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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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Kokkari Estiatorio

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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.

San Francisco Wine Society

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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.

Wayfare Tavern

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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.

House of Prime Rib

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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.

Zeki's Bar

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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.

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.

Kitchen Istanbul

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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.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

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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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Kezar Pub

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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.

The Little Shamrock

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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

Fireside Bar

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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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The Homestead

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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.

White Cap

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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.

The Riptide

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

Wild Side West

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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.

Fiorella Sunset

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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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Foreign Cinema

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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.

Kokkari Estiatorio

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.

San Francisco Wine Society

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.

Wayfare Tavern

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.

House of Prime Rib

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.

Zeki's Bar

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.

Spruce

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.

Kitchen Istanbul

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.

Park Chalet Garden Restaurant

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.

Park Chalet

Kezar Pub

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.

The Little Shamrock

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.

The Little Shamrock

Fireside Bar

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.

Yelp/Stan L.

The Homestead

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.

White Cap

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.

The Riptide

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