Stay Toasty This Winter at These Philadelphia Hot Spots

Bundle up and get comfortable at these cozy philly restaurants.

Wintertime often keeps us constrained to our respective couches, afraid to leave the comfort of our homes and brace the bitter cold. But eventually, the need to leave overcomes us and when it does, locals head to these cozy spots around Philly. Warm up next to a fireplace and sink into soft cushions—you’ll feel right at home in no time.

The Dandelion

Plush red booths and dining tables conveniently located in front of a marble fireplace make The Dandelion feel cozy even before you dig into comfort food like rabbit pie and burgers topped with smoked local cheddar cheese. Stop by on particularly cold days and warm up with a cup of tea and Shepard’s pie during their Afternoon Tea service. 124 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, 215.558.2500

The Dandelion

City Tap House

Although there are two locations of City Tap House, the University City spot is best for winter months. Stepping outside may not sound ideal, but as soon as you crowd around their five stone fire pits and order a round of cocktails and a whipped ricotta appetizer, you’ll forget how cold you are. Sitting inside is cozy too—comfortable bar stools and a larger-than-average dining space keep diners eating and drinking from brunch 'til dinner. 39th and Walnut streets, Philadelphia, 215.662.0105

City Tap House University City

The Ranstead Room

There’s a trick to The Ranstead Room: you have to find it first. Located off a forgotten alleyway and marked only by two double R’s on the door, this intimate bar space is a hidden gem locals flock to no matter how bad the weather. Ask the bartender to whip up something toasty as you relax among dim lighting, quiet conversation and booths that feel like your living room couch. 2013 Ranstead St., Philadelphia, 215.563.3330

The Ranstead Room

Stogie Joe’s

If you’re looking for a place you don’t have to change out of your pajama shirt for, head to Stogie Joe’s. Whether you’re craving a big bowl of pasta, a hoagie or something a bit healthier like grilled salmon, you’ll find it all inside this fireplace-clad tavern-like setting. Note: Cash only. 1801 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, 215.463.3030 


Stogie Joe's


Kids feeling restless on a snow day or frigid Saturday? Take them to Jones. American comfort food is what they are known for—grilled cheese and tomato soup and baked macaroni and cheese round out the menu—and it’s ideal for booth-lovers—they are the majority and for those that don’t snag one, the round red chairs are just as (if not more) cozy. Go for brunch, lunch or dinner. 700 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215.223.5663

Jones Restaurant

Stratus Lounge

Open year round, this upscale lounge and bar features two indoor pavilions and an outdoor deck complete with heat lamps for those willing to brave the cold. Enjoy seasonal cocktails near the outdoor fireplace or cozy up inside with decadent snacks like Wagyu beef tartare and red snapper ceviche. 433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215.925.2889

Stratus Lounge

Jessica Tzikas
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