The 15 Bay Area Businesses That Should Be Catering Your Next Party | Restaurants, Food Trucks + Caterers

|November 7, 2017

Whether it’s a small family gathering, a holiday party, a wedding or a festival, event planning is a harrowing endeavor. And the most memorable thing about most occasions is the food; whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing comes down to your choice of caterer.

To ensure your next event is a success, we’re sharing the Bay Area’s best options — from food trucks to full-service hosts. So this time, leave the cooking to someone else and make sure your guests are happy, full and reaching for seconds.

Straw

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Straw is at the top of most Bay Area catering lists for a reason. Honestly, we’re surprised their donut sandwiches don’t land them at the top of every restaurant round-up. If you’ve never tried carnival-inspired comfort food, stop in their Hayes Valley restaurant and thank us later. Then, find out how you can get their Fried Chicken-n-Waffle Monte Cristos, donut burgers and mac and cheese at your next custom event, wedding or Mediterranean-inspired daily delivery.  

Nopalito

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For sit down lunches and dinners of Mexican-inspired fare, you can stop by Nopalito’s restaurants in NoPa and Inner Sunset. Their menus are filled with dishes like carnitas, empanadas and ceviches that are as delicious to taste as they are beautiful to see — and you can get it all at your next private event thanks to Nopalito catering! Festive and seasonal, simple and inspired, the versatile menu can be made perfect for a dinner, corporate event, wedding or just celebrating with friends at home.

Handheld Catering

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Handheld Catering San Francisco Bay Area Catering

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Handheld Catering calls Santa Clara home but serves the entire Bay Area with wholesome foods sourced from local farms and farmers markets. In fact, the name “Handheld Catering” comes directly from their closeness to the food they serve: plucked from the earth by the hands of farmers, hand-checked for quality, and lovingly prepared by the hands of the chef. Next time you need catering for a corporate event, festival, wedding, rehearsal, family function or formal event, find out how Handheld can bring farm-to-fork flare to you.

Off the Grid

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That’s right: in addition to their famous food truck markets, Off the Grid offers catering services throughout the entire Bay Area! From menu selection to event logistics (including entertainment!), they can do it all or they can just bring the food — your choice. With a roster of over 200 food and beverage vendors, diverse cuisines and customizable menus, choosing Off the Grid for your next conference, party, wedding or family event is a good start.

La Méditeranée

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La Méditeranée has been serving Mid-East and Mediterranean cuisine in San Francisco for more than 35 years. Inspired by Armenian and Lebanese family recipes passed down through the generations, each dish is made from scratch daily using fine spices and fresh ingredients.

After you stop in the Pacific Heights restaurant, you’re definitely going to want to sign up for catering. You can schedule delivery, pick-up or full service catering for any event throughout the Bay Area — including South Bay and Marin!

Barcha

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Mediterranean bistro by day and wine bar by night, this San Francisco restaurant has plenty of Parisian flair in their delectable dishes. Taking inspiration from Turkish, Tunisian and Spanish cuisines as well, you’ll find everything from Ratatouille to Shawarma. And the unique combos are the perfect complement to your next cocktail reception, sit down dinner, special event or business luncheon! Check out the catering menu here.

The Lunchpad

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The Lunchpad San Francisco Bay Area Catering

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Located inside Noir Lounge in SF’s Hayes Valley, The Lunchpad crafts artisanal sandwiches and salads for breakfast and lunch — complete with their famed Habañero Candied Bacon. We definitely recommend stopping in their eclectic and cozy lounge for a taste of handmade chips and homemade jalapeño cheddar biscuits with sausage gravy (YUM!). Then give them a call to find out when you can host your next casual catered brunch, lunch or special event! Get more catering details here.

The Chairman

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Included in our round-up of 15 Unique Food Trucks in the Bay Area You Need to Try, The Chairman is one of the city’s best. Using secret recipes from the Little Red Cookbook, their food is inspired by the bold, spicy, unique, fast and delicious street food of Asia — including their famous bao buns. Stop by the Tenderloin restaurant, track down the food truck, fall in food love, and schedule Chairman catering for your next event!

Souvla

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This fine-casual Greek sandwich shop and wine bar has locations in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, NoPa and Mission neighborhoods. Inspired by casual souvlaki joints in Greece, the Souvla team rotisserie roasts naturally-raised meats, and wraps them in our warm, fluffy pita bread with seasonal salads and craveable Greek yogurt sauces. Taste their famous Greek fries for yourself then check out the catering menu.

Bonus tip: You can skip the hosting entirely and rent out their stunning NoPa event space!

Limon Rotisserie

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Limon Rotisserie San Francisco Caterers

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Whether you’re in San Francisco, Burlingame, Walnut Creek or across the sea in Kapolei, Hawaii, you can find Limon’s innovative Peruvian cuisine in six different locations! Beginning in SF in 2002, the family-owned business is headed by chefs Martin Castillo and Melissa Palomino. They create beautiful dishes from upscale tacos and loaded fries to seafood-filled South American favorites. For your next event, check out their food truck or catering delivery options!

Johnny Doughnuts

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Johnny Doughnuts San Francisco Bay Area Catering

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That’s right, doughnuts. Johnny Doughnuts’ creations are inspired by the seasons, made with local ingredients and are steeped in doughnut history. You can taste the fried, heavenly treats inside the San Rafael or San Francisco shops and pair each bite with a classic fresh coffee. Then, when you love them as much as we do, schedule one of three charming trucks to cater your next event! Learn more about all their catering and delivery options here.

Left Coast Catering

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Left Coast Catering has been celebrating memories made around the table since 1994 with food that gets people talking. Their kitchen is energy-efficient and solar-powered, their ingredients include sustainable fish, free-range meat and local produce, and all cooking and baking is done in-house. That means handmade pasta! Call them for every event, no matter the size; you won’t regret it — and neither will your guests!

Del Popolo

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Another favorite from 15 Unique Food Trucks in the Bay Area You Need to Try, Del Popolo serves up some of the city’s best pizza out of a glass-enclosed shipping container on a Freightliner truck. For dine-in meals, stop by the brick-and-mortar restaurant in Union Square. Then, get the details on the catering service that will make your event the talk of the town!

Tacolicious

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Tacolicious San Francisco Bay Area Catering

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Tacolicious is on our list of the Bay Area’s best margaritas and they should be on everyone’s list of the region’s best tacos! With five brick-and-mortar locations from South Bay to SF, their dishes come with sunny patios and plenty of fun. Whether you’re hunting down a few snacks, a plate of mouth-watering tacos or a delectable dessert (coconut flan, anyone?), this spot should be on your go-to list. Then, express your Tacolicious love even more with catering for weddings, drop-off or hosted events.

Tony Caters

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Four words: tray-passed Bloody Mary shooters. Need more convincing? San Jose native Tony has been a caterer in the area since 2009 and his stunning appetizers, dishes and drinks prove his experience has been valuable. With everything from small bites to banquets, he’s a must-try — and the team can plan, prepare and serve your entire event!

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If we missed your favorite Bay Area catering service, share in the comments! And let us know which of these standouts are serving your next party.

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