Different Types of Flatware
With so many options out there, shopping for restaurant flatware can be a challenge – that's why we've created this handy guide. In this flatware buying guide, you’ll learn about some common terms related to commercial flatware to help you make an educated decision in choosing the right flatware that's best suited for your establishment. It's important to know the differences between the various styles, because, with all the different types of flatware available in the market, the decision making process can become extremely overwhelming! We've even made it easier by including a comparison guide so you can view each pattern we offer, and compare it in style to similar patterns from other manufacturers to ensure your new flatware matches your existing collection.
Check out this video to learn what type of flatware is best for your restaurant or establishment! Learn how the weight and material of flatware can help you decide which flatware option is the most economical choice for you.
Fine Dining Etiquette for Servers
From customer service and sommeliers , to place settings and posture, there are many rules and standards that are expected to be followed when working in a formal dining environment. Though some of these etiquette practices may seem like common sense to some servers, such as smiling and being polite, others may be unfamiliar to new employees who aren’t used to working at formal restaurants or banquets. Though the rules may differentiate from place to place, these fine dining etiquette tips should serve as a basic guideline when providing patrons with the best meal, service, and atmosphere possible. Whether you’re serving dinner at a fine dining restaurant, wedding reception, or upscale event, these etiquette tips will help ensure you act professionally in any formal foodservice setting. Types of Table Service Depending on the event or meal being served, the type of table service will vary. Formal dining at restaurants will be different than at a buffet or catered wedding reception, but all service types aim to serve patrons quickly, efficiently, and with great care. American - The most common style of restaurant service; Customers first choose options from a menu , and entrees are then cooked and plated in the kitchen before being served. Servers should u se descriptive adjectives when explaining menu items to patrons, and have extensive knowledge of different flavors found on the menu. Successful servers are able to anticipate when to bring items to the table before they are requested. When serving a la carte, guests are given a menu and can choose pre-selected items, which works best in settings where there may be budget constraints, or when planning is required beforehand such as weddings. Family-Style - Guests serve themselves from large platters presented on the dinner table. Dishes and trays are then passed from the left to the right. Servers will generally be present for the beginning and end of the meal to set up and then clean up the table. Fren
Complete Your Table Settings with Our Varied Selection of Restaurant Flatware
Browse our selection of restaurant flatware to find the perfect pattern and style to complement your fast food, casual, or fine dining establishment. Our sets of commercial flatware are designed with presentation and quality in mind, so whether you choose an option with a shiny luster finish or a set with a soft shine, your choice is sure to add the perfect finishing touch to your dining tables. We also offer flatware in various weights, depending on how casual or upscale your dining establishment is.
Choose from medium weight for economical flatware, heavy weight for a sturdier feel, and extra heavy weight for the most upscale and durable option. Our restaurant flatware includes forks, spoons, and knives, as well as specialty utensils like bouillon spoons, salad forks, grapefruit tools, and steak knives. Your staff will also appreciate our various commercial flatware options that are dishwasher safe, which is ideal for use in high volume establishments where cleanup times are an issue.
Flatware By Type
To make your shopping experience as easy as possible, we organize our flatware by type. Browse our selection of forks, spoons, and knives, so you can stock up on the utensils you need for your restaurant, bar, or catering business. You’ll also find serving accessories like slotted spoons and pasta forks. Choose from flatware of various weights and styles to find the best set for your casual eatery or fine dining establishment.
Medium Weight Flatware
Medium weight flatware, also known as economy weight flatware, is great for schools, hospitals, and other institutions where loss or theft happens more frequently. This stainless steel flatware is corrosion-resistant and feels light in your hand. Thanks to its economical price, you can reorder more when you need it without stretching your budget!
Heavy Weight Flatware
Heavy weight flatware is made of durable and corrosion-resistant stainless steel. It's more durable than medium weight flatware, and it also features a finer finish. These utensils feel heavier in your customers' hands, and we offer a wide range of styles, from undecorated to ornate designs, to add style to your table settings. Use heavy weight flatware at casual, fast casual, and mid-level food service businesses.
Extra Heavy Weight Flatware
Extra heavy weight flatware comes with more nickel content, making it more durable and rust-resistant than alternative options. Because of its nickel content, extra heavy weight flatware won't be picked up by flatware retrievers, but it boasts a superior shine and luster. This premium grade flatware is great for fine dining establishments and feels very sturdy in your diners' hands, giving them more stability and control as they eat.
Other Tabletop Supplies
- Carlisle Crystalon RimGlow Designer Plastic Tumblers
- Paper and Plastic Roll Table Covers
- Tall Wine Glasses
- Condiment Holders and Dispensers
- Stemware Beer Glasses
- GET Spektrum Designer Plastic Tumblers
- Cobalt Blue Homer Laughlin Fiesta Dinnerware
- New York Stolzle Glasses
- Novelty Beverageware
- Plastic Petal Mist Dinnerware and Serveware
- Sage Homer Laughlin Fiesta Dinnerware
- Slate Homer Laughlin Fiesta Dinnerware
- Turquoise Homer Laughlin Fiesta Dinnerware
- Versailles Stolzle Glasses
- Weinland Stolzle Glasses
From owners of cafés and coffee shops to operators of large dining halls and popular restaurants, our restaurant flatware will allow you to create the perfect tabletop presentation. You’ll also find flatware with intricately designed handles for an even more elegant appeal. Whether you need medium weight flatware for your healthcare facility or heavy weight flatware for your casual restaurant, we have the options for you. To complete your table setting, be sure to check out our china dinnerware, beverageware, and cloth table covers! If you're wondering where to buy flatware, we have a large selection available at the lowest prices.