portobello Wrap at midnight, the diverse Late Night Menu delivers. Grab it to go, or linger over delectable house made desserts. 9801 International Drive
Café 34 Istanbul – Turkish cuisine served 24/7 with lots of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian choices and an outdoor Hookah Lounge; what’s not to love? Familiar favorites include hummus, falafel and tabbouleh, or indulge in the Ottoman Pleasure, a carnivore’s delight of kebabs, kofte and gyro. Keep kids happy with chicken nuggets and baklava for dessert. 8255 International Drive
Oblivion Tap Room – This family-owned gastropub takes burgers and brews seriously. From the cayenne-and-jalapeno laced Soul Scorcher to the veggie-friendly Skinny Puppy, there’s a burger to please every palate and a host of craft brews to slake your thirst. Open until midnight Sunday-Thursday; 2 am Friday-Saturday. 5101 E. Colonial Drive
Santiago’s Bodega – Stained glass and reclaimed wood set the tone for the Hemingway-inspired interior; a generous selection of hot and cold tapas makes this Spanish-style restaurant in Ivanhoe Village a local favorite. Sparkling sangria and twice-daily happy hour add to the appeal. Open until 2 am. 802 Virginia Drive
Arepas El Cacao – These freshly stuffed Venezuelan corn cakes are the ultimate South American comfort food. Order from the menu or choose your own from a list of seasoned meats, cheeses, shrimp, veggies and sauces. With a store-front location and a food truck near Universal, Arepas El Cacao is the perfect stop for post-roller coaster refueling. Food truck: 5368 International Drive-open until 3 am; 5389 S. Kirkman Road open until 3 am weekdays, 4 am weekends
Universal CityWalk – This mega entertainment district outside of Universal's two theme parks offers a full line-up of bars, clubs and restaurants for the evening crowd. Take in a movie, play mini-golf until 2 am or work up an appetite crooning tunes at Rising Star karaoke club and then feed your appetite at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Pat O’Brien’s or Red Oven Pizza Bakery, all open until 2 am, or NBC Sports Grill & Brew, open until 1:30 am.
Disney Springs – Walt Disney World's newly renovated entertainment center features plenty of dining options until 2 am. Take in some toe-tapping Irish music with fish and chips and a pint of Guinness at Raglan Road Irish Pub until 1 am or head to Splitsville for bowling and a bite (bowl until 2 am; eat until 1 am). Satisfy your sugar craving 24/7 with the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. Just insert your dough into the vending machine and wait for lemon coconut, strawberry or s’mores cupcake nirvana to be dispensed in an instant.
Picabu – After singing along to the dueling pianos at Jelly Rolls on Disney's Boardwalk, walk over to this always-open eatery at the Dolphin Resort. Part quirky art gallery and part cafeteria, you'll find everything from tacos and pot roast to wraps and salads. The budget-friendly prices and grab-and-go options make this quick serve restaurant a convenient option. 1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Chuan Lu Garden – Fuel up for a late night with mouth-tingling La Zi Chicken or spicy Tofu with Chili Sauce, or recover in the early hours with dumplings and fried pork buns. Dine in or take out until 2 am daily at this Mills 50 restaurant. 1101 E. Colonial Drive
Planet Pizza – A slice of New York-style pepperoni or a chicken bacon ranch pie hits the spot after a night of bar-hopping downtown. A large variety of pizza-by-the-slice, calzones and Stromboli served until 3 am make this hole-in-wall joint a favorite with the after-hour crowd. 14 W. Washington, (407) 650-8859
Red Mug Diner – Come hungry and leave happy at this retro red-and-white downtown diner. Open 24/7, Red Mug serves breakfast favorites, hearty dishes, sandwiches and salads and a separate brunch menu with a complimentary mimosa on weekends. Try the signature Brioche Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, or pay homage to Orlando’s leader with Mayor Buddy’s Breakfast Tacos served with grits. 63 E. Pine St.
Gringos Locos Tacos – No night out is complete without a stop for their famous “Double D’s” tacos, legendary among locals and visitors alike. Gringos serves up your favorite Mexican dishes until 3 am daily at downtown and Milk District locations. 22 E. Washington St., and 2406 E. Robinson St.
Graffiti Junktion – This “American Burger Bar” gets its name from being covered in graffiti by local artists, giving it a funky, unique vibe. Fans love the “Macho Nachos” and specialty burgers served until 2 am, along with Happy Hour from 10 pm to close. Multiple locations downtown and off Restaurant Row near Universal give night owls several options.
Pom Pom’s Teahouse and Sandwicheria – This Milk District favorite specializes in some of the best salads, wraps, teas and pressed sandwiches in Orlando, served late night Thursday and around the clock on weekends. Potato-herb pancakes and crepes are just a few of the offerings on the weekend breakfast menu. 67 N. Bumby Ave.
World's Largest McDonalds – Leave it to Orlando to be home to the World's Largest McDonald's. You can order regular favorites or even pizza and waffles on the computer. Upstairs features an arcade and an indoor playground. Open 24 hours. 7344 Sand Lake Road
Mangos – This Latin-style nightclub with amazing live entertainment also offers a flavorful menu. Order the Gran Picada appetizer sampler off the Late Night Menu before heading home at 2 am. 8126 International Drive
Krispy Kreme – A hot glazed doughnut covered in chocolate is worth staying up for. The Winter Park (1031 S. Orlando Ave.) and Kissimmee (5318 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway) locations are open 24/7.
24-Hour Starbucks Drive-Thru – If you took the redeye into Orlando and don't have time for some shuteye, be sure to fuel up with some coffee at this 24-hour Starbucks at either the airport's main terminal or in the town of Celebration near Disney. 6091 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway