Best bistro sets: 5 brilliant garden buys in wood, metal and wicker

These are the best bistro sets to make al fresco dining a joy this summer – however tiny your garden

best bistro sets: KETTLER Palma 2-Seater Round Garden Bistro Table & Chairs Set
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This is our edit of the best bistro sets for your garden. They will make dining al fresco a joy, they look great, their prices are brilliant – and they can be squeezed into the smallest of outdoor spaces, whether a courtyard garden, a small patio or even a balcony.  We've rounded up the best bistro set designs in a range of materials, from powder coated steel to wood and wicker to cater to all tastes, so whether yours is a country garden or urban courtyard, you're bound to find something to suit. And because we have a clever pricing widget, you can be sure you're seeing the best prices today.

Find more of the best garden furniture in our dedicated buyer's guide. 

1. Rive Droite bistro set

The best bistro set – this is the one we'd buy and there's a range of colours to choose from

Best for: All gardens
Material: : Powder coated steel
Weight: 16.3kgs
Reasons to buy
+Versatile design+Gorgeous colours
Reasons to avoid
-Small (although that's also a good thing...)

We can't think of any garden this bistro set won't suit. The simple, slimline design will allow you add seating to even the smallest of patios.

Why do we like it?

This is the ultimate choice for ease of use and storage: it's lightweight enough to move around, easy to fold away and store, but the construction is sturdy enough not to feel flimsy or wobbly. The beautiful colours are a welcome bonus, as is the possibility to purchase cushions. This bistro set is weatherproof, too, so you can leave it out on a rainy day.

  • Buy the Rive Droite Bistro Set

Rowlinson Havana Lattice Bistro Set

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2. Rowlinson Havana Lattice Bistro Set

The best metal bistro set

Best for: Traditional Gardens
Material: Steel
Weight: 13.9kg
Reasons to buy
+Traditional, intricate design+Folding chairs 
Reasons to avoid
-Won't be comfortable without cushions

If you love a traditional, wrought iron bistro set, you can't go wrong with this beautifully shaped set from Rowlinson. Its delicate design will especially suit period homes. 

What do we like about it? 

The set looks traditional, but it has been expertly powder-coated to make it completely weatherproof, so you can leave this set out in wet weather. We like the on-trend minty green shade, too. 

Find more of the best metal garden furniture in our buyer's guide to complement this bistro set.

  • Buy the Rowlinson Havana Lattice Bistro Set

3. Tice Bistro Set

Best bistro set for small spaces

Best for: Small spaces
Material: Metal
Weight: 17kg
Reasons to buy
+Striking design+Chairs tuck in under the table
Reasons to avoid
-No cushions-Doesn't fold away

The gorgeous, curved shapes of this bistro set will make a wonderful centrepiece on a small patio or balcony. 

What do we like about it? 

This bistro set is made from metal, but is delightfully light weight and easy to move around, with the chairs tucking in neatly underneath the oval-shaped table when not in use. We like how roomy the chairs feel despite the compact size, and the on-trend neutral colours. Bear in mind that this set isn't weatherproof and will need a furniture cover for when it rains. 

  • Buy the Tice bistro set

4. Kettler Palma 2-Seater Round Garden Bistro Table & Chairs Set

The best wicker bistro set

Best for: Comfort
Material: Synthetic wicker
Weight: Table: 8.2kg, Chair: 7.2kg
Reasons to buy
+Luxurious design+Ergonomic shape+Cushions included
Reasons to avoid

The refined design and craftsmanship of this bistro set makes it the perfect addition to a luxury garden design. 

What do we like about it?

This is as luxurious as bistro sets get. In classic wicker weave and appealing shape, it's the sort of set that's suitable for a long dinner. The cushions are sponge-clean only, but they are showerproof, and the whole set can be left outside all year round, and just needs an annual clean with warm soapy water.

Love this look? Find more of the best rattan garden furniture in our guide.

  • Buy the Kettler Palma Bistro Set

5. John Lewis & Partners Venice Garden Bistro Set

The best wooden bistro set

Best for: Rustic style
Material: Eucalyptus wood
Weight: Chair: 4kg, Table: 7.6kg
Reasons to buy
+FSC certified eucalyptus wood+Folding chairs
Reasons to avoid
-Assembly is a bit fiddly

For lovers of a simple, rustic style that can be folded away hassle-free, this bistro set is just the ticket. It'll make a great addition to country gardens.

What do we like about it?

This set is made from one of the best types of wood for garden furniture: eucalyptus, which means it will last a good while. The folding chairs make it very easy to move around and out of the way in winter. It's a shame there are no cushions provided, as these make a real difference to the comfort of this set.

Find more of the best wooden garden furniture in our buyer's guide.

  • Buy the John Lewis Venice bistro set

What is the best bistro set?

Bistro sets come in a wide variety of materials and styles, so which one is the best one for your garden will be largely dependent on personal preference – and whether you have anywhere to store your bistro set during the winter. 

Bulkier designs with larger chairs, made in natural materials such as wicker or rattan, will need to be stored indoors. Foldable designs with a weather-resistant coating, on the other hand, are more versatile. 

For versatility and quality, our top pick is the Rive Droite Bistro Set from Garden Trading  – well built but light, and coming in a range of colours. Read on to find out more and to see all our top picks.

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