51 Ideas for Outdoor Dining Rooms

51 Ideas for Outdoor Dining Rooms

Set the scene for great outdoor parties or really dinner for two

Sunset Thomas J. Story Keep the Atmosphere Warm 1 of 51 Thomas J. Story Keep the Atmosphere Warm

This best-of-both-worlds kitchen has heated grove paneling like a cozy shack but also makes in the breeze on summer evenings. A grill and prep terminal improved claim into the well-ventilated space understates mealtime outings back into the main house.

Thomas J. Story Gracious Entryway 2 of 51 Thomas J. Story Gracious Entryway

This outdoor living room and dining room includes 320 square feet to a dwelling that is only 750 square feet to begin with. Visitors walk through this open-plan outdoor space on their highway to the front door, attaining it seem as though this small house has a large foyer.

Thomas J. Story Dining Room with a Lawn 3 of 51 Thomas J. Story Dining Room with a Lawn

With a proliferating house, a dwelling business, and a large dog compete for cavity in this 1910 Seattle bungalow, it just made sense to move something outside. Now the family does much of its dining and entertaining on an outdoor patio simply off the kitchen. The wide panes of glass and a back door that’s ever open on nice days erase the distinction between indoor and outdoor space.

Thomas J. Story An Exotic Backyard Nook 4 of 51 Thomas J. Story An Exotic Backyard Nook

This homeowner made an outdoor dining arena on a brick patio, utilizing rustic fresh timber workbenches and an cast-iron and marble counter. What sounds like a recipe for brutalism is in fact cozy and nonconformist, thanks to colorful cushions, lush greenery and buds, and gauzy, artfully dangled table runners.

Erin Kunkel 5 of 51 Erin Kunkel Copper Cool

Dress up your outdoor breakfast nook for a season of merriment. Neutral patio furniture gets a lift when you contribute chairs in the of-the-moment metallic, copper. These cable chairs from Los Angeles-based Bend Goods will seem just as good inside when the season ends. Repurpose a console table from inside to give your spirits setup a sense of permanence–and have a drawer to stash bar implements. When you’re entertaining, incorporate the color of the night’s cocktail in the centerpiece: instant theme. The red-hot pink of pincushion buds( Leucospermum) glances right at home with a Campari punch.

Thomas J. Story 6 of 51 Thomas J. Story Southwest Style

At night, this candlelit Moroccan lantern crystallizes the wooden Mexican table and cafe chairs. Committed to keeping her room as wild as she found it, Susan Stella left the wisteria vine gloriously overgrown, enveloping the porch in leafy grandeur. “It’s my favorite home to work, write, and entertain.”

Thomas J. Story 7 of 51 Thomas J. Story Mixed Media

This outdoor living space triumphs at its texture game. The minimalist breakfast nook interplays rustic grove with a smooth concrete tabletop. Beneath the counter, vanquished oyster eggshells create a permeable skin-deep for easy cleanup.

Kurt Boomer Photography 8 of 51 Kurt Boomer Photography Sweet Chandelier

If your garden to-do list includes snipping deciduous shrubs and trees, recycle some of the clippings to make a twinkling natural chandelier. Hang the band from a sprig above a long table for your next backyard event.

David Fenton 9 of 51 David Fenton Party Space

Beth Mullins blended old-fashioned bricks with new, whitewashed ones and laid them in crisp boundaries for her patio. She then selected a teak outdoor dining table to finish the outdoor area. It’s a great texture contrast with the brick, and it holds in with the barricade. “Combining the bricks with the wooden furniture cured the whole look be more modern, ” she says.

Dana Miller 10 of 51 Dana Miller Pint-Size Perfection

Just big enough for a picnic table, this brick land originates an outdoor dining room in a small Denver backyard. Homeowner and architect Renee del Gaudio intentionally targeted the terrace as far from the house as possible so it feels like a departure. To deter penalties down, she and her husband used bricks they exhumed while remodel their turn-of-the-1 9th-century residence. In the interval, a translucent entrance lets in light-colored hitherto maintains privacy.

Jim Henkens 11 of 51 Jim Henkens Versatile Furnishings

Furniture should come first when designing outdoor offices. You have to think about what you want out of the cavity. Is it a table for four? A sofa? This outdoor dining room is the go-to for larger dinner defendants. The Janus et Cie table moves the stage. But the space has flexibility–a stone bench and a bistro table likewise make for more intimate, informal dinners.

Thomas J. Story 12 of 51 Thomas J. Story Private Retreat

Tucked into a patio area near the house, this dining area feels enclosed, thanks to a billowy tea tree( Leptospermum petersonii ). Mexican pebbles replenish seats between sand-finished pavers creating a permeable face. The forest green accents of the table bring out the best of the encircling foliage.

Andrea Gomez Romero 13 of 51 Andrea Gomez Romero Sunken Sofa

Ideal for a small crowd, this sunken terrace in Matt Nuss and Joy Mashaal’s backyard in Venice, California, is perfect for a holiday meal. A built-in firepit warms the cozy room; hopseed bushes ordering the wall create a feeling of seclusion year-round, while Western redbuds on either side show off their first styles of fall gold before molting their leaves.

Thomas J. Story 14 of 51 Thomas J. Story Comfy Courtyard

Concrete pavers imitative the herringbone decoration of this home’s kitchen floor. Cushioned wicker chairs slip up to a rehabilitated lumber farmhouse counter for ultimate ease. Cypress and olive trees on the perimeter of the garden-variety add privacy and an Italian feel.

Marion Brenner 15 of 51 Marion Brenner Lush Surroundings

Just two floras convert this outdoor dining room in Atherton, California, into a lush, private retreat. Rambling along a high steel trellis, wisteria dangles fragrant blue-violet flowers and makes a leafy time canopy. Euphorbia characias’ Humpty Dumpty’, an evergreen perennial, replenishes in below; the chartreuse flowerlike bracts lend brightness to the understory throughout the season. Both bushes are water-wise and need hardly maintenance.

Thomas J. Story 16 of 51 Thomas J. Story Stylish Cement

Four Dan Wood stools offer casual set around a Hive Cement Dining Table. The mingled substances create an informal feel, while the muted colorings ensure the space still feels sophisticated and high fashion. Planter beds on either side create a dedicated outdoor breakfast nook with a sense of intimacy and enclosure.

Thomas J. Story 17 of 51 Thomas J. Story Pre-Loved Patio

In the spirit of Earth Day, revelled for the first time in 1970, old textiles find new use in the backyard. The floor was fabricated from bits and pieces left behind by the house’s previous proprietors; the farmhouse table and the bench were made from salvaged scaffolding.

Thomas J. Story 18 of 51 Thomas J. Story Outdoor Bar

Elaine Barden contemplated her backyard retreat as “Palm Springs encounters W Hotel style.” Her decorators elected a tradition falsified aluminum arbor above an outdoor rail. The team constructed it on-site and depicted it silver to coincide the wall sconces. Redwood slats cover the top.

19 of 51 Redwood Arbor

A steel-and-redwood arbor shadows this dining porch. Exactly beyond this main draw spot, the square colored concrete pavers create another patio where clients can reap. Woolly thyme grows between pavers beyond.

Linda Lamb Peters 20 of 51 Linda Lamb Peters Pallet to Table

Shipping pallets hide everywhere: abandoned behind food market, stacked in the angles of big-box parking lots. Bay Area bloggers Matti Salomaki and Megan Speckmann decided to remake a piece of this suburban flotsam into something useful–and beautiful. Taking apart a pallet, they framed a tabletop from its timbers, coated it with natural wax discolour, and fixed legs they’d found at a garage sale. And the genius touch? A live table runner that consists of a sunken, succulent-filled box( complete with sewage flaws) secured to the table’s underside.

21 of 51 Superb Salvage

A pair of red antique clas workbenches that Amy Swift Crosby bought when she was single, and has been toting around ever since, are a perfect match for the distressed dining table. Her husband Josh turned salvage redwood into this sturdy table. The gravel terrace lets excess irrigate move to the anchor beneath.

22 of 51 Charming Cobblestone

Rectangular gobs of toppled Connecticut bluestone, set on a berthed of decomposed granite and beach, flesh a 12 -foot-diameter dining patio in a wooded Berkeley backyard. The natural dining adjust ties perfectly into the fairytale backyard.

23 of 51 Pavement to Tabletop

Big enough to seat eight beings and sturdy sufficient to last a few cases lifetimes, this dining table could almost pass for Italian terrazzo. But it’s made of concrete, which terrain decorator Steve Siegrist chipped with a concrete picture from paving in this L.A. backyard during a garden remodel.

24 of 51 Rooftop Oasis

No grass , no problem. For city dwellers, think upward for your outdoor breakfast nook. “We’ve got a backyard–it’s only on the roof, ” says Mark Egerstrom. “It feels like a treehouse up there above it all.” Add a stylish receptacle plot alongside a simple picnic counter for a lush defendant atmosphere.

25 of 51 Farmer’s Market

Conor Fitzpatrick turned his Los Angeles backyard into an edible paradise. “There’s no better fruits and vegetables than from your own garden, ” Conor says. Summer through fall, he readies his harvest in fresh banquets to serve at this cute garden-side counter. Simple wood furnishings countenance the harvests to glitter in the dining decor.

Thomas J. Story 26 of 51 Thomas J. Story Rustic Dining Room

This open-air dining room aspects reclaimed redwood siding repaired from an vacated sea tower that once served a regional theatre instruct station on California’s central coast.

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Thomas J. Story 27 of 51 Thomas J. Story Social Backyard

At 1,800 square hoofs, Chris and Eric Fenmore’s home in Corona del Mar, California, can feel a little snug. So Chris designed a backyard that tells her move the party outdoors.

“Cooking and dining out here are pure pleases, ” she says. “I feel like I’m in an nice campground.”

Thomas J. Story 28 of 51 Thomas J. Story Tuscan Dining: The Courtyard

Designer Paul Hendershot announces his Ojai, Calif. plot “a Mediterranean courtyard without walls.”

The centerpiece is a concrete-topped table( more on that next move ).

Inspired by the casual gentility of Mediterranean-style gardens, Hendershot carpeted his porch with pea gravel. “It feels good to walk on when barefoot, ” he says.

A pepper tree equips light-footed subtlety on hot days. To augment the tree — and the garden’s overall look — Hendershot too seeded boxwood, ‘Provence’ lavender, Myrtus communis ‘Compacta'( which he likes for its smell ), and upright rosemary.

Thomas J. Story 29 of 51 Thomas J. Story Tuscan Dining: The Table

A cast-concrete table is the focal point of the outdoor dining country. “It used to belong to a friend, and I longed after it for years before I bought it from her, ” designer Hendershot says.

The table has been such a hit with friends that he now makes guilds to build similar models on-site in his area( they’re too heavy to ship ). The terraces are braved pine.

Candles and glasses in mingled vogues and shades of light-green and brownish-yellow look right at home in the informal garden-variety. Miniature bottles of olive oil at each place setting double as placecard holders and offerings for guests.

30 of 51 Tuscan Dining: The Plan

An outdoor dining neighbourhood and a exchange expanse make up Hendershot’s informal, Tuscan-style patio.

There’s also an outdoor berthed, where Hendershot sleeps on balmy time lights. A rock-and-roll wall separates the living arenas from a lower patio.

To give the garden minimise gentility at night, Hendershot lay merely a couple of landscape daylights — one at the base of the pepper tree, the other at the basi of an oak.

They’re targeted up into the tree canopies, showering the shapely diverges in soft light-colored. Candles and Moroccan lights accommodate the rest of the darknes lighting.

Thomas J. Story 31 of 51 Thomas J. Story Dinner on the Deck

Bob and Cary Woll’s seaside-inspired backyard in Los Osos, California, is as inviting for two as it is for a crowd; the Wolls have entertained as countless as two dozen guests, comfortably, on the deck.

Benches of ipe timber wrap around the majority of members of the floor( also made of ipe ), affording magnanimous seating.

Garden plants — Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Sheen’, and Acacia cognata — compel hardly in the way of watering and upkeep. A insignificant succulent in a square bowl helps as a simple table centerpiece.

Thomas J. Story 32 of 51 Thomas J. Story Create an Outdoor Bar

Outdoor chefs need a sit to lean their implements, and bartenders must have a bar. The concrete area counter beneath the pergola caters chamber for both while also functioning as a helping bar or buffet table.

Two square boards on casters, stowed underneath accommodate storage. They can also be rolled into action as providing tables or additional seating.

Thomas J. Story 33 of 51 Thomas J. Story Warming Firepit

A parent concrete trough filled with recycled glass keeps the dining deck warm on cool nights.

When not in use, the gas firepit can be covered with a slab of ipe lumber, which proselytizes it into a coffee table.

34 of 51 Dinner on the Deck: The Plan

The plan shows how the kitchen quadrangle, meat counter, dining province, and seating work together to create a perfect defendant space.

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Built-in countertops in or near the dining expanse are handy, but if you don’t have them, portable go-carts or side tables will do the job well.

Situate your dinner table under a large tree, patio overhang, vine-covered arbor, pergola, or colorful busines umbrella.

Use your garden to motivate tableware and decorating choices.

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Steven Gunther 35 of 51 Steven Gunther Dramatic Desert Dining

For this project, landscape architect Steve Martino tried something new — aluminum flashing.

He wove it through rebar uprights like a ribbon, creating a glamorous shimmering privacy wall near the outdoor dining area.

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Christina Schmidhofer 36 of 51 Christina Schmidhofer Hillside Dining Hideaway

Problem: How do you create an outdoor dining orbit in a tight backyard against a infuse uphill gradient?

Solution: You dig it out. Armed with select and scoop, interior designer Linda Applewhite and her husband, Marshall Miller, trenched a 15 – by 20 -foot semicircular country out of the hillside.

More: How they did it

Thomas J. Story 37 of 51 Thomas J. Story Eco Outdoor Dining

A wall of blue-blooded tile from Heath Ceramics adjusts the feeling for this San Francisco garden dining region, starting the backyard feel more like a room.

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Grey Crawford 38 of 51 Grey Crawford Patio Kitchen

Architect Colin Sarjeant opened up this house and connected it to a brand-new outdoor dining space carved out of the figurehead ground. It’s where everyone wants to go.

See the kitchen before and after

Norm Plate 39 of 51 Norm Plate Dream Backyard

First-time homeowners Jordan and Leanne Rubin — having only the scantiest suffer in building, designing, and gardening — decided to convert part of a parking pad into a courtyard for summertime dining and entertaining.

More: Build your daydream backyard

Norm Plate 40 of 51 Norm Plate Flying Colors

Colorful fibers give this gazebo drama — especially when lighted from within.

Saris form the walls; canvas panels cover the top. The light boast is of steel tubing with fiberglass cones over 20 -watt bulbs.

More: How to create a mystical outdoor dining room

Karyn R. Millet 41 of 51 Karyn R. Millet Naturally Cool

When the house gets too warm in summer, homeowners Gabe Gelbart and Paul Rhoadzhagen simply move outdoors to one of the several small-time open-air chambers they’ve created to expand their living space.

This alfresco dining area is just outside the kitchen; illuminate by the sun and cooled by the breeze, it ingests zero energy.

More: How to easily create an eco-friendly landscape

42 of 51 Mediterranean Patio

A cast limestone fountain with an antique finish lends a Mediterranean-inspired accent to this narrow front patio in Sacramento, Calif. The wall blockages the view and sound of street traffic nearby.

More: A narrow front patio becomes a handsome dining area

Thomas J. Story 43 of 51 Thomas J. Story Smart Outdoor Dining

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This Idea House wraps around a reserve quadrangle and climbs a mountain to capture beautiful mound views.

Herbs and vegetables mix with ornamental bushes in the figurehead yard.

The two-story veranda off the lord collection was inspired by a similar facet at playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Tao House in nearby Danville, Calif.

James Carrier 44 of 51 James Carrier Party Umbrella

Dress up a few lamps with ribbon, add some sunny fabric, and your plain canvas umbrella is ready to party.

Do it yourself: Get the how-to

The garnishes aren’t permanent, so you can change the colourings anytime you wish.

Thomas J. Story 45 of 51 Thomas J. Story Reinvented Space

The Green family use their driveway as a second kitchen and breakfast nook. There’s a barbecue, a sideboard, and a dining table and chairs.

Lisa Romerein 46 of 51 Lisa Romerein Cabana-Style Dining

To connect the building to the pool and ply a protect for dinners, the architect designed a tint trellis. “Before, it came savagely red-hot, ” homeowner Peter Maunu says. “Now we use the area a lot for dining or hanging out.”

More: Cool Cabana Style

Steven A. Gunther 47 of 51 Steven A. Gunther Flagstone Furnishings

This custom-built dining table is right at home in this Southwestern courtyard.

The table is made from the same flagstone as the slim performing counter folded against the wall.

Thomas J. Story 48 of 51 Thomas J. Story Floating Paradise

A sunken dining range on Julie Higgs and Dave Stickler’s Oregon houseboat is warm weather central. The table is a salvaged glass doorway atop ceramic planters.

The lushly seeded deck often helps as provides for outdoor feasts replete with pitchers of Tahitian rum concoctions and platters of prawns. It all has the feel of a permanent vacation.

Steven Gunther 49 of 51 Steven Gunther Mission Magic

The earthy oranges and Pacific blue flavors of the San Jose tile plaque on the wall are repeated in paint, table surface, and flower pigments. The illustration by Nancy Kintisch was waterproofed for outdoors.

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Thomas J. Story 50 of 51 Thomas J. Story Art Patio

In their rear garden-variety, lined with olive trees, Jeff Reed and Jennifer Madden enjoy an alfresco meal at a sculptural table they created.

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Steven Gunther 51 of 51 Steven Gunther Old-World Kitchen Garden

Dining and gardening blend in this elegant potager, where herbs and vegetables thrive near the table.

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