L.A. is generally blessed with many months of fantastic, sunny weather, but this time of year the mercury starts dropping. It's not terribly freezing, just cold enough to make eating outside a little less bearable. But that's where the fireplace or the firepit steps in, warming the restaurants and adding extra comfort to the long nights. Here now, a compilation of the best fireside dining restaurants in Los Angeles.Read More
The Best Fireside Dining Restaurants in Los Angeles
This classic Italian-American restaurant in West Hollywood has a charming patio space with a hefty fireplace to keep the area warm. All the better for relaxing with good company, toasting the good life with a bottle of Barolo and digging into bowls of eggplant rigatoni.
2. Tres by José Andrés
This dining area inside the SLS Hotel features high design and plenty of comfortable seating for enjoying some drinks with friends or enjoying some of Jose Andres' innovative bites.
3. Mohawk Bend
This large beer hall in Echo Park has more of a typical pub setup up front, but the back has an airy quasi-patio with high ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace right in the middle. Order up some pints and enjoy the vegan cuisine at hand.
This Downtown multi-story penthouse has easily one of the best views in the city, with a nice spread of Pershing Square below. Since most of the establishment is outside, warm up near the outdoor fireplace to the side and sip on a cocktail with friends.
5. Tam O'Shanter
This 90 year old establishment in Los Feliz features some of the sale English-style comfort food of Lawry's, but at a fraction of the price. Think thick slabs of prime rib and Yorkshire pudding. Or for something a little less grand, have an ale with a sandwich for dinner by the fireplace.
6. Bar | Kitchen
This Downtown hotel restaurant has a pretty straightforward comfort menu, great for enjoying the open area that spills into the lobby. The fireplace keeps the room nice and cozy, which is perfect for tucking into a place of shrimp and grits.
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The Tuscan accents at this West Hollywood Italian restaurant has one of the most impressive patios in the city. With plush seating, polished cuisine by chef Gino Angelini, and a large brick fireplace, it's an easy choice fore fireside dining in this part of town.
8. Yellowhouse Cafe
This Koreatown classic is a fantastic place to find an urban retreat, with plenty of Christmas lights and plants to make one forget about the bustle of the city. And tuck into the various Korean juices, coffees, teas and desserts while warming up with the outdoor firepits.
9. Cafe Del Rey
This seaside restaurant has been a Marina Del Rey classic for years, featuring elegant Mediterranean cuisine with a hard-to-beat view of the water. Cozy up with new chef Chuck Abair's seasonal dishes, like sea scallops with parsnips or pink peppercorn pappardelle .
10. One Pico
This longtime restaurant at Shutters on the Beach has simple American comfort food and some respectable desserts. The place gets an extra dose of comfy with the large mantel fireplace.
The enduring small plates restaurant from Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne has grown up a bit at this new location, the former Orso/Il Covo building down Third Street. The patio is easily one of the best places to enjoy a meal in town, with a small credit going to the fireplace.
12. Alibi Room
This Westside bar straddles the line between neighborhood joint and destination, mostly because of the Kogi offerings from the kitchen (sans line at the truck). Wash it down with the stiff drinks and enjoy the warmth of the large fireplace inside.
13. Le Ka
This Financial District restaurant tends to cater to local office workers and those getting out for happy hour, but that doesn't mean the sleek outdoor patio isn't a great place to find an urban sanctuary. Pair it with the French-New American bites like duck and parsnip puree.
14. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Wolfgang Puck's crown jewel in the Hollywood Hills is still a place to see and be seen, especially with the recent redesign that makes the place feel even grander. Nab a table by the fireplace to warm up on chilly nights.
15. Wood & Vine
This Hollywood eatery has a respectable lineup of fare and drinks, but the outdoor patio feels like a nice retreat from the craziness of Hollywood Blvd, with a blazing firepit as the centerpiece.
Suzanne Goin's original restaurant still goes strong on Melrose, with a nice brick fireplace as a warming element that makes the charming hideaway all the more comfortable. Together with Goin's simple, elegant cooking, it's a tough recipe to beat this time of year.
17. Napa Valley Grille
This Westwood eatery has a nice fireplace that goes perfectly with an apple sangria and a plate of lamb ragu, which is served with housemade pappardelle. The ideal low-key dining spot on the Westside.
18. Short Order
This polished hamburger spot next to the Grove/Farmer's Market is a swell place to relax with friends on weekdays. Pair with the fantastic cocktails and warm up with the glass firepit upstairs.
19. Lazy Dog Restaurant
Each Lazy Dog restaurant has a fireplace in house, making it a great cold weather spot during this time of year. Order up a special Golden Road house beer and pile up the comfort dishes.
Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asian restaurant at the Santa Monica dining deck tries its best to stand out amid all the various concepts nearby, but the firepit is a nice place to cozy up during the holidays.