(Closed) Please be honest – How good (on average) is catered food?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: Catered food is generally:
    Good : (10 votes)
    19 %
    Okay : (40 votes)
    75 %
    Bad : (3 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 4
    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    It really depends! There are plenty of mediocre caterers out there and there are certainly plenty of amazing ones too. It depends on where you live, what the overall food scene is like, and what your budget is! 

    We wanted the best food possible so we only looked at venues that allowed outside caterers. We hadn’t heard any amazing things about venues in our area that had in-house catering only. 

    Post # 5
    2553 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013



    I’ve been to three weddings that seemed very expensive (and where the bride has told me that the food was going to be amazing) and my FH and I were let down each time. We changed our wedding plans when we realized what our budget for 120 ppl would buy us. We are now going to one of the best and most expensive restaurants (with 25 guests) in Dallas and it still ends up costing less for food that is 10000x better. We celebrated our anniversary at this restaurant and we were just completely blown away so thats what we will be doing for our wedding. Just my opinion though 🙂


    Post # 6
    123 posts
    Blushing bee

    I haven’t been to a catered reception yet that has really impressed me. As you mentioned, the food has been cold or rubbery and bleh in general. I’ve had everything from cold filet mignon to raw chicken to undercooked pasta.

    I could see catered food maybe being better for a smaller crowd as there could be more attention to detail.

    The receptions I have been to with a buffet or potluck feel to them had better quality food, hands down.

    Post # 7
    8696 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It’s never as good as an amazing restaurant to me. I usually think it is fair. A few times I have thought it was terrible.

    Post # 8
    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    It depends.  We got our food catered from a really good local restaurant, and it was EXCELLENT.  They served the food buffet style.  Most weddings I’ve been to had average food (not amazing, not bad, perfectly edible), while two I went to had really good food.  It really depends – you’re best off getting a tasting of where ever you’re considering.

    Post # 9
    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Ruby-Redshoes:  our catered wedding food is awesome me and my FH went for our tasting appointment and were blown away by his food ; ) have you gone for a tasting yet?

    Post # 10
    8580 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it just really depends on where you get it from.

    I’ve never been to a wedding where the food was AWFUL, most of the times it’s edible, but not great.

    Post # 11
    2550 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    i think it’s quite simple. if it’s cheap, it’s probably not good. 


    eta: i don’t think there’s such a thing as “it’s good” “it’s bad”. it’s like restaurants. some are bad, some are ok, some are amazing

    Post # 12
    2954 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 1998

    I think it’s really important to do your research before booking one. They can be really great but they can also be really bad. 

    Post # 13
    682 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    It all depends on the caterers. This is why venues allow the bride and groom to have tastings.

    Post # 14
    4659 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Usually “okay.” As my wedding is on the smaller side (less than 50) we’ve chosen a very fancy, well-reviewed restaurant that sometimes does weddings (at the restaurant only obviously) rather than regular caterer. Expensive, but seemed to up our chances of fresh, delicious food, which is important to me. 

    Post # 15
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Catered Banquet Style Food… meh, nothing special for the most part.

    Buffets can be ok, especially if they are such that there is indeed lots of food, and it is replenished often (sucks to be one of the last tables called up… and there are empty bowls, platters & warming trays… that really ticks me off)

    BEST FOOD by far is to be had at a Restaurant type situation… followed by a Highend Hotel.

    But most folks cannot afford those types of Weddings (uber expensive per head cost)

    So ya get what ya get…

    If you don’t like the selection, or aren’t particularly fussed on the quality… you can always make a pit-stop at some 24 Hour spot on the way home.


    Post # 16
    732 posts
    Busy bee

    I decided to have a local BBQ restaurant cater my wedding for this reason. I’ve tasted the food (it’s fabulous) and I’ve also been to events where they catered, and it was just as fabulous as it was in the restaurant.

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