Find a catering service in San Francisco, CA

Find catering services in San Francisco, CA

Find catering services in San Francisco, CA

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Top 10 catering services in San Francisco, CA

Clients agree: these San Francisco catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Chef Eric

Chef Eric

5.0(2)
1 hire on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Lucy M. says, "Eric has been our Chef for many private events. When he asked if I would write a review, I didn’t hesitate. With him I can trust that every detail will be handled and that our guests will be fed well… he cares a lot about what he does and it shows. He is my go-to anytime we want to celebrate something special." Read more
C'era Una Volta Catering

C'era Una Volta Catering

New on Fash
20+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Serving the Bay Area since 2004, C'era Una Volta Catering is your Italian specialist caterer. Recognized by Italian organizations L'Associazione Cuochi Fiorentini and Accademia Italiana della Cucina. Catering for your business or personal event needs. Contact us today.
La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill-Sanbuno

La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill-Sanbuno

New on Fash
37+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
profesional ,timing ,quality this is what i like to do happy ,hard working
Leandro S Cucina Italiana

Leandro S Cucina Italiana

5.0Exceptional(12)
8 hires on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Danielle M. says, "Leandro & his family were absolutely incredible. He was so responsive from the beginning and so friendly. They drove a couple hours to make dinner for my best friends bachelorette party. I can’t even put into words how perfect and wholesome the night was. The food was also so so delicious and he went above and beyond to make the night special, including topping off our wine, waiting on us all night, and even adding a couple extra things as a surprise. I plan on booking him again in the future!" Read more
Farm To Table Provisions

Farm To Table Provisions

5.0(2)
Offers online services
10+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Paul H. says, "Great chef and overall experience. Catered to vegan and vegetarian needs as well. Would definitely recommend to anyone." Read more
Soulful Catering

Soulful Catering

New on Fash
Serves San Francisco, CA
At Soulful Catering, we bring a personal touch to your most memorable occasions. Based in Hilltop Mall, CA, we specialize in event catering with a dedication to creating exquisite culinary experiences tailored to your unique vision. As a solo chef, Mia Brown ensures personalized attention to every detail, delivering not just food, but an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Whether for intimate gatherings or grand celebrations, our bespoke services promise to make your events truly exceptional. Let us elevate your special moments with our passion for culinary excellence.
L'Amour De KC

L'Amour De KC

New on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Our authentic Vietnamese meals feature familiar favorites like grilled lemongrass meat over vermicelli, vegetarian dishes, and imperial rolls, and always focus on bringing new ideas and dishes for more exotic and adventurous options. We not only successfully serve the community, but we also launch catered food for your special events and gatherings. It doesn’t have to mean turkey rolls and party pies. We make it possible to give your celebration greater with fresh and healthy food that will suit a huge range of tastes and dietary requirements. We’ve got choices from mixed party platters and à la carte trays to individual combo boxes to accomm
Yen Kitchen

Yen Kitchen

New on Fash
8+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
Hi everyone. My name is Friday. I tell people that I’ve been cooking since I was a baby. That’s how much experience I have in cooking. I love everything about food.I take pride in every thing I do. I can cook pretty much anytime, but my specialty is West African cuisine(Ghanaian food) Vegan and vegetarian. My food is unique and I would love to share it with the world.
Big City Chefs Nationwide Personal Chefs

Big City Chefs Nationwide Personal Chefs

New on Fash
24+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
We are a small group of talented and highly experienced professional restaurant chefs, some of us available exclusively through Big City Chefs, dedicated to the creative art of fine dining and supporting local farmers. We've been in business since 2000.
Bfreedogs Catering

Bfreedogs Catering

New on Fash
15+ years in business
Serves San Francisco, CA
We cater specialty Hot Dogs and Sausages for ANY event of 50 or more. Other foods also available. We are a small family business since 2009

Your Wedding and Event Catering questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Fash.

How much is catering?

Catering costs $10 to $35 per person for basic party food or a drop-off service. On average, caterers charge $500 to $7,500 total for 50 guests, $1,000 to $15,000 for 100 guests, and $1,500 to $23,000 for 150 guests. Alcohol or bartending options often cost extra.

Formal catering or wedding catering costs $30 to $200 per person for plated meals, a buffet, or food stations. A food truck rental costs $10 to $40 per person, depending on the type of event and whether you hire the truck on a weekend or holiday. Popular food truck menu options include tacos, pizza, BBQ, and ice cream.

What is catering?

Catering means supplying food and drink at a party, wedding, or other gathering. Some catering companies provide waitstaff, while others offer self-serve buffet stations or simply drop off prepared food to an event. Different catering companies provide different types of foods and cuisines, including:

  • Italian
  • Mexican
  • Barbeque
  • Japanese
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Ice cream
  • Breakfast or brunch

How far in advance do I need to order catering?

Most caterers recommend ordering at least a few weeks to 6 months in advance, depending on the type of event and number of guests. However, catering a small party may not require as much advance time as a wedding, holiday party, or large corporate event.

Large chain restaurants often provide limited, drop-off catering services and require less notice than professional catering companies. Some chain restaurants and grocery stores offer catering services with only one day's notice.

What do caterers provide?

Caterers supply all the food for your event, either cooking it on-site or preparing it in their own kitchen beforehand. Many catering services include serving dishes, plates, glasses, and silverware in their price. Some caterers also offer tables, chairs, linens, or custom place settings for an added fee.

How long do caterers stay at an event?

Caterers typically serve food for 1 to 4 hours, depending on the time of year and number of guests. Setup usually takes 1 to 2 hours. Ask your caterer whether they will include any of the setup or cleanup time in their estimate.

Do you tip caterers?

Some caterers include a gratuity charge of 15% to 20% on your bill that is split between the servers. Before adding a cash tip, ask your caterer or review the contract to make sure a gratuity charge is not already included. If you decide to give cash tips directly, pay each person between $15 to $50.

How do I choose a catering company?

Search our list of caterers, then:

  • Get three or more free estimates to compare.
  • Read their reviews and menus on Fash and Google.
  • Choose a licensed, insured, and experienced company.
  • Try menu tasting before your event if possible.
  • Make sure they're a good fit for your budget and schedule.
  • Get a written estimate or contract.
  • Avoid making a large payment before your event begins.

After reading reviews and asking questions, hire the best company in your area.

What questions should I ask caterers?

When looking for local catering companies, consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been catering?
  • Are you licensed and insured?
  • How far in advance do I need to book?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • Do you allow menu changes?
  • Will you bring prepared food, or will you prepare it onsite?
  • How long will you be able to serve food?
  • How long do you need to set up?
  • Do you charge extra for travel fees?
  • Will you give me a written estimate and contract?

Reviews for San Francisco catering services

Recent success stories from people in the San Francisco area.
Lila M.
Chef Eric prepared dinner for me and 9 of my friends. I had a lot of questions around dietary restrictions and with his background preparing meals for private households, he gave me confidence that he could manage those needs while still making a delicious meal. And that he did! Everyone at the table felt taken care of and it was awesome to be able to let go for an evening with all of my friends.
Chef Eric
Kristin D.
Leandro cooked a fantastic meal for my family and I on our vacation. Leandro was very responsive and worked with us to accommodate anything we needed. I would definitely recommend him!
Leandro s Cucina Italiana
Tory M.
Chef Zachary was extremely professional and knowledgeable from the start, and created some of the best dishes I’ve ever had the pleasure of enjoying. He is not only incredibly talented and comfortable in the kitchen, but was also so approachable and flexible with our party. He provided exactly the experience I was hoping for and I only plan on using him in the future. Thank you Chef Zachary!!
Farm to Table Provisions
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