In lieu of the formal dining room, many modern homes are utilizing the kitchen space and adding an eat-in feature whether it be an island, bar or full dining area to accommodate a place for individual dining or family meals. For even the smallest of kitchens, there is an eat-in solution. In addition to meal time, these kitchens facilitate other activities such as working from home on the computer, the kids doing homework, and simply hanging out with family and friends. We've gathered around a dozen stunning eat-in kitchen designs that we think will certainly inspire some kitchen design ideas of your own.
modern kitchen with island bar

An open plan modern home features a full-size kitchen with bar island that opens to the living space.
An open plan modern home features a full-size kitchen with bar island that opens to the living space.

smallish modern kitchen with island bar (622x800)

small modern loft kitchen with bar

sleek modern kitchen with island

An extended bar allows for four to dine comfortably while still allowing for a full island for work space.
An extended bar allows for four to dine comfortably while still allowing for a full island for work space.
modern kitchen with eat-in dining

modern kitchen with dining area

This kitchen allows for meal prep while family and friends can relax and visit with the chef. A wall of windows makes the room appear larger and floods the space with natural light.
This kitchen allows for meal prep while family and friends can relax and visit with the chef. A wall of windows makes the room appear larger and floods the space with natural light.
minimalist kitchen with dining island

Even with a full size dining table for six in the middle of this kitchen there is still plenty of room to move freely while preparing meals.
Even with a full size dining table for six in the middle of this kitchen there is still plenty of room to move freely while preparing meals.
This sun-filled industrial space offers a wonderful place for full family dining with a table set for six. The bamboo flooring adds an extra glow to the room.
This sun-filled industrial space offers a wonderful place for full family dining with a table set for six. The bamboo flooring adds an extra glow to the room.
This lovely feminine kitchen in brilliant pink and white features a tiny dining area furnished with small modern furniture.
This lovely feminine kitchen in brilliant pink and white features a tiny dining area furnished with small modern furniture.
This extremely compact kitchen utilizes one side of the kitchen island to accommodate seating.
This extremely compact kitchen utilizes one side of the kitchen island to accommodate seating.