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Continental Caterer

Palo Alto , CA
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918 Industrial Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94303 US (map)

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650-322-4189

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What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Asian, British, Cajun, Caribbean, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Pan-Asian, Southern, Southwestern, Spanish, Thai
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Vegan, Vegetarian
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

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vero
Wedding:
7/5/2014
4.0/5.0
We had our wedding catered by Continental and we were very happy with the job they did. The three entrees were as delicious as they were during the testing (I tried mine. my groom's and my mom's). The presentation was very good.

A few minor issues prevent me from giving Continental 5 stars:

1- Food quantity: The ribs were considerably smaller at the event than during the testing. Although the serving was still within reason for an entree, it was significantly smaller than the serving guests received with the other two entree choices. It looked like the caterer had to stretch the ribs because they didn't make enough; which is what probably happened. Still, compared with The Papillon or other top-end caterers, they portion was perfectly adequate. And delicious.

2- Organization: The caterers need to know which entree each guest will have. I gave Hristo a list with the names of the guests at each table and the entree they ordered. The guests had escort cards with their names on them. Hristo said that was fine. However, at the time they started serving the entrees, there was much confusion and it took a while to get dinner served.
When I mentioned this to Hristo he said that some people had moved tables and some didn't remember what they had requested. I knew the sitting arrangement by heart, and not a soul had moved and I certainly would't expect my guests to remember the entree they chose when they RSVPed to my wedding 2 months before! I was stunned. Clearly, he didn't have the list with him or that system did not work. Either way, the confusion could and should have been prevented.
Other than that, Continental did a great job with my event
We had our wedding catered by Continental and we were very happy with the job they did. The three entrees were as Read more...
We had our wedding catered by Continental and we were very happy with the job they did. The three entrees were as delicious as they were during the testing (I tried mine. my groom's and my mom's). The presentation was very good.

A few minor issues prevent me from giving Continental 5 stars:

1- Food quantity: The ribs were considerably smaller at the event than during the testing. Although the serving was still within reason for an entree, it was significantly smaller than the serving guests received with the other two entree choices. It looked like the caterer had to stretch the ribs because they didn't make enough; which is what probably happened. Still, compared with The Papillon or other top-end caterers, they portion was perfectly adequate. And delicious.

2- Organization: The caterers need to know which entree each guest will have. I gave Hristo a list with the names of the guests at each table and the entree they ordered. The guests had escort cards with their names on them. Hristo said that was fine. However, at the time they started serving the entrees, there was much confusion and it took a while to get dinner served.
When I mentioned this to Hristo he said that some people had moved tables and some didn't remember what they had requested. I knew the sitting arrangement by heart, and not a soul had moved and I certainly would't expect my guests to remember the entree they chose when they RSVPed to my wedding 2 months before! I was stunned. Clearly, he didn't have the list with him or that system did not work. Either way, the confusion could and should have been prevented.
Other than that, Continental did a great job with my event Read less
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Kat
Wedding:
8/25/2012
4.9/5.0
Continental Caterer was perfect for our wedding. SO many people said afterwards that the food was amazing (and we did actually eat so I can attest it was delicious) which is often not the case for a wedding. Yes we did pay more with this caterer but I have to say that paying more meant the food was much better and that mattered a lot to me that the food would be good. Who wants boring food or food that isn't going to be delicious?

Not only that but they really did a great job of taking care of us and all of our guests from giving us the appetizers we missed during cocktail hour to doing wine service during dinner. We loved the welcome drink station they set up so guests could have something as they waited for the ceremony to start.

We worked with Hristo exclusively and he was so great to answer all of my emails with questions and concerns. The staff that worked the event were incredibly courteous, kind and very personable.

We appreciated all of the little things they did like setting up the double buffet table so that the lines would move quickly (who wants to wait for food??), passing out ice cream for our dessert and what seemed like a flawless transition of tables and chairs ( but maybe I was distracted?). They definitely stuck to our timeline and made things go so smoothly. Many of the staff even told me that it was a beautiful set up - and for this bride - who had planned everything...it was nice to hear!

I would absolutely recommend Continental Caterers for your wedding - they were excellent!
Continental Caterer was perfect for our wedding. SO many people said afterwards that the food was amazing (and we did Read more...
Continental Caterer was perfect for our wedding. SO many people said afterwards that the food was amazing (and we did actually eat so I can attest it was delicious) which is often not the case for a wedding. Yes we did pay more with this caterer but I have to say that paying more meant the food was much better and that mattered a lot to me that the food would be good. Who wants boring food or food that isn't going to be delicious?

Not only that but they really did a great job of taking care of us and all of our guests from giving us the appetizers we missed during cocktail hour to doing wine service during dinner. We loved the welcome drink station they set up so guests could have something as they waited for the ceremony to start.

We worked with Hristo exclusively and he was so great to answer all of my emails with questions and concerns. The staff that worked the event were incredibly courteous, kind and very personable.

We appreciated all of the little things they did like setting up the double buffet table so that the lines would move quickly (who wants to wait for food??), passing out ice cream for our dessert and what seemed like a flawless transition of tables and chairs ( but maybe I was distracted?). They definitely stuck to our timeline and made things go so smoothly. Many of the staff even told me that it was a beautiful set up - and for this bride - who had planned everything...it was nice to hear!

I would absolutely recommend Continental Caterers for your wedding - they were excellent! Read less
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wendysan
Wedding:
10/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Mike is the best! The food, drink, and service are over the top to all my guests! Thank you to make my wedding so perfect!
Mike is the best! The food, drink, and service are over the top to all my guests! Thank you to make my wedding so perfect! Read more...
Mike is the best! The food, drink, and service are over the top to all my guests! Thank you to make my wedding so perfect! Read less
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Chaya
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Wendy Kleckner was the caterer for our daughter's wedding. She made our daughter's wedding so special for all of us.

Especially, for being always kind and patient. For having all these wonderful great ideas that otherwise I wouldn't in a million years think about. Like the family pictures that I noticed people really liked. The wedding programs that she so kindly left in my mailbox and made a major difference to all our guests, Jews included, to understand what the "strange" things we were doing meant. For setting the place so beautifully. For taking care of every detail. For recommending the break of the dish with the groom's mom (which I really enjoyed) and......for recommending the BEST EVER menu for the dinner. And, the very long list of other things.

EVERYONE enjoyed the extraordinary dinner!!! THANK YOU!!! They ALL commented how deliciousness it was!!

Everyone thanked me for making it such a wonderful wedding however, I truly think that it was Wendy Kleckner that made it so special.

Thanky you Wendy!!! with all my heart
Wendy Kleckner was the caterer for our daughter's wedding. She made our daughter's wedding so special for all of us.
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Wendy Kleckner was the caterer for our daughter's wedding. She made our daughter's wedding so special for all of us.

Especially, for being always kind and patient. For having all these wonderful great ideas that otherwise I wouldn't in a million years think about. Like the family pictures that I noticed people really liked. The wedding programs that she so kindly left in my mailbox and made a major difference to all our guests, Jews included, to understand what the "strange" things we were doing meant. For setting the place so beautifully. For taking care of every detail. For recommending the break of the dish with the groom's mom (which I really enjoyed) and......for recommending the BEST EVER menu for the dinner. And, the very long list of other things.

EVERYONE enjoyed the extraordinary dinner!!! THANK YOU!!! They ALL commented how deliciousness it was!!

Everyone thanked me for making it such a wonderful wedding however, I truly think that it was Wendy Kleckner that made it so special.

Thanky you Wendy!!! with all my heart Read less
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Theresa
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Hiring Continental Caterers was the best decision my fiance and I made about our wedding. From the beginning to the end they did an absolutely phenomenal job. As soon as you meet Paul and the rest of the staff, you know you are in good hands. They have a big office so they are always responsive whenever you call them, and their prices are very reasonable, but they treat each of their customers with much more individual attention than I would have expected from a big company. On the day of, my husband got to the wedding venue a little early and he described that he and the groomsmen watched "in awe" how quickly and efficiently the staff set up the reception site and made sure everything looked absolutely perfect. The food tasted just as good as it was at the tasting, and they did not charge us any cake cutting fee and let us bring our own alcohol and beverages to the wedding, which ended up saving us probably at least a thousand dollars if we had to get open bar from a different caterer. I really cannot recommend them more.
Hiring Continental Caterers was the best decision my fiance and I made about our wedding. From the beginning to the end Read more...
Hiring Continental Caterers was the best decision my fiance and I made about our wedding. From the beginning to the end they did an absolutely phenomenal job. As soon as you meet Paul and the rest of the staff, you know you are in good hands. They have a big office so they are always responsive whenever you call them, and their prices are very reasonable, but they treat each of their customers with much more individual attention than I would have expected from a big company. On the day of, my husband got to the wedding venue a little early and he described that he and the groomsmen watched "in awe" how quickly and efficiently the staff set up the reception site and made sure everything looked absolutely perfect. The food tasted just as good as it was at the tasting, and they did not charge us any cake cutting fee and let us bring our own alcohol and beverages to the wedding, which ended up saving us probably at least a thousand dollars if we had to get open bar from a different caterer. I really cannot recommend them more. Read less
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Alicia
Wedding:
2/19/2009
5.0/5.0
The food and service was just perfect Paul was very helpful and quick to respond to all of my questions.He is extremely organized and very professional. I would definitely recommend Continental Caterer if you are looking for delicious all around menu.
The food and service was just perfect Paul was very helpful and quick to respond to all of my questions.He is extremely Read more...
The food and service was just perfect Paul was very helpful and quick to respond to all of my questions.He is extremely organized and very professional. I would definitely recommend Continental Caterer if you are looking for delicious all around menu. Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/3/2008
5.0/5.0
Paul, Mike and the entire Continental Caterers staff was excellent at our wedding a few weeks ago. Paul was extremely detail oriented. From the linen choice to a guest's food allergies, he was completely on the ball. He was always willing to offer great input to help us put on a wedding all our guests would enjoy. Mike was very helpful the day of. He totally catered to my husband and I. He made sure that the schedule was followed and the guests were happy. Paul, Mike and the entire staff make a great team. Did I mention the taste of the food? It was incredible! In fact, three guests told me at the wedding that the Fatoush salad was the best salad they had every had. One person today said the salmon was the best salmon they have ever had. Usually people don't comment about the food at weddings unless it it is really good. It made me so happy that our guests enjoyed their food as much as we did. If you want a caterer will help you pull off a fun and enjoyable wedding and serve delicious food, use Continental!
Paul, Mike and the entire Continental Caterers staff was excellent at our wedding a few weeks ago. Paul was extremely Read more...
Paul, Mike and the entire Continental Caterers staff was excellent at our wedding a few weeks ago. Paul was extremely detail oriented. From the linen choice to a guest's food allergies, he was completely on the ball. He was always willing to offer great input to help us put on a wedding all our guests would enjoy. Mike was very helpful the day of. He totally catered to my husband and I. He made sure that the schedule was followed and the guests were happy. Paul, Mike and the entire staff make a great team. Did I mention the taste of the food? It was incredible! In fact, three guests told me at the wedding that the Fatoush salad was the best salad they had every had. One person today said the salmon was the best salmon they have ever had. Usually people don't comment about the food at weddings unless it it is really good. It made me so happy that our guests enjoyed their food as much as we did. If you want a caterer will help you pull off a fun and enjoyable wedding and serve delicious food, use Continental! Read less
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Shauna
Wedding:
2/17/2007
5.0/5.0
The first time we met with Paul from Continental he pulled out a floor plan of our venue, something that the venue hadn't even given us! He knew the site well and it showed. On the day of the wedding the staff was organzied and professional. The food was outstanding and plentiful. Our family still comments on how great the food was at our wedding. We highly recommend Continental!
The first time we met with Paul from Continental he pulled out a floor plan of our venue, something that the venue hadn't Read more...
The first time we met with Paul from Continental he pulled out a floor plan of our venue, something that the venue hadn't even given us! He knew the site well and it showed. On the day of the wedding the staff was organzied and professional. The food was outstanding and plentiful. Our family still comments on how great the food was at our wedding. We highly recommend Continental! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Bernadette
Wedding:
9/9/2006
5.0/5.0
These caterers were professional and classy. I planned my wedding alone, without a wedding planner, and they made my job so much easier! The owner Paul helped me design table and chair layouts that fit the party and the venue, and made great recommendations on food choices for our theme anbd budget. They were flexible with allowing me to bring my own cultural fare--a roasted pig that they were happy to carve for the party. The catering manager onsite was responsive to my every need, and he was funny and nice as well! The food was affordable and top-notch, and the catering manager did not charge a corkage fee for serving our own beverages.
These caterers were professional and classy. I planned my wedding alone, without a wedding planner, and they made my job Read more...
These caterers were professional and classy. I planned my wedding alone, without a wedding planner, and they made my job so much easier! The owner Paul helped me design table and chair layouts that fit the party and the venue, and made great recommendations on food choices for our theme anbd budget. They were flexible with allowing me to bring my own cultural fare--a roasted pig that they were happy to carve for the party. The catering manager onsite was responsive to my every need, and he was funny and nice as well! The food was affordable and top-notch, and the catering manager did not charge a corkage fee for serving our own beverages. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.5/5.0
Continental Caterer was amazing! The prices are modest as compared to caterers in the San Francisco/Palo Alto area. And I got price quotes from 9 other caterers. The food is delicious -- especially the desserts -- you definitely get what you pay for. But what we loved best about the entire team was how great they were leading up to the event and the day of. We are from out-of-town, so everything had to be done over email, but the entire team, especially Mike Reinig, was so easy to work with. Although the company provides catering services, the manager at the event handled almost everything. Mike helped me walk to the waiting spot before my walk down the aisle, had staff ready to receive the guests during cocktail hour, timed the meal service in coordination with the DJ, photographer, and of course, us, gathered the bridal party for introductions, gathered my parents when needed, coordinated with the DJ when I changed into my second gown, coordinated with our shuttle bus drivers for pick-up at the end of the night, and everything in between. Everything was set up without me having to worry about a thing or ask. Everyone knew what to do and where to go from the moment they set foot at our venue. They were on-time and efficient, helping me avoid over-time fees. They helped pack all of our stuff at the end of the wedding and load it into our car. The staff was so friendly and professional. Service was nearly impeccable. Mike Reinig, together with the site manager of the venue, helped make our night go so smoothly.
Continental Caterer was amazing! The prices are modest as compared to caterers in the San Francisco/Palo Alto area. And I Read more...
Continental Caterer was amazing! The prices are modest as compared to caterers in the San Francisco/Palo Alto area. And I got price quotes from 9 other caterers. The food is delicious -- especially the desserts -- you definitely get what you pay for. But what we loved best about the entire team was how great they were leading up to the event and the day of. We are from out-of-town, so everything had to be done over email, but the entire team, especially Mike Reinig, was so easy to work with. Although the company provides catering services, the manager at the event handled almost everything. Mike helped me walk to the waiting spot before my walk down the aisle, had staff ready to receive the guests during cocktail hour, timed the meal service in coordination with the DJ, photographer, and of course, us, gathered the bridal party for introductions, gathered my parents when needed, coordinated with the DJ when I changed into my second gown, coordinated with our shuttle bus drivers for pick-up at the end of the night, and everything in between. Everything was set up without me having to worry about a thing or ask. Everyone knew what to do and where to go from the moment they set foot at our venue. They were on-time and efficient, helping me avoid over-time fees. They helped pack all of our stuff at the end of the wedding and load it into our car. The staff was so friendly and professional. Service was nearly impeccable. Mike Reinig, together with the site manager of the venue, helped make our night go so smoothly. Read less
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