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Create an al fresco dining oasis in your own backyard.
If you have backyard space for an outdoor bistro set, you’re well on your way to creating a getaway. While it may not transform your home into a villa overlooking the Mediterranean, dining al fresco can certainly add vacation vibes (or at least positive ones) to your week. For an even more festive atmosphere, tack up some
outdoor string lights or tuck the table and chairs underneath a garden pergola.
The key to success is finding the right set to inspire your imagination, whether you picture yourself at a Paris café or 0n your hotel balcony in a tropical paradise. The best part is that you don’t have to pay for a gourmet meal to have the experience, as burgers off the grill or pizza slices from a box will do just fine.
There are thousands of outdoor bistro-style sets, and they vary considerably in terms of both price and quality. Many sets sell the tables and chairs separately, so be on the lookout for that. The sturdiness and comfort of the table and chairs is paramount too; no one wants to sit on one of those wiry chairs for hours at a time, so think carefully about the materials that appeal most to you. Finally, if your goal is to create an oasis in your outdoor space, you’re going to want to make sure you genuinely like the set, and that it coordinates with the rest of your furniture.
We researched hundreds of bistro sets, narrowing down our list to include only the most attractive, durable, and comfortable models on the market below, prioritizing ones that offered excellent value, as well. We also included a range of seating styles and options. All of the sets we include get high ratings for customer service, quality, and ease of setup.
For more great ways to transform your outdoor space, check out our coverage of the best outdoor sectionals, hot tubs, and smokeless fire pits!
With an average rating of 4.6 stars from more than 7,500 customers, this set is Amazon’s bestseller in the outdoor bistro category, and it’s easy to see why. It features two all-weather wicker-resin armchairs with seat cushions, and a glass-topped side table, priced well under $100 at the time of this writing.
Each seat supports up to 250 pounds, and the soft padded cushions come with removable covers for easy cleaning. There are five cushion color options, including cream and gray in addition to the navy that’s shown.
This lovely outdoor bistro set reminds us of one you might find on an expansive patio at a California winery.
It features thoughtful aesthetic details, including well-designed chair backs and armrests, and a small basket below the tempered glass table top to hold plates, utensils, and a corkscrew. The three pieces are made of dark brown all-weather wicker wrapped around rust-resistant metal frames.
There are also nonskid feet capping the table and chair legs to ensure they don’t scuff the surface below.
If you’re looking for a stylish and affordable bistro set that wouldn’t look out of place on the sidewalks of Manhattan or Paris, look no further. The powder-coated steel frame is rust-resistant and a cinch to store or move from one area of your yard to another. This stylish set is available in classic hues, including black and white, but also comes in pink, yellow, and blue for a pop of color. No assembly is required and reviewers say the individual pieces are easy to clean.
Place this antique-inspired bistro set underneath a backyard gazebo, or, if you’re a city dweller, on a balcony or private patch of grass. The set is crafted from cast aluminum, has a rust-resistant finish, and is available in bronze or white. It takes design cues from 19th-century garden furniture, with a pretty floral motif on the seat backs and beautiful flourishes on the chair legs.
There are anti-skid feet on all three pieces, and cleaning is as easy as hosing down or wiping with a wet cloth.
This stylish wicker rattan set is comfortable, but still looks sophisticated and modern. The hand-woven armchairs feature weather-resistant construction, long-lasting durability, and soft cushions with washable covers.
The glass-topped 21.5-inch high bistro table is 20.5 inches wide, providing enough space for a few plates, bottles, and glasses. Reviewers love the slender steel hairpin legs, which add a touch of whimsy and fun.
Made of durable acacia wood that’s sure to stand the test of time, this handsome bistro set offers excellent quality for the price. It features an open-slat design and is sealed with a water- and stain-resistant teak finish.
At 2 feet wide, the table can easily accommodate mugs of coffee and dessert plates, or glasses of wine and a charcuterie board. All three pieces fold for portability and easy storage, and the sturdy chairs each have a 240-pound capacity.
This bistro set is perfect for entertaining, with four bar-height swivel chairs and a high table topped with smoky gray tempered glass. Tie-on cushions that have button-tufted details and are finished with piping, upholstered in a warm red polyester fabric. The table and chairs are constructed of rust-resistant black powder-coated steel frames and have wide legs to prevent tipping.
If you’re looking for bistro furniture that seamlessly combines comfort and style, this elegant and super-comfortable set of rockers is sure to appeal.
The durable patio chairs and tempered glass side table all feature rust-resistant powder-coated steel frames, and the rockers are designed to minimize knee-bending when sitting down and standing.
Well-padded back and seat cushions add comfort, and they get bonus points for being both removable and machine-washable. The side table is topped with tempered glass, which makes cleaning easy. Reviewers raved about this “good buy,” calling the set “perfect for a front porch.”
This trendy Acapulco armchair and side table set is made for lounging. The backs of the chairs are crafted with handwoven, weather-resistant plastic rope that covers a powder-coated steel frame, ensuring long-lasting use. The chairs are compact enough to fit in small spaces, but they are sturdy, with a 350-pound capacity. The design makes an undeniable style statement, and sets are available in black, white, gray, and sky blue.
One reviewer loves them so much, she turned the set into her outdoor work space, while another lauded how “stylish and comfy” they are.
Give your patio space a fun splash of color with this retro outdoor bistro set.
The chairs’ design is inspired by the iconic Tolix Marais chair, made by French metalworker Xavier Pauchard in 1934. We love that its table top is larger than most two-person sets, so there’s enough space for two more plates if you’re planning a cozy meal for four.
The sturdy three-piece steel set comes in five colors along with black, silver, white, and a cool black and antique gold combo, all of which are powder-coated with a rust-resistant finish. There are also nonskid caps on the table and chair legs to ensure they won’t scuff or scrape the surface you set them on.
Rachel Klein is a Senior Commerce Editor for Popular Mechanics, where she writes about everything from garden hose reels and patio furniture to mesh wifi systems and robot vacuums. She started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and was a travel editor for more than a decade before she started testing and reviewing luggage, noise-cancelling headphones, and other travel-related products. Fast-forward another five years and her area of expertise includes home decor, appliances, tech, and outdoor adventure gear. In her spare time, you’ll find her planning her next trip, reading historical fiction, and seeing as much art as she can squeeze into a weekend.
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