Maybe you're jet lagged. Or had theater tickets. Or maybe you're just plain not ready to call it quits for the night. Whatever the reason you're looking for a place to grab a bite to eat after the usual dinner hours, Seattle has a spot that will feed your needs.
Zig Zag Cafe
Its tucked-away position right in the middle of all the action makes Zig Zag Cafe a favorite with locals. Located on the Pike Street Hill Climb, the staircase leading from Pike Place Market to Western Avenue, this cozy venue offers a late-night menu of Mediterranean-inspired food and handcrafted cocktails from 11 pm - 1 am nightly. Try the fried pork skins with harissa-yogurt sauce, or for something more substantial opt for the pastitsio, a Greek version of lasagna.
Open till midnight, Pike Place Market upstairs hideout Radiator Whiskey specializes in house-distilled whiskey, but it's more than just a bar—it's a carnivore’s delight. Don't miss the Buffalo-style chicken livers or the lamb neck sloppy joe.
North of the market, the Belltown neighborhood is still buzzing into the wee hours. Star chef Tom Douglas' Palace Kitchen, open till 1 am nightly, dishes up inspired Northwestern cuisine, and its Palace Burger Royale, with local beef chuck and sweet Walla Walla onion on a bun from Douglas' Dahlia Bakery, is legendary. It's big enough to share, but you probably won't want to give up a bite.
The intimate, candlelit tables and shareable dishes like bacon-wrapped shrimp, spicy meatballs and gnocchi with black truffle cream make List the perfect spot to cap off a late date. Food is half-off during late-night happy hour from 9 pm - midnight.
The next block over, Rocco's serves craft cocktails and gourmet pizzas by the whole, half or slice until 2 am. Try the build-your-own shrub cocktails, which allow you to dial up or down the sourness to your own taste.
You can laissez les bon-temps rouler well into the night at New Orleans-inspired Toulouse Petit. This lively Lower Queen Anne restaurant offers a menu brimming with Cajun and Creole classics like gumbo, jambalaya and fried catfish. Dinner is served until 11 pm, with late-night happy hour specials running from 10 pm to close.
Damn the Weather
If you're ending your evening south of downtown in historic Pioneer Square, Damn the Weather is your go-to. Late night happy hour runs 10 pm to close (midnight on weekdays and 2 am Fridays and Saturdays), with indulgent chicken fat fries, meat and cheese plates and outstanding cocktails to tempt you.