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Bellevue Cocktail Party Caterers

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

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  • 9 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robin S.
Verified review

Emerald City catered our 20th anniversary party for 200 guests in Gas Works Park, Seattle. They were fantastic. They were flexible, super easy to work with, their food was delicious and beautifully presented, they provided even more than they had promised, they were excellent communicators and provided a turnkey operation from start to finish. I loved working with them, will definitely use them for our next event, and heartily recommend them.

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KT's Hospitality
4.8
from 85 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven B.
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Dinner party for 12. Setup, serve and cleanup. Katie arrived early (best way to be on time!), was professional, just the right mix of "transparent" and pleasant. She is definitely coming back!

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 75 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Charlyn R.
Verified review

I would without a doubt hire Thyme Well Spent Catering in the future, as well as recommend her services to others. In the planning of my wedding celebration, I had a lot of questions about the caterer part of the party. Chantel was extremely pleasant to deal with, always answering every question proposed and assisting to select a menu that would be perfect for our guests. At the wedding reception itself, she showed up well before the party began to place the final preparations on the food and decorate the caterer table in accordance with our selected colors. The food was wonderful and guests quite enjoyed the meal. Chantel went above and beyond helping in other areas to facilitate the party, to include cutting the cakes for guests. I was quite pleased with her services that evening, as she helped to make the party run smoothly and memorable for all in attendance!

Pacific Northwest Catering
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Fasika M.
Verified review

Absolutely the BEST experience ever! Everyone raved about the food at the party – and the cake was delicious. I have since passed on their information to several friends with catering needs in the near future. If you are looking for a catering group for any event – look no further. Al and his team are the best!

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K & F Catering
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill P.
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Francisco was better than I could have possibly hoped for. I had a last minute need for a caterer for dinner for my husband's 50th birthday party, AND needed several accommodations for a variety of food allergies. Not only did Francisco respond to my request quickly and provide delectable allergen free Mexican dinner buffet for 16, he communicated with me to get clarity on the food issues and arrived early, with what we needed. The guests were impressed and I will definitely be using K&F Catering again! (Oh and the price was very reasonable and in line with market rates for his services!)

  • 23 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Ilesa M.
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We hosted a dinner party for 10 at our home. Nola and her assistant Flo prepared an amazing meal, from appetizers through dessert. Nola was so easy to work with through the planning stages and had great ideas for how to optimize our home and time with our guests. As if the delicious food weren't enough, she also made sure the kitchen and dining room were clean before she left, which was an added bonus to an otherwise exquisite evening. I would highly recommend her and will not hesitate to call her again when we entertain.

Chef Emme
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Jen J.
Verified review

Emme created a beautiful and tasty 5 course meal for our Christmas dinner party of 26 people. It was fantastic! Everybody loved all the food. We will definitely have her back to cook again!!

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tamme S.
Verified review

Stephen and his son Willie did a fantastic job at our son's rehearsal party dinner. The pizzas were delicious and everyone is still raving about Dogfather and the pizza. Stephen was very easy to work with and kept in touch all along the way which meant so much being from completely across the states and trying plan a function. We highly recommend Dogfather and promise you will be very pleased with Stephen as well as the pizza.

Catering By Tara Helm
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kristi B.
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We had a fabulous wedding and Tara was a large part of making that a reality. Tara is detail oriented, flexible, and most of all, an amazing chef! I enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for great food at a reasonable price for their event. While looking for a caterer, I found many quotes excluded significant costs such as Chef time, server time, etc. One quote doubled once these were added to the estimate. Not so with Tara. Her quote was accurate. She was upfront about the total price per plate and there were no surprise costs. Tara provided a tasting that was VERY reasonably priced. We brought along a couple friends for opinions and were blown away by the feast before us. There were appetizers, a salad, at least three main courses, and four or five sides. The tasting really showcased Tara’s talents and made it easy to choose her as our caterer. Once we had booked with Tara, she was available to discuss our menu as our needs evolved. When we added extra rentals and food to our contract, Tara took everything in stride and made it work. On the day of our wedding, everything went smoothly. We have received praise from multiple friends and family one of whom described her food as “Top notch”. Our day of coordinator told me she enjoyed working with Tara and would recommend her to future clients. Thank you Tara for being so wonderful to work with and making our day one to remember!

Al Lago Ristorante
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Devon D.
Verified review

We had Al Lago cater a 40th Birthday Dinner Party for 50 people. The event was success. They were on time and food was fabulous. They hosted the bar and it was a wonderful evening.

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly V.
Verified review

Brett catered a small Christmas party in my home. The food was great, she was very easy to work with, and I'm thrilled to have found her. I highly recommend her!

Chef Sam
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Roland B.
Verified review

Chef Sam is definitely a must at your next gathering. Her ideas are great. Her food is wonderful. Her experience and advice were extremely valuable for my wife's 50th birthday party. Our guests are still raving about the food and service they received at the hand of Chef Sam. We will be using her excellent services in the future and will recommend her to all our friends. Thank you Chef Sam for preparing and delivering our food in such a warm and professional manner. Outstanding!

Cooking Dolls
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine H.
Verified review

Chef Olive is possibly the most creative person I know. That and her natural instinct about flavors make her possess the almost miraculous capability of turning any ordinary ingredients into a fine dish. Her creation always has a disarming simple elegance that reminds you of the best home cuisine, and a surprising sophistication that makes you want to taste it again, and again. From the raw ingredients to the final presentation of the dishes, the sight, the sound, the smell and the taste make having her cooking for my private parties the most delicious esthetic experience.

Joy Max Catering
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Shari L.
Verified review

holiday parties (3 events) -- food was very good, caterers were friendly and thorough, other than arriving a few minutes late to the events, we have no complaints--thanks Joy!! Merry Christmas!

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Design Perfect Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Traci W.
Verified review

Sanja reached out to me within an hour of my request for caterers. She sent me a full proposal with menu items, cost break out, and everything I could possibly need. She worked with me for hours on end, revising the proposal 4 times to meet my needs. She was patient, kind, flexible, and so helpful! She has stayed in constant contact with me, answering every question within minutes. Although they were over my budget, because of their diverse menu, and especially her customer service, I recommended to my Market Manager that we spend the extra money. I'm so excited to entertain our clients next week and I know I won't be disappointed!

Savoury Thymes Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Max S.
Verified review

Cyndie helped me with our Super Bowl party. It was our friends house in Woodinville, and she brought over a ton of dishes. We had 15 people at the party, and what impressed me most was our friends had made a few dishes as well, and when I got to the party I could immediately tell which were the ones that Cyndie brought. They looked very professional, and tasted even better. My friends said that she was perfectly on time, and they said the experience was excellent.

Down to Earth Cuisine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Sue-Ann H.
Verified review

Chef David Boyd- Private Chef-Down to Earth Cuisine "Delicious, organic, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully plated dishes"- On August 7th I hired Private Chef David Boyd to prepare an Italian Dinner for 10 in my home. (I had offered the "Italian Dinner for 8" as an auction item not knowing at the time who I would hire) He (and his lovely wife, also hired to assist him) arrived at 1pm to begin cooking for the 5:30pm event. Earlier in the week, we met to decide on the menu, appropriate tableware and wine/beverage pairings for the 5 course menu. We went with a Northern Italian theme featuring peaches because they were in season and seafood. I handled the purchase of the wine and cocktail ingredients but paid half of the per person food cost up front so that he could do all the grocery shopping which he did using local fish/meat stores and organically grown fruit and veggies from our area farmers market. He also arrived with all of his own knives and most utensils needed though he did use my mixing bowls and cookware. The entire meal was then prepared in our kitchen. Because he makes everything from scratch like croutons, mayonnaise, sugared garnish for the dessert etc. it is very time consuming, labor intensive and requires full use of your kitchen. He and his wife worked hard and fast for the 4.5 hours before guests arrived. They were conscientious and they cleaned and emptied the garbage etc. as they went. The result was delicious, organic, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully plated dishes that my husband and I were proud to serve to our guests. I would suggest discussing the estimated prep time for individual menu items as well as the per person cost ahead of time. Chef David seems capable of working within any reasonable budget, but he does require a lot of prep time if you choose complex menu items so that factors into his hourly rate. I think the dinner cost me more than what guests paid at the auction but that's totally my fault for not being more clear about my budget and for suggesting such complex ideas like an appetizer of scallops served in some sea shells I had. All in all, it was a very impressive, well paced, 5 course meal, and my guests enjoyed hearing Chef David explain the details of each delicious course as it was served. It was so nice to be able to just relax and enjoy my guests rather than stress about the food and clean-up. A really fun experience! I recommend hiring Chef David Boyd of Down to Earth Cuisine for your next dinner party. - Suzy H.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Paula M.
Verified review

I went to a small dinner party catered by chef Patty of Fresh Every Thyme. It was wonderful - delicious and innovative dishes - nicely presented. Terrific evening!

Entropy Cooks
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elyjiah P.
Verified review

Shauna was amazing to work with - she provided an incredible meal for our wedding and also took on the burden of supplying rentals. Everything went on without a hitch, and was a great experience! Late into our engagement, my wife was diagnosed with cancer. We saw the wedding as an opportunity to have a break from everything life has been throwing at us, and with Shauna's help it was an amazing experience. I would definitely recommend reaching out to Entropy Cooks if you are looking for a caterer for your event. The food was incredible, the service was great, the price was more than reasonable, and the experience was everything we had hoped and more.

  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
Verified review

Above and beyond. Spectacular! The quality of the food and creativity in design were both exceptional. Our group is notoriously finicky and hard on caterers as we have worked with many over the years. Plantiful Delights met our standards and more. Pressed for time to manage, I gave Crystal a lot of leeway in her selections for the appetizer vignettes that I cannot refer to as trays because they were so much more! She prepared off site, delivered to set up fresh just before guest arrived, and picked-up after the party for my husband's 50th birthday celebration at our home. I did not lift a finger except to pass out her business cards to so many of our raving attendees! And, of course, to sample most of the delectable foods she brought for us. Kudos Crystal. Well done.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna B.
Verified review

I needed a caterer for a wedding reception and initially clung to the first caterer to respond. Before I found Bert, I had a caterer who didn’t communicate anything, and was very pricy. Finally, a month before my reception date, I decided to scope out other options. My experience with Bert was outstanding from the very start. He didn’t just introduce himself, he had an entire portfolio together with sample menus, pricing and scenarios. His pricing is out of this world, and it includes everything from awesome customer service to impromptu wedding planning! He not only helped me with my food choices, but he also had recommendations on what works best at receptions for setup and execution. He met on location prior to go over everything, and he’ll even chill your beverages the night before. I can’t say enough about the kindness and professionalism of his staff. The food was amazing and cooked fresh on site. I would not hesitate to use Bert in the future, and I would recommend him to everyone and anyone. Thank you for making a nervous day sail smooth!!

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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