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Giuseppe's Fine Catering

La Jolla , CA
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Stations
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian

REVIEWS

4.7
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Tanya
Wedding:
7/10/2016
4.0/5.0
I only used Giuseppe's for their bar service for the wedding. No complaints about the service, I heard nothing negative from my guests. But I did find their bar packages a little pricey. For example, I didn't feel I needed to pay for all of their employees to be there 2 hours before and 2 hours after the wedding when all they did was pour wine and hand people bottles of beer that I had purchased and had delivered myself. They certainly did not stay 2 hours after the wedding.

At Scripps Seaside Forum, you're forced into using them for the bar. But again, I heard no complaints about their service and that's all that really matters.
I only used Giuseppe's for their bar service for the wedding. No complaints about the service, I heard nothing negative Read more...
I only used Giuseppe's for their bar service for the wedding. No complaints about the service, I heard nothing negative from my guests. But I did find their bar packages a little pricey. For example, I didn't feel I needed to pay for all of their employees to be there 2 hours before and 2 hours after the wedding when all they did was pour wine and hand people bottles of beer that I had purchased and had delivered myself. They certainly did not stay 2 hours after the wedding.

At Scripps Seaside Forum, you're forced into using them for the bar. But again, I heard no complaints about their service and that's all that really matters. Read less
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Frances
Wedding:
4/23/2016
4.3/5.0
This review is for the bar service only. We got married at the Scripps Seaside Forum, where the only option for bar service is Giuseppe's. That said, they were easy to book, flexible, and responsive. Also, they allow you to provide your own alcohol, which we did, and never pushed us to purchase their bar packages or glassware. A word of warning: by law, any opened bottles of alcohol must be dumped out at the end of the night, so if only half the whiskey is drunk you won't get any of it back! We communicated with KJ, who was happy to make time to talk and provided a lot of advice about what and how much alcohol to buy. We ended up overbuying based on his advice, but our guests were relatively light drinkers and estimating alcohol consumption is very difficult. The bartenders were competent and friendly and got good reviews from the guests. One thing that annoyed us is that they put out a tip jar - we had already set aside a tip for them, as for all of our vendors, and we didn't like having our guests feel that they had to pay even a small amount per drink. Also, it was a warm day and the first round of specialty drinks prepared for cocktail hour was watered down by melting ice, but the cocktails got better once they were made fresh. Overall, Giuseppe's provided good bar service and we liked them!
This review is for the bar service only. We got married at the Scripps Seaside Forum, where the only option for bar Read more...
This review is for the bar service only. We got married at the Scripps Seaside Forum, where the only option for bar service is Giuseppe's. That said, they were easy to book, flexible, and responsive. Also, they allow you to provide your own alcohol, which we did, and never pushed us to purchase their bar packages or glassware. A word of warning: by law, any opened bottles of alcohol must be dumped out at the end of the night, so if only half the whiskey is drunk you won't get any of it back! We communicated with KJ, who was happy to make time to talk and provided a lot of advice about what and how much alcohol to buy. We ended up overbuying based on his advice, but our guests were relatively light drinkers and estimating alcohol consumption is very difficult. The bartenders were competent and friendly and got good reviews from the guests. One thing that annoyed us is that they put out a tip jar - we had already set aside a tip for them, as for all of our vendors, and we didn't like having our guests feel that they had to pay even a small amount per drink. Also, it was a warm day and the first round of specialty drinks prepared for cocktail hour was watered down by melting ice, but the cocktails got better once they were made fresh. Overall, Giuseppe's provided good bar service and we liked them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We worked with Giuseppe's Catering for our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Del Mar Powerhouse and our wedding reception at the Spanish Village Art Center within Balboa Park in San Diego (both were held in July of 2015). This team was able to alleviated so much stress and 'concern' that naturally develops throughout the process; even the most complicated requests seem to be processed effortlessly. They are accessible and extremely responsive; but we must say, you don't really have much reason to reach out to them a second time. Our menu was by no means easy, we looked to infuse our Mexican and Nigerian cultures into our theme and food. The team knew exactly how to get our cultural influence included and had ideas that we had never thought of to make things even more unique. If you are one that cared to be complimented on the food and service after an event, you can't go wrong. I would hire Giuseppe's for future events without question, and i highly recommend them for every wedding.
We worked with Giuseppe's Catering for our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Del Mar Powerhouse and our wedding reception at Read more...
We worked with Giuseppe's Catering for our wedding rehearsal dinner at the Del Mar Powerhouse and our wedding reception at the Spanish Village Art Center within Balboa Park in San Diego (both were held in July of 2015). This team was able to alleviated so much stress and 'concern' that naturally develops throughout the process; even the most complicated requests seem to be processed effortlessly. They are accessible and extremely responsive; but we must say, you don't really have much reason to reach out to them a second time. Our menu was by no means easy, we looked to infuse our Mexican and Nigerian cultures into our theme and food. The team knew exactly how to get our cultural influence included and had ideas that we had never thought of to make things even more unique. If you are one that cared to be complimented on the food and service after an event, you can't go wrong. I would hire Giuseppe's for future events without question, and i highly recommend them for every wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Guiseppe did a fantastic job for our wedding! Couldn't have been happier with our catering choice.
Guiseppe did a fantastic job for our wedding! Couldn't have been happier with our catering choice.
Guiseppe did a fantastic job for our wedding! Couldn't have been happier with our catering choice. Read less
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Tony
Wedding:
8/1/2014
2.7/5.0
Good food, great service on the day of, HORRIBLE planning beforehand through. This is unfortunate but we would not be recommending this service to anyone in the future. The restaurants are great and the tastings were amazing, but the day of the food was definitely a caliber lower than we had expected from out tasting. The guests liked the food still and didn’t notice (3 food stations –taco bar, Asian salmon, and Mediterranean lamb chops). But since we had had the tasting, we definitely noticed in comparison. For the high price, we had expected them to deliver the same quality as in the tasting.

But, our biggest problem was the planning before the wedding. Our point of contact with them was not very helpful the first few months after signing the contract with them (delayed emails, forgetful of details discussed, etc.) . Then, she up and left one day. Her replacement (who we had been assured would be brought up to speed) had been left with no notes and essentially we had to start planning from scratch again. Then they tried to nickel and dime us for equipment costs less than 2 weeks before the wedding when we had signed the contract 7 months earlier, which had no mention of these costs and they had previously worked with our venue so they knew what to expect in terms of equipment needs. They didn’t even approach us directly about this. They tied to go through the coordinators (who were amazing and handled it so we didn’t have to pay these extra, large costs in the end). The nail in the coffin was that we got exactly 1 portion of each of the three entrees to take home when we expected and had been told we would get ALL the leftovers…we didn’t even get any desserts to take home (and we didn’t get to try them during the wedding, since we were busy entertaining guets and dancing). The appetizers were to die for though…so the food we had was good to great but the execution of planning is enough to stay away.
Good food, great service on the day of, HORRIBLE planning beforehand through. This is unfortunate but we would not be Read more...
Good food, great service on the day of, HORRIBLE planning beforehand through. This is unfortunate but we would not be recommending this service to anyone in the future. The restaurants are great and the tastings were amazing, but the day of the food was definitely a caliber lower than we had expected from out tasting. The guests liked the food still and didn’t notice (3 food stations –taco bar, Asian salmon, and Mediterranean lamb chops). But since we had had the tasting, we definitely noticed in comparison. For the high price, we had expected them to deliver the same quality as in the tasting.

But, our biggest problem was the planning before the wedding. Our point of contact with them was not very helpful the first few months after signing the contract with them (delayed emails, forgetful of details discussed, etc.) . Then, she up and left one day. Her replacement (who we had been assured would be brought up to speed) had been left with no notes and essentially we had to start planning from scratch again. Then they tried to nickel and dime us for equipment costs less than 2 weeks before the wedding when we had signed the contract 7 months earlier, which had no mention of these costs and they had previously worked with our venue so they knew what to expect in terms of equipment needs. They didn’t even approach us directly about this. They tied to go through the coordinators (who were amazing and handled it so we didn’t have to pay these extra, large costs in the end). The nail in the coffin was that we got exactly 1 portion of each of the three entrees to take home when we expected and had been told we would get ALL the leftovers…we didn’t even get any desserts to take home (and we didn’t get to try them during the wedding, since we were busy entertaining guets and dancing). The appetizers were to die for though…so the food we had was good to great but the execution of planning is enough to stay away. Read less
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Giuseppe's Fine Catering responded with the following comments:

Hi Tony, We appreciate your feedback and apologize for any miscommunication during the lead up to your event. We strive to provide the best in customer service, and will use this moving forward.

Thank you for the kind words about our food - we are so glad you found everything delicious. Best of luck in the future as newlyweds!
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Jeannie
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a terrific experience with Giuseppe! Our guests loved the food and even commented on how nice the servers were (we heard that from several guests!). Morgan was a delight to work with - she was so helpful and responsive! We had a guest with severe food allergies and our catering director, David, went above and beyond to ensure she could enjoy the food without a worry - that meant so much to us. Absolutely no complaints!
We had a terrific experience with Giuseppe! Our guests loved the food and even commented on how nice the servers were (we Read more...
We had a terrific experience with Giuseppe! Our guests loved the food and even commented on how nice the servers were (we heard that from several guests!). Morgan was a delight to work with - she was so helpful and responsive! We had a guest with severe food allergies and our catering director, David, went above and beyond to ensure she could enjoy the food without a worry - that meant so much to us. Absolutely no complaints! Read less
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Giuseppe's Fine Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jeannie for you wonderful review. You were a pleasure to work with - and a beautiful bride!
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Tiana
Wedding:
4/13/2013
5.0/5.0
There are not enough words to convey how amazing and delicious the food is and how thorough, professional, dedicated, exceptionally personable and overall great Giuseppe and his team are. Giuseppe catered our wedding this past April and not only were we ecstatic but our guests seem to be too! We have received nothing but raving reviews. I am still receiving text messages from friends with photos of our food and exclamations of how delicious it was.

Giuseppe’s team was extraordinary through the entire planning process. From my first initial correspondence to the hundreds after, I couldn’t feel more at ease with a wedding vendor. When we first started the catering inquiry we were working with Jessica but during the planning process she moved on and we started working with Meghan. This is the part where some brides might freak out but due to the professionalism of the team, we didn’t notice the transition. It was THAT smooth. We decided on an “around the world” stations menu. My husband and I wanted to showcase some of the favorites from our cultural backgrounds, and Giuseppe was the perfect person to create and execute our wedding menu. We started with five hors d’oeuvres, a sit down salad course and three stations. Everything was absolutely phenomenal! We even received inquiries on when, where, how our guests could buy the coffee Giuseppe served at the wedding! How many people do you know have been asked about the coffee at their wedding?!?! Even from non-coffee drinkers!

Now, this all might sound like it falls in the more expensive price range, but let me assure you, Giuseppe will work with any budget. He is dedicated to serving the best food and his commitment to making a memorable experience is one to be admired. He is committed to providing his clientele with the best food and service, and seems to accommodate all who want to work with him and appreciate his passion for dining. He's the best!
There are not enough words to convey how amazing and delicious the food is and how thorough, professional, dedicated, Read more...
There are not enough words to convey how amazing and delicious the food is and how thorough, professional, dedicated, exceptionally personable and overall great Giuseppe and his team are. Giuseppe catered our wedding this past April and not only were we ecstatic but our guests seem to be too! We have received nothing but raving reviews. I am still receiving text messages from friends with photos of our food and exclamations of how delicious it was.

Giuseppe’s team was extraordinary through the entire planning process. From my first initial correspondence to the hundreds after, I couldn’t feel more at ease with a wedding vendor. When we first started the catering inquiry we were working with Jessica but during the planning process she moved on and we started working with Meghan. This is the part where some brides might freak out but due to the professionalism of the team, we didn’t notice the transition. It was THAT smooth. We decided on an “around the world” stations menu. My husband and I wanted to showcase some of the favorites from our cultural backgrounds, and Giuseppe was the perfect person to create and execute our wedding menu. We started with five hors d’oeuvres, a sit down salad course and three stations. Everything was absolutely phenomenal! We even received inquiries on when, where, how our guests could buy the coffee Giuseppe served at the wedding! How many people do you know have been asked about the coffee at their wedding?!?! Even from non-coffee drinkers!

Now, this all might sound like it falls in the more expensive price range, but let me assure you, Giuseppe will work with any budget. He is dedicated to serving the best food and his commitment to making a memorable experience is one to be admired. He is committed to providing his clientele with the best food and service, and seems to accommodate all who want to work with him and appreciate his passion for dining. He's the best! Read less
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Giuseppe's Fine Catering responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much!!! We are so delighted to have been a part of your special day!
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Giuseppe and Jessica were wonderful and easy to work with! Giuseppe personally met with Robert and I to get a feel for the kind of menu we were looking for worked with us until we nailed it. Jessica was so helpful and always got back to us right away...which is so refreshing when so many vendors leave you hanging! In the end, our guests raved and we were so happy with the quality and taste! ps~ If you like short ribs...make sure you include them...they were awesome!
Giuseppe and Jessica were wonderful and easy to work with! Giuseppe personally met with Robert and I to get a feel for the Read more...
Giuseppe and Jessica were wonderful and easy to work with! Giuseppe personally met with Robert and I to get a feel for the kind of menu we were looking for worked with us until we nailed it. Jessica was so helpful and always got back to us right away...which is so refreshing when so many vendors leave you hanging! In the end, our guests raved and we were so happy with the quality and taste! ps~ If you like short ribs...make sure you include them...they were awesome! Read less
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Jacqueline
Wedding:
5/13/2012
4.6/5.0
Wedding food is a difficult task and tough for people who don't love things to be mass produced...but you don't really have a choice when you are serving 200 people for a sit down dinner! Giuseppe has been in the business for many years and knows his california/itialian cuisine and execution of serving. Choosing the menu was the most difficult part for us...we are foodies and wanted something unique and delicious. At first, it felt like Giuseppe was trying to be a bit controlling when choosing menu items, but once we explained and pushed a bit, he was a more flexible and it all worked out. The apps were my favorite part :) Once you finalize the menu, it is executed with Jessica as the lead, and she is absolutely AMAZING! So sweet and dependable, you know everything is going to work out with her around. They were also great with the bar menu and created a signature cocktail for us that was a hit!
Wedding food is a difficult task and tough for people who don't love things to be mass produced...but you don't really Read more...
Wedding food is a difficult task and tough for people who don't love things to be mass produced...but you don't really have a choice when you are serving 200 people for a sit down dinner! Giuseppe has been in the business for many years and knows his california/itialian cuisine and execution of serving. Choosing the menu was the most difficult part for us...we are foodies and wanted something unique and delicious. At first, it felt like Giuseppe was trying to be a bit controlling when choosing menu items, but once we explained and pushed a bit, he was a more flexible and it all worked out. The apps were my favorite part :) Once you finalize the menu, it is executed with Jessica as the lead, and she is absolutely AMAZING! So sweet and dependable, you know everything is going to work out with her around. They were also great with the bar menu and created a signature cocktail for us that was a hit! Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
1/28/2012
5.0/5.0
So great!! Loved the food and absolutely great staff. Our servers were amazing as well.
So great!! Loved the food and absolutely great staff. Our servers were amazing as well.
So great!! Loved the food and absolutely great staff. Our servers were amazing as well. Read less
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