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17 Fireplaces to Cozy Up to in San Francisco Restaurants and Bars

A guide to San Francisco's warmest bar and restaurant fireplaces

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Though it happens every year, San Francisco always seems surprised when cold and rainy weather rolls in. It’s tempting to stay home, huddled in front of a space heater or to leave the city entirely — perhaps things will be more temperate in Marin County or Napa Valley?

Another option is to warm yourself up by drinking and dining somewhere warm and cozy. And what’s cozier than a big, roaring fireplace? The 17 restaurants and bars on this list are all heavy on the hearth, and also boast menus that make leaving home worthwhile.

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1. Kokkari Estiatorio

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200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 981-0983
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On a warm day, Kokkari Estiatorio’s white table cloths and oversize banquets might feel a bit stuffy. But on a cold and wet day, its dining room is like a fine-dining featherbed. The fireplace is located in the main dining room, making the big table right in front of it the best seat in the house. Bring your friends for a feast of Greek dishes and bask in the glow.

2. San Francisco Wine Society

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408 Merchant St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 674-3567
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The Wine Society (in the former home of Hidden Vine) has a parklet setup that closely mimics a luxe home library, complete with two fireplaces and four chandeliers. From a couch or armchair in front of the fire, diners can enjoy cheese, charcuterie, pizza pockets, and (of course) wine.

3. Wayfare Tavern

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558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 772-9060
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Beloved by heat seekers like Michael Bauer, Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern has the star power of a celebrity owner to keep fans of the boldfaced name quite cozy. Or maybe that’s the restaurant’s upstairs fireplace, which does a nice job keeping the brick-lined spot warm enough to make even its chilled raw bar menu items palatable in cold weather.

4. House of Prime Rib

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1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 885-4605
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With two fireplaces to choose from, the House of Prime Rib brings the heat to those drawn to its thick and tender cuts and Yorkshire pudding. Keep an eye out for Caitlin Elliott, the restaurant’s first female carver in its 70 year history.

5. Zeki's Bar

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1319 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 928-0677
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With two blazing fireplaces and 10 beers on tap, it’s hard to think of a reason not to go to Zeki’s. The bar doesn’t serve food, but they’ll arrange catering for private parties scheduled at the spot.

6. Spruce

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3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 931-5100
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In Spruce’s front dining room (they call it the “Library”), patrons ask to be seated in front of the fireplace as they enjoy the award-winning restaurant’s excellent burgers or fixed-price brunch.

7. Kitchen Istanbul

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349 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 753-9479
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Kitchen Istanbul offers tables right next to its back-wall fireplace, so diners who want a solid Turkish meal and a warm, rosy glow should request one of those slots by calling in advance.

8. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

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1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 386-8439
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A massive brick fireplace heats the glass-walled Park Chalet to the point of bathroom-level steaminess, a sharp pivot from the Ocean Beach breezes that blow just outside.

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9. Kezar Pub

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770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 386-9292
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Sports fans from across the globe pack Kezar Pub some early mornings to catch matches and games played by teams overseas. That makes its fireplace especially handy, as some days it seems like San Francisco gets chilliest in the hour right before dawn.

10. The Little Shamrock

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807 Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 661-0060

The Little Shamrock's fireplace is lit any time there's inclement weather, and it’s seen a lot of cold days since it opened in 1893. Cozy up with an Irish coffee and a board game for the perfect afternoon.

The Little Shamrock

11. Fireside Bar

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603 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 731-6433

It’s in the name: Fireside boasts an enormous, neon-shrouded fireplace that warms patrons from the afternoon to 1 a.m.

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12. The Homestead

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2301 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-4663
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The Homestead's been in business for nearly 120 years, making for a history of skullduggery and shenanigans. The bar’s R-rated artwork, age-related nicks and scratches, and patrons all look positively charming when lit by the warm glow of its cast iron stove.

13. White Cap

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3608 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 682-4215
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White Cap’s fireplace is small but mighty, attracting savvy Parkside/Outer Sunset drinkers to its back area and away from the oft-chilly front bar. With a seasonally-rotating cocktail list from industry vet Carlos Yturria, it’s more than just a spot to fight the westside chill.

14. The Riptide

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3639 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 681-8433
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The Riptide rose from the ashes of a major fire and brought back its roaring fireplace, too.

15. Wild Side West

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424 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-3099
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Since 1962, Wild Side West has served as a lesbian bar, a mixed-crowd Bernal Heights dive, and a place to watch the game (big or small). Drinkers keep coming back for its saloon-like vibe, which includes pool tables, a fireplace, and a backyard garden.

16. Fiorella Sunset

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1240 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 404-6997
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Fiorella’s third location in the Inner Sunset is its most ambitious: It’s the first to feature a full bar and is housed in a bi-level space with a rooftop deck. Stay inside to enjoy Neopolitan-style pizzas, gelato, and cocktails in a warm dining room edged by a corner wood fireplace.

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17. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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At this iconic restaurant and arts hub, walk down a long, dark hallway to find the glowing dining room; kitchen at one end and the bar at the other, big fireplace centered between.

1. Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111

On a warm day, Kokkari Estiatorio’s white table cloths and oversize banquets might feel a bit stuffy. But on a cold and wet day, its dining room is like a fine-dining featherbed. The fireplace is located in the main dining room, making the big table right in front of it the best seat in the house. Bring your friends for a feast of Greek dishes and bask in the glow.

200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111

2. San Francisco Wine Society

408 Merchant St, San Francisco, CA 94111

The Wine Society (in the former home of Hidden Vine) has a parklet setup that closely mimics a luxe home library, complete with two fireplaces and four chandeliers. From a couch or armchair in front of the fire, diners can enjoy cheese, charcuterie, pizza pockets, and (of course) wine.

408 Merchant St
San Francisco, CA 94111

3. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Beloved by heat seekers like Michael Bauer, Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern has the star power of a celebrity owner to keep fans of the boldfaced name quite cozy. Or maybe that’s the restaurant’s upstairs fireplace, which does a nice job keeping the brick-lined spot warm enough to make even its chilled raw bar menu items palatable in cold weather.

558 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. House of Prime Rib

1906 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

With two fireplaces to choose from, the House of Prime Rib brings the heat to those drawn to its thick and tender cuts and Yorkshire pudding. Keep an eye out for Caitlin Elliott, the restaurant’s first female carver in its 70 year history.

1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Zeki's Bar

1319 California St, San Francisco, CA 94109

With two blazing fireplaces and 10 beers on tap, it’s hard to think of a reason not to go to Zeki’s. The bar doesn’t serve food, but they’ll arrange catering for private parties scheduled at the spot.

1319 California St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. Spruce

3640 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94118

In Spruce’s front dining room (they call it the “Library”), patrons ask to be seated in front of the fireplace as they enjoy the award-winning restaurant’s excellent burgers or fixed-price brunch.

3640 Sacramento St
San Francisco, CA 94118

7. Kitchen Istanbul

349 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

Kitchen Istanbul offers tables right next to its back-wall fireplace, so diners who want a solid Turkish meal and a warm, rosy glow should request one of those slots by calling in advance.

349 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

1000 Great Hwy, San Francisco, CA 94121
Park Chalet

A massive brick fireplace heats the glass-walled Park Chalet to the point of bathroom-level steaminess, a sharp pivot from the Ocean Beach breezes that blow just outside.

1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121

9. Kezar Pub

770 Stanyan St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Sports fans from across the globe pack Kezar Pub some early mornings to catch matches and games played by teams overseas. That makes its fireplace especially handy, as some days it seems like San Francisco gets chilliest in the hour right before dawn.

770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117

10. The Little Shamrock

807 Lincoln Way, San Francisco, CA 94122
The Little Shamrock

The Little Shamrock's fireplace is lit any time there's inclement weather, and it’s seen a lot of cold days since it opened in 1893. Cozy up with an Irish coffee and a board game for the perfect afternoon.

807 Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122

11. Fireside Bar

603 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Yelp/Stan L.

It’s in the name: Fireside boasts an enormous, neon-shrouded fireplace that warms patrons from the afternoon to 1 a.m.

603 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

12. The Homestead

2301 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Homestead's been in business for nearly 120 years, making for a history of skullduggery and shenanigans. The bar’s R-rated artwork, age-related nicks and scratches, and patrons all look positively charming when lit by the warm glow of its cast iron stove.

2301 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. White Cap

3608 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

White Cap’s fireplace is small but mighty, attracting savvy Parkside/Outer Sunset drinkers to its back area and away from the oft-chilly front bar. With a seasonally-rotating cocktail list from industry vet Carlos Yturria, it’s more than just a spot to fight the westside chill.

3608 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116

14. The Riptide

3639 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

The Riptide rose from the ashes of a major fire and brought back its roaring fireplace, too.

3639 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116

15. Wild Side West

424 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

Since 1962, Wild Side West has served as a lesbian bar, a mixed-crowd Bernal Heights dive, and a place to watch the game (big or small). Drinkers keep coming back for its saloon-like vibe, which includes pool tables, a fireplace, and a backyard garden.

424 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Fiorella Sunset

1240 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Hardy Wilson/Fiorella

Fiorella’s third location in the Inner Sunset is its most ambitious: It’s the first to feature a full bar and is housed in a bi-level space with a rooftop deck. Stay inside to enjoy Neopolitan-style pizzas, gelato, and cocktails in a warm dining room edged by a corner wood fireplace.

1240 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

17. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

At this iconic restaurant and arts hub, walk down a long, dark hallway to find the glowing dining room; kitchen at one end and the bar at the other, big fireplace centered between.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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