Choosing the right dinnerware for your food service 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 The WEBstaurant Store to choose from, where do you begin?
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.
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 china, 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 The WEBstaurant Store allows you to take advantage of our purchasing volume and stay in full control of your dinnerware costs.
The WEBstaurant Store 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 The WEBstaurant Store 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 dinnerware 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 has a two-year chip warranty
Choice China has a two-year chip warranty
Homer Laughlin has a five-year chip warranty
Tuxton has a two-year chip warranty
Is there a shape guarantee on your dinnerware patterns?
Which is best: high alumina or flint body?
A high-alumina body will offer the following benefits: impact and thermal shock resistance to ensure the product will stand up to the pressures of the most demanding kitchen environments, maximum chip resistance, superb durability / strength, and maximum heat retention
Is your dinnerware fully vitrified?
A fully vitrified product is essential to food safety
Does your dinnerware stack rim to rim?
Rim-to-rim stacking prevents marks on the face of plates
Shape, Size and Color
The color, size of the rim or the type of edge of a dinnerware pattern can completely change the way your food is presented to your guests.
Note: It is always best to get a sample before placing china 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 dinnerware 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.
Based in Lancaster, PA, we are the leading restaurant supply store providing restaurant supplies and equipment to the foodservice industry and individual customers worldwide. With over 2 million orders shipped, our large stocked inventory and fast shipping make us the best choice to fill your needs.