Find a catering service in Nashville, TN

Find catering services in Nashville, TN

Find catering services in Nashville, TN

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Top 10 catering services in Nashville, TN

Clients agree: these Nashville catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Mantra Classic Cafe

Mantra Classic Cafe

6 hires on Fash
5+ years in business
Serves Nashville, TN
Zayne says, "He was super easy to work with and very responsive, even at all hours of the day. He went out of his way on every detail to make sure our day was perfect. I'd recommend him to anyone. Weather you want a big party catered, or just a date night in with special food, Adam is your man!" Read more
Elegant La'Vinez

Elegant La'Vinez

New on Fash
Serves Nashville, TN
Welcome to Elegant La'Vinez, Nashville's premier destination for all your wedding and event needs! With over 7 years of expertise, our dedicated team of two brings a personal touch to every celebration we craft. From exquisite wedding cakes and top-tier catering to personalized chef services and meticulous event planning, we ensure every detail is flawlessly executed. Whether it’s a grand wedding or an intimate gathering, we are here to turn your vision into a reality. Let us handle the logistics so you can savor every moment of your special day! We also provide personalized services like meal plans and more!!!
Athens Family Restaurant

Athens Family Restaurant

New on Fash
20+ years in business
Serves Nashville, TN
We know what we are doing and we pride ourselves for being the first and only Authantic Greek restaurant in the Nashville area. We have been in the full dinning and catering industry since 2004; during this time we were featured on the food network channel, channel 2 and 5 news, the Nashville Scene, Tennessean newspaper, and several other local news paper. We love what we do and we do it well.

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 Nashville catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Nashville area.
Raeanna L.
We attended a wedding this weekend that was catered by Mantra Classic Cafe. The food was SO GOOD! Definitely recommend.
Mantra Classic Cafe
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