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11 Cozy Twin Cities Restaurants For Dining Fireside

Cold weather is the perfect excuse for a roaring fire

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The temperatures are dipping down, which means it’s time to get cozy by a fire. Whether looking for a fine dining occasion or just the soft aroma of campfire tucked into a fuzzy sweater, there’s an ideal restaurant with a crackling fire waiting. We are Minnesota, after all - no one does long cold nights better than us.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Popol Vuh

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1414 Quincy St NE Suite 2
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5527
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The intimate and cozy side of Jami Olson and Eater’s chef of the year 2018 Jose Alarcon includes supple booths, warm lighting and a line of coveted counter spots in front of the fire where the chefs are cooking. Food lowers and rises depending on the height of the crackling flames. Start with the grilled oysters before diving into the whole menu. An entree of pollo a la lena, is a dish blessed in flame, spiced with guajillo, and served alongside charred vegetables.

The chefs cook over an open flame, lowering and raising food on this contraption
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2. Young Joni

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165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5719
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At Ann Kim’s wildly popular Northeast restaurant, a wood-fired oven roars at the center of the circular bar in the middle and another fire-fueled grill cooks at the back. Order the smoky, spicy-sweet Amatriciana with perfectly crisped bits of guanciale, and don’t skip the sides: charred eggplant, grilled mushrooms confited with miso butter, slow-roasted Japanese sweet potatoes topped with charred scallion crème fraîche.

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3. Living Room Bar

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821 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 215-3700
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Ease into the glitz and glam of the lobby level bar inside the W hotel with its roaring fireplace before heading into nearby Manny’s for a thick steak dinner.

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4. Surly Brewing Co.

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520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(763) 999-4040
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This is a perfect spot for hearty winter souls. Surly has a huge firepit outside, perfect for a crispy fall night. Grab one of the toasty New Haven-style pizzas from upstairs to bring outside, or a couple of hearty bar snacks from downstairs and head out back for Surly’s massive fire pit. Pair the night with a Dumpster Fire, a smoked IPA with a spicy hit of Puya chilies.

The monolith brewery is in the background. In the foreground there are few people standing around a fire in the outdoor area.
Surly doesn’t care that its cold outside. Surly does whatever it damn pleases.
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5. 4 Bells

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1610 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 904-1163
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The upstairs atrium at 4 Bells is a magical setting for an event. The exposed wood beams, a private bar, and a view of Loring Park is an ideal setting for watching the first snowflakes of the season start to fall. The whole gorgeous room, which kind of acts as a year-round extension of its famous rooftop patio, also basks in the glow of a centerpiece fireplace.

An open room with a chandelier, exposed beams, wood floors, and tables set with white chairs.
Available for special events, or a wonderful place to sit and enjoy fried chicken dinner near the fire
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6. The Lynhall

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2640 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 870-2640
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This modern farmhouse designed space sports a dining room just off the main entrance is intimate and cozy with driftwood tables, low-backed couches, and a beautiful, white-tiled fireplace. Make sure to order a few of the gorgeous baked goods with a warm cup of coffee or one of the fantastic wines poured here.

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7. Revival

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525 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 340-2355
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At Revival’s Selby Avenue location, fireside seating is the perfect place to enjoy any one of the Southern dishes. From piles of spicy Tennessee hot chicken to crisp, tender-bellied hush puppies, pots of mac and cheese to slow-braised collard greens, there’s something for everyone.

Revival Saint Paul Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

8. W. A. Frost and Company

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374 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 224-5715
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Located in a landmark building on St. Paul’s Selby Ave, WA Frost serves refined bistro fare in a soaring cathedral space. There are several nooks for snuggling into near to one of the wood-burning fireplaces.

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9. The Lexington

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1096 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 289-4990
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With a large, bronze-plated fireplace, stuffed leather sofas, and live jazz ensembles Thursday-Saturday, this upscale steakhouse serves contemporary takes on American classics. The Williamsburg Room’s fireplace is the spot to slip into a dry martini on a long, cold night.

Two large teal chairs sit in a lounge, before a fireplace Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

10. Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

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445 Smith Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-1857
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This historic St. Paul brewery offers more than just beer, serving traditional German classics in a cozy, warmly lit space. Stay toasty next to one of the two old-fashioned pot belly stoves, upstairs and downstairs. The entire building radiates cozy warmth inside.

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11. In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

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928 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 237-9630
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This open-kitchen restaurant located in St. Paul’s Keg & Case Market, an enormous 20-foot hearth offers more than just ambiance. With an approachable, seasonal menu spanning from wings to a massive steak, this is the ultimate fire-to-table experience.

Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

1. Popol Vuh

1414 Quincy St NE Suite 2, Minneapolis, MN 55413
The chefs cook over an open flame, lowering and raising food on this contraption
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

The intimate and cozy side of Jami Olson and Eater’s chef of the year 2018 Jose Alarcon includes supple booths, warm lighting and a line of coveted counter spots in front of the fire where the chefs are cooking. Food lowers and rises depending on the height of the crackling flames. Start with the grilled oysters before diving into the whole menu. An entree of pollo a la lena, is a dish blessed in flame, spiced with guajillo, and served alongside charred vegetables.

1414 Quincy St NE Suite 2
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. Young Joni

165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

At Ann Kim’s wildly popular Northeast restaurant, a wood-fired oven roars at the center of the circular bar in the middle and another fire-fueled grill cooks at the back. Order the smoky, spicy-sweet Amatriciana with perfectly crisped bits of guanciale, and don’t skip the sides: charred eggplant, grilled mushrooms confited with miso butter, slow-roasted Japanese sweet potatoes topped with charred scallion crème fraîche.

165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

3. Living Room Bar

821 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Living Room [Official]

Ease into the glitz and glam of the lobby level bar inside the W hotel with its roaring fireplace before heading into nearby Manny’s for a thick steak dinner.

821 S Marquette Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55402

4. Surly Brewing Co.

520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
The monolith brewery is in the background. In the foreground there are few people standing around a fire in the outdoor area.
Surly doesn’t care that its cold outside. Surly does whatever it damn pleases.
Surly [Official]

This is a perfect spot for hearty winter souls. Surly has a huge firepit outside, perfect for a crispy fall night. Grab one of the toasty New Haven-style pizzas from upstairs to bring outside, or a couple of hearty bar snacks from downstairs and head out back for Surly’s massive fire pit. Pair the night with a Dumpster Fire, a smoked IPA with a spicy hit of Puya chilies.

520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

5. 4 Bells

1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403
An open room with a chandelier, exposed beams, wood floors, and tables set with white chairs.
Available for special events, or a wonderful place to sit and enjoy fried chicken dinner near the fire
4Bells [Official]

The upstairs atrium at 4 Bells is a magical setting for an event. The exposed wood beams, a private bar, and a view of Loring Park is an ideal setting for watching the first snowflakes of the season start to fall. The whole gorgeous room, which kind of acts as a year-round extension of its famous rooftop patio, also basks in the glow of a centerpiece fireplace.

1610 Harmon Pl
Minneapolis, MN 55403

6. The Lynhall

2640 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
The Lynhall/Facebook

This modern farmhouse designed space sports a dining room just off the main entrance is intimate and cozy with driftwood tables, low-backed couches, and a beautiful, white-tiled fireplace. Make sure to order a few of the gorgeous baked goods with a warm cup of coffee or one of the fantastic wines poured here.

2640 Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55408

7. Revival

525 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
Revival Saint Paul Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

At Revival’s Selby Avenue location, fireside seating is the perfect place to enjoy any one of the Southern dishes. From piles of spicy Tennessee hot chicken to crisp, tender-bellied hush puppies, pots of mac and cheese to slow-braised collard greens, there’s something for everyone.

525 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

8. W. A. Frost and Company

374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
W.A. Frost [Official]

Located in a landmark building on St. Paul’s Selby Ave, WA Frost serves refined bistro fare in a soaring cathedral space. There are several nooks for snuggling into near to one of the wood-burning fireplaces.

374 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

9. The Lexington

1096 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Two large teal chairs sit in a lounge, before a fireplace Katie Cannon / Eater Twin Cities

With a large, bronze-plated fireplace, stuffed leather sofas, and live jazz ensembles Thursday-Saturday, this upscale steakhouse serves contemporary takes on American classics. The Williamsburg Room’s fireplace is the spot to slip into a dry martini on a long, cold night.

1096 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

10. Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery

445 Smith Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102
Jena S./Yelp

This historic St. Paul brewery offers more than just beer, serving traditional German classics in a cozy, warmly lit space. Stay toasty next to one of the two old-fashioned pot belly stoves, upstairs and downstairs. The entire building radiates cozy warmth inside.

445 Smith Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102

11. In Bloom at Keg & Case Market

928 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
Kevin Kramer/Eater Twin Cities

This open-kitchen restaurant located in St. Paul’s Keg & Case Market, an enormous 20-foot hearth offers more than just ambiance. With an approachable, seasonal menu spanning from wings to a massive steak, this is the ultimate fire-to-table experience.

928 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

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