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Best restaurants with fireplaces in Boston

These local restaurants with fireplaces offer a warm glow to lift your spirits during the seemingly endless New England winter.

Written by
Cheryl Fenton
Written by
Eric Grossman
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When the winter winds are whirling, it’s easy to forgo plans that require donning your down jacket and heading out into the blistering cold. But several restaurants around the Boston area promise to warm you up to the idea, enticing chilly guests with their roaring fireplaces. What could be cozier than dining next to a crackling fire? Next to nothing. To find warmth without the flames, nestle into one of the best cocktail bars in Boston or best wine bars in Boston. For other spots worthy of wooing, try one of the most romantic restaurants in Boston or one of the best dessert spots in Boston. A cozy cocktail, hearty meal and decadent dessert await, as you sit out the chilly temps happily by the hearth.

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The best restaurants with fireplaces in Boston

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Downtown
  • price 3 of 4

Go past the buzzing main bar of this modern supper club (which retains the old-school vibe and 19th-century glory of its predecessor, Locke-Ober) to the library. Here, you’ll find comfy banquettes, chandeliers, shelves full of books, quirky portraits of celebrities and, of course, a roaring fire. Ask for a seat by the fireplace and sip a classic cocktail like the Ward 8 (once again a callback to Locke-Ober) to warm yourself inside and out.

  • Bars
  • Hotel bars
  • Back Bay
  • price 2 of 4

OAK Long Bar & Kitchen is a longtime Boston institution, tucked within the elegant Fairmont Copley Plaza. Copley Square can be frigid during the winter, but guests can find refuge from the cold within this Back Bay Bar. A roaring fire provides warmth and amplifies the already cozy ambiance provided by rich wood accents, crystal chandeliers, gilded tray ceilings and plush velvet and leather seating. Order an old school cocktail, stare into the flames and you'll chase that chill out of your bones in no time.

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Back Bay
  • price 4 of 4

Deuxave’s glamorous environs and sumptuous French fare are enough to bring a glow to any patron. (A wine list that approaches nearly 500 bottles definitely helps, too). Add in the Back Bay establishment's modern fireplace with roaring flames, and you’ll want to linger over every morsel of your meal to keep cozy.

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 4 of 4

Since 1975, this refined Harvard Square stalwart has been on the forefront of local farm-to-table dining. Its elegant, seasonal menu even earned a place in the heart of former Cambridge resident Julia Child. The kitchen personifies a sophisticated approach to New England cuisine; locally-sourced seafood and meats, plus homemade pastas, are all meticulously and imaginatively prepared. When the temps dip, enjoy a seat by the roaring indoor fire.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Harvard Sq
  • price 3 of 4

Pammy’s specializes in handmade pastas and modern Italian dishes, serving them all up within a hip atmosphere with a retro vibe. Inside this contemporary trattoria, you'll find a sleek, double-sided, white-tiled fireplace that warms both the lounge area and the dining room. Sip an amaro-forward cocktail by the fire on one side, then join the feasting fun at the communal table on the other.

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Back Bay
  • price 3 of 4

Whether you're stopping into Bistro du Midi for a snack and a glass of wine, or you're indulging in a multi-course tasting menu, this Back Bay eatery is a popular choice for an intimate French meal. With windows overlooking the Public Garden, the upstairs dining room offers prime views. There’s also a fireplace that enhances the warm, romantic ambiance and Gallic-accented fare.

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  • Restaurants
  • East Cambridge

Settle into a leather wingback in front of a cozy fireplace at this Cambridge Crossing restaurant. Chef Will Gilson’s menu is meant to satiate any size hunger—there are snacks like jalapeño-bacon croquettes and steak + oyster tartare, sandwiches such as the French onion soup grilled cheese and hearty entrees including pan-roasted Scottish salmon. Designed with an open greenhouse layout, the Lexington also features one of the area’s only roof decks, so it’s the place to be no matter the season.

  • Restaurants
  • Back Bay

An homage to New England’s long-standing fishing tradition, The Banks Fish House celebrates the area’s love affair with the sea and its bounty. The menu starts on the docks, as Chef Robert Sisca fuels the passion by serving dishes like MV Smoke House bluefish pate, cuttlefish spaghetti and Dover sole meunière, while the first-floor working raw bar offers stellar crudo, oyster, and caviar selections. The Fried Seafood Platter is a feast to behold, as is the huge open fireplace on the ground level. (There’s also a smaller hearth on the second floor, so you can get your fix of flames either way).

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Seaport District
  • price 4 of 4

Escape the chilly Seaport breeze coming off of the water and enjoy the real stone fireplace situated inside Woods Hill Pier 4. Once you've gotten comfortable by the hearth, enjoy the local, organic, farm-to-table cuisine the restaurant has on offer. The kitchen only uses ingredients sourced from The Farm at Woods Hill and other nearby purveyors, crafting modern New England fare that'll warm you up right down the core. 

  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Kendall Sq
  • price 2 of 4

Given Catalyst's location in the heart of MIT territory, it's no surprise that this Technology Square restaurant boasts an ultra-modern fireplace. A long, sleek glass box of flames divides the lounge area from the dining room, bringing a bit of warmth to the otherwise clean and minimalistic contemporary space. While the hearth may not crackle like a traditional fire, it’s still a cozy place to enjoy a boutique glass of wine or a designer cocktail.

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  • Restaurants
  • South End
  • price 2 of 4

South End Buttery is typically the place to be for brunch and baked goods, but make no mistake: Dinner is a coveted, cozy affair in the downstairs dining room. Banquettes and stone walls are bathed in the glow of the fireplace. It’s a warm, comforting spot to enjoy a satisfying meal and some of Boston’s best fries.

  • Bars
  • Gastropubs
  • Fenway/Kenmore
  • price 3 of 4

With its extensive selection of whiskeys (there are more than 200), Citizen Public House is a prime spot to hit up when you’re looking to warm up. If the brown stuff is not enough to get you toasty, there’s also a 100+ year-old fireplace that certainly will. Enjoy some oysters, a burger and a few drinks, and you’ll be ready to face the freezing Fenway once more.

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  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Seaport District
  • price 3 of 4

Located on Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel in the Seaport District, this iconic marina-side, summertime hangout (complete with picnic tables and cheerful striped tents) pays homage to the chillier months with its indoor wood-burning stove. Take a seat at the coveted table right in front of the hearth, as you order lobsters and fried clams—all under a ceiling of lobster traps and twinkling lights.

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