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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
Wendy K.
Verified review

Baja's Tacos was BEST QUALITY AND BEST SERVICE. The owner really cares about his customers and his reputation. All of my 75 guest said Baja Tacos was by far the best taco caterer they had ever had. My guest have used many local caterers in the past and I am still receiving excellent feedback on how Great the food was. I would highly recommend this company. Thank you Baja Taco.....

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Frank A.
Verified review

My girlfriend and I hosted a party for 25 guests downtown. We decided to have the party catered and we went to Thumback.com to seek help. We put in a request for American and Middle Eastern cuisine and Lilian Gaffney (AKA Busy Bee) was the only one who responded to our add. She quickly responded via email and we even had several phone conversations with her as we tweaked the menu to our wants. The day of the part she showed up on time and laid out the best spread of Middle Easter and American food we could have hoped for. Really - we were surprised at the quality she gave us. Food tasted great but also the presentation was on point. She makes the best baklava I’ve tasted but more importantly our guest loved them and fished off all the food. I do recommend Lilian and I will seek her expertise out for future parties. Cheers, ~Franklin

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 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!

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June Sper Catering
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dale L.
Verified review

I'm the West Coast Manager of the Warrior Support Team, an outreach program of MarineParents.com. We serve dinner to the Wounded Warrior Batallion at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego every Thursday. Because this is a military base, caterers are sometimes reluctant to follow the procedures necessary to get through the security gate and deliver the food. June and Gary not only were willing to deliver the food, but did so on time, which is critical for us. The food itself was excellently prepared and flavorful. I look forward to working with June Sper Catering on a regular basis.

  • 14 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

After our original caterer cancelled, I was frantically searching for a new one. After a lot of shopping around, Simon had the best variety of food along with value for our money. He made the process fast and easy. The food arrived promptly and everyone at our party raved about it. Highly recommend All Aspects Catering!

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Prime Cuts Catering
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Loren H.
Verified review

Prime Cuts Catering. This place was the best idea I ever had for party I’ve done a lot of parties for my daughter over the past 16 years and usually we cook but because she was having a sweet 16 without we have somebody else come in and cook let me tell you this is the best idea I’ve ever ever ever had Mr. Ron and his wife came in and showed Out!!! Menu for our daughter‘s sweet 16 party was chili cheeseburgers fries hot dogs and low and behold he threw it onion rings which had to of been the best ever... I feel really honored he was able to do our party. I also let him know that I had a few people that were vegans, and would need a vegan dish. Now I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl, but I think if I had to become a vegan I could live off of his portobello stroganoff yes I said portobello stroganoff it was the business it was so flavorful.

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Caroline W.
Verified review

Lavonne did a great job catering our party. Food was great, presentation was spectacular and prices reasonable. Would definitely hire again.

Paraiso Delicacies
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Jodi H.
Verified review

Joanie catered my son's 18 birthday party. The food was delicious! BBQ Ribs, orange chicken wings, mac and cheese, beans! Everyone loved the food! Everthing was cooked to perfection and from scratch! She was very professional and I will use her again. I would highly recomend her.

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

We had a NYE dinner party and Francesco was amazing. From the very beginning he was so easy to work with. The service was great and the food was delicious.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen P.
Verified review

Stacy is an Extaordinary Chef! She made an excellent Stationary Buffet, Passed Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres and a Dessert Station for my residential party. All of my guests were raving about how delicious her cooking from scratch was. She is so creative and has an impressive list of appetizers to chose from. Stacy was so classy and professional and she kept everything on task so I could enjoy talking with my friends and relax. I would definitely hire her again and recommend her to my friends. She is Tremendous!

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

I was extremely happy with my experience using Isaac's Catering. We used them for our graduation party which had about 50 guests. The prices were the best and the food was fantastic! We had more than enough and everyone raved about it. The service was also great. It was delivered on time (early even!), completely set up and the everything was picked up the next day. Super easy, super yummy and within our price range. Definitely recommend!

  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Grace W.
Verified review

David & his team did an amazing job for my 30th birthday party! He was very flexible and accessible at all times. I had a few occasions where I had to increase the number of guests, and he handled that with no problem. I also had a situation where I was not going to be at the house prior to the party, as we were on a large group party bus winetasting and he was accommodating and understanding and able to set up the food in our house without me even having to be there. The food was absolutely delicious and he worked with me to customize a menu that would fit the theme of the party but was also very affordable! He provided more than enough food and utensils, we were eating leftovers for days! I will definitely be using Steal Your Taste in the future! Thanks David!

NV Personal Dining
4.4
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany K.
Verified review

Amazing experience with his catering. My husband and I threw a party and he catered the whole thing and all of our guests were in love with the food, the siracha and yellow tail fusion was amazing. Would highly recommend for any party you are throwing.

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christian W.
Verified review

Daily Chew Catering dished up a bit of heaven on a plate for a holiday party recently and from the first time I contacted Carly until the last bit of food was gone, we were blown away by the entire experience. Daily Chew Catering offers a wide selection of menu options, so there's guaranteed to be something great for every palate, and everything is done well. Daily Chew does food service right, and I'll no doubt be quick to call back and start planning for our next event as soon as the time comes. Thank you for the professionalism, the amazing food, and your passion for great-tasting, incredible quality catering experience!

Yapo's Home Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeffrey F.
Verified review

I used Yapo for a birthday dinner party for 10 guests. He and Jill battled with mango. The guests were very impressed with the food and presentation. I definitely will use him again.

Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kirsten S.
Verified review

The cannoli was so good! All the food was great and there was a lot of it. Everyone left my party with leftovers and really appreciated it.

A Movable Feast
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher G.
Verified review

Eva will blow you away with her creativity and commitment to making your event a memorable one. She is simply the best at taking a party and turning it into a personalized experience. An event by Movable Feast caters to all of your senses, including your sense of wonder.

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!

Takobar San Diego
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jen M.
Verified review

Juliana was very responsive and professional. The tacos we tasted were quite yummy, all the ingredients tasted fresh. We particularly liked the carne asada. I would recommend Takobar San Diego for parties and special events.

Rickman's BBQ
5.0
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sasha C.
Verified review

I cannot say enough amazing things about Rickman BBQ. They catered my daughters engagement Party. Eric met with us to discuss details and was always available to answer phone calls and emails up to the day of. We decided with the tri-tip and everyone absolutely raved about the amazing taste! We were so thankful to have them there on such a special day. We highly recommend them to other folks looking for an amazing and professional catering service! The food was such a hit that we are using him again in July! From the service to the food this catering service does not disappoint!

  • 5 years in business
Stuart Z.
Verified review

Catered my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for over 100 people. Could not have been more happy with the service and the food is AMAZING!!!

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

See other requests for party caterers in San Diego

Need Catering Services (Full Service)

San Diego, CA

  • Event type
    Corporate event
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mediterranean, Other (Greek )
  • Serving style
    Other (Appetizers for reception, plated dinner and buffet style dessert)
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    More than 200 (please estimate) (300)
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Other (1 option for those w/ food retrictions, but this won't be many people)
  • Details
    We are a non-profit, so a cost-effective menu would be greatly appreciated. Please include linen and China in the estimate.
  • $25.95
    Average price

Need Corporate Catering

San Diego, CA

  • Type of corporate catering
    Drop-off (individually packaged)
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Dishes and beverages
    Appetizer(s), Beverages (non-alcoholic)
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Hors D'oeurves
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: Yes
  • Catering head count
    150-200
  • Budget per person
    $20-$30 per person
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    It is for a Prom.
  • $5200
    Average price

Need catering (drop-off)

San Diego, CA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
    75-100
  • Budget per person
  • Details
    Will pick up order. looking for Mac and Cheese For 75 people Possibly another other side
  • $302.33
    Average price
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