Find a catering service in Santa Monica, CA

Find catering services in Santa Monica, CA

Find catering services in Santa Monica, CA

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Top 10 catering services in Santa Monica, CA

Clients agree: these Santa Monica catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Mara Bleu Caters

Mara Bleu Caters

5.0(3)
Offers online services
8+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Micaella B. says, "Super professional and the food was top notch! Also, the charcuterie board was such a hit! Overall a wonderful experience working with Mara" Read more
Delamhach Group LLC

Delamhach Group LLC

5.0(3)
20+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Carmen A. says, "By far one of the best food services I have ever worked with. I have used several different catering businesses and Delamhach Group LLC is definitely the best out there." Read more
Sumac Mediterranean Cuisine

Sumac Mediterranean Cuisine

5.0(1)
Offers online services
7 hires on Fash
14+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Robyn D. says, "Chef’s initiative and enthusiasm is what sold me! Working with Chef was made easy by his flexibility and professionalism. Every dish was exquisitely prepared and deliciously memorable. Would definitely book Chef Eli again! 🤩🙏🏾" Read more
SIR FLAVIUS

SIR FLAVIUS

5.0(1)
8+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Sara Z. says, "Small Catered Event by Chef Lawrence at Sir Flavius -- He was amazing with the fish and vegetables - all cooked perfectly on the BBQ amazing appetizers too -- Def recommend --- " Read more
Catering We Love

Catering We Love

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Our team of passionate chefs, servers and bartenders is committed to making every event a memorable success. Our journey started in a famous restaurants more then 7 years ago.
Rays Bangers And Mash

Rays Bangers And Mash

New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
I make authentic, handmade sausages which or made with 100% real food. My food is made from the heart, fresh and delicious. Feel free to contact me regarding anything on the menu. I enjoy seeing the smiles on people faces after they try my food.. creating something that i put my hard work in and seeing it on a plate.
Las Casuelas Catering Mexican Cuisine

Las Casuelas Catering Mexican Cuisine

New on Fash
1 hire on Fash
11+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
At Las Casuelas Catering Mexican Cuisine , we believe that food is more than just sustenance - it's an experience. That's why we are passionate about creating unique, flavorful dishes that delight the senses and leave a lasting impression on our clients and their guests.
Not You Mamas Tacos

Not You Mamas Tacos

New on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
I am a private chef and I love what I do from the farm to the table it’s my way to show my passion for cooking fresh and clean food into your belly
Lela’s Kitchen

Lela’s Kitchen

New on Fash
8+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Since I was 10, I loved watching my Abuela cook & adapting her recipes to my own. Now 43 years later I would have never imagined my home based catering business would turn into this. Lots of long nights and countless deliveries & I’ve made it Homemade based Authentic Cuban food and desserts catering for all occasions
MasterChef Simo Sajid

MasterChef Simo Sajid

New on Fash
9+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
I am chef Simo, Masterchef Morocco winner, recently moved to LA. I cook all type of Mediterranean cuisine, based on french techniques, and I adore fusion Cuisine My dishes are very creative and I love to surprise and create delicious memories Very gastronomic cuisine, high end ingredients and beautiful platings makes the experience unforgettable.

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 Santa Monica catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Santa Monica area.
Carolina A.
Not only is Mara Bleu Caters DELICIOUS, but she is so sweet and made our catering experience fun, playful and beautiful! Not to mention the explosion of unique and mouth watering flavors…I have used her services multiple times will continue to. Highly recommend her to everybody! Best catering hands down! You must try 🙏🏽👏🏻🙌🏼
Mara Bleu Caters
Yesenia V.
This food is amazing. Our anniversary was almost 1 month ago now, and people are still raving about the food! Delamhach Group LLC has so many great food options, and the price is right!! We worked with Chef Rachel throughout our planning process, and she was so attentive, professional, talented, and fun to work with!! At our tasting Chef Rachel, went out of her way to accommodate us after a venue change and we could not be more thankful to her for that. Even with traveling farther than originally planned she made it work perfectly and served some of the best food we have ever had. The quality of the food is top notch. My wife is a manager at a restaurant and was very picky when choosing our caterer. They had us with the first bite of food we tried. If you want amazing, delicious food and a memorable meal I would HIGHLY recommend Delamhach Group LLC., Thank you Chef Rachel for helping with this special memory! Again, Amazing Food!
Delamhach Group LLC
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