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5 Places to Love

Warm Yourself

By Stett Holbrook

WHEN IT'S COLD, as it sometimes is during a California "winter," drinking and dining by the glow of a crackling fire can be just the thing to see you through till spring. Here are five establishments that serve food and libation hearthside.

Cetrella Bistro and Cafe Cetrella doesn't offer an ocean view, but the big fireplace adds to the appeal of this Half Moon Bay standout. 858 Main St., Half Moon Bay. 650.726.4090.

D's Restaurant: Formerly known as Beavers Bar & Grill, this Willow Glen restaurant and bar sports a gas, brick-clad fireplace between its two bars. 1180 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. 408.288.9422.

Evvia Estiatorio: A huge fireplace complements great service and excellent, upscale Greek food at this Palo Alto restaurant. 420 Emerson St., Palo Alto. 650.326.0983.

Restaurant Gervais: In addition to its elegant French fare, Gervais offers a fireside lounge. 14560 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. 408.867.7017.

Vbar: While not exactly a fireplace, the courtyard fire pits at the Hotel Valencia's bar offer a cozy place to smoke and drink and look good doing it. 355 Santana Row, third floor, San Jose. 408.551.0010.

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From the December 22-28, 2004 issue of Metro, Silicon Valley's Weekly Newspaper.

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