Dining by candlelight? A nice touch. Dining by a roaring fire? Next-level glamour. We’ve sought out the city’s best restaurants—from the chichi patio at Spago to the funky château vibe of Eveleigh—where you’ll be assured a relaxing, romantic ambience as well as a great meal. (And may we remind you that absolutely everyone looks better by firelight.)
The Coziest Restaurants with Fireplaces in Los Angeles
Visit this chandelier-hung space and cozy up next to the indoor or patio fireplace. Happy hour is the time to come: Share small plates of apple and Brie flatbread ($8) and shrimp ceviche ($9) while waiting out the West Hollywood traffic.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-848-2360 or globaldiningca.com
Sit in the courtyard and enjoy the roaring fire as you nosh on some of the city’s best farmers’-market-driven small plates. (We recommend the clams in sherry with crème fraîche fingerlings, $11.) Your only deliberation will be choosing from the 50-odd wines by the glass.
8700 W. Third St.; 310-859-9859 or aocwinebar.com
While most people immediately swarm to the back bar here, since it’s near the swoon-inducing view looking down on the lights of L.A., the smart money is on grabbing a drink and a table at the front—by the little fireplace. Order a dozen oysters and the hand-cut tagliatelle with braised pork and beef ragu ($19).
8752 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 424-239-1630 or theeveleigh.com
Spago Beverly Hills
All these years later, the food and the see-and-be-seen factor are still among the city’s best. After the recent renovation, the hot seat to nab is on the patio by the showstopping minimalist fireplace, which you can admire as you enjoy ricotta gnocchi with lamb sausage and almonds ($24).
176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-385-0880 or wolfgangpuck.com
This Mexican restaurant’s patio tables are dotted around a large, whitewashed fireplace. Everything here is plant-based, like the rolled tacos filled with sweet potatoes, caramelized onions and cashew nacho “cheese” ($16). It’s so healthy, you’re justified in ordering a margarita.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood; 323-978-2170 or graciasmadreweho.com
Recently refreshed with curvy pink suede furniture and soaring palm trees, this space manages to be both cozy (that aged dark wood paneling and the flickering fire) and airy (that view of the pool deck).
Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-654-7100 or sunsettowerhotel.com
Ask for fireplace seating and you’ll be shown to a caramel leather banquette fronted by a brass-topped café table. Order the wood-grilled Spanish octopus with a side of pear salad and a glass of red wine blend from Napa, and you’ll be in Cali heaven.
2420 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-581-9888 or lunettasm.com
Want a meal straight out of Old Paris but not prepared to venture farther than West Hollywood? Though this French bistro opened in 2017, it serves moules and steak frites under coffered ceilings and on a glass-roofed patio warmed by a rustic fireplace.
7511 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-850-8888 or barbettebarandbistro.com
This West Los Angeles spot, modeled after an English country house, has a library and gameroom to retire to with drinks or small bites such as cognac-and-orange chicken wings or shepherd’s pie croquettes. If you’re a firebug, you’ll want to settle into a settee in the lounge, where a roaring oversize fire will take the chill off your very un-L.A. rainy clothes.
10929 W. Pico Blvd.; 785-250-3460 or thewellesbourne.com