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Fireside Dining

When cold weather sets in, diners seek out restaurants that can offer a refuge from the elements. We’ve assembled a list of 10 restaurants that turn up the heat with fireplaces that will blanket you in warmth. The selection covers a variety of neighborhoods: downtown, Mount Vernon, Harbor East, Hampden, Fell’s Point and Roland Park. Choose from upscale hotel spots, such as Wit & Wisdom, to bustling bars like the Brewer’s Art and casual waterfront destinations like The BoatHouse Canton.

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Wit & Wisdom

Located in the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Wit & Wisdom has five fireplaces scattered throughout the dining room and lounge, which means that there isn’t a cold seat in the house at this Harbor East eatery. A large fireplace with a plush sofa in front greets visitors of the dining room. Four smaller fireplaces are scattered in the lounge, with comfy leather chairs placed nearby to make guests feel at home.

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Oregon Grille

Tucked away in bucolic Baltimore County horse country, the Oregon Grille offers diners a perfect escape on a winter’s evening with dark leather booths and mahogany walls. The restaurant’s five fireplaces— four wood-burning and one gas — enhance the warm interior, keeping guests toasty inside and outside on the heated patio.

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Woodberry Kitchen

Guests waiting for their table can gather around the rustic outdoor fire pit at the farm-to-table restaurant that offers local, seasonal flavors of the Chesapeake Bay. Sit in one of the chairs that are scattered around the fire and plop your drinks on a table that sits at the base of the fire. Guests can enjoy their meals outside during the warmer months and, during the holidays, behold the sparkling outside lights.

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The BoatHouse Canton

When the temperatures rise, the nautical-themed waterfront restaurant offers diners a welcome respite on its outdoor patio and bar. But when the air turns frigid, diners can huddle near the fireplace as they dig into their crab dip, fish tacos and shrimp and grits while gazing at the tall ceilings and exposed brick.

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Bond Street Social

The lively Fell’s Point restaurant and bar heats things up with five fireplaces scattered throughout the space. Several are glass enclosed, adding to the nightspot’s sleek, contemporary vibe. The restaurant is known for its inventive small plates, including almond shrimp, baked Brie pockets and chili cheese tots.

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Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden

The glass-covered outdoor beer garden at downtown’s Power Plant Live resembles a German-style beer hall with long tables and a retractable roof that closes during winter to protect guests from the elements. But patrons craving a breath of fresh air while sipping on one of the 30-plus draft brews can head to the patio. Take a seat in one of the Adirondack chairs next to the fireplace.

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Petit Louis Bistro

The Tudor-style house in Roland Park transports diners to that charming French bistro where they dined in the 6th Arrondissement. To enhance the experience on a cold winter night, request one of the tables near the wood-burning fireplace. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list and classic French staples, including croque monsieur and quiche Lorraine.

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The Ambassador Dining Room

Diners head to this popular Indian restaurant in Tuscany-Canterbury not only for the palak paneer and chicken tikka masala, but the stately dining room. The restaurant’s two fireplaces, wood paneling and white tablecloths make it an ideal spot for an intimate and elegant date night.

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Poets Modern Cocktail and Eats

With built-in bookshelves that carry liquor bottles and books, the décor of the lobby bar and restaurant does justice to its name. The contemporary blue-and-white “library” houses a gas fireplace that keeps diners toasty throughout their meal. Crab dishes and creative cocktails are among the specialties of the Hotel Indigo Baltimore restaurant in Mount Vernon.

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The Brewer’s Art

The longstanding restaurant and bar packs in the crowds who come for the Belgian-style beer and ornate interior of this Mount Vernon townhouse. The couches near the marble fireplace are among the most popular seats in the house of the two-floor venue. Sit by the fire with a Resurrection Beer in hand and you’ll feel as though you’re hanging out in a friend’s home.

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Rye Street Tavern

Rye Street Tavern is a tribute to the neighborhood taverns of Charm City’s industrial era, where locals and visitors quenched their thirst, exchanged stories and enjoyed good cooking. You’ll feel cozy surrounded by the industrial Americana décor, enhanced by the roaring fireplace in the bar area, overlooked by a mounted bison head. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Patapsco River from Adirondack chairs on the lawn positioned around fire pits.

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