I’ll confess my bias right up front: I grew up in New York, not far from Oneida, and therefore I have been raised to believe that Oneida is the One True Flatware. I mean, I’m sure there are other brands that are fine, too. Except that they’re not Oneida.
Of course, Oneida doesn’t come cheap… most of the time. But right now on the Oneida website you can shop their 18/0 service for 12 flatware sets, some of which are already marked 70% off. (I’m having trouble linking directly. Search on 18/0 or go to the sale section and click on “Hot Buy! Casual Flatware 65pc sets” in the sidebar to find the deep discounts.) Then add coupon code JL10 for an additional $10 off and free shipping, too.
Site is running a bit slow with the sale, but perseverance pays off if you really want some nice silverware at a discount price.