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Ral's Fine Catering

Houston , TX

LOCATION

Houston, TX 77055 US

PHONE

713-688-7257

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Rachel
Wedding:
10/11/2014
4.6/5.0
I found Ral's by chance thumbing through a wedding magazine. I hadn't found him online, which I thought was odd, but was willing to give them a shot. The advertised prices were great. I was just about to book with another vendor and I know I would have overpaid and been disappointed. Luckily, when I contacted Ral's they were soon having an open house, which I would highly recommend you attend. The location was a bit sketchy, but it's just where the kitchen and storage so no big deal. The food was very tasty and I decided to book. The value was was exceptional! We were able to get passed hor d'vours during the cocktail hour and both chicken and prime rib for our guests within our budget. I had a ton of questions and Ral was very responsive. There were only a few times that I had to follow up. I was surprised that Ral answered his own emails. It seems like he is a one man show, but I know he has a lot of staff helping with the events. He has been doing this for a long time and I respected that. I was pleased with the food at the wedding. I ate so fast and really didn't have much, but I asked a lot of our guests and they said it was all very good. We also used his staff for our bartenders just for ease of vendors and they were all very friendly. All of our guests made friends with them very easily :) I really enjoyed working with Ral. The only thing that I was disappointed about was that the food was put outside uncovered once they started breaking down. I had asked about getting the leftovers and we were told we could take them, as we had people who rsvp'd that did not show up. I'm not sure what time my wedding planner went to box the food up, but it wasn't very pleasing since it had been outside. So my only negative comment about that would just have been more coordinated with my planner when the food could be boxed up if they weren't going to do it so it could stay fresh. But overall it was a very pleasant experience working with Ral and his team.
I found Ral's by chance thumbing through a wedding magazine. I hadn't found him online, which I thought was odd, but was Read more...
I found Ral's by chance thumbing through a wedding magazine. I hadn't found him online, which I thought was odd, but was willing to give them a shot. The advertised prices were great. I was just about to book with another vendor and I know I would have overpaid and been disappointed. Luckily, when I contacted Ral's they were soon having an open house, which I would highly recommend you attend. The location was a bit sketchy, but it's just where the kitchen and storage so no big deal. The food was very tasty and I decided to book. The value was was exceptional! We were able to get passed hor d'vours during the cocktail hour and both chicken and prime rib for our guests within our budget. I had a ton of questions and Ral was very responsive. There were only a few times that I had to follow up. I was surprised that Ral answered his own emails. It seems like he is a one man show, but I know he has a lot of staff helping with the events. He has been doing this for a long time and I respected that. I was pleased with the food at the wedding. I ate so fast and really didn't have much, but I asked a lot of our guests and they said it was all very good. We also used his staff for our bartenders just for ease of vendors and they were all very friendly. All of our guests made friends with them very easily :) I really enjoyed working with Ral. The only thing that I was disappointed about was that the food was put outside uncovered once they started breaking down. I had asked about getting the leftovers and we were told we could take them, as we had people who rsvp'd that did not show up. I'm not sure what time my wedding planner went to box the food up, but it wasn't very pleasing since it had been outside. So my only negative comment about that would just have been more coordinated with my planner when the food could be boxed up if they weren't going to do it so it could stay fresh. But overall it was a very pleasant experience working with Ral and his team. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
7/12/2014
0.7/5.0
I would NOT recommend Ral's for a wedding reception at all! I booked 11 months before my wedding at an open house. The night we tasted the food it was delicious, and we got a discount for booking early. Once he has your money he could care less. He will not answer emails or return calls. He showed up for maybe 10 minutes to watch his staff set up and then left. He did not follow through with everything on the contract that we paid for, and the food was just alright. Spend more money and get better food and service with someone else!
I would NOT recommend Ral's for a wedding reception at all! I booked 11 months before my wedding at an open house. The Read more...
I would NOT recommend Ral's for a wedding reception at all! I booked 11 months before my wedding at an open house. The night we tasted the food it was delicious, and we got a discount for booking early. Once he has your money he could care less. He will not answer emails or return calls. He showed up for maybe 10 minutes to watch his staff set up and then left. He did not follow through with everything on the contract that we paid for, and the food was just alright. Spend more money and get better food and service with someone else! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rals is definitely worth the price. I chose a fajita buffet and everyone was complimenting the food. Ral was very responsive to emails and set up a tasting at my request. Super friendly staff as well.
Rals is definitely worth the price. I chose a fajita buffet and everyone was complimenting the food. Ral was very Read more...
Rals is definitely worth the price. I chose a fajita buffet and everyone was complimenting the food. Ral was very responsive to emails and set up a tasting at my request. Super friendly staff as well. Read less
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Lavonne
Wedding:
11/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Ral's fine catering did an amazing job for my wedding at Chateau Cocomar. It was able to work with Ral directly and he even prepared a tasting for me and my husband. He was very responsive to my calls and emails and very patient and accomodating, even when I changed the menu a few days before the wedding. My guests raved about how great it the food was and many even asked for recommendations. I wanted a fabulous menu but did not want to pay an arm and a leg for food. Becuase of Ral's great prices we were able to afford pre-reception appetizers and butler passed hors d'oeuvers, in addition to a two-entree chicken and steak meal for all of guest. I don't even eat meat but I tried the chicken to make sure the guest would like it and it was delicious. Ral even made a special delicious vegetarian option for me and the other vegetarian guests. Ral helped make our wedding special and made sure that we didnt have to worry about food on the wedding day. We will definitely use him again for our next catered event.
Ral's fine catering did an amazing job for my wedding at Chateau Cocomar. It was able to work with Ral directly and he Read more...
Ral's fine catering did an amazing job for my wedding at Chateau Cocomar. It was able to work with Ral directly and he even prepared a tasting for me and my husband. He was very responsive to my calls and emails and very patient and accomodating, even when I changed the menu a few days before the wedding. My guests raved about how great it the food was and many even asked for recommendations. I wanted a fabulous menu but did not want to pay an arm and a leg for food. Becuase of Ral's great prices we were able to afford pre-reception appetizers and butler passed hors d'oeuvers, in addition to a two-entree chicken and steak meal for all of guest. I don't even eat meat but I tried the chicken to make sure the guest would like it and it was delicious. Ral even made a special delicious vegetarian option for me and the other vegetarian guests. Ral helped make our wedding special and made sure that we didnt have to worry about food on the wedding day. We will definitely use him again for our next catered event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
2.8/5.0
Ral's catered our event and for the most part, things went off without an issue. We had BBQ brisket and chicken with the trimmings. The meat was good but the beans tasted like 'Ranch Style' beans straight out of the can. Service was good, but slow, as only one line was set up.

Prior to the event, we discussed handling of leftovers with Ral. After the meal when I questioned the head server about leftovers, he told me that no brisket was left, only a pan of chicken. The staff seemed surprised when we asked about the leftovers. There were also some rolls left which were being thrown away as we spoke with Ral's staff. We contracted for 170, served approximately 135, and no brisket left? Concerned about our guests getting food, we checked with our guests who were served last and they told us that there was plenty of everything left. In good faith, I requested a refund on 20 plates and Ral never replied.

I saw in another review that another customer had a similar experience. If you plan on using Ral’s, be sure you have everything in writing including the handling of possible leftovers. I am rating Ral’s low on professionalism due to the handling of the leftovers and Ral’s non-responsiveness. Actual service at the event was acceptable.
Ral's catered our event and for the most part, things went off without an issue. We had BBQ brisket and chicken with the Read more...
Ral's catered our event and for the most part, things went off without an issue. We had BBQ brisket and chicken with the trimmings. The meat was good but the beans tasted like 'Ranch Style' beans straight out of the can. Service was good, but slow, as only one line was set up.

Prior to the event, we discussed handling of leftovers with Ral. After the meal when I questioned the head server about leftovers, he told me that no brisket was left, only a pan of chicken. The staff seemed surprised when we asked about the leftovers. There were also some rolls left which were being thrown away as we spoke with Ral's staff. We contracted for 170, served approximately 135, and no brisket left? Concerned about our guests getting food, we checked with our guests who were served last and they told us that there was plenty of everything left. In good faith, I requested a refund on 20 plates and Ral never replied.

I saw in another review that another customer had a similar experience. If you plan on using Ral’s, be sure you have everything in writing including the handling of possible leftovers. I am rating Ral’s low on professionalism due to the handling of the leftovers and Ral’s non-responsiveness. Actual service at the event was acceptable. Read less
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Taryn
Wedding:
7/27/2013
4.8/5.0
Ral's has excellent food and his employees are very professional and hard workers. I will most definitely work with this company in the future.
Ral's has excellent food and his employees are very professional and hard workers. I will most definitely work with this Read more...
Ral's has excellent food and his employees are very professional and hard workers. I will most definitely work with this company in the future. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Omg, I don't know what words to say about this particular executive chef. His quality of food was marvelous. I will definitely recommend him to others. His staff was very professional and fast. Thanks for great tasting food.
Omg, I don't know what words to say about this particular executive chef. His quality of food was marvelous. I will Read more...
Omg, I don't know what words to say about this particular executive chef. His quality of food was marvelous. I will definitely recommend him to others. His staff was very professional and fast. Thanks for great tasting food. Read less
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Jacob
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
Absolutely the best food for the least amount of money. Ral runs his business so well that he can afford to reduce his food costs without sacrificing quality. We were absolutely pleased with every aspect of his service, especially his flexibility and level-headedness. The best deal, hands down.
Absolutely the best food for the least amount of money. Ral runs his business so well that he can afford to reduce his Read more...
Absolutely the best food for the least amount of money. Ral runs his business so well that he can afford to reduce his food costs without sacrificing quality. We were absolutely pleased with every aspect of his service, especially his flexibility and level-headedness. The best deal, hands down. Read less
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Tramelle
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
This food was absolutely amazing! Mouth watering! I will be contacting them for all of my catering needs in the future.
This food was absolutely amazing! Mouth watering! I will be contacting them for all of my catering needs in the future.
This food was absolutely amazing! Mouth watering! I will be contacting them for all of my catering needs in the future. Read less
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Yeny
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
I had the pleasure of having Ral Cater our wedding and it was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious and he was very easy to work with!
I had the pleasure of having Ral Cater our wedding and it was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious and he was very Read more...
I had the pleasure of having Ral Cater our wedding and it was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious and he was very easy to work with! Read less
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