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Top Rated Dinner Caterers Around Ashburn, VA

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  • 24 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter L.
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Chef and his team were excellent. Our event was not a typical event and he coped with it superbly. I do the same event every year and the amount of rave reviews from my guests about the food and the service was unprecedented. I will not hesitate to book chef in again or to recommend him and his team.

Healthy Catering Company
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Shilpa F.
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Healthy Catering Company catered food to our new year party for about 50 people. The experience was fantastic! Food was so fresh and delicious absolutely loved it.

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Catering By Kevin!
4.8
from 142 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 183 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashli M.
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Great Experience! I hired Chef Kev for a work dinner meeting. In the past we had these meeting in a restaurant but lack of privacy and cost made us try a catered dinner instead. Chef Kev arrived early to setup for the dinner. He was very accommodating and worked with our awkward space. He also accommodated a vegetarian and gluten free diner, everyone was full and satisfied. Our board members and directors are used to "fancy food" and loved Chef Kev's menu. One of our directors kept going back for more. It was even delicious the next day! I highly recommend Chef Kev, he was fast, efficient, a good value, very friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious!

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Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy L.
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I hired Chef Chris to cook dinner for my family and a few friends over Labor Day weekend. I really did not know what to expect because this was the first time I had ever met Chris. He was just wonderful and the entire evening was flawless. The first surprise came when Chris told me that he brought his own table linens and dishes. This was a huge benefit because after the evening was over the kitchen was spotless (I think he even took his trash home) and I did not even have to wash napkins and placemats the next day. He was very friendly, engaging, and just a delight to have in our home. All of the dishes he prepared were just delicious and beautifully presented. What a treat to sit in my own dining room with my family and friends and not have to get up and down to serve plates, clear dishes, or refill glasses. I was extremely pleased with everything and strongly recommend Chef Chris for your next dinner party.

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N&M Divine Cuisine & Events
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John A.
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Mary and her crew did a fantastic job catering our wedding luncheon in northern Virginia. The food and service were terrific.

  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Mary R.
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Everything about our experience with Sandra and her staff was superb. We had a 50th wedding anniversary buffet dinner with a Hawaiian theme for 26 family and friends. Her creativity, responsiveness and attention to detail was evident in all phases of the day and evening. Our guests raved about the menu and the ladies who prepared and served the meal. When they left everything was cleaned up superbly. We highly recommend Creative Visions !

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Tom B.
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I hired Esther to cater a dinner party to celebrate our Mom's 80th birthday. From the first encounter, Esther was very accommodating. We were expecting 50 guests, some with food allergies ranging from nuts to shell fish. Esther assured me that she would create a menu that would be elegant and delicious. And did she deliver! The event took place on 12/31/2016. The food was amazing! She sent her employee, Crystal, to handle the event. From the moment Crystal arrived until the moment she left, she went above and beyond, and made the evening a huge success! Crystal was warm and professional, and worked tirelessly to provide us with outstanding service. We were so impressed with this amazing woman, we had to give her a round of applause before she left. Thank you, Epicurean Nutrition, for making our event a HUGE success. We will definitely call you again for our next event. Happy New Year!!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Kirsten N.
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Chef Jackie catered a breakfast in our home the morning after our son's bar mitzvah. She delivered exactly as promised, honored our dietary restrictions, and our guests specifically commented on the many good quiches she made. The only note I would make is that for coffee service, she only needed to bring regular flavored coffee and regular milk/cream, which we could have advised on if asked.

  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Lakeitha S.
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Iyea provided exceptional service in catering a small event for a workshop I hosted. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. She is the perfect blend of professional and personable. I highly recommend her services.

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Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nura A.
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It was a great experience working with Dianna. She was so responsive and attentive. She worked with us and was able to provide all our catering needs. The food was absolutely delicious. The servers were very helpful and aware of everything we needed. We will be sure to request Catering Reserved service once again!

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PHG Catering
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had a wonderful experience from the friendly, professional service to the delicious food. I would recommend them to cater any event and definitely plan to use them in the future!

Pauly's Rib Shack
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Jeff B.
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Outstanding group of people they have catered for Bull Run Swim and Racquet Club for the past 4 years

FitFood
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa F.
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barbara was so lovely and FUN! she made planning and hosting our private dinner for 10 girls so easy, stress-free, and good time period. you feel as if you've known barbara for years when speaking with her.

Afro-Veg
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Iesha M.
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I had Afro-Veg cater my house warming party and it was beyond what I could have imagined. She was very professional and helped me come up with vegan foods that would cater to my vegan friends as well as satisfy the taste pallet of my carnivorous guest too. She brought my vision to life in the form of African inspired food. The food was amazingly good and everyone to this day still talk about it. I will definately use her services again for other events as well as recommending her for catering services. This is by far the best vegan food I ever tasted!

Six Street Eats
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barsphere A.
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Chef Daud, is a great business owner. His response time is great and provides super competitive prices. I have used this catering company at least 25 times already for this year alone (2018). I'm an event planner.

Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 61 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Adrienne J.
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Mercedesjo catered my thanksgiving dinner. I wanted sinthing different this year so we had s seafood thanksgiving. Everything taste great, she was extremely professional and helped me pick a menu that my 20 guest thoroughly enjoyed.

K&A Catering
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Thmas L.
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K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Javelin F.
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So Chique Events and Catering did a fine job. Very Professional and the food quality was awesome. I would recommend So Chique Events and Catering to others..

Chef Scott Sunshine
4.7
from 22 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Hideya B.
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Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.

Chef Nikki Mullings
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey A.
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Chef Nikki is the BOMB.COM!! She and her husband Paul are excellent in the kitchen and on the grill... She can cook for me and my husband every day if she wants too, we will never turn her down...😂😂😘😘Every meal is excellent and tasteful down to the deserts. Nikki is very clean and sanitary, you don't have to worry. She takes her business and license very serious... I definitely recommend her for your next meal, your next desert or your next catering event... Also, make sure you check her out for your hair care needs on IG @Nikko.stylez.

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
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Best value you could get in a wedding catering company! Quick basic info on my wedding since yours might be different: Late May wedding in Maryland, 7-hour reception with cocktail hour and dinner, approx. 100 guests, Manor, garden & tented reception setting, buffet dinner including a mix of food and drinks representing the cultures of the bride & groom (salvadoran, thai, new orleans, baltimore). Just two days after our wedding day I am feeling so good about the decision we made in booking Top of the City Catering. Maribel and her team were absolutely fantastic and we received soooo many compliments on our food, desserts, and cocktails, which were all provided by Top of the City. They had also done a great job of setting up décor for the guest tables, around the venue, and for the buffet and bar areas. In addition, the service throughout the day and night was phenomenal and we (bride & groom) always felt taken care of. For planning, we wanted a rustic, elegant feeling and they did a great job of presenting us ideas that were aligned with our vision. Top of the City Catering is a smaller catering business, but that does not make it any less in quality. When we were first looking into Top of the City I was a little leery because it was much more affordable and it usually is said, "You get what you pay for," but in this case that was NOT true at all. Maribel and her team are very responsive in communication, are very open and welcoming to your ideas and direction, and will always give suggestions from their expertise but still respect your wishes should you want something different. I really hope that Top of the City will gain momentum in growing its business and gaining the respect it deserves. Don't let the size of the company distract you from the amazing service, quality of food, flexibility, and affordable price you will get from Top of the City catering. Get a consultation with them and see for yourself!

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.