Few things compare to a crackling fire in the cooler winter weather.  There's just something about a fireplace that warms the body and soul.  It's relaxing, memorizing and beautiful.  San Francisco is generally blessed with many months of fantastic, sunny weather, but this time of year the mercury starts dropping making just cold enough to make eating outside a little less bearable.  That's where fireside dining steps in, warming the restaurants and adding a little extra ambiance to your evening.  Enjoy the warm glow of a roaring fire this season with our compilation of a few of our favorite restaurants featuring fireside dining in San Francisco.

Kuleto’s is a historic boutique establishment that presents elegance with its own distinctive Italian ambiance created by rich hues, traditional Italian artwork, sophisticated lighting and a lovely fireplace with unparalleled views.  Kuleto's is the perfect end to a day of shopping in the square.

Twenty Five Lusk is a one of the city’s most chic dining spaces with a modern design weaved through a historic brick and timber warehouse.  This locale is an ideal winter drinking and dining destination for San Franciscans and visitors alike with its hanging fireplace in the trendy lounge.

House of Prime Rib serves well-marbled prime rib carved at your table, featuring a warm and cozy atmosphere enhanced by fireplaces, making this landmark an amazing option to be served a succulent slice of quintessential San Francisco this season.

Wayfare Tavern is a rustic but elegant gathering place featuring floors with wood sourced from a turn of the century barn and an impressive fireplace built from bricks salvaged after the earthquake and great fire of 1906.  Enjoy an evening rich with history and tradition at this timeless tavern.

Epic Roasthouse features panoramic views of the San Francisco’s scenic waterfront.  Award-winning design, innovative cuisine and a spectacular fireplace make EPIC a dramatic dining experience.

The San Francisco cold is starting to set in and winter has at least one big upside - getting to cozy next to one of these fireplaces while out with friends and family.  After a day of play, find the warmest seats in the house by the hearth and treat yourself to an evening of great cuisine.

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