10 Patio Dining Sets for an Outdoor Entertaining Upgrade

These stylishly functional furniture pieces will elevate al fresco parties and intimate balcony dinners for two.

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 Patio Dining Sets for an Outdoor Entertaining Upgrade


A furniture set may be the most significant investment in your outdoor space, regarding both cost and time spent there. According to interior designer Demetrius Robinson, whether it's cocktails on the balcony or barbecues on the lawn, envisioning how you want to utilize the space is critical when shopping for furniture. 

"Space planning is crucial. You'll always want to ensure that you and your guests have enough room to relax comfortably," he says.

When shopping for furniture, you can't go wrong looking for comfort, durability, and classic design, according to Brenna Gilbert, CEO and founder of Festive & Co. "Outdoor furniture is expensive for a reason. It needs to withstand the elements, and you don't want to regret a trend piece or seasonal print. I love to add personality later with pillows, plants, or pots, but keep the major investment pieces classic. They should last you a lifetime," she says. Wood and metal are the most durable materials to look for in outdoor furniture and require the least amount of maintenance, according to Gilbert.

With the input of Gilbert and Robinson, we researched the best patio dining sets on the market. Read on for our favorite furniture sets that combine form and function.

Best Overall Set

Walker Edison Delray Classic 6-Piece Acacia Wood Outdoor X Back Dining Set

Walker Edison Delray Classic 6 Piece Acacia


Pros: It has a classic wooden design suitable for almost any backyard, and we like the bench for variation. 

Cons: The seller recommends applying teak oil every two to three months. 

There are a handful of reasons this beautiful, streamlined wooden dining is on our list as the best option for the average outdoor space. At 60 inches by 32 inches, the manageable size will fit into most spaces. And depending on the number of people in your household, choose between three and seven pieces. The set includes up to four chairs, a bench, and a table. We love the look of the bench for added seating variation, and the four chairs come with sleek white cushions. For sunny days, an umbrella hole provides relief. Due to its solid wood construction, you'll want to apply teak oil every few months. No matter your backyard or patio style, this solid set will fit right in.

Price at time of publish: $1117

  • Material: Acacia wood
  • Seats: Up to 7

Best Value Set

Aecojoy 7-Piece Aluminum Outdoor Dining Set

Aecojoy 7-Piece Aluminum Outdoor Dining Set


Pros: The set comes with the tools you need to assemble it.

Cons: We prefer wood to the wood-plastic composite that this set uses for reasons including quality and sustainability.

With six chairs and a table totaling less than $500, this sleek black patio dining set stands out as a great value. The frame consists of powder-coated aluminum, which resists the elements and rust. The tabletop and chair seats are made of a wood-plastic composite that, while not an ideal material, is sturdy and easy to clean. The chairs have a slight curve to their backs, which supports the spine and is comfortable for leisurely dinners. If you have a small outdoor space, take note: This 35.5- by 60-inch table is compact for the number of people it sits.

Price at time of publish: $490

  • Material: Aluminum, wood-plastic composite
  • Seats: 6

Best Oval Set

AllModern Rafael Oval 6-Person Dining Set

AllModern Rafael Oval 6-Person Dining Set


Pros: It's easy to assemble, and the chairs are lightweight, stylish, and comfortable to sit in. 

Cons: The wood needs to be oiled and sealed at least once a season to keep its color.

Though stylish enough to set up indoors, this slatted table from All Modern is made to withstand all kinds of weather — including being UV and mildew resistant — and with a little care, this table will last a long time. Its six chairs come ready to dine, and their oval shape makes them comfortable to relax in for long periods of time. The table features an umbrella hole for extra sunny days, and a leaf comes with it when the party gets bigger. 

Price at time of publish: $1,046

  • Material: Solid wood
  • Seats: 6

Best Round Set

Joss & Main Byron Round 4-Person Outdoor Dining Set

Byron Round 4 - Person Outdoor Dining Set with Cushions

Joss & Main

Pros: An opening for an umbrella stand makes this set extra versatile. It comes with the tools needed for assembly.

Cons: You don't have the option to buy a larger set or additional seats.

A table and four chairs may be all you need to make a patio complete. This set from Joss and Main has a bistro-meets-beach feel with rattan wicker chairs, a composite wood slat table top, and a powder-coated aluminum frame with rattan wrapped around the table's joints. The table also has reinforced metal fitting underneath. Plus, removable foam cushions add comfort. The frame and cushions are water- and UV-resistant, and the tabletop includes an opening fit for a standing umbrella so that you can make the most out of any outdoor season.

Price at time of publish: $490

  • Material: Aluminum, composite wood, wicker/rattan
  • Seats: 4

Best Modern Set

AllModern Bette Rectangular 6-Person Outdoor Dining Set



Pros: A metal table frame and chairs make this set weather-resistant, and we like its modern design. 

Cons: There is no table leaf included, so the table is a fixed size. 

For a sleek set that stuns in its simplicity, we like this 6-person option from AllModern. Made of weather-resistant powder-coated aluminum, you won’t have to worry about leaving this chic set out in the elements. The table sits 71 by 35 inches wide and comes in four cool colors — gray, white, orange, and green — giving the classic patio set a modern edge. The chairs stack on top of each other for easy storage or maneuvering, and while they don’t come with cushions, you can easily add water-resistant ones to complete the look.  

Price at time of publish: $1,280

  • Material: Powder-coated Aluminum
  • Seats: 6

Best Set for Balconies

Soleil Jardin Aluminum Outdoor Bar Set

Soleil Jardin Aluminum Outdoor Bar Set


Pros: It's a great option for smaller balconies to take advantage of the space.

Cons: Assembling can be tedious. 

A balcony with a view is a terrible thing to waste; with this set, both seats are the best in the house. The petite square table measures 27.5 inches wide and easily seats two people on the included chairs for the happiest of hours. This modern table can double as a cocktail table for parties or any time you need just a bit of extra counter space and seating. Each piece is made of durable aluminum with a weather-, rust-, and water-resistant finish, and we love both white and dark grey colorways. 

Price at time of publish: $370

  • Material: Aluminum
  • Seats: 2

Best Large Set

Pottery Barn Pimenta 9-Piece Dining Table with Garey Rope Dining Armchair Set

Pottery Barn Pimenta 9-Piece Rectangular Dining Table with Garey Rope Dining Armchair Set

Pottery Barn

Pros: It doesn't sacrifice design for durability. With a fee that varies by location, a two-person team will deliver the set, assemble it, and recycle the packaging.

Cons: The wood requires extra care, and Pottery Barn even recommends storing the set indoors when out of season.

Measuring 118 inches with eight ergonomic chairs built with back support, this extra-large patio dining set will accommodate everyone and then some. The table is made of superior eucalyptus wood, and the chairs are crafted with powder-coated aluminum and synthetic rope for a modern touch. If you’re entertaining a larger crowd, the extended table comfortably seats up to 12, and the stackable dining chairs can be purchased separately in sets of four if you’d like even more seats to store when not in use. 

Price at time of publish: $3, 049

  • Material: Eucalyptus wood, aluminum, synthetic rope
  • Seats: 8

Best Bistro Set

Birch Lane Tupper Round 2-Person Outdoor Dining Set

Tupper Round 2 - Person Outdoor Dining Set

Birch Lane

Pros: Simple, classic design that will look great in any setting — plus features weather-resistant steel material. 

Cons: Limited seating table space and seating available as it’s a two-person set. 

If you’ve only got room for a small-in-size, two-person set, we like this classically designed collection from Birch Lane. The small round table gives traditional cafe vibes, and the matte black color will fit any setting. With its powder-coated steel, you can feel confident leaving it outside — rain or shine. We think it’s a perfect setting to enjoy a cup of coffee or share a bottle of wine with friends or family. 

Price at time of publish: $540

  • Material: Powder-coated steel
  • Seats: 2

Best Wicker Set

Frontgate Palermo 7-pc. Rectangular Dining Set in Bronze Finish

Frontgate Palermo 7-pc. Rectangular Dining Set


Pros: Wicker resin is strong and supportive, and Frontgate's outdoor furniture comes with a 10-year structural warranty.

Cons: Some may prefer natural wicker to the synthetic. Only two of the six chairs have arms.

Frontgate's Palermo patio dining set has a classic feel with bronze wicker and streamlined shapes. Handwoven around rust-resistant aluminum frames, premium resin wicker is dense and durable but also non-toxic, antimicrobial, and weather resistant. The material can withstand extreme temperatures, so you won't have to worry about rotting or splintering. The top table is covered with tempered glass, which won't feel scorching on hot days. It also has an umbrella hole. For extra comfort, the chairs have slight slopes and come with seat cushions, also available with waterproof Sunbrella Rain performance fabric.

Price at time of publish: $5,090

  • Material: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin, aluminum, acrylic fabric
  • Seats: 6

Best Sofa Set

Yardbird Langdon Outdoor Fire Pit Table Set

Langdon Outdoor Fire Pit Table Set


Pros: The wicker is made from durable recycled ocean plastic. The cushions are large, plush, and covered with easy-to-clean Sunbrella.

Cons: It needs to be covered in inclement weather.

Did someone say swivel? No, this isn't a dining set, but you'll want to take advantage of this patio sofa set's big, comfortable swivel chairs and table with a fire pit built into the center (really!) to linger outside into the night. Each of the four cushioned chairs has extra-wide armrests for holding beverages and melamine snack plates. Also worth noting: the wicker boasts antimicrobial properties to ward off fungus and mildew. Though it looks like a natural fiber, the wicker is high-density polyethylene (HDPE) made from recycled ocean plastic wrapped around a strong, rust-proof aluminum frame. The frame comes with a 10-year warranty, and the Sunbrella-covered cushions have a five-year warranty.

Price at time of publish: $5,060

  • Material: High-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin, aluminum, acrylic fabric
  • Seats: 4

Our Favorite

When it comes to patio sets, space, and materials make all the difference. Patio dining sets like the Walker Edison Delray Classic 6 Piece Acacia Wood Dining Set or the AllModern Rafael Oval 6-Person Dining Set are great for those with the space who are ready to make an investment. If you're hoping to entertain large crowds, the Pottery Barn Pimenta 9-Piece Set seats eight, but its streamlined design won't overwhelm your patio.

Factors to Consider

Patio Layout

Assess your needs when it comes to your patio's layout. How will the furniture fit the size and shape? Do you prefer quiet solo meals or casual outdoor get-togethers? Don't be afraid to take measurements a few times and map out your ideal floor plan. "If you have tons of space to work with, I suggest breaking the outdoor space into separate sections to create a more intimate feeling. Suppose you're working with a smaller space. In that case, I recommend adding dual-purpose furniture, like a fire pit that can be converted to an outdoor coffee table," says Robinson.


Some furniture sets are easy to assemble. Some are not. Most offer assembly onsite for a price if bonding with your significant other over tightening screws doesn't sound appealing. Be sure to look over the assembly instructions before ordering. Reviews, meanwhile, can give you an idea of how long others have spent constructing their sets. If it seems complicated to build, it probably is.

Material and Care

All patio furniture requires a bit of maintenance, and you will want to wipe it clean as dirt and pollen build up. With metal, be on the lookout for rust, which can stain a deck or patio. Wood sets are known to last longer but require some care, usually oiling or sealing once a season. Cushions should never be left out in the rain if possible. If they are, immediately air or machine dry depending on the manufacturer's instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do you clean patio furniture?

    Any new furniture, especially wood like teak and eucalyptus, should be unboxed, assembled, and wiped down upon delivery to remove any dust or debris from manufacturing. As your patio furniture gets dirty over time, you can wash it down, no matter the material, whenever necessary with a hose, followed by some mild soapy water. Once a season, use a scrub brush to loosen up hidden dirt. Always rinse it thoroughly after using soap, and let it air dry.

  • What kind of patio furniture is most durable?

    "I'm a huge fan of wood or metal," says Gilbert. "They're the most durable, require the least amount of maintenance, and give you the most beautiful patina in the elements. Good materials will weather beautifully and give them even more character."

    Finding durable patio furniture, however, takes more than a quick glance. "Look at the joints. Is it just held together with an allen key and a prayer? Keep looking. Make sure it's all wood, all-weather materials, or stainless steel connections, or it will rot," says Gilbert.

  • How can you save money on patio furniture?

    "If you're not looking to splurge a ton on outdoor furniture just yet, I recommend opting for furniture with metal frames instead of wooden ones. You and your guests will be just as comfortable, and you can keep cash in your pocket. A win-win situation," Robinson says.

Our Expertise

Alissa Fitzgerald is a chef, recipe developer, and food writer with over 15 years of experience in the food industry. For this piece, she interviewed interior designer Demetrius Robinson and Brenna Gilbert, CEO and founder of Festive & Co. She then used data, market research, and her own expertise to curate this list.

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