San Jose, CA329 Party Food Caterers near you

Where do you need the party food caterer?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

San Jose Party Food Caterers

Browse these party food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Jose.

Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 141 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
Amin R.
Verified review

Pete Coleman did catering for our office xmas party! Great food, and service. really enjoyed it! keep up the good job

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 119 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 177 hires on Thumbtack
Maria F.
Verified review

Chef Rocco did a fantastic job catering our party. The food and service was fabulous. We will use Chef Rocco again for our next party!

Top Pro
Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 109 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kym M.
Verified review

This was a wonderful experience from the very beginning. I received excellent customer service each time I called with a question(s). Evan is very personable and an fabulous cook. We had the BBQ dinner menu catered for my husband's 50th birthday and it was amazing! The brisket is to die for!! I had so many of our guests ask who catered this party as all the food was scrumptious. Thank you, Evan, and the rest of the staff for making this event perfect! We will certainly use your services again! And you may be hearing from some of our friends as well! Cheers, Kym Morganstern

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Corinne P.
Verified review

Great meal created by Sat! Would definitely hire him again for our event. Even at a very short notice he was able to deliver exactly what we needed and our entire party loved the food!

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 91 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
Leonard T.
Verified review

Our group had a very nice experience with A Plus catering! The guests thoroughly enjoyed her delicious food and the party was a huge success. We will plan on using them again for a future event!

Top Pro
Catering Services
4.9
from 77 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt B.
Verified review

Michael is fantastic! I've hired Michael to cater several events over the years that I've hosted and he has always been proactive, punctual, and professional. And the food and decor have been a huge hit with my guests every time. I've worked with several caterers in the past and have been disappointed. Often times with past caterers I've used, the food and/or beverage is mediocre or runs out, or there aren't enough stemware to keep up with usage. Michael knows exactly how to plan while being cost effective. He is 100% reliable; I won't use anyone else! Thank you Michael!

Top Pro
Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Stephanie catered my son's high school graduation party and the food was delicious! All my guests were impressed and most of the good was gone by the end of the night. Stephanie was punctual, easy to work with and responsive. I would definitely hire her again!

Top Pro
Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eirini K.
Verified review

Best experience ever! I hosted my daughter's first birthday party and hired Kitchenina for the catering. The owners, Kostas and Aliki are professionals, very polite and will go out of their way to service you. They came on time for the party. The food was warm and delicious. I was raised in Greece and their Giant Mediterranean spicy beans are the best I have ever tasted:) The lamb roast, the tacos, the rice bowls and all the dishes we ordered are extremely tasty. I love they offer a variety of quality food from different cuisines and that it tastes home made. I would definitely recommend them and hire them again.

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 65 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel P.
Verified review

I have never used a caterer before so I really did not know what to expect. I had an idea of what I wanted and a vision of how I wanted things to go. Deborah and her assistant went above and beyond my expectations and vision. We discussed a plan prior to the party and I let her know I just did not want to worry about anything and be able to enjoy the party. She allowed me to do just that and the service she provided was excellent. I unfortunately had some stragglers come in late and she eagerly fixed them a plate with no questions asked. Everything was just as clean, if not cleaner, when they left as it was when they arrived. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is thinking of having a caterer at their party.

Top Pro
Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jason C.
Verified review

Daniella Bensimons' food is like music that you can eat. Her food is delectable, delicious and is farm-to-table fresh. I've yet to meet someone eating her food at a party that doesn't like it. 5 star cuisine from one of the best Chefs in the East Bay

Event Cre8tive
4.7
from 33 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Katelyn L.
Verified review

Danny and Teresa are great people. Not only their job,of course they are best artists I've ever met. They are helping serving food,took all those pictures that I missed,also very kind to kids and fun as well.They didn't rush at all.Take time and waited for all my kid guests were arrived.It was great party with them.Thank you again,Danny and Teresa

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Christien T.
Verified review

An associate recommended Rainbow Chefs to provide the food for an event I was planning for a family gathering. I decided to go through with their services. There were kids and adults participating so I was a little nervous about how it would go, but everyone had a great time! It was so fun and interactive for the kids. The food was delicious! Would definitely recommend Rainbow Chefs!

Top Pro
LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane M.
Verified review

I attended a small dinner party that LL Services catered. The dinner was absolutely delicious and healthy at the same time. LL Services were professional and informative about the dishes they presented. Their demeanor was pleasant and easy to be around. They added a nice but subtle touch to the ambience of the evening.

Top Pro
Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenn M.
Verified review

Cheri is a Jack of All Trades. She has all of the connections to help you with EVERYTHING. Provided an amazing beverage company as well as the furniture and food for my wedding. The staff was AWESOME and her clam chowder was to die for. Just saying. She is a great teammate. Thank you Cheri!!!

Top Pro
Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eleonora T.
Verified review

They were prompt & professional throughout the engagement. They prepared various appetizers for a party of 25 guests. Great service and food was delicious.

Basic Catering
4.3
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Te C.
Verified review

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.

Top Pro
Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janel T.
Verified review

I worked with Dennis at Liberation Foods to cater my son's 6th birthday party. The food was DELICIOUS. My only regret was that we only had 1 hour of food time (due to the venue, not Liberation)! :) Highly recommend and will definitely use again.

Top Pro
Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brenden D.
Verified review

Mise En Place is hands down one of the street caterers in the Bay Area. David’s is extremely creative and professional and food is excellent!

Top Pro
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Richard S.
Verified review

Karla has cooked for our surf camp for 18 summers! She has been amazing how she whips up delicious food for our clients. The quality and punctuality have been excellent!

Top Pro
Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robin B.
Verified review

good menu got to speak to the chef himself on several occasions, and he answered all my questions, a full service operation (can do plates and linens, etc) and nice menu selection with local organic food as a value of the caterer.

Olive Cater
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sheila R.
Verified review

Olive Cater team are simply the best! They catered for me an office party and my parents 40th anniversary. Even though the menus were totally different both events were a success! Arkadi is a talented and creative young chef. His food is beautifully presented and it tastes amazing! I got many compliments on those events and I look forward to having Arkadi and Elinor cater my next 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.
Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.