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San Antonio Cocktail Party Caterers

Browse these cocktail party caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Antonio.

  • 3 years in business
  • 632 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra R.
Verified review

The best! They had answers to all of our questions and response time would be same day!! we had the best experience, I booked my honeymoon, bachelorette party and my fiancés bachelor party with this company! Can't wait to book our future trips with y'all!!

GoJohnnyGo Catering, Inc.
4.7
from 133 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 280 hires on Thumbtack
Max E.
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Johnny and his team did an excellent job catering our party of 25. BBQ brisket and spinach/potato knish were a hit.

  • 21 years in business
  • 235 hires on Thumbtack
Alfredo V.
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I hired JC Cooks for a private dinner party for my boyfriends 50th birthday. The food was amazing. She did an appetizer, a salad and a great swordfish main entree. Not only was i happy with her but im waiting for the next party so i can hire her again. Joyce is very affordable on any budget, very professional and a lovely lady. Make sure and hire her for your next catering needs.

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Alvarez Catering
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Becky B.
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Our daughter's wedding was Friday evening. The cocktail hour was a huge hit. Everyone told us how good the food tasted. Very happy and pleased.

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Kniseley Catered
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcie N.
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If you are looking for the PERFECT caterer for a dinner party in your home, Kniseley Catered is for you. We used this company to serve a buffet style dinner for a professional office party during the Christmas holiday season. From start to finish Robert and his crew were supportive, attentive and a true pleasure. The menu was customized for our guests. The food was excellent. The cost was extremely reasonable. They even did the dishes!

Wild Whisk
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Marcie A.
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We hired Stephanie to provide catering services for our Fiesta Rosa VIP event ( private party thanking our sponsors of MissionFest 2015) Everything turned out wonderful and the food presentation was absolutely gorgeous! We had a specific vision of our menu and Stephanie executed it the exact same way we envisioned it. Brisket street tacos were made on sight and they were delectable. Thank you Stephanie for your wonderful service! We will definitely be reaching out to you for other occasions.

Manna Catering
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph C.
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After several weeks of praying and searching for the perfect caterer for our daughter's wedding, we were led to Sam through Thumbtack.com. I had spoken with a handful of other caterers, all of whom I am sure are good enough. However, they did not get my vision. When I spoke with Sam I was amazed at how quickly he was able to translate what we envisioned, and then some. He is a true professional, incredibly skilled, and wonderful to work with. We were blown away by what he gave us. He exceeded all of our expectations and the food was phenomenal! We have some foodies in our family and people are still commenting about how fantastic they found the food....2 weeks later! Not only was the food delicious, but Sam also went above and beyond the realm of his role as caterer. He offered great suggestions for decorations, shared his linens with us, and was accommodating and flexible. He is highly recommended by us and I'm sure if you asked, by any of our guests. We will continue to use Sam's services for all of our future events.

Cake -N- Que Catering, LLC
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Anne M.
Verified review

Great people to work with, they were very accommodating, attentive and professional They catered a birthday party for us with appetizers and desserts. Food was wonderful! Highly recommend the brisket, wings and desserts!

Tricia's Dishes
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Steve Z.
Verified review

Tricia was fantastic at communication and planning. She helped plan the menu and kept us aware of the costs throughout the process. She arrived on time and was very well organized. Tricia was very flexible and helpful during the party. Our guests loved the food and we will be using Tricia again very soon!

S.A. Event co
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Megan V.
Verified review

Shalamar took care of just about everything for my wedding, planned it all a month before my wedding date and everything within my budget!!! We had many quotes from other caterers, planners etc.. None of which compared to Elegant Events. We were very pleased with her professionalism while also being personal. Overall a great experience and glad we went with Elegant Events to take care of it all.

DILSHAN Weddings & Events
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jason E.
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If you are reading these reviews to help you decide if Dilshan is the right wedding planner for you, I want you to stop right now and call him before someone else books him. All joking aside, working with Dilshan during my brother's wedding was such an enjoyable experience. He has all of the great qualities that an elite wedding planner should have. He is quite possibly the most organized person that I have ever met and he coordinates everything with a calm and confident demeanor. Having worked with several other wedding planners in the past, I can also say that Dilshan has other qualities that make him stand apart from the rest. His warm personality and helpfulness showed that he cared about my brother's wedding and all of the people involved in it. Several times during the wedding day his gratitude went above and beyond the duties of a wedding planner. At the end of the wedding he even gave my mother and nephew a ride back to their hotel so that the rest of the wedding party could continue to celebrate. He is not a good wedding planner. He is the best. Book him now, you will not regret it.

Brimont Fusion Cuisine
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christina R.
Verified review

The Service was excellent and the food was so delicious! I didn't have to worry about anything and the guest of my Jewelry Party still talk about how delicious the food was.

Jewell’s
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Betty H.
Verified review

This was our first time having our Super Bowl party catered and my husband was skeptical. We had about 30 guests. Chef Vida was the hit of the party. She was very professional. She interacted with the guest as well as preparing the food onsite. I can’t tell you what entree the guests enjoyed most—gumbo, chicken, or fried fish. She is known for her fried fish tower. The fish was so good our guests would eat it before she could complete the tower. My husband and I were impressed with her professionalism, interaction with the guests, and how she cleaned the kitchen after the party. He pressed me to get on her calendar for next year before anyone else took that date. We are on the schedule.

  • 19 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Tory R.
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Kris was enjoyable to work with from our first communication. We had a dinner party for 8 and she made the night a success. Her appetizers, salad and main dish elicited oohs and aahs from all of us. It was a delicious, wonderful evening!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sheryl H.
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True comfort food! Everything is scrumptious... I absolutely love the seafood gumbo, red beans and rice, pasta dishes, and delicious homemade desserts. I've used the Red Spoon for three parties and not only was everything freshly made, it tasted great and was also professionally packaged. Great Gourmet Experience. Can't wait to plan my next party.

Cook's Gathering LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 25 years in business
Linda L.
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Tim has catered several parties for me, including most recently my husband’s 85th birthday celebration. Tim is very creative in his menu planning and always comes up with just the right thing. He is warm and friendly, yet very professional. His presentations are beautiful and the food is delicious. He only uses the best quality ingredients available. The end result reflects his caring. Not sure what I will do for my husband's 90th!!!

Chef Louis Halaszyn
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Irene J.
Verified review

Amazing dinner experience! We hired Louis and his team to cater a small family dinner party of 16. We were celebrating my mother in laws 60th birthday. The food was delicious. We had a salad, bruschetta, salmon course, chicken course and creme brûlée to finish off the night. Everyone was beyond pleased with the dinner service and raved about how amazing the food was. Dinner was cooked in our kitchen and they did a phenomenal job cleaning up after the party. I would definitely hire him again!

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria M.
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I was solicited by many vendors after I posted by request for a caterer for my New Year's Eve party in October. After speaking with several, I spoke to Nicole and was immediately struck by how personable, yet professional she was on the phone. She listened, made suggestions and sent pictures of her work. This isn't just a business to her; it's a passion. We set up a time for a tasting and I was totally impressed. Everything she prepared looked just the photos and the food was delicious. She prepared a wide variety and agreed to do my party for about 40 people. She was easy to work with, didn't take exception with any ideas or suggestions I had and stayed in touch with me up until the event. Two weeks out, my RSVPs had grown to 90. I panicked, but Nicole was willing to take on the additional work load, encouraged me to stay calm and was able to determine the most efficient and cost effective way to manage such a large at home party. The party was a success. I got many compliments on everything from the presentation to the tastefulness of the food. You always worry when such a large amount is being prepared, but she came through. I would definitely utilize her services again and would highly recommend her for anyone looking for quality, style, professionalism and general support through what can surely be a pretty stressful ordeal. Victoria M.

Wapo Taco Tx LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Alex W.
Verified review

Ben was great. Very easy to talk to. He listened to what i wanted and we came up with a great menu that all my party guests enjoyed. Wapo Taco values their customers and Ben even delovered the food and helped me set up. Do yourself a favor and hire Walo Taco to cater your next event.

Spotted Cat Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole H.
Verified review

Chef Jessica and Chef Jake far exceeded my expectations when they traveled to Austin to prepare a brunch for a party of 9 ladies. Jessica had great ideas for the menu as some had dietary restrictions. She was punctual in responding to my emails and arriving at the event location. From the quality of the food to the presentation and the taste...nothing short of AMAZING!!! All were extremely impressed and I would definitely recommend using them!

True Texas BBQ
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Julie M.
Verified review

I used True Texas BBQ as a drop of caterer my kid's first birthday party. They had the food ready on time and helped set out the serving line. The stuffed baked potato bar was a hit with the grownups and the kids at the party. Would definitely use 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.

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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