10 St. Louis Restaurants With Fireplaces And Fire Pits

Spring may be stubbornly prolonging its arrival, but in the meantime St. Louis has no shortage of restaurants with indoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits. Below we’ve gathered a list of locales with a cozy vibe that can easily transform to accommodate spring and summer temperatures.

Sasha’s On Shaw
The indoor fireplace at this polished venue is the perfect place to cozy up during the cold winter months, or enjoy the outdoor fire pits during the summer. To dine, start out with the charcutterie or smoked salmon plate and ask your server for the perfect wine pairing. Continue exploring the menu offerings with a specialty pizza, salad or entree, like the grilled tenderloin steak served with Roquefort cheese, grilled mushrooms and asparagus, or crab cakes sautéed with lemon and olive oil, served over mixed greens and topped with crème fraiche.

Vicia
This elegant, classic restaurant is fresh off of a James Beard Award nomination, and once you have a taste of the menu you’ll understand why. Co-founded by husband-wife team Michael and Tara Gallina, the couple’s passion is evident in every area of the dining experience at Vicia. Start out with the prosciutto-wrapped sunchokes served with blue cheese, sesame and balsamic, then make your way to the mixed-grain wheat berries, stone-ground polenta and Berkshire pork, served with preserved elderberry mustard, all surrounded with the comfort of indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

Basso
Located in The Cheshire Hotel, experience delicious food with a sleek yet casual feel at this Clayton restaurant, where you can warm up next to the fireplace until spring finally decides to make an appearance. Start with an appetizer like the roasted cauliflower, served with ricotta, gremolata and breadcrumbs, and then make your way to a specialty pizza or pasta dish, while sipping on a selection from the venue’s extensive wine and beer list.

The Fox & Hounds Tavern
Also located at The Cheshire, this English-themed restaurant carries its own distinct feel, yet still also a similar cozy charm. Warm up next to the stone fireplace surrounded by rich, elegant decor while sipping on a cocktail, wine or beer while preparing to wolf down a Cheshire burger, Sherwood summer bistro salad or Bristol lamb sliders.

Boundary
The third of three Cheshire-located restaurants, Boundary prides itself as a “modern interpretation of comforting classics.” It’s true, as little feels more classic and close to time itself than the warm fire emanating from this neighborhood restaurant’s stone fireplace. Warm up with a classic cocktail, wine or beer alongside appetizing starters and entrees, and be sure to take in the splendor of the enormous wine wall behind the bar.

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Boundary. Photo courtesy of Attilio D’Agostino.

21st Street Brewers Bar
With the slogan “craft beer with no attitude,” enjoy the nuance and skill behind delicious beer flavors at this classic bar without any of the pretension, while circling around one of its outdoor fire pits or stone fireplaces. With 50 beers on draft and over 80 by the bottle, you’ll be sure to find and old favorite or venture out into new territory with a flavor you haven’t tried before.

SqWires
A true St. Louis gem, SqWires is located in historic Lafayette Square, surrounded by stunning 19th- and 20th-century architecture and the Victorian homes lining Lafayette Square Park. Meat- and veggie-lovers alike will find new and classic favorites, like the hearty chicken pot pie, pappardelle, butternut squash risotto and much more, all in this venue’s warm environment.

Michael’s Bar and Grill
This casual, cozy neighborhood restaurant serves up authentic Greek cuisine, which you can enjoy next to its warm fireplace. Outdoor seating is also available for warmer weather, where you can enjoy a classic gyros, steaks, dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with ground beef and rice) and more.

Dressel’s Public House
This eclectic, cozy spot in the Central West End features farm-to-table fare alongside an impressive wine and cocktail list. Start out with the flash-fried cauliflower with smoked paprika and blue-cheese buttermilk dressing and make your way to the bangers & mash, made from Reckamp Farms pork beer brats and served with a smashed potato cake and onion gravy.

Babe’s Tavern & Garden
This classic South City pub is a true St. Louis experience, complete with exposed brick walls, beer on tap and an eclectic crowd. Clientele includes a group of devoted regulars and colorful characters, with whom you can enjoy a cocktail, beer or glass of wine.

Cover image courtesy of Alan Labisch.

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