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South San Francisco Appetizer Caterers

Browse these appetizer caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in South San Francisco.

Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 152 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 272 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley H.
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Chef Pete was awesome. He was able to work with our late arrival and had the best meal prepared for our arrival. Every menu item was delicious and I gave very little direction. Simply told him the dietary restrictions and he exceeded all expectations. I didn't eat the dessert so I can't leave a review for that but the appetisers and dinner were amazing. He had the best personality to accompany the great meal. I would hire him again for sure. I searched around and Chef Pete was the best value by far without compromising quality.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 195 hires on Thumbtack
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Ivonne K.
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They catered the appetizers and dinner and provided servers, tables and linens. The food was delicious and competitively priced. Evan was very responsive and made planning quick and easy.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 102 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley M.
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A Plus catering provided a competent team of two servers for our event. They arrived on time, professionally dressed and ready to help. They helped with plating and passing our appetizers and dessert, gathering used plates and glasses, and rinsing and stacking our rental items. Overall they did a solid job.

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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
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Jasmine C.
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Debbie was professional from the start. It was inevitable that she takes pride in her food making sure that whatever she serves not only looks great, but tastes great. She was willing to prepare an appetizer that she's never made before and it turned out perfect. I received many compliments from my guests on the party table and some are interested in hiring Made With Love for their parties. Thank you Debbie for doing such a wonderful job! The name of your business suits your service.

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Kitchenina.com
4.9
from 79 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I had a great experience with hiring Kitchenina as our caterers for an event with 40 people. The communication was always prompt, polite and friendly. They did a great job on the day of the event to ensure that the food was delivered on time (despite the traffic/weather conditions) and made my job as the event organizer much easier. I would definitely work with Kitchenina again in the future, and regret that I did not take photos of the food! (Thanks for the brownies as well!)

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Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Katherine E.
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Working within our budget, Stephanie created an appetizer menu that delighted our wedding guests. Stephanie stepped in with only a few days before our event and delivered all the items early. Before leaving Stephanie checked in with us to see if she had met our needs. We would hire her again in a heartbeat.

DNL Catering
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
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As a event coordinator I have worked with Steve and the folks at DNL Catering on many special occasions. We have worked together on wedding and baby showers, brunches, wedding receptions, work Christmas parties and anniversary parties. They always provide a menu to your request and the playing of the food is always on beautiful plates and dishes, not aluminum trays. There are always compliments on the foods from the guests. We are always a happy with the selections. Their website makes it easy to browse their menu and I always receive a reply promptly when I submit an event request online. DNL Catering is on my preferred vendor list when I meet with future clients. I have used them in my own home numerous times. They are my 'go to' caterers for any event.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Greg S.
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Chet made exquisite food for an event my company held at our showroom. My clients were extremely impressed with both the buffet and the passed appetizers. We had guests with specific dietary needs and all were met deliciously. Highly recommended!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy S.
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The vegetarian meal that Grace catered for us at my home for my 70th birthday was superb. Fantastic artichoke appetizer, main course of 3 items that blended in flavors beautifully, and tiramisu that she made for dessert. She worked quietly, served, and then cleaned up. Very high recommendation!

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
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Allie S.
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Dani's catering is delicious. It reminds me of a home cooked meal every time!

Kitchen 350
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Roger W.
Verified review

This caterer prepared lunch for 30 people on Memorial Day for us. We found them on Thumbtack and we’re glad we went with them! Everything was as expected or better! First of all, their smoked ribs were AMAZING. Everything else (chicken skewers-very tender, deviled eggs with smoked bacon, garlic and honey meatballs, grilled corn, vegan pasta salad, arugula salad) was delicious as well. Everyone should add their Bourbon Banana Pudding for dessert, because it was so good! I love Paul Martin's banana cream pie, but this pudding was even better! I would definitely go back to them again. Too bad I forgot to take some photos!! And yes, they are very professional. Just tell Matt what you are looking for and he'll come up with a menu for you. Easy!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
David B.
Verified review

Rose was great. From the appetizers to the salad right on thru the entrees. She's got a lot of new fans and I'm sure we'll be seeing her soon again.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian B.
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Catered our New Years party for 16. Appetizers and food were excellent. Specializes in veggie, but did a meat course for us. All ingredients fresh, organic and gluten free. The gnocchi was to die for!

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LL Services
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Dawn R.
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Lucas was the consummate professional all around. I truly enjoyed working with him - especially on such short notice. He was quick to respond in the planning stages. As for the meal, our group loved it. He cooked a spectacular prime rib roast with roasted vegetable. The homemade pasta with the saffron sauce was delicious. The amuse bouche and dessert were wonderful complements to the main courses. His server, Angel, was great, as well. I would highly recommend Lucas to anyone. Thanks for making our evening spectacular.

Rainbow Chefs Bay Area
4.7
from 29 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie H.
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We had a small dinner party (10 people) at our home and hired Rainbow Chefs to make the appetizer, dinner and dessert. It was amazing! We'll definitely recommend to all our friends and can't wait for our next event. Highly recommended!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Careshia M.
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I went on a girls' trip to Napa Valley. I wanted to hire Chef Cheri for our first night dinner so we could relax. She told me upfront she would be out of town but she would be happy to assist us. She informed me that she had a vast network. Over the next 2 weeks she connected me with a chef and a photographer. She followed up and was very timely. We were so pleased when we arrived at the home and she had 3 bottles of wine waiting on us. She also had baked us custom red velvet cupcakes with elephant decorations (DST)...they were amazing. The chefs she connected us with were on time. In fact, they beat us to the home. They were so professional and made a delicious dinner for us and provided table service. The photographer she connected us with was punctual and took the most fabulous photos. He was very easy to work with. So I would call Chef Cheri anytime I needed any service in the Bay area. She is top notch and provides world class service. I felt like her family by the time we finished.

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Liberation Foods BBQ
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Janel T.
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I worked with Dennis at Liberation Foods to cater my son's 6th birthday party. The food was DELICIOUS. My only regret was that we only had 1 hour of food time (due to the venue, not Liberation)! :) Highly recommend and will definitely use again.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Joshua S.
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Dan did a great job on a birthday dinner I hosted recently at my home. He showed up on time, prepared and served a delicious meal (the herb rubbed pork loin is incredible), and left my kitchen tidy and clean. I'll definitely be hiring Dan again in the future!

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Greg T.
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Avocado and Company did a wonderful job catering a birthday party for ~50 people at our house in Mtn View. We did passed appetizers, buffet brunch/lunch, and bar service. From the start, Ryan and Laurence were great to work with -- after a brief discussion via phone he came up with a great menu, and was always responsive to my questions. For the day-of event, Jonny and the staff were amazing. Our guests raved about the whole day. Most notably: - Food and service were fantastic. - They were on-time and extremely efficient. When they left, you wouldn't have known anyone was here. - The entire staff was professional and super friendly.

Rainbow Chefs Eastbay
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy F.
Verified review

It what can only be described as a limited and challenging environment, Rainbow Chefs provided a gourmet dinner for my executives that was truly exquisite. Everything about the process was handled well with great communication from Lana. I chose Rainbow Chefs after initial conversations with more than 20 caterers because I was convinced that she was really listening to me. Chef Nicholas created a masterpiece of a dinner that was enjoyed by everybody. It was the highlight of a long day.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Paco C.
Verified review

We used Canela to catering our wine tasting and dinner event and they did a great job! Would highly recommend!

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.

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.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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