11 places for fireside drinking and dining
Here are several places around Reno and Lake Tahoe that welcome guests warmly. One tip, if sitting fireside is your focus: make sure to call ahead and make sure that inclement weather or any other factors aren’t inhibiting your opportunity that evening.
Nestled in the hills along Fourth Street just north of the Truckee River, this quaint bistro and longtime area fine dining staple offers guests gourmet dishes made from locally sourced ingredients. Sustainable cuisine prepared by Chef Natalie Sellers tastes even better with a glass or bottle from the restaurant's notable and substantial wine list. During the cooler months, a fireplace adds to the overall ambiance.
Along the Truckee River in downtown Reno, a new playground for all ages has emerged. Enter The Eddy, an outdoor venue built from storage containers. There, people can take part in large-scale games after visiting the bars and food trucks that also occupy the space. While scenic, spending time by the river can be chilly come fall, so there’s also a fire pit at the entrance to warm visitors who are coming, going, or just hanging out.
Get lost in flickering firelight and escape the world — or at least feel as if you have — at this windowless watering hole that’s existed in the Peppermill Resort Hotel for more than four decades. As its moniker mentions, imbibing by the fire is the key feature of this lounge. Try a tasty, blue-hued Inferno with friends, and soak in the retro Nevada feel.
Within the new Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel is a restaurant serving up fare with a Mediterranean and Greek flair. Outside, guests can gaze from the restaurant’s riparian patio through dancing flames to the Truckee River below. Sip on classic cocktails, some modernized a bit, local craft brews or wine while enjoying the view.
Combine one notable culinarian with an equally acclaimed coffee roaster, and you get one hot establishment -- especially when dining or drinking by the outdoor fire pit. A tale of two Marks, Estee and Trujillo, took root in the state’s capital recently. Wood-fired pizzas, burgers, small plates, cocktails, wine, Hub Coffee and more can be sampled fireside. Soon, the Union's first house brewed beers will add to the offerings.
Fireplaces abound in this South Lake Tahoe resort’s clubhouse, restaurant, bar and newly opened lodge. Casual or fine dining, even just a drink at the bar, are all viable options here. Warmth permeates from fire pits at Brooks’ Bar & Deck, while views of firelight are elevated by vistas of Mount Tallac and Lake Tahoe at Edgewood Restaurant. A fireplace separating the restaurant and bar area sets the stage for relaxed dining at The Bistro.
Thankfully, some restaurants leave no one wondering if there may be fireside dining there. Take this family-friendly pizza place located adjacent to a large fire pit in the Village at Squaw Valley. Pastas, pizza pies, appetizers, salads and a good selection for little ones makes this an ideal spot to get warm from both the inside and out.
An epic après skiing experience can be had in the Village at Northstar even before the snow flies, where a duo of outdoor fire pits offer warmth for autumnal al fresco dining. Take in the alpine ambiance while perusing the menu’s California cuisine and signature cocktails.
Immediately upon entering, one's eyes are drawn to the towering stone fireplace that serves as the property’s striking centerpiece. In The Living Room, couches and coffee tables provide a casual place to mingle and imbibe or snack fireside. Within Manzanita restaurant, seasonal dishes are served around the restaurant’s glowing central fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling windows let you gaze at the weather you’re missing while cozy next to the embers.
Fronting South Lake Tahoe’s main thoroughfare is a large fire pit where guests can nosh on this restaurant’s healthy — or wonderfully cheese-laden — Latin fare. Located in the Heavenly Village, the fire is surrounded by Adirondack chairs offering folks a place to unwind after coming off the mountain, or a vantage point to watch the nearby gondola carry adventurers to the top.
There’s little chance for a chill at this restaurant, which features five fire pits on its patio overlooking Lake Tahoe, along with dining alcoves that each have their own fireplace. Here, contemporary California cuisine has a hefty dose of Greek influence thanks to the heritage of owner Jimmy Demetriades. Residing in The Landing Resort and Spa, Tahoe serves as the backdrop nearly anywhere you look.