If you've ever set foot inside a restaurant, private club or hotel, you know that fine flatware is not just silverware. It's an intricate art form with hundreds of years of history behind it.
So what makes restaurant flatware different from other kinds? And how does the best restaurant flatware make dining more pleasurable?
Fine flatware has always been used to enhance the dining experience. But it wasn't until the late 1800s that flatware gained fame as its own industry when companies began stamping their individual makers' marks on silver tableware. And by mid-century, international competitions were launched in Vienna, Paris and London to promote excellence in flatware design with categories in silver, cutlery and table accessories.
Today in America, consumers are experiencing a renewed interest in flatware. The industry is growing and the market has diversified to include not only traditional flatware but also flatware with distinctive touches like hand-applied finishes and the artistry of sculpting, carving and etching.
As consumers become more educated about flatware, they're demanding finer detailing with extra touches like colored handles or "bling" that make their table settings all the more special. And restaurant owners are now recognizing that these finely wrought utensils are necessary equipment for fine dining.
As you will see, restaurant flatware is designed to be both functional and beautiful. It's made with the requirements of a commercial kitchen in mind, yet it can also provide you with an elegant table setting at home.
Best Restaurant Flatware
Napoli Luxury Flatware
Long handles, elegant design and finish- you won’t regret getting this Napoli Luxury Flatware Set. Hand forged to perfection with 100% stainless steel, the long handle will make it easy for waiters to serve guests at your table completion or even at parties.
The set is dishwasher safe and comes in packages of 24 pieces per set or 48 pieces per set with an electroplated black color finish for added protection!
Milano Luxury Flatware
Your restaurant table deserves to be elevated. This classy Gold Flatware set will polish off your place settings beautifully while adding timeless elegance! The Milano Flatware Sets adds sleek and slender style to your table. Hand-forged from 100% 18/10 stainless steel, this elegant design is durable for daily use making it the perfect investment in chic dining sets.
This elegant set made of quality materials like 304 stainless steel is perfect for restaurants. Make your table come to life with these black utensils that are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Using high-quality components you will be able to enjoy this flatware set for years after your purchase.
What Is Important For Flatware In Restaurants?
Design and appearance
If it is good looking it will make a restaurant feel more elegant.
It has to be durable enough to withstand the commercial kitchen environment. Silverware gets dropped, kicked around, dragged on floors, banged against tabletops, etc.- sometimes several times a day-and has to be able to stand up to that kind of abuse.
Restaurant silverware needs good balance when picked up in the hand, which makes it easier for servers and customers alike to handle. Also, it should feel comfortable in the hand with either a rounded or squared edge on the handle since both flatware users and non-users prefer to hold silverware with a rounded handle.
It should be dishwasher safe, which means it has to have a high resistance to corrosion and pitting. Silverware that's used in commercial kitchens is often put right into the dishwasher for an intense cleaning at the end of the night.
Another requirement is that restaurant flatware has to be resistant to staining by coffee, tea or red wine.
What Is Commercial Grade Flatware?
Commercial grade flatware is Silverware that has been sold to restaurant chains or are certified for use in food establishments.
These flatwares are also suitable for the home, but they have more strict requirements with respect to quality and durability because it will be used frequently by professionals, not merely occasionally at family dinners.