20 Ideas for Outdoor Dining Rooms

When the weather's right, it doesn't get much better than dining al fresco.
From: DK Books - Design Your Garden
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Photo By: Heather Lenkin Design

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Outdoor Dining

An area for dining increases your enjoyment and use of the garden especially when the space is located among plantings and along side a water feature.

Keep the Dining Area Close

Keep your outdoor dining room in a site that is close to the house, with easy access to the kitchen.

Cool Pool Dining

An outdoor dining setting among plants or by water evokes a relaxed romantic ambiance, while a covered patio offers shelter from the elements, extending its usefulness.

Romantic Dining Area

This covered space offers shelter from the elements and evokes a romantic atmosphere.

Pavilion Patio

A covered, yet open structure above the area can give the space a cozy feel while allowing filtered sunlight into the gathering.

Central Dining Space

Surrounded by tropicals, this simple dining space looks good even from above. 

Dining Level

Wooden paths and steps have a warmth and texture that complements the foliage plants that spill on to them. Tall trees and shrubs have been used along the boundaries to create living walls that offer interest and total privacy.

French Flavor

Brilliantly versatile, intricate ironwork furniture adds a French flair to this garden design.

Double the Fun

Two custom tables and "floating" planters promise a serene party environment any time of year.

Serene Seclusion

This lush backyard features a crystal clear pool, outdoor dining area and an awesome fire pit.

Party-Ready

A pretty pergola makes shade over the dining area while a poolside deck provides a space to relax after a dip in the pool.

Victorian Outdoor Dining Room

Designer Heather Lenkin used neutral colors and historic details to create a romantic, inviting dining space.

Outdoor Dining Nook

This welcoming paradise is the ideal setting for your next outdoor luncheon. 

Private Garden Dining Space

Well-placed plantings help to create a private dining space in this small, sunken garden design. Decking provides the flooring that can be seen from the house above.

Slab Dining Table

This slab dining table is made out of solid rock and can seat up to 12 people. 

More Outdoor Table Options

The concrete top and wooden cross beams create a visually interesting design for this outdoor dining table. 

A Woodland Paradise

A backyard picnic spot adds another dimension for entertainment.

Tree Lounge

A circular deck built around this fruit tree is a shady spot for guests to kick back and enjoy a snack or even a warm meal. 

Deck Seating Offers Best Use of Available Space

The edge of the deck becomes part of the dining experience with a rustic table drawn to its side. Garden chairs complete the suite. This versatile arrangement allows for variety in a small garden space.

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