Warm Up at These Sacramento Restaurants With Fire Pits & Fireplaces
With the warm and fuzzy feelings from the holidays behind us, we’re now left with the cold, dark days of January. But the less-than-stellar weather doesn’t mean you have to hibernate until spring. You can make the most of the winter by cozying up to an inviting outdoor fire pit or fireplace at the many restaurants and breweries around town. After all, Sacramento is a city that prides itself on its outdoor spaces, and a drop in the mercury isn’t going to keep us inside! Following are our favorite outdoor fire pits and fireplaces in the greater Sacramento area.
Drake’s at the Barn | West Sacramento
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There’s nothing like sharing a beer (or two) with friends at a local brewery. But doing so surrounding a roaring fire pit and you have the makings for the perfect night out! Drake’s also has an onsite pizza restaurant, food trucks, and communal lawn games like cornhole.
Lucca | Midtown Sacramento
Lucca is a longtime staple for high-quality Italian cuisine in midtown Sacramento. Their dining room is modern an artsy, but their all-season patio is the place to be, especially if you can snag a table in front of the toasty fireplace. They have classic dishes like ricotta gnocchi and cioppino, as well as specialty cocktails and a large selection of local wines.
Bistro 33 | Davis
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This casual eatery in downtown Davis is a friendly neighborhood spot known for its hearty Pacific Northwest menu. Dishes include sandwiches, salads, pizza and plates like salmon and short ribs. The large outdoor space is anchored by a massive fire pit, as well as heaters to keep guests warm during cool nights. Best of all, they offer half-off pizza and discounts on beer during football games.
Wildwood | Sacramento
If you’re looking for an upscale meal in a refined setting, turn no further than Wildwood. Located in the Pavilions shopping center, Wildwood has an inviting outdoor patio with communal fire pits, perfect for curling up and sipping a craft cocktail. The menu features mostly American cuisine with seasonal ingredients, such as slow-roasted lamb and wild mushroom ravioli.
House of Oliver | Roseville
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If live music is your jam, then House of Oliver is the place for you! Local musicians and bands perform every Friday and Saturday, ranging from jazz to rock to country. The wine-centric dining room is rustic yet refined, while the outdoor patio is livened up with dangling lights and fire pits.
Pink Martini | Rocklin
This swanky cocktail bar slash restaurant is ideal for a night out on the town. The inside is elegant and modern, while the outside patio has fire pits and comfy couches. Menu items include sharable plates like calamari and flatbread, as well as burgers and entrees.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar | Roseville & Folsom
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Hearty seasonal pub fare, craft beer, and a relaxed setting are the foundation of Lazy Dog, which has locations in Roseville and Folsom. The inside is rustic and lively, while the outside has oversized fire pits. You can also warm up with menu items like pot pie, wild boar chili and pot roast.
Mas Taco Bar | Sacramento & Folsom
Who doesn’t love tacos? Tacos in front of a crackling fireplace on a cold winter’s day is even better. Mas Taco Bar has tacos inspired from cuisine around the world, including Indian butter chicken, Korean fried chicken and banh mi shrimp. Of course, they have the traditional asada and al pastor as well. You can wash it all down with a seasonal margarita or craft cocktail.
Loomis Basin Brewing Company | Loomis
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Loomis Basin Brewing Company is a great place to spend the day no matter the time of year. There’s live music, food trucks and plenty of craft brew on tap. Come winter, you can enjoy your beer in the cheery outdoor space, warmed by a fire pit and outdoor heaters.
La Cosecha | Downtown Sacramento
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Located in Cesar Chavez Park, La Cosecha is a casual Mexican eatery that focuses on seasonal cuisine. The menu features specialties such as chicken mole and chile verde, as well as tacos and tortas. Although the interior is small, the outdoor patio extends into the park, and has an outdoor bar and fire pit.
SacYard Community Tap House | East Sacramento
This family-friendly tap house in East Sacramento has everything you’d want for a day (or night) out: live music, lawn games and rotating pop-up food vendors. While there’s ample indoor seating, gathering around one of several fire pits provides a cozy ambiance on an otherwise dreary winter day.
The Independent | Placerville
This contemporary restaurant in downtown Placerville has a refined American menu. Selections include steaks, salads and burgers as well as creative starters like turnip fries and ahi tartare. Outside, you can sip one of the many locally produced wines in the private garden patio that boasts a fireplace (and plenty of heaters).