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Santa Monica Cocktail Party Caterers

Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Monica.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sari G.
Verified review

Chef Marcel catered my party. It was in my backyard for 40 people, mostly adults. Guests loved the food. The staff Chef hired were professional and did a wonderful job. I will hire him again when I have another party.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebekah N.
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I hired Gourmet Lovers Catering for my parent's 40th anniversary party. I had them do the dinner and the cake for 100 people. Everything went very smoothly and it was very easy to work with them. Most importantly, the food got very high remarks from the guests. Because of the stress, I couldn't eat more than a few bites that day, but even the left overs the next day were great! If there is another event that I need catered in the future, I will definitely be giving them a call again.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
Monica M.
Verified review

I had requested a quote and food options for our company's holiday party. Madkins Catering provided a menu and pricing within the same day.

Doreen G.
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Fantastic experience. Chef Mark and his team did a wonderful job and our dinner party for 70 was a total success.

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The Pit Stop BBQ, LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Colette M.
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Pam and her helper did an amazing job at our black-tie dinner party. Our guests enjoyed themselves and commented on how delicious the lamb chops were! We will definitely hire Pam again!

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa C.
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Jordan help plan and execute the perfect menu for my daughter's graduation party! Our guests raved about the quality and his ability to keep the fresh food coming! Awesome!!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Tisha A.
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So Divine Catering catered my Christmas party for my family. Chef Alexis was professional and attentive. The staff was respectful and friendly. The food was AMAZING! (Stuffed mushrooms and sliders-- so good!!) a wonderful experience had by all. I will definitely be hiring So Divine catering for future events.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Guy S.
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I was a guest at my friends dinner party that was catered by the Segar's, food was great and I would recommend their services.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe M.
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Awesome food for a worthy cause. No better caterer to provide an exceptional meal for your friends, business, or event and impact the lives of students!

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra C.
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I cannot say enough good things about Joanna's service. She did an excellent job. She communicated with me well in advance of the event to confirm what she would provide and to make purchasing and specialty cocktail suggestions. The night of the event she was on time (an hour before the event was scheduled to begin) and promptly set up her station. The cocktails she made were fabulous and there was never a hold up at the bar. At the end of the night she cleared the bar and helped with clean up. Wonderful wonderful person - the best decision we ever made when it comes to hosting! We will certainly hire her again for our next event!

  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny L.
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Very good service and responsive (that's important). We hired David for our gals' 1st and 3rd birthday party, for approximate 45 adults and 12 kids. Everyone kept telling me the food was delicious at the party and after. David was very honest from the start when we first engaged him, he basically suggested me to get those portable table and linen than charging me for it. For a small size party like mine, a server may not be necessary since all are close friends. We took his advise, put more budget on the food, and it came up perfect. The food were adult proof and kids proof. Kids love his food too where a few mums came up to me and ask about the food choices that we decided. Also, he helped my husband to prep a dish without we asking. I'm looking for another reason to have another party so that I can have him cook for us again.

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JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Edna L.
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Moe was an amazing addition to our pool party! He came to our rescue with his responsiveness, professionalism, punctuality and food quality. We decided last minute to have a pool party with our out of town guests (30+) and despite finalizing the number and menu on Saturday night, Moe arrived to our home Sunday morning on time with the freshest and tastiest agua fresca, fruit salad, tacos, burritos, rice, beans and tater tots. Everything was presented beautifully and his customer services was amazing... He made the decision to hire him easy because of his manner and ability to meet our needs on such short notice. We enjoyed having Moe at our party his service far surpassed expectation!

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Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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May Ling H.
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I left this review on the Knot.com and thought I would repeat this here. We loved having Feast as our caterer for our wedding and highly recommend them. "For our wedding we were connected with Marcus and Feast Catering through a good friend who used to work at the Annenberg Beach House. What a great recommendation! Marcus sat down with us and was flexible in working with our budget. We really appreciated this. We were able to do a tasting with him, and Marcus was very receptive to feedback. We asked for an Asian influence for the menu and Marcus and his team pulled it off beautifully and creatively. The food was delicious. They arranged a beautiful beet salad that looked great in all the photos. We had soju coconut cocktails. The wines were good too. My niece said it was her favorite wedding food ever - Marcus was so kind to ask if we wanted a special meal for the few children that were attending. They had mac n' cheese, chicken nuggets - their favorites! Marcus managed his staff well, too. They decorated the tables nicely with the linens and Feast arranged the heat lamps and all the rentals for us. All of the staff were courteous and friendly - great service. Feast assigned a special person to look out for us as the bride and groom and make sure that we had all that we wanted - seconds on the buffet, an extra piece of wedding cake, another cocktail, anything. Thank you so much, Marcus!"

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Brandon B.
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A Taste of Gourmet did an incredible catering job at our party! Everything went as planned, the food was delicious and the service was so professional. I would recommend them to anyone that needs a professional caterer.

A Wayfaring Chef
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Steph S.
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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
Courtney M.
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Stephen catered a dinner party on NYE for 17 people. He was very professional and kind. He took all my menu ideas into consideration and created the type of dinner I was looking for. I highly recommend LA Perry Cafe for your catering needs.

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

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Leandro D.
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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
Dolly W.
Verified review

I absolutely loved my party because Iris was there to take care of everything, including the cleanup. There was an abundance of delicious appetizers and her crew served them to our guests as well as made and served the drinks. We have heard from several people how beautiful and delicious everything was. We'll certainly call Iris for our next party!

Heather's Helpful Hints
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Angela V.
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Heather is dedicated to her new one woman catering business! She had catered a friends party with appetizers and it was a great success; we loved her food and would recommend her to others! She came by my house with samples and we went over the menus. It’s nice to work with someone one on one you know. p.s. I really recommend her Savory Artichoke Heart Caramelized Onion Italian Cheese Quiche!

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.
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