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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
Wendy K.
Verified review

Baja's Tacos was BEST QUALITY AND BEST SERVICE. The owner really cares about his customers and his reputation. All of my 75 guest said Baja Tacos was by far the best taco caterer they had ever had. My guest have used many local caterers in the past and I am still receiving excellent feedback on how Great the food was. I would highly recommend this company. Thank you Baja Taco.....

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike G.
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Lillian was so wonderful in all aspects of this experience. She listened to what I was looking for and created amazing and creative dishes. Her food and presentation was top notch. She is high energy and just fun to be around. If I ever need personal chef services again I don't have to think twice of who to call.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Sandy H.
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WOW!! What a fantastic evening with Shawna from Best Mobile Chef. From the moment I first contacted Shawna, I KNEW I wanted to work with her. Shawna is friendly, helpful, and an AWESOME chef. She prepared an incredible meal and yummy desserts for our Christmas dinner party. Our guests were so impressed. Thank you, Shawna!!

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June Sper Catering
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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Dale L.
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I'm the West Coast Manager of the Warrior Support Team, an outreach program of MarineParents.com. We serve dinner to the Wounded Warrior Batallion at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego every Thursday. Because this is a military base, caterers are sometimes reluctant to follow the procedures necessary to get through the security gate and deliver the food. June and Gary not only were willing to deliver the food, but did so on time, which is critical for us. The food itself was excellently prepared and flavorful. I look forward to working with June Sper Catering on a regular basis.

  • 14 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Robyn S.
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The staff, food, and presentation were amazing! We did a buffet-style burrito and taco bar, which everyone loved. The food was delicious and they had tons of toppings set out. The staff even made myself and my husband plates of food before everyone else to make sure we got some good. They cleaned up along the way and we're asking guests if they needed anything. If you're looking for good, inexpensive food served by nice, attentive people, look no further!

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
CHRISTI R.
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My experience with La Mexicana Tacos & Catering was nothing short of amazing! I hired them (out of state) to cater my CA beach wedding. They made planning an important part of the wedding EASY! Always courteous, timely replies, professional, understanding and provided excellent food. My guests commented over and over how tasty and authentic the food was. They were impressed with the quality of food; I was impressed with the quality and quantity of food (plenty), the servers, and the value. I highly recommend using La Mexicana for ANY event you have planned. They can handle it!

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Prime Cuts Catering
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle J.
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Ron called or text to ensure he was ontime, and was very acommodating until the last minute. His food is of qreat quality, and has a very distinct taste! Everyone raved about the taco bar, especially his catfish..yummy. As the host, he made sure I ate as well~

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Daniel G.
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I contacted Sage Bleu based on the reviews I saw here. Although there were other caterers with more reviews, I was looking for a talented caterer, not jaded by decades in the business, who would go the extra mile to deliver superlative food and service. The reviews I saw here painted a picture of incredible food and personalized, unobtrusive, caring service, so I called Sage Bleu. When I spoke with Lavonne, I casually mentioned a few dishes that only the most savvy food aficionado would know. She subtly let me know that she not only knew what those dishes were, but knew how to prepare them. SOLD! I had Sage Bleu cater a casual neighborhood get together as well as a white tablecloth dinner for a dozen finicky business associates. The food selections were appropriate for both crowds. The food, wine pairings and presentation were impeccable. Service began exactly at the appointed time and clean-up was to the highest white glove standard. I cannot recommend Sage Bleu highly enough!

Paraiso Delicacies
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Joe P.
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Joanie catered a birthday party for me. She created a specialized menu with fish tacos, ceviche, and appetizers. Everything was delicious! She made a tasty sauce for the tacos along with a sweet salsa and guacamole. The fish was fried and made fresh for the guests. Joanie showed up well in advance to prepare everything so people could start eating upon arrival. She was courteous and did a great job cleaning up. For the next party, I will probably have Joanie make more appetizers since they were gobbled up quickly. I will definitely be using Joanie again.

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Gianluca P.
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Chef Francesco prepared an excellent meal. The food selection and the wine pairing was excellent. The ingredients selection is incredibly thorough and worth a Michelin star! Well done and thanks for a great meal!

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Tastefully Yours
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Leanne G.
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I hired Isaac's for a wedding rehearsal dinner for my son and his fiance. The food was fabulous, gouda, pasilla pepper enchiladas, tequila lime chicken tacos, rice, beans, chips, salsa and guacamole. Delivery was prompt, everything was packaged perfectly and was amazing. I would recommend them highly.

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally S.
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Our family always enjoys good food over the holidays. This time around we decided to go with a local caterer, BAPS!, so we could relax and enjoy. They did not disappoint! The turkey breast was hot and juicy- the gravy was very good- not too thick, not too thin. Moist stuffing- mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes- had to have seconds on those! The vegetable medley was a nice change over the usual one or two separate vegetables. We are looking forward to trying out other foods BAPS! has to offer for future occasions!

  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Annette S.
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We ordered lunch for our wedding rehearsal day through Steal Your Taste Catering Company. Our menu consisted of tacos, beans, rice, and salad. It was all delicious and affordable! We had a ton of left overs that kept us fed and satisfied all the week. David also rented a margarita machine on our behalf and has it delivered with all the mixings. This company was organized, yummy, and reliable! I would highly recommend David and Steal Your Taste Catering Company.

NV Personal Dining
4.4
from 21 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Brett B.
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Stevan did a fantastic job. On time, well prepared, and provided great tasting food. The hand made tortillas, and prepared meats and toppings are well above any other taco bar I've had. Highly recommended.

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathleen K.
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Wow Carly made our event so easy! I contactcted her on SHORT notice and wow she delivered ! Fed 13 of us a great meal with dessert and brought it all ready to serve !! Really loved the Mac and cheese and fried chicken, salads and dressing was yummy ! Loved that we could enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen, and—- she even took our group photo !!! Thanks Carly !

Yapo's Home Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
David F.
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Yapo has catered several meetings for me where he prepared dinner and breakfast and lunch the next day. Yapo does an excellent job coming up with a healthy and creative menu within budget. He is easy to work with and very accommodating. His food is delicious and many of my guests commented on how great the food was at these events. I highly recommend him to others and plan to use him for any catering needs in the future!

Pesto Italian Craft Kitchen
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole D.
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Pesto catered our work Holiday Party. They delivered the order promptly and even came in to help set up the trays. The delivery guy was very nice and helpful. The food was amazing!! Big hit. Everyone loved the food, especially the ravioli's!! The craft pizza's were tasty too. Would definitely use Pesto again.

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!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nina S.
Verified review

My experience with royal food service and catering was phenomenal! I ate the chicken tacos meal. The meat was so tender, flavorful and just the right spices. The fresh salsa is just how I like and the marinated.steak was out of this world with the grilled onions yuummm. Everyone in my household tried it and were beyond impressed. The kids even loved it. I most definitely recommend this to anyone and the convenience of having the ready meal delivered to my location was all to perfect. Mike has great talent and wonderful taste. Thanks so much and I expect great things!

Takobar San Diego
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jen M.
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Juliana was very responsive and professional. The tacos we tasted were quite yummy, all the ingredients tasted fresh. We particularly liked the carne asada. I would recommend Takobar San Diego for parties and special events.

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

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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