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Selecting The Best Dinnerware For Exceptional Guest Experience

November 27, 2020

Head of Hospitality

Head of Hospitality

Article Overview

10min read

The dinnerware in a restaurant remains one of the most important elements of the dining experience at a restaurant. As a restauranteur, if you take advantage of this culinary aspect, it can prove to be a very powerful tool to convince patrons to visit your establishment the second time around. 

Whether you are looking for a fresh experience at your restaurant or are about to launch a new restaurant altogether, the following tips by our seasoned hospitality consultants can help you choose the best dinnerware. 

Functionality Must Be Priority 

While appearance is important, you must always prioritize functionality. Your dinnerware must be non-porous, simple to clean, easy to store away, and available in varying sizes for different dining experiences and portions. 

The varied options will allow you to serve customers in the right and most comfortable manner. For example, desserts require a smaller dish in comparison to the main course. The same can be said about specialty dishes that are generally served in smaller portions. 

Sell Your Concept The Right Way

When you plan to open a restaurant, consider that the dinnerware must match your ambiance and style, in terms of both the shape and color theme. These dishes will allow you to draw attention and offer a memorable moment to customers – as long as it seamlessly blends in with the overall motif. 

Do expand your idea to the salad bowls, pepper shakers, and other condiments as well to provide a complete overall look. That being said, you must ensure that the dinnerware only complements and does not overshadow the rest of the dining experience. Therefore, it is recommended that you have more restrained dishes for signature menu options. 

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Understand Your Budget

Similar to most restaurant equipment, commercial dinnerware can quickly rise up in cost, far more than for personal usage. Luckily, you can find options at a variety of prices. Opting for bulk orders will get you significant savings. If you are looking to purchase brand new products, keep monitoring commercial china stores or restaurant supply outlets. 

Stay Up To Date With The Trends

Today, there is an added emphasis on eco-friendliness. Such a trend would put your restaurant in the good books of many and encourage more second visits. For example, slate dinnerware is a rising trend in recent times thanks to its heat resistant, trendy and durable properties. 

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With beverages, a more in-depth research is required as it varies depending on your restaurant’s concept. The type of glasses, size, and similar aspects are what you should be looking at before you make a purchase for good. 

At the end of the day, it is your restaurant so don’t be afraid to lay the spread the way you see fit. One final advice from our restaurant consultants: Mix and match, try out traditional options or be bold in your selection before you make a final decision. 


Head of Hospitality

Angela Soudi is a visionary writer with 20+ years of experience in Sales and Marketing across Europe, Canada, and the Middle East. She is highly invested in actively contributing articles to pioneering hospitality platforms and websites.

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