Spring is almost here and with it comes a gloriously warm weather, and fresh breezes non-stop barbecue – that is why we all need to eat our meals al fresco for the foreseeable future. After spending most of the winter practicing social distancing, there is no better place to go these days than (safely) outside, in the back garden, or in the yard (or for to the inhabitants of the city, on the balcony or on the roof).
To be honest, everything is better when you are outdoors. Sensitive nights and a set of bistro lights can add a bit of romance to a dinner party on the other hand, while a bit of music and a nice set of melamine dishes sure entertaining outdoor game.
The key component of all this, however, is the dining room. Because no one really likes picnic-style food if they don’t need it, right? And while there are plenty of great board games and chairs right now, many of the options out there are very expensive.
Fear not, however, we have explored the internet and found a lot of sturdy and beautiful dining games that are also affordable. From a bistro table and chairs a a set of four seats a a pair of rocking chairs, our list includes seats for groups of two to four or more and all come under $ 500.
3-piece Hearst bistro set ($ 256.99, originally $ 279.99; wayfair.com)
3-piece Hearst bistro set
One of Wayfair’s top sellers, this beautiful set has over 1,200 positive reviews and an overall rating of 4.5 stars. Made of cast aluminum in a copper finish, the table and two chairs are weather, water and UV resistant and feature Old World inspired details that will always be stylish. More to know: the table has an umbrella hole.
3-Piece Flamaker Outdoor Wicker Patio Set ($ 124.99; amazon.com)
3-piece Flamaker outdoor wicker patio set
The Flamaker combination of tables and chairs, Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller in the category of bistro games in the backyard, has nearly 900 positive reviews and a 4.5-star rating due to its sturdy steel frame and its clean and simple design. While the glass-lid table included may not work for a five-course meal, it will surely handle an itinerant selection of tapas and some pairings. We love that the seat cushion covers are removable for easy cleaning.
Christopher Knight’s cast aluminum bistro set ($ 199.99; target.com)
Thanks to the sophistication, we love that this set is lightweight and reaches just 11 pounds. – and has an umbrella opening.
Ebern Designs Geyer 5-Piece Dining Set ($ 349.99, originally $ 840.05; wayfair.com)
Ebey Designs Geyer dining set of 5 pieces
Here we love the practical stuff, which is why Ebern made our list, not only does the hexagon-shaped table come with wheels for easy transport, but it also folds flat and stores its four matching chairs. Made of acacia wood in a matte stain, the most prominent decorative elements of the set are the design of slatted tables and the curved backs of the seats.
3-piece bistro set with the best choice: ($ 144.99; target.com)
Available in color combinations, whether brown and red or gray and navy, critics have been delighted with this product for its delicate appearance, robustness and easy assembly.
New Garden 3pc Steel Bistro Set ($ 369.99; target.com)
Cosco Outdoor 5pc Steel patio bistro set
Complete with two chairs, cushions and a circular table with wicker accent for all time, this Target set is the best for the garden.
Hashtag Home Gunner Swell Outdoor Bistro 3-Piece Set ($ 259.99; wayfair.com)
Hashtag Home Gunner Swell 3-Piece Outdoor Bistro Set
Perfect for small spaces, this three-piece set includes two chairs and an oval table just 19 inches wide (the chairs are 20.75 inches wide). Made of light iron coated in a shade of pink or sage green, the retro-inspired set has rain-soaked slats, making it perfect for getting out of the house 24 hours a day, 7 p.m. days of the week.
Flamaker 4-Piece Patio Furniture Set Outdoor Furniture Set (starting at $ 333.99; amazon.com)
Flamaker Set of 4-piece terrace furniture
Talk about a bargain. This set includes two chairs and an armchair with removable plush pillows. The table, which is wicker just like the chairs, is covered in glass, which makes it look nice enough to carry around as well.
Best Choice Products Three-Piece Acacia Wood Set ($ 144.99; amazon.com)
This ultraportable resin set is easy to clean, maintain and fold all three pieces completely flat, making it an ideal choice for tight spaces. Made of acacia wood, the all-weather set fights rot, stains and moisture buildup.
3-piece Dezi Bistro Set with Cushions ($ 275.99; wayfair.com)
Dezi bistro set of 3 pieces with cushions
Critics rejoice at the comfort of these magnificent rockers, with their sturdy rust-resistant steel armrests and weather-resistant cushions.
3-Piece Outdoor Wicker Bistro Set, Hampton Bay Cayman ($ 279; homedepot.com)
3-piece outdoor wicker bistro set, Hampton Bay Cayman
If you’re looking for a piece of attraction to anchor your outdoor space, look no further than this modern Hampton Bay boho ensemble. It includes two chairs with a bold geometric pattern, the set of nothing wicker and steel also includes a table with a glass lid large enough for snacks and cocktails.
Charlton Home Springmont 3-Piece Bistro Set ($ 239.99; wayfair.com)
Charlton Home Springmont 3-fish bistro set
This extremely beautiful set, which features cutouts in the seats and along the edge of the table, features an adorable sage green. Critics love it because it’s easy to assemble and adds sophistication to any outdoor space.
Set of KidKraft outdoor tables and chairs ($ 188.39, originally $ 259.99; amazon.com)
Set of KidKraft outdoor tables and chairs
We added this cutie to the list because, well, kids have to eat too. And this KidKraft set would cost about 10 times as much in an adult size, especially if you consider that it comes with an adorable striped umbrella and matching bench cushions (which by the way, are removable). Made of weather-resistant wood, the preppy game will be a welcome addition to your outdoor area.