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San Diego Event Caterers

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Baja's Tacos & Catering
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elsa O.
Verified review

I was a little skeptical as hired Jesus for a work event. I was worried that things would go wrong making me look bad with the agency. I am pleased to say that I worried for nothing. The Caterers were punctual, professional, clean and courteous. The food was delicious. Everyone loved the food and where highly impressed with the freshness and authentic flavor! Some are considering hiring Baja's Tacos for future events. Caterers prepped the food on site rather quick, served guests for 2 hours and put all the leftovers in containers for me. Event was for 60 people and had more than enough food for everyone to enjoy. Overall I was very impressed and pleased with the service and food. Would definitely hire again! Gracias!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

Lilian truly helped to make my Christmas party an outstanding one. From the first time we corresponded, she was very timely and organized with making arrangements and worked hard to ensure I was happy with the final details. The day of my event, Lilian was extremely professional, congenial, and organized. The food was delicious and there was a wide variety of options for everyone. My guests commented many times on how good the catering was and how friendly Lilian was. If I ever have another event requiring catering, I would definitely book her again. 5 stars for sure!!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anthony M.
Verified review

Chef Shawna was fantastic. We had a group of 20 for a joint Bachlor/Bachelorette party in Temecula. She created a delicious meal for the group and was able to accommodate one guest that is gluten and dairy free (even bringing them 1 special dessert)! She was responsive and very friendly. She also brought table cloths and some light decor to make the table and setting look fantastic. Everyone in the group loved the food and said it was the highlight of our weekend. Would definitely hire Chef Shawna for another event in the area!

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Lucia V.
Verified review

Everybody loved the food. There was plenty and we even had leftovers. The caterers didn't mind all the stairs they had to take to carry their stove, tables etc. We will hire them again for sure when we are in the area.

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Daniel G.
Verified review

I contacted Sage Bleu based on the reviews I saw here. Although there were other caterers with more reviews, I was looking for a talented caterer, not jaded by decades in the business, who would go the extra mile to deliver superlative food and service. The reviews I saw here painted a picture of incredible food and personalized, unobtrusive, caring service, so I called Sage Bleu. When I spoke with Lavonne, I casually mentioned a few dishes that only the most savvy food aficionado would know. She subtly let me know that she not only knew what those dishes were, but knew how to prepare them. SOLD! I had Sage Bleu cater a casual neighborhood get together as well as a white tablecloth dinner for a dozen finicky business associates. The food selections were appropriate for both crowds. The food, wine pairings and presentation were impeccable. Service began exactly at the appointed time and clean-up was to the highest white glove standard. I cannot recommend Sage Bleu highly enough!

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Onika P.
Verified review

Ciccio did such a great job, he was fun friendly and professional. The food had a great quality taste and our very picky guests loved all the courses. Many of us in the party are considering having another event with him in the San Diego area would hire again and again for excellent food presentation and professionalism. With this chef there are no worries!! He was patient did not rush the group and was awesome!!!!! Highly Reccomend!!

Top Pro
  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nadine Z.
Verified review

Stacy, I just wanted to reach out to you and thank you for the wonderful dinner last night. You and your staff made my 50th birthday such a delicious pleasure! So nice meeting you and I look to tasting more of your fabulous cuisine. I will definitely recommend you to my friends and clients. Nadine Zines Studio Fleurish Event Styling . Artistic Florals

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha S.
Verified review

Isaac's did a great job catering our wedding! The food was both super delicious & very affordable. Lisa at Isaac's Catering is wonderful to work with, very responsive and helpful. I definitely recommend using them for any of your events!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Colm K.
Verified review

I first hired Christine from Enjoy Dining In to cater a small business luncheon last year and not only was the food delicious, but the peace of mind I got from knowing everything regarding the food was taken care of was priceless. Christine took care of everything which freed me up to focus on the clients in attendance. Th folks at the lunch were delighted that they were able to have a delicious, healthy meal at the event, even the folks with special dietary needs enjoyed the gluten free options. Since then I've hired Christine a number of times and I'm always impressed with her food and her dependability. Looking forward to our next event together Christine! Thank you, I can't recommend this serve highly enough!

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna L.
Verified review

I posted a need for a caterer on Thumbtack last December, when I started planning for a large corporate gala in San Diego. At that time, I was looking for a venue, caterer, band..the works! Dan from BAPS! responded to my need for a caterer right away. He was positive and responsive, and worked (and re-worked) with me on a prospective menu, knowing that I may end in a venue with an in-house caterer. He stayed in touch while I went through the process of vetting venues, and gave me great sightseeing tips for my trip to San Diego to do walk-throughs. We ended up booking a restaurant venue and won't hire an outside caterer, but I would have loved to hire and work with BAPS!. They'll stay on my "A-list" for my next event in the San Diego area.

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Louis R.
Verified review

We hired Stephani to cater a company event for 75 people and we couldn't have been happier. We were so grateful for her professionalism and graciousness. The food was artfully displayed and tasted amazing. Everybody loved it. We will be calling on her services again soon! Thank you, Stephani!

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meghna A.
Verified review

We hired her for our baby shower. She was very attentive to our dietary restrictions and offered many ideas for dishes over several conversations without getting frustrated (which happens with dietary restrictions as most people don't cater to it and just get annoyed). She was also there early and helped setup the food. We were running a bit behind and she was very understanding. Everyone raved about the food! We would hire her again for another event. Amazing job and thank you!

  • 8 years in business
Sunny F.
Verified review

I had a party yesterday for 4th of July and OMG! Their food is amazing, the water and the guacamole is simply delicious. I hope to have you again in another party. I’m so happy! All my friends loved the food! Thank you!

Rogue BBQ
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Howard M.
Verified review

It was a great experience having rogue bbq cater for our family event. Everyone really enjoyed the various types of food, and the smoked brisket was as delicious as could be! I would absolutely recommend to anyone looking to hire a professional caterer for any events such as bday parties, weddings, or business lunches, etc... Rogue bbq will deliver the tasty goods every time. 👌

URBN Catering
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sander B.
Verified review

Michael and his team at URBN went above and beyond to make our corporate event a success! Their Pizzas were delicious and very well received by the entire team! Plus the fact that they bake them on the spot in their oven creates an unique experience. I would highly recommend them to anyone and will certainly use them again. Thanks on behalf of the entire Fox team!

Chef Joann
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kendall C.
Verified review

Joann's catering impressed all guests at my wedding and catered to all dietary needs. Gluten free lasagna and vegan enchiladas pleased even the meat and wheat eaters. Joann is flexible, creative, and eased the process of planning my event!

Kevies Kitchen
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Michele A.
Verified review

Kevie is a gifted pastry chef whose modern desserts showcase her unique experience. She prepared a beautiful dessert bar table for a large event of 600+ people that our company was sponsoring. The treats were delicious and nutritious baked using our Sugar 2.0 product which includes soluble fiber and probiotics (www.sugar2pt0.com). Her recipes are incredible, and you will be pleased with her sweet treats for your friends and family. She is a professional and fun to work with too. I highly recommend her and am impressed with her baking techniques and capacity to foresee the outcomes! Thank you so much Kevies Kitchen! Everyone loved your yummy treats, you made our event a huge success!

commis.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Dustin S.
Verified review

For the last 3 years, Chef Monterey has been a constant fixture at our events.  Her food is absolutely top-notch, and she always comes up with just the right dishes for each dinner!  We've done everything from a Western-themed birthday party with authentic BBQ to a classy Old Hollywood New Year's Eve where she served an eight (!!!) course tasting menu, and her food just knocks it out of the park.   Chef Monterey is most definitely in our top 3 private chefs in Southern California (and we've gone through A LOT), and if you want absolutely AMAZING food made by a dynamic young chef with a personality to match, she's your girl!

O'SIDE BBQ MAN
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Krystal C.
Verified review

We had our annual conference and needed someone that had some flexibility on the amount of guests attending. O'Side BBQ Man was not just accommodating but provided amazing service. He arrived early to make sure he was ready to serve on time and also the food was amazing. Everyone wished they could have had seconds, maybe even thirds. We will definitely be booking O'Side BBQ Man for any future company events.

SoCal Custom Catering

New To Thumbtack

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

Each event is its own special moment that deserves extra special care and attention to the smallest detail. No matter what type of event or size, with over 20 years of experience in the Hospitality industry SoCal Custom Catering will help you create the perfect event with a personalized menu, handcrafted cocktails and renowned service.

Cherished Events by Cher

New To Thumbtack

    About

    We pride ourselves in ultimate client service and the "wow" factor. We are creative, innovative, and sensitive to the needs of the client and the guests. We offer a comprehensive package for services, including intimate small-scale dinner parties, rehearsal dinners, private parties, and engagement request for the guys, and we will plan your large event from A-Z. Our services cater to guests for 2-4 people and up to 200 guests. Our main focus is on weddings, but we also do proms, graduations, retirement, and teenage birthday bashes. Finally, we specialize in unique wedding venues. Booking should usually be confirmed 2-3 months prior to the event.

    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.

    Actual Requests

    See other requests for event caterers in San Diego

    Need a Buffet Caterer

    San Diego, CA

    • Event type
      Other (Reunion)
    • Which meal
      Other (Cocktail party appetizers)
    • Dishes and beverages
      Appetizer(s), Beverages (alcoholic)
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      Italian, Mediterranean, Asian, French, Hors D'oeurves
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
    • Head count
      25-50
    • Budget per person
      $20-$30 per person
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      No dietary restrictions
    • Details
      We will be purchasing our own alcohol but need 1 bartender for the event. We also need linens (black tablecloths and about a dozen blue, red napkins.
    • $20
      Average price

    Need Buffet Caterer

    San Diego, CA

    • Event type
      Other (Wedding Reception)
    • Which meal
      Other (Breakfast food during dinner time)
    • Dishes and beverages
      Full meal, Appetizer(s), Main course(s), Side dish(es), Beverages (non-alcoholic), Beverages (alcoholic)
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      American - casual (eg: burgers and fries), American - formal (eg: steak and potatoes)
    • Staff needed
      Set up: No, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
    • Head count
      150-200
    • Budget per person
      $20-$30 per person
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      Gluten-free, Vegetarian
    • Details
      Cocktail/Happy Hour: 5:30 pm Dinner Reception: 6:30 - 9:00 pm We're exploring breakfast theme for our dinner reception.
    • $4138
      Average price

    Need catering

    San Diego, CA

    • Event type
    • Which meal
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      Mexican / Latin
    • Serving style
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
    • Head count
    • Details
      We would like ceviche and possible tapas as the main apps
    • $1537.5
      Average price
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