What’s the ideal number of dinner plates per person? 

How many dinner plates you need in your kitchen depends on how many people are living in your home, the washing up situation, whether or not you have the use of a dishwasher as well as other factors like how often you plan to have guests staying over or entertaining. Cupboard and storage space is also a consideration when factoring how many dishes to buy. To be comfortable at least two types of each plate or bowl is the ideal per person within a household. This allows you to have one in the sink or dishwasher and the other available for use.

Ottolenghi Feast Tableware collection. Brightly coloured dinner plates, serving plates, platters, bowl and tapas dishes.


What are the different types of dinner plates? 

Dinner plates can vary in size but generally a standard dinner plate is Ø 26cm. Anything larger than 26cm is called a serving platter or charger plate. Fruit plates or side plates are smaller and ideal for serving starter dishes, snacks and sandwiches and breakfast toast. The standard size of a side plate is 20cm. Pasta dishes are wonderful for serving salads, stews and of course pasta as they contain the sauce. They have higher sides than a dinner plate and can don’t have a standard size but expect them to be anything from Ø 21-24cm. Bread plates are small plates and sized to accommodate a roll or for meze dishes like hummus. Look for small plates measuring Ø15cm. Charger plates or serving platters are larger flatter versions of dinner plates and make a wonderful centrepiece for serving food at the table.

Brightly coloured tableware. Orange, pink and yellow dinner plates, side plates, pasta bowls, soup bowls. Mix and match dinner set.


How many plates in a dinner set?

Dinner sets normally consist of a dinner plate, side plate and bowl. Some sets can include mugs and alternative types of bowl like cereal, soup or pasta bowl. Dinner sets come in either 4 person plate settings, 6 person dinner sets or larger 8 person tableware sets.  The number of different plates and bowls in a set does vary. Always think about how you intend to use the set and make sure everything you’re buying is going to be useful.

Colour tableware set. Yellow tableware set. Green dinner set. Orange dinner set. Dinner plate, side plate, pasta bowl and cereal or soup bowl.


What do I need to look for when buying tableware or dinner sets? 

A tableware or dinner set is a big investment, and you should expect it to last for a long time. Our biggest tip is to make sure the tableware can be bought singularly. Family needs are always changing so it’s useful to be able to top up and replace if a mishap occurs.  Dinner plates should be designed to be stacked on top of each other without chipping so pay attention to the rims. The flatter the rim the easier it is to stack the dishes on top of one another.

Multi coloured tableware. Stack of rainbow coloured tableware. Pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink tableware. Dinner plate, side plate, pasta bowls, soup bowls.


How to handle your dinnerware set? 

Familiarise yourself with the manufactures care instructions. Check to see whether it's oven proof, dishwasher proof and/or microwave and freezer proof. Sometimes the recommendation could be hand washing only so this should be avoided (if it’s your intention to put them in the dishwasher). All tableware should have been passed as food safe.

Ottolenghi x Serax Feast tableware collection.


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June 11, 2021 — Zoe Anderson