Lunch Plate
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A Lunch Plate, also called a Luncheon Plate, is slightly smaller in diameter, than a Dinner Plate. Lunch Plates also tend to be lighter in weight because they are designed to hold lunches, which are presumably lighter and smaller than dinner Entrées.  

If you were to get out a ruler, the majority of Lunch Plates would measure 8 to 9.5 inches in diameter. On a place setting chart ordered by size, they would be listed between a Dinner Plate and a Salad Plate.

A Lunch Plate can be used for formal and informal place settings, but it is not mandatory for either. 


Because modern lifestyles have evolved away from formal dining at home, Lunch Plates are harder to find but they are out there.

Culinary Uses

Lunch Plates are designed for use at Lunch Time to hold lunch foods, like Sandwiches or Salads, which are typically smaller and lighter than Main Courses or Entrées.

In smaller kitchens with limited storage space, they can be used as the main plates in lieu of using separate Dinner Plates, Lunch Plates, Salad Plates, Dessert Plates, snack plates, etc. They can also be used as "informal" or daily-use plates, with the added benefit for calorie counters, of holding smaller portions.

If you are excited to show off your Flair, the 4th of Smart Kitchen's 4 Levers of Cooking™, a Lunch Plate can even be used like a Charger to show off a Soup Bowl.