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18 Top Fireside Dining Destinations Around D.C.

Where to warm up this season over a stiff drink

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The roaring fireplace at Chez Billy Sud’s Georgetown wine bar.
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When the temperatures go from a little chilly to full-on frigid, it’s tempting to go into hibernation mode. But this seasonal shift doesn’t mean D.C. diners have to spend the wintertime cooped up at home. Plenty of restaurants thrive when it’s cold out — especially when they’ve got a crackling fireplace, cozy decor, and piping hot beverages to comfort customers when the weather won’t cooperate.

Between classic eateries like Tabard Inn and Iron Gate to Michelin-rated splurges like Masseria and Maydan, here are 18 dining destinations to warm up with fireside food and drinks.

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L'Auberge Chez Francois

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For a culinary getaway that’s not too far from the city, check out this longtime family-owned establishment set against a picturesque farmhouse and two outdoor gardens in Great Falls, Va. Indulge in classic French fare, including foie gras and escargots, while sitting fireside and enjoying live music — keep an eye on its special events calendar for dates and details.

A copper wood-burning oven is the focal point of both the menu and award-winning design at Michelin-rated Maydan. It’s here where from-the-fire entrees, such as grilled autumn squash and turmeric-roasted sea bass, are cooked.

Two-story Maydan is anchored by a giant wood-burning oven.
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Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades

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On the third floor of this Italian eatery, diners get all the warmth thanks to a 16-seat private dining room complete with a fireplace and TV. This room can also be reserved for a family-style “Sunday Supper” spread on Sundays. The menu boasts multiple wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas.

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
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Ivy City Smokehouse

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Head to the roof of Ivy City’s seafood standard-bearer and gather around its huge gas-powered fire pit to order smoked fish and game day grub.

Masseria

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Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s coastal Italian tasting menu at this Michelin-starred spot near Union Market may be a splurge, but the Puglian-inspired lineup rarely disappoints. Prior to partaking in the prix fixe offerings, settle in next to walled-in patio fire pits. Here, warm up and sip cocktails, like its new Taranto Sour, made with Woodinville straight rye whiskey, Hennessy V.S.O.P, lemon, mission fig, and burrata water. The libation is crafted tableside with a pour of Primitivo, a classic Puglian red wine. At Officina, Stefanelli’s towering Italian sibling on the Wharf, there’s a massive outdoor terrace with scenic Potomac River views and numerous fire pits; make a reservation or call ahead since it frequently hosts private parties.

Masseria
Masseria
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Tabard Inn

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The living room-style lobby at the boutique hotel hideaway is ideal for date night because of its comfortable couches and dim lighting. Enjoy conversation, company, and a glass of wine by the homey fireplace, and be sure to bookmark its events page for information on upcoming live music performances. The charming spot near Dupont Circle got a big menu boost with the hiring of James Beard Award semifinalist Ian Boden, chef-owner of The Shack in Staunton, Virginia, as its new culinary partner.

The lived-in vibes at Tabard Inn.
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Iron Gate

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The brick-lined fireplace is the dining room’s focal point at this romantic Dupont Circle mainstay that once operated as a carriage house. Now, you’ll find Mediterranean cooking that references Italy and Greece, like oak grilled duck leg, charred octopus, and roasted mushroom “carbonara.” Its charming brick patio is also outfitted with rows of fire pits.

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A roaring fire at Iron Gate.
Iron Gate

Diners need to book early if they want a seat next to the fireplace during colder months in the John Carroll Room. The 150-seat dining room in the historic Georgetown restaurant also features old maps of the city and Currier and Ives prints. Head downstairs to the basement bar, the Tombs, for a more casual atmosphere with stone-lined fireplaces.

Treehouse Rooftop at the Union Market Hotel

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This newly opened rooftop lounge from Versus — the company behind Ciel Social Club and Heist — aims to be a “Tulum-inspired” destination, complete with live DJs, ceviche and tacos, and a rum-forward drinks program. The firepit is just the spot to sip on a cocktail while taking in the District skyline. 

Cozy up around a fire with friends at Treehouse Rooftop.
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The Greenhouse

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Located inside the celebrated Jefferson hotel, the restaurant’s fireplace enhances the coziness of this historic gem that’s adorned with chandeliers and crown molding.

Le Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud

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This 50-seat wine bar sits next to sibling spot Chez Billy Sud, the well-known French favorite of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Patrons rush to grab their favorite seats, since the velvet-covered walls and roaring fireplace make for a setting primed for Instagram and TikTok-worthy moments.

The Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

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Cozy up with a martini at the swanky Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, which welcomes guests with plush leather seats parked by a dramatic wood-burning fireplace spanning 130 feet.

The luxe lobby area at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown.
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BOURBON STEAK

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Take in the festive atmosphere at the chic Four Seasons, where guests can enjoy fireside dining on the patio in tiny cabins outfitted with cozy decor and plenty of blankets. Now through March, the upscale restaurant is offering a 4-course Macallan pairing menu, which includes smoked salmon latkes, fontina stuffed gnudi, lobster pot pie, and a 32-ounce tomahawk steak. Macallan-infused hot chocolate rounds out the offering and features milk foam, marshmallows, cinnamon dust, a chocolate tree with marshmallow twigs, topped off with hot Valrhona chocolate poured over.

Sip and stay around dreamy ski chalets at Bourbon Steak.
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Camp Wharf at the Firepit

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Got a s’mores craving that needs to be satisfied? Head to the Wharf, where a vintage Airstream trailer in the middle of the boardwalk serves all the s’mores essentials: marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, roasting sticks, and — of course — a wood-burning fire. S’mores are $4.75 each, or four for $16.50, and hot apple cider costs $4.75. Camp Wharf is open Thursday through Sunday evenings and closed Monday to Wednesday.

The s’mores setup at the Wharf.
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2941 Restaurant

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Guests are treated to picturesque views of koi ponds and waterfalls at this soaring glass-enclosed hideaway in Falls Church. Inside, two roaring fireplaces in the main dining room help set the scene for upscale business lunches and intimate date nights alike.

2941’s dramatic fireplace.
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L'Ardente

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Head for the chef’s counter located at the back of the main dining room for a front seat in front of a gold-plated Marra Forni pizza oven and a robust wood-burning grill. A few items to consider ordering, cooked on the grill: vegetables for dishes like the Carote and Verdure Grigliate; seafood like the Polpo, Gamberi and whole Branzino; and meats like the Pollo alla Cacciatora and the Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

Trummer's

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Located in picturesque Clifton, this restaurant is worth the 25-mile detour outside of the city. It has three working fireplaces — one on the bar and two in the mid-level loft dining room. Order the squash soup, branzino, and rotisserie potatoes for a memorable meal this season. Finish with peach crisp for dessert, which is topped off with sea salt caramel and vanilla ice cream.

Trummer’s recently got a modern makeover.
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Blue Rock

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If a Virginia country getaway is calling, look no further than this picturesque inn set on 80 rolling acres. Helmed by executive chef Bin Lu — who left D.C.’s two-Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls to join Blue Rock — the restaurant features a four-course tasting menu and wine pairing. Diners have several cozy options to choose from, as the inn is outfitted with five indoor fireplaces.

A stone-framed fireplace at Blue Rock.
Blue Rock

L'Auberge Chez Francois

For a culinary getaway that’s not too far from the city, check out this longtime family-owned establishment set against a picturesque farmhouse and two outdoor gardens in Great Falls, Va. Indulge in classic French fare, including foie gras and escargots, while sitting fireside and enjoying live music — keep an eye on its special events calendar for dates and details.

Maydan

A copper wood-burning oven is the focal point of both the menu and award-winning design at Michelin-rated Maydan. It’s here where from-the-fire entrees, such as grilled autumn squash and turmeric-roasted sea bass, are cooked.

Two-story Maydan is anchored by a giant wood-burning oven.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades

On the third floor of this Italian eatery, diners get all the warmth thanks to a 16-seat private dining room complete with a fireplace and TV. This room can also be reserved for a family-style “Sunday Supper” spread on Sundays. The menu boasts multiple wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas.

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades/official photo

Ivy City Smokehouse

Head to the roof of Ivy City’s seafood standard-bearer and gather around its huge gas-powered fire pit to order smoked fish and game day grub.

Masseria

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s coastal Italian tasting menu at this Michelin-starred spot near Union Market may be a splurge, but the Puglian-inspired lineup rarely disappoints. Prior to partaking in the prix fixe offerings, settle in next to walled-in patio fire pits. Here, warm up and sip cocktails, like its new Taranto Sour, made with Woodinville straight rye whiskey, Hennessy V.S.O.P, lemon, mission fig, and burrata water. The libation is crafted tableside with a pour of Primitivo, a classic Puglian red wine. At Officina, Stefanelli’s towering Italian sibling on the Wharf, there’s a massive outdoor terrace with scenic Potomac River views and numerous fire pits; make a reservation or call ahead since it frequently hosts private parties.

Masseria
Masseria
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Tabard Inn

The living room-style lobby at the boutique hotel hideaway is ideal for date night because of its comfortable couches and dim lighting. Enjoy conversation, company, and a glass of wine by the homey fireplace, and be sure to bookmark its events page for information on upcoming live music performances. The charming spot near Dupont Circle got a big menu boost with the hiring of James Beard Award semifinalist Ian Boden, chef-owner of The Shack in Staunton, Virginia, as its new culinary partner.

The lived-in vibes at Tabard Inn.
Tabard Inn/official photo

Iron Gate

The brick-lined fireplace is the dining room’s focal point at this romantic Dupont Circle mainstay that once operated as a carriage house. Now, you’ll find Mediterranean cooking that references Italy and Greece, like oak grilled duck leg, charred octopus, and roasted mushroom “carbonara.” Its charming brick patio is also outfitted with rows of fire pits.

Iron Gate DC fireplace
A roaring fire at Iron Gate.
Iron Gate

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Diners need to book early if they want a seat next to the fireplace during colder months in the John Carroll Room. The 150-seat dining room in the historic Georgetown restaurant also features old maps of the city and Currier and Ives prints. Head downstairs to the basement bar, the Tombs, for a more casual atmosphere with stone-lined fireplaces.

Treehouse Rooftop at the Union Market Hotel

This newly opened rooftop lounge from Versus — the company behind Ciel Social Club and Heist — aims to be a “Tulum-inspired” destination, complete with live DJs, ceviche and tacos, and a rum-forward drinks program. The firepit is just the spot to sip on a cocktail while taking in the District skyline. 

Cozy up around a fire with friends at Treehouse Rooftop.
Tim Kubasik 

The Greenhouse

Located inside the celebrated Jefferson hotel, the restaurant’s fireplace enhances the coziness of this historic gem that’s adorned with chandeliers and crown molding.

Le Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud

This 50-seat wine bar sits next to sibling spot Chez Billy Sud, the well-known French favorite of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Patrons rush to grab their favorite seats, since the velvet-covered walls and roaring fireplace make for a setting primed for Instagram and TikTok-worthy moments.

The Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

Cozy up with a martini at the swanky Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, which welcomes guests with plush leather seats parked by a dramatic wood-burning fireplace spanning 130 feet.

The luxe lobby area at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown.
Ritz-Carlton/official photo

BOURBON STEAK

Take in the festive atmosphere at the chic Four Seasons, where guests can enjoy fireside dining on the patio in tiny cabins outfitted with cozy decor and plenty of blankets. Now through March, the upscale restaurant is offering a 4-course Macallan pairing menu, which includes smoked salmon latkes, fontina stuffed gnudi, lobster pot pie, and a 32-ounce tomahawk steak. Macallan-infused hot chocolate rounds out the offering and features milk foam, marshmallows, cinnamon dust, a chocolate tree with marshmallow twigs, topped off with hot Valrhona chocolate poured over.

Sip and stay around dreamy ski chalets at Bourbon Steak.
Greg Powers

Camp Wharf at the Firepit

Got a s’mores craving that needs to be satisfied? Head to the Wharf, where a vintage Airstream trailer in the middle of the boardwalk serves all the s’mores essentials: marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, roasting sticks, and — of course — a wood-burning fire. S’mores are $4.75 each, or four for $16.50, and hot apple cider costs $4.75. Camp Wharf is open Thursday through Sunday evenings and closed Monday to Wednesday.

The s’mores setup at the Wharf.
Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

2941 Restaurant

Guests are treated to picturesque views of koi ponds and waterfalls at this soaring glass-enclosed hideaway in Falls Church. Inside, two roaring fireplaces in the main dining room help set the scene for upscale business lunches and intimate date nights alike.

2941’s dramatic fireplace.
2941/official photo

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L'Ardente

Head for the chef’s counter located at the back of the main dining room for a front seat in front of a gold-plated Marra Forni pizza oven and a robust wood-burning grill. A few items to consider ordering, cooked on the grill: vegetables for dishes like the Carote and Verdure Grigliate; seafood like the Polpo, Gamberi and whole Branzino; and meats like the Pollo alla Cacciatora and the Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

Trummer's

Located in picturesque Clifton, this restaurant is worth the 25-mile detour outside of the city. It has three working fireplaces — one on the bar and two in the mid-level loft dining room. Order the squash soup, branzino, and rotisserie potatoes for a memorable meal this season. Finish with peach crisp for dessert, which is topped off with sea salt caramel and vanilla ice cream.

Trummer’s recently got a modern makeover.
Jennifer Chase/Jennifer Chase Photography

Blue Rock

If a Virginia country getaway is calling, look no further than this picturesque inn set on 80 rolling acres. Helmed by executive chef Bin Lu — who left D.C.’s two-Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls to join Blue Rock — the restaurant features a four-course tasting menu and wine pairing. Diners have several cozy options to choose from, as the inn is outfitted with five indoor fireplaces.

A stone-framed fireplace at Blue Rock.
Blue Rock

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