Outdoor Dining Rooms for Inspired Alfresco Entertaining

I love dining outdoors. Or to say it the fancy way, alfresco. There is nothing quite like enjoying the fresh air while you’re dining with a great group of people. Recently, we decided to update our porch so of course I was looking everywhere for inspiration. Along the way I found a lot of amazing ideas. One thing I love is that outdoor dining rooms can have as much character in their decor as an indoor dining room. In fact, I think some of the most beautiful outdoor spaces are ones that take inspiration from interiors. Here are 10 outdoor dining rooms for inspired alfresco entertaining.

Outdoor Dining Rooms

1 Allowing foliage to grow along a structure can create a romantic garden setting. A chandelier and clamshell fountain heighten the atmosphere with elegant lighting and sound.

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Luxe Interiors + Design

2 This outdoor space is full of natural textures, from the stone fireplace and wood table to the shell-encrusted mirror and driftwood mantel. Pea gravel serves as a low-maintenance ground covering to extend the patio and add some dimension to the space.

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Coastal Living
Photographer: Lisa Romerein

3 An elegant table is balanced by casual wicker seating. The white trellis adds shade and style while also defining the space.

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Country Living
Photographer: Alec Hemer

4 White curtains not only make a statement against the warm wood pergola and soften the lines, but they also supply privacy to the dining area when needed.

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Better Homes & Gardens

5 Nothing says sophistication quite like white against a lush green backdrop. Simplicity breeds elegance in this outdoor dining room, even down to the choice of large well-placed tiles.

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Better Homes & Gardens

6 Scattered lanterns provide a glowing atmosphere. Low-voltage lamps provide some extra lighting, but candlelight sets the mood.

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Sunset
Photographer: Norm Plate

7 If you have a great view, take advantage of it with the set-up of your outdoor dining. Here, the table overlooks a stunning pool and backyard.

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Veranda
Photographer: Max Kim-Bee

8 Galvanized metal furniture and a simple linen tablecloth create a dining area full of homespun charm. Its simplicity allows that incredible view to be the focal point.

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House Beautiful
Photographer: Alec Hemer

9 A rustic wood table and wicker furniture create warmth on the dining end of this porch. White and blue settings are a fresh accent that ties in the airiness of the living area.

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Traditional Home
Photographer: Michael Garland

10 This outdoor area is full of old world charm created by Mexican tile pavers and a stone table with matching benches. Unique trinkets such as the lighting fixture and a painting bring more character to the space.

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House Beautiful
Photographer: Victoria Pearson

Outdoor dining rooms can be just as much fun to decorate as indoor ones. Hope you enjoyed these ideas.

Peggy
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Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Hi Peggy, I see now what happened on the other post. You haven’t approved the comment yet. Hope everything is ok?

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      Peggy Pardo says

      So sorry, Doreen. Everything is fine, all things considered. Yesterday was a long day and I’m trying to catch up this morning. All comments have been approved, though. Looking forward to talking with you later this week! 🙂

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    says

    I try to eat outside whenever I can. This includes at home or when eating out at restaurants. It changes the mood. Call me crazy, but I think it actually makes the food taste better too. =)

    • 4

      says

      I know what you mean, Cheryl. I love to dine outside. Here in Florida, there are really only a few months that it’s too hot. The rest of the year is great! 🙂