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Cincinnati Caterers

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

  • 6 years in business
  • 176 hires on Thumbtack
Christine B.
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Damian was attentive, friendly to guests, assisted caterer with keeping tables clear of bottles/cans. He was responsive and easy to work with, showed up on time and was dressed nicely.

An Event by Greg
4.5
from 119 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Diane B.
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I cannot begin to recommend A Catered Affair By Greg highly enough! The quality of food combined with such reasonable pricing and professionalism is wonderful. Greg and his company is always at the top of my list for catering needs.

Prestige Catering
4.6
from 94 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Gina W.
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From booking to the event - Prestige Catering was excellent! Food presentation was great! Plenty of food, perfectly portioned! Meal was perfecto! Thank you!

A Catered Affair
4.7
from 87 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
Cyndi G.
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Our event has not taken place yet. However, I must say working with Chuck was an extreme pleasure. He got back to me in record time and was very courteous, very professional, & great to work with. We had all the details worked out in a matter of 3-4 emails. He was very gracious with a couple of minor changes on my end. I would HIGHLY recommend Chuck Webster with'A Catered Affair' for any & all of your catering needs. I have no doubts the food itself will be as great as the service.

The Garden Gourmet LLC
4.7
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
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I hired Jessica to cater an Open House for our Home Care Agency. From the moment I met Jessica I liked her! She is warm and friendly with a "can do" attitude. She presented me with a gourmet lunch menu all made with fresh foods and herbs. Her presentation of the food and arrangements was beautiful. She used fresh flowers and herbs from her own garden. We had @ 50 guests and had plenty of food. The guests couldn't stop talking about how good all the food was! I would use Jessica again and I would definitely recommend her for any catering job. She is a wonderful person!

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The Happy Chefs LLC
4.7
from 36 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Tim F.
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The Happy Chefs are a unique Catering company they are very personable and attention oriated, their pricing is very resonable, would recommend them to anyone! They have catered to my benefits for numerous times!

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Big Reds Bbq
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelsea M.
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They catered my wedding. Food was delicious. So many compliments from guest. The brisket is a must try! 10/10 definitely recommend

The Nook Cafe & Catering
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine D.
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We had an morning event hosted by another company. Sabrina was great and adjusted to the time limits and various challenges of the morning. She was incredibly friendly, detailed and made the whole process a breeze! I sincerely appreciated her arranging to come back to clean up even though it was not a full service catering event. The food was delicious and presented nicely. Happy to support a local business and will definitely keep her in mind for our next catered event.

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Spinning Platters LLC
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Megan S.
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Marco, even though I keep saying it over and over, thank you for the most amazing, creative, and DELICIOUS spread for my aunts 50th birthday!! We all absolutely loved what you brought to the table (😂) for our event. You really have raised the bar in catering here in Cincinnati and you’ll always be at the top of my list for recommendations. I am already looking forward to working with you again!

Mike's Smokehouse BBQ
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon H.
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Mike is down to earth. His catering is very professional. Presentation was impressive! Food was Awesome! Sheila was great. I am extremely happy having Mikes Smokehouse at our shin dig. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😁

Horchata LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laura L.
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We used Horchata LLC to cater for a group of people that we were presenting to. There were about 15 people in attendance. Every single person was highly impressed with the quality of food as well as the taste. There was plenty of food left over. The team at Horchata set up everything for us. I would recommend them to cater for any of your catering needs. I'm looking forward to using them in the future.

The Screaming Goat
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Leah D.
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We used Brandon for our wedding caterer. We had a gourmet brunch style buffet all created by him to perfection. Guests loved the food so much that they were asking for recipes! Brandon went above and beyond. He stayed the entire day and helped serve. He even stayed and helped clean up! We are so happy that we found him and would recommend him to anyone! He is the best.

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I am catering for your event. You name what you want, and I will cater it. I have over 30 years of experience and am great for all occasions.

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I am a bartender and caterer. No job is too small. I have more than 20 years of experience in the industry. I provide excellent service.

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We are a full service caterer! No job is too big or small! We pride ourselves on our home made food, from simple to gourmet. Our special service, includes the best dressed and best manned workers in the Tri-State area!

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We are a small business trying to grow in our field of barbecue. We cater ribs, chicken brisket and pulled pork. If interested, give us a call. You've never tasted anything like Nubian Barbecue. Thank you.

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I am very creative I can take a few ingredients and create a fantastic meal,entree,appetizer or whatever you need

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I am a perfectionist and have been in food service and catering since I was 12 years old. I have catered events from 10-2000 people.

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My name is Jim Utley. Food is my passion. If you're looking for cooking lessons or you need someone to cater a special event, or you need someone to just be the grillmaster at your annual cookout -- that's what we do.

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You will be receiving a personal and fully customizable service and working directly with the chef owner.

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I have many years of experience in the food service business, and my greatest joy is providing high-quality one-of-a-kind service. I'm a chef who loves nothing more than to make your event a memorable one.

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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