Fireside Fare: Alexandria Restaurants with Fireplaces

There’s nothing better than cozying up with loved ones to fireside dining when the temperatures drop. If you’re looking to share a warm meal with friends and family, we’ve rounded up a list of Alexandria restaurants with fireplaces that will make any meal memorable.

And if you’re looking to make sparks fly, Alexandria is the perfect place for a romantic evening of fireside fare. Just be sure to call ahead to ask if the fireplaces are in use.

Magnolia’s on King

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Nestled in a beautiful historic building on King Street, the upstairs Palm Lounge at Magnolia’s on King is the perfect place to cozy up beside the fire with delicious Southern immersion cuisine and some of the best cocktails in Old Town.


Daniel O’Connell’s

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With three working fireplaces, woodwork salvaged from Irish monasteries and castles and the scent of whiskey suffusing it all, this popular Irish pub in Old Town is not lacking for atmosphere, inviting you to snuggle up with fish and chips by the crackling flames.


Indigo Landing

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Find fairy tale romance at Indigo Landing, with spectacular views of the Potomac and Washington, DC, a well-curated wine list and ambiance to spare. The gas fireplace runs every afternoon and evening next to the bar in the Chart Room.


Restaurant Eve Bar

Tucked into a converted historic warehouse, the elegant Restaurant Eve is your passport to romance in a luxurious and intimate setting . It’s got two fireplaces, but your best bet for fireside dining is at the bar, with a fireplace that is regularly lit on wintry nights.


Murphy’s Irish Pub

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For a more spirited evening, head to Murphy’s on King Street, buzzing with live music and cozy with wood-burning fireplaces on both the first and second floors. The upstairs room even features a three-sided open stone fireplace.


Chart House

Not only does the Chart House set the stage for romance with waterfront views over the Potomac, it also features a gas fireplace with a 20-foot-tall exposed copper chimney that’s almost guaranteed to be on, with the exception of very hot summer days.

Sonoma Cellar

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For the ultimate intimate date night, share a bottle of wine at Sonoma Cellar and warm up by the fireplace with small plates. When it’s not too cold, you can also enjoy wine on the back patio around a fire pit with live music and other events happening throughout the week.



Chadwicks offers classic American cuisine against a backdrop of rustic décor and a fireplace roaring all winter long. Snag a spot at the front of the restaurant, bar-side, for a front-row seat to “burning” love.


John Strongbow’s Tavern

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Don’t despair—chivalry is not dead at John Strongbow’s Tavern, where you can imagine you’re living an Arthurian legend while sipping Black Raspberry Mead and feasting on roast chicken by the fire in the Great Hall.


Columbia Firehouse

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Under a glass ceiling and low lighting, make this one a memorable date at Columbia Firehouse, serving up seasonal dishes and an extensive drinks list in the heart of Old Town. Check before you go about the operating fireplace; it’s in a room that is often public seating but sometimes reserved for private events.


Il Porto

Il Porto is an Alexandria tradition that’s perfect for date night, offering a historic setting with a warm interior and traditional Italian fare that makes you feel like you’re in an old European town.



For more information about romantic restaurants in Alexandria, click here.

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