Just because the temps don’t ever seem to dip below 75 degrees in this fair city, that doesn’t mean the residents of Los Angeles don’t deserve a proper fireplace restaurant or bar. Below, we’ve selected some of the best places in town to cozy up this holiday season and knock back an eggnog or two.
A.O.C. is one of the most stunning restaurants in Los Angeles. No contest. Hands down. Its low-ish beamed ceilings and rust-colored velvet booths create an atmosphere befitting New York’s Hudson Valley in winter. You’ll find fireplaces inside and on its vine-covered courtyard patio, both choice options, whichever you choose.
8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Weather permitting—and, in Los Angeles, the weather always permits—another good alfresco fireplace option is Gracias Madre. This vegan/organic Mexican restaurant makes enchiladas and flautas that feel positively guilt-free or, well, nearly guilt-free. If you’re lucky, you’ll be the one to snag a table near their outdoor fireplace. And, even if you’re not so lucky, there are plenty of outdoor heaters to keep you plenty warm.
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Spago Beverly Hills
Opened in 1982, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago has long been synonymous with high-end L.A. dining. A renovation in 2012 left this Beverly Hills stalwart feeling positively futuristic, with white walls and a massive skylight making the interior decidedly spaceship chic. Outside, the brick patio lends a more accessible charm, and the light from its outdoor fireplace leaves all its diners aglitter. Long story short, this place is an institution, and it’s just a stone’s throw from SIXTY Beverly Hills.
176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Step back into Hemingway’s Paris at Barbette. Opened in mid-2018 by the team that brought you Jones Hollywood, the space is similarly vibey. The booths are intimate and its wood-paneled walls close in around you—delightfully so. The enclosed patio—with its green gables, creeping vines, and roaring fireplace—is especially appealing.
7511 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Lunetta All Day
Is it possible for a restaurant to feel simultaneously airy and cozy? Lunetta All Day sure manages to pull it off. The all-day Santa Monica hotspot feels like everything a beachside bistro should be. We don’t know what you’ll be more smitten with—the outdoor fireplace or chef Raphael Lunetta’s New American fare.
2420 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
When we say Sassafras has a dusty feel to it, we mean it as a compliment. The Vine Street saloon takes its Old West theme to the extreme. John Wayne could easily saunter through its front doors and no one would blink an eye. Old wooden bistro chairs, worn-out shutters, a mezzanine fit for a 19th century brothel. It’s got it all—even a fireplace.
1233 N. Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Hubacher