Exploring 6 Trends in Outdoor Restaurant Seating, Tables, and Beyond

by Wade Larkin on

Exploring 6 Trends in Outdoor Restaurant Seating, Tables, and Beyond


Embark on a hospitality journey where dining under the open sky is more than just a meal—it's a lifestyle brimming with vibrancy and flair. As a new era in dining unfolds, outdoor restaurant venues are evolving to meet the cravings of discerning patrons seeking immersive experiences and breathtaking aesthetics. Join us as we dive into the captivating realm of outdoor dining trends, from ingenious outdoor restaurant seating to adaptable table designs and everything in between.


1. Lounge-Inspired Outdoor Restaurant Seating:

Transforming outdoor dining into a luxurious affair, lounge-inspired outdoor café seating takes center stage. Picture stylish benches, plush sofas, oversized armchairs, and inviting daybeds adorned with soft cushions and throws. These cozy setups beckon diners to sink in and relax, blurring the lines between casual dining and upscale comfort. Whether it's a laid-back brunch or an evening cocktail hour, lounge-inspired outdoor café seating sets the stage for memorable al fresco experiences.

The Tribeca 3666 by Pedrali emerges as a prime choice for outdoor lounge seating in hospitality settings, offering a harmonious blend of style, comfort, and practicality. Its retro-inspired design evokes a sense of nostalgia while seamlessly integrating modern elements, making it a captivating addition to any outdoor space. 


Pedrali , Sofa Tribeca 3666 (Image: Ogrodow Salon) 


2. Versatile Tables and Configurations:

Flexibility is key when it comes to outdoor dining tables, and in 2024, versatility reigns supreme. From communal dining tables that foster a sense of community to intimate bistro sets perfect for romantic dinners, restaurants are embracing a variety of table configurations to cater to diverse dining preferences. 

Adjustable tables that can transition from dining to cocktail height and convertible designs that accommodate varying group sizes are also gaining popularity, ensuring that every outdoor dining experience is tailored to perfection. Additionally, foldable tables offer not only storage convenience but also effortless space adjustment, ensuring that every outdoor dining experience is perfectly tailored.

Meet the Nolita 5453 by Pedrali, an outdoor dining table crafted for durability and style. With a sleek round top and sturdy three-prong legs, it offers both strength and elegance. What makes it exceptional? The ability to fold flat for effortless storage and stacking. Perfect for sidewalk cafés or serene garden settings, the Nolita 5453 adds practicality and flair to outdoor dining areas.


Pedrali, Poli.design, Milan, Italy


3. Sustainable Outdoor Café Furniture:

With an increasing focus on environmental sustainability, restaurants are incorporating eco-friendly materials and practices into their outdoor café furniture. From reclaimed wood and recycled plastics to biodegradable textiles and finishes, establishments are prioritising sustainable solutions that minimise their carbon footprint without compromising on style or durability. By opting for environmentally conscious furniture, restaurants not only demonstrate their commitment to sustainability but also appeal to eco-conscious consumers who value responsible dining choices.

Stump stools by Derlot Editions offer a sustainable seating solution through innovative design and material choices. Crafted from recycled LDPE plastic or fabric upholstery, these stools not only minimise environmental impact but also demonstrate versatility by seamlessly transitioning between indoor and outdoor environments.


Derlot, Stokehouse Q, Brisbane


4. Immersive Dining Experiences:

In 2024, outdoor dining goes beyond mere meals—it becomes an immersive experience. Restaurants are transforming their outdoor spaces into enchanting oasies, complete with lush greenery, ambient lighting, and captivating decor. From chic cabanas and cozy fire pits to elegant pergolas and garden-inspired settings, these immersive environments transport diners to new culinary destinations, where every meal is a journey of discovery and delight.


 Hospitality Venues, Luxxbox


5. Mixed Materials:

The trend of mixed materials continues to gain momentum in outdoor restaurant furniture. Designers are crafting visually captivating seating and table arrangements for outdoor café spaces by skillfully blending contrasting textures and finishes such as wood, metal, rattan, and concrete. This thoughtful fusion of materials adds sophistication and charm to your outdoor café tables and chairs, elevating the overall ambiance of the dining area. Mixed material designs add depth and character to outdoor dining spaces, elevating the overall ambiance and dining experience.

Pedrali's Soul Outdoor 3746 armchair beautifully combines modern aesthetics with natural elements, showcasing the trend of mixed materials. With its aluminium frame and teak slats, this chair offers both elegance and durability, perfect for outdoor settings seeking a contemporary touch.


Pedrali, Grand Hotel Union, Ljubljana, Slovenia


6. Curved Shapes:

A notable trend taking center stage in 2024 is the integration of curved and organic shapes in outdoor café tables and chairs. Departing from the rigid lines of traditional seating, this trend emphasises fluidity and naturalistic contours, infusing dining spaces with a sense of harmony and comfort.

Outdoor café furniture adorned with softly curved backrests and tables boasting rounded edges contribute to a welcoming atmosphere, where patrons are encouraged to unwind and savor their dining experience. The incorporation of these organic shapes not only enhances visual appeal but also fosters a relaxed ambiance that resonates with modern diners seeking moments of tranquility amidst bustling urban environments.

Embrace the trend of curved and organic shapes with Cup by Derlot Editions, an ideal addition for outdoor dining or office breakout areas. Thoughtfully designed as the ultimate co-working meeting point, Cup features stand-alone communal booth seats accommodating up to six people. 


The latest trends in outdoor restaurant seating, tables, and beyond redefine al fresco dining, offering a perfect blend of style, sustainability, and immersive experiences. Whether it's lounging in luxury, savouring a meal under the stars, or connecting with nature, outdoor dining in 2024 promises unforgettable moments that captivate the senses and leave a lasting impression. Contact the friendly NPS Commercial Furniture team today to find out how your Café outdoor furniture can elevate your space!