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.Read More
11 Cozy Twin Cities Restaurants For Dining Fireside
Cold weather is the perfect excuse for a roaring fire
1. Popol Vuh
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.
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2. Young Joni
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.
3. Living Room Bar
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.
4. Surly Brewing Co.
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.
5. 4 Bells
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.
6. The Lynhall
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.
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.
8. W. A. Frost and Company
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.
9. The Lexington
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.
10. Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery
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.
11. In Bloom at Keg & Case Market
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.