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21 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 21 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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Circa 1905

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(415) 956-6900
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Buried beneath the Barrel Room in FiDi, Circa 1905 is a hidden bar beneath a bar nestled in a subterranean space that dates back to the year before the Great Quake. As it’s below ground, patrons are spared drafty windows, and its fireplace will keep even the coldest drinker toasty.

2. House Rules

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2227 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Polk Street drinkers seeking fraternal bonhomie will appreciate the large-screen TVs and bar bites at House Rules, which sports a chalet-worthy fireplace towards the back. It’s a tiny space (about 25 seats) so it’s not ideal for the crowd averse — but those who don’t mind close quarters will be as warmed by their neighbors as they are by menu offerings like a spicy habanero burger.

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3. 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 overstuffed banquets might feel a bit stuffy, but on a cold and wet day its dining room is like a fine-dining featherbed. Its fireplace is located in the main dining room, making the big table that’s right in front of it the best seat in the house. Bring your friends for a feast of Greek dishes and bask in its glow.

4. The Hidden Vine

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408 Merchant St
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 674-3567
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While its bocce court is what brings patrons to the Hidden Vine on warm days, it’s the fireplace that draws them in when things turn cold. From a couch or armchair in front of the fire, diners can enjoy cheese, charcuterie, sliders, and (of course) wine.

Fireplace at Hidden Vine
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5. 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 Wayfair 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 of keeping the brick-lined spot warm enough to make even its chilled raw bar menu items palatable in cold weather.

6. 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, who warms the heart of gender equality fans as the restaurant’s first female carver in its 70 year history.

7. The Big 4

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1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 771-1140
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Those seeking a bit of San Francisco swank will be satisfied by The Big 4, the old-school restaurant inside the Huntington Hotel. It’s ornate, old-school fireplace feels like the stuff of ghost stories, but savvy specter seekers will trade their EMF detectors for the Big 4’s famous turkey club and the kind of spirits that come out of a bottle.

8. 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.

9. The Summer Place

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801 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 441-2252

Long after smoking was banned in San Francisco bars, the Summer Place was known as a dive in which one could still light up. Those days have passed, but the Summer Place’s artificial fireplace remains, warming drinkers still shivering after stepping outside to enjoy a puff or two.

10. The Grove

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2016 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 474-1419
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Most locations of the Grove (there are four) have a fireplace, but its Fillmore location has the best one, with leather couches grouped around a huge stone hearth with full Western ski lodge flair.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Pläj

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333 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 294-8925
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Of course Pläj has a fireplace, it’s the city’s longest-standing Scandinavian spot and if there’s one thing Scandinavians do better than affordable stylish furniture, it’s fireplaces. The well-reviewed restaurant offers standards like meatballs, surprises like a vegan tasting menu, and one of the best selections of Aquavit around.

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14. 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. This is a weekend-only treat, however, as during the winter months Park Chalet is only open on Fridays through Sundays.

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15. 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 SF gets chilliest in the hour right before dawn.

16. 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

17. 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 1 in the afternoon to 2 in the morning.

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18. 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 117 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.

19. 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.

20. 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 own roaring fireplace, too.

21. 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.

1. Circa 1905

San Francisco, CA

Buried beneath the Barrel Room in FiDi, Circa 1905 is a hidden bar beneath a bar nestled in a subterranean space that dates back to the year before the Great Quake. As it’s below ground, patrons are spared drafty windows, and its fireplace will keep even the coldest drinker toasty.

2. House Rules

2227 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
House Rules/Facebook

Polk Street drinkers seeking fraternal bonhomie will appreciate the large-screen TVs and bar bites at House Rules, which sports a chalet-worthy fireplace towards the back. It’s a tiny space (about 25 seats) so it’s not ideal for the crowd averse — but those who don’t mind close quarters will be as warmed by their neighbors as they are by menu offerings like a spicy habanero burger.

2227 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Kokkari Estiatorio

200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

200 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94111

4. The Hidden Vine

408 Merchant St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Fireplace at Hidden Vine
The Hidden Vine [Official]

While its bocce court is what brings patrons to the Hidden Vine on warm days, it’s the fireplace that draws them in when things turn cold. From a couch or armchair in front of the fire, diners can enjoy cheese, charcuterie, sliders, and (of course) wine.

408 Merchant St
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Wayfare Tavern

558 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Beloved by heat seekers like Michael Bauer, Tyler Florence’s Wayfair 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 of 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

6. 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, who warms the heart of gender equality fans as the restaurant’s first female carver in its 70 year history.

1906 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. The Big 4

1075 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Those seeking a bit of San Francisco swank will be satisfied by The Big 4, the old-school restaurant inside the Huntington Hotel. It’s ornate, old-school fireplace feels like the stuff of ghost stories, but savvy specter seekers will trade their EMF detectors for the Big 4’s famous turkey club and the kind of spirits that come out of a bottle.

1075 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

8. 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

9. The Summer Place

801 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

Long after smoking was banned in San Francisco bars, the Summer Place was known as a dive in which one could still light up. Those days have passed, but the Summer Place’s artificial fireplace remains, warming drinkers still shivering after stepping outside to enjoy a puff or two.

801 Bush St
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. The Grove

2016 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Most locations of the Grove (there are four) have a fireplace, but its Fillmore location has the best one, with leather couches grouped around a huge stone hearth with full Western ski lodge flair.

2016 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

11. 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

12. 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

13. Pläj

333 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Plaj

Of course Pläj has a fireplace, it’s the city’s longest-standing Scandinavian spot and if there’s one thing Scandinavians do better than affordable stylish furniture, it’s fireplaces. The well-reviewed restaurant offers standards like meatballs, surprises like a vegan tasting menu, and one of the best selections of Aquavit around.

333 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94102

14. 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. This is a weekend-only treat, however, as during the winter months Park Chalet is only open on Fridays through Sundays.

1000 Great Hwy
San Francisco, CA 94121

15. 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 SF gets chilliest in the hour right before dawn.

770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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16. 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

17. 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 1 in the afternoon to 2 in the morning.

603 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

18. The Homestead

2301 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Homestead's been in business for 117 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

19. 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

20. The Riptide

3639 Taraval, San Francisco, CA 94116

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

3639 Taraval
San Francisco, CA 94116

21. 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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