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Customers sit by the fireplace in Le Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown.
Customers sit by the fireplace in Le Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown.
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20 Essential Fireside Dining Destinations Around D.C.

Where to warm up this season over a stiff drink

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Customers sit by the fireplace in Le Bar à Vin at Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown.
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The temperatures are frigid outside, but that doesn’t mean D.C. diners should be hibernating at home. Plenty of restaurants thrive in the wintertime, using crackling fireplaces and inviting decor to comfort customers when the weather won’t cooperate.

Between longtime favorites like Tabard Inn and Iron Gate, Michelin-rated splurges like Masseria and Plume, and upscale hotel lobbies like the Melrose, Ritz-Carlton, and Conrad, here are 20 cozy spots to warm up with fireside food and drinks.

—Updated by Vinciane Ngomsi

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Head to this Shaw patio, outfitted with fire pits and blankets, to sample chef Robert Curtis’s take on Turkish tavern food made lots of local produce. Come for back for brunch to try his hit lemon ricotta fritters.

Hazel’s mural-lined patio sits past the kitchen.
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Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades

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On the third floor of this Italian eatery, diners can hoard all the warmth for themselves 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.

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades/official photo

Masseria

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Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s coastal Italian tasting menu at this Michelin-starred spot near Union Market is worth the splurge. Prior to indulging in his four, five, or six courses , saddle up to walled-in patio fire pits to warm up and sip cocktails like “For Your Eyes Only” made with Italicus and prosecco.

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Masseria
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Tabard Inn

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The living room-style lobby at the boutique hotel hideaway is perfect for date night thanks to cozy couches and dim lighting. Be sure to visit between Sunday and Tuesday evenings for live jazz and a nice ambiance for conversations. And from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., its “Fireplace” cocktail menu includes hot apple cider, buttered rum, and spiked hot chocolate for $8.

The lived-in vibes at Tabard Inn.
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Iron Gate

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The brick-lined fireplace is the focal point of the dining room at this romantic Dupont Circle mainstay that used to operate as a carriage house back in the day. Neighborhood Restaurant Group took the reins of the restaurant in 2013 after it closed in 2010. Now you’ll find Mediterranean cooking that references Italy and Greece.

Iron Gate DC fireplace A roaring fire at Iron Gate. Photo: 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 basement bar the Tombs for a more casual atmosphere complete with stone-lined fireplaces.

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

The main dining room at Plume.
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La Chaumière

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There’s plenty to love about Georgetown’s La Chaumière, but its stone fireplaces and exposed wood beams make this French restaurant one of the most charming spots in the District. Enjoy hearty entrees like roasted rack of lamb and fish stew alongside the comforting sounds of a crackling fire.

The cozy dining room at La Chaumiere.
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Bar a Vin

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This 50-seat wine bar sits next to sister 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 plenty of Instagram likes.

Chez Billy Sud’s welcoming interior.
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Kinship/Metier

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One of Shaw’s standout arrivals in 2016, this Michelin-rated pair of restaurants from James Beard Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold boast multiple fireplaces.

The fireplace at Kinship.
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Melrose Georgetown Hotel

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Relax with a pumpkin spiced martini by the fireplace in the art deco-inspired lobby of the Melrose hotel in Georgetown.

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The fireplace at the Melrose hotel.
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The Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

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The swanky Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown welcomes guests with plush leather seats parked right by the fireplace — plus free French toast s’mores delivered by wait staff from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily.

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S’mores served fireside at the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown.
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Conrad Washington DC

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When temperatures drop, the Conrad’s fire pit-lined patio is the place to be. The upscale Hilton hotel is going all out through March, rebranding the third-floor terrace into an après ski destination. There find waiters donning fluffy Montcler jackets while dishing out hot buttered rum, “haute” toddies, s’mores, and croque madame. — Tierney Plumb

Bring on the blankets at the Conrad’s patio.
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Equinox

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Chef Todd Gray’s 20-year-old seasonal staple stars a glass-enclosed contemporary fireplace in the atrium.

The dining room at Equinox.
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Olivia Restaurant

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The year-old western Mediterranean stunner from restaurateur Ashok Bajaj sets the scene with a roaring fireplace under an elaborate mirror.

Olivia’s modern dining room.
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This hip basement bar has a working electric fireplace in the main dining room, where diners can enjoy Balkan small plates and creative cocktails.

Baba is modeled after a hip grandma’s house.
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Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar

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Capitol Hill has no shortage of food and drink options, but the burning fireplaces located in Sonoma’s upstairs seating room make it a particularly comforting option. Start with charcuterie boards and follow up with red wine risotto and a chocolate fudge brownie cake.

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District Winery, Ana at District Winery

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Head over to the Yards development for a waterfront meal at Ana, the restaurant inside District Winery on the Anacostia River. Sip a glass of wine while taking in views around fire pits equipped with comfy furniture. From mushroom toast to dry-aged Roseda beef ribeye, there’s something for everyone’s palate and price range.

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The soaring setup at Ana.
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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 intimate business lunches and romantic date nights.

2941’s dramatic fireplace.
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Trummer's

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This recently renovated restaurant in picturesque Clifton 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.

Trummer’s got a modern makeover last year.
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Hazel

Hazel’s mural-lined patio sits past the kitchen.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Head to this Shaw patio, outfitted with fire pits and blankets, to sample chef Robert Curtis’s take on Turkish tavern food made lots of local produce. Come for back for brunch to try his hit lemon ricotta fritters.

Hazel’s mural-lined patio sits past the kitchen.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades/official photo

On the third floor of this Italian eatery, diners can hoard all the warmth for themselves 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.

Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades
Lupo Verde Osteria Palisades/official photo

Masseria

Masseria
Masseria
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s coastal Italian tasting menu at this Michelin-starred spot near Union Market is worth the splurge. Prior to indulging in his four, five, or six courses , saddle up to walled-in patio fire pits to warm up and sip cocktails like “For Your Eyes Only” made with Italicus and prosecco.

Masseria
Masseria
R. Lopez/Eater DC

Tabard Inn

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

The living room-style lobby at the boutique hotel hideaway is perfect for date night thanks to cozy couches and dim lighting. Be sure to visit between Sunday and Tuesday evenings for live jazz and a nice ambiance for conversations. And from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., its “Fireplace” cocktail menu includes hot apple cider, buttered rum, and spiked hot chocolate for $8.

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

Iron Gate

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

The brick-lined fireplace is the focal point of the dining room at this romantic Dupont Circle mainstay that used to operate as a carriage house back in the day. Neighborhood Restaurant Group took the reins of the restaurant in 2013 after it closed in 2010. Now you’ll find Mediterranean cooking that references Italy and Greece.

Iron Gate DC fireplace A roaring fire at Iron Gate. Photo: 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 basement bar the Tombs for a more casual atmosphere complete with stone-lined fireplaces.

Plume

The main dining room at Plume.
Plume/official photo

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

The main dining room at Plume.
Plume/official photo

La Chaumière

The cozy dining room at La Chaumiere.
La Chaumiere/official photo

There’s plenty to love about Georgetown’s La Chaumière, but its stone fireplaces and exposed wood beams make this French restaurant one of the most charming spots in the District. Enjoy hearty entrees like roasted rack of lamb and fish stew alongside the comforting sounds of a crackling fire.

The cozy dining room at La Chaumiere.
La Chaumiere/official photo

Bar a Vin

Chez Billy Sud’s welcoming interior.
Bar a Vin/Eater

This 50-seat wine bar sits next to sister 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 plenty of Instagram likes.

Chez Billy Sud’s welcoming interior.
Bar a Vin/Eater

Kinship/Metier

The fireplace at Kinship.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

One of Shaw’s standout arrivals in 2016, this Michelin-rated pair of restaurants from James Beard Award-winning chef Eric Ziebold boast multiple fireplaces.

The fireplace at Kinship.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Melrose Georgetown Hotel

Melrose DC fireplace
The fireplace at the Melrose hotel.
Melrose Georgetown/official photo

Relax with a pumpkin spiced martini by the fireplace in the art deco-inspired lobby of the Melrose hotel in Georgetown.

Melrose DC fireplace
The fireplace at the Melrose hotel.
Melrose Georgetown/official photo

The Living Room at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown