Top 20 restaurants with fireplaces in Joburg

Top spots where you can cosy up in Joburg.

by: Kate Liquorish | 10 Jul 2014
restaurants fireplaces Johannesburg

Churchill’s Melrose Arch

The ‘it’ place on a Friday and Saturday night but otherwise a lovely spot teaming with fireplaces and leather couches where you can enjoy a draught, a glass of vino and even a cigar or two.

The Throbbing Strawberry

They’re known for their great atmosphere: go for pizza, pasta, sushi and cocktails teamed with that feel-good factor. It’s a favourite amongst the locals. They have one fireplace in the entrance to welcome you and another in the centre of the restaurant to keep you warm.

Tinstwalo at Waterfall

While the polo fields are the main attraction, the interior lounge is the perfect place for a quick drink on the way home or on a lazy Saturday afternoon. The chairs are big and comfy and the wine list is extensive.


The steak house that’s stood the test of time. Known for it’s signature fillet steak, superb wine list, outstanding service and deliciously comfy highback chairs, it’s made that much more inviting by the roaring fire in their bar area to be enjoyed before and after your meal.

Lucky Bean

They’re contemporary but unpretentious, bringing in diverse crowds and offering great live music once a month. The fireplace is in main restaurant area with couches and tables surrounding it and a chimney that extends to the upper level keeping everybody toasty-warm.

Ant Café

It’s rustic and dark and a little bit dingy, but that’s why we love it. The perfect place for a casual pizza and a glass or two of red by the small wood-burning fire.


The perfect spot where you can leave your kids and your worries in the capable hands of the trained staff and take a seat by the open fire to enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner – the ideal family eatery.


A converted home with a large fireplace encircled by couches and charming wooden tables. And, their food is rather homely too: farm breads and jams, hot chocolate with rum, toasted sarmies, cakes and great daily specials.


It’s been around for almost 40 years and the prawns are still the best, and the cheapest, in town. The courtyard is the most popular place to sit, but there’s an indoor area that’s warmed by a scrumptious fire which, when paired with some of Mama’s homemade peri peri, ensures you’ll be warmed from both inside and out.


They offer a wonderfully inviting fireplace and a welcome sherry shot to keep you warm in Winter. It’s a hospitable Italian restuarant that’s kid-friendly with a ‘make your own pizza’ option for the little ones.

Da Vincenzo

The restaurant has a wonderfully rustic setting with several fire places dotted around the inside dining areas adding to the romantic nature of the place. Family orientated with a focus on all that is Italian.

Beach Blanket Bohemia

Popular for both their bar and their restaurant, but the restaurant’s got the fireplace. Go for ribs, pizza, burgers and live music, whilst keeping warm of course.

Burnside Café

The outside area is exquisite, but the indoor area is quite lovely too: they’re situated in an old home that they converted into this beautiful restaurant and gallery. They have 2 free-standing, wood burning 'Jetmaster-style’ fireplaces on their enclosed patio and 1 fireplace inside which was part of the original home. The food is as homely and as refreshing as the atmosphere.

Erwin’s Restaurant

A lovely little restaurant with a big, wood burning fireplace serving German, Swiss and Austrian food including perfect winter warmers like Raclette and cheese fondue. The ambience is relaxed and intimate and the décor is old school – elegant tablecloths, silverware and comfy chairs.

Browns of Rivonia

It’s a converted, old farmhouse with four gorgeous fireplaces. The Wine Cellar has its own large fireplace surrounded by thousands of bottles of the world's finest wines and a private table to enjoy them at. You’ll find the others in the ‘Merlot’ room as well as in the main dining area. It’s vintage and classy and the menu reflects the atmosphere.

The Bull Run Restaurant

They’re situated opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and are famous for their prime cuts of South African beef – stored in their very own in-house butchery. That, teamed with the open fireplace in the centre of the restaurant and a great wine list, ensures a delicious and warm afternoon or evening out.


Quaint and laid back, you can while away the days at this little bistro whilst people watching from this busy corner in Parkview. There’s a fireplace at the back that has a luscious leather couch in front of it just waiting to be lounged in.

Casalinga Ristorante

An elegant Italian country restaurant in Muldersdrift that has received many awards over the past 25 years including Most Romantic Restaurant. I would opt for the main dining area in winter with log fires and candlelit tables; it’s cosy and delectable.

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