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Austin Home Caterers

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

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy B.
Verified review

Leslie was great to work with. She and her staff arrived early, began setting up and before we knew it our home had been transformed into a winter wonderland. Everyone raved about the food. Will definitely use her catering services again.

Tasty Temptations
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Eric H.
Verified review

I host seminars on a regular basis, and the meals ordered from stores and restaurants are getting tasteless overtime. I found Karen on the internet and saw her background that drew my attention immediately. I decided to give her a try and see how it will work for my event. The results turned out fantastic! She showed up right on schedule, professionally dressed with the food I'd ordered. I was able to tell that it was the food I've been looking for just by the smell of them! The unfinished dishes were all boxed up and bottomed up which had never happened before in my seminars. I highly recommend Karen catering your meal if you are sick and tired of the food from stores in the market. Actually, I am hiring her again to cater my next seminar!

Bittersweet Cakes & Catering
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla C.
Verified review

Laura, owner of Bittersweet Cakes and Catering, provided catering services for our wedding in July. We found Laura to be fabulous! She was professional with a friendly touch. She made recommendations that would suit a summer wedding. We felt at ease with all correspondence with her. When we had any questions, they were answered quickly and with great knowledge of what would go well with our reception menu. Her daughter, Jamie, did a wonderful job organizing the reception dinner. Jamie was also very polite to our guests by explaining dishes and greeting them with smiles. It has been a couple of months since our wedding and guests continue to rave about how good the food was. Laura also provided the cakes for our wedding. We loved our cakes! The personalized cake decorations were awesome and the flavors were delicious!

Top Pro
Kniseley Catered
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aubrey L.
Verified review

I was completely satisfied with the service provided by Kinsley's catering, he and his staff were outstanding. I as well as our guests or extremely satisfied with not only the food but the customer service provided by Kinsley's catering. If I am ever in need of catering services again Kinsleys will most definitely be my choice.

Goodies & Bits LLC
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Susan C.
Verified review

Great service all around! Stayed in communication with me and was very helpful with menu items. I loved the variety we had to pick from. Day of the event was smooth and good tasted amazing. Thank you for catering our corporate lunch.

Kitchen Canvas
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Emily B.
Verified review

Katie just catered a meal for 22 girls for a Bachelorette Party at the house we rented over the weekend. From the very beginning, Katie was extremely helpful, responsive and gave us many different menus and options to choose from. She had great communication and not the mention her food is amazing! Everything tasted fantastic and all the girls raved about the food even days later. Katie was extremely professional, dinner was served exactly on time and they cleaned up everything so nicely. If I lived in Austin I would definitely use her as much as I could for any future private catering events. Thanks so much for helping create a wonderful night for us!

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Top Taco
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alani R.
Verified review

I can't speak highly enough about Top Taco! They catered our company holiday party and it was a hit! Tacos were delicious and Jorge and team made sure everything went off without a hitch. I would definitely recommend them for all your catering needs!!

Bon Vie Chef Services
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jim R.
Verified review

This was awesome. We love dinner parties, but this year we've just had no time. And even when we did have time, we were wiped after the week, and couldn't face the cleaning, cooking, and cleaning again (dishes -- like a hangover without the fun drunk part beforehand). We decided to splurge and try a catering/chef service. We chose Chef Bonnie and were very pleased. Communication via email and phone was promptly responded to. She handled the somewhat complex dietary issues of some of our guests without batting an eyelash. She noted our requests and confirmed them, also dealing with my questions and minor changes perfectly. The day of the dinner she and her assistant arrived with everything they needed to cook an awesome meal. All we had to do was occasionally point out where some of our serving dishes and kitchen items were. When our guests arrived we were able to relax and enjoy a conversation for hours while Bonnie and her assistant dealt with all the food, served us, and then CLEANED UP ALMOST EVERYTHING. They even labeled and stored the leftovers in our fridge! Have I mentioned the food was delicious? It was! Rounding it all out, I felt we got good value for our money. I would not call it "inexpensive" but two people working hard for 6 hours (skilled labor at that), plus the prep time beforehand, and all supplies except the wine, salt and pepper? AND the ease of mind? Bargain. Oh yeah, almost forgot: She was very patient with our dogs, who spent most of their time under her feet until we finally put them away. Give her a try! I think you'll be pleased!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
Verified review

Excellent service. Food is amazing!!! Nice and friendly guy. Seamless so far!

Chef Heath Culinary Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
LEANNETTE S.
Verified review

Chef Heath provided outstanding services for our ladies retreat. His menu included items we requested and the flavor was beyond the ordinary. Heath worked with us to add a second meal on short notice. IWe definitely will use him again.

Diva B's Kitchen
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
DIONE L.
Verified review

Diva B's provided professional yet individualized service for my daughter's graduation celebration! I was very pleased with the presentation as well as the quality and taste of the food. My guests loved it! I will definitely book again! Thank you Diva B's Catering for exceptional service! D. Lewis

V's Catering & Event Styling
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Brandy M.
Verified review

V and her team are incredible! Catering is one of the most expensive parts of a wedding, but she gave us a great deal for the value of food and quantity of people. I was so worried about not having enough food, V assured me that this would not be one of those weddings! She was right. We had so much food leftover that my family is probably still eating off of, lol. The crab-stuffed mushroom caps (that I unfortunately didn’t get to try) were a hit! As well as the macaroni 😍 Choose V! She won’t disappoint.

Brian Cooks, You Eat
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rowena Y.
Verified review

Chef Brian provided a cooking lesson for my junior girl scout troop. The girls were all excited about the prospect of meeting a Brian and couldn't wait for our monthly meeting. Brian showed them how to prepare 3 easy, healthy snacks. He provided great instructions, involving all the girls in each project. He shared kitchen safety tips as well. The food was great. They girls will be able to make these dishes at home. Brian has a great big personality and was a resounding success with my girls. Rowena Y.

Beescuits & Gravy
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shirazeh R.
Verified review

I had a great experience with Beescuits & Gravy! They were professional, friendly, and provided great service! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for easy delicious catering.

Chef Heath Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mary D.
Verified review

Chef Heath provided tea sandwiches and some hors d'oevres for an adult birthday party. He delivered the food on time and helped arrange it for the party. The spinach and goat cheese tartlets weren't successful; the pastry got soggy. Otherwise the food was good, and the service was great.

Troy's Texas BBQ Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
David F.
Verified review

Troy catered our wedding with brisket, ribs, chicken, and sides. People come up to me a year and a half later asking who did the catering and complimenting the quality. My memory of that day is a blur, but the juiciness and flavor of that meal is clear. We could not have asked for better service, better food, or a better price.

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Euro Pizza Texas
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gaby S.
Verified review

Thierry and his wife did a great job catering for our party. Food was amazing and service outstanding!!

L'Amica Catering Austin
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley G.
Verified review

Al has always gone above and beyond when it comes to serving his clients. The food is absolutely amazing at a great prices. If you enjoy eating fajitas, this is the place to order from. Great, service, great food, for a good price, can't beat it. Ashley at LG

Buenos Aires Café
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Don S.
Verified review

I have enjoyed working with Paola at the restaurant for the last 8 months. She has created an awesome work environment, and she really cares about her people. I guess that's why she has some many tenured people in the high turn over service industry.

Sweet & Savory
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Molly S.
Verified review

We had Heather to our home to give a private lesson. Heather as lovely to work with and the treats we made were delicious! We made chocolate flourless torte, almost macaroons and fruit mousse. She gave great instructions and was easy to work with. We very much enjoyed the treats with our family. Thank you!

Bohemian Barbecue
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Linda G.
Verified review

We've used Bohemian Barbecue for business-event catering a few times & always get rave's on food but truly appreciates how he handles it all A-Z from initial order to delivery.

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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