6 Outdoor Kitchens to Inspire Your Next Al Fresco Dinner
As summer heats up, it’s the perfect time to move dinner outdoors. Whether in the shade of ivy-covered pergolas or on warm, sun-dappled terraces, spending more time outside is a premium perk of warm weather—even better when accompanied by a great meal, a glass of wine, and good company.
For all your seasonal soirées, let these six outdoor kitchens inspire you to refresh your outdoor spaces this summer. With the right details, any patio can become part of a restorative indoor/outdoor summer lifestyle.
A Rustic Stone Hearth in Helena
Situated on more than 300 acres overlooking the Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana, this Tuscan-style home features an outdoor entertainment area that is deeply in tune with its natural surroundings. With stone slab tables and a magnificent stone hearth acting as the focal point of the space, dining outdoors here can extend well into early fall. A built-in pizza oven, steel smoker, gas barbecue, and stone beverage cooler provide all the amenities you need to prepare your own Montana-style feast—and with the stunning view of the lake and mountains in the background, why would you eat anywhere else?
A Covered Patio in Rancho Santa Fe
Designed for a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living, this custom-built Californian luxury. Enter the expansive, partially covered patio area by way of the home’s Old West-style saloon and its sliding doors. The covered outdoor kitchen and barbecue area features a family-style dining table, and overlooks the pool and beach side volleyball court. Cozy up after dinner by the stone hearth, a rustic and impressive fireplace flanked by comfortable seating. With its tropical backdrop and resort-style décor, this outdoor dining area is a fitting complement to the home’s crisp interiors.
Pastoral Waters in Aspen
There’s little else quite like enjoying breakfast beside a tranquil pond with a view of mountains in the distance. Situated on 62 acres, this Aspen estate is a secluded and serene haven, making it the ideal setting for al fresco meals. Multiple outdoor dining spaces on the property offer a variety of entertaining options—enjoy an evening glass of wine on the pool deck after a dip in the hot tub, take your morning coffee out to the patio table overlooking the estate’s waterfall, or invite friends and family over to dine next to one of the property’s three ponds.
A Poolside Kitchen in the Balearic Islands
Located in one of the most luxurious and exclusive residential areas within walking distance of the sandy beaches of Camp de Mar, this property’s outdoor dining area inspires more than just great cuisine. Built in a Mediterranean style, the covered kitchen and dining spaces are completely open to the adjacent pool and patio area, with stunning views of the sea just beyond. The addition of tropical flora and Grecian-style sculptures turns the outdoor area into a resort-like setting, ideal for dinner parties that last late into the evening.
A Terrace with a View in Key Largo
Built in a style that references the 1920s stone homes of Florida, this property, dubbed the Stone Reef House, features stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. Built with the tropical climate in mind, the main living area opens up completely to the spacious outdoor patio. The covered dining area, with easy access to the outside kitchen and barbecue area, is made all the more appealing by the property’s infinity pool and towering palm trees. Crafted wood finishings and stone construction are rustic and romantic, imbuing the space with Old-World charm.
An Oceanfront Patio in Victoria
The Pacific Northwest is known for its temperate rainforest climate, mountainous geography, and proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This quiet oceanfront home fully embraces the region’s strong suits with its outdoor dining area, which has panoramic views of the nearby Trial Island, the Juan de Fuca Strait, and snow-capped mountains in the distance. The home’s gourmet kitchen features French doors that open to the outdoors, where a built-in barbecue and seaside patio area beckon guests to dine within reach of the warm ocean breeze. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the patio has been furnished with pieces that evoke a quintessential West Coast aesthetic—driftwood-inspired patio sets, bone-white upholstery, and charcoal detailing are at one with the wild landscape just steps away.
Outdoor spaces set the tone for seasonal social gatherings; no matter your entertaining style or patio needs, opt for furnishings that fully embrace the season and the setting. Summer is fleeting, but with the right outdoor design choices, you’ll be able to dine al fresco late into the cooler months.