Fireside Fare: Cozy Dining in Baltimore
The cold temperatures are no match for these charming Baltimore hot spots that’ll keep you warm inside and out.
Cooler temperatures shouldn’t stop you from indulging in all of the delicious food and drinks Baltimore has to offer. Restaurants are turning up the heat—both inside and outside—with fireplaces and electric heaters of all styles that are sure to keep you coming back for more.
Ambassador Dining Room
Diners will feast on authentic Indian dishes like vegetable samosas and homemade naan, all while encompassed by a homey atmosphere at Ambassador Dining Room. In addition to indoor tables draped in white tablecloths, the back patio is open on cool nights, warmed by a large stone fireplace.
In Harbor East at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Apropoe’s serves seafood and classic American cuisine with a contemporary twist. You’ll be invited by the open-floor concept, romantic setting and even a comfortable lounge area where you can stay warm from the built-in electric fireplace on the adjacent wall.
Bluebird Cocktail Room
Literatis will delight in Bluebird Cocktail Room, a Hampden-based cocktail lounge inspired by stories of the past. The cozy atmosphere features communal tables, a massive bar, a real fireplace and a general vibe Jay Gatsby would agree with. As for what’s on the menu, you can sip on drinks with witty names, like Cinderella or the Jack Rose as you sink your teeth into yellow lentil hummus and steak tartare.
Bond Street Social
This lively Fell’s Point restaurant and bar heats things up with five fireplaces scattered throughout the interior, as well as electric heaters on the outdoor patio. Several of the indoor spaces are glass enclosed, adding to Bond Street Social’s sleek, contemporary vibe. The restaurant is known for its inventive small plates, including duck confit arepas, lobster roll bites and chili cheese tots.
The Brewer’s Art
For more than two decades, the Brewer’s Art has attracted locals and visitors with its renowned Belgian-style beer and the ornate interior of their Mount Vernon townhouse. The couches near the marble fireplace on the second floor welcome private parties and solo diners alike. The entire vibe will make you feel as if you’re hanging out in a friend’s home with a famed Resurrection beer in hand.
Found within a converted Federal Hill row home, Brewer’s Cask always offers a good time. With 20 rotating draft lines, you’re bound to find several choices to quench your thirst. Add creative tacos and house-smoked meats as you warm up by the tall, brick fireplace come winter.
Gunther & Co.
Housed in the historic Gunther Brewing Company building in Brewer’s Hill, you’ll find innovated, modern American cuisine at Gunther & Co. The restaurant’s menu is ever-changing, so there’s always something new to try. Not only is the fare a spectacle, but the interior is too, boasting a living wall, a glass-walled private dining room and an open-concept second level where an electric fireplace roars.
The historic Lord Baltimore Hotel is home to three food-focused venues, including the LB Bakery, the seasonal rooftop LB Skybar and the LB Tavern. The latter is open year-round, serving local craft beer on tap, hand-crafted cocktails and Americana fare for lunch and dinner. No matter what you order, be sure to check out the lounge space, warmed by an electric fireplace.
Leinie Lodge & Beer Garden Baltimore
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. If you’re craving a breath of fresh air while sipping on one of the 30-plus draft brews, feel free to head to Leinie Lodge’s patio where you’ll be met with Adirondack chairs set next to a warm fireplace.
Mama’s on the Halfshell
Both locals and visitors have been gathering at Mama’s for fresh seafood since 2003. The Canton space is known for its fried crab cakes with mustard and its famous Orange Crush, both of which can be enjoyed beside the rustic-looking fireplace on the second floor.
This Mediterranean eatery has both indoor and outdoor seating among a blue-lit atmosphere. In addition to the tasty selection of seafood and house-made cocktails, there’s an expansive gas fireplace at the center of Ouzo Bay’s dining room to keep guests warm and cozy.
Petit Louis Bistro
Tucked amidst the tree-lined streets of Baltimore’s Roland Park neighborhood, Petit Louis Bistro transports you to a charming Parisienne cafe. On a cold night, request a table by the wood-burning fireplace for the perfect spot to enjoy the classic French bistro fare and an extensive all-French wine list.
Poets Modern Cocktail and Eats
Poets’ contemporary blue-and-white “library” houses a gas fireplace that will keep you toasty throughout your meal. The bar and restaurant within the Hotel Indigo features built-in bookshelves that showcase colorful elixirs. Artisanal cocktails and crab cakes are among the specialties from this site in historic Mount Vernon.
Flavorful ales and house-made pizza keep patrons coming back to this Federal Hill spot. While the first floor welcomes families with a number of booths next to a stone fireplace, Pub Dog is most commonly known for its bar scene. The second-floor bar is even located next to an electric fireplace, emanating cozy vibes all winter long.
Rye Street Tavern
Rye Street Tavern is a tribute to the neighborhood taverns of Charm City’s industrial era, where locals quenched their thirst, exchanged stories and enjoyed good cooking. You’ll feel cozy surrounded by the Americana decor, enhanced by the roaring fireplace in the bar area, overlooked by a mounted bison head. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Patapsco River from around the fire pits placed across the lawn.
The rustic outdoor fire pit at Woodberry Kitchen is the perfect setting for a pre-dinner cocktail. The farm-to-table menu offers local, seasonal flavors of the Chesapeake Bay. Dining tables are spread out on the patio in the warmer months and, during the holidays, behold the twinkling outdoor lights from the window’s edge.