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Lemon Grove Dinner Caterers

Browse these dinner catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Lemon Grove.

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Baja's Tacos & Catering
from 141 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ali H.
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Ok....Baja tacos is an AMAZING company!!!! We loved the food and the service was absolutely amazing!!! They came so prepared and on time with everything they needed to set up an amazing buffet!!!! I was very impressed with the delicious food and the great presentation!!! Thank you Baja Catering for catering our event! We will definitely use your services for our staff parties in the future!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
from 74 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LouElla S.
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Amazing! Sit down dinner for 32. Everything perfect. People asked me for her card. First time hiring a catered dinner won't be the last. She made the party a celebration from the specialty drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres to the fillets and fish and through to dessert. Lilian, YOU made my husband's birthday special! Thank You so much.

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Best Mobile Chef
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tiffany F.
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Shawna is AMAZING!! She was the ONLY vendor we had for our wedding that didn't give us any difficulties. I emailed her asking to make changes and every time her response was "of course"! The food was amazing and her services were beyond outstanding. Shawna was flexible in creating our brunch menu and catered to a handful of vegans we had on our guest list. Even our non vegan guests enjoyed the vegan options! We were looking forward to left overs but everyone enjoyed the food so much, there were none!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a caterer whether it be a wedding or any special event. I am definitely keeping her information in case I need a caterer again someday! If you want to be stress free about catering, choose Shawna! You won't be disappointed!!

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
from 55 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Marlo R.
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Delicious food, expert catering services. Would hire again.

Avian's House Catering
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Robert W.
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I was searching online and I found a website called thumbtack so I put my name and what kind of catering I need and about the price and how many people that I needed this for, in about 30 minutes I started getting different quotes and different estimates for exactly what I was looking for, the first person to respond to me was Avian he called me and we discussed what I needed and gave me a couple different quotes eventually he ended up working with me and the price that I needed I thought for sure it was a home run and it turned out to be an absolute success the food was amazing and there was plenty of it he worked with whatever we needed him to work with with no complaints he was very professional and he was very understanding and our families time of grieving if I had to hire him again I would do it in an instant without thinking twice and I would recommend him to any of my friends and family but I can't really say that now because my whole family did eat from him and they loved it they raved about it. The taco cart was amazing everything was so fresh I'm actually craving some of the adobada he made... 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 when the party was done he left us all the leftovers thank God cuz the next day after the party we didn't want to cook so we ended up making rolled tacos out of the meat that he left us and again it was still absolutely delicious I would like to say thank you again to Avian and his family for catering our party our family will have you back anytime thank you again so much

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  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sydney T.
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I hired Stacy for a vday dinner, the food was amazing, her personality was great and the experience she gave us will last a lifetime. I highly recommend her and will hire her again.

Enjoy Dining In
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Bala Z.
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On Saturday I attended a dinner that she catered. There were 70 people or so. It was a 4 course meal and it was delicious. Well prepared and well presented and most importantly served ON TIME!

Chris Gardner Catering
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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AMAZING job! Everyone LOVED the food! Great job cooking at the BBQ - with special food requests- and at an excellent price!! We will definitely be repeat customers with Chris Gardner Catering- and our guests will definitely use him for future events too!! Thank you for an AWESOME BBQ party!!

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Daily Chew Catering
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Payton B.
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Carly showed up on time (both for set-up and tear-down), helped clean up, and even left us with food to take home. She was friendly and professional with multiple people asking who catered the event. I wish I had photos of her food, but the food was unique and delicious. Highly recommended!

from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Regina W.
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Chef Pierre was a complete “success” in my mom’s words. He prepared a wonderful dinner for my Mom and Dad and their friends on their 52nd anniversary. He was on time and they said everything was delicious. Chef Pierre worked with me on the East Coast while he was on the West Coast. He answered all of my questions and was patient with me. Thank you, Marckende!

URBN Catering
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff F.
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URBN went above and beyond what we expected from a catering company. They worked with us on every request. The food was excellent, especially the cannoli's. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a catering company.

from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eliot V.
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Monterey catered my wife's 50th birthday celebration and greatly exceeded our expectations.

Flavor Affinity
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Angela W.
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Jason at Flavor Affinity took wonderful care of our photoshoot crew (14) for three days in Encinitas / San Diego last week. Every morning Jason came to our rental house and started us off bright and early with a tasty and healthy breakfast. He had lunches boxed up and ready for us as we headed out for long days on location. And each night we came home to tasty snacks while he put the finishing touches on a delicious dinner for the group. He ran things so smoothly which made a very positive impact on our photoshoot where the days are long and everyone needs healthy sustenance to keep the creative juices flowing. Jason is very personable and easy to work with. He connected easily with everyone on the crew at breakfast each morning and at dinner each night. Working with Jason prior to the event was also great - he communicates in a timely fashion, is friendly and professional. Our crew had a variety of food allergies and preferences and he handled all of them with ease, customizing meals as needed and making everyone feel well-cared for. He was very flexible and worked within my budget and adjusted menus as needed. Jason went above and beyond what I expected especially each evening, sticking around to clean up everything for us, which was a total treat at the end of a long day of shooting. Every part of our experience working together was excellent! For anyone in the area looking for wonderful food and stellar service, you will not be disappointed hiring Jason at Flavor Affinity.

from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Greg R.
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Mahalo Alvin. You and your food was outstanding, Great BBQ meal at a great price. Ordered for 25 and got enough food for 30 plus. Thank you again. Call you for our next occasion.

APRIL'S on GIRARD Catering
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carolann N.
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Simply put....AMAZING! April is our new go to event caterer, she is the best of the best. Details, exquisite food, and she is so warm and kind on top of that! All if our guests were so impressed!!

Takobar San Diego
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer D.
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Julianna was very professional in setting up all details of our event and gave a discount for the number of people we had at our event. She wrote out a very detailed contract to what would be served, time they would arrive to set up and to start serving our guests. She went over and beyond when she included a sweet and special treat for our daughter that was a spectacular surprise, Chocolate Covered Strawberries at no additional charge! Jorge the chef's meat was amazing and all the fixings! In addition they served quesadillas as an appetizer and Julianna brought them out on a tray to serve our guests! She also made a menu and asked for a pic to include! Like I said she went over and beyond! Everyone enjoyed the food, service and people! All wanting to use this company for their catering needs! Thank You Takobar!

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

We open Felix's BBQ with Soul in August 2008 and fortunately developed many raving fans. Many of our clients ask us to cater several functions for them, however we realized some events like weddings and other more formal events we not requested as often. We realized that by been perceived as primarily as BBQ and Soul Food restaurant we were missing an opportunity for our world class cooking professional and service provides to showcase their talent. That was the catalyst for Creative Flavors Catering & Events. So, for 10 years now, we have been providing custom catering arrangements for a very diverse client base.


I cook the classical dim sum apps as well as my own renditions. I also provide personal chef services. I cater to small/intimate private parties and teach classes on dim sum cooking. I also do menu planning.


I am a very talented personal chef that has cooked for mayors, millionaires, and CEO's of fortune 500 companies. I specialize in Italian cuisine, Mexican, and organics. I believe in making meals that are fun and creative and at the same time sticking to solid cooking skills to bring you true memorable meals for special occasions.


We have a full catering service company that has been in business for over eight years. Our staff includes two chefs and two bartenders; more are available if needed. Hasley Catering can cater anything, from formal dinner parties to over 100 weddings/events. Hasley Catering comes to you fully equipped for setup, service, and cleanup. We can also do drop-off if desired. References are available upon request.


I use the best, and freshest ingredients available. I have multiple awards from the Kansas City BBQ Society for my award winning BBQ. I cook for each client like they are a certified BBQ judge, not just a customer. I cook with my heart and BBQ is my passion.

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.

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.

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.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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