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Baja's Tacos & Catering
4.8
from 141 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ali H.
Verified review

Ok....Baja tacos is an AMAZING company!!!! We loved the food and the service was absolutely amazing!!! They came so prepared and on time with everything they needed to set up an amazing buffet!!!! I was very impressed with the delicious food and the great presentation!!! Thank you Baja Catering for catering our event! We will definitely use your services for our staff parties in the future!

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
LouElla S.
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Amazing! Sit down dinner for 32. Everything perfect. People asked me for her card. First time hiring a catered dinner won't be the last. She made the party a celebration from the specialty drinks and passed hors d'oeuvres to the fillets and fish and through to dessert. Lilian, YOU made my husband's birthday special! Thank You so much.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tiffany F.
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Shawna is AMAZING!! She was the ONLY vendor we had for our wedding that didn't give us any difficulties. I emailed her asking to make changes and every time her response was "of course"! The food was amazing and her services were beyond outstanding. Shawna was flexible in creating our brunch menu and catered to a handful of vegans we had on our guest list. Even our non vegan guests enjoyed the vegan options! We were looking forward to left overs but everyone enjoyed the food so much, there were none!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a caterer whether it be a wedding or any special event. I am definitely keeping her information in case I need a caterer again someday! If you want to be stress free about catering, choose Shawna! You won't be disappointed!!

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June Sper Catering
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Julia D.
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We had brunch catered. The food was very good. June was awesome, on time and thorough with explaining what was what. Everyone raved about how great the food was.

  • 14 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Toni L.
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All Aspects Catering Catered both of our holiday parties and it was a success and the food was displayed nicely. The staff was very professional and helpful as well! Thank you again :)

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Prime Cuts Catering
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda D.
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I could go on and on about how glad I am that I hired Ron at Prime Cuts Catering to cater our wedding. From beginning to end he went above and beyond. He was professional, responsive, communicative, helpful, and gave us the best price we could find for wedding catering. And most importantly, everyone at our wedding couldn't stop raving about how good the food was! It was SO tasty! I highly recommend Ron at Prime Cuts Catering for any of your catering needs.

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brad S.
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A overall great experience with Sage Bleu Catering. Lavonne's food and presentation was a big hit with my guests. She will be catering my next party.

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Colleen H.
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Fantastic meal, way exceeded expectations and was much more affordable than other private chefs we contacted. Would highly recommend to anyone hosting a dinner!! Originally we looked at making a group dinner reservation to dine out in Palm Springs for a birthday party, having Cucina Migrante come to our vacation rental made for a more relaxing and unforgettable dining experience. Francesco and Adisa are true pros!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sydney T.
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I hired Stacy for a vday dinner, the food was amazing, her personality was great and the experience she gave us will last a lifetime. I highly recommend her and will hire her again.

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Jane B.
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As you know we all like good food and we like to look good. The brunch that Isaac Catering did for my son's couple baby shower accomplished both of those. It was the most spectacular display of good tasting food and lovely presentation. The shower was in down town San Diego and the driver of the truck arrived on time and proceeded to set up the warmers for the hot items and placed the fruit and salad and rolls nicely for a buffet. Everything looked beautiful but the best part of all was that it was all delicious too. The people I worked with at Isaac's catering were polite, knowledgable and very pleasant. This was a wonderful choice and I will call them again and recommend them to all my friends. Jane Burke

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer N.
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We had a phenomenal Thanksgiving Dinner prepared and delivered by BAPS catering. We were expecting about 20 people for our holiday dinner and BAPS catering delivered a wonderful meal that everyone loved. The turkey was moist, the vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake were delicious. Needless to say, we had enough food to satisfy everyone and still had some great Thanksgiving leftovers. We would definitely recommend BAPS catering for everyone who wants tasty food cooked just the way you like. Thanks for helping us make our holiday dinner such a success!

  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Grace W.
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Dave and his team did a fantastic job catering our event of 300 guests. They were even able to accommodate a last minute addition of 75 extra meals! They were prompt, professional, and friendly. Dave was very easy to work with on the contract and menu, and provided a meal that accounted for food allergies. I highly recommend Dave and Steal Your Taste Catering for any event, large or small.

NV Personal Dining
4.4
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Holly J.
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We had a Bachellorette party this weekend and had the pleasure of having NV Personal Dining cook dinner for us. One word. AMAZING. We gave him a list of food allergies and told him to surprise us with something delicious for 2 vegetarians and 8 carnivores. He provided steak, swordfish belly and an acorn squash dish. The presentation was beautiful and the flavor was out of this world. Needless to say, we were impressed and spoiled rotten. We look forward to hiring NV Personal Dining every time we are in SD. If you are having a group event I highly recommend having NV Personal Dinning cater for you. You won't want to go out to a restaurant after having this experience.

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Payton B.
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Carly showed up on time (both for set-up and tear-down), helped clean up, and even left us with food to take home. She was friendly and professional with multiple people asking who catered the event. I wish I had photos of her food, but the food was unique and delicious. Highly recommended!

Yapo's Home Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John N.
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Dave has catered several dinners for us. What is great is that he uses seasonal, fresh ingredients and is always able to accommodate special requests whenever we have a vegetarian or gluten free guest!

Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kerry G.
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Drop Off Catering: Food was delicious and delivered on time. Portions were generous, too.

A Movable Feast
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Rose C.
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My mom had a family luncheon for about 20 people and Eva was absolutely wonderful. She was prompt and jumped in to help my mom in areas I hadn't originally asked her to do. My mom fell behind a little in the cooking of the meal and Eva stepped right in with an ease that showed her true professionalism. My mom really enjoyed her and he can-do attitude. All the relatives loved her and thought she was wonderful. I'd highly recommend Eva for any catering event you might wish to have. She is talented beyond what her profile says! We loved her!

Chef Joann
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jen D.
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Joann is not only an amazing chef but an absolute joy to work with! We receive gluten free, all organic, home made meals every week for our family of 5! They are always fresh and delicious! I don't have to worry about cooking wholesome meals every night because all I need to do is preheat my oven, put in our food that comes prepared in class dishes, heat it for about 20 min. And enjoy a healthy dinner with my family! I have a type 1 diabetic daughter and this meal plan has been a true blessing! I highly recommend joann for all your catering needs! You will not be disappointed! Her prices can't be beat for the level of quality she provides! Thanks joann!!! :)

Takobar San Diego
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer D.
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Julianna was very professional in setting up all details of our event and gave a discount for the number of people we had at our event. She wrote out a very detailed contract to what would be served, time they would arrive to set up and to start serving our guests. She went over and beyond when she included a sweet and special treat for our daughter that was a spectacular surprise, Chocolate Covered Strawberries at no additional charge! Jorge the chef's meat was amazing and all the fixings! In addition they served quesadillas as an appetizer and Julianna brought them out on a tray to serve our guests! She also made a menu and asked for a pic to include! Like I said she went over and beyond! Everyone enjoyed the food, service and people! All wanting to use this company for their catering needs! Thank You Takobar!

Rickman's BBQ
5.0
from 1 review
  • 28 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sasha C.
Verified review

I cannot say enough amazing things about Rickman BBQ. They catered my daughters engagement Party. Eric met with us to discuss details and was always available to answer phone calls and emails up to the day of. We decided with the tri-tip and everyone absolutely raved about the amazing taste! We were so thankful to have them there on such a special day. We highly recommend them to other folks looking for an amazing and professional catering service! The food was such a hit that we are using him again in July! From the service to the food this catering service does not disappoint!

  • 5 years in business
Stuart Z.
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Catered my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for over 100 people. Could not have been more happy with the service and the food is AMAZING!!!

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.
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