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Arlington Dinner Caterers

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

Amazing Caterers
4.6
from 140 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Wynell E.
Verified review

Ed Brandt has catered several functions at our church. The food and service were wonderful! They are so easy to work with and have so many choices. They also catered a brunch for me and it was great.

Tatering
4.8
from 110 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Merry D.
Verified review

Marc catered entrees for banquet for a student organization at UT Dallas. I changed the menu a couple of times and he was very patient and had no problems with it. It was my first time organizing an event like this, but Marc made it an easy, streamlined process. He gives the best deals per person I've seen yet! Not only was the food delicious and more than plentiful, but it was a pleasure working with Marc, and I look forward to working with him for future events. The entrees we ordered, the chicken parmesan and lemon chicken, were well-received by all guests. Highly recommend this caterer!

LK Culinary
4.9
from 88 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Joan B.
Verified review

Luke did a great job catering a sit-down dinner for my daughter's bachelorette weekend. He responded to my initial inquiry promptly and was easy to communicate with via e-mail and text as we planned the menu. The girls wanted to float around the pool and enjoy a few adult beverages during the day, but wanted a restaurant-quality meal that evening without having to worry about dressing up or driving. Luke arrived promptly and served a great meal with a choice of lamb chops or filet mignon as the primary proteins. The meal included a sushi appetizer, salads & sides, and a yummy dessert of creme brulee. He cooked, cleaned, and rolled with the punches with this rowdy group of 8 ladies and they all had a great time and enjoyed the meal. We will definitely hire Luke again for other dinner parties at the house.

Buddy's Catering &Restaurant
4.8
from 87 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Nyto G.
Verified review

Best food and best catering service for any event!

Chef Cassy's Creations
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Lulene R.
Verified review

We enlisted the catering services of Chef Cassy for our house blessing that was held today. Our menu consisted of chicken tetrazinni, green breans, and cupcakes. Chef Cassy arrived on time with the food and made preparation for the set up. She made sure that everything was in order before she left our home. Our guests wanted to know who prepared the food because it was awesome! I would highly recommend Chef Cassy ' s services to everyone I know.

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Meat & Greet BBQ Catering
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bill B.
Verified review

We hired Meat and Greet Bar-b-q for our company of 35 people Christmas Party. Wonderful experience. Fantastic communication and customer service. Jim is personable and reliable. Called when he said would and showed up on the dot of the agreed time. We had the fully catered dinner with briskit, ribs and sausage. It was veru good, hot and tasty. We also had several sides that were fresh and good. The food was plentiful and served well by Jim and his helpers. Overall I will recommend Jim for our party next year. No problems, now sweat, just good food, served on time and exactly as agreed.

  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
Verified review

Chef Jared came through for me BIG TIME! I called him on a Tuesday night at 6:00pm for a catering event on Wednesday at 11:30am for 35 people! Chef Jared came through with BBQ none the less. We had so many compliments from our customers on the food alone. We have his number now and we will definitely will be using Chef Jared for all of our business events along with some personal events.

Urban Taste Catering
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Alejandra S.
Verified review

There are a lot of things we really liked about Urban taste catering, first of all; the food was amazing, all of our guests loved it, all fresh, made right there in our kitchen. Tiffany is professional and approachable, she helped us with all of our questions and concerns. Also the waiting staff was spectacular, great team. We highly recommend this catering service. 10/10

Chefs Like It Hot Caterers
4.4
from 50 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Mitch B.
Verified review

Tony Teems and his business Chef’s Like It Hot have been first class in every possible way. Tony and staff have been catering meals for the Frisco Roughriders for two seasons now. As a person Tony has been professional and has been up front in his handling of all business matters. If there have been any problems Tony has handled them in a timely matter and has gone above and beyond to adjust his schedule accordingly. Tony’s quality of food has been second to none and is a big reason why we decided to use him for a second consecutive season. He always has a good variety of food and has ample amounts of food for our players and staff. He is more than willing to accept requests and will work within reason to accommodate them. Lastly and more importantly Tony is a straight forward and honest person. He goes above and beyond to set up and tear down anything that would be required for the catering event. Tony comes in and does his business and then leaves. He does not get off task easily. It has been an absolute pleasure

Carolyn's Cuisine
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Janice W.
Verified review

Fabulous food. Fantastic service. More than I ever imagined.

Oak Cliff Taco Company
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa R.
Verified review

Edylicious Kitchen catered my Casino night event and did an amazing job! The flavorful food had my guests raving! Great service!

SPICED LAVENDER CATERING
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole R.
Verified review

I enjoyed the food. The display was fanatic. I would recommend all my friends to this catering company.

Mell's Grill
4.3
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Christi G.
Verified review

We ended up not using Mell's grill, but received a nice phone call and feel that the experience probably would have been very positive had we decided to have a catered food truck for our party.

City Kitchen Catering
4.6
from 18 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Tanisha P.
Verified review

Lunch and breakfast catering service was good.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda T.
Verified review

Islanders not only has wonderful food they are very professional in their communication with clients for private events and super customer service oriented. You are in great hands any time you hire them to provide meals for an event!

The Divine Dish
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

We just wrapped up a special VIP event that was catered by Divine Dish by Cari. The food was a major home run for my company. Everyone is still raving about the food. We had Bruschetta with tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil; Caesar salad; beef Bolognese sauce with spaghetti; and for dessert we splurged on Italian cream cake...and dream bars with chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, coconut, and walnuts. Everything was unbelievably fresh - pure perfection from beginning to end. Kudos to Divine Dish by Cari - we'll definitely be back for more.

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MK Events
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alyssa B.
Verified review

Very pleasant to work with! They really catered to my needs and made sure we could do something that worked for everyone!

The Bite
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Paloma M.
Verified review

I used The Bite's catering services 2 weekends ago for my father in laws 70s birthday party. We were all so impressed with their food and quality of service. We chose their American Affairs Menu buffet style and it did not disappoint! We loved that Chef Evan through in our menu his mini spinach and cheese tarts. It was a wonderful little detail that made the party even more special. Him and his wife are a young vibrant team. Def will be using them again!

Cowboy Chicken
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
Verified review

Excellent communication, service, and product! Very professionally and perfectly done. We got raves on the food as well. So easy, too. Couldn't beat the price for the quantity and quality of food. We did a Thanksgiving meal for our building. Awesome!

Soiree Chef Group
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
William H.
Verified review

Chef Roger provided one of the best experiences for my wife's birthday dinner party. All of my guest raved about the food. The service was impeccable. Everything was timed out perfect. I highly recommend anyone who is looking to hire a professional chef for a private event to strongly consider Chef Roger. We will be using Chef Roger again.

Matt Reddick Personal Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan H.
Verified review

I hired Chef Matt to prepare a private dinner for a Christmas party last year and he did a knockout job! Every course was served piping hot and delicious and everyone raved about the meal for the rest of the night!!

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.
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