Cozy up at One of These 5 Restaurant Fireplaces

By Antonia DePace | January 27, 2020 | Food & Drink


The fireplace at XIX at The Bellevue

Baby, it’s cold outside, and we’re looking for warmth wherever we can get it—including these fireplaces tucked within some of Philly’s best restaurants.

1. XIX at The Bellevue

Come for dinner and the pearl chandelier in the dining room; stay for cocktails and the stunning stately fireplace in the lounge. Framed by imperial columns near the grand arched windows, the warming hearthside is perfect for enjoying the outside winter wonderland from within. Order the ginger spiced martini made with vodka, lemon juice, pear nectar and ginger liqueur; or keep to the classics with a Spiced Old-Fashioned. 200 S. Broad St., 19th Floor, 215.790.1919,

2. Vedge

James Beard-nominated chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby are known for their innovative yet comforting vegan and vegetarian small plates at this Center City brownstone. Pop in for the life-changing rutabaga fondue, accompanied by a Philly soft pretzel, yesterday’s pickle and charred onion—just don’t forget to ask for a table by one of the four fireplaces in the dining area, all of which were designed by architect Frank Furness and cast a golden glow throughout the restaurant. 221 Locust St., 215.320.7500,

3. Assembly Rooftop Lounge

This popular escape is good for more than frosé and summer nights—in fact, it’s open year-round thanks to outdoor fire pits and comfortable lounging couches. Kick back with a variety of hot bevvies, or order frozen hot chocolate from the secret menu. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.783.4171,

4. The Dandelion

Pinkies are up and tea cups are full at Stephen Starr’s sophisticated British pub, where two fireplaces ensure the coziest of meals. Take your pick at a table near the rustic brick hearth, or cozy up in an embroidered booth near the white marble fireplace. 124 S. 18th St., 215.558.2500,

5. Beau Monde

When opening their traditional French creperie Beau Monde in 1998, one of the beginning design decisions owners David Salama and Jim Caiola
made was to commission a fireplace. They chose artists Jason Ross and Yoko Grosshans to create the tile-mosaic gaslit fireplace, which still enamors guests as they indulge on ratatouille and honey brown sugar crepes. 624 S. Sixth St., 215.592.0656,

Photography by: Courtesy of the Bellevue Hotel