9 24-hour Restaurants In San Diego, California

24 hour restaurants in san diego
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The quaint beach town along the Pacific coast has slowly grown into the mega-city San Diego is, with tons of opportunities for both locals and travellers. Find yourself in the ultimate coastal paradise that promises a vacation filled with relaxing seaside attractions along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Imagine stepping foot in the foamy waves and looking at the glittering waves in the distance, as the warm and fresh sea breeze caresses your face. Take a walk down the streets of San Diego and you will find restaurants, cafes, local handicrafts, and unique shopping avenues, picturesque sightseeing spots, and attractions that will fill up your itinerary to the brim. Lip-smacking cuisines from around the world await your arrival. So what are you waiting for? Read on as we explore the best 24-hour restaurants in San Diego, California.

1. Rigoberto's Taco Shop

One of the most popular taco joints in San Diego, Rigoberto’s Taco Shop boasts of humble yet cosy ambience, an affordable Mexican cuisine served 24 hours a day. From delicious black beans to fresh cilantro, enjoy a meal that is made completely from scratch and flavoured with their classic salsas from the salsa bar. Check out the Cabeza (beef head meat) in your tacos or burritos, or go for the Carnitas plate that comes with two tortillas and meat. The staff here is multilingual and also speaks Spanish.

Rigoberto's Taco Shop

Address: 7094 Miramar Rd, San Diego, CA 92121, USA

Website: Rigoberto’s Taco Shop

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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2. Brian's 24

Located in San Diego’s Gas Lamp Quarter, this restaurant has an extensive menu that is affordable and scrumptious. The ambience is amazing, with an open kitchen plan and a beautiful mahogany bar complemented with classy glass decor. Guests especially complimented the friendly and enthusiastic staff. Check out the Midnight Brunch meal that offers a delicious breakfast spread, and we are sure you will thoroughly enjoy the drinks specials’ mimosas!

Brian's 24

Address: 828 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Website: Brian’s 24

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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3. Rudford's Restaurant

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For a quintessential late-night diner experience, this is the best option in San Diego. With a huge American and fusion menu that is full of delicious meals served around the clock, this place will satisfy your late-night cravings as you enjoy the classic diner ambience. Enjoy their special breakfast combo and the O'Brien potatoes for a hearty and filling meal. Finally, top it off with some yummy hot chocolate!

Rudford's Restaurant

Address: 2900 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104

Website: Rudford’s Restaurant

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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4. Saguaro's Mexican food

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Posted by Ted Drake on Tuesday, 8 January 2019

For an excellent Mexican meal available all day and all night long, Saguaro’s never fails to deliver. With fresh ingredients, juicy meat, and generous helpings of each dish, this humble and affordable joint packs a punch in terms of food quality. The waitstaff is quite friendly, and will make you feel very welcome no matter what time of the day you wish to eat here. Check out their most popular meal, carne asada burrito, and you are sure to not regret it.

Saguaro's Mexican food

Address: 3753 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

Website: Saguaro’s Mexican food

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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5. Denny's

Posted by Denny's on Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The ever-popular Denny’s needs no introduction. With an excellent breakfast spread and round-the-clock service, this chain restaurant promises a wonderful and flexible casual dining experience. Aside from great food, this restaurant also promises a friendly and enthusiastic waitstaff and good ambience. And the best part, of course, is that they will welcome you even at three in the morning! All in all, a good time is guaranteed here.


Address: 9898 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92131

Website: Denny’s

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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6. Humberto's Taco Shop

Posted by Elvia Pena on Sunday, 2 December 2018

Famous amongst the locals for its classic Carne Asada Burrito, Humberto’s offers excellent Mexican cuisine at extremely affordable rates, and it is open 24 hours a day! What more could you ask for? This popular little joint attracts fans from outside the city who take a weekend trip just for the delicious tacos and burritos here.

Humberto's Taco Shop

Address: 1015 25th St, San Diego, CA 92102

Website: Humberto’s Taco Shop

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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7. Cotixan Mexican Food

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Posted by Cotixan Mexican Food on Saturday, 23 January 2016

Vacations are a time to indulge yourself to the fullest, and this applies to all your late night cravings as well. Cotixan is a chain known for being open round the clock. It offers affordable and good Mexican cuisine to fill your stomach up after a long night of partying or a casual late night walk in San Diego. Combining classic Mexican meals with a contemporary Baja Cali style, this restaurant offers meals from fresh ingredients. Check out their special carne asada fries that are topped with delicious guacamole, cheese, and sour cream. Another must-try option is their ever popular taco de papa (potato tacos).

Cotixan Mexican Food

Address: 8110 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92126

Website: Cotixan Mexican Food

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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8. Castanedas Mexican Food

Looking for a new place to eat? Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant is on its final opening stretch, and we’re looking forward to serving you authentic Mexican food soon!!!?

Posted by Castaneda’s Mexican Restaurant on Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Another great option to try out in Mexican cuisine is Castanedas which offers good quality food combined with a humble yet homely ambience at any time of the day. Guests have highly complimented the service here, and the waitstaff is extremely friendly and hospitable. So if you find yourself craving a hot plate of nachos, enchiladas, or tacos, drive down to this lovely little joint and enjoy a hearty Mexican meal round the clock. The best part about this particular restaurant is the vegetarian-friendly options it provides. You can ask them to simply swap out the meat in your nachos and fries with vegetarian options.

Castanedas Mexican Food

Address: 8065 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111, USA

Website: Castanedas Mexican Food

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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9. Los Tito's Mexican Food

Posted by Los Tito's Mexican Food on Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Last but not least, Los Tito’s is possibly the most popular option in 24-hours restaurants serving Mexican cuisine. The fact that it seems to be always crowded is just a testament to its popularity and quality of food and service. Pop over after a long night of partying downtown, and be sure to try out their delicious Sancho burrito and Carne Asada fries. The food is prepared fresh, and unlike a lot of Mexican restaurants, it’s never greasy. If you’re lucky, you might catch the old-school hip-hop music they play here some night.

Los Tito's Mexican Food

Address: 2850 National Ave, Ste 108, San Diego, CA 92113

Website: Los Tito’s Mexican Food

Opening Hours: 24 hours (daily)

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Regain absolute freedom in San Diego

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Our daily lives are governed by clocks and watches everywhere, and we organise our whole lives around our schedules. So why should our vacations be the same way? San Diego is a city that offers absolute flexibility and freedom to leave your watch right at home, and just seize the day. Take a midnight walk on the beach, or treat your partner to a luxurious couples’ massage without having to keep checking the watch wondering when the restaurants are going to close. These 24-hour restaurants will serve you your favourite lip-smacking cuisines around the clock. They accommodate you around your schedule, and not vice versa. Now that’s what a restaurant should be like!

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