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

Mezcla Maggie's Catering
4.9
from 73 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen H.
Verified review

Maggie did an excellent job catering our wedding of about 100 people. She was very patient and adapted to changes. We would definitely recommend her!

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The Crazy Caterer
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Orville H.
Verified review

Kim made planning very easy. The catering team arrived on time. We were served delicious food by three professionals. They did a great job of cleaning up. I recommend them.

Pour la France! Catering
4.7
from 61 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Erica W.
Verified review

Pour la France! Catering is amazing. I used them for a work event and I had the greatest experience from the first call to the execution. The food was AMAZING!!! and the owner and employees were all so nice - you can tell that they really care about their clients. I would definitely use them in the future.

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Your Own Kitchen
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

Thomas met us to taste test - delicious and set up very nicely! He is catering our daughter's wedding in September!

Plum Creek Catering
4.6
from 55 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
Linda T.
Verified review

Allison catered a Father's Day brunch for 22 people at my home. Allison was professional, on-time and efficient. The food looked and tasted great and there was lots of it. Though we had brunch at 2 PM and guests were late, the eggs were still creamy, the sausage was to die for and the scones and fruit were delicious. After brunch, Alison put away the leftovers, cleaned up, packed her van and left everything in perfect order. Even my husband was very pleased with the catering. We would use Plum Creek Catering again and highly recommend them if you need catering.

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Underground Fine Dining
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Curt B.
Verified review

Dustin was great to work with. He was very responsive to our needs. We had a four course meal in our home and everything was so fabulous to eat. When he left the kitchen was totally clean like he was never here. I would highly recommend Dustin for your catering needs.

Mama Lisa's Little Italy
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
John R.
Verified review

Lisa showed up on time and set up an appealing display of delicious food. There were about 100 people at the event and a number of them commented on how great the food was. She returned on time to clean up. She was very easy to work with and was responsive to my questions and concerns. I would definitely recommend her catering services to others

Sparrow Kitchen
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry H.
Verified review

Nancy was great to work with. Made the task of catering offsite at a project easy. The employees were happy with the food and service.

Clark's Custom Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah R.
Verified review

From our first contact, I knew we had found the right fit! Sara was exceptionally helpful developing a cost effective approach and Chef Sean prepared exceptionally tasty food which he served with a friendly smile. He arrived early and even helped with last minute decorations! Clark's Custom Catering provides that personal touch and level of service that you don't find with larger commercial institutions. And their culinary creations are wonderful. I would hire them again in a heartbeat.

Events by Bob
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Janie R.
Verified review

Great food- great service! Robert was calm & professional through all of my changes! Caroline was terrific as a server. My guests all asked who did the catering. I would definitely use them again.

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Xim catering
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marina S.
Verified review

Lenny and his staff did a great job catering for our Christmas get to gether. They took the stress of setting up, catering and even clean up off our hands so we could focus on our guests. They all did a great job and our home was looking great after they left. Thank you Lenny and staff.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Ally A.
Verified review

Matthew was such a delight and the best addition to our party. So happy we were referred to him. If you want the best of the best go with Matthew at Tri-Stone Catering!!

Magnifique Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Lila M.
    Verified review

    Magnifique Catering was truly that... Magnifique! the food (all four courses) and desserts were all amazing! Their chef, Durosola, was unbelievably professional from the start, and even put leftovers in our fridge. We froze the containers and had them that next weekend. Yum!

    Magnifique Catering
    5.0
    from 10 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lila M.
    Verified review

    Magnifique Catering was truly that... Magnifique! the food (all four courses) and desserts were all amazing! Their chef, Durosola, was unbelievably professional from the start, and even put leftovers in our fridge. We froze the containers and had them that weekend. Yum!

    3 Chicks Kitchen
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Deanna W.
    Verified review

    We contacted 3 Chicks Kitchen for catering a birthday party. The catering menu didn't match up with the regular restaurant menu and we wanted to try out the dishes before committing. Sandy had us come over one afternoon after the restaurant closed and we were able to taste everything that we were considering for our event. Sandy was interested in our feedback about taste, texture, and asked us what our preferences were. She took notes about our special requests and got back to us within a day or two with a quote. Sandy has been very responsive and helpful. We look forward to 3 Chicks Kitchen's help with this event.

    Copacabana Grill, LLC
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lanissa B.
    Verified review

    Copacabana makes excellent food! When they deliver, it is promptly during a window. Their meet is tender and their desserts are to die for! Very authentic!

    Orange Crunch Catering
    4.9
    from 8 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Chao L.
    Verified review

    Thank you The Orange Crunch for catering my Wedding in July 2016! You guys are extremely outstanding! Your services from servers, cooks, wait staff, and bartenders are super professional, super nice and down to earth. Everyone at the wedding enjoyed the custom menu you built for us and the roasted pig was delicious! I want to give a special shout out to Leshner and Sarah. You guys are extremely helpful and made the wedding super smooth. You guys help me source tablecloths, napkins, tableware and glassware, and bartenders. I cannot thank you guys enough. Thank you again!!

    • 18 hires on Thumbtack
    Nadia N.
    Verified review

    For the record, Jenny, is such a kind and honest individual. It took a lot of research and countless hours of contacting other companies to finally find such a gem to cater for our wedding day! I can remember our first conversation and quickly picked up she prided herself on her work ethic and integrity. After working with her for months leading up to our wedding, I can honestly say, she encompasses said traits. Not only did she do an outstanding job connecting with us, meeting with us and our venue, communicating and listening to our needs, but she also cooks DELICIOUSLY! Her Mexican food was delicious and got quite a few compliments from our guest, and so does a great job at serving, cleaning and neatly displaing her food. She even offered delcious vegan and vegetarian food options. Overall, she did an outstanding job on our wedding day; I am eternally grateful to her and her small, but growing business. She truly made our wedding day even more special as it all went by so smoothly. It was such a delight to work with someone so honest, in a money hungry world. You won't regret working with her; she is highly recommendable!

    A la Heart Creations
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 12 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
    Verified review

    Lyndsey was super helpful in helping me to plan an engagement party for my sister. I told her the general theme (Spain/ tapas), and she took it from there! Everyone was raving about the food- both the savory and sweet dishes were awesome. She was very flexible with my budget and patient with my timeline. Thank you for everything!

    At Your Service
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
      Kristen W.
      Verified review

      I coordinate events, both buffet style and sit down, regularly at our church, and use Alan Vaccaro's catering services almost exclusively for these occasions. He has prepared food for events of differing sizes and settings. He designed a fun family style menu for our "Down on the Farm," night, as well as a more formal buffet for our Seder Celebraton, each event feeding over 200 folks. Alan also regularly caters delicious lunches and dinners for 40-60 people. Depending on the even and menu, Alan does some of his prep work beforehand and some on site. Sometimes he arrives with all of the food ready in hand. He is very punctual and runs a very clean kitchen beginning to end! Alan is passionate about food and people and is a wonderful chef. He is very versatile in his menus and always has new creative ideas he incorporates into his dishes. Alan's presentation of his food is beautiful and tastes delicious appealing to a broad variety of palates. Alan is always well-prepared, calm, warm and engaging, and very professional. He genuinely cares! Alan has always exceeded my expectations and receives raving reviews from the satisfied people who attend our events. I couldn't recommend Alan more highly and know anyone who uses his catering services will be wonderfully satisfied with the results!

      • 1 year in business
      Anthony A.
      Verified review

      Very attentive and responsive to my needs.

      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.
      Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.