Formal dining rooms are rapidly going the way of the dinosaurs. It’s not that homeowners aren’t gathering for meals and conversation, but multi-purpose kitchen spaces, which include a dining area or nook, are de rigueur today. No matter your space's size, you need a great dining table—and they can be expensive. And like most things, you get what you pay for. We've rounded up 11 high-end tables that are worth every penny of their price tags. All of them are expertly crafted from 100 percent real wood and metals—no fillers, composites or laminates involved.
Up on a Pedestal [photo above]
Fashioned out of solid elm with a distressed finish that accents the wood’s natural grain, this rustic table has an appealing earthy quality. Sculptural pedestal legs provide pleasing architectural detail and the table’s generous scale (it seats eight) allows you to host a crowd without them bumping elbows with their neighbors.
The More the Merrier
Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn
Ever had a few unexpected guests arrive for dinner? This classic farmhouse table easily solves that problem with its natural planked pine top, designed with a handy extension leaf for two extra feet of space. The table's country look continues with its mahogany base, finished in antique white, and graceful turned wooden legs.
The Great Gatherer
Photo: Courtesy of Horchow
This sparkly round table is very of-the-moment, rich with art deco-inspired elements from the 1920s and 30s and worthy of a Great Gatsby-style dinner party. Its pedestal base is made of eco-friendly rubberwood and covered in shimmering antiqued mirrors with silver accents. Topped with glass, this dramatic table makes a design statement no matter the surroundings.
An Antique Touch
Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie
The simple top and graceful legs of this table showcase the subtle, yet bold, claw-and-ball feet. This detail is a traditional element in many antiques, however most antique dining tables are smaller in scale. Because of its large size, this ebony-stained oak table is a great choice if you love to host a crowd.
Come With me to the Kasbah
Photo: Courtesy of Layla Grace
Flamboyant turned wood is a traditional element of Moroccan design, and this ebony table’s glamorous sinuous legs epitomize this. Bonus: the table’s rounded corners not only look good, they are a family-friendly choice for those with kids dashing around the house.
Photo: Courtesy of west elm
The clean, delicate lines on this mid-century dining table are deceptive. Despite its airy look, this solid-eucalyptus table can expand to comfortably seat 10 people. It's great for an apartment or loft because it's large size is practical, while its elegant form won't overwhelm your space.
It's Greek to Me
Photo: Courtesy of Wisteria
A sturdy column, inspired by those found in ancient Greek and Roman architecture, solidly anchors this round table. Its weathered appearance adds a warm, rustic touch to a smaller scale space, like a large dining nook or intimate dining area.
Photo: Courtesy of Candelabra
Add an unexpected element to your dining space with a square table. Though less common than their rectangular cousins, their symmetric shape makes them versatile and easy to work with. The lead-inspired finish is a cool, modern twist on a traditional pedestal design.
A French Affair
Photo: Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma
Transport yourself to a bustling Parisian cafe with this traditional bistro table. A handcrafted rugged cast iron base with gun-metal finish supports a clear glass (or marble) top, and the table is available in two sizes. The versatility of this design is perfect for a casual atmosphere but can also transition to a more formal space.
Art Deco and Divine
Photo: Courtesy of Ralph Lauren
This art-deco reproduction by Ralph Lauren is worthy of a grand Dorothy Draper dining room. The simply elegant table is made of ebony-stained pine and finished with hand-applied silver-leaf detailing. Rather than an army of chairs, consider a banquette, which maximizes seating without being as overwhelming when you’re using a larger table.
Built to Last
Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn
With its eucalyptus base and faux concrete top, this table is not only eco-friendly, but hardy enough to work inside or out. Tip: If you live in a super-humid climate and like to leave windows open during cooler months, try using a table like this and cover your chairs in an outdoor fabric to avoid weather damage.
P.S. Have a small kitchen? Check out Remodelista's round-up of petite kitchen tables.
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