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A Dinnerware Buying Guide



Customers will pass judgment about your restaurant the second they sit down. That is why picking the right dinner plate is so important to the restaurateur. Dinner plates are an important part of your restaurant experience and thus should be well thought out before purchasing. It should complement the color and design of your establishment. When choosing dinner plates, you should consider several things including materials, colors, shapes and sizes.


China and glass plates give your establishment a classy look while Melamine and polycarbonate plastic share a more informal look and are ideal for casual dining. Picking the appropriate material for your plates plays a big part in the aesthetics of your dinnerware and thus reflects the overall quality of your restaurant. Bone china dinner plates are made of soft paste porcelain and are considered a higher quality material for dinnerware. You probably won’t find bone china in a dive.

Color is also important when picking out your dinnerware, as is plate design. If you already have a certain style to your restaurant, then you’ll want the color and design of your dinnerware to complement that style. Ethnic restaurants usually try to keep a certain design pattern, and G.E.T . has a variety of dinnerware designs that are ideal for various ethnic restaurants including their Japanese series and Dynasty series . Seafood restaurants may want to try the fish platters and shell plates for a themed look. They even make pizza plates that are great for pizza parlors. If you own a Southwestern-style restaurant, you might want to look into the rodeo plates.

The shape of your dinnerware should also play a role in your choice. Dinnerware comes in various shapes and sizes that serve different uses. The Welsh rarebit dishware is specifically designed for the Welsh dish of the same name made with a thick cheese sauce over toast. This dish is predominately served in European countries and it would be a good idea to use the dinnerware in a restaurant with European influences. Palette plates add pizzazz to your restaurant and give it a very metropolitan look. They also act as great party dishes for those wanting to serve shrimp cocktails, fruits, or other food items with sauces and dip. Side dishes are also a great asset for any commercial dinner table. These small plates are used for items such as baked potatoes, vegetables, or other sides.

Now that you know the various sizes, shapes, colors and materials of dinnerware, it will make shopping for the right dinnerware much easier in the future. And if you need more help in selecting the products for your restaurant, visit our buying guide section .



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