Find a catering service in Arlington, VA

Find catering services in Arlington, VA

Find catering services in Arlington, VA

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Top 10 catering services in Arlington, VA

Clients agree: these Arlington catering services are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.


Offers online services
3 hires on Fash
4+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Veronica J. says, "The food was amazing..I would definitely need her service again steak was so tender lamb chops was great as well" Read more
Cravin Flavas Catering

Cravin Flavas Catering

New on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Experienced and passionate about curating recipes and signature dishes that satisfy every client's palette, diet, and budget. Certified Food Manager and liquor license. Proud alumni of DC Central Kitchen and Dream Out Loud nonprofit organization. IG: @cravinflavas FB: Cravin Flavas As a chef, creating a memorable culinary experience for families and generations to indulge in crafted food and flavors.
Linda Home Baking

Linda Home Baking

New on Fash
3+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Linda Homebaking is my part time job since I moved to live in Washington DC since 2020. For baking, I can make custom buttercream cakes and cupcakes and other pastries. For cooking, my favor is Asian cuisine such as: Vietnamese, Thais, Chinese and Korean foods. My vision is to make customers feel like all foods are delicious and authentic like their homemade taste. I always take challenges myself that I could match fully customers’ expectations. You can give me some ideas, themes of your event then I can draft you menu list or cake designs.
Mels Munchies

Mels Munchies

New on Fash
6+ years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
All things Desserts Wedding Cakes Cakes Pies Breads Sorbets and Ice Creams 20 plus years Fine Dining Experience

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 Arlington catering services

Recent success stories from people in the Arlington area.
Michael D.
CHEF KD's food was delicious!! I also loved her presentation. She was very easy to work with!! I would definitely utilize her services again!
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