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Phoenix Outdoor Caterers

Browse these outdoor catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Phoenix.

  • 10 years in business
  • 470 hires on Thumbtack
Deanna K.
Verified review

My whole office loved the food. Thank you for making such a wonderful Christmas dinner for our office. I tried helping a few times, and your crew wouldn't let me help one little bit - very professional and courteous. We are a very busy office and every one made time to come in. There was plenty for seconds to any who wanted more and I even took food home for another treat! I wanted my office team treated special and reward them for their hard work all year long. Your catering and service met and exceeded my hopes. Put us down for every year!

  • 7 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
Zeke C.
Verified review

We were very happy with Dynamic Cuisine Catering. I used their services again.

Artistic Touch Catering LLC
4.8
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Kandice K.
Verified review

Artistic Touch Catering catered our wedding and we are so happy they did! The food was excellent, and their service and hospitality was top notch the entire evening. I will highly reccomend them to all of my friends in the future. Thank you for making our special day even more special! 5 Stars!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia R.
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What an amazing experience and service Unique Luxury Catering and Event Planning provided for the Bachelor Party. Steve and Carol Anne were both extremely professional and provided 5 star service with customer service, fine detail and exceptional quality of food. Highly recommended and would definitely hire them again in the future! ~ Ivan's Bachelor Party - Vancouver, BC

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The Perfect SAIZ Taco
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Violet L.
Verified review

This was my first time using Thumbtack for catering services. Chef Juan-Pablo and The Perfect SAIZ Taco have an excellent food service rating. With authentic ingredients menu and decent pricing for our event. Thank you for your service.

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Hob Nob Catering
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kiesha P.
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Chef Alice is top notch. We used Hob Nob Catering for our Easter dinner and truly could not have been happier. All of the food was absolutely amazing - the scrumptious appetizers and steak were among the best any of us had ever had! Chef Alice planned the impressive menu and was super flexible with any requests. She was a complete professional start to finish. Just a delight to work with. She decorated our tables so elegantly and beautifully. Mike, also from Hob Nob, helped serve our Easter meal and he was just terrific. Such a pro and so nice. We loved that we were able to have a 5 star dining experience with our friends and family in our home and did not have to do any work or have any worries. We are 100% sold on her and her company. Any future catering event will involve Chef Alice and Hob Nob Catering!!!!

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Stacey Klaff
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
Verified review

Working with Stacey was wonderful. She listened and worked with me to get the catering experience and services I was needing. Stacey provided a flexible menu which could be tailor made to fit the event. The food presentation, added touches, wide variety of menu choices. and her welcoming personality made a Celebration of Life a success and far less stressful to plan. Everyone loved Stacey's cuisine! Kelly, Faye, and I would not hesitate to recommend Stacey to anyone or to hire her again in the future. We were impressed!!!!

Az Caterer
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Ana W.
Verified review

Absolutely the best ! I've worked with different catering companies throughout my years in Phoenix and Scottsdale and this has been my best catering experience so far. All of the food was very delicious, the prices are very reasonable also. Chef Vic and his staff are very professional and courteous, they definitely exceed my expectations. Thank you Chef Vic

The Great Plate
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Julie R.
Verified review

Anna is wonderful! Some last minute changes for a surprise Graduation Party made her services a must! She responded quickly to my requests, was very creative in our request for "elevated College Kid foods" and arrived prepared and on time. She handled all the catering so I could actually enjoy the party and guests, and her creations received RAVE reviews! I highly recommend Anna and will be using her again!

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  • 15 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John Z.
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Christine and her team have catered many events for us, family & friends previously. The food and overall experience are always nothing less than stellar! The attention to detail and quality of food are fantastic! This is why we keep her busy. One of the best caterers on the west side by far. John T

Lighthouse Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
Verified review

Michelle and her team deliver top quality services in catering. I've used her and her team on a few different occasions and have always been very impressed and never left hungry. I highly recommend her services.

Big Cuz's Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Gia F.
Verified review

The best BBQ in Arizona, awesome catering service . The sauce & meat texture you get from a slow smoker is delicious. Juicy fried turkey is a must! Your guests will beg for more. Highly recommend Big Cuz Catering!

Party On Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
Verified review

Whitney and her staff are amazing! Thank you for making my event come to life. I will definitely be using Party on Catering for all my future events! Thank you again!

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
Verified review

Jacquelynn makes the most amazing and well presented meals. You can tell she has a passion for food, which shows in her meals. She is amazing!

Cactus Flower Catering LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Travis C.
Verified review

The food was amazing! We also had Jeanette help us with the planning of the wedding, and she was such a big help. Everything ran smooth, as well as on time, just how we asked! I would definitely recommend Cactus Flower Catering! We will for sure use them again in the future!

Estreno Catering-PHX
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Towana J.
Verified review

I think they did an excellent job everybody was satisfied and in the future I will use them again when my oldest son gets married also I will pass the word around to anyone else who would need to use the catering service they would be my number one choice thank you for all your help.

Tamales y Tacos Puebla LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Tom P.
Verified review

They were the absolute best caterers to work with. The food was fantastic, they were extremely professional and friendly. I have nothing but positive to say about them. We would definitely use them again given the opportunity.

The Good Food Table
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla J.
Verified review

My husband I just got married a few weeks ago and we are SOOO THANKFUL that we chose "The Good Food Table" to cater our big night. They were so prompt and on top of everything. Not to mention we had so many compliments on our food!! We will definitely be using them for all our catering needs. Thanks Devan!

  • 19 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Raida A.
Verified review

We had our annual St. Patrick's Day Luncheon, I have to say I was a bit nervous. But instead it turned out to be the greatest experience, everything was here on time, everyone raved about the food that was served especially the corned-beef, the Shepard's pie and Lasagna was also a great hit. THANK YOU Gracie Parker Fine American Cuisine for a great experience, I would recommend you to everyone who asks about catering services.

Giancarlo Stefanutto
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mary Lou L.
Verified review

The process from start to end was seamless. Chef met with us and listened to our ideas and designed a totally custom menu just for our event. His food was tasty and the presentation was amazing. The staff was professional and friendly. I would highly recommend Chef Giancarlo's services to anyone looking for a caterer. You won't be disappointed.

  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Corey G.
Verified review

Great service great food made everything easy for me the owner jerome took care of everything for me and was very professional

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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