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Restaurant Tables Seating Capacity

When designing your restaurant, you seriously need to consider your venue's seating layout. Choosing the correct table shape and size can determine your restaurant's capacity which can eventually affect your sales.

Restaurant owners who are just starting to plan the design of their locations are bound to have a lot of questions. Our team at Restaurant Furniture.Net is dedicated to helping restaurant owners with any questions they may have in order to find the best seating arrangement for their venue!

Every new restaurant design project, from the aspiring restaurant owner to the most established restaurant design companies, comes with potential complications that can slow down construction and cause a delay in the grand opening. Regardless of the size or type of restaurant you are opening, having stable, high-quality tables is a critical aspect of your customers' dining experience. Choosing the right table styles and numbers for your restaurant floor plan early on can help you avoid a lot of headaches later on. Ultimately, the amount of table top space you want to provide for your customers will be determined by the atmosphere you want to create, your menu, and how you serve your customers.

Each seater requires a minimum of 24" of space in terms of the width. This includes the spacing between the chairs to allow customers to get in and out and to sit comfortably. The type of restaurant you have is another important aspect to consider when choosing the tables. For full course meals a 30" x 30" table will comfortably serve only 2 seated people. However, a cafe or an ice-cream restaurant could seat 4 people on the same table size.

Do round or rectangular tables take up more space?

Square or rectangle table tops make it easier to join tables together when large parties come in thus making them more popular among restaurateurs. At cafes, however, round tables are preferred due to the ability to seat more people at one table where restaurant chairs can be 'squeezed' around them. A good mix of the two may be the best option depending on the space available and budget restraints.

What size table seats any number of people?

Whether you have a large or small venue, the seating capacity will have the greatest impact on your overall business. Below you can find the seating capacity of various restaurant tables based on industry standards:

Standard Restaurant Table SizesTotal Seats / People
SQUARE TABLES
24" x 24" 2
30" x 30" 2-4
36" x 36" 4
42" x 42" 4-6
48" x 48" 8
ROUND TABLES
24" 2
30" 3-4
36" 3-4
42" 4-5
48" 5-6
60" 8-10
72" 10
RECTANGULAR TABLES
24" x 30" 2
24" x 42" 4
24" x 48" 4
30" x 42" 4
30" x 60" 6
30" x 72" 6-8
• A table’s capacity may change depending on the type of venue and menu style

Have more questions about which tables are best for your restaurant? The Restaurant Furniture team can help you choose tables of almost any size for any type of restaurant! Please give us a call at: (866) 832-4897.

We have helped a lot of restaurant owners find the right number and style of restaurant tables for their projects, and we're excited to assist you with yours!

The following diagram shows the seating capacity of the various table dimensions.

Restaurant Tables Seating Capacity Diagram

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