Chinaware

Buying Guide

Dunes

Dunes

Key Attributes

  • Speckled design
  • Can feature outer accent band of color
  • Traditional ivory dinnerware with a twist
Similar Brands
Tuxton
CAC
  • Emerald
Buffalo
  • Abilene
Delco
  • Alamo
Rego
  • Dunes
Syracuse
  • Mesa Grande
World Table
  • Desert Sand
Tradeco
  • Santa Fe
Int. Tableware
  • Granada
Empire Coupe

Empire Coupe

Key Attributes

  • Large well area, little to no rim
  • Trendy coupe shape
  • Ivory or white coloring
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
Choice
CAC
Oneida
  • Cato
Buffalo
  • Coupe Undecorated
Syracuse
  • Reflections Coupe
Fiestaware

Fiestaware

Key Attributes

  • Multiple concentric ridges as an outline
  • Familiar design, trendy look
  • Bold colors
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
CAC
Oneida
  • Culinaria
Gothic

Gothic

Key Attributes

  • Elegant latticework embossing rim
  • Soft, subtle design
  • Ivory or white coloring
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Lyrica

Lyrica

Key Attributes

  • Soft, whispy lines, reminiscient of brush strokes
  • Fine sculpting
  • Soft ivory or white coloring
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
CAC
Oneida
  • Espree
Delco
  • Arcadia
Syracuse
  • Cascade
Vertex
  • Sausalito
Narrow Rim

Narrow Rim

Key Attributes

  • Simply designed
  • Large plate surface area with narrow rim design
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
CAC
Buffalo
  • Conservo
Delco
  • Atlantic Narrow Rim
Rego
  • Narrow Rim
Syracuse
  • Narrow Rim
World Table
  • Kingsmen
Tradeco
  • Arctic
Int. Tableware
  • Valencia
Vertex
  • Vista
Pristine

Pristine

Key Attributes

  • Wide-rim design
  • Simple, clean, elegant
  • Porcelain-white coloring
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
CAC
Delco
  • Ceramicor Rolled Edge
Rego
  • Rolled Edge
Syracuse
  • Reflections
World Table
  • Porcelana Rolled Edge
Tradeco
  • Cambridge
Int. Tableware
  • Dover
Vertex
  • Argyle
Rolled Edge

Rolled Edge

Key Attributes

  • Simple and clean look
  • Polished, rolled edge design
  • Soft lines and elegance
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
CAC
Cardinal
Buffalo
  • Rolled Edge
Delco
  • Atlantic Rolled Edge
Syracuse
  • Wide Rim
World Table
  • Princess
Tradeco
  • Rolled Edge China
Int. Tableware
  • Roma
Vertex
  • Kentfield
Scalloped Edge

Scalloped Edge

Key Attributes

  • Subtle scalloped edge
  • Distinctive yet clean appearance
  • Ivory or white - can include bold outer-edge accent colors
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
  • Carolyn
Tuxton
CAC
Buffalo
  • Caprice
Syracuse
  • Dawn
World Table
  • Imperial
Tradeco
  • Savory
Int. Tableware
  • Victoria
Tradeco
  • Rolled Edge China
Int. Tableware
  • Roma
Swirl

Swirl

Key Attributes

  • Sculpted embellishments along rim
  • Deep wave pattern
  • Bold, upscale, stylish
Similar Brands
Tuxton
Delco
  • Swirl
Times Square

Times Square

Key Attributes

  • Square and rectangular-shaped china
  • Bold, geometric shapes, dramatic lines and clean presentation
  • White or colored China
Similar Brands
Homer Laughlin
Tuxton
Choice
CAC
World Table
  • Slate

The Importance of China Selection

Front of the House

Front of the House

  • China assists in defining a restaurant’s personality; it sets the mood and can reinforce the theme of the venue
  • Guest expectations have become increasingly high, and, next to the food itself, table settings determine how a customer will evaluate the operation
  • It’s the chef’s canvas for culinary presentation, and attention to plating detail can make a big competitive difference
Back of the House

Back of the House

  • Sanitation: A 100% vitrified product is essential to prevent crazing and cracking which can accumulate bacteria. Food safety matters!
  • Durability/Ovenability: A durable product is important to withstand the rigors of commercial foodservice use
  • Storage and Stacking: Space is always an issue in most kitchens

Type of Dinnerware

The majority of what WebstaurantStore carries is ceramic or porcelain china.

Material Features
Stoneware
  • Hard and dense
  • Somewhat vitrified
  • Chip and scratch resistant
  • Not recommended for food service
Earthenware
  • Excellent heat conduction
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Resists rust and corrosion
  • Inexpensive
China / Porcelain
  • Vitreous
  • Delicate, smooth appearance
  • Kaolin clay
  • High strength and durability
Bone China
  • 25% bone ash
  • High white
  • Lighter in weight
  • Less brittle
  • Most expensive

Type of Operation

Are you a casual, high-volume establishment, or an upscale, fine-dining restaurant that seats 30? Your dinnerware needs will differ based on how many your restaurant seats and what type of dining environment you offer. Refer to our China Requirements Guide for guidelines on seating and table settings.

Comparison

Features

Industry standard, very versatile

Medium Rim
Features

Elegant, spacious palette for food presentation

Wide Rim
Features

Modern

Coupe
Features

Maximum space for a lot of food

Narrow Rim
Features

Traditional look, very durable edge

Scalloped Edge
Features

Rounded, thicker edge for maximum durability

Rolled Edge
Features

Square, rectangle, triangle, and other various shapes

Shapes
Features

Bright white, American white, Porcelain white, Speckled, Colored

Colors

Cost & Availability

Dinnerware is not a fixed cost. With constant use and commercial washing, dinnerware will eventually need to be replaced.

You can keep the initial and future costs of buying dinnerware low if the company you purchase from stocks the items you’re looking for. We stock all of our Choice brand chinaware, and some of our other top-selling brands like white Tuxton China. If a company says they will stock a new pattern just for you, customers often pay a premium for that service. Buying a stock pattern from WebstaurantStore allows you to take advantage of our purchasing volume and stay in full control of your dinnerware costs.

WebstaurantStore ships most orders within one day and currently reaches 75% of the United States within two business days. You can save extra on shipping costs by putting through larger case orders. Because WebstaurantStore specializes in getting large orders to businesses as quickly as possible, the more your business orders, the better your shipping cost will be per case. Check out our Time and Money Saving Shopping Tips for more information!

Durability

How can you tell if the chinaware you’re about to purchase is durable enough for your needs? Ask questions: there is no industry standard on durability. Every manufacturer is different and the guarantees on dinnerware vary widely.

Does your dinnerware pattern come with a chip warranty?

  • CAC China round plates and platters have a one-year chip warranty
  • Choice China round plates and platters have a one-year chip warranty
  • Hall China has a lifetime chip warranty
  • Homer Laughlin has a lifetime chip warranty
  • Tuxton has a limited lifetime edge chip warranty

Which is best: high alumina or flint body?

  • Alumina is a durable substance that acts as a partial replacement for silica. A high-alumina body offers a variety of benefits such as increased strength so resistance against chipping and breakage is improved
  • Alumina compound increases the whiteness of the finished product
  • High-alumina improves thermal conductivity, helping food to stay warm for longer periods of time

Is your dinnerware fully vitrified?

  • Fully vitrified means that your dinnerware is non-porous. Fully vitrified dinnerware is stronger and thinner than ware fired at lower temperatures.
  • A fully vitrified product does not absorb water, leading to less internal stress from expanding and contracting. This helps to prevent breakage and ensures a long life for your china with normal use

Does your dinnerware stack rim to rim?

  • Rim-to-rim stacking is designed so that plates rest on the outer rims, rather than resting the unglazed bottom of a plate on top of a glazed surface
  • This type of stacking prevents scratching and other damage to the surface of your valuable china

Shape, Size and Color

The color, size of the rim, or the type of edge of a chinaware pattern can completely change the way your food is presented to your guests.

Note: It is always best to get a sample before placing chinaware orders. Colors may vary depending on manufacturer.

Care, Maintenance and Storage

As the saying goes, “Dishes don’t break…they are broken.” It’s important to take good care of your chinaware to keep your replacement costs low.

  • Never stack plates higher than 12” on a shelf. Use a plate dispenser for easy storage
  • Store by size: plates in stacks, cups in racks
  • China should be stored at or below food plating area
  • Shelves should be non-magnetic stainless steel
  • Use a plastic or rubber scraper, or our line of white scrub pads to remove food
  • Do not store wet dishes

Please remember to always follow the manufacturer’s care, maintenance and storage instructions for best results.