The 15 Best Outdoor Dinnerware Sets of 2023

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Best Outdoor Dinnerware Sets
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Everyone likes to eat outside, but dining on the patio or at the park doesn't mean disposable plates are the only option. Luckily, dinnerware companies recently improved the quality of dishes for eating al fresco, and we have chosen the best outdoor dinnerware for every style or occasion. This dishware is a significant improvement on those old paper plates that bend and leak. Plus, sometimes you want to elevate your carefully curated poolside gatherings and set a full table with serving dishes and other outdoor dining essentials. That new outdoor patio dining set deserves equally fabulous tableware.

Many plates on our list are melamine, the industry standard for its durability. Since melamine is difficult to break, it's a good choice for entertaining poolside, where breakables can be dangerous and a pain to clean up. But melamine isn't all there is out there. Bamboo and stainless steel are common materials that are top-rack dishwasher safe–an essential consideration in our selection process in addition to design and durability. After scouring the internet, these are 15 of our favorite outdoor plate and dinnerware sets for every style and occasion. Just add cocktails, good food, friends, and family, and memorable results are guaranteed.

Our Top Picks

Vietri Melamine Lastra White Dinner Plate Set

Vietri Melamine Lastra White Dinner Plate Set

Amazon

Also available at Bloomingdales

The Vietri Melamine Lastra White Dinner Plate Set evokes modern Italian ceramic design but in a more durable form for outdoor entertaining. The shatterproof plates are food-safe and chip resistant, making them the ideal dish when you want to evoke modern Italian design with the durability of outdoor materials. The plates are a melamine version of a ceramic set the company is renowned for, and the glossy finish makes it the perfect blank palette for grilled creations.

Price at time of publish: $96

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

TarHong Bamboo Planta Artisan Dinnerware Set

TarHong Bamboo Planta Artisan Dinnerware Set

Amazon

Also available at Food 52

The TarHong Bamboo Planta Artisan Dinner Plate Set is primarily a plant-based material compound called Planta, made from a majority of bamboo powder and corn starch with a melamine binder. Tarhong's Artisan Matte collection, which looks like hand-made pottery, comes in navy or birch. The bamboo makes for a lighter plate which makes for easier handling. TarHong also makes matching salad plates, bowls, and serving ware for purchase separately or as a set. The plates are scratch-resistant and dishwasher-safe, making cleanup easy.

Price at time of publish: $61

  • What's included: 6 dinner plates
  • Material: Planta
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Sicily Outdoor Melamine Dinner Plate Set

Sicily Outdoor Melamine Dinner Plate Set

Williams Sonoma

When you want to evoke the feel of a quintessential Italian feast outdoors, the Sicily Outdoor Melamine Plate Set is a good start–long wooden tables and vineyards not included. The plates, which come in a wide variety of color combinations in increasingly ornate patterns, including fruit, look like dinnerware you see sold in ceramic shops across the South of Italy. Intended to look like Sicilian Maiolica ceramics, the melamine dinnerware is easy to clean on the top rack of your dishwasher. The plates are colorful and durable enough that they won't scratch, chip, or fade with proper use and care.

Price at time of publish: $60

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Alfresco Melamine Dinner Plate Set

Alfresco Melamine Dinner Plate Set

Front Gate

The pottery-inspired Alfresco Melamine Dinner Plate Set is a neutral set of interchangeable bowls and plates. Whether green, white, or blue, numerous options also mix and match with Frontgate's other outdoor dinnerware offerings. The manufacturer recommends avoiding sharp knives so the finish remains intact, but the vibrantly colored set should resist scratching, breaking, and chipping.

Price at time of publish: $79

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Zak Designs French Country House Melamine Dinnerware Set

Zak Designs French Country House Melamine Dinnerware Set

Amazon

Zak Designs French Country House Melamine Dinnerware Set is perfect for the more traditionally styled table. The neutral set is elegant and looks so well-made. The melamine plates are lightweight, making them easy to handle. We love that this complete set comes with serving dishes and always seems in stock at various retailers. It's also an excellent housewarming gift since everything comes in one set.

Price at time of publish: $100

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 individual bowls, a serving tray, and a serving platter.
  • Material: melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Marrakesh Melamine Dinnerware Set

Marrakesh Melamine Dinnerware Set

Pottery Barn

If plain and simple is far from the vibe you hope to create, Marrakesh Melamine Dinnerware Set will help transform your patio into a lively escape. The sand and black pattern is an intricate design that evokes classic Morrocan motifs. There are numerous serving pieces available for purchase separately. We love how heavy these plates are, making them feel like the real thing but much safer if you drop them outside.

Price at time of publish: $152

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, and 4 bowls
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Siren Song Ebru Print Melamine Plates

Siren Song Ebru Print Melamine Plates

One Kings Lane

Also available at Food 52

This psychedelic swirl pattern of the Siren Song Ebru Print Melamine Plates is meant to evoke the Turkish-styled marbled endpapers of antique books. The virtually shatterproof and BPA-free melamine dinner plates come in various styles named after classic authors such as Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, and James Baldwin. While the dishes are named after old authors, the design looks modern on the table, and the plates resemble porcelain more than outdoor dinnerware. They're the perfect gift for a book lover who loves to entertain.

Price at time of publish: $68

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Kaloh Melamine Outdoor Dinnerware Set

Kaloh Melamine Outdoor Dinnerware Set

West Elm

This modern Kaloh Melamine Outdoor Dinnerware Set is perfect for those looking to create a chic but eclecticmoment. The Kaloh set is also sold as stoneware, and this melamine version looks just like the original, but it's much more durable. It is also neutral enough to easily blend into your existing collection or be dressed up or down. It is also BPA-free.

Price at time of publish: $152

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 pasta bowls, and 4 cereal bowls
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Purposeful Plate Set

Purposeful Plate Set

Ahimsa Home

Purposeful Plate is the brainchild of a pediatrician with safety and durability in mind. But the dinnerware is not only for kids. Unlike most dinner plates, these are smaller at 9-inches — ideal for small plates and tapas. The stainless steel plates come in cool colors like an iridescent rainbow or shiny blue. Since they are stainless steel, they are easy to care for but not so easy to break. The manufacturer claims the plates should withstand a lifetime of use with no peeling or breaking and are also free of all BPA, PVC, phthalates, melamine, and lead.

Price at time of publish: $86

  • What's included: 4 plates
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
  • Microwave-safe: No

Hydro Flask Plate

Hydro Flask Plate

REI

Also available at Hydro Flask

These Hydro Flask dinner plates are the perfect camping companion due to their durability and ability to retain temperature. The pro-grade stainless steel dinner plates are substantial and won't blow away like paper plates in a gust of wind. A lip on the dish keeps food on the plate, even more, liquidy dishes, meaning you can stand and eat dinner by the campfire. Hydro Flask offers plates in powder-coated colors such as birch, pineapple, and olive. The company also sells a separate "kitchen sink" set with plates, serve ware, and more in one package.

Price at time of publish: $24

  • What's included: One dinner plate
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes
  • Microwave-safe: No

Fortessa Street Eats Melamine Paper Plates

Fortessa Street Eats Melamine Paper Plates

Food52

Also available at Fortessa

These Fortessa Street Eats Melamine Paper Plates recall the ribbed paper plates of our youth that were so flimsy they needed basket holders because they were so flimsy. These, however, are incredibly sturdy and lightweight. So much so that you can easily hold them while standing and chatting. We also love how simple and casual these plates look, making them an excellent item for more casual cookouts or the perfect dish for kids poolside or on a picnic.

Price at time of publish: $120

  • What's included: 12 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Mason Modern Melamine Dinnerware Set

Mason Modern Melamine Dinnerware Set

Pottery Barn

Also available at Food 52

If you are not into ornate patterns and just want something cool and modern, the Mason Modern Melamine Dinnerware Set is a great choice. The melamine set comes in charcoal, ivory, true white, and steel blue, which can be used interchangeably to create a more colorful table. We love how these plates have a substantial lip, so food stays put.

Price at time of publish: $110

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Pebble Matte Melamine Dinner Plates

Pebble Matte Melamine Dinner Plates

CB2

The Pebble Matte Melamine Dinner Plates are great for pottery fans who want to replicate the look of hand-thrown dishes. Each dish has an organic feel with wavy edges; no two plates are the same size and shape, just like snowflakes. The vibrant cobalt blue or matte black color choices adds a stunning contrast to even the most basic grilled foods.

Price at time of publish: $28

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Berry & Thread Melamine Whitewash Dinner Plate

Berry & Thread Melamine Whitewash Dinner Plate

Amazon

Also available at One Kings Lane and Neiman Marcus

Juliska's Berry & Thread Melamine Whitewash Dinner Plate takes one of the brand's signature ceramic styles and makes it shatterproof with melamine. The dishes come in the iconic motif that looks like berries and thread line hence the name. The Al Fresco collection offers a variety of dinnerware in chambray and whitewash and serves serving pieces to match.

Price at time of publish: $26

  • What's included: 4 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

TarHong Carrara Marble Dinner Plate Set

TarHong Carrara Marble Dinner Plate Set

Amazon

Also available at Macy's

Meant to look like famous Carrara marble, the Tarhong Carrara Marble Dinner Plate Set is an excellent stand-alone set for the minimalist. A lot of faux marble can look, well, fake. But the simplistic white and gray design is intricate enough to make someone look twice. The BPA-free melamine construction, with no additives to bind the materials, is shatterproof and easy to clean. The plates are in the middle weight-wise and stackable, so chips and scratches should not be a consideration during storage.

Price at time of publish: $70

  • What's included: 6 dinner plates
  • Material: Melamine
  • Dishwasher safe: Yes, top-rack
  • Microwave-safe: No

Factors to Consider

Durability

When choosing a set of outdoor plates, look for collections that claim to be shatterproof, stain-resistant, and scratch resistant. It's also worth considering how heavy the plates are since some of the more expensive melamine plates are heavier to hold (good for windy conditions but more difficult for carrying).

Use and Care

Most incarnations of outdoor dinnerware do not microwave safely, but you can put it in the top rack of the dishwasher. However, if the tableware has a bright pattern, hand-washing will ensure it lasts for years. If plates get damaged through the course of use, dispose of them.

Matching pieces and serveware

A consideration with any dinnerware set is whether there are matching serve ware pieces. Many of the selections on our list offer serving platters, bowls, and various dishes, ensuring a table setting looks cohesive.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the best material for outdoor plates?

    Melamine is ubiquitous because it's known for its durability. Many companies also offer bamboo offerings, and stainless steel is always a great bet because of its toughness and how maintained.

  • Is melamine safe?

    According to the FDA, melamine is safe and food friendly when used correctly. Most manufacturers also claim their melamine to be BPA-free.

  • Can outdoor sets be used in place of my everyday dinnerware?

    No. It is not meant for everyday use since it needs to avoid frequent washing everyday plates need. The materials are firm but not indestructible.

  • Why choose outdoor dinnerware sets instead of plastic or paper plates?

    Aside from the long-term cost savings and being able to curate a bonafide vibe for outdoor entertaining, it is a good choice for the environment. They are sturdier, will hold food better than most disposable plates, and will not break like traditional plates for more elegant outdoor gatherings.

Our Expertise

Jennifer Zyman is a Senior Writer for Food & Wine and a recovering restaurant critic with a culinary school degree and 15 years of food writing experience. Her work has appeared in Atlanta Magazine, Bon Appetit, Eater Atlanta, The Kitchn, Local Palate, National Geographic, Southern Living, and Thrillist. She used her dining and entertaining expertise to curate this list.

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