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If you’ve been serving meals on a hodgepodge collection of plates you’ve acquired over the years, we’re here to tell you it’s time to upgrade to a complete set of dinnerware. While artfully mismatched dining and serving pieces is de rigueur (you’ll find plenty of effortlessly cool and cohesive mix-and-match sets), dishes in unintentionally mismatched colors, patterns, and sizes don't do much to complement your food, kitchen decor, or overall style.
Considering you’ll use them daily and a quality set can last for years, a set of dinnerware is well worth the investment. Plus, setting the table with plates you really, really love makes everything from weeknight meals to dinner parties feel so much more special and satisfying.
Whether you prefer tried-and-true solids, eye-catching patterns, or unique textures, we’ve rounded up some of the best-looking, most functional dinnerware to accent your dining table.
Here, the best dinnerware collections to help you dine in style.
Food52 Five Two Stoneware Dinnerware
A classic set of all-white plates and bowls is like the little black dress of dinnerware—they go with any kitchen aesthetic and make whatever you serve look extra good. Investing in neutral-colored dinnerware is a smart choice if you regularly change up your decor, worry you’ll grow tired of eating from brightly colored pieces, or if bold patterns just aren’t your thing.
The Five Two Stoneware collection from Food52 isn’t just another set of plain white dishes. The site polled over 11,000 of its readers to create the ultimate neutral dinnerware set. Each stoneware piece is crafted in an off-white tone and features a different textured pattern for an effortlessly coordinated set that's simple but special. Mix and match unadorned dinner plates with sunburst or fluted salad plates. There are also mugs, deep bowls ideal for cereal, shallow bowls for pasta and grain bowls, and serving pieces to match. The pieces are dishwasher- and microwave-safe and were designed with durability in mind: They’re chip-resistant and have a hand-applied semi-shiny glaze to help keep them scratch-free.
West Elm Reactive Glaze Stoneware Dinnerware
This West Elm dinnerware collection is hand-crafted in Portugal and undergoes a special glazing process that creates variegated coloring and brings serious artistic appeal. No two pieces are exactly alike since the reactive glaze creates a water-like effect that’s reminiscent of a watercolor painting or tie-dye tee. These dishes manage to be chic and casual all at once.
Each set includes 20 stoneware pieces that are dishwasher and microwave safe: five each of dinner plates, salad plates, pasta bowls, and mugs. We love the dusty mint shade, which ranges in color from the palest hint of mint to deep blue-green jewel tones, though the set is also available in white, iris, blush, and black and white.
Anthropologie Old Havana Dinnerware
Add a pop of color to your dining table with these stunning pieces found exclusively at Anthropologie. The collection features a detailed tonal pattern and is finished with a shiny crackle glaze for a touch of everyday elegance. The set is available in white, mint, iris blue, and charcoal, but ochre may just be our favorite. The warm golden hue has us dreaming of cozy autumn meals and pumpkin spice lattes.
Made of dishwasher- and microwave-safe stoneware, each piece is sold in a set of four, so you can build a customized set to meet your dining needs. You can choose from dinner plates, side plates, bread plates, mugs, and three sizes of bowls for grains, cereal, or soup.
Honeycomb Studio White and Gold Stripe Tableware
How do you add a bit of luxury to handmade ceramic dishes? Embellish them with 22K gold, of course. Etsy seller Courtney Hamill, of Honeycomb Studio, crafts modern porcelain and stoneware ceramics accented with pops of metallic gold. The white and gold stripe tableware is made from porcelain with hand-drawn gold lines that set them apart from run-of-the-mill dishes.
The interior of the plates and bowl has been glazed with a super-shiny finish while the exterior is unfinished for a rustic matte look and feel. A full setting includes a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl, and tumbler that pairs perfectly with gold flatware. There’s only one downside here: These dishes shouldn’t be run through the dishwasher. Hand washing is recommended to keep the gold accents looking lustrous.
Williams Sonoma Le Creuset Coupe Dinnerware Collections
Le Creuset’s dinnerware may seem pricey, but there’s a lot to admire here. The plates and bowls are just as durable as the brand’s famous enameled cast iron Dutch ovens. Plus—thanks to premium stoneware construction that’s fired under super-high temperatures—the dishes actually retain heat so your food stays warm. They can also withstand heating and chilling, making them safe for use in the microwave, oven, broiler, freezer, and dishwasher, and the tough-as-nails enamel glaze resists chipping, scratching, and staining. Seriously, what more could you ask from your dishes?
The 16-piece set includes four dinner plates, salad plates, cereal bowls, and mugs. There are also matching pasta bowls. These dishes are available in minimalist white and French gray, but we can’t get enough of the vibrant cherry and lapis blue shades which have a subtle ombre effect that really pops. Each piece has a concentric three-ring design that adds a hint of texture while letting the gorgeous colors speak for themselves.
Sur La Table Nova Deruta Dinnerware Set
The Nova Deruta dishes from Sur La Table are handcrafted and hand-painted in Italy with a vivid color palette and a traditional bold pattern featuring florals, swirls, and stripes. The earthenware pieces are fired at high temperatures for superior durability that resists chipping and scratching. Not only are they built to last, these dishes are also dishwasher and microwave safe.
The 16-piece set includes four dinner plates, salad plates, soup plates, and mugs. If you love a coordinated kitchen, you’ll be happy to know Sur La Table has everything from an antipasto platter to salt and pepper shakers in this pattern.
Hawkins New York Shaker Ceramic Dinnerware
The Shaker Ceramic Dinnerware collection from Hawkins New York is simplistic style at its best. The round plates have a slightly raised edge, and each piece is rippled with concentric circles for symmetrical, zen-like lines. A high-shine lacquered finish on the interior and matte exterior feels effortlessly chic. Made for everyday use, each piece in the collection is scratch-resistant and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
There are four muted tones to choose from that stun solo but are also easy to mix and match. Pair bone or light gray with slate for a high-contrast place setting or go for an all-blush set for a pretty, feminine look. Each four-piece set includes a dinner plate, salad plate, mug, and your choice of either a footed cereal bowl or pasta bowl. There are also ice cream bowls and pinch bowls sold in sets of four. We love the assorted bowl sizes, which also help with ingredient prep.
Mikasa Tivoli Garden 16-Piece Dinnerware Set
Plant lovers looking for floral-patterned dishes that aren’t dated (no offense, Grams), need to check out the Tivoli Garden set from Mikasa. Made from lightweight bone China, these white pieces feature a delicate bud and leaf pattern in shades of green, blue, lavender, and gold that brings a field of wildflowers to mind. The garden motif fills the entire rim of the dinner plate and three-quarters of the salad plate for a beautiful effect when stacked as a place setting.
A service for four set is affordable at just under $150 and includes four each of the following: a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and mug, all of which are safe to use in the dishwasher, freezer, oven, and microwave. This means they’re practical for everyday use even though they're technically China.