7 Totally Exquisite Outdoor Dining Rooms
Some of the best things about summer are the long afternoons spent basking in the sun followed by casual meals made with peak-season produce. Sure, you could go out to eat, but we can’t think of a better place to break bread and share wine than your own home. We’ve rounded up a collection of our favorite alfresco dining rooms to inspire you to make the most of your outdoor space, be it a big backyard or a petite patio. Keep scrolling to see some of the most stunning open-air dining spaces around.
Sometimes when it comes to dining outdoors, it’s best to keep things as uncomplicated as possible. That’s exactly what this low-key dining area is all about. Its simple metal chairs are durable and provide the perfect counterpoint to the rustic, vintage wood table. A no-fuss setup nicely complements the rather formal nature of the surrounding garden, and the beautiful potted orange trees provide just the right dose of color.
This handsome outdoor dining area situated on Long Island is so perfect that we couldn’t help but revisit it one more time. At first glance the furniture could feel a bit heavy, but it’s perfectly balanced by the bright white walls, sprinkling of staghorn ferns, and pink rug. The large chairs also provide ample space to sit back and relax after a lazy summer meal while the simple white cushions are appropriately summery. This dining area is basically flawless.
Formal chairs coupled with wild, leafy surroundings could make for a confused space. But by using cross-backed chairs to mimic the trellis-pattern brickwork on the wall, this space feels cohesive and balanced. The lush surroundings full of climbing ivy, palm trees, and succulents keep things from feeling too formal.
The expansive outdoor dining room in Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu home is just dreamy. The pergola defines the space and provides much-needed shade for those hot Los Angeles days. But the use of simple materials such as thin metal beams and wood serves to keep things light and airy and integrate the structure with its surroundings. The rustic water feature provides serene ambient sound, as well as a place for light to reflect.
This traditional patio takes full advantage of its waterfront locale by placing the dining area mere feet from the shore. The white pergola adds architectural interest and definition and enables the incorporation of light fixtures—both of which make the eating area feel more like a dining room than a backyard. The inclusion of free-form wood sculptures prevents the space from feeling too staid and stuffy and echoes the trees that dot the property.
This coastal sanctuary may be the patio to end all patios. The low-slung furniture ensures nothing interferes with the stunning view, and keeps things relaxed and informal, perfect for enjoying an assortment of mezedes after a dip in the ocean. The large sofa provides ample room to laze around with a good book—and a glass of wine