Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Mesh & Wood Food Dome

The Best Food Covers for Outdoor Dining

Keep bugs, leaves, and more off your food with our top picks.
By Abigail Abesamis Demarest
June 22, 2021
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This summer, we're looking forward to spending time outside—going on hikes, soaking up some sun at the beach, and eating any meal we can outside. From backyard barbecues to picnics in the park, there's something extra special about gathering with family and friends and sharing a bite to eat in the great outdoors. 

What's not so great is bugs, animals, and outdoor debris getting into your feast. Thankfully, there's a simple solution to keeping pests at bay without having to constantly swat them away: food covers. The food covers highlighted below serve a functional purpose while also contributing to your outdoor dining's spread overall aesthetic. From fancy glass cloches that turn anything you put underneath them into a stunning centerpiece to vintage-inspired mesh domes and lightweight food tents, food covers come in a variety of designs and at a range of price points. Here, we've highlighted some of our favorite options.

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Crate and Barrel Food Tent
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Best Budget-Friendly Food Cover

Simply pull a string to open this nylon mesh tent, which effectively protects a plate of food from bugs that may be walking or flying around your outdoor dining table. Opened, it measures 18 inches wide, 18 inches deep, and 14 inches high. When you're finished using it, it collapses for easy storage.

Shop Now: Crate and Barrel Food Tent, $5.95, crateandbarrel.com.

Dot and Army Outdoor Net Food Cover
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Best Food Cover for Picnics

A collaboration between Food52 and Dot and Army, a home goods store based in Brunswick, Georgia, these lightweight net food covers are perfect for picnics. They fold up flat like a cloth napkin, which means that they're easy to pack. What's more, the corners are weighted so they won't fly away on a breezy day. And since they come in a variety of colors and patterns, you're sure to find one to match your aesthetic.

Shop Now: Dot and Army Outdoor Net Food Cover, $28, food52.com.

Olivewood Board with Cloche
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Best Splurge Food Cover

Create an Instagram-worthy cheese board with this elegant option from Williams Sonoma. The offset glass cloche keeps cheese, fruit, and desserts fresh, and the Italian olivewood board makes for a stunning background to your delicious spread. The board can be personalized with a name or monogram for an additional fee.

Shop Now: Olivewood Board with Cloche, $99.95, williams-sonoma.com.

Sun Squad Steel Food Dome
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Most Colorful Food Cover

Add a pop of color to your outdoor dining setup with this green food dome. It's made of sturdy steel and the handle makes it easy to move around. Set it over juicy steak fresh off the grill or over watermelon slices to keep them bug-free.

Shop Now: Sun Squad Steel Food Dome, $10, target.com.

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Mesh & Wood Food Dome
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Best Mesh Food Cover

This vintage-style mesh dome gets the job done, but it looks great while doing it. The mesh is fine enough that it keeps flies at bay while also allowing you to also see what's underneath. The wood handle is a nice accent with a functional purpose.

Shop Now: Hearth & Hand with Magnolia Mesh & Wood Food Dome, $14.99, target.com.

Williams Sonoma Bell Cloche
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Best Glass Food Cover

This elegant glass cloche protects food and makes for an eye-catching display piece, especially when it's placed on top of a pedestal. Put a beautiful fruit tart or pie underneath it to give your guests a sneak peek into the dessert course while keeping baked goods protected. This dishwasher-safe cloche has an 11 1/4-inch diameter and an interior height of 8 1/2 inches.

Shop Now: Williams Sonoma Bell Cloche, $39.95, williams-sonoma.com.

Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent
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Most Stylish Food Cover

If you're looking for something a little different, this food tent is it. We love that it opens and closes from the side and that it features a latch to secure the net when transporting food. It's a lightweight food cover with a touch of flair, protecting your food while offering a stylish accent to an outdoor dining table.

Shop Now: Destination Summer Bamboo Food Tent, $5.24, bedbathandbeyond.com.