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8 Outdoor Kitchens That Make Al Fresco Dining Dreams Come True

By: Sarah Beaumont

June 9, 2016

Image from Sandy Koepke Interior Design 

Fresh fruit on the beach, rosé on rooftops, and burgers in the backyard – summertime is all about enjoying your eats al fresco. When the weather is pretty much perfect, it’s hard to resist spending every second outside, which is why a simple grill just doesn’t cut it anymore. The exterior eating experience is complete when you can prepare, cook, and eat your meals outdoors. Whether on a rooftop patio, a covered deck or by a poolside garden, these 8 dreamy outdoor kitchens have cooked up recipes for our ideal summer dining hangs.


Open-Air Eats
via Houseology

via Houseology

You know how sometimes while you’re cooking you open up the windows for a little fresh air? No need for that with this rooftop kitchen setup. If you have some extra space outside, all you really need is counter space and a portable electric stovetop. Fully stocked with pots, pans, and cooking utensils, open-air is the name of this kitchen’s game.


Kitchen Window & Island Entertaining
via Three Birds Renovations / Homes to Love

via Three Birds Renovations / Homes to Love

Pull up a counter stool and enjoy a drink outdoors. When a kitchen island or countertop is transformed into a bar, it becomes the ultimate spot for summertime chilling — just check out the modern hang on the right. The eclectic exterior on the left achieves all of our indoor-outdoor living goals through a kitchen window that opens to the outside.


Garden of Earthly Delights
via Garden Design

via Garden Design

A spacious pergola provides the perfect canopy for a fully functioning, romantic outdoor cooking and dining space. Stainless steel appliances inlaid with rustic stones, a wood-burning oven, plentiful plant life, and a large table to seat all your friends makes for the garden party of your dreams.


Wonderwalls
via V2 / Commune

via New Zealand House and Leisure / Design to Inspire

There’s no time like summertime to heighten your connection to nature, and glass folding walls get the job done. The kitchen on the left opens to a peaceful pond where you can take a quick dip before you down a good meal. A sliding wall on the right allows kitchen dwellers to take full advantage of the lush landscape outdoors.


Kitchen Living
via House Beautiful

via House Beautiful

Not all kitchens are made equal, especially those of the outdoor variety. This relaxing zone uses stone and wood accents to create an organic mood that’s made for cooking fresh, summer meals. Why even bother going indoors after dinner with a setup like this?


Summer Blues
via House Beautiful

via House Beautiful

Nantucket-style cabinet doors and blue-toned Caeserstone pick up on the colors of the water just beyond this Connecticut kitchen. The owners say they basically live out here during the summer — with an outdoor kitchen that looks better than a lot of indoor kitchens we’ve seen, we might just live out here year round!

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