Alfresco Kitchen Window Bars

By Kate Riley June 1, 2021

When I was a kid my grandmother used to serve us dinner on the patio by handing us plates of food through the kitchen window. It was her informal way of serving us and easier than walking through the kitchen to the outdoor area, but I never forgot how cool it was that she did that.

One of my favorite bistros in the cute town of Calistoga has an open window bar where I love to sip a cocktail or glass of wine. Now that we’ve kicked off summer, it feels like it’s time to open all the windows and let the fresh air in, and while you’re at it, offer up a beverage and a snack!

Sometimes referred to as a servery window, these pass through openings allow for indoor to outdoor entertaining. A servery window pairs a folding accordion or upswing gas strut window with a countertop slab. With some the exterior countertop is integrated with the interior, and with others the countertop is a separate piece. Either way, how perfect are these for summer dining and entertaining?


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Inspiring right? Do these make you want to change your regular kitchen window to have one too?



  1. Not sure I would ever be able to do that kind of reno, but I would happily eat every single thing on the menu at the Calistoga Inn!

  2. I love these! I was trying to incorporate one into our new house build in Park City, but we ended up moving the kitchen to the side of the house. We live with the windows and doors open all summer so I just loved the idea of a servery window. Sigh…Great inspiration though.

  3. Amazing! These are perfect, we are planning to pursue a kitchen renovation. That is because our kitchen design is a bit tricky. We want our kitchen to look visually enticing to boost the appetite, we also want to make sure that it’s conducive for cooking and food preparation.
    Thank you for these ideas!

  4. This is something we tried in a house recently. It actually turned out amazing and the new buyers absolutely loved it!

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