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Restaurants with Fireplaces

After a day of touring the District, tuck in to a delicious dinner at one of these five restaurants -- all featuring cozy fireplaces.

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Relax by a roaring fireplace in DC’s oldest continuously operating hotel.

Whether it’s for their world-famous brunch (make sure to order the freshly fried donuts!) or an intimate dinner, Tabard Inn is a welcome respite in the winter. The Victorian mansion-turned-boutique hotel offers a wonderful ambiance complete with cozy restaurant. The rich, mahogany walls, antique furniture and hunt club feel are complemented by a roaring fireplace in the lounge area. On Sunday evenings (7:30-10 p.m.), live jazz in the lounge makes it the perfect place to warm up with your sweetheart.

Blue Duck Tavern boasts a cheese and charcuterie expert on staff and the seal of approval from the Obamas, who had one of their famous date nights here.

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The Obamas had a date night here, and so can you.

If you were going to coin a term for the Blue Duck Tavern décor, it might be “Sophisticated Americana.” The award-winning restaurant features dark oak, handcrafted furniture—including a 29-foot long Windsor bench and a rocking chair—and a crackling, open-flame oven in the open kitchen. Even the Obamas gave it their presidential seal of approval last year when they shared a cozy date night there. And with a cheese & charcuterie expert on staff, sitting by the warmth of a fire for hours is twice as nice.

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A favorite among the Capitol Hill crowd, this bistro is twice as nice in the winter.

This Capitol Hill French bistro is usually abuzz when Congress is in session. You may find yourself seated next to a senator, but, at least in the winter, you should be more concerned with getting a seat by the fireplace. Cherry wood walls and tall columns add to the ambiance, but it’s the rib-sticking French fare—and the flames—that make it another great pick for a cozy winter dinner.

Opened in 1960 in a Federal period home, 1789 is made up of six separate dining rooms, including this one featuring a cozy fireplace.

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Gourmet Magazine readers rated this quintessential DC dining establishment a “top table."

Opened in 1960 in a Federal home dating back to the mid-1800s, today this Washington institution has six distinct dining rooms. Be sure and request a table in the John Carroll Room, which comes complete with Currier and Ives prints from George Washington’s presidential days, early maps of the city, American antique furniture and, of course, a roaring fireplace.