Put Yourself Fireside

Jan 31, 2013 by

Put Yourself Fireside

There’s more to a great dining experience than the food on your plate. Ambience, the atmosphere of an establishment, plays a pivotal role in any diner’s experience.

The entire environment, from the views to the lightening to the music playing in the background, can influence your mood. It can even influence your perception of your meal. When it comes to setting a pleasing and soothing dining atmosphere, it’s hard to top the inviting appeal of a fireplace.

Since the dawn of man, we have been fascinated with fire. It reaches us on a primitive level, meeting our need for warmth and security. But more than that, fire is beautiful and alive. Dancing flames in shades of red, orange, yellow and white hold a special allure that can be downright hypnotizing.

When safely harnessed, fire becomes the ultimate of creature comforts. Flickering light, enveloping heat, woodsy aromas and crackling sounds combine to create a relaxing and euphoric total package. It’s no wonder so many bars, restaurants and lounges in the greater Atlantic City area have chosen to feature the warmth and glow of fireplaces in their spaces.



Making a grand entrance on our list and in Atlantic City is the new Robert’s Steakhouse, recently opened at Trump Taj Mahal. A three-sided fireplace at the entrance sets a stylish and contemporary tone for this sophisticated, fine dining experience. The warmth of the fireplace is echoed in the restaurant’s one-of-a-kind lighting design and dramatic intersecting ceiling beams. Things get even hotter when it comes to the menu, which features steaks broiled at an incredible 1,800 degrees.


Continental, located within The Pier Shops at Caesars, takes the concept of an outdoor fire pit, and brings it right indoors.  Fourteen tables encircle the central fire pit in a sunken pentagon that’s one part dining room one part patio. If you’re lucky enough to score a table here, you’re perfectly positioned to watch passersby and take in views of the AC skyline and those killer sunsets. The fire pit and retro 50s vibe create a spot that’s made for cocktails and conversation. And the tempting menu of upscale comfort food is sure to warm you from the inside out.


Fans of the great indoors will enjoy The Sunroom at The Water Club. Atlantic City’s boutique hotel has taken everything you love about being fireside and turned up the swanky factor. This lobby lounge is punctuated with gardens, waterfalls and a horizontal fireplace that creates a cozy gathering spot ideal for meeting and mingling. When hunger strikes, a menu conceived by famed Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian offers breakfast, salads, sandwiches, sweets and cocktails. Not a bad way to start – or end – your day.


A sleek and modern floor-to-ceiling fireplace takes center stage in the dining room at Wolfgang Puck American Grille, located inside Borgata. Vast reflective surfaces bounce the firelight from wall to wall creating a sense of warmth and wellbeing. Next time a brutal cold front takes hold, take a seat fireside at American Grille and you’re sure to feel winter’s tensions slowly unravel. Or warm up at “Wolfgang’s Kitchen Table,” a private space that allows guests an up close and personal experience of the celebrity chef’s kitchen in action.


Think fireplaces are strictly a wintertime amenity? Think again. A well-placed fire feature can also light up your summer. Case in point: the H20 Pool + Bar at the Golden Nugget AC. This rooftop oasis is home to a cheerful fire pit area. You’ll find three fire pits in all, each fired by natural gas and lined with glittering glass rock. Flanked by plush seating, hot tubs and a full-service bar, this area sets the mood for a lively summer night with friends.


Girasole Ristorante & Lounge, located at 3108 Pacific Avenue, prides itself on old world charm. Nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurant’s custom made fireplace that functions as a brick oven, a heating system, and a work of art at the head of the dining room. The oven was handmade, stone by stone, by an Italian artisan who specializes in trullo construction.  A trullo is a dry stone hut with a conical roof. This style of construction is specific to the Itria Valley, in the Murge area of the Italian region of Apulia. Girasole’s oven was built in the trullo tradition. Each stone was brought over from Italy and the entire oven took over a month to build. Equally authentic is Girasole’s Italian menu.