Backyard dining feels like a throwback to simpler times, but it’s a relatively new phenomenon. Inviting family and guests to eat out back only dates to the 1950s, when patios and decks became common features of new suburban construction. Before then, socializing usually took place out front, on porches or stoops. Not having to play host to just anybody who happened by let homeowners entertain in earnest, so it’s no surprise the backyard barbecue became an American staple around the same time.
When you’re eating alfresco, seating that’s easy to clean and made to handle the elements is a must-have. Luckily, outdoor dining chairs that make the grade come in a wide range of materials, styles, and colors. Here, ten of our favorite finds.