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20 Restaurants with Fires to Cozy Up to in Washington, DC
When the temperatures dip, these DC bars and restaurants heat up with fireplaces, outdoor fire pits and more.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have a fireplace at home or space for a bonfire in the backyard, no worries – these bars and restaurants in the District have you covered with roaring fireplaces, warm wood-fired ovens and outdoor fire pits. So mosey on over to these prime spots for getting cozy, shake off the brr of fall and winter and warm up with an open fire and dishes and drinks sure to satisfy the appetite.
Don’t let anyone fool you – sangria is a pleasant sipper even in chilly weather. That is, as long as you have blankets, heat lamps and a fireplace close by. Thankfully, this Spanish wine bar and restaurant on 14th Street does. Go light with cava and Spanish cheeses or heavy with a Rioja and paella, either way you’re in for the royal heat treatment.
The hissing fireplace at this timeless, romantic restaurant sizzles three feet off the ground, as you enjoy delicately cooked Mediterranean fare from its tasting menu. The historic confines were once the home of General Nelson Miles, a former Secretary of the Army. The restaurant’s decadent courtyard is adorned with wisteria, Edison bulbs and (of course) a fireplace that allows for nearly year-round dining, giving the eatery another cozy lounge area.
Nestled in an unassuming location between garages and warehouses in NoMa near Union Market, chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s Michelin-starred Masseria is the definition of warm and cozy. The farmhouse-style restaurant transports diners to the Italian coast with a four- to six-course tasting menu inspired by the flavors of Puglia. We recommend arriving early and warming up by the fire pits on the furnished patio while sipping on a signature cocktail like the Fumo di Uva, starring brandy and black walnut liqueur.
This neighborhood restaurant delights visitors with an in-view wood-burning stove, decor reminiscent of a rustic farmhouse and an Italian-influenced menu featuring delectable pastas, like the ricotta cavatelli with spicy lamb sausage. In true neighborhood fashion, Red Hen accepts walk-ins, but we also recommend cozying up to the open bar and sipping from the exceptional wine list of this Bib Gourmand honoree.
This Michelin star recipient inside The Jefferson Hotel lures diners in to the main dining room with a roaring fireplace, snug nooks perfect for a romantic evening and an elegant menu inspired by the harvest from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello with a wine list featuring more than 1,300 offerings. Plume also offers patrons private alcoves to enjoy the prix fixe menu outside of the main dining room.
Savor the atmosphere of a French country inn in the heart of Georgetown. A central stone fireplace makes La Chaumière a must-visit for those who enjoy a rustic and romantic setting. The menu is filled with French specialties and a variety of red and white wines. It all adds up to refined coziness in one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods.
Pull a chair around the fire, order some s'mores and tell a story on the patio of Bourbon Steak. The outdoor fireplaces, the crowd circled around the pit, and meticulously perfected cocktails mean you’ve finally found an enchanting outdoor retreat. Executive Chef Joe Palma brings a southern twist to the classic American steakhouse cuisine while the bar offers both classic and modern cocktails in a plethora of styles.
Set against the idyllic backdrop of the Potomac River on the Georgetown waterfront, the year-round outdoor patio at Farmers Fishers Bakers is the perfect spot to warm up by the fire while the kids skate at Washington Harbour’s ice rink (which is open mid-November until March). Cozy entrees at this farm-to-table restaurant include steaming mussel pots, the Mad Pig jambalaya and plenty of delightful house-made pizzas.
This upscale restaurant set in a Federalist home exudes cozy elegance. Request a table in the John Carroll Room, which comes equipped with a roaring fireplace and an all-American ambiance that's perfectly suited for an important date or dinner. Revel in seasonal fare like gnocchi made with Burgundy truffles and keep the cocktail menu close at hand for creations like the apple brandy-infused Autumn Sidecar.
A 10-foot wood-fired open hearth is the main attraction at The Dabney, chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s Michelin-starred farm-to-fork eatery in the Shaw neighborhood. The crackle of the hearth, which was custom-built by Langhorne’s father and brother, creates a soothing ambiance amidst the dimly lit dining room while diners dig into Mid-Atlantic-inspired fare from the ever-changing menu.
Fireplace aficionados can bask in the warmth of the bar area’s flames at Eric Ziebold’s Kinship, one of the stars of the Shaw dining scene (not to mention a Michelin star recipient). The aptly named restaurant’s intentions are to inspire camaraderie and a connection amongst guests with a focus on family-style dishes, like whole roast chicken or rack of lamb. It’s a special place that gives diners the warm and fuzzies.
Sophisticated, New American fare like oven-roasted pork chops and jumbo lump crab cakes with a bourbon corn succotash make any experience at the Blue Duck Tavern memorable. But ask to be seated next to the kitchen, outfitted with an open-flame oven, and you’ll have a new appreciation for the food artisans at work. Sit back in the handcrafted furniture and enjoy seasonally themed cocktails. Bonus: this farm-to-fork eatery is the District’s only Michelin-starred restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner (not to mention a top-notch brunch menu).
Sure, you’ve probably heard of Chez Billy Sud, a tiny jewel box of French cuisine that Michelle Obama frequented often, but did you know the restaurant has a sister wine bar, Le Bar à Vin, just across the patio? The 50-seat abode radiates comfort on a chilly fall or winter day, and that’s not just the warmth from the fireplace that you’re feeling. Velvet-covered walls with wood paneling and dark-stained hardwood floors set the mood as you cozy up to the glow of the fire with a glass of vino and graze from the small, but mighty, snack menu.
Situated in the heart of Capitol Hill, the comfortable Art and Soul is ideal for a cozy group gathering. As you lounge beside a roaring fire pit, spy the U.S. Capitol dome while sipping on a gin cocktail or a beer from local purveyors like Devil’s Backbone and 3 Stars Brewing Company. Snag your beverage of choice inside before setting up a fireside chat, as outdoor service wanes in winter.
Ivy City, a small neighborhood located just north of Union Market near the U.S. National Arboretum, is gaining major buzz in the District. Tantalizing smells of savory smoked meats emanating from the Tavern at Ivy City Smokehouse make this second-story restaurant and bar a must-visit when in the area. At the center of the rooftop patio is a large, gas-powered fireplace – perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks.
This distinctive restaurant and bar in Chinatown, which blends Gotham-inspired decor and classical architecture, is home to an open-air courtyard with fire pits, as well as a fully enclosed patio for when even a fire doesn’t do the trick. During winter, the outdoor patio is transformed into the Dirty Habit Firescape, complete with warm libations.
Room 11 has made a name for itself with inventive dishes and clever craft cocktails on the popular 11th Street strip in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. It beckons patrons to gather ‘round the first-come, first-served fire pit on blustery days with a burnt sugar old fashioned and something to eat, like its famous grilled cheese infused with spicy marinara.
Cozy up to the exposed brick fireplace at this whiskey bar inside the Marriott Marquis for a celebratory drink or an evening of intimate conversation. The extensive cocktail list includes libations inspired by former presidents’ favorite spirits, including a heady homage to FDR, the mint julep.
There’s something about the sight and scent of pizza baking in a wood-fired oven that exudes coziness. At Etto on the always-exciting 14th Street, bite into a variety of delightfully charred old-school Neapolitan pizzas, such as the white pizza with cotechino sausage, egg and fontina. Don’t believe us? Just ask DC restaurateur and former Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella.
The sure-fire winner at the Pentagon-inspired fyve at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City is its central fireplace, which lures locals and visitors alike in cold-weather months. Unthaw with modern American fare where fresh, seasonal ingredients from nearby Virginia farmers and artisans are the star. And when you’re warming up by the fire getting all nice and toasty, consider this: You can come back for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch.
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