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Alexandria Dinner Caterers

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

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  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter L.
Verified review

Chef and his team were excellent. Our event was not a typical event and he coped with it superbly. I do the same event every year and the amount of rave reviews from my guests about the food and the service was unprecedented. I will not hesitate to book chef in again or to recommend him and his team.

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Mercedes Jo Events
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adrienne J.
Verified review

Mercedesjo catered my thanksgiving dinner. I wanted sinthing different this year so we had s seafood thanksgiving. Everything taste great, she was extremely professional and helped me pick a menu that my 20 guest thoroughly enjoyed.

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Jane J.
Verified review

Maribel and Noel of Top of the City Catering catered our wedding on July 28th, 2018. We were both absolutely blown away by everything that they did. We looked at many different caterers but met with Maribel and Noel for a tasting because they offered the best value. We discovered that the food was absolutely delicious and Maribel and Noel were lovely to work with. At the wedding everyone raved about the food. But it wasn't just the food! Their presentation of the main course buffet, the desert buffet and even the bar decor was gorgeous. Really creative! The attention to detail was amazing. Maribel handled all the details for the table settings and the tables looked like a dream. They were perfect for the venue. During the wedding the service was flawless. Everyone was so kind to us, keeping us in Margaritas, Manhattans, food and wine all night long. They made sure we had everything we needed. We had so much fun! Their servers extended that level of service to all our guests. Believe me, our family and friends have all commented on how wonderful they were in every way. We feel very lucky that we found Maribel and Noel. We would recommend Top of the City Catering to everyone for any event! We are so grateful to them. They gave our night the magic that we were hoping for.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Kirsten N.
Verified review

Chef Jackie catered a breakfast in our home the morning after our son's bar mitzvah. She delivered exactly as promised, honored our dietary restrictions, and our guests specifically commented on the many good quiches she made. The only note I would make is that for coffee service, she only needed to bring regular flavored coffee and regular milk/cream, which we could have advised on if asked.

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AC Catering
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 55 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle F.
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I genuinely can’t say enough good things about this business. I hired AC Catering for two events I held in June and July 2017. Everything was excellent! I was beyond happy with everything from the food, to the services, to the people I interacted with during the planning phase and the actual events. This small, family owned business actually exceeded my expectations. They have an extensive menu to choose from which allowed me to tailor both events’ meals appropriately. The pricing was great and the amount of food I received was more than enough. AC Catering received many compliments for the quality of their food at both of my events. I took a risk and hired them without having tasted any of their food, but I have to say there was no need for worry. The food was also delicious! Both my guests and I enjoyed every bite. The serve and clean up service was also top notch. George Sullivan and his staff were extremely attentive to my needs during my banquet. They helped to ensure that the dinner ran smoothly, and cleanup was quick and efficient. I can't leave this review without noting that it was a great pleasure working with George Sullivan (principal owner/operator) when coordinating my needs. He was very responsive to the myriad of questions I had, extremely flexible as I proposed changes for my event, and just an extremely nice guy. I am so glad I found this business. I will definitely be using AC Catering if I have any catering needs in the future.

Catering Reserved
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Nura A.
Verified review

It was a great experience working with Dianna. She was so responsive and attentive. She worked with us and was able to provide all our catering needs. The food was absolutely delicious. The servers were very helpful and aware of everything we needed. We will be sure to request Catering Reserved service once again!

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Clever Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
Verified review

We recently hired Clever Catering for our annual holiday party, and everything turned out wonderful. All of our guests loved the food, and Richard was a joy to work with. I highly recommend Clever Catering for your next event!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Tom B.
Verified review

I hired Esther to cater a dinner party to celebrate our Mom's 80th birthday. From the first encounter, Esther was very accommodating. We were expecting 50 guests, some with food allergies ranging from nuts to shell fish. Esther assured me that she would create a menu that would be elegant and delicious. And did she deliver! The event took place on 12/31/2016. The food was amazing! She sent her employee, Crystal, to handle the event. From the moment Crystal arrived until the moment she left, she went above and beyond, and made the evening a huge success! Crystal was warm and professional, and worked tirelessly to provide us with outstanding service. We were so impressed with this amazing woman, we had to give her a round of applause before she left. Thank you, Epicurean Nutrition, for making our event a HUGE success. We will definitely call you again for our next event. Happy New Year!!

N&M Divine Cuisine & Events
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
John A.
Verified review

Mary and her crew did a fantastic job catering our wedding luncheon in northern Virginia. The food and service were terrific.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
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Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

Everything about our experience with Sandra and her staff was superb. We had a 50th wedding anniversary buffet dinner with a Hawaiian theme for 26 family and friends. Her creativity, responsiveness and attention to detail was evident in all phases of the day and evening. Our guests raved about the menu and the ladies who prepared and served the meal. When they left everything was cleaned up superbly. We highly recommend Creative Visions !

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Thmas L.
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K&A Catering staff was very professional. The food was awesome and the service was great. Thanks to making my event a huge success.

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Marion W.
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International catering and Events really pulled out all the stops to make the wedding I attended an event for the ages. Customer satisfaction must be a priority because everything was spectacularly done. They added a personal touch to the event that made it extra special and all guests had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy!

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Gianna H.
Verified review

Talk of Di Town 2 surprises me every time as they prove they're not just another Caribbean food caterer, but will cater to a variety of foods with their own surprising twist on it! The presentation is always fabulous when catering events and the food is always top quality! I would recommend Talk of Di Town 2 for any occasion, as they will certainly accommodate. - Customer since 2013

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vince S.
Verified review

Ordered for food do 35 post-wedding brunch. Menu was organized and easy to pick from. Jaclyn was responsive and helpful with sizing food plates and making recommendations. Everyone was super thrilled to see the amount of food (had some leftovers) and everything was tasty. Would definitely order again.

Set The Table DC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Keila B.
Verified review

I worked with Gabriela to select wines for my wedding. It was a small, intimate dinner for 30 and almost all the guests know good food and good wine. Gabriela did a great job of making sure that the wines we selected went well with all our courses. She was knowledgeable, responsive, and very approachable. Sometimes wine people can be a little snooty but Gabriela was very down to earth and was able to explain the wines she chose and why. I would choose her again if I ever had a similar party.

Appetites by R.J.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany M.
Verified review

It is my pleasure to offer this recommendation to Chef Ronald Cager Jr. I had the fortune to employ him for a romantic “Just Because” dinner for my husband and I. He and his business associate worked with me to understand my preferences. My expectations were achieved in taste and presentation. Chef Cager’s client centered approach was greatly appreciated. It is my sincerest hope to palate his future creations and cuisines. Until that time presents itself, I wish him much success.

Classic Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie R.
Verified review

Absolutely impressed with the service provided by Classic Catering! I needed a catering company for a last minute event I hosted and Classic Catering was recommended by a colleague. I called and spoke with Sandy, who understood exactly what I was looking for and needed for my event. She was able to work out the details and arrangements for my party and was a pleasure to work with. I can definitely see myself using their service for future events.

From The Heart Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Christina D.
Verified review

The chef had very great communication in understanding what I was looking for. He made the hardest day the most smoothing running. Food was more then what I asked for he blew us away, creativity, taste & amazing plate set up...😱 WOW

Pemas Italian Restaurant
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Madison Z.
Verified review

The impeccable service staff and food at Pema’s Restaurant is what makes all of the events that I host very successful. Their professionalism is unmatchable and their food is great for my events because everyone enjoys a comforting, home cooked meal. I highly recommend using their catering/event services in the DMV area.

Q E Cuisine
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Michelle R.
Verified review

Hiring Q E Cuisine was an awesome choice. I have worked with them several times and was never disappointed. They are not expensive. They come in start working and don’t stop until they are finished. Very respectable people. Food is AWESOME. They catered a wedding for us and a family reunion. I will recommend them for any event. Thumbs up

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.

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 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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