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.

This kitchen boasts a custom made island with a breakfast bar counter, both having granite countertops and is lighted by pendant lights.

This kitchen boasts a custom-made island with a breakfast bar counter, both having granite countertops and is lighted by pendant lights.

A dine-in kitchen offering an L-shaped island with a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar along with a white top dining table set on the side.

A dine-in kitchen offering an L-shaped island with a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar along with a white top dining table set on the side.

This kitchen offers a wine cellar and an island with a breakfast bar. This kitchen looks very minimalist.

This kitchen offers a wine cellar and an island with a breakfast bar. This kitchen looks very minimalist.

This kitchen offers marble top kitchen counters with a breakfast bar for three. The kitchen features built-in cabinetry as well.

This kitchen offers marble top kitchen counters with a breakfast bar for three. The kitchen features built-in cabinetry as well.

Single wall kitchen featuring espresso-finished kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with granite countertops. It also has an island with a breakfast bar.

Single wall kitchen featuring espresso-finished kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with granite countertops. It also has an island with a breakfast bar.

Large modern dine-in kitchen featuring an island with a built-in breakfast bar counter lighted by pendant lights, along with a round dining table set on the side.

Large modern dine-in kitchen featuring an island with a built-in breakfast bar counter lighted by pendant lights, along with a round dining table set on the side.

A white kitchen featuring a center island and an island with black countertops and has a glass breakfast bar counter.

A white kitchen featuring a center island and an island with black countertops and has a glass breakfast bar counter.

This modern kitchen features a white center island with a wooden breakfast bar counter and has brown kitchen counters and cabinetry.

This modern kitchen features a white center island with a wooden breakfast bar counter and has brown kitchen counters and cabinetry.

An L-shaped kitchen with a gorgeous ceiling and tiles flooring. It has a U-shaped island with a black marble countertop and has space for a breakfast bar.

An L-shaped kitchen with a gorgeous ceiling and tiles flooring. It has a U-shaped island with a black marble countertop and has space for a breakfast bar.

Modern kitchen boasting a white kitchen counter and a large white breakfast bar island, along with a gray dining table set. The area features tiles flooring and a ceiling with skylight.

Modern kitchen boasting a white kitchen counter and a large white breakfast bar island, along with a gray dining table set. The area features tiles flooring and a ceiling with skylight.

A spacious dine-in kitchen with stylish hardwood flooring and a white ceiling. It offers a breakfast bar and a round dining nook table set lighted by a pendant light.

A spacious dine-in kitchen with stylish hardwood flooring and a white ceiling. It offers a breakfast bar and a round dining nook table set lighted by a pendant light.

This kitchen features smooth white countertops. It has a center island with a breakfast bar featuring modern white bar seats.

This kitchen features smooth white countertops. It has a center island with a breakfast bar featuring modern white bar seats.

Large dine-in kitchen featuring a modern glass top dining table set and a white island with a breakfast bar paired with modern bar seats. The area features tiles flooring and a ceiling with skylights.

Large dine-in kitchen featuring a modern glass top dining table set and a white island with a breakfast bar paired with modern bar seats. The area features tiles flooring and a ceiling with skylights.

Warm toned high end custom kitchen filled with todays modern amenities. Stainless steel appliances, tiled flooring, custom cabinetry, granite countertops and elegant light fixtures.

A warm-toned high-end custom kitchen filled with today’s modern amenities. Stainless steel appliances, tiled flooring, custom cabinetry, granite countertops and elegant light fixtures.

A single wall kitchen featuring gorgeous black countertops. It has a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights hanging from the white coffered ceiling.

A single wall kitchen featuring gorgeous black countertops. It has a breakfast bar lighted by pendant lights hanging from the white coffered ceiling.

Single wall modern kitchen offering a large island with space for a breakfast bar. This area features tiles flooring and a ceiling with recessed ceiling lights.

Single wall modern kitchen offering a large island with space for a breakfast bar. This area features tiles flooring and a ceiling with recessed ceiling lights.

This kitchen features a built-in desk and a granite top island with built-in shelving and has space for a breakfast bar.

This kitchen features a built-in desk and a granite top island with built-in shelving and has space for a breakfast bar.

Small modern kitchen area offering a large white island with a breakfast bar paired with modern white bar seats. The ceiling also features a large skylight.

Small modern kitchen area offering a large white island with a breakfast bar paired with modern white bar seats. The ceiling also features a large skylight.

Large kitchen area with modern brown cabinetry and kitchen counters. It offers a white center island together with a wooden breakfast bar counter for two.

Large kitchen area with modern brown cabinetry and kitchen counters. It offers a white center island together with a wooden breakfast bar counter for two.

Dine-in kitchen offering a dining table set on the side and a large center island with space for a breakfast bar.

Dine-in kitchen offering a dining table set on the side and a large center island with space for a breakfast bar.

L-shaped kitchen with walnut-finished cabinetry and kitchen counters. It has a custom island with a granite breakfast bar counter.

L-shaped kitchen with walnut-finished cabinetry and kitchen counters. It has a custom island with a granite breakfast bar counter.

Spacious kitchen boasting espresso-finished cabinetry and kitchen counters. The marble countertops add style to the kitchen. There's a breakfast bar as well equipped with modern bar seats.

Spacious kitchen boasting espresso-finished cabinetry and kitchen counters. The marble countertops add style to the kitchen. There’s a breakfast bar as well equipped with modern bar seats.

Small kitchen area with a black granite breakfast bar island along with brown cabinetry and kitchen counters. The area is lighted by attractive pendant lights.

Small kitchen area with a black granite breakfast bar island along with brown cabinetry and kitchen counters. The area is lighted by attractive pendant lights.

A modern kitchen featuring a white center island with a wooden breakfast bar counter paired with modern bar seats.

A modern kitchen featuring a white center island with a wooden breakfast bar counter paired with modern bar seats.

This kitchen features a custom made island with a round breakfast bar counter, made of granite countertops. The home also features decorated floors and ceiling.

This kitchen features a custom-made island with round breakfast bar counter, made of granite countertops. The home also features decorated floors and ceiling.

Modern great room boasting a living space with a gray couch along with a kitchen with a white countertop island featuring a breakfast bar.

Modern great room boasting a living space with a gray couch along with a kitchen with a white countertop island featuring a breakfast bar.

This kitchen offers brown kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a center island with granite countertop. There's a rectangular dining table set as well.

This kitchen offers brown kitchen counters and cabinetry, along with a center island with granite countertop. There’s a rectangular dining table set as well.

Small kitchen area with an L-shaped breakfast bar paired with modern bar seats. The area features a white tray ceiling with recessed and pendant lights.

Small kitchen area with an L-shaped breakfast bar paired with modern bar seats. The area features a white tray ceiling with recessed and pendant lights.

Great room boasting a living space with a fireplace, a rectangular dining table set on top of an area rug and a kitchen with a breakfast bar island.

Great room boasting a living space with a fireplace, a rectangular dining table set on top of an area rug and a kitchen with a breakfast bar island.

A dine-in kitchen with a wooden dining table set and a large center island offering space for a breakfast bar.

A dine-in kitchen with a wooden dining table set and a large center island offering space for a breakfast bar.

A spacious dine-in kitchen with reddish hardwood floors, beige walls and a regular ceiling. It offers a breakfast bar island and a dining nook on the side.

A spacious dine-in kitchen with reddish hardwood floors, beige walls, and a regular ceiling. It offers a breakfast bar island and a dining nook on the side.

Small kitchen area with black countertops. It has a small square center island and an L-shaped breakfast bar counter with pendant lights.

Small kitchen area with black countertops. It has a small square center island and an L-shaped breakfast bar counter with pendant lights.

This kitchen features brown cabinetry, brown kitchen counters and a center island with a granite countertop and has a breakfast bar paired with elegant bar seats.

This kitchen features brown cabinetry, brown kitchen counters and a center island with a granite countertop and has a breakfast bar paired with elegant bar seats.

L-shaped kitchen with brown tiles flooring and a white ceiling lighted by recessed ceiling lights. The kitchen offers a large square center island with a marble countertop.

L-shaped kitchen with brown tiles flooring and a white ceiling lighted by recessed ceiling lights. The kitchen offers a large square center island with a marble countertop.

Large kitchen area featuring green walls and ceiling, along with tiles flooring. It offers a custom center island and an island with a breakfast bar, all featuring black countertops.

Large kitchen area featuring green walls and ceiling, along with tiles flooring. It offers a custom center island and an island with a breakfast bar, all featuring black countertops.

A focused look at this kitchen's center island with a marble countertop. The area features tiles flooring and brown kitchen counters.

A focused look at this kitchen’s center island with a marble countertop. The area features tiles flooring and brown kitchen counters.

A spacious kitchen with hardwood flooring and a stunning ceiling with skylights. There's a center island with a breakfast bar as well.

A spacious kitchen with hardwood flooring and a stunning ceiling with skylights. There’s a center island with a breakfast bar as well.

A spacious kitchen with classy tiles flooring and gray walls. It offers a long breakfast bar island with a built-in wine cellar and is lighted by pendant lights.

A spacious kitchen with classy tiles flooring and gray walls. It offers a long breakfast bar island with a built-in wine cellar and is lighted by pendant lights.

A spacious kitchen featuring hardwood floors and beige walls. It offers a square center island and a breakfast bar island with a marble countertop.

A spacious kitchen featuring hardwood floors and beige walls. It offers a square center island and a breakfast bar island with a marble countertop.

A modern kitchen with gray stone flooring and a ceiling with recessed ceiling lights. It offers a center island and a separate breakfast bar counter.

A modern kitchen with gray stone flooring and a ceiling with recessed ceiling lights. It offers a center island and a separate breakfast bar counter.

Mediterranean kitchen with beige tiles flooring and a ceiling with beams. It offers brown cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island with a marble countertop.

Mediterranean kitchen with beige tiles flooring and a ceiling with beams. It offers brown cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island with a marble countertop.

A closer look at this kitchen's island with a black countertop and has a breakfast bar. The kitchen features tiles flooring and a ceiling with beams.

A closer look at this kitchen’s island with a black countertop and has a breakfast bar. The kitchen features tiles flooring and a ceiling with beams.

A kitchen with dark hardwood floors and beige walls. It offers a gorgeous center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by gorgeous chandeliers.

A kitchen with dark hardwood floors and beige walls. It offers a gorgeous center island with a breakfast bar, lighted by gorgeous chandeliers.

A kitchen with hardwood floors and a black kitchen countertop. It has a center island as well with a breakfast bar, lighted by classy pendant lights.

A kitchen with hardwood floors and a black kitchen countertop. It has a center island as well with a breakfast bar, lighted by classy pendant lights.

A brown kitchen with wooden tone kitchen counter and cabinetry, along with a built-in desk and a large center island with built-in shelving and a breakfast bar.

A brown kitchen with wooden tone kitchen counter and cabinetry, along with a built-in desk and a large center island with built-in shelving and a breakfast bar.

Kitchen with white cabinetry and kitchen counter, along with a white island featuring a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar.

Kitchen with white cabinetry and kitchen counter, along with a white island featuring a marble countertop and has a breakfast bar.

This kitchen has brown cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island featuring a breakfast bar. This kitchen has granite countertops as well.

This kitchen has brown cabinetry and kitchen counters, along with a center island featuring a breakfast bar. This kitchen has granite countertops as well.

Spacious modern kitchen with a large island with a glass breakfast bar counter, along with an elegant dining table and chairs set on the side.

Spacious modern kitchen with a large island with a glass breakfast bar counter, along with an elegant dining table and chairs set on the side.

This kitchen has an elegant kitchen counter and cabinetry along with a matching center island with a white countertop lighted by a glamorous chandelier set on a stunning tray ceiling.

This kitchen has an elegant kitchen counter and cabinetry along with a matching center island with a white countertop lighted by a glamorous chandelier set on a stunning tray ceiling.

This kitchen features black marble countertops and backsplash. It has a center island and a breakfast bar counter.

This kitchen features black marble countertops and backsplash. It has a center island and a breakfast bar counter.

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.
  • It offers additional seating in the kitchen which brings people together.
  • Looks great, especially if you 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 foodservice.

Cons

  • Uses up the workspace in the kitchen.
  • May result in forsaking more formal meals at the dining table.
  • It 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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