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Santa Clara Affordable Catering Services

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

We were looking for catering services for our small and intimate wedding during December 2015. Food was a big part of the event, but we also had a limited budget, so we shopped around to find someone that would fit our needs. Pete understood our menu concept right away and was able to work with our budget. He didn't fuzz about small details that we wanted to incorporate and went above and beyond to make them happen. He even provided ideas on how to improve the overall experience, not just the food. We interviewed lots of chefs and catering companies and we couldn't be happier about working with Pete. Our foodie friends and family members praised the food, the presentation was extraordinary and the service was very professional. Pete also provided support for the drinks, bringing with him a great mixologist that crafted creative drinks for the crowd. Finally, the next morning Pete prepared brunch for guests that spent the night at the venue (and ourselves) and even tho some things did not go as planned for him (the professional oven broke down!), he was able to have everything ready flawlessly by the time we woke up. Thank you Pete for taking care of such important part of our event! We are looking forward to working with you again.

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

Hired Rocco for drop-off catering service for a party hosted at home. Delivery was right on time and the main dish of my order, "Salmon in Papillotte," was cooked with perfection. Juicy and tender, it was loved by all the guests. Rocco was also very easy to work with throughout the messaging back and forth in deciding on the menu and portion. His price was a bit toward the high end side but overall the experience was very satisfactory.

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

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

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth D.
Verified review

Meal was amazing; we asked for a 100% vegetarian meal and all of the courses were fantastic; he really knows how to prepare vegetarian food. Sat was engaging and professional and the service and food were outstanding. We understand why he was voted best personal chef of Thumbtack - we would definitely hire Sat again!

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

They were great and could not find a better value anywhere else! From planning to flexibility with their service this is the best catering service out there.

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristal P.
Verified review

Stephanie catered brunch for 13 of us and everything was fantastic. She was right on time, everything was wrapped up and ready to serve, and all of the dishes were delicious! A couple of friends even asked about how I found her in case they had a future event,I would definitely use her catering service again.

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Kitchenina provides high-quality, nutritious and organic meals for our events. They have a variety of dishes catering to different tastes and dietary preferences but the one thing that is true across all of them is that they are delicious! We're happy we found such a great catering service.

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

Deb makes the most amazing quiche and is such a pleasure to work with. I worked with her when she prepared quiches for our Christmas party at our home. She takes such pride in her quiches and her full service catering and has developed this into an outstanding business. I would recommend her to cater your next event and assure anyone that she delivers the best quiches and excellent services along with her great smiles and laughs.

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
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Meredith W.
Verified review

From the point of connecting with Daniella about my dinner party, to meeting with her in person beforehand to discuss menu and pricing, and on to the event itself, there was never a time I didn't feel confident in her experience and her ability to pull off a fantastic Greek dinner for my friend's 60th birthday. And that she did! My friends are still raving about her and I could not have been more pleased with every single detail. Food was fabulous! I highly recommend Daniella for any catering needs or for cooking for a private party. She handles it all. Wish I could have her cook for me on a regular basis!

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

Food was excellent and the service was fantastic. Lana and the chef were very accommodating to our needs and were early to set up and clean up was great!

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol M.
Verified review

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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Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Juavette J.
Verified review

Chef Cheri catered an event for an organization that I am associated with and it was outstanding. Cheri food presentation was excellent and the food as so good. I was actually surprised at how much food she prepared for the price. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for catering services at a great price.

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Roddy Diaz
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Erik S.
Verified review

Roddy did a great job. He provided catering staff for our event and they were superb! They were flexible and able to think on the fly to make the customer happy. I would highly recommend his services to anyone needing catering staff.

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

Basic Catering is much more than catering company, it is a full service event company. Aristotle says "if a man does many things, they cannot do one thing well." That's not the case with Basic Catering. I hired them for a small wedding reception, and I was very impressed with their service. I'll list them as follows: 1. All my guests raved about the food. It was perfectly cooked and the quantity was worth the value. 2. They rent out their own party rentals (tables, silverware, plates, etc.) at a cost cheaper than the competitors. This was significant savings for me with no sacrifice on the quality. This also made clean-up a lot easier. I was not worried about the clean-up, but it did save me on venue costs. (They also do flowers) 3. Lastly, the most impressive aspect of Basic Catering is their professionalism. There will always be something missing or something that goes wrong. Their team is extremely resourceful, from their planners (Ben) to the people executing (Carie) and the waitstaff -- I am a big fan of resourcefulness. They thought of things I missed, and if something was wrong they made it right. They are quick and smart, and know how to get things done. They assisted in making one of the most significant days of my life a wonderful event. Thanks Ben. You did a fantastic job coordinating.

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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.
Verified review

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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Liberation Foods BBQ
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Katie A.
Verified review

Dennis was a pleasure to work with for an Alumni event we hosted at Standard Deviant. He was extremely responsive, was able to cater the menu towards our request, and was extremely friendly and personable with our guests. I would definitely look to use Liberation Foods BBQ for future events.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shannon T.
Verified review

While We has to put are wedding plans on half to to an unexpected move. Karla was wonderful to work with and and here price was fair and had no problem working with my food allergy to me having an unexpected changes. If I am ever in the area and need a catering service she will be my first call.

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jadyn P.
Verified review

GREAT SERVICE We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her "celebrities for the day," made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!

Olive Cater
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Inbal F.
Verified review

I have had the pleasure of experiencing Oliver Cater services and would recommend it to anyone. Arkadi, the chef, creates spectacularly good food that is unfussy, deeply flavorful, satisfying and plentiful. Their team are top notch professional, and Im looking forward to working with them again in the future.

Magic of the Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Fe L.
Verified review

Food was good - I ordered the sushi trays and thai food. Very punctual and set up catering service. Highly recommend them. I have use them several times for our catered lunches.

Rainbow Chefs San Francisco
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amber F.
Verified review

Rainbow Chef's catered our company Halloween Party and did an amazing job! They served up homemade small bites with personal touches, including adorable coffin-shaped brownies and ricotta and spinach eyeballs. Everything tasted amazing. We highly recommend them!

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 affordable catering services in Santa Clara

Need a Full Service Event Caterer

San Jose, CA

  • Event type
    Other (Private )
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Spanish Cuisine)
  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    150-200
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    This is a charity fund raising event, white glove style atmosphere and service
  • $7025.25
    Average price

Need Corporate Catering

San Jose, CA

  • Type of corporate catering
    Other (hors d'oeuvre and wine pouring)
  • Which meal
    Other (hors d'oeuvres and wine/beer pouring)
  • Dishes and beverages
    Appetizer(s), Beverages (alcoholic)
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Hors D'oeurves
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Catering head count
    150-200
  • Budget per person
    $30-$40 per person
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    This is for our corporate open house. We would like to see different selections
  • $4233.75
    Average price

Need catering (full service)

Santa Clara, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday party
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian, Mexican / Latin
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No, Other: someone to tend the food
  • Head count
    50-75
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Vegetarian
  • Details
    Need final price. Just food and 2 hour service.
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