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101 Kitchens with Breakfast Bars (Photos)


Breakfast bars in today's kitchens are super popular. Check out this photo gallery of 100's of kitchens with island and peninsula breakfast bars.

Contemporary kitchen with a breakfast bar.

Breakfast bars have exploded in kitchen design popularity simultaneously with the spectacular growth of kitchen islands.

It makes sense given most breakfast bars are situated along one and sometimes two sides of the island.

However, islands don’t have a monopoly on the breakfast bar.  You can find them along kitchen peninsulas as well.

Since the kitchen is often the central room of the home, it’s becoming more and more of a multi-purpose room that includes adjacent seating, in-kitchen dining (including cozy dining nooks) and now casual dining areas with the breakfast bar.

Breakfast bars are fantastic because it creates a community space, much like a tavern does.  I guess there’s something about sitting on bar stools that create a casual, fun and community environment.

Fortunately for you, if you’re interested in kitchen designs with a breakfast bar, our photo gallery features hundreds of such designs.  Enjoy.

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Modern kitchen with a gorgeous white ceiling with pendant and recessed lights. The area offers a large center island featuring a breakfast bar with modern bar stools.

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Modern kitchen with a gorgeous white ceiling with pendant and recessed lights. The area offers a large center island featuring a breakfast bar with modern bar stools.

A small kitchen with a breakfast bar counter lighted by pendant lights. The kitchen backsplash looks absolutely stylish.

A small kitchen with a breakfast bar counter lighted by pendant lights. The kitchen backsplash looks absolutely stylish.

 

This kitchen offers a brown center island with a white countertop featuring space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen offers a brown center island with a white countertop featuring space for a breakfast bar.

An L-shaped kitchen boasting a large marble center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

An L-shaped kitchen boasting a large marble center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

This kitchen boasts a massive custom-made center island with a breakfast bar featuring stylish bar seats. The area also has tiles flooring and a beautiful tray ceiling.

This kitchen boasts a massive custom-made center island with a breakfast bar featuring stylish bar seats. The area also has tiles flooring and a beautiful tray ceiling.

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This kitchen features rustic cabinetry and shelving. It also has a small rustic center island with space for a breakfast bar for two.

This kitchen features rustic cabinetry and shelving. It also has a small rustic center island with space for a breakfast bar for two.

A single wall kitchen with gray cabinetry and cabinets, along with a custom center island with a preparation counter and a breakfast bar counter, lighted by pendant lights.

A single wall kitchen with gray cabinetry and cabinets, along with a custom center island with a preparation counter and a breakfast bar counter, lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen boasts a large center island featuring a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar.

This kitchen boasts a large center island featuring a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar.

A large and glamorous dine-in kitchen with two center islands, one serving as a breakfast bar, lighted by modern ceiling lights.

A large and glamorous dine-in kitchen with two center islands, one serving as a breakfast bar, lighted by modern ceiling lights.

A brown and white kitchen color scheme featuring a tall ceiling and dark gray tiles flooring. It also offers a breakfast bar center island.

A brown and white kitchen color scheme featuring a tall ceiling and dark gray tiles flooring. It also offers a breakfast bar center island.

A contemporary house with a single wall kitchen boasting a very stylish center island with a separate counter for a breakfast bar.

A contemporary house with a single wall kitchen boasting a very stylish center island with a separate counter for a breakfast bar.

A single wall kitchen featuring herringbone-style hardwood flooring, along with dark brown kitchen counter and center island, both have white countertops.

A single wall kitchen featuring herringbone-style hardwood flooring, along with dark brown kitchen counter and center island, both have white countertops.

A modern dine-in kitchen featuring dark hardwood floors, white walls and a white ceiling. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar island with white counter and black bar seats.

A modern dine-in kitchen featuring dark hardwood floors, white walls and a white ceiling. The kitchen offers a breakfast bar island with white counter and black bar seats.

Large kitchen area with two islands, one serving as a breakfast bar while the other serves as a preparation counter. The kitchen is lighted by charming pendant lights.

Large kitchen area with two islands, one serving as a breakfast bar while the other serves as a preparation counter. The kitchen is lighted by charming pendant lights.

A spacious modern kitchen featuring hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling. It offers a modern breakfast bar paired with modern bar seats and is lighted by stylish pendant lights.

A spacious modern kitchen featuring hardwood flooring and a tray ceiling. It offers a modern breakfast bar paired with modern bar seats and is lighted by stylish pendant lights.

Small kitchen featuring a modern breakfast bar island with a gray waterfall-style countertop.

Small kitchen featuring a modern breakfast bar island with a gray waterfall-style countertop.

Large L-shaped kitchen featuring a coffered ceiling with skylights, along with hardwood flooring. This kitchen offers a large marble countertop center island with space for a breakfast bar.

Large L-shaped kitchen featuring a coffered ceiling with skylights, along with hardwood flooring. This kitchen offers a large marble countertop center island with space for a breakfast bar.

Spacious white kitchen offering a massive center island with a marble countertop, lighted by a pair of large pendant lights.

Spacious white kitchen offering a massive center island with a marble countertop, lighted by a pair of large pendant lights.

Small kitchen with an L-shape counter, offering a breakfast bar on the side, lighted by pendant lights.

Small kitchen with an L-shape counter, offering a breakfast bar on the side, lighted by pendant lights.

A large kitchen area with brown tiles flooring and a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The kitchen boasts a large center island with an elegant countertop, lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.

A large kitchen area with brown tiles flooring and a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The kitchen boasts a large center island with an elegant countertop, lighted by a gorgeous chandelier.

 

A large classy kitchen with perfectly-polished flooring and a ceiling with beams. The area also has a curved kitchen counter and a center island, both with granite countertops.

A large classy kitchen with perfectly-polished flooring and a ceiling with beams. The area also has a curved kitchen counter and a center island, both with granite countertops.

Modern kitchen featuring enchanting stone flooring and brown cabinetry and kitchen counters. There's also a center island with a breakfast bar.

Modern kitchen featuring enchanting stone flooring and brown cabinetry and kitchen counters. There’s also a center island with a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features hardwood floors and a ceiling with recessed lights and pendant lights. The area also has a center island with a marble countertop, featuring space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features hardwood floors and a ceiling with recessed lights and pendant lights. The area also has a center island with a marble countertop, featuring space for a breakfast bar.

A close up look at this large kitchen's massive center island with a handsome countertop and has space for a breakfast bar, lighted by pendant lights hanging from the ceiling with beams.

A close up look at this large kitchen’s massive center island with a handsome countertop and has space for a breakfast bar, lighted by pendant lights hanging from the ceiling with beams.

Large kitchen boasting beige tiles floors, a tray ceiling with recessed ceiling lights and brown cabinetry and kitchen counters with black countertops. It also offers a center island with space for a breakfast bar.

Large kitchen boasting beige tiles floors, a tray ceiling with recessed ceiling lights and brown cabinetry and kitchen counters with black countertops. It also offers a center island with space for a breakfast bar.

Modern kitchen with stylish black kitchen counters and a breakfast bar counter with thick countertops.

Modern kitchen with stylish black kitchen counters and a breakfast bar counter with thick countertops.

A single wall dine-in kitchen featuring a wooden dining table set and a white countertop breakfast bar, along with a white kitchen counter.

A single wall dine-in kitchen featuring a wooden dining table set and a white countertop breakfast bar, along with a white kitchen counter.

A focused look at this kitchen's white center island with a breakfast bar lighted by lined up pendant lights.

A focused look at this kitchen’s white center island with a breakfast bar lighted by lined up pendant lights.

Modern kitchen with brown kitchen counters and a brown center island, both have white countertops. This kitchen also has a breakfast bar lighted by a pair of pendant lights.

Modern kitchen with brown kitchen counters and a brown center island, both have white countertops. This kitchen also has a breakfast bar lighted by a pair of pendant lights.

This kitchen features a brown kitchen counter and a center island with white countertops. The breakfast bar is lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen features a brown kitchen counter and a center island with white countertops. The breakfast bar is lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen boasts stylish gray kitchen counters and a gray center island, both with black countertops. The area features a white tray ceiling as well.

This kitchen boasts stylish gray kitchen counters and a gray center island, both with black countertops. The area features a white tray ceiling as well.

A white dine-in kitchen featuring a center island with a white marble countertop, offering space for a breakfast bar. The dining table and chairs are set on the side of the area.

A white dine-in kitchen featuring a center island with a white marble countertop, offering space for a breakfast bar. The dining table and chairs are set on the side of the area.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a gorgeous dining nook setup and a large center island with a marble countertop, featuring a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a gorgeous dining nook setup and a large center island with a marble countertop, featuring a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights.

A spacious single wall kitchen featuring hardwood floors and white walls. It also offers a breakfast bar island with built-in shelves.

Large kitchen featuring beige tiles flooring and a stunning white tray ceiling. It also offers a massive center island with space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen boasts a massive center island featuring a granite countertop and has a breakfast bar lighted by lined up pendant lights.

This kitchen boasts a massive center island featuring a granite countertop and has a breakfast bar lighted by lined up pendant lights.

This kitchen offers a walnut brown cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island featuring a separate breakfast bar counter set under the home's stunning tray ceiling with beams.

This kitchen offers a walnut brown cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island featuring a separate breakfast bar counter set under the home’s stunning tray ceiling with beams.

A spacious L-shaped kitchen with white kitchen counters and a white center island with a separate breakfast bar counter.

A spacious L-shaped kitchen with white kitchen counters and a white center island with a separate breakfast bar counter.

U-shaped kitchen featuring tiles flooring and brown cabinetry and counters. It offers a large center island with a granite countertop and has a breakfast bar lighted by charming ceiling light.

U-shaped kitchen featuring tiles flooring and brown cabinetry and counters. It offers a large center island with a granite countertop and has a breakfast bar lighted by charming ceiling light.

Modern single wall kitchen featuring a marble backsplash and a center island with separate breakfast bar counter.

Modern single wall kitchen featuring a marble backsplash and a center island with separate breakfast bar counter.

A spacious single wall kitchen featuring hardwood floors and white walls. It also offers a breakfast bar island with built-in shelves.

A spacious single wall kitchen featuring hardwood floors and white walls. It also offers a breakfast bar island with built-in shelves.

A modern galley kitchen featuring a wooden breakfast bar counter surrounded by white walls.

A modern galley kitchen featuring a wooden breakfast bar counter surrounded by white walls.

A modern kitchen area featuring a narrow brown breakfast bar island with four seats facing the large widescreen TV in front.

A modern kitchen area featuring a narrow brown breakfast bar island with four seats facing the large widescreen TV in front.

This great room boasts a cozy living space and an L-shaped kitchen with blueish gray kitchen counters and cabinetry. It also has a large center island with a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar.

This great room boasts a cozy living space and an L-shaped kitchen with blueish gray kitchen counters and cabinetry. It also has a large center island with a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar.

This kitchen also offers a modern wine cellar and has a bar counter featuring a thick gray countertop paired with classy bar stools.

This kitchen also offers a modern wine cellar and has a bar counter featuring a thick gray countertop paired with classy bar stools.

Large single wall kitchen featuring white kitchen counters and a center island with a breakfast bar lighted by lovely ceiling lights set on a gorgeous decorated ceiling.

Large single wall kitchen featuring white kitchen counters and a center island with a breakfast bar lighted by lovely ceiling lights set on a gorgeous decorated ceiling.

Large modern kitchen offering a marble waterfall-style breakfast bar island with comfy rattan seats and lighted by elegant pendant lights.

Large modern kitchen offering a marble waterfall-style breakfast bar island with comfy rattan seats and lighted by elegant pendant lights.

A modern single wall kitchen with a black kitchen counter. It also has a large wooden center island with space for a breakfast bar, lighted by pendant lights hanging from the wooden ceiling.

A modern single wall kitchen with a black kitchen counter. It also has a large wooden center island with space for a breakfast bar, lighted by pendant lights hanging from the wooden ceiling.

This small kitchen features stylish flooring and black kitchen countertops. It also has a breakfast bar for two.

This small kitchen features stylish flooring and black kitchen countertops. It also has a breakfast bar for two.

 

Modern dine-in kitchen featuring elegant cabinetry and kitchen counters. It offers a breakfast bar island and a rectangular dining table set.

Modern dine-in kitchen featuring elegant cabinetry and kitchen counters. It offers a breakfast bar island and a rectangular dining table set.

Small kitchen featuring tiles flooring and a ceiling with beams. The kitchen has granite countertops and has a breakfast bar island.

Small kitchen featuring tiles flooring and a ceiling with beams. The kitchen has granite countertops and has a breakfast bar island.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a white ceiling, white walls and hardwood flooring. It offers a long white breakfast bar island and a glass top dining table paired with white chairs.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a white ceiling, white walls and hardwood flooring. It offers a long white breakfast bar island and a glass top dining table paired with white chairs.

A spacious dine-in kitchen featuring hardwood floors and a white ceiling. It has a G-shaped kitchen counter with a breakfast bar along with a classy dining table set lighted by a charming pendant light.

A spacious dine-in kitchen featuring hardwood floors and a white ceiling. It has a G-shaped kitchen counter with a breakfast bar along with a classy dining table set lighted by a charming pendant light.

Large Mediterranean-style kitchen with beige walls and ceiling with beams. It offers a center island lighted by pendant lights and a breakfast bar counter lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

Large Mediterranean-style kitchen with beige walls and ceiling with beams. It offers a center island lighted by pendant lights and a breakfast bar counter lighted by recessed ceiling lights.

A close up look at this kitchen's large island with a breakfast bar paired with charming bar seats.

A close up look at this kitchen’s large island with a breakfast bar paired with charming bar seats.

This great room features hardwood flooring and a white ceiling. The kitchen offers an L-shaped counter and a marble waterfall-style center island with a separate counter for breakfast bar.

This great room features hardwood flooring and a white ceiling. The kitchen offers an L-shaped counter and a marble waterfall-style center island with a separate counter for breakfast bar.

A spacious kitchen featuring hardwood flooring and enchanting pendant lights. It offers a white breakfast bar island set underneath the pendant lights.

A spacious kitchen featuring hardwood flooring and enchanting pendant lights. It offers a white breakfast bar island set underneath the pendant lights.

L-shape kitchen featuring dark brown kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a marble breakfast bar island lighted by charming pendant lights.

L-shape kitchen featuring dark brown kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a marble breakfast bar island lighted by charming pendant lights.

A dine-in kitchen boasting a large curved marble island featuring a breakfast bar. There's also a small dining table set on the side.

A dine-in kitchen boasting a large curved marble island featuring a breakfast bar. There’s also a small dining table set on the side.

A dine-in kitchen boasting a stylish breakfast bar island and a classy round dining nook with gray chairs and is lighted by a very attractive pendant light.

A dine-in kitchen boasting a stylish breakfast bar island and a classy round dining nook with gray chairs and is lighted by a very attractive pendant light.

An L-shaped kitchen offering a granite center island with a breakfast bar. The kitchen features brown cabinetry and counters.

An L-shaped kitchen offering a granite center island with a breakfast bar. The kitchen features brown cabinetry and counters.

This dine-in kitchen boasts a custom made breakfast bar island and a rectangular dining table and chairs set on top of an area rug.

This dine-in kitchen boasts a custom made breakfast bar island and a rectangular dining table and chairs set on top of an area rug.

Galley-style kitchen with turquoise blue kitchen counters and cabinetry. The kitchen also offers a breakfast bar counter.

Galley-style kitchen with turquoise blue kitchen counters and cabinetry. The kitchen also offers a breakfast bar counter.

A modern kitchen boasting tiny blue tiles walls and backsplash, along with blue center island with a separate breakfast bar counter.

A modern kitchen boasting tiny blue tiles walls and backsplash, along with blue center island with a separate breakfast bar counter.

This galley kitchen boasts a white breakfast bar counter surrounded by the kitchen's orange walls.

This galley kitchen boasts a white breakfast bar counter surrounded by the kitchen’s orange walls.

A close up look at this kitchen's center island with space for a breakfast bar. The kitchen also has beautiful kitchen countertops and ceiling lights.

A close up look at this kitchen’s center island with space for a breakfast bar. The kitchen also has beautiful kitchen countertops and ceiling lights.

A large single wall kitchen boasting a massive center island with granite countertop and has a breakfast bar lighted by charming chandeliers.

A large single wall kitchen boasting a massive center island with granite countertop and has a breakfast bar lighted by charming chandeliers.

Large kitchen area with tiles flooring and brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. It offers a black granite countertops on both kitchen counters and island. The kitchen's island offers a separate breakfast bar counter.

Large kitchen area with tiles flooring and brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. It offers a black granite countertops on both kitchen counters and island. The kitchen’s island offers a separate breakfast bar counter.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a large center island with a black countertop and has space for a breakfast bar.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a large center island with a black countertop and has space for a breakfast bar.

Galley-style kitchen offering a center island and a breakfast bar counter, both featuring granite countertops.

Galley-style kitchen offering a center island and a breakfast bar counter, both featuring granite countertops.

A large kitchen area boasting an elegantly-designed ceiling along with a center island and a separate breakfast bar island.

A large kitchen area boasting an elegantly-designed ceiling along with a center island and a separate breakfast bar island.

This kitchen features hardwood floors and white kitchen counters, along with a white center island and white cabinetry. The island offers space for a breakfast bar, and has a marble countertop.

This kitchen features hardwood floors and white kitchen counters, along with a white center island and white cabinetry. The island offers space for a breakfast bar, and has a marble countertop.

L-shaped kitchen featuring white kitchen counters and a white center island, both with black granite countertops.

L-shaped kitchen featuring white kitchen counters and a white center island, both with black granite countertops.

A focused look at this kitchen's pretty center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by pendant lights. This kitchen offers white kitchen counters and cabinetry.

A focused look at this kitchen’s pretty center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by pendant lights. This kitchen offers white kitchen counters and cabinetry.

A kitchen with wood tone cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island with a separate breakfast bar counter, lighted by charming pendant lights.

A kitchen with wood tone cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island with a separate breakfast bar counter, lighted by charming pendant lights.

A dine-in kitchen boasting a center island with a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights. The dining table set is placed on the side of the area.

A dine-in kitchen boasting a center island with a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights. The dining table set is placed on the side of the area.

This kitchen features hardwood floors and a tall ceiling. It also offers a center island with space for a breakfast bar, lighted by classy ceiling light.

This kitchen features hardwood floors and a tall ceiling. It also offers a center island with space for a breakfast bar, lighted by classy ceiling light.

A focused look at this kitchen's stylish island with a separate breakfast bar counter paired with classy seats and is lighted by pendant lights.

A focused look at this kitchen’s stylish island with a separate breakfast bar counter paired with classy seats and is lighted by pendant lights.

A kitchen with wood-top center island with a separate breakfast bar lighted by a pendant light.

A kitchen with wood-top center island with a separate breakfast bar lighted by a pendant light.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a center island with a marble countertop, along with a separate glass counter for breakfast bar. There's a glass top dining table set as well on the side.

A dine-in kitchen featuring a center island with a marble countertop, along with a separate glass counter for breakfast bar. There’s a glass top dining table set as well on the side.

This kitchen features brown cabinetry and kitchen counter, along with an island featuring a separate black counter for the breakfast bar.

This kitchen features brown cabinetry and kitchen counter, along with an island featuring a separate black counter for the breakfast bar.

This kitchen offers an island with a separate breakfast bar counter that looks very stylish.

This kitchen offers an island with a separate breakfast bar counter that looks very stylish.

A close up look at this kitchen's large island with a breakfast bar for four. The kitchen also has potted indoor plants.

A close up look at this kitchen’s large island with a breakfast bar for four. The kitchen also has potted indoor plants.

A spacious kitchen with a breakfast bar counter featuring a gorgeous countertop and is lighted by pendant lights.

A spacious kitchen with a breakfast bar counter featuring a gorgeous countertop and is lighted by pendant lights.

A close up look at this kitchen's large island with a breakfast bar for four. The kitchen also has potted indoor plants.

A close up look at this kitchen’s large island with a breakfast bar for four. The kitchen also has potted indoor plants.

This kitchen features a custom made island with a marble countertop and has space for a breakfast, lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen features a custom made island with a marble countertop and has space for a breakfast, lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen offers a large center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by large pendant lights.

This kitchen offers a large center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by large pendant lights.

Kitchen with white kitchen counters and a white center island, both featuring marble countertops. The area also has hardwood floors and a tall ceiling.

Kitchen with white kitchen counters and a white center island, both featuring marble countertops. The area also has hardwood floors and a tall ceiling.

A focused look at this dine-in kitchen's large center island with a granite countertop and has space for a breakfast bar.

A focused look at this dine-in kitchen’s large center island with a granite countertop and has space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features wood tone kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a marble countertop center island with a breakfast bar for two.

This kitchen features wood tone kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a marble countertop center island with a breakfast bar for two.

Modern kitchen featuring a large island with a separate counter for the breakfast bar. The area is lighted by recessed lights.

Modern kitchen featuring a large island with a separate counter for the breakfast bar. The area is lighted by recessed lights.

This kitchen offers a large navy blue center island with a marble countertop and has space for a breakfast bar lighted by charming pendant lights.

This kitchen offers a large navy blue center island with a marble countertop and has space for a breakfast bar lighted by charming pendant lights.

A close up look at this kitchen's large center island with a breakfast bar lighted by lovely ceiling lighting set on the home's tray ceiling.

A close up look at this kitchen’s large center island with a breakfast bar lighted by lovely ceiling lighting set on the home’s tray ceiling.

L-shaped kitchen featuring a center island with a breakfast bar counter paired with classy bar seats, and is lighted by three charming pendant lights.

L-shaped kitchen featuring a center island with a breakfast bar counter paired with classy bar seats, and is lighted by three charming pendant lights.

A dine-in kitchen featuring an oval-shaped dining table set and a center island with a separate breakfast bar counter and has a built-in shelving.

A dine-in kitchen featuring an oval-shaped dining table set and a center island with a separate breakfast bar counter and has a built-in shelving.

U-shaped kitchen with wood tone kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a center island featuring a built-in winery and has a breakfast bar.

U-shaped kitchen with wood tone kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a center island featuring a built-in winery and has a breakfast bar.

This kitchen offers two islands, one serves as a breakfast bar, both lighted by gorgeous pendant lights hanging from the beautiful coffered ceiling.

This kitchen offers two islands, one serves as a breakfast bar, both lighted by gorgeous pendant lights hanging from the beautiful coffered ceiling.

A close up look at this kitchen's large island with a separate breakfast bar counter paired with classy bar seats.

A close up look at this kitchen’s large island with a separate breakfast bar counter paired with classy bar seats.

This kitchen features brown kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a center island featuring a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar counter.

This kitchen features brown kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a center island featuring a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar counter.

Modern L-shaped kitchen with blue tiles backsplash. It offers a center island with stainless steel countertop, and has a breakfast bar with white modern seats.

Modern L-shaped kitchen with blue tiles backsplash. It offers a center island with stainless steel countertop, and has a breakfast bar with white modern seats.

A modern kitchen featuring a black kitchen counter with a marble countertop, along with a center island and a breakfast bar counter.

A modern kitchen featuring a black kitchen counter with a marble countertop, along with a center island and a breakfast bar counter.

A close up look at this kitchen's island and a breakfast bar counter with modern bar seats.

A close up look at this kitchen’s island and a breakfast bar counter with modern bar seats.

This kitchen offers a center island with a white countertop and a breakfast bar counter with rustic seats.

This kitchen offers a center island with a white countertop and a breakfast bar counter with rustic seats.

Modern kitchen featuring black tiles countertops on both kitchen counters and center island. It also has a glass counter for the breakfast bar with modern white bar stools lighted by pendant lights.

Modern kitchen featuring black tiles countertops on both kitchen counters and center island. It also has a glass counter for the breakfast bar with modern white bar stools lighted by pendant lights.

Single wall modern kitchen featuring white countertops on both the kitchen counter and the center island with a breakfast bar and modern bar seats.

Single wall modern kitchen featuring white countertops on both the kitchen counter and the center island with a breakfast bar and modern bar seats.

U-shaped kitchen with brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. It has a large center island with a breakfast bar counter. It also has a stylish glass top dining table on the side.

U-shaped kitchen with brown kitchen counters and cabinetry. It has a large center island with a breakfast bar counter. It also has a stylish glass top dining table on the side.

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What is a breakfast bar?

A breakfast bar is an area in your kitchen where people can eat, usually on stools.  They’re most often along one or two sides of a kitchen island, but also commonly found along peninsulas.

While on the face of it, they seem like a win/win with no disadvantages.  However, in my view, there are some disadvantages (many solid pros too).

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Provides a casual eating area.
  • Offers additional seating in the kitchen which brings people together.
  • Looks great, especially if choose some amazing bar stools.  Check out the designs above and notice how bar stools can enhance a kitchen’s design.
  • Efficient use of space by offering a convenient dining space.
  • Very convenient since it’s very proximate to kitchen space for place-settings, clearing and food service.

Cons

  • Uses up work space in the kitchen.
  • May result in forsaking more formal meals at the dining table.
  • Can be weird with everyone eating in one long row.  Not exactly a terrific dining experience.
  • Stools aren’t the most comfortable form of seating.

Breakfast Bar vs. Breakfast Nook

First of all, you can easily have both if you have an island in your kitchen.  It’s not one or the other.

Second, both are convenient; and while breakfast nook seating can be a space saving option, it does take up more space than a breakfast bar that’s part of an island or peninsula.

One thing nook dining offers is a more pleasant dining environment for multiple people.  It’s odd eating with other people all lined up like ducks in a row.

Another benefit of nook seating is it’s more comfortable than the breakfast bar stools.  I’m not a fan of sitting on stools and for that reason alone, I’m partial to nooks or some form of in-kitchen dining.

But, at the end of the day, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t incorporate both in your kitchen and thereby catering to all dining occasions and everyone’s preferences.  Besides, it never hurts to have plenty of seating in the kitchen since kitchens tend to attract people.

Must it be a 2-tier island or peninsula?

Some might take a more strict definition of breakfast bars in that the island or peninsula have two-tiers in order to qualify as a breakfast bar.

While I can see this point of view, it’s not how we interpret a breakfast bar.  It doesn’t really make practical sense because there really isn’t much difference between a two-tier island/peninsula and one that’s one level but perhaps slightly elevated.

 

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