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Santa Monica Caterers

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maurice J.
Verified review

Chef Marcel, Provided one of the best experiences our company, staff, and guests could have ever imagined! The menu that was created tasted amazing, the variety was plentiful, and staff was engaging. I would recommend Chef Marcel and his staff any day they can fulfill any of your catering needs even with minimal space (lol).

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  • 8 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
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Fabricio S.
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Great service, excellent food, outstanding communication and much more added value than expected. We hired Gourmet Lovers Catering and Cakes for our wedding reception in Laguna Beach on 10-15-16. We had a 3 months window to plan the wedding from out of town and Carolina made sure all our vendor needs from rentals to reception food to our wedding cake was taken care of. She communicated often and made sure we got what we wanted. Chef Boris and his team the day of the reception were a pleasure to be around. The food was authentic (Soft Tacos)and DELICIOUS! Directly from our guest “you hit a home run with the food”, “best wedding food, ever”, “I went back 3 times!”. Our servers Gustavo and Sophia were very accommodating and always made sure ALL guest were taken care of. Highly recommend using Gourmet Lovers Catering and Cakes for any event!!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
Carl J.
Verified review

The catering team, chef and assistant, were superb. Food was excellent. Booking and arrangements painless. I highly recommend.

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Sensuous Taste Katering
4.9
from 58 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victor F.
Verified review

My experience with sensuou taste catering was phenomenal , the food was delicious , they were punctual, the setup was amazing and I will most definitely use them for future caterings, also I have referred sensuous taste to family and friends

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline G.
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The Grill Catering provided dinner for my husband's retirement party. Ana is very friendly and a pleasure to work with. She provided alternatives for the dinner meal plan for me to choose from that worked within my budget. (Anna also provided an extra vegetarian plate as requested.) We ended up choosing meat kabobs with rice/salad/pita bread. The food was kept warm and we received many compliments on the meal. Ana was at the event and her team served and picked up the empty plates. Thank you Ana for helping make my husband's retirement party a success!!

Super Food for Super People
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Laura S.
Verified review

Ms. Johnson did an amazing job catering my event, hosted at St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles Thrift Store for the SDSA General Membership Meeting, of 100 people with a buffet, drinks, hors d'oeuvre, and recyclable cutlery. Ms. Johnson helped me determine the best menu for my clients and type of event to make specific to my needs and all within my budget! Her staff was friendly, helpful, and self sufficient. I highly recommend Super Food for Super People for your next corporate event!

FSLA Catering
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Mark G.
Verified review

For clubhouse catering's first time at handling a major surfer event on the coast of California with 650 meals needed to be provided to contestants they did an unbelievable job under adverse conditions and location without power and infrastructure to support the kind of cuisine that they brought. As it was described to me never has there been food for a surfing contest of this caliber ever. The lasagna is awesome and pulled pork to die for. My patrons were beside themselves saying this is the new bar for beach cuisine being served at a surf contest . I've heard that from many many patrons... these guys know how to cook and they know how to get the job done five stars all the way around ....we will be using them again. And I'm sure the rest of the surfing community will be using them as well for their events ... well done Clubhouse!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Christina S.
Verified review

We've hosted many parties and charity events at our home and have used a variety of small and corporate catering companies over the years. But of all of them, So Devine was truly "so divine!" The food was fresh, perfectly cooked and well presented. We also appreciated the service staff who were all professional, polite and helpful. We will definitely be using So Devine over and over again.

  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren F.
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It was great to work with KRM Catering! Kenia was very detail oriented and made sure that everything we needed was there. She took special requests and provided anything we asked for. She took the time to make sure that everything would run smoothly. The entire staff was great and very attentive. They worked amazing with our budget and provided delicious food. I would recommend them for any occasion!

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Kenia R.
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Thank you very much for catering our UCR Chicano Latino Alumni Fundraiser. Everything was beyond what we expected. Thank you!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Jaymee A.
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Segars Culinary were truly fantastic and we would be happy to book them again when in LA. Thanks for all your hard work. Thanks Jaymee

Tania Spil
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Stuart R.
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Children's birthday party--sliders and mini hotdogs. Tania was just marvelous, her food delicious, fresh and all organic. Plus she went well above and beyond the call of duty to make sure things went smoothly. She is punctual, very pleasant to deal with and fit right in in our small kitchen (finishing off her catering in our oven) with a lot of other things going on. Great job.

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gina T.
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Moe was really incredible to work with. He was always available when I called, he was really easy to work with, extremely accommodating to what I needed and everyone loved the food he made. He was a great selection for catering.

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Donya D.
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Working with Feast Catering was one of those experiences that puts everyone else to shame! Cynthia was responsive, thorough, and made this entire process smooth. I didn't have to worry about one detail, they had it covered. The food was delicious, looked beautiful, and they monitored and replenished the buffet - they were totally on top of it! I would absolutely hire them again.

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Anna V.
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I'm a Coordinator for a big Corporation at the El Segundo area and my experience with Fitch's Kitchen is excellent!. Delicious food, quality is outstanding and excellent professionalism! I will highly recommend the catering services!

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lynnette T.
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Acacia’s professionalism and quality of catering services are unprecedented. I had a family reunion and she came highly recommended to me. Her overall services exceeded my expectations. Her food is amazing. I’d recommend her to anyone for your catering needs without hesitation.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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David R.
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Shelley makes the most amazing, inspiring, and eclectic dishes. Always flavorful...you would never believe it was Vegan! I use her for all of my private catering needs. She's is always accommodating and provides impeccable ontime service. She always chooses organic, heart healthy produce for her creations. I have used her so many times, I honestly don't think there is something she cannot create!

2 French Chicks
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Miguel J.
Verified review

We ordered a Drop-off catering for 12 people. The food is so good and the quantity was enough for all. All our guests was stuffed and we was so glad. Claudine is a really good person and is very helpful. I recommended this restaurant to other customers. Thanks Claudine.

Chef Elizabeth M
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Lisa M.
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The Brunette Gourmette is amazing! Elizabeth and Co. truly delivered above and beyond! She's a great chef, very creative, reliable and fun. Food for our daughter's graduation party couldn't have been better -- rave reviews from everyone. I will definitely go back for more of her wonderful catering. If you want a wonderful party, dinner party or event, don't hesitate to contact the Brunette Gourmette -- you will not be disappointed.

  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Leeann H.
Verified review

Thank you, Ihsan!! The friendly service, willingness to accomodate our special requests and overall awesomeness are so appreciated! You helped to make our special baby shower...perfect! We had so many gluten-free guests and you went above & beyond to accommodate all our needs! I would highly recommend your services to all! I hope to use your catering again!

Chef Gill Hellmund
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Warren K.
Verified review

Citrus Catering provided a fantastic seamless experience from planning through execution. Gill especially listened to our needs, planned for just the right number of people and delivered. Using their years of experience they even helped coach our expectations with better options that made the event a success with all attendee's! Their signature chicken shwarma was a popular favorite and raved by all for weeks after 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.

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 Mexican or Latin Catering for a Birthday on June 1, 2013

Redlands, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Food truck
  • Cuisine type
    Mexican/Latin
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    No additional service
  • Details
    Birthday
  • $350
    Average price

Need Catering Services

Long Beach, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    Buffet - with servers
  • Cuisine type
    American - casual
  • Number of guests
    25-40
  • Additional Service(s)
    Beverages (non-alcoholic), Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    This is for a memorial service
  • $8.98
    Average price

Need a Mobile Caterer

Costa Mesa, CA

  • Vendor type
    Food Cart
  • Mobile cuisine type
    Mexican / Latin (e.g. tacos, burritos)
  • $337.5
    Average price
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