Best Fine Dining Flatware Reviews 2017

When it comes to silverware, we understand that personal preference plays a huge role in what you choose for your dinner table. Since we are looking at ‘Fine Dining’. we assume you’re after something special. To help you choose the ideal flatware set for you, we have selected the best flatware brands on the market today, as well as a product to feature from each, to give you a better feel different flatware brands have to offer
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Service for
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Our Top Choice
Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Flatware Set
Wallace Silversmith is considered to be one of the first companies to product German silverware, evident in their stunning Antique Baroque Flatware Set.
Available in 65 or 80 piece set. Gold plated. Made from stainless steel. 25 year limited. Affordable compared to other flatware sets. Available in Gold or Silver plating.
Hand wash only.
65-Piece Set
Service for 12
Stainless Steel, Gold Plated.
Handwash Only.
Best Value
Florentia Collection ‘Seashell’ Luxury Flatware Set
Florentia Collection is all about attractive and affordable products that can be enjoyed every day and on special occasions, such as their 72-Piece ‘Seashell’ Flatware Set.
Beautiful high-gloss wooden storage box. High quality stainless steel. Perfect as a housewarming or wedding gift. Affordable. Heat resistant and Dishwasher safe.
There isn’t an alternative smaller set, for those more intimate dinner parties.
72-Piece Set
Service for 12
Stainless Steel, Gold Plated.
Heat Resistant & Dishwasher Safe
Laguiole Dubost Pearl-Colored Handle Set
French brand Laguiole is a brand that is chic, tasteful and renowned for high quality products. In short it is very…well, French!
Acrylic Pearl Colored Handles. Certificate of authenticity. Kraft box. Available in small or large collections. Can buy steak knives separately. Available in black.
Not dishwasher safe.
24-Piece Set
Service for 6
Stainless Steel.
Hand Wash Only.
Kate Spade New York Gold Flatware Set
Kate Spade has made a name for itself in high-end fashion, handbags and accessories. Now, Spade has taken a (high heeled) step in the direction of flatware, and we are glad they did!
High-end fashion brand. Tarnish resistant. Under license of Kate Spade New York quality control and authenticity. Pieces sold individually. Dishwasher Safe.
Small set, not suitable for more than one person.
5-Piece Set
Service for 1
Stainless Steel.
Dishwasher Safe.
Pfaltzgraff Wave Forged Flatware Set
With over 200 years in the flatware industry, Pfaltzgraff is still one of our favourite brands when it comes to silverware. The Wave 42-piece collection is a great example.
Heat treated steel. Dishwasher safe. Mirror Finish. Modern Look. Pieces available to purchase separately.
Quite simple-looking design; might be too plain for some.
42-Piece Set
Service for 8
Stainless Steel
Dishwasher Safe

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How Do I Choose the Best Fine Dining Flatware?

Flatware is available many different styles, depending on the occasion it is being used for. Whether it’s everyday flatware, kid’s flatware for smaller hands, or toddler flatware for the tiniest of guests, flatware is an important part of everyday living. When the occasion calls for something special, fine dining flatware makes an appearance. Fine dining flatware is ideal for fancier occasions such as dinner parties, Christmas holidays, and birthday meals. If you are looking for a new fine dining flatware set for a special occasion, then let us help you make the perfect decision with our flatware buying guide!

Before you make your final flatware decision, you are going to want to think about a few key factors. What material do you want? Most fine dining flatware is made from stainless steel and is available in either 18/10, 18/8 or 18/0. For those of you who have no idea what on earth those numbers mean, they stand for the amount of chromium and nickel present in the product which affect the rust resistance and brightness of your flatware. (Higher numbers = more rust resistance and shinier flatware).

Other things to consider are the overall set size, number of utensils per person, color & design and convenience and care of your flatware. Let’s delve into these considerations in more detail.
Price
The cost of your new fine dining flatware set is going to depend on a variety of factors. Most flatware sets will set you back between $90 and $400, depending on the material, size, and amount of pieces has per person. Products at the higher end of this scale will often be gold or silver plated and have much larger service sizes.

Pricier products also tend to be dishwasher safe. If a product is made by a high-end designer, you can expect to pay more. Products at the lower end of this scale work just as well, however they may just be smaller in size, simpler in design, and more suitable for smaller families and get-togethers. Cheaper flatware sets are available ($75 or less), but be aware that these products aren’t as durable and won’t last as long as other more expensive models.
Features
The features you will want included in your new flatware set will depend entirely on your own personal preferences as well as what you will be using the set for. There are a few features we recommend keeping an eye out for, however, to ensure you select the best possible product for you!

Here are some important features to look out for…
  • Server Set
  • Storage Box
  • Tarnish Resistant
  • Lightweight Feel
Construction and Design
When selecting the best fine dining flatware set for you, we recommend looking for products that also include a server set. A server set includes items such as serving spoons and ladles that make plating your food a touch more elegant. It is a good idea to select products that include a server because it means all cutlery pieces will match, creating a high-end, classy feel. Products that include server sets also tend to me much cheaper in the long term because you won’t have to go out and buy these products separately.

Another useful feature to look out for is a storage box. As this cutlery is for fine dining purposes, it won’t be used every day. Therefore, you will need somewhere to store to the set to keep it in pristine condition. Storage boxes also tend to come in beautiful designs that make the box a statement piece of its own. If you are purchasing a flatware set as a wedding or anniversary gift, then this is definitely a wise feature to look out for!

We also recommend looking for products that are advertised as being tarnish resistant, especially if the product is classed as dishwasher safe. This will improve the longevity of the set and make sure the product looks as good as the day you bought it for years to come.

The next factor you are going to want to consider is how many people will be using your new flatware set. Fine dining flatware sets are usually available for 1 to 12 people, with larger sets often costing considerably more. The service size you choose will come down to personal preferences, your family size, and the occasion you will be using the set for. We recommend purchasing flatware sets in service sizes of 6 to 8 to allow for the occasional guest, as well as any clumsy diners who drop their flatware on the floor. If you are after matching server-ware, however, then you may want to opt for a slightly larger flatware set instead.

Standard fine dining flatware sets usually include 5 pieces per person: a dinner fork, salad fork, knife, soup spoon and tea spoon. There are, however, larger piece sets available that also include items such as butter knives and sugar spoons. This, of course, is entirely up to you and how much you want to impress your friends. If you have opted for a set that includes server flatware, then these products will usually include items such as serving spoons, serving forks, ladles, tongs, and even lasagna servers.

Finally, we recommend looking for flatware sets that have a lightweight, easy-to-use feel. Since you are probably going to spend a lot of time using these products, it’s a good idea to make sure they feel good in your hands. Keep an eye out for products with hollowed handles; these products tend to be lighter and much easier to use.
Performance and Ease of Use
Caring for your new flatware set shouldn’t be too difficult, as long as you give them the care and attention they need. If you have opted for a flatware set that is dishwasher safe, then simply wash them in the dishwasher with your other dinnerware and glasses. Once the wash is complete, you will want to dry the set using a hand towel or dish-cloth before placing them in their designated area or storage box.

We also recommend giving your set a quick polish, using a dry towel and some hot water. If, however, you have selected a product that isn’t suitable for the dishwasher, then simply hand wash the set as you would any other cutlery, hand dry, and polish before storing.

What is the Best Fine Dining Flatware?

After reading through our buying guide you have hopefully figured out what type of flatware set is most suitable to your needs, as well as all the features you would like included in your new product. This will make it simpler to narrow down your options and select the ideal flatware set for your next dinner party! So, let’s get looking at our Top 5 Picks, shall we?
Our Top Choice
The Wallace Antique Baroque gold plated flatware set is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a dramatic yet classical statement when hosting any dinner party. If, however, you are after something more on the contemporary side in your silverware, Wallace also offers a large selection of simplistic yet stylish designs such as their Wallace Continental Hammered 65-Piece Flatware Set.
Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Gold Plated, Stainless Steel 80-Piece Silverware Set

Wallace Fine Dining Flatware Set - 5057901 - Service for 12


Features
Wallace Silversmiths have been successfully producing fine dining silverware for over 150 years and we can see why just by looking at their stunning designs and intricate eye for detail. Throughout the last century the brands aggressive development has demonstrated not only the company’s success but also its passion for fine dining flatware. Unlike other brands out there, Wallace Silversmiths has successfully managed to combine elegance and high quality craftsmanship with many of their most popular collections being available for purchase since 1930. If that doesn’t demonstrate some serious customer satisfaction and brand quality then we don’t know what does! To this day, Wallace still continues to create silver plate, stainless and sterling flatware of incredible taste and quality.

Here we have featured Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Gold-Plated 80-Piece Flatware Set due to the opulent feel it gives to any fine dining experience. Made from steel and plated with gold, the hostess set includes serving spoon; pierced serving spoon; cold meat fork; sugar spoon; butter knife; gravy ladle; pie server and flat server. Each place setting consists of: dinner knife; dinner fork; salad fork; soup spoon; and teaspoon. The sets elaborate vine design coming to a sculpted curve at the end of each piece attractively compliments Wallace’s historical feel. This really is an extra special collection that we think you will love!

Wallace Silversmith has so many different pieces to choose from we are sure you will be spoilt for choice. Here are a few other collections we thought were worth mentioning.
  • Wallace Continental Hammered 65-Piece Flatware Set - Features silver, hammered dent texture, scalloped edge ladles.
  • Wallace Butterfly18/10 5-Piece Hostess Flatware Set - Features silver twisted vine handles with daintily sculpted butterfly design at curve.
  • Wallace Continental Bead Gold-Plated 65-Piece Flatware Set - Features gold plated collection with a beaded handle design.
Still unsure if Wallace is the brand for you? Have a sneaky peak at their large variety of other designs that we know you will adore as much as we do. Stick a fork in you, your (shopping is almost) done.
Best Value
The Florentia Collection’s ‘Seashell’ 24K silverware set is undeniably great value for money; hard wearing enough to be used every single day but stunning enough to only be used at the fanciest of events. Cleverly designed with a quirky yet elegant golden seashell embossed at the end of each piece, you won’t want to put these pieces down. If, however, the sea-theme isn’t quite your thing or you are after a slightly smaller set then take a look at Florentia’s 20-Piece ‘Medusa’ Versace inspired set.
Florentia Collection 72-Piece ‘Seashell’ Luxury 24K Gold, Surgical Stainless Steel Silverware Hostess Set

Florentia Collection Fine Dining Flatware Set-538-72-Service for 12


Features
Florentia Collection Silverware has made a name for itself by supplying not only affordable and stunningly designed fine dining flatware but also by looking at the bigger picture. Florentia believes it is just as important that their products FEEL good in your hands when using them and it is this that sets them apart from other brand names out there.

Their cleverly designed collections are crafted to be not only balanced (meaning no nasty spills to ruin an elegant evening), but to comfortably fit in any hand. Many of their larger collections also come displayed in a high-gloss, wooden storage box by Joseph Sedg, meaning you can use the products for display purposes to show off to friends or buy as a wedding present for the perfect gift. The brands heat resistant durability teamed with an array of classic and quirky designs means Florentia Collection silverware really does have it all!

We chose to feature Florentia’s 72-Piece ‘Seashell’ luxury flatware because of its classic but eccentric 24K embossed shell design, elegantly placed at the bottom of each individual piece. Also available in a smaller 20-piece set, this collection has service for 12 and includes the white, felt-lined storage box by Joseph Sedg. This means you can invite everyone round over the holidays to enjoy your new silverware and a beautifully prepared meal (although if all doesn’t go well in the kitchen, this set is a delightfully useful distraction!).

Although fine dining comes straight to mind when we look at this collection, it wouldn’t look out of place on any dinner table. With its high shine, and stainless steel stability, if you do chose to use this silverware every single day for every single meal, its high quality construction means that it will still last you a lifetime.

If this collection is a little on the large side for your fine dining needs or you are after something a little less ‘ocean themed’ then don’t panic. With a variety of different pieces available that will match effortlessly with an array of dinnerware and existing silverware sets, Florentia has got you covered!
  • 20-piece ‘Averardo’ Set - Italian feel with 24K embossed oval design.
  • 72-Piece ‘Soderini’ Set - Simple yet classic 24K Scalloped design.
  • 65-Piece ‘Principe’ Set - Modern silver and 24K hammer dented design at the top and bottom of each piece.
The Laguiole Dubost, pearl colored flatware set is definitely a collection that screams class and superiority. Simply by placing this set on any table the room automatically feels that bit more luxurious so you can only imagine what it feels like to actually use them! If, on the other hand, this pearl-like color doesn’t quite fit in with your fine dining needs then Laguiole’s Dubost collection in black may be just what you’re after.
Laguiole Dubost 24-Piece French Place Setting, Pearl Colored Handle Stainless Steel Fine Dining Flatware

Laguiole Fine Dining Flatware – Dubost – 24-Piece


Features
French brand Laguiole is all about splendor and grace teamed with a persistent durability that is hard to find in other silverware brands. Their authentic flatware comes directly from France and isn’t available to buy in just any old shop, adding to the exclusive feel of this already prestigious brand.

Laguioles Dubost 24-piece place setting with pearl colored handles was one of our favorite sets out of the whole Dubost collection. Where other collections by different brands boast the diversity in their flatware ranges and their ability to go from casual to fine dining with ease, Laguiole really is THE name in fine dining silverware and not something you would want to be using for any old dinner table.

It’s a collection that you will truly treasure and use for a lifetime of memorable and meaningful fine dining events. The set for up to 6 people consists of 6 Knives ( with a 2.5 thickness), 6 large spoons, 6 small spoons and 6 large forks all in a kraft box for easy storage and display purposes. If you are after something to really make your friends and family jealous (It’s ok, we don’t blame you) then you have certainly come to the right place. Laguioles’ Dubost cutlery set also makes for a superb gift that is ‘a la mode’ and sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who receives it!

If however, the color of this set doesn’t quite fit in with your existing dinnerware, flatware or tastes for that matter but you adore the style Laguiole’s French heritage has to offer then don’t fret, we have selected a few other collections that we think are equally as wonderful. Now all you have to do is pick and choose your style and voila, you’re all ready for your next fine dining event, Bon appétit!
  • 24-Piece Stainless by Jean Dubost - Stainless steel handle for a modern, every day look.
  • 24-Piece Flying Colors Stainless Steel Set - Comes in a wooden gift box with wood handles for a more contemporary feel.
  • 20 Piece Jean Dubost Ivory Set - Smaller set with ivory color handles
Kate Spade New York’s Malmo Gold flatware set will add a modern edge with an ornate feel to your dining table that is sure to impress. Throw in a few of Spade’s other home ware pieces and your dinner party is fit for any fashion-savvy individual who wants to add a bit of swagger to their evening. If Malmo isn’t quite your style, however, Spade’s Larabee dot five-piece place setting might be just the whimsical flair you’re after.
Kate Spade New York Malmo Gold-Stainless Steel-Fine Dining Flatware Set 5-Piece Place Setting

Kate Spade Fine Dining Flatware Set-Malmo-Service for 1


Features
It seems as if the world has caught Kate Spade fever, with the fashion brand becoming increasingly popular over recent years. With its designer handbag collections, high end clothing line and now taking a step into home ware, Kate Spade is definitely the ‘must have’ brand for any fashionista (or fashion-meister) for 2016.

Spade is all about having fun with their products with a focus on color and ‘off-the-wall’ designs that will add a touch of playful indulgence to any dinner table without breaking the bank. Teaming up with renowned home ware brand Lenox, Spade’s new line of products for the home are eye catching with a dependable durability that Lenox is famous for, this really is a match made in heaven!

We chose to feature the Kate Spade New York Malmo Gold silverware set due to its sophisticated styling that would go perfectly with any gold trimmed dinnerware you may already own (or plan on owning when you look at Spades flourishing home ware collections). The sets contemporary gold tubular design is a bit different to other flatware out there and will certainly make a statement at your next fine dining event.

The quirky casualness of the collection also means that you can go from a 5 star worthy, slap-up meal to a cozy night in with friends at the drop of a hat; this versatile set has it all. The 5-piece place setting for one includes; dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon and soup spoon, all of which would look great with many of Spade’s other products. Made from tarnish resistant 18/10 stainless steel, this collection is not just a pretty face and will certainly be enjoyed for many years to come.

If, however, Spade’s Malmo set doesn’t quite get your engine running then check out a few of the other silverware collections we have selected below. With such an unbending focus on lasting, quality products with an elegant edge, we are sure you will find something in Spade’s collection that you will adore.
  • New York Wickford Set - Contemporary feel silverware with wrapped, textured rope design on handle.
  • New York West 4th Street Midnight Set - Traditional style set with midnight blue handle
  • New York Gardner Street Set - Delicate vine design motif embossed on top of each handle
The Towle Forged 42-Piece Stainless Steel silverware set by Pfaltzgraff with its ultramodern rounded handle and slanted cut base will give a stylish twist to the oldest of dinner tables. If, however, the look of this collection is not quite what you are after, Pfaltgraff’s Pearl 80-Piece Flatware set with its uncomplicated, classic design may be more your style.
Pfaltgraff Wave Forged Towle Living 42-Piece Stainless Steel Flatware Set

Pfaltzgraff Fine Dining Flatware Set- 5005925-Service for 8.


Features
Pfaltgraff is pretty much THE name in fine dining flatware and dinnerware and is yet to disappoint over the 200 years or so they have been producing high quality silverware. With so much to choose from in their extensive home ware collection you can be sure to find something to suit your tastes, style and budget. Almost a ‘pic-n-mix’ goody bag of products, we simply love mixing and matching their different collections together. Pfaltzgraff’s eye for detail and resilient products mean that you need never shop around for fine dining silverware again. The brands infallible standards in quality and beautiful designs mean that once you start shopping with Pfaltzgraff it’s pretty hard to stop, and with collections like this why would you want to?!

We chose to feature Pfaltgraff’s Towle Wave Forged Stainless Steel 42-Piece flatware set due to the uniqueness in its design and the incredible reviews the set has received on Amazon. Crafted from superior 18/10 stainless steel, the collection’s weighty feel fits perfectly in your hands and makes the products a joy to use. Its mirror finish emphasizes the collections already fashionable edge and its rounded handles and slanted cut base make this a piece that will set your dinner party apart from the rest.

The ‘Wave’ collection with service for eight includes 8 inch dinner forks, 7 inch salad forks, 9 inch serrated dinner knifes, 7 inch dinner spoons and 6 inch tablespoons as well as a 2 piece serving set with 1 each of tablespoon and cold meat fork. All of this, in classic Pfaltzgraff style, can be chucked into the dishwasher when finished which, with 8 guests, will save on a LOT of washing up. This gives you more time for the important things, like putting your feet up…thank you Pfaltzgraff!

If this collection is a bit too contemporary for your tastes however or you are after a slightly smaller or larger set, then check out Pfaltzgraff’s extensive range of other flatware. With so much to choose from it’s almost impossible not to find something to perfectly suit your fine dining and silverware needs.
  • Everyday 20-Piece Sapphire Bay, Stainless Steel, Set of 4 - Bands of raised pearl style dots adorn top and bottom of each handle
  • Link 20-Piece Set - Chain style, interlocking bands cover handles of each piece for modern a look
  • 45-Piece Everyday Arabesque Frost – Mirrored and frosted stainless steel pattern on handle of each piece

Get the Best Fine Dining Flatware of 2017!

Now that you are more aware of what the top brands have to offer, you should have a better idea of what you’re looking for. That means we can get on with the fun bit -- shopping! Simply check out one of our 5 featured brands on Amazon to find the perfect silverware for your budget and occasion. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of the particular products we have chosen to feature, we have purposefully selected brands with a wide variety of products to choose from. Simply browse through their other products to find the ideal flatware set for you!

Our Top Choice
Wallace Silversmiths Antique Baroque Flatware Set
Best Value
Florentia Collection ‘Seashell’ Luxury Flatware Set
Laguiole Dubost Pearl-Colored Handle Set
Kate Spade New York Gold Flatware Set
Pfaltzgraff Wave Forged Flatware Set