Santa Paula, CA790 Caterers near you

Where do you need the 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.

Santa Paula Caterers

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

Top Pro
Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 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.

Rebecca E.
Verified review

MKG. Luxury Events Chef Mark's passionate professionalism excellent Staff Service. Charitable contributions . MKG catering has done several amazing events! Emmy parties, Jane Semore Gallery events among many others, importantly Hillary Clinton event. Great all around.

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline G.
Verified review

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!!

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

Top Pro
Big Mann BBQ
4.6
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian M.
Verified review

Big Mann BBQ did an excellent job catering our daughter's 8th birthday party! Roger was responsive and easy to communicate with. He and his team showed up on time with their cool BBQ rig, then flawlessly prepared and served a delicious meal while happily interacting with the guests. Everyone loved the food and the service! Overall they delivered a quality product for a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend hiring Big Mann BBQ and look forward to working with them again. Sincerely, Brian Massie

Top Pro
SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
ALEX R.
Verified review

Seagars culinary is fantastic. They’re extremely professional. Food quality is exquisite and original. My guests and I were extremely impressed. Already booking next event. Thank you, Steve!!!

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Olga J.
Verified review

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.

  • 13 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kristan T.
Verified review

Food First Events & Catering Co. recently did two events for my company and the feedback was amazing! The food was stepped up in such a way that the impact was noticeable. The breakfast spreads that were delivered on time and set up impeccably were delicious with a few notable homemade pastry items that left people talking! I experienced nothing but professionalism, reliability and class from this experience. Also, working with David to make sure I met my budget was extremely easy and he was eager to help meet my needs without compromising quality. I highly recommend!

Top Pro
JustSayCheeese
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gina T.
Verified review

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.

Top Pro
Feast Catering Inc
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kim A.
Verified review

Feast catering was exceptional with their food and service. From the time I called and ordered the food, the process was effortless. The presentation and set up of the food was Great! My kitchen was cleaned and the leftovers were boxed up and after our Church Service on Sunday the food was delivered to a homeless shelter! Thank you FEAST CATERING! WE WILL BE CALLING AGAIN!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie L.
Verified review

Chef Don and his team made my event extremely successful. Don was so easy to communicate with, and was very flexible and accommodating. He offered his suggestions and ideas when needed and made sure the entire evening went smoothly. His team was professional and friendly. I couldn't have asked for more. And the food? Amazing! We all loved everything and the report from these picky teenagers was a huge thumbs up! I will definitely contact this catering company for my next big event!

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

Living Veg provides years of experience to their clients with professional expertise and a committed focus on details along with the personalization to what the client desires. When you add these qualities to the truly delicious food that is delivered, you have a very rare combination in catering that is 2nd to none. If you are looking for a caterer for any type of event, whether it be a small business lunch for a corporate meeting or a larger event, such as a beautiful wedding or other family celebration, I would strongly recommend that you contact Shelley at Living Veg. You will receive far more than you expect as well as an overall plan that will fit perfectly within your budget.

A Wayfaring Chef
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 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!

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

The theme was "Trip to Paris",and I had been planning my daughters 1st birthday party since the day she was born. I needed the right team. I found 2 French Chicks online and I loved their site design so I called. Plus it seemed like the right fit given the name. Well it wasn't just the right fit it was the perfect fit. From the moment Claudine and I spoke, her tone, her experience, and her genuine personality showed through. She even met with me for a pre-planning meeting and quickly understood how important this day was for me. Besides the budget she was working against, she brought an A-list team. The professionalism, the attention to detail, the end-product was top notch. The food was beyond my expectations, from presentation to taste, it was superb. I cannot thank her enough, my husband is a movie producer and he vows to use her from now on for his shows or private events. She actually cares, and her team brings the same attitude and reliability as she does. Claudine is a unicorn in this volatile business of catering. We were lucky to have found her, and my daughters birthday theme was everything I had dreamed of. Thank you Claudine! Je'Taime

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.

The Kitchen Door
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Heather J.
Verified review

I reached out to Bettina looking for healthy ways to lose weight fast.Within 10 minutes she had responded.Sent me meal plans,gave a lots of education and counseling on what I needed to change.She promptly answered all my questions.Got me on a plan quick.Its fabulous I almost can feel the fat melting off.Recipes are excellent.I was scared of recipes that had no taste.Not the case here at all.Delicious!!I told her my big problem was super,she didn’t tell my I couldn’t have it at all,in fact she also sent me healthy alternatives that will cater to my sweet tooth.Definately recommend her to anyone looking to make changes and not sure where to begin!Thank you Bettina!

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.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
Verified review

Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.

Heather's Helpful Hints
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Angela V.
Verified review

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!

handyman Sebastian
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Selene S.
Verified review

I have experienced Tian's Catering in multiple occasions. I have always been extremely happy with every aspect of the experience. The food is always superb, creative and exciting, and the presentation delicate and, at the same time, striking. And yet, the best part for me is the ease with which every situation is handled, the excellent management that results in a team that functions seamlessly, and polite communication among members of the team and, especially, between the members and the participants of the event. All of these factors result in outstanding experiences, easy, enjoyable. And delicious food. I am a very happy customer.

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 caterers in Santa Paula

Need a Caterer on October 27, 2013

Santa Barbara, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    This will be for 3 people. It is a virtual baby shower.
  • $150
    Average price

Need Catering Services

Bakersfield, CA

  • Type of catering needed
    I'm not sure yet
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - formal
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    Our theme is old Hollywood. The colors are red, black, white, and silver. We'd like to hear both ideas for 1) JUST dinner and 2) JUST (good amount/portioned) appetizers to see which of the two ideas we like best.

Need a Catering Service

Bakersfield, CA

  • Type of catering needed
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    American - formal
  • Number of guests
  • Details
    About 50-60 guests, with nearly 20 of those being kids from baby to age 14. It's old Hollywood, but still slightly casual. We were thinking chicken.
Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.