Buying Guide

Choosing the right types of dinnerware for your foodservice operation can save you money and lots of headaches. This buying guide will introduce you to the many choices you will have to make when determining what dinnerware to purchase. With hundreds of choices at WebstaurantStore to choose from, where do you begin?

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Fiesta Dinnerware


Multiple concentric ridges trace these dinnerware pieces to highlight and frame your celebrated cuisine.

  • Key Attributes
  • Bold Colors
  • Concentric Ridges
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  • Oneida "Culinaria"
  • Fiestaware in action
  • Fiestaware in action
  • Fiestaware in action
Lyrica Dinnerware


Soft sculpting, reminiscent of brush strokes, provides a light embellishment and adds elegance as well as sophistication.

  • Key Attributes
  • Fine sculpting
  • Soft ivory / white coloring
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  • Oneida "Espree"
  • Delco "Arcadia"
  • Syracuse "Cascade"
  • Vertex "Sausalito"
  • Lyrica dinnerware in action
  • Lyrica in action
Rolled Edge Dinnerware

Rolled Edge

Rolled Edge China combines soft lines and simplicity to put all of the attention on your favorite dishes.

  • Key Attributes
  • Clean and simple look
  • Traditional rolled edge design
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  • Buffalo "Rolled Edge"
  • Delco "Atlantic Rolled Edge"
  • Syracuse "Wide Rim"
  • Vertex "Kentfield"
  • World Table "Princess"
  • Crestware "Arlington"
  • Tradeco International "Rolled Edge China"
  • International Tableware "Roma"
  • Rolled Edge dinnerware in action
  • Rolled Edge dinnerware in action
Narrow Rim Dinnerware

Narrow Rim

Maximizing the surface space for your mouth-watering cuisine, these dinnerware pieces feature a simple narrow rim design.

  • Key Attributes
  • Take full advantage of eating area
  • Simple, timeless design
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  • Buffalo "Conservo"
  • Rego "Narrow Rim"
  • Delco "Atlantic Narrow Rim"
  • Syracuse "Narrow Rim"
  • Vertex "Vista"
  • World Table "Kingsmen"
  • Crestware "Arlington"
  • Tradeco International "Arctic"
  • International Tableware "Valencia"
Pristine Dinnerware


Crisp white coloring enhances the simple, wide rim design of these timeless dinnerware pieces.

  • Key Attributes
  • Porcelain white coloring
  • Wide rim design
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  • Rego "Rolled Edge"
  • Delco "Ceramicor Rolled Edge"
  • Syracuse "Reflections"
  • Vertex "Argyle"
  • World Table "Pocelana Rolled Edge"
  • Tradeco International "Cambridge"
  • International Tableware "Dover"
  • Pristine dinnerware in action
  • Pristine dinnerware in action
  • Pristine dinnerware in action
Swirl Dinnerware


Deep waves of sculpted embellishments enhance the rim of these eye-catching dinnerware pieces.

  • Key Attributes
  • Bold swirled design molded into rim
  • Upscale, stylish look
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  • Delco "Swirl"
  • Swirl dinnerware in action
  • Swirl dinnerware in action
  • Swirl dinnerware in action
Scalloped Edge Dinnerware

Scalloped Edge

Scalloped edges create a cheerful atmosphere along the rims of these distinctive dinnerware pieces.

  • Key Attributes
  • Subtle scalloped edge design
  • Available with or without bold outer rim accents
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  • Tuxton "Shell"
  • Buffalo "Caprice"
  • Homer Laughlin "Carolyn"
  • Syracuse "Dawn"
  • World Table "Imperial"
  • Tradeco International "Savory"
  • International Tableware "Victoria"
Dunes Dinnerware


Speckled China is a perfect blend between plain white China and solid colored China, with the right amount of color to dress up your place settings.

  • Key Attributes
  • Features outer accent band along rim
  • Adds color to traditional ivory dinnerware
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  • Tuxton "Bahamas"
  • Buffalo "Abilene"
  • Rego "Dunes"
  • Syracuse "Mesa Grande"
  • CAC "Arizona"
  • CAC "Emerald"
  • World Table "Desert Sand"
  • Tradeco International "Santa Fe"
  • International Tableware "Granada"
Times Square Dinnerware

Times Square

Square and rectangular China will add a unique flair to any table setting with non-traditional designs and dramatic lines.

  • Key Attributes
  • Bold, geometric shapes
  • Perfect for creating unique place settings
  • Times Square dinnerware in action
  • Times Square dinnerware in action
Gothic Dinnerware


The elegant latticework embossing on the rim makes this china perfect for most any place or occasion.

  • Key Attributes
  • Latticework pattern on rim
  • Soft ivory/white coloring
  • Gothic dinnerware in action
  • Gothic dinnerware in action
Empire Coupe Dinnerware

Empire Coupe

This durable and clean-looking china features a contemporary coupe shape with a large well area.

  • Key Attributes
  • Coupe shape, large well, no rim
  • Soft ivory/white coloring
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  • Oneida "Cato"
  • Buffalo "Coupe Undecorated"
  • Syracuse "Reflections Coupe"
  • Empire Coupe dinnerware in action
  • Empire Coupe dinnerware in action

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
  • Hard and dense
  • Somewhat vitrified
  • Chip and scratch resistant
  • Not recommended for food service
  • 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.



Industry standard, very versatile

Medium Rim

Elegant, spacious palette for food presentation

Wide Rim



Maximum space for a lot of food

Narrow Rim

Traditional look, very durable edge

Scalloped Edge

Rounded, thicker edge for maximum durability

Rolled Edge

Square, rectangle, triangle, and other various shapes


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


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!


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.