When frigid weather makes you want to stay home and curl up on the couch, a warm fireplace offers an extra incentive to get out and enjoy a few cocktails or comforting meal. What could be cozier than dining next to a crackling fire in the middle of winter? These Boston restaurants with fireplaces offer up a warm glow to lift the spirits or provide a romantic backdrop for a cozy fireside drink. For warmth without the fire, check out 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.
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The best restaurants with fireplaces in Boston
Chef Jason Bond’s changing menu of regional ingredients reflects the bounty of the seasons. Bondir’s cozy, farmhouse-vibe is enhanced by a roaring fire in its central brick fireplace. Looking for romance? Grab a seat by the fire and sip a warm drink before enjoying a comforting meal.
Go past the buzzing outer bar of this modern supper club, which retains the old-school vibe and 19th-century mahogany bar of its former life as Locke-Ober, to the library. Here you’ll find comfy banquettes, chandeliers, shelves full of books, quirky portraits of celebrities, and a roaring fire. Ask for a seat by the fireplace and sip a classic cocktail like the Ward 8, a Locke-Ober original.
Deuxave’s glamorous environs and sumptuous French fare are enough to bring a glow to any patron. A wine list approaching 500 bottles helps too. Add in a roaring fire in the modern fireplace and you’ll want to linger over every morsel of your meal.
Pammy’s delivers handmade pastas and Italian dishes in a hip atmosphere with a retro vibe. A sleek, double-sided, white tile fireplace warms both the lounge area and the dining room. Sip a cocktail by the fire on one side, then join the fun at the communal table on the other.
Whether stopping in for a snack and a glass of wine or indulging in a multi-course tasting menu, Bistro du Midi is a popular choice for a romantic French meal. With windows overlooking the Public Garden, the upstairs dining room offers prime views. There’s also a fireplace that enhances the warm ambiance and Gallic-accented fare.
South End Buttery is the place to be for brunch and baked goods, but dinner is a 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.
This sleek, sophisticated Harvard Square spot offers a modern dining experience and an upscale-casual lounge area. There are three different fireplaces for your warming pleasure, where you can relax, enjoy the seasonal food, and sip inventive cocktails.
Come in from the cold to enjoy the real stone fireplace inside Woods Hill Pier 4. Once you're warmed up, enojoy the local, organic, farm-to-table cuisine on offer. Everything comes from The Farm at Woods Hill and other local farms, including humanely-raised meats, so your consciouns will be as warm as you are.
With its extensive selection of whiskeys—more than 200—Citizen Public House is a prime spot to hit up when you’re looking to warm up. If that’s not enough, there’s a 100+ year-old fireplace. Enjoy some oysters, a burger, and a few drinks, and you’ll be ready to face the Fenway crowds once more.
Fitting for the Technology Square neighborhood, Catalyst’s is a modern fireplace. A long, sleek glass box of flames divides the lounge area. While it may not crackle like a traditional fire, it’s still a warm, cozy place to enjoy a boutique glass of wine or a designer cocktail.
The Tavern at Post 390 features a massive, four-sided fireplace central to the bar and tables. Bask in its glow as you sip a craft beer or dine on charcuterie and seasonal tavern fare. The upstairs dining room has a smaller fireplace, a romantic option for enjoying contemporary American dishes.
MET offers one of the most popular sidewalk patios in all of Boston; the people-watching along Newbury Street is some of the best in town. When the weather changes, a gas fireplace keeps the interior warm. It may not crackle like the real thing, but it's a cozy spot for you to enjoy comfort fare and a tasty hot chocolate.
This seafood-focused Italian restaurant in the North End has a more contemporary vibe than others in the neighborhood. The stylish seating by the fireplace is a romantic spot for sharing a glass of wine or craft cocktail before indulging in Mediterranean-inspired fare.
OAK Long Bar & Kitchen is a longtime Boston institution at the elegant Fairmont Copley Plaza. Copley Square can be frigid during the winter, but a roaring fire in the bar will warm you up, as will the tasty cocktails on offer.
Dark wood, rustic lighting, antler chandeliers, and iron accents make this brasserie a dramatic yet cozy spot for rich French fare. Chalet, the downstairs bar, has a ski lodge vibe and a massive stone fireplace. Sit by the fire with a cocktail and smoked mussels and pretend like you’ve just hit the slopes.