30+ Boston Restaurants with Cozy Fireplaces
Enjoy your next meal hearthside.
As winter weather looms and the sun sets earlier in the day, take solace in the many local restaurants and bars that keep their dining rooms warm and toasty with flickering flames. Whether you’re braving the cold for dinner, a date, or just a few drinks, let these neighborhood fireplaces light the way.
Light snacks like prosciutto and burrata, and French onion soup make this Theater District restaurant a pre-show must, and larger plates, like honey-bourbon chicken and personal pizzas, make for prime time post-theater dining. Or, stop by during late-night hours for cinnamon doughnuts and a craft cocktail. Whatever your choice, the upstairs fireplace will be lit and waiting.
253 Tremont St., Boston, 617-451-2229, abbylaneboston.com.
Abe & Louie’s
At Abe & Louie’s, servers sing the praises of dry-aging and expound upon the flavor of New York sirloin versus a power-packed 24-ounce porterhouse. The only thing better than talking about steak is eating it fireside.
793 Boylston St., Back Bay, 617-536-6300, abeandlouies.com.
At the Ritz-Carlton’s downtown cocktail den, you’ll find caramel-hued finishes, burnished wood, and plenty of nooks and crannies for hiding away with a Statehouse Liberal (their twist on a Manhattan). We defy you to resist curling up in one of those leather chairs in front of their elevated retro-chic fireplace.
10 Avery St., Boston, 617-574-7100, ritzcarlton.com.
At this brasserie, to say the decor is dramatic is an understatement. Medieval flourishes mix with hunting-lodge trappings, massive rooms house ceiling-hung iron cages and antler chandeliers worthy of Gallic royalty. Adding to the regal ambiance is the great stone fireplace, a perfect backdrop to a feast of tea-smoked mussels marinière.
49 Melcher St., Boston, 617-556-8000, bastillekitchen.net.
Bistro du Midi
This Provençal bistro has all the makings of a go-to hangout: stellar crudo, an extensive wine list, and large-format entrées from executive chef Josue Louis. Along the wall of the restaurant’s exquisite dining room sits a burning hearth, ready to accompany any meal.
Advisors Living, 272 Boylston St., Back Bay, 617-426-7878, bistrodumidi.com.
What makes Bondir one of the most romantic restaurants around? Those sweet sprays of fresh flowers and exquisite farm-to-table fare certainly help. But for mood lighting, you can’t do much better than the flames flickering in Bondir’s brick fireplace, adding a whole new dimension of warmth to the already cozy surroundings. Cuddle up by the crackling fireplace sipping on hot chocolate or warm punch before tucking into one of chef Jason Bond’s ever-changing five-course meals.
279A Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
Big, comfortable couches make for a subdued but unpretentious atmosphere. A good option for brunch and lunch, afternoon tea, or a late-night dessert. The burgers are particularly noteworthy.
Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-338-4400, fourseasons.com.
Linguini, sea scallops, monkfish, and more await at this Italian eatery. Grab a glass of wine and cozy up by the fire.
443 W Broadway, South Boston, 617-993-8080, caposouthboston.com.
Right in Kendall’s Technology Square, Catalyst trades the rustic brick fireplace for something more cutting edge. It’s a sleek ribbon of flame, housed in a glass box, cutting through the lounge area. But just because it’s modern doesn’t mean it’s not inviting, as anyone who’s spent an evening basking in its warm glow would tell you.
300 Technology Sq., Cambridge, 617-576-3000, catalystrestaurant.com.
Sometimes, keeping it simple is the only way to go. At Charlie’s, a menu heavy with hearty apps and loaded burgers make it easy to do just that. Trek outside to the restaurant’s (mostly) year-round beer garden, grab a drink, and let the outdoor fireplace do the rest.
10 Eliot St., Cambridge, 617-492-9646, charlieskitchen.com.
Citizen Public House
In the dead of winter, we want to feel the burn of brown liquor. And so we head to Citizen Public House, for its vertiginously deep rosters of rye, bourbon, scotch, and Irish whiskey. And while snowball fights are fun and all, the ice sphere we’re most excited to see is the one they add to your glass. Seeking additional warmth? Behold that 100-year-old fireplace.
1310 Boylston St., Boston, 617-450-9000, citizenpub.com.
This is the go-to spot for the ball-capped and popped collar, and often has a line trailing around the block on Thursday through Saturday nights. But on weekdays, the post-work crowd infiltrates tables for apps and a choice of 16 draught beers. The fireplace sets the scene on cold winter nights, and when it finally warms up outside, the bistro windows open up to the streets.
113 Dartmouth St., Back Bay, 617-262-9874, clerysboston.com.
Corrib Pub & Restaurant
The neighborhood bar is one of our favorite Irish hangouts for a reason. A roaring fireplace makes it quite welcoming during the winter, and turkey dinner every Sunday night only complements the ambience.
2030 Centre St, West Roxbury, 617-469-4177, corribpub.com.
Whether you’re looking for a croque monsieur or multi-course extravaganza, Deuxave chef Christopher Coombs has you covered. His menu features hearty French onion soup and a truffle-optional tasting menu—thus giving us plenty of reasons to take up residence in front of that blazing gas fireplace.
371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-517-5915, deuxave.com.
This beloved Washington Square haunt is not shy about one of its best features. For a minute, it looked like the Fireplace was going to be snuffed out—but instead of selling it to Pepe’s Pizzeria, its owner decided to keep it open. Which means we can enjoy its warm hearth and those crispy corn waffles all winter long.
1634 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-975-1900, fireplacerest.com.
Exposed stone walls, pints of Guinness, and a hearty fireplace earn this Mission Hill bar a tip o’ the hat. Order a bowl of beef chili or clam chowder and post up.
1619 Tremont St., Boston, 617-566-7744, flanns.com.
Since what’s traditionally known as happy hour is illegal in our great state, local establishments have been forced to get creative with the concept. Grendel’s, housed in a funky basement space in Harvard Square, puts the best spin on things: Besides a substantial beer selection and surprisingly good sangria, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. all food is half off when you buy a drink.
89 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-491-1160, grendelsden.com.
Grill 23 & Bar
At this grand, high-ceilinged steakhouse, trust sommeliers to recommend wines for beef tenderloin, tuna tartare, and other dishes served by white-coated waiters.
61 Berkeley St., Back Bay, 617-542-2255, grill23.com.
This Harvard Square landmark continues to draw students, professors, and other locals in with a menu of regional favorites such as pan-seared striped bass and roast leg of lamb.
44 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
Tucked deep in Southie, this cozy watering hole is serving up contemporary American cuisine and plenty of house cocktails. Any stiff drink you order pairs well with the glow of the fireplace.
149 P St., South Boston, 617-269-0900, local149.com.
Mare Oyster Bar
Lobsters rolls, a raw bar, and bowls of seafood-laden gnocchi dovetail well with the outdoor fire pits. The hardest decision is just deciding what cocktail would vibe best with your night.
3 Mechanic St., North End, 617-723-6273, mareoysterbar.com.
Night Shift Brewing
Inside the brewery’s new taproom extension, the Annex, a sleek bartop meets an even sleeker new drinking space. Head over to the lounge area, fashioned with leather couches and armchairs, and sip snifters of IPAs next to the gas-powered fireplace.
87 Santilli Highway, Everett, 617-294-4233, nightshiftbrewing.com.
Olé Mexican Grill
Here, guacamole is prepared tableside, corn tortillas are made in-house, and the chicken and rice enchiladas are prepared fresh. The Inman Square dining experience is only accentuated by the warmth of a newly lit fire.
11 Springfield St., Cambridge, 617-492-4495, olerestaurantgroup.com.
It’s tempting to stick with chef-owner Ana Sortun’s sumptuous small plates, such as tuna and black olive deviled eggs, until you get to the entrées, including grilled lamb with Turkish spices. Save room for the baked Alaska.
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-661-0505, oleanarestaurant.com.
Detour from the bustle of Harvard Square and seek out this glamorous dining space. Even better, grab a seat next to one of the restaurant’s three fireplaces with a drink and plate of pumpkin crémeux.
91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-714-3206, parsniprestaurant.com.
Sure, the flickering firelight illuminating this Fort Point spot comes not from an actual fireplace but a wood-burning Neapolitan pizza oven, which Pastoral uses to torch everything from its signature pies to roasted vegetables and charred octopus. On sleepy Fort Point Sundays, there aren’t a lot of places open until 1:30 a.m. like Pastoral is, and we’re all too happy to while away our evenings in its golden glow.
345 Congress St., Boston, 617-345-0005, pastoralfortpoint.com.
A dependable neighborhood favorite since 1999, PJ Ryan’s cranks up the charm when the weather gets cold, thanks to their corner fireplace. And it’s not just the ambiance they’re serious about: They also boast a formidable beer list.
239 Holland St., Somerville, 617-625-8200, pjryans.com.
Post 390’s show-stopping modernist fireplace probably isn’t the kind of thing 19th-century squatters had in mind. And the restaurant’s menu, which serves contemporary New American fare, is anything but stodgy. That said, they’re quite reverent of the classics—from clam chowder to Belle Époque-grade absinthe.
406 Stuart St., Boston, 617-399-0015, post390restaurant.com.
The Italian North End restaurant has been heralded by Rachael Ray for its creative dishes and charming atmosphere, which includes a cozy fireplace. Reserve a table downstairs in the cellar for an especially romantic meal.
119 Salem St., North End, 617-573-9406, eunoboston.com.
The craft cocktails and small plates at this Assembly Row watering hole are best enjoyed on the restaurant’s covered patio, gazing out at the Mystic River. The outdoor fire pits ensure you can do so comfortably.
661 Assembly Row, Somerville, 617-616-5561, river-bar.com.
Smith & Wollensky
At this steakhouse, the meats are succulent and cooked almost invariably to order—a credit to both waitstaff and kitchen.
Smith & Wollensky, 101 Arlington St., Boston, 617-423-1112, and other locations, smithandwollensky.com.
The wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas and shareable fare at this can’t-miss new spot make for great winter dining. In the comfort of the Club Room’s four-sided glass fireplace, it’s hard not to have a few drinks and simply stay awhile.
69 Kilmarnock St., Fenway/Kenmore, 617-421-4470, tapestry.restaurant.
The W Lounge strikes a balance that can please just about anyone. It’s hip but not exclusive, crowded but not cramped, loud but not obnoxious. We’re also quite partial to their retro-futuristic-looking fireplace. Pair it with a plate of duck-fat Parmesan fries, and you’ve got a serious winter escape on your hands.
100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-261-8700, wboston.com.
What’s more historic than knocking back a pint where Paul Revere and Washington once did? Finish up the day at the weathered Warren Tavern, one of the country’s oldest watering holes that still creates a stir with live music on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
2 Pleasant St., Charlestown, 617-241-8142, warrentavern.com.