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Pleasanton Caterers

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 144 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Amin R.
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Pete Coleman did catering for our office xmas party! Great food, and service. really enjoyed it! keep up the good job

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 186 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sadye I.
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I highly recommend this company for any catering services you need! My company hired Taqueria Cazadores for our Christmas party, the food was a hit! We are a dominantly Hispanic work place and everyone raved about the food especially the carnitas (best I've had). I will definitely recommend them to any one looking for great food for a great price! thank you again Evan your friends at PPandL

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 95 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh S.
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Jeannine was fabulous. She was professional, easy to work with, on time and provided us with terrific food. We would definitely use her services again.

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Caitlin M.
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Stephanie is a total catering rock star! She kept over 200 people fed, watered and content during our Institute on Aging. She worked within our budget, and created picnic lunches and a beautiful breakfast spread, while keeping coffee/tea/water flowing. I have nothing but good things to say! She is also personable, reasonable and delightful!

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Velina T.
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I am an event planner and have worked with many catering companies in the past few years. Kitchenina is by far my best find and the catering company that I will continue to recommend to any of my future clients. Aliki is extremely kind and very accommodating. The food is top quality and their customer service is unmatched. So glad to have found this company on thumbtack! Looking forward to working with them on many future events!

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon M.
Verified review

We use several different catering firms for events every year, but DNL has been the easiest to work with. They return calls quick, they show up and have everything ready and they just make it easy to tell my boss “we’re gonna feed 60 people” or my husband “we have 20 people for the party”. I wish they had a lot more on their menu, but everything we have ever had was really good!!! Yeah- I have already booked them again for our group BBQ next year!

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 65 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda E.
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Richmond Main Street was one of the first catering jobs that Quiche and Carry ever did. Deborah was great. She was very attentive to us as customers and wanted to make sure that she got it right. The quiches were delicious. She is very creative and knows how to mix flavors. I had never tried a dessert quiche before and was a bit skeptical but it was fantastic. I would highly recommend her. Although it was her first job she was great. We have used her since that first time and will continue to use her. Yum!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
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Lauren S.
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Grace catered my son's first birthday party and she was fantastic. She was easy to communicate with and she arrived promptly on time. She worked in my kitchen with no direction (left everything spotless and clean as well), and served incredible food! I got compliments from all my guests. The slow cooked short ribs she served were amazing, and she made this incredible soba noodle vegetarian option that everyone was raving about as well. I will definitely hire her again for any and all of my catering needs! Thank you so much Grace.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Sabinna C.
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Dani was very pleasant to work with and patient with me (and my group) while I figure out the process, as this is our first time doing catering event, in a city all the way on the other side of the country. Her food was delicious and the presentation was beautiful! Hopefully she will have us back if we are going to do something similar next year!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Esther C.
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Chef Albert the "untamed chef" catered my mother's funeral reception. From the first, he just could enough for us. We coordinated the food to fit my needs. Provided everything salad. To dessert, napkins,dishes, drinks...everything. Clean up. Great food+++++ professionalism+++++ Timely+++++ working with clients+++++ Clean,neat+++++ charming+++++ Going to be my first call next time+++++!!!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Carol M.
Verified review

Rose Johnson Catering did a wonderful job for our celebration of life reception. The food was delicious and the buffet was visually lovely. Many commented on how much they enjoyed the food.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn B.
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Angela was very helpful right from the beginning. Once she and I spoke, determined a budget, she proposed some wonderful selections, and the evening was divine. Having a few people who have gluten-free diets, the menu planning was extremely important to me - and every item was gluten free AND delicious! Angela is able to help rent anything you need, so that isn't a worry. She has a wonderful assistant who is warm and friendly. I would highly recommend Angela's business for your catering event.

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew A.
Verified review

Catered with passed apps and one wine pourer. Very good experience, would hire again. Lana, chief contact, was very professional and gave good food options for our event at our price point. (We provided our own wine.) Food quality was excellent The venue owner was also very pleased, which is a win-win for us.

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carol M.
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Don't look any further: LL Services is the BEST! They catered a women's luncheon in my home, and I found their friendly manner, professionalism and responsiveness to be unmatched. They offered flexible menu options with fresh, creative and delicious selections. My guests went back not only for seconds, but thirds, and they all left with a business card for their own catering needs. Don't pass up the opportunity to have them cater your next event.

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erika C.
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Everything was perfect,not only did the staff cater to everyones needs,they served the food quickly and decorated it on the plate beautifully, they really made my wedding of 160+people amazing,i kept getting compliments all night from guests telling me service was great!must have for an y event! Bar service,waiter service, great at listening to clients needs! A++++😊😊😊😊😊

Basic Catering
4.2
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Te C.
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I hired Basic Catering for a dinner party. We had salmon and chicken breasts with asparagus and a variety of salads. The food was amazing and the presentation was beautiful. Will definitely order from them again.

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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Taylor O.
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Dennis is everything an amazing catering should be: responsive, efficient, polite and purveyor of absolutely delicious food! We hired Dennis to cater dinner for a team offsite, and it went over marvelously. He arrived right on time, set up everything without needing much oversight, served up the food to our team, then cleaned up everything himself. All while chatting up our team and with a smile. We will absolutely be hiring him again for future catering events.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Mackenzie B.
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Daniel was an amazing caterer. He was extremely prompt and came with most of the catering gear he needed (which is good because I have very few kitchen tools). Our entire group loved the food: cheese/meat course, tuna tartar, couscous, salmon, and tiramisu. It was delicious! And as a bonus, we did not need to clean up :)

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy H.
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Karla did a wonderful job catering breakfast and dinners for four days for our family and friends. She was very adaptable as we never knew until the last minute if there would be 6 people or 16 people at a meal! The breakfasts were enormous and she offered between six and eight dishes at every meal. Carla was punctual, professional and a pleasure to have in our home. She is super efficient and cleaned everything up before she left. I look forward to I look forward to using her for future events!

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary M.
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Jon, and his assistant Danny, catered a sit down dinner for 24. The menu included several appetizers, salad, Filet Mignon and lobster with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and a homemade raspberry filled buttercream cake (as requested) for my husbands 70th birthday. Everything was perfect!!!!!! Exceeded our expectations. Not only was everything amazing but Jon and Danny couldn’t have been any nicer. Several of my guests are already arranging to use them for their upcoming events. We would definitely use them again. They made my husbands 70th so special. Could t be happier.

96H Brand Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Maria B.
Verified review

Everything you can ask for in a fast convenient catering company! Great group of people and good food!

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.

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 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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Caterer

Oakland, CA

  • Event type
    Buffet dinner party
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American
  • Number of people
    100-150
  • Additional Service(s)
    Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    Event is a modest event for 80 people. Menu has already been decided. Event is taking place in Oakland.

Need a Caterer

Belvedere Tiburon, CA

  • Event type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Formal American, BBQ
  • Number of people
    100-150
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    Outdoor Venue Greenhouse with counters as prep area - no kitchen
  • $3265
    Average price

Need Catering Services for a Birthday Party on April 29, 2013

South San Francisco, CA

  • Event type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Mexican/Latin, Formal American, BBQ
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    Trying to put an affordable plan together for a simple bday party of 30-40 people. I dont want to spend more that $300.
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