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Thousand Oaks Caterers

Browse these catering services with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Thousand Oaks.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tania G.
Verified review

Great catering! Loved the chicken gyozas with the soy-sesame dipping sauce. Would recommend Marcel to anyone :)

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 82 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 207 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.

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!!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Susan L.
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Tonya and crew were fabulous! Everything turned out great.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Theresa G.
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Alexis and her crew were beyond words. I gave a memorial for my mother. The house is small, the day was wickedly hot; the party was inside and outside. There were lots of little old ladies who needed special care. I did not even have to ask. They took such precious care of my guests I was moved to tears. The service was impeccable ( and I am retired from 20 years in the high end dining world, so I do not say that lightly.) And they left the kitchen cleaner than they found it. I cannot recommend So Divine Catering and Alexis Kemp strongly enough.

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

Great food and friendly attitude of the Big Mann. We would certainly recommend him for your next event, party, catering, etc. - Big Mann BBQ is your guy.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Summer G.
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I last minute decided to host a birthday dinner party and was in need of a caterer asap. After submitting my hopeful requirements and details for my party, Steven reached out to me immediately and was the only message I received that had personalization within the text. He truly was reaching out to ME vs copy and pasting his business portfolio. We had a call immediately and within 1-2 days had the menu selection squared away. I gave him very simple directions - 'I love Mediterranean food'... he came back with a Croatian Michelin star restaurant inspired menu with hints of Morocco. He was super communicative and informative on each dish and my party needs. The food was delivered right on time in serving dishes with serving utensils and everything was absolutely beautiful, clean and quick. The two employees that delivered the dishes were also extremely sweet and efficient. Steven normally does larger events, from what I've seen on his website, but my get together was only 20 people and he made it feel so special and easy. So, big or small event, Steven Segar is definitely the catering route you should go.

Mobile Caterer
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 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
  • 17 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!

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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.

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 30 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.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 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
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 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.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina H.
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I hired Chef La'Tay for my themed baby shower. She was able to help me plan a hearty delicious brunch menu for an amazing price! Working with her was easy and I highly recommend her for anyone needing catering that tastes like home cooking.

G Thymes
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Erez B.
Verified review

Tanesha is the best! Food was top notch. Prices were incredibly reasonable. And she even took on a custom order last minute, creating custom, unique pastries for our production. I'd highly recommend Tanesha to anyone looking for professional, eloquent, and affordable catering. Thanks Tanesha!

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Leandro D.
Verified review

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

The Kitchen Door
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Rich H.
Verified review

Bettina was phenomenal! Took the dinner from soup to nuts and cleaned up everything. Great menu, flawless delivery and preparation. Hire her!

Fahrenheit LA
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney N.
Verified review

John & his crew catered our office Holiday Party, and we could not have been more pleased! John was a pleasure to communicate with, setting the event was a snap! We had a constant flow of fresh pizza, salads and roasted veggies that kept both the adults and kids happy :) Fahrenheit LA's use of fresh ingredients and seasonal vegetables are what make the food stand out and combined with the level of professionalism & friendliness from John & his staff- Amazing! Thank you Fahrenheit LA, we will definitely be in touch!

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.

Heather's Helpful Hints
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 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!

Berg Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew L.
Verified review

April and her crew came in at the 11th hour to save my wedding catering! Thy provided above average quality service and delicious food. April was happy to work with our specific needs and she delivered exaclty as hoped. I'll be using her services in the future

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Caterer

Whittier, CA

  • Event type
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine type
    Italian
  • Number of people
    25-50
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Staff / Server(s) / Bartender(s)
  • Details
    looking for buffet service and clean up. I don't want to have to do anything. Just enjoy my party

Need a Caterer for an 80th Birthday Family Event on April 20, 2013

Fountain Valley, CA

  • Event type
    Buffet catered event
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Number of people
    10-25
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers
  • Details
    80th birthday family event. 26 guests including 2 youngsters at association clubhouse. Memorable food that is : the quality that you would strive for yourself, organic, healthy, etc
  • $500
    Average price

Need Catering for a Cocktail Party

Glendale, CA

  • Event type
    Cocktail party
  • Cuisine type
    Other (hawaian)
  • Number of people
    10-25
  • Additional Service(s)
    Appetizers, Beverages (non-alcoholic), No additional service
  • Details
    this is a bridal shower and we just need food & drink, no service
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