Get Toasted - The Best Fireplaces in Kansas City



Fireplace at Lidia's in Kansas City

 

Escape the bitter cold by cozying up for a delicious winter meal and basking in the warmth of a crackling fire. Whether you are looking to host a big family get together, a laid-back evening with friends or an intimate dinner for two, here are nine restaurants in KC that will give you some of the snuggest fireside feels.

 

Brio Tuscan Grille – Warm up from a chilly evening of shopping in the second story bar area of this Country Club Plaza favorite. Enjoy small plates and a robust glass of Chianti from the comfort of plush leather-bound furniture in front of a flickering flames. Enjoy one of the best views of the Plaza and bonus points for snagging a fireside spot before January 14 to see the glow of the plaza lights from the second story window. 502 Nichols Dr. Country Club Plaza Kansas City, MO 64112

 

j. gilberts Wood-fired Steaks & Seafood – Nothing pairs better with a juicy steak than deep wood-paneled mahogany accents and swanky leather booths. Forget about the cold winds by sliding in to a dimly lit, cozy dining nook. Perfect for hosting large groups or a romantic evening for two. Top the experience off with a slice of their sinful velvet chocolate cake with raspberry by the exposed brick fireplace. 8901 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212
 
Trezo Mare – An elegant stone fireplace is the focal point of the restaurant, but only a compliment to the delicious modern Italian dishes, large wraparound bar, comfy booths and private dining room. There is a hallway of wine lockers where patrons can purchase their own locker to store wine for when they visit. Yes, you read that correctly. Enjoy a meal in an atmosphere that invites you to linger long enough to watch the flickering flames burn to embers. 4105 N Mulberry Dr. Kansas City, MO 64116

 

La Bodega (Leawood) – Take the fun of summer patio dining inside this winter. Enjoy tapas and Tempranillo in the glass garage door enclosed bar area alive with colorful mosaics and Spanish art. Keep warm by flocking to one of the many high-top tables surrounding the unique metal fireplace, or order one of their famous “Spanish Coffees” and watch the restaurant illuminate with flickers, sparks and the fragrance of brûléed cinnamon.  4311 W 119th St. Leawood, KS 66209

 

Ragazza della Cucina – Feel right at home in this unpretentious Westport neighborhood classic and eat as if your long-lost Italian nonna was making your lasagna. Enjoy the rustic charm of exposed brick wall and cramped tables stacked almost on top of each other.  Feel the cheery blaze from the stone-mantle fireplace in every nook and cranny of the snug eatery. 301 Westport Rd Kansas City, MO 64111
 
Grünauer – Experience the ambiance of the European ski chalet you never knew you were missing and sample the flavors of Austria by feasting on any of the beers, brats and schnitzel they offer. After falling in to a comfort-food coma, recover by the cozy wood-burning fireplace. 101 W 22nd St Kansas City, MO 64108
Cafe Europa (Crestwood) – Dial up the heat on date night at this intimate cafe offering seasonally prepared European cuisine. The tables are small, the chandelier ornate and atmosphere romantic. Finish the evening sharing a slice of their famous made-from-scratch lemon cake while getting lost in the flickering glow emanating from the carved-stone fireplace. 323 E 55th St Kansas City, MO 64113
 

Piropos – Complete with grand archways, unique accents and traditional Latin American art, you’re in for an exciting night out at this northland Argentinian steakhouse. Enjoy savory empanadas, crab bisque and their tasty peppercorn encrusted filet paired with a glass of Malbec. Take your meal fireside in a decadent white tablecloth setting while with one of the best views of the Kansas City skyline. There’s even a picture of Harrison Ford enjoying an evening at this Briarcliff Village favorite, I’ll bet he dined by the fireplace. 4141 N Mulberry Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64116

 
Lidia’s – Famous for family style pasta dishes, the pasta trio is kind of epic, and artsy décor like glass-blown chandeliers resembling clusters of grapes, this upscale Italian restaurant is Crossroads staple.  Keeping with the theme of the neighborhood, the restaurant resides in a former railroad house just north of Union Station and boasts an immense floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace conveniently near the wraparound bar. 101 W 22nd St Kansas City, MO 64108