24 Incredible Outdoor Dining Spaces For Entertaining In Style


It’s time to gear up for summertime and create an outdoor dining space that you will want to spend time enjoying during the warm weather months. Elevate your outdoor living area with a beautifully appointed dining nook, whether it’s on your deck, terrace, or front porch or covered under the shade of a pergola. The addition of a built-in kitchen or a fireplace will only heighten your alfresco dining experience.

There are a variety of styles to select from, whether it be modern, Mediterranean, traditional or various other styles that you are attracted to. Well-appointed furnishings will complete your overall aesthetic. Don’t forget the lighting, whether it be string lights, a lantern, or even a chandelier over the dining table. Transform your outdoor environment into an atmosphere that will delight your senses. Get inspired by our collection of outdoor dining spaces below and create your own outdoor oasis.

Note: Let us know in the Comments which one of these delectable dining ideas most inspired you and why!


1. This breezy beach-style patio features wicker globe lantern pendant lights hanging from a gray wood pergola over a teak dining table. See the rest of this amazing home here: Inside a Newport Beach farmhouse with a cool California vibe. (via Garden Studio Design)


2. An outdoor wooden dining table with metal chairs provide sweeping views over the swimming pool. Chaise lounge chairs complete this stunning Mediterranean-style entertaining space of a home in Arizona. (via Kimberley Kay Interiors)


3. A sunken backyard patio features a pergola for shade and string lights for ambiance. Integrated heaters extend the season for this outdoor space in Mill Valley, California. A long dining table with a built-in kitchen and grilling station is perfect for entertaining. (via Dreamlife Design)


4. An expansive contemporary backyard with concrete pavers and surrounded by gardens provides an inviting outdoor area for dining al fresco. A long wood dining table is accented by metal chairs. A sheltered outdoor kitchen completes this amazing entertaining space. (via Envision Landscape Studio)


5. A country house in Barcelona, Spain provides an intimate atmosphere for dining al fresco with this vine-covered pergola. (via Rosa Gres)


6. This dreamy Mediterranean-inspired rooftop deck of an apartment in Malaga, Spain features simple and elegant decoration. This outdoor dining space enjoys plenty of sunshine, shaded by a pergola. (via Lolo Mestanza)


7. An historical home in Austin, Texas features an intimate backyard with lush plantings and a pergola shading over an outdoor dining table. A wooden table and benches provide casual dining, illuminated by globe lights strung at varying lengths. Pea gravel defines this open-air dining space. (via B. Jane Gardens)


8. Outdoor dining and living space in a side yard just off of a large screened-in porch with an outdoor kitchen. String lights bring ambiance to this outdoor oasis of an urban farmhouse in Houston, Texas. (via CAM Construction)


9. This outdoor dining terrace was designed as a green room and at the same time as a backdrop. A wild garden features miscanthus and carex in planter boxes. A green wall, through the installation of ceramic vases made by Marlik Ceramic, an Iranian designer. The rope tie rods unite the vases and create a geometric design. (via co.arch studio)


10. This gorgeous backyard patio, dining area, and fireplace set the tone for the ultimate outdoor entertaining space. With a pergola for shading, this enclosed private space is inviting and cozy. Romantic candle-style chandeliers over the dining table and string lights bring soothing lighting to this dreamy layout. See the rest of this spectacular home here: Mediterranean style Santa Barbara home gets beautifully restored. (via Giffin & Crane General Contractors)


11. Gorgeous pergola-covered Mediterranean patio with a built-in kitchen surrounding a dining table. A fireplace provides a focal point for warmth and ambiance. (via Garden Studio Design)


12. This beautiful victorian style patio of a home in Santa Barbara, California features a pergola for a romantic atmosphere. String lights add to the soothing atmosphere for dining al fresco. A separate seating area in front of a fireplace is the perfect spot to retreat after dinner. (via Taylor House Interiors)


13. A serene Mediterranean-style tablescape with a gorgeous chandelier hanging from a tree. Graphic floor tiles add to the overall aesthetic of this amazing outdoor dining space of a Southern California home. (via CxS Designs)


14. This backyard oasis of a rural retreat in London features climbers against the house of Trachelospermum jasminoides. The lush backdrop adds an intimate feel to this al fresco dining space. The furnishings are the Louis Soleil collection from Sutherland Furniture. Large lanterns on the table provide evening-time ambiance. On the ground, reclaimed York stone slabs, cathedral-grade, laid to a bespoke pattern. (via Randle Siddeley)


15. A modern backyard terrace of a home in New York is an extension of the interior with sliding glass doors. Casual open-air dining on wood stools set around a teak table. (via Clodagh)



16. Glass and metal french doors spill out onto this exquisite patio in Sherman Oaks, California. A beautiful chandelier hangs from a trellis over a small dining table to host intimate seating for four. Studio Hus designed the mosaic tile layout that defines this outdoor dining space. The tile is from Cement Tile Shop. (via Studio Hus)


17. Sheltering this outdoor dining area, an elliptical canopy of steel and fabric sheds rain into a band of gravel in the paving. The table was custom-made by a local mason in Portland, Oregon. A stacked stone fireplace provides warmth and ambiance for outdoor dinner guests, while openings allow for wood storage. (via Samuel H. Williamson Associates)


18. A freestanding fireplace provides ambiance to this outdoor dining oasis in NW Washington. A Pottery Barn chandelier floats above the table, bringing romantic ambiance to this open-air space. (via Anthony Wilder Design/Build)


19. Surrounded by tropical plants and vines hanging from a pergola, this gorgeous Mediterranean dining patio in Los Angeles feels cozy and intimate. (via Guettler Photography)


20. Alfresco dining shaded by a pergola with hanging candelabras and string lights for ambiance. Metal outdoor furniture surrounds a metal table with a stone top. (via Lindsay Hunter Design)


21. A wood pergola shades this casual dining area with a wood table and benches and wicker accent chairs. A built-in kitchen with a grill and fireplace with integrated seating provides the ultimate in outdoor entertaining. (via Garden Studio Design)


22. A Spanish Colonial-style courtyard patio in Los Angeles is surrounded by a lush hanging garden. A fireplace adds ambiance and warmth to this incredible outdoor oasis. (via Studio Shamshiri)


23. This vine-covered, poolside pergola provides a shady spot for dining alfresco. A lantern with an LED candle is tied from the wood beams of the pergola, illuminating the dining table from above. (via Domino for Ballard Designs with photo by Brittany Ambridge)


24. This cozy covered patio features a vintage butcher block table, bistro chairs from Article, and a distressed “upholstered” bench covered with a spare textured rug (4×6). Terra-cotta tiles grace the floor. Illuminating the table is a candle chandelier. This DIY is made using metal hanging planters as the flat base to set a plank of wood on (chains are affixed to the beams of the patio roof). Use either outdoor LED candles or a grouping of pillar candles. (via Emily Henderson)

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2 years ago

No. 5 – Barcelona Country Home.
This home looks like it is in Greece, not Spain. The white plaster walls and blue rooftop are very much indicative of the Greeks islands. Barcelona is quite different.

3 years ago

My favorites are the wicker globe lantern pendant lights; wood table, benches, wicker accent chairs and built-ins; and the custom-made stone table. I like natural but have concerns about the weight of the stone table