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Arlington Holiday Party Caterers

Browse these holiday party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Arlington.

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

I was thrilled with Amazing Caterers! I had a birthday party for a group of 30 and I used Amazing Caterers, a caterer I had not worked with before. Thus, I was quite nervous. However, there was no need to fret. The food was fabulous and Kelly, the server, was truly exceptional. Since the event was such a success, I will be planning another one soon! Have already picked out the items from Amazing Caterers great menu!

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

Marc recently catered my wife's 40th birthday party and the food was excellent! Several people asked about him and could not stop talking about how tasty everything was! I would highly recommend Marc for your next event and I know I will use him again!

LK Culinary
4.9
from 88 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Sam W.
Verified review

Chef Luke and company helped make our wedding party a glorious success! He kept tray after tray of wonderful heavy appetizers flowing, prompting many complements from the guests. Thank you, Luke!

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

Fantastic and outstanding. This was a last minute holiday catering and he CAME THRU BIG TIME!!! I will be a LOYAL customer and have already told SEVERAL people about him. Can't say enough... THANK YOU!!!

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

Chef catered my birthday party in my home. She was really easy to work with. I will be calling on chef for future events. Everyone loved the presentation staff and food!!!! Thank you Chef for am amazing experience. See you soon!!

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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.

SRD Events & Entertainment
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret C.
Verified review

We hired Steve and Cindy to host our Holiday Party at the office. Everyone enjoyed the party, in large part due to the great music!

  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Archana B.
Verified review

Chef was awesome to work with. He helped me create the menu for my daughters 21st birthday party. The food was delicious and the pricing was extremely fair. I would recommend him highly!!!

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

Urban Taste has been very willing to work with our company on any requests we have for food options. The staff is quick and attentive to answer any questions. We are excited to work with them for our upcoming Holiday Party, as well as future events :) -- Dakota Fugate Meetings and Events Manager Raising Cane's Restaurant Support Office

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

My fiancee and I had met with Chef Tony for a free tasting and before we left we knew he was the caterer for our wedding. His food tastes incredible and is presented very well. What we liked the most is that he cares about his clients and he loves his work. If you hire Chef Tony, you're not just another date on his calendar. He will take the time to learn your wants and needs, and do what he can to make your event special. After the wedding, September 2018, I'll add to my review.

Carolyn's Cuisine
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy T.
Verified review

Everything was delicious, and she was SO easy to work with. I had 20 relatives that I had to host for dinner only 3 weeks after back surgery, and it all went off without a hitch. I highly recommend her services to those looking for a great caterer! Brava!

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

They truly added so much value to my party. The food was delicious they were early and very easy to communicate with. I highly recommend them and will use them again.

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

Nina was great and worked with me financially, and her staff was super nice and helped me set up. I ended up getting way to much food from her for the party, and her decorations were fantastic. Between my decorations and hers the party was perfect!

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

We had a New Year's Eve party, and Mell's food was the star of the show. So delicious!! He was super-responsive throughout the planning process and helped us estimate the food almost to the exact plateful, so there was no waste but nobody left hungry. Mell is my new go-to caterer.

Tastefully Texas Events LLC
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa P.
Verified review

I had Texas Catering cater my birthday party for about 100 guests. The food was delicious and the service and set up was top notch. I received so many compliments on the event. I will definitely be using them again in the future.

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

Islanders was a fantastic addition to the wedding my team and I worked on last weekend. Carrie, the owner, worked collaboratively with both our team and the bride and groom to get great food at a great price. The meals were fresh and delicious - the guests really enjoyed them & the customer service they offered was great. If you're planning to have food trucks at your wedding they are a must!

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

I have had two experiences with Cari Avit. She made appetizers for two Holiday events for large groups. One was homemade meatballs, a specialty from her vast Italian cooking background, and the other, a Southwestern appetizer for our Holiday Party this week. It was beautifully displayed, tasty, and very healthy as well. The guests all loved it and Cari as she circulated and met a lot of them! I would highly recommend her, both in skill level and in personal presentation skills.

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!

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!!

Griff's Catering
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Darcy C.
Verified review

The food and service Griff's catering presented at my 50th birthday party was unbeatable! You'll love working with Griffs catering planning any event. They are the nicest people.

Sweet Haven Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Annette M.
Verified review

She did exactly what was on the invoice. She treated my party members like Queens, but not overkill. She presented them each with a scripture that was pre-approved by me and was a perfect fit to the occasion. Would definitely hire again!

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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