We’ve all had those nights: Hunger strikes far past the common dinner hour, and finding a place to eat seems like a shot in the dark — literally. While many of our favorite places close their kitchens at a moderate time, there are still plenty of options in Tampa for great food late at night. Here’s a list of some of the best and what they offer late night restaurant dwellers.
107 S. Franklin St.
Open until 3 a.m. | Kitchen open until close
Hattricks is a go-to bar for many Tampa downtowners and is one of the few that keeps the kitchen open until close. In addition to a late night menu in the restaurant, their famous chicken wings can also be delivered late at night via Uber Eats. Better yet, Hattricks hosts a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to close every day.
Maloney’s Local Irish Pub
1120 E. Kennedy Blvd.
Open until 2 a.m. | Kitchen open until midnight Sun-Thurs, 1 a.m. Fri-Sat
With a large menu of starters, sandwiches, flatbreads and burgers, Maloney’s will fill you up after a Lightning game at Amalie Arena or a night on the town. During the week, don’t miss their daily specials, like 25-cent wings on Monday nights and $7 burgers on Wednesdays.
200 N. Tampa St.
Mon-Thurs open until 2 a.m., Fri-Sat 3 a.m. | Kitchen open until midnight
Hotel Bar is a swanky spot reminiscent of — you guessed it — a classic hotel bar. In addition to serving classy cocktails inspired by famous international hotels, beer and wine, they also offer a limited selection of food including a cheese and charcuterie board, pasta Bolognese and grown-up grilled cheese (think brie, not American).
3248 W. Columbus Drive
Open 24 hours Thurs-Sat
La Teresita is an authentic Cuban restaurant that welcomes diners 24 hours a day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. With many traditional dishes to choose from, you’ll be debating ordering the Cuban sandwich, yucca fries or tres leches cake from the bakery.
116 N. 12th St.
Open until 3 a.m. | Kitchen generally open until midnight
Get classic tavern food until midnight everyday of the week at District Tavern in the Channel District. Some of the options include mozzarella balls, beer-battered onion rings, shrimp fritters and their famous Tavern Shooters — one sandwich, four shot glasses of soup. On Tuesdays, grab tacos for $3 each, and Thursdays feature half-price bottles of wine until close (both begin at 7 p.m.).
505 N. Franklin St. | (813) 397-2800
Sun-Thurs open until midnight | Friday & Saturday until 3 a.m.
913 E. Hillsborough Ave. | (813) 234-0294
Sun-Wed open until midnight | Thurs-Sat until 4 a.m.
Who doesn’t love late-night tacos? You can get the Tampa-famous tacos and burritos as late as 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at the downtown location and 4 a.m. at the Seminole Heights location; look for the yellow bus storefront and the lines of taco hungry people. If you really want to impress your friends, order El Jefe, the more than 2-pound burrito.
Press Box Sports Emporium
222 S. Dale Mabry Highway
Open daily until 3 a.m.
If you’re looking for a place to eat long after the end of the Bucs game or you just need a late night snack, the Press Box is a dependable hangout open into the late hours of the night. They’ve got pretty much anything buffalo-flavored covered, including wings, quesadillas, burgers and even salad.
Anise Global Gastrobar
777 N. Ashley Drive
Open Mon-Wed & Sun until midnight | Thurs 1 a.m. | Fri-Sat 2 a.m.
This downtown hot spot stays open pretty late most nights of the week, offering downtown and Tampa residents alike the chance to sample their ever-changing late night menu. If you’re lucky this might include their famous Stinky Bunz, baked goat cheese or beignets for dessert.
5910 N. Florida Ave.
Open until midnight Mon-Thurs | Fri-Sat 1 a.m.
The Refinery has their very own late night menu that includes a house burger, carnitas nachos, a fried chicken biscuit, and $1 off draft beers and glasses of wine for those guests who just aren’t ready to go home yet.
The Mermaid Tavern
6719 N. Nebraska Ave
Open daily until 3 a.m. | Kitchen open until midnight Mon-Thurs & Sun | Fri-Sat 2 a.m.
The Mermaid Tavern is a European style-tavern where you order at the bar and can pace the night at your own speed. They’ve got a mix of elevated bar foods, including truffle fries, grilled cheeses, and catfish and chips. Vegetarians have lots of options as well, like a homemade veggie burger, tempura-fried curds and organic tempeh tacos.
Bella’s Italian Cafe
1413 S. Howard Ave.
Open Mon-Thurs & Sun until midnight | Fri-Sat until 2 a.m.
Bella’s Italian Cafe is an unexpected late-night find, with a specific pared-down menu for guests that wander in during the week after 11 p.m. and on the weekend after midnight. Options includes half-priced pizzas and calzones and two-for-one well and call liquors and house wines.
New York, New York Pizza
1512 E. 7th Ave. | (813) 248-1845
Open Sun-Wed until 11:45 p.m. | Thurs-Sat until 3 a.m.
Hyde Park | (813) 253-3929
533 S. Howard Ave.
Open Sun-Wed until midnight | Thurs-Sat until 4 a.m.
Nothing hits the spot late at night better than a greasy slice of pizza. New York, New York Pizza is serving up late night slices at two Tampa locations, one in Ybor City near Centro and another right on the SoHo strip. If you’re not into the idea of pizza, they’ve also got salads, burgers, wings, pasta, dessert and much more.
1805 E. 7th Ave.
Open until 3 a.m. daily | Late night menu 10 p.m. to close
What’s more Tampa than a late-night spot filled with pirate decor? Gaspar’s Grotto is serving up food during the late hours of the night all week, which means devil crab, tostones and mojo pork nachos and Gaspar’s Fish Tacos for everyone.
Acropolis Greek Taverna
1833 E. 7th Ave.
Open daily until 11 p.m. | Fri-Sat until 1 a.m.
Belly dancers and baklava await late-night wanderers at the Acropolis in Ybor City. Stopping in before 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday means saganaki (flaming cheese), chicken kabobs or lamb chops to curb your late night hunger.
The Hall on Franklin
1701 N. Franklin St.
Open until 11 p.m. Mon-Thurs | Fri-Sat until 2 a.m.
The Hall on Franklin has six kitchens to choose from, so any late night craving you have in the Tampa Heights area can be satisfied there. Grab Mexican street food, Asian fusion, fancy grilled cheese and even poke bowls.
Tampa Bay Brewing Company
1600 E. 8th Ave.
Open Fri-Sat until midnight | Kitchen open until hour before close
Tampa Bay Brewing Company isn’t just a craft beer spot. They’ve been serving up delicious beer-infused bites (some of which have even been endorsed by Guy Fieri on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”) at their Centro Ybor brewpub for more than a decade. While they aren’t open as late as some other places in Ybor, it may be just late enough to stop by for a snack and a beer on a busy night out.
1600 E. 8th Ave.
Open Wed-Thurs until midnight | Fri-Sat until 1 a.m.
It’s always a good time for sushi. Samurai Blue in Ybor is rolling out fresh fish and other Japanese dishes until midnight or later most of the week on the second floor of the Centro Ybor complex.
806 E. Hillsborough Ave.
Drive-through open midnight until 4 a.m.
For late-night Mediterranean food, you don’t even have to get out of the car for. The drive through at Zeko’s in Seminole Heights is open everyday until 4 a.m. so you can get your chicken gyro or beef shawarma anytime of day.
Check out our Tampa Brunch Guide for more great restaurant recommendations for a different time of day.