There is something primal and deeply satisfying about cooking and enjoying a meal outdoors, be it toasting marshmallows on a camp fire or grilling burgers for a weekend barbecue. These days socializing and entertaining feels less fraught when it's taking place outdoors, encouraging us to fix up our outdoor decks, patios, and backyards and move the party outside whenever possible.
And just as our indoor kitchens have become the hub of the home in recent years, with an ever increasing attention to style and decor, and ever more demanding expectations for appliances and gear, these days we want our outdoor cooking spaces to be just as equipped, efficient, and stylish. Whether that means a chic, compact built-in grilling station on your condo balcony, a backyard patio with a wall of cooking and prep space, or a full-blown luxury outdoor kitchen that's part of an entertaining oasis complete with a fully equipped kitchen, dining and lounge spaces, depends on your space, needs, and budget.
Check out these outdoor kitchens in a range of styles, sizes, and price ranges that rival any indoor space for inspiration on how to turn your own outdoor cooking area into an oasis fit for endless summer gatherings of friends and family.
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This vibrant modern outdoor kitchen in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood from Heather Hilliard Design is located on a large balcony just off of the main kitchen and dining space. Bright blue cabinetry adds an unexpected splash of color, but the towering multi-colored living wall behind it steals the show with its manicured design that resembles a work of modern art.
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This warm and relaxing San Francisco outdoor kitchen from Seed Studio Landscape Design features a tiled, wood-fired pizza oven and grill that is seamlessly integrated with vertical wood veneer slats that match the same tones as the horizontal wood fencing. A vibrant blue Moroccan-style backsplash adds some color and indoor sophistication, and light toned concrete pavers and integrated lighting adds modern polish and a pleasing nighttime ambiance.
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This outdoor kitchen from interior designer Lance Thomas of Thomas Guy Interiors is tucked onto the back wall of a spacious exterior patio and blends in perfectly with the outdoor space's gray and white palette and adjacent lounge space. Thomas recommends using weather-friendly materials and fabrics in an outdoor space for durability, such as eco-friendly rattan. And he recommends incorporating greenery such as banana leaf trees and orchids "to add a touch of nature," adding that "high-design planters can be a creative way to show off one’s own personal style."Continue to 4 of 50 below.
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This long, linear outdoor kitchen and dining area from interior designer Maite Granda has a mix of brick, concrete, stainless steel, and wood, with a vaulted skylight and a clear glass sheet railing that separates the dining room from the pool. The spacious kitchen includes plenty of closed storage space so that supplies can be neatly stored outside, eliminating annoying trips back and forth between the indoors and the outdoors.Continue to 5 of 50 below.
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This L-shaped outdoor kitchen from Marie Flanigan Interiors has stainless steel appliances and a pretty patterned tile backsplash that makes it feel as put together as an inside space. An oversized statement hood vent helps to whisk away smoke from the grill and adds dimension to the outdoor space.
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This spacious outdoor kitchen from Mel Bean Interiors is connected to the outdoors on one side and to the indoor kitchen on the other, separated by sliding windows, and features an outdoor living room space on the other side of the patio with a sofa and a fireplace. “It is important that the design is functional for the family," says Bean, who recommends "prioritizing hardworking fabrics and an open-concept layout that connects to the outdoors for family—kids and dogs included—to move around."
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This compact backyard kitchen grilling station from Manscapers has no-nonsense industrial stainless steel appliances, matte black wood fencing, and plenty of surrounding greenery to define the kitchen and lounge spaces and to soften up the industrial vibes of the kitchen.
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This Brooklyn outdoor kitchen from New Eco Landscapes has a wood-clad bar opposite the grilling area that is clad in the same warm wood siding for a cohesive look. The bar offers a place for casual meals or keeping the grill master company, while a larger dining table, banquette and chairs is located a few feet away for sit-down meals and large gatherings.Continue to 9 of 50 below.
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Up on the Roof
The outdoor kitchen on this rooftop terrace from Fantastic Frank is sleek and compact, with stainless steel appliances and a barbecue built into a freestanding block positioned with its back to the outdoor lounge area on the other side. A pergola provides shade for dining and designer chairs in shades of white, gray, and blue add a contemporary note.
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This transitional style outdoor kitchen from Marie Flanigan Interiors has a massive signature oven hood with a pewter finish that creates a focal point and provides an essential service for those who don't like choking on smoke from the barbecue. A counter to ceiling backsplash of pale buttery stone adds texture, wood cabinetry adds warmth, and a large modern table and chairs with clean lines keep it from leaning too traditional. Located on the back patio just off the kitchen and separated by stylish modern metal grid glass walls and doors makes it feel like a well integrated extension to the home and provides convenient access.
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The main event in this outdoor kitchen from real estate agent and interior designer Julian Porcino is a brick pizza oven painted in a warm shade of gray along the side wall of a spacious Los Angeles patio.Continue to 12 of 50 below.
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Create a Corridor
While some people like their outdoor kitchens to be as open plan as their indoor kitchens, there are still some people who prefer to keep their kitchens discreetly tucked away and their meal prep mess mostly out of sight. This Florida outdoor kitchen from interior designer Maite Granda is set up corridor-style and behind a half wall that's tall enough to hide clutter from the lounge space on the other side. A row of pendant lights defines the space.Continue to 13 of 50 below.
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Go Full Size
This outdoor kitchen from Fantastic Frank is sheltered from the elements by a large tarp, and equipped with a wall of black appliances and prep space that includes a full-size fridge. The wood deck flooring is a nice contrast with the stone wall surrounding the yard, and woven rattan chairs with black metal bases offer a casual chic look.Continue to 14 of 50 below.
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Semi Outdoor Space
Depending on the climate where you live, a fully outdoor kitchen isn't always desirable or realistic. This semi-outdoor kitchen from Martha O'Hara Interiors is located on the back screened in porch of a Prior Lake, Minnesota bungalow that protects it from the elements and keeps cooks and diners safe from the bugs.
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Holiday Home Vibes
The outdoor kitchen in this Ibiza home from Fantastic Frank has a holiday beach vibe. The boxy white structure creates a well defined space that's separate from the main house, and the cooking and prep area is largely hidden behind a covered outdoor bar. Two open sides ensure that the breezes keep flowing and that the kitchen and bar area remains open to the rest of the backyard entertaining space.Continue to 16 of 50 below.
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If you live in a state like Florida, you can invest in an outdoor kitchen knowing that it will get year-round use. This formal Florida outdoor kitchen and dining space from Lisa Gilmore Design is fully equipped and lit for poolside cooking and dining thanks to built-in lighting on the ceiling, the cooking and prep spaces, and a giant chandelier over the dining table.Continue to 17 of 50 below.
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This luxurious poolside kitchen from Fantastic Frank is designed in shades of pale stone and black finishes, with a sleek built-in kitchen wall and a large outdoor dining table. An imposing hood vent and large carved stone sculptures on either side of the kitchen wall define the space and create a dramatic handcrafted focal point when viewed from behind the glass doors on the inside.
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An outdoor kitchen can be the focal point of an outdoor patio, or tucked away to give the rest of the decor a chance to shine. On this outdoor patio kitchen and dining space from Breeze Giannasio Interiors, a compact grilling and prep area is located at the back of the long, linear space, leaving the formal dining area with its black-and-white play of patterns and retro vibes to take center stage.
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This expansive, secluded outdoor kitchen in Bridgehampton, New York from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is the stuff that summer house dreams are made of, decked out in cool, calming shades of gray that complement the stainless steel, state-of-the-art outdoor cooking equipment and cabinetry. The vast outdoor space is a self-contained living space designed for outdoor summer living and entertaining, complete with a lounge area, a firepit, and large dining table under a majestic tree.
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Not everyone has a backyard that can house a large outdoor kitchen, but if you're an apartment or condo dweller who is fortunate enough to have a balcony, a built-in grilling station can feel like a luxury. This small outdoor space from White Sands Design Build has a compact grilling station and lounge seating, but an outdoor table and chairs would work here, too.Continue to 21 of 50 below.
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While an outdoor kitchen can be a focal point in some exterior spaces, in this large Newport Beach, California backyard from Mindy Gayer Design Co., the kitchen is visible from the main outdoor space but tucked along a side wall, leaving space for lounge and dining areas around the pool.
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The grilling station in this outdoor kitchen from Design Lines Signature includes a regular grill and a Big Green Egg, located steps away from a shaded, well appointed seating area through an archway that offers a place to relax while you're waiting for your food to cook.Continue to 23 of 50 below.
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Decorating a rooftop space can require a great deal of vigilance and maintenance. If you like to keep things simple and don't want to have to worry about your outdoor space when you're not up for a rooftop grill session, opt for a minimalist approach, like this New York City rooftop kitchen from New Eco Landscapes. With a long linear grilling and prep space built against an outdoor wall, it has plenty of built in storage for food, cookware, tableware, and other essentials, and wood cladding for warmth.
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This outdoor kitchen from Studio KT has contrasting mixed light and dark stone finishes that gives the backsplash and bar counter dimension against the sprawling stone patio. Built in sconce lighting adds polish and warm light after dark.Continue to 25 of 50 below.
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This small outdoor kitchen grilling and prep station from Manscapers is tucked away in the corner of an urban rooftop deck in New York City, sheltered with tall wood fencing for shade and privacy, and surrounded by mixed greenery climbing up the walls and in reclaimed wood planters to give it a casual chic urban vibe.
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This long linear outdoor kitchen from New Eco Landscapes is clad in warm wood that contrasts with the stainless steel grill hood and the rough stone pavers that cover the spacious patio floor.
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The sleek white minimalist outdoor kitchen on this sun-bleached rooftop terrace in Ibiza from Fantastic Frank is seamlessly built into the wall, making it almost look like part of the architecture until you squint.
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The outdoor kitchen and dining area in this backyard living space from New Eco Landscapes has painted black deck flooring that defines the space and offers contrast with the adjacent paved stone patio and lounge space.Continue to 29 of 50 below.
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The interior of this small indoor outdoor kitchen and bar from Mark Langos Interior Design includes a glass-front deli-style fridge stocked with beverages.
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This covered modern farmhouse-style outdoor kitchen from Marie Flanigan Interiors has a gleaming stainless steel backsplash, a vintage-style oven, fresh painted blue cabinetry, a mix of wood finishes, and a swinging slatted half door just for fun.
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Covering the front of the outdoor kitchen cabinetry with natural toned wood similar to the outdoor fencing and tall angled pergola gives this outdoor kitchen from New Eco Landscapes a cohesive look. Bright blue chairs around the dining table add a colorful focal point that complements the surrounding greenery.
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Add Bar Seating
Blogger Leslie Saeta from My 100 Year Old Home added an island with a built-in sink, cold storage, and prep space on one side and bar seating on the other to her outdoor patio to expand an outdoor cooking station that already included a barbecue and a smoker. The lightly white-washed brick island matches the patio floor and looks like it's always been there, creating a central hub in their large outdoor living space that also includes an outdoor living room and additional conversation area.
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This all-white outdoor space from A Beautiful Mess includes a sink and peninsula that divides the dining space from the all-white kitchen that is built into a back wall and features a single yellow accent that catches the eye. A smattering of potted plants help connect the outdoor space to the yard beyond.Continue to 35 of 50 below.
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New Eco Landscapes created a functional galley-style kitchen layout by positioning a bar opposite the outdoor kitchen block. Using the same stone countertops and similar warm toned wood cladding makes the two elements feel cohesive despite their slightly varying proportions, like fraternal rather than identical twins.
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This glamorous outdoor kitchen from Italy's Officine Gullo is an over-the-top exercise in luxury and glamour, with its sleek white and silver tones, high-end appliances and fittings, classic marble flooring, and fun details like a restaurant-style wineglass rack suspended from the pergola ceilings.Continue to 37 of 50 below.
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A large window over the sink in this outdoor kitchen from Mel Bean Interiors offers a view of the indoors for a change.
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This outdoor grilling area and lounge space from Mary Patton Design has a seamless, contemporary look, with comfortable modern seating, clean lines, a patterned rug, and neutral tones save for some nearly fluorescent pops of green that are a callback to the green lawn beyond.
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This modestly proportioned outdoor kitchen from New Eco Landscapes is located on a New York City rooftop patio, two steps up from the astroturf lawn, and adjacent to an outdoor lounge space and dining area under a pergola. Reclaimed planters filled with mixed greenery lining the walls of the rooftop add a welcome dose of nature in the middle of the concrete jungle.
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Installing an outdoor kitchen that's right outside the house can be convenience and might save money on plumbing and electrical installation. But installing a kitchen on the far end of the yard can make your outdoor kitchen space feel like a self-contained unit and ensure that the house doesn't get permeated with grill smoke or cooking smells. Case in point: this outdoor kitchen from Seed Studio Landscape Design located across the pool area and lawn of this spacious backyard.
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Shades of Gray
This outdoor kitchen and bar set-up from Officine Gullo has cabinetry, appliances, and fittings in tones of stainless steel and silver, and gray stone and concrete finish flooring and a containing wall and bar island that creates a sophisticated tone on tone design.Continue to 44 of 50 below.
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A low-slung ledge planted with bulbous succulents adds a fresh green element behind this shiny outdoor kitchen from Officine Gullo.Continue to 45 of 50 below.
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Pretty in Pink
This simple outdoor grilling station from Living With Lolo features a striking pink grill built into a freestanding block that offers plenty of prep space, and a front tiled in glossy black square tiles that gleam in the sunlight.Continue to 46 of 50 below.
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This outdoor kitchen from Landscape Associates, John Koss Builders, and Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is a freestanding structure built on a sprawling property on the outskirts of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Thick columns support a sturdy roof with built-in ceiling fans and open sides that offer wrap-around views of the surrounding landscape that includes a pond for fishing tonight's dinner.Continue to 47 of 50 below.
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This luxurious outdoor kitchen from Officine Gullo has wraparound seating, a central grill, and sleek contemporary finishes that is ideal for entertaining.Continue to 49 of 50 below.
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In the Ivy
This white and bright outdoor kitchen from Kern & Co. has painted wood siding, stainless steel appliances, scattered ivy and large pavers in a green grass grid pattern.Continue to 50 of 50 below.
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This Coral Gables, Florida outdoor kitchen from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet is the centerpiece of a large year-round entertaining space that includes a dining and lounge area. The fully equipped kitchen has every luxury imaginable for the outdoor home cook, from a built-in grill that can be used to cook for parties of 50 people, a powerful oven hood, a gas-fired pizza oven, four cooktop burners, energy efficient refrigerator and freezer space, an outdoor wine chiller, plenty of prep space, and perhaps best of all, an outdoor dishwasher.