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Seattle Party Food Caterers

Browse these party food caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Seattle.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

These folks are rock stars, prompt, professional, positive and so easy to work with. They catered and bartender our company party. The food was amazing. The bacon wrapped dates are not to be missed! Can't say enough.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
Kara V.
Verified review

Chantel and her team did an outstanding job of catering our event. The food was delicious (cooked to perfection and nice and hot with many choices), the service was great (the ladies were all warm and friendly) and the set-up and clean-up was flawless. I received many compliments from guests regarding the food. They will most certainly be my caterers of choice the next time the need arises and I would highly recommend them!

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K & F Catering
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy S.
Verified review

What a wonderful experience with K&F Catering! Delicious food, fantastic presentation and super kind staff. Flexible, attentive and helpful throughout. Will definitely use again!

  • 23 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Rachael S.
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We rented a facility for a private birthday party. The food and service were both outstanding! Everyone who served at the party was great and Nola was so helpful when I was working with her trying to plan the menu and updating numbers of guests. I would use them again!

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Island Girls Catering
4.7
from 37 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie G.
Verified review

Hiring Island Girls Catering was hands down the best decision we made for our wedding day! Carol and her team were amazing, the food was incredible and they made the process so easy and stress free. They accommodated our gluten-free menu ideas and brought them to life. Prior to our big day, Carol invited us to her home for a private tasting of each item; brunch, dinner and dessert. Gluten-free baking is definitely an art that this team has perfected! SO GOOD!! She made sure everything was perfect, and accounted for every detail. The wedding day consisted of brunch in the morning for our bridal party, followed by catered dinner and cupcakes for our reception. We found our guests sneaking leftovers in the fridge around midnight - that’s when you know your caterer was on point! The food choice(s) for a wedding is such a focal point for what your guests will remember. Do yourself a favor and give Island Girls Catering a try to develop a menu unique to your palate. They will not disappoint!

Chef Emme Catering Co.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Rita K.
Verified review

Thanks to Emme, we had a fabulous engagement party at Ward Johnson Winery in Seattle for 40 guests. The food was freshly prepared on location. Emme personally staged the hors d'oeuvres during the party. They looked perfect, tasted even better and the winery smelled wonderful from Emme's cooking. She even allowed me to add a dessert only 3 days prior to the party. All the guests loved the food! Chef Emme is a must have for any gathering!!!!! Thanks again Emme!

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Dogfather Catering
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sue G.
Verified review

Stephen catered our party for my daughter's highschool graduation. He and his assistants were awesome! First of all the pizzas were absolutely delicious. Our guests couldn't stop complimenting on how good the food was. He made the party special. He was engaging with the guests, explaining the different kinds and fulfilling requests. He was so wonderful to work with and kept our spirits up when the weather for a planned backyard event turned stormy. He was the best!

Catering By Tara Helm
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin P.
Verified review

My guests said it was the best wedding food they'd ever had!

Meals per Diem
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa S.
Verified review

Mike prepared all of the food for our wedding. He was a pleasure to work with and can't recommend him highly enough. Thanks again, Mike!

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 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!

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!

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki A.
Verified review

I absolutely adore Chef Dayo! She is so sweet and kind and was very accommodating with all of our questions and menu changes for our wedding catering. And her food is delicious! We didn't want to do standard wedding fare, and her southern/Caribbean food really hit the mark. The jerked tofu/chicken were fantastic, and the fried okra is to die for. I really wish she had a restaurant so that I could eat her food more often:) The only thing is that I wish her staff had made sure the groom and I had enough to eat before putting the food away and moving to the dessert course, but besides that everything was perfect and I would highly recommend her to others.

  • 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!

Special Occasions Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren K.
Verified review

Wonderful food and lots of it, great display, our office party turned out well. Compliments from guests on the food. Good experience with them overall, extremely easy to work with which is what we were hoping for. Thank you Special Occasions, we will consider hiring your services again for future events.

Urban Pantry
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen S.
Verified review

Christine at Urban Pantry provided catering for my son and daughter-in-law's wedding reception November 2017 and everything was absolutely amazing! The food was creative and delicious! Christine met with the bride and myself and created a custom menu that was perfect for the vision my daughter in law had for her special day! It was at a very reasonable cost , everyone who catered the event was very professional and it was an overall great experience. Thank you Christine and Urban Pantry!!! I also personally purchase the home cooked meals to help with dinners during my busy work week. The food is always top notch and delicious! I'd recommend Urban Pantry to anyone needing to Cater an event or just some help with meals during the week! Karen S - Snohomish, WA

Twist Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Britta H.
Verified review

When it came to food for our wedding, that was the part my husband wanted to choose. He is a chef, so it really meant a lot to him that our menu was phenomenal. After venue searching at resorts, we became discouraged with their preset menus with typical wedding food. We then decided to go with a venue where we could hire a caterer. Once the venue manager found out my husband's occupation, she immediately referred us to Twist Catering, stating they were for "foodies." We live here locally, so we were able to visit them for a tasting. It was out of this world. Chef Joel prepared everything for us, as discussed each menu item with us. We met with him numerous times, he helped me with the set up of everything, suggestions, he was there every step of the way for us during the wedding planning process. He even stopped by at the wedding to check on us. And the final menu chosen for the wedding was insane. I'm at the age where a lot of my friends are getting married, as well as attending weddings & all of the guests commented on how exceptional the food was. My husband & I have both worked in restaurants for many years, and know good service can be difficult to find. The food was delivered promptly, and the servers & bartenders were on point. They constantly checked on myself, as well as my husband & his family to keep our drinks full. Between the food, the exceptional service, & the kind treatment we received, it was truly memorable.

  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
Verified review

I was looking for an unusual meal for my birthday dinner and Hamid's food was fantastic. We had chicken with olives, a spinach appetizer, and an amazing eggplant dish. He arrived right on time and had everything under control. We were able to completely relax while we enjoyed the food, wine and our company. I'm so glad we hired him and stayed in for dinner.

  • 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!!

  • 1 year in business
John A.
Verified review

I regularly employed Chef Ramo for many years during her time in California. She's an extremely talented, professional and accommodating chef. Her meals are delicious, healthy and approachable. Her food has a no-nonsense elegance to it. I've also used her catering services and guests have been wildly impressed with her level of service and the entertainment aspect she brings to events. She interacts well with guests, providing them with entertaining food tidbits and charming them with her wicked sense of humor. Regardless of what service you engage, I highly recommend Chef Ramo. She's a joy.

Stella Maris Kitchen
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Eunice F.
Verified review

I am a foodie so when i saw fliers inviting for a free food tasting at Stella Maris Kitchen i could not miss it! I was amazed at the quality and variety of the food that was available!! Menu consisted of delightful African dishes, tasty Italian pastas, gourmet American burgers, salads, sandwiches etc. What i liked most was the fact that everything on the menu was the healthy version: no sugar or additives. I raved about them in the office and we had them cater for our Christmas party and everyone loved the food. They have since catered two company birthday parties and a recent send-off party for a member of my staff. The latter event was impromptu yet hot, freshly prepared salmon sandwiches, shrimp pasta salad, garden salad, Jollof rice and tasty sauteed greens for 50 people was delivered at short notice I will certainly recommend you try them!!

Close to Creative
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Laura A.
Verified review

We used Close to Creative for my son's 3rd birthday party, and it was perfect! Elliott is really into the Octonauts, so the Close to Creative team created a whole Octonauts/underwater adventure theme for him. There were elaborate reefs (both edible and non-edible), tons of sea creatures, and a gorgeous jellyfish hanging over it all. The food was all ocean themed and delicious. They had me use Pinterest to communicate my vision, then took it from there. Using the Pinterest medium was so easy and providing visuals like that left no ambiguity in either of our minds about what we were looking for. Elliott had a great time and still talks about his Octonauts birthday, months later. I was too busy watching him marvel at everything to take many pictures myself, but the Close to Creative Team captured it all, so check out their website!

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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