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Santa Monica Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Monica.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 119 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine W.
Verified review

Marcel and his entire staff were fabulous. The food was fabulous, as was the service. They were very efficient and truly cared that our guests were all enjoying themselves. Many guests complimented Marcel's catering and I would highly recommend and higher him again. My experience was excellent with Marcel.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsay C.
Verified review

Chef Boris Guardado and Caroline are incredible! They were highly recommended from a trusted family friend and from our first communication, they were warm, excited for our wedding and extremely professional. It is clear they are very experienced and love good food, but they have a unique ability to translate our tastes into dishes that we would enjoy--from the first tasting to the actual wedding day. During the wedding, everything was prepared and served exactly on schedule, just as it had been prepared for us during tastings. Their team of servers were professional and courteous, well prepared and it was clear that there was clear communication between the kitchen and servers. Our guests gave us extensive feedback on the food itself, commenting that it was a delicious departure from typical wedding fare. The wedding cake was also incredibly delicious. Both the look and the taste perfectly met our expectations. Gourmet Lovers Catering went above and beyond, working with us to achieve the wedding of our dreams and within our budget. They even brought us an anniversary cake on our first year anniversary! We are truly grateful to have been able to work with them and have already recommended to friends without reservation.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 203 hires on Thumbtack
MaryAnn S.
Verified review

Very professional and responsive. Answers all questions . I may have been slacking a bit but Madkins Catering is very professional and make sure that everything is clear and taken cared of.

  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Kandis W.
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Susan did a beautiful job for my girlfriend party. She thought of every detail and executed it beautifully. I look forward to more parties with her help. Entertaining is a snap with Wild Thyme Catering.

Jimmy S.
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Mark and the Mark Kearney Group did a great job of catering my 4th of July party.

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

Carolina spent a lot of time working with us to ensure the menu was exactly what we wanted. Her staff was extremely helpful getting us prepared for the day even beyond catering responsibilities. The food was outstanding and received a number of compliments from our friends and family. We would not hesitate to hire her again for our next event.

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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Aioli is amazing! We use their catering every week for office lunches and often for special events. They are very professional and always on time. The staff magically appears with fabulous, healthy food selections. All this for a very affordable price. We love you guys! You are the best in the business and we thank you for all you do! :)

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shawna P.
Verified review

Chef Alexis did an amazing job catering my mother-in-law’s birthday! She customized the menu to exactly what we wanted and was so easy to work with! I would definitely hire Alexis for our next event!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalie B.
Verified review

Steven and Mariel did an outstanding job catering my event (low key gathering of friends). I requested Latin American - theme. They prepared delicious guacamole + chips, fried queso, vegetable quesadillas, chicken lettuce wraps and pork tacos with corn tortillas. I was expecting guests with a gluten allergy and guests who are vegetarian. Steven worked with me to customize the perfect menu within my budget. I will be using Steven again in the future. Next time for a more sophisticated professional event in my home.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Jose L.
Verified review

Catering made easy. Tuition Bites offers appetizers, entrees, and desserts all made by them. No reheated food or prepackaged desserts. You can tell the quality of the food is more of a homemade cooked meal. That alone made me fall in love. Their staff was really friendly and I look forward to planning another event with them serving us their great food.

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Olga J.
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Work quality - phenomenal Professionalism - fantastic Responsiveness - Joanna couldn't have been more responsive if she tried. Value- heck yes! Do you know how pricey mobile bartending and catering vendors can be in LA? This company is a steal considering the amount of collaboration and quality of service your receive. Punctuality - On time, super fast in setting up, even faster tearing down. I highly recommend this vendor. I planned an entire event from another state and Joanna made me feel like I had nothing to worry about on her end. Will work with her again for sure.

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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
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donya D.
Verified review

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
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Anna V.
Verified review

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!

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David R.
Verified review

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!

A Wayfaring Chef
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Steph S.
Verified review

Jessie catered two parties for me and not only was the food exceptional but she was so professional and everything went so smoothly. I don't think there was one dish that wasn't great. She was so creative and helpful with great ideas to make the parties perfect.

Madkins Catering
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Prasanna V.
Verified review

This was the first time I hired a catering service and was apprehensive about how it'd go. But Stephen and his team went above and beyond to make it all work smoothly for us. Very polite, very considerate and immensely responsive. I was able to enjoy the event because I could rely on Stephen for everything catering related. Thank you!

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

Carolyn is so easy to work with. Planning parties, family gatherings, and/or holiday festivities can be very stressful, and that’s when you need someone like Carolyn to help you. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her for many parties and her catering have not disappointed me yet. The only reason I didn’t rank her perfect is because I’ve yet tasted all of her specialities. Best of luck Chef LaTay. Valerie

Chef Elizabeth M
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Lisa M.
Verified review

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.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Leandro D.
Verified review

I attended a dinner party that Wendell Catered.He made several dishes that were very tasty and delicious but the dish I could not get enough of was his Seafood Soup❤️.I felt like a slob because I had 5 full serving.I definitely will alway have him cater my parties

Iris event services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert C.
Verified review

Great food and service. I recommend this catering company.

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

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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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