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Arlington Food Catering Companies

Browse these food catering companies with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Arlington.

Amazing Caterers
4.6
from 143 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 286 hires on Thumbtack
Anh V.
Verified review

Very happy with our Thanksgiving meal from Amazing Caterers! Food was great and they even delivered on Thanksgiving day. Ed was very accommodating as we had a small order (party of 6). We had a ton of food!

Tatering
4.8
from 111 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda M.
Verified review

Tatering has left an everlasting positive outlook on us of catering food. They may have set the bar a bit higher now than others. His team is very professional and so polite. The venue we used even called me begging for his contact info. Her reason was that they we the most professional and organized company that they've seen in 24 years.

LK Culinary
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
Marci P.
Verified review

We hired Luke to cook dinner for my husbands 40th birthday dinner with two other couples. The food and service were wonderful. The best part was when he was finished he left my kitchen spotless and all the dishes were clean. I would highly recommend Luke.

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

Buddy’s catering was Great!!! The food was Great!! He catered our wedding on June 11th. And In less than 2 week's notice because our caterer that I've known for 2yrs backed out due to the venue. So when Buddy step in I was concerned. But he was a real professional we had talked less than a handful of times. But he had the experience of food catering behind him that's for sure!! Which is what we needed. We had the bacon wrapped sirloin and lemon chicken with mashpotatoes, greenbeans, salad and rolls he also provided the tea and all the utensils. Everyone enjoyed the food. Highly recommend Buddy on any catering needed. Definitely will use him again. Thank you Buddy for catering our wedding. Anna & Sean Adams.

Chef Cassy's Creations
4.9
from 74 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 108 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 70 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelvin N.
Verified review

Jim catered for us and the food, service and pricing were outstanding. Highly recommended. The taste of the bbq was outstanding!

  • 3 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
Rick B.
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I work in sales leadership for a Fortune 100 global software company and hired Jared Pierre to cater both food & bar for a Customer & Prospect reception we held at our office. Prior to the event Jared was terrific at offering food suggestions for tray service hors d'oeuvres and he had plenty of beverage options from the bar, both alcoholic and non. His staff was professional and courteous, set up and clean up went well, and we will use Jared Pierre for future events.

Urban Taste Catering
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 111 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

  • 4 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Jody W.
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I would highly recommend Fancy's Personal Chef Services. Within one week, we were able to connect, draw up a menu (Fancy is very accommodating) and solidify a very fair price. My group of guys raved about the Omelet Bar and Sweet Potato Hash that Fancy prepared at our office. Huge success all around! Would definitely use Fancy again for private catering! Thank you Fancy!

SPICED LAVENDER CATERING
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Roy C.
Verified review

Highly recommended! They provided my wife and I with everything I needed for my event for 800 people. They also gave me a really great deal and were very flexible with my budget. On thumbtack I went through many catering companies and all of them were either overpriced or the food quality was below average. In addition I loved how they provided me a beverage bar with Hibiscus based drinks and organic lemonades. I especially loved their Lavender Cheesy Bread and Cherry Lime Hibiscus. Servers and Owners were prompt and the bartending service specialized in specialty cocktails that were smoked or traditional. Either way Spiced Lavender Catering is very professional and very fast to respond on any questions that I had. Also they are great for casual or high end venues that include weddings and corporate events. I cant thank them enough for saving me alot of stress at the last moment and they exceeded my expectation in everything from food to the exceptional service. Again I also cant thank them enough for being flexible with my timing and budget. Thanks Chef Nina.

Oak Cliff Taco Company
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley B.
Verified review

These guys are awesome!!! I met them selling the best quesadillas in Deep Ellum last month and them randomly found the owner Charles on thumbtack. These guys are awesome!!!! thanks for the awesome service and the great food!!!

Chef Courtney L Billen
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Matt P.
Verified review

We were fortunate to be able to meet Courtney a week prior to our event and have a tasting event at our house and sample many of the great dishes to be served. The afternoon was amazing- the comrodery and ease of the working relationship was great from the start. The food and service and explanation was enjoyable to be part of- We are hoping our dinner party will be much of the same and be as relaxed as we were this past Sunday- The preparation and presentation of the food was top notch- our guests will be impressed. What made it even better was Courtney's family style approach- she interacted with our kids and became comfortable in our houses- what a great 4 hours on a Sunday while we watched the playoffs- Future posts to come-

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Sprig of Thyme Catering & Co
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Sonya W.
Verified review

This was a perfect Thanksgiving dinner. It was on time and cooked perfectly. Complete order was to perfection. We will definitely be using Sprig of Thyme Catering again for our family events. I live out of state and Connor was so accommodating to make the dinner perfect for our family. Thank You!

Mell's Grill
4.1
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 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
Mitzi D.
Verified review

I have contracted with City Kitchen multiple times and have always found their service to be very professional. The food always delicious and the service people always friendly and well trained. Often times. they have provided an almost turn key event for my needs. Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Tito R.
Verified review

Islanders Food Truck catered our company's 130th Anniversary. The food was excellent. Joe and his team did a great job. Joe was very great to work with and helped make our event run smoothly. We will use them again. American Excelsior Company- Arlington, TX

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

I ordered for our sales staff of 60 people (mostly men with large appitites). Food was on time, hot, delicious, and a great portion too! The bottle of Sriracha was a very nice surpise as well! Will definately order again! Thank you so much.

Provisions Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly S.
Verified review

Provisions Catering is absolutely amazing. I attended a party that was catered by Provisions and the food was amazing so I used her the next week for an important gathering. The service, presentation and food was the same consistent awesomeness! Kim is very professional, dependable and prompt. Her food and presentation are superb. I recevied tons of compliments and many folks took her card as well. Great work Provisions and I can't wait to use you again.

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Robert H.
Verified review

Ashtian provides weekly meal service for my wife and I as well as catering services for ALL family or business engagements. Not only is Ashtian an exceptionally talented and creative chef,she is an absolute delight to be around. Once Ashtian is in your kitchen you will mot want her to leave!

  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Janna R.
Verified review

The food was really good. The brisket was tasty. They did a good job of keeping food coming - we had like 130 people. Thank you for a job well done.

Noonie's BBQ Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Eileen T.
Verified review

Loved the food trailer! You made our carnival a success!!

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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