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Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company

Alexandria , VA

LOCATION

25 S. Quaker Lane, Suite 11
Alexandria, VA US 22314 (map)

PHONE

703-778-8000

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company is a unique full-service catering company. Treat your guests to the Rocklands experience of authentic wood only on-site grilling. From casual... Read more
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company is a unique full-service catering company. Treat your guests to the Rocklands experience of authentic wood only on-site grilling. From casual events in the park to elegant affairs in imposing mansions, our knowledgeable coordinators are available for complete event planning. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cocktail Reception, Family Style, French Service, Hors d'oeuvres - Displayed, Hors d'oeuvres - Passed, Plated, Stations
What bar services do you provide?
Limited Bar, Open Bar
What alcohol services do you provide?
Champagne Toast, House Beer, House Wine, Premium Liquor, Rail Liquor, Specialty Beer
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American (New), American (Traditional), Southern, Southwestern
Do you accommodate dietary needs?
Gluten Free, Lactose Free, No Pork, Vegan, Vegetarian
Do you offer a tasting for potential clients?
Yes, we would love for clients to schedule a tasting.
Are you also able to provide the wedding cake?
No, we do not provide wedding cake.
If a bride decides to bring her own wedding cake, do you have a cake cutting fee? If yes, how much is the fee?
We do not charge a cake-cutting fee.
Are you licensed to sell alcohol? If yes, where are you licensed?
Yes, we are licensed to sell alcohol in Virginia, DC and Maryland.
Do you allow outside alcohol? If yes, what is the corkage fee?
We do allow outside alcohol, and do not charge a corking fee. There is just the flat per-hour rate for bartenders.
Do you provide rentals for items such as linens and flatware?
We can provide all of your rental needs, from linens to flatware to tables.
Are you able to provide your own wait staff?
We are happy to provide our experienced and friendly wait staff, bartenders, and on-site grillers.
What is your maximum catering capacity?
1000

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had Rocklands cater our rehearsal dinner and they did an outstanding job. Every detail was beautifully handled. The staff working the dinner were warm, gracious and incredibly attentive to all our guests. The food was outstanding and a week later I'm still getting notes about how terrific everything was. The Rocklands staff worked with us and were accommodating to all our requests. I would not hesitate to give a 100% recommendation. It could not have been lovelier.
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Mary
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We would recommend Rockland's BBQ to cater your next function. The service, food, and quality exceeded our expectation.
Services Used: Catering
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Erin
Wedding:
5/23/2014
5.0/5.0
After my sister's wedding in 2009, I knew I wanted to use Rocklands to cater my own wedding because of the great food and even better service. When we got engaged in 2013, I reached out to Rocklands almost immediately. The entire process, from the initial outreach to the clean up at the end of the night, was spot on. They truly helped to make our wedding day perfect, and I highly highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great caterer.
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sara
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
I can not express how great of a job Rocklands did at catering our wedding. They were responsive, professional, and amazingly helpful. The day of the wedding they helped set up a lot of the decorations that I had made. One woman made sure that we got a plate of appetizers, wine, and water when we were with the photographer during cocktail hour. Most importantly, the food was AMAZING. We received compliments on the food selection from all of our guests. Great experience, would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
It was the night before the wedding. Guests were from DC but also from Kansas and Texas - very knowledgeable about barbecue and they loved the food. The service provided was excellent. Wayland met with me earlier and remembered everything we'd discussed which he communicated to Maurice. He remained on site for the initial stages of setting up. He, Maurice, Maggie, and Maria could not have been nicer or more helpful They cleaned up FULLY afterwards and when they left it was as if they'd never been there (except for the left overs in my fridge.
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Megan
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband wanted one thing for the wedding and that was barbeque for the reception. So when we found out that our favorite barbeque restaurant in the area catered weddings it seemed like the perfect fit.
Rockland's surpassed our expectations from day one. Carmen was our primary contact, and when she invited us to a tasting at the restaurant it was all over from there. If the food didn't speak for itself, Carmen did. She explained the sauces, her favorites, what plates were best for kids,and if they didn't have it on the menu they could certainly make it for us.
A week before the wedding we met with Rockland's and our other vendors at the wedding site. Wayland, who works with Carmen, met us there and only further reassured us that Rockland's was the right choice. A few days later he had sent us back a drawing of the site and what he thought would work best with the size tent we had rented.(The tent and dance floor were also provided through Rockland's.)
On the day of the wedding Rockland's were out in full force. Setting up tables and chairs for the reception and ceremony, bars, buffets, and assisting our wedding planner with the center pieces and any other decorations.
During cocktail hour they entertained our guests with delicious drinks and passed hors d'oeurves. At the reception, my husband and I could not have been more impressed. The tent was beautiful with everything in it. When we sat down at our table, Carmen informed us that they already had a plate ready for us. As we sat and ate and for the rest of the night, we had a server tend to all of our drink needs.
When my husband and I think about the night, one of the things that stands out is Rockland's. I would recommend them to anyone getting married in or outside the area. The stress of planning a wedding was considerably less knowing that we had Rockland's as our caterer.

Thank you to Carmen, Wayland, and to everyone else at Rockland's for creating the perfect wedding for us.
Services Used: Catering, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths
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Amanda and Will
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
Rocklands did a fantastic job catering our wedding. The whole hog was a huge hit and we've had many guests say it was the best catered wedding they've ever been too. Ann and Wayland were great and were a huge help with our planning and all the changes we kept making. Everything ran smoothly on the day that really mattered and all the food was fantastic. What more could you ask for?
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Dave
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Our daughter was married this past weekend at our home in Vienna. ROCKLANDS was our caterer for around 200 guests. Let me summarize by saying that ROCKLANDS exceeded our expectations, which were high to start with !! We tested many catereres before settling on Rocklands and wish we had started there and saved ourselves some time. The food was absolutely fantastic!! We expected and got many compliments on all the dishes, including every single side, and of course the BBQ and the pig!!. As importantly, the team on site were incredible, always making sure things were running smoothly, very friendly, courteous, and very accomodating with last little changes here and there. At one point I joked with John because the breeze had shifted and I asked if he could shift it back so the smell would waft over the cocktail area. About a minute later it did. That is Rocklands for you !!
WE CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND ROCKLANDS !!!
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Deborah
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
They took care of everything I did not have to worry about anything before the wedding, during or after. Highly recommned them, especially the bartender. He made sure if he saw my drink low he personally brought me a new one.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
we used Rocklands to cater our wedding reception and it was one of the best decisions we made. the food was superb and our guests couldn't get enough. plus the service/professionalism of the staff was excellent! we will definitely use them again to cater future events and would recommend them highly to others!!
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Heidi
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
We had originally planned to use another caterer that is highly rated in the DC area. Our garden party/surprise wedding was supposed to be stress free and fun. They were incredibly high maintenance to work with and we were extremely frustrated and figured if it was that difficult prior to the party, then it might be the same way the day of the party. My husband had said, "I love Rocklands. Wonder if they cater?" From that point on things got significantly more fun. Rocklands was incredible to work with, they made everything painless, and the day of the party was perfect. The staff was incredible. Top notch! Our guests commented that they have been to tons of events and the team members from Rocklands were some of the best they've seen. The food was delicious, plenty was provided, and guests couldn't stop commenting how great it tasted. We will definitely use Rocklands again for future events.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rocklands was easy to work with when setting up my event. The food was great. All my guests raved about how it was the best wedding food ever. The server they provided was very friendly and attentive, going beyond what was required of him.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Fabulous customer service, flexibility, and efficiency. Party planning staff was terrific! Staff on site were super helpful and very courteous. I would definitely do another party with Rocklands!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rocklands exceeded our expectations hands down! We had a tough crowd to please from the very beginning . From the moment we first spoke to Anne at Rocklands to the end of our event it was a pleasure to do business with them. We plan to use them again in the future. The menu was straight forward a whole roasted pig with sides and a full bar. We did more of a stand up reception with a few tables. It was for about 80 people. The pig was perfect! we had added pulled chicken and brisket, which I recommend highly. One of the great things is that we wanted to add some of personal sides that our families recipes and make them ourselves, not a problem or an additional charge. Same with the bar, we wanted to make a Bourbon punch and add our own Champagne to the bar, not a problem or an additional corking fee. The staff was professional, very helpful and courteous to our guests. They brought great table decorations to make it more festive. The price for the event was right on target and very reasonable. I wouldn't say that we were high maintence or demanding, we just knew what we wanted and they knew how to deliver. Great experience all around.
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Effie
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much for the wonderful service you provided us at our daughter's wedding yesterday. The staff was so accommodating and we were delighted with your attention to every detail. We heard so many rave reviews of the service we all received. I would recommend you to anyone.

The food was terrific and our guest all commented of how much they enjoyed it. We heard things like,"that was the best potato salad I have ever had" and "the corn salad was so good". It pleases us very much to know our guest enjoyed themselves. Your hard work and professionalism were appreciated.

We had to work within a tight budget and you allowed us the freedom to adjust where we could to manage that.

Thank you again for absolutely everything!
Doug and Effie Shaw
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Diana
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
Rocklands did an amazing job with our wedding. We worked with Carmen throughout the wedding planning process, and she was so wonderful to work with! She was so helpful: she responded to emails quickly and offered great advice. Rocklands was great on our wedding day. A huge storm hit DC the day before our wedding so our wedding site had no power. We had to move the reception to my husband’s parents’ house the day of the wedding. Rocklands had no problem with the change of location at the very last minute, and were incredibly flexible. The quality of the food was great- everything was cooked on site and the BBQ was hot, fresh, and our guests loved it! Among the highlights were freshly shucked raw oysters (this is not on their standard catering menu, but Carmen went out of her way to bring in an outside contractor for this), grilled shrimp appetizers, pulled pork, grilled salmon, macaroni and cheese, cornbread muffins, etc., etc. (I could keep on going on – everything was really delicious). We also asked Rocklands to create a specialty cocktail for us, and they were more than happy to (even though the cocktail recipe was pretty involved!). We asked them to carve out watermelons and put a watermelon mojito inside and insert a keg spout in the watermelon, and it looked and tasted awesome! They had no problem going out of their way to meet our special requests! We also rented all of our furniture from their partner and it worked out great (Carmen was very helpful with recommendations about what furniture (sizes, number, etc) would be best). Rocklands set up everything just as we asked, and they were flexible with the last minute change of plans and were able to help create a great layout in just a few hours. I highly recommend Rocklands for anyone who wants delicious BBQ food at their wedding. Carmen and everyone at Rocklands were highly professional and a pleasure to work with!
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Nichole
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
The Rocklands team did an amazing job and helped make my wedding perfect!

Wayland and Anne were incredibly responsive and helpful. They had excellent suggestions and helped make the planning process easy.

The servers working at the reception were professional and incredibly friendly. They even had appetizers and drinks ready for my new husband and I during pictures and had made a plate for us to ensure we had a chance to eat at the reception. They set up the reception area perfectly (tables, table runners, centerpieces, etc), clean up was flawless and I was told the bartender did a great job with the pours.

The whole BBQ hog was a huge hit with all the guests and everyone kept raving how good the food was. I know a few people went back for seconds and even thirds! Unlike with most caterers, the leftover food was actually sent home with us.

I'd definitely recommend Rocklands.
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Annette
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
I wish I could give them way more than 5 stars!! Rockland's was an AMAZING caterer for our wedding! We had our wedding at a manor house in northern VA. I was worried that BBQ may not fit with the venue (outdoors, old house, very nice) but Rockland's was nothing but perfect! Everything from setting up our tables to serving my husband and I all night were perfect touches. I mentioned to my husband while we were taking pictures of just the two of us during our cocktail hour that I couldn't wait to eat something. Not even five minutes later, a server came over to us with our cocktail hour apps and some mac & cheese - my favorite! She even kept following us around with water all night making sure we stayed hydrated on a 90+ degree day. They made sure we had food and drinks all night and everyone raved about dinner!! I heard from my guests that they've never had a better meal at a wedding with a more professional (and really fun) staff!

Overall, I was SO pleased and would completely recommend Rockland's to anyone getting married. They really do a fantastic job!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rocklands was great to work with. We were so impressed with the service from the tasting through to the event clean up. We worked with Carmen and Wayland who were both extremely helpful and friendly. Wayland had great advice on how to set things up. The food was wonderful - perfect for a summer garden wedding. Our guests raved about everything, but the corn salad was a definite favorite. We also opted for the sundae bar, which was so much fun - a month later people are still talking about it!
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Brian
Wedding:
11/12/2011
5.0/5.0
We used Rocklands Catering for our engagement party. They were first class all the way, from the tasting to the setup to the breakdown. When I normally think of Rocklands I think of BBQ, but their catering is SO MUCH MORE. They are a first class caterer, with outstanding service, friendly employees, and I would highly recommend them. Absolutely delicious food! Some of the best crab cakes I have ever had
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scubadivgurl
Wedding:
10/15/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands was a great vendor to work with. They were very responsive and catered to every request that we had. I was always able to talk to someone regarding our wedding reception. Wyland came out to our Reception hall for a site visit and we were able to plan the floor plan that day. The day of the event they were on time, and finished setting up what we were unable to do. The spread was amazing, they did a great job. Everyone loved the food and said it was the best they had had in a long time. We would recommend Rocklands to anyone.
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Jen K.
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands was a great caterer! The food was delicious and the Rocklands team was a pleasure to work with. Unlike other barbecue joints, Rocklands really does offer full service catering and has tasty options for vegetarians. They made everything really easy. Before the wedding, they made a lot of helpful suggestions about the staff, equipment, etc. we would need. They also made the many changes to the menu that we requested promptly and graciously. On the day of my wedding, they showed up on time and took care of absolutely everything--set up, food and drink prep, service, clean up--without any supervision by us. It was totally seamless. The food was great and everyone loved it. On top of all that, their on-site staff were genuinely nice and kind to me and my husband, my family, and my guests. Highly recommended!
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Texas Mom
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands delivered a perfect wedding experience on the day of Hurricane Irene. The Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency, and we were forced to change the start time of our wedding with only a few hours notice. However, nothing could deter the intrepid Rockland caterers from delivering an outstanding food and setup despite the hurricane. Everyone we worked with was exceptional. They are experts and you can trust them to do it right. Rocklands, you are my hero! The Shaw/Carraco Wedding Party
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths, Wedding Venue
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Mrs. C
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands is amazing as a full service caterer. Our tasting was great and Rocklands agreed to make some recipes at our request that weren't even on the menu. They brought the tables, the chairs, the linens, the food, and the servers. They even sent someone out to the venue on the day before to help plan our layout and flow....then the worst thing in the world happened...a hurrican hit! My venue had to close and we had to change everything at the very last second, but that didn't stop Rocklands. They changed everything at the last minute and SAVED MY WEDDING. I'm so so grateful for everything they did for me. It would have been a disaster without them. In addition to the beautiful linens and friendly service, the food was amazing. People STILL comment about the food they ate last August. Job well done.
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Luisa
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands was the best vendor I hired for my wedding (and rehearsal dinner) and I will be highly recommending them to all my friends for their wedding or any other events. Of course, the food was delcious, fresh, made with authentic ingredients and grilled onsite. This is not bland, boring wedding food! My fiance and I had a few unusual requests and the folks at Rocklands made it all happen without a glitch - we wanted fresh steamed clams (no problem), an ice cream sundae bar at the rehearsal (sure), raw oysters shucked during the cocktail hour (of course!), a whole roasted pig with dinner (absolutely!). The dinner was delicious and beautiful. Even better than the food, was the logistical expertise. The staff was very experienced planning out the logistics of delivery, the movement of people flow during the event, cleaning up afterwards, and there was one staff person assigned to me and my husband to make sure we got to eat. The day-of staff was very polite and professional and many of my guests told me how impressed they were.

Rocklands also worked with us to make sure we got the best value for our money. They let us purchase our own alcohol and dessert for the event and their staff did all the serving. This saved us tons of $$!

Anne was very responsive and a real jewel to work with. In the days leading up to the event she emailed with me, tirelessly, to make sure we had everything planned to a T. She was a key partner to the success of the day.

I can't recommend Rockland's enough!
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cindy
Wedding:
8/12/2011
5.0/5.0
While, as the mother of the groom and hosting the wedding at our house (in backyard in mid-August), Rocklands was not my first-choice as caterer, I was easily persuaded by the bride and groom and am extremely glad that we used Rocklands. The service and food they provided was excellent in every way: quality, quantity, value, etc.
Rocklands personnel were very professional from the beginning as we planned togather (bride and groom in opposite parts of the country), and for tasting in advance. The day of the wedding was perfect in every way, in no small part because of Rocklands.
I am happy to be a reference for anyone considering consulting with Rocklands.
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J.R.
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
We had Rocklands cater our rehearsal dinner and it was the best decision we could have made! We knew that Rocklands has delicious BBQ, but we were absolutely blown away by the classy presentation and the professional staff of Rocklands catering. We appreciated all the time that Carmen and Wayland took to adjust the menu to our liking and figure out the logistics of linens, tables, and set up. On the day of the event, water glasses were kept full, the buffet was always replenished, and the space was set up and taken down without a hitch. Our guests raved about the food and the quality of the friendly waitstaff. One of the servers even brought a plate of cornbread directly to a guest at her table when she asked if there was anymore left.
The bar was also set up beautifully, and we were able to bring our own beer and wine which saved quite a bit of money and allowed us to serve our favorite wines. Carmen also worked with us to tweak the menu after the tasting we had a few months before the wedding. We can't say enough about Rocklands and how fabulous they were to work with.
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N
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Amazing. We wanted food that was truly delicious, not rubbery chicken and limp fish, and they DELIVERED. The food was so yummy, and the staff was SO helpful. We did not have a day of coordinator or even a venue coordinator, and they took care of everything and then some. They left the bars set up after they had gone so we could continue the party, and were so nice about everything. Worry-free and perfect. Highly recommend.
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snuffs33
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands ROCKED our wedding! It was the perfect combination of a hearty, delicious meal in a casual environment. We had the food delivered to the reception site, which was a polo club's field, and opted not to hire servers to serve the food (aka we wet buffet style). The staff simply dropped off the food in containers, with burners to keep the food warm till everyone was ready to eat. The portions are HUGE! I ordered less than the guest count and there were still tons of leftovers. Carmen could not have been nicer, and more patient with my ever-changing menu (we eventually picked Home on the Range), ever-changing guest count, and my never-ending questions. Knowing that some of our wedding guests have since become addicted to Rocklands is just another confirmation that we made the perfect decision!
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Allison
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
Great food, great service, no hassle!
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Kim
Wedding:
5/27/2011
5.0/5.0
I would recommend Rocklands Catering to a friend or to anyone searching for a professional caterer for their wedding or event. We worked with Anne on the details of our agreement and she was always responsive & friendly with a can-do-attitude. As a bride, I greatly appreciated our vendors that were flexible and happy to help us in any way requested--- Rocklands was one of our favorite vendors to work with. Our day of Rocklands staff--- Wayland and Carlos--- were fantastic! They handled every detail as requested and anticipated weather changes. We were very satisfied with the service, and our guests raved about our food (who doesn't love BBQ???).
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Rocklands was fantastic for my wedding! I don't like going to weddings that have tons of fancy schmancy dinners with weird foods. I was so delighted to find Rocklands for my wedding reception. They offer lots of different types of barbecue and meats, as well as delicious sides like corn pudding and cucumber and mint salad. They helped me create a personalized, beautiful atmosphere for the reception and my guests had a great time. They even gave us little mini bottles of their house barbecue sauce for wedding favors. Their staff was very communicative throughout the entire process and answered all of my questions promptly. I enjoyed working with Rocklands and am glad that they have restaurants throughout the Northern Virginia region :)
Services Used: Catering, Favors & Gifts, Rentals & Photobooths
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ginnybear
Wedding:
4/10/2011
5.0/5.0
After going on what seemed like an endless hunt for delicious BBQ across the DC area, a friend told us about Rocklands. It didn't take us long to decide that Rocklands had the best BBQ around and that it was the kind of food that we would be proud to serve to our guests. From the tasting all the way through the wedding, Rocklands treated us with the utmost respect and professionalism. My husband and I both have Celiac Disease and must adhere to a strict gluten-free diet. Rocklands was extremely accommodating and helped us build a delicious menu that satisfied our guests and our dietary restrictions. They even made gluten-free cornbread muffins for us that were a departure from their normal menu! They were prompt, efficient, and friendly as well. Our guests are STILL talking about the food at our wedding and it's almost a year later. I cannot possibly say enough good things about Rocklands. If you are looking for 5-star food with 5-star service at a reasonable price, Rocklands is the place to go.
Services Used: Catering
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T
Wedding:
1/16/2011
5.0/5.0
The service and food were both excellent, very professional and will use them again in the future.
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Genny
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Rocklands. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, and the service was excellent. The prices are really reasonable - a fraction of most of the caterers we looked at - and I think the food we got was better, with a grill onsite rather than a bunch of reheated stuff sitting in chafing dishes.

In the months leading up to the wedding we dealt a lot with Cliff and Wayland, and they made the whole thing so easy. They took every request and idea we had and made it happen, and they offered good ideas we hadn't thought of. At the wedding, the staff also made some smart choices about details we hadn't been specific about (e.g., garnishing the similar-looking alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks we had provided with lemons or limes to distinguish them), which I was very happy with.

Another thing that stood out - at the beginning of the reception, one server introduced herself to us and told us she would get us whatever we needed, all evening. I never even had a moment to think of what I needed, but she knew anyway and brought it! She saw my husband and I weren't eating and brought us a plate of appetizers, she noticed which wine I was drinking and kept refilling my glass - it was amazing. I heard she did the same for our mothers. That was a really nice touch, I thought.

If I could do it again, the only thing I would do differently is order a little extra food (BBQ pork sliders went fast at cocktail hour, as did BBQ chicken and potato salad at dinner). I think Rocklands estimated well, and we did have some leftovers, but I wish everyone had gotten a chance to try everything they wanted, even if they were slow getting to it. We had about 135 people including band and photographer - if I had ordered for 145 or 150 it wouldn't have been that much more money, and I think it would have felt even more festive.

We highly, highly recommend Rocklands - so much of what was great about our wedding was because of them. We and our guests felt really comfortable and taken care of.
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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HollyJean
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
I used Rocklands barbeque for my wedding in Howard Co, MD and could not be happier. The food and service were both excellent--our guests kept commenting on how delicious everything was. My husband and I are both foodies so going with a caterer with a focus on quality ingredients and uncompromised flavor and freshness was a non-negotiable. The catering admin staff were friendly, easy to work with and were quick to offer suggestions on things like rentals and budget concerns. Choose Rocklands and you won't be disappointed!
Services Used: Catering
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harriet
Wedding:
4/5/2014
4.9/5.0
I have to state that the people I worked with were very accommodating and professional. They took the time to answer all my questions and were willing to be flexible with my needs.
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.9/5.0
We could not have been happier with Rocklands's catering of our daughters wedding. They have the amazing capacity to serve outstanding informal food in the classiest of ways. The management was particularly great to work with, as they were extraordinarily accommodating to our requests for special touches. In addition, the on-site manager for the day, Wayland, was meticulous and thorough in planning for the event.
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Rocklands was AMAZING! They provided a whole cooked pig for our wedding reception, along with side dishes. They were very affordable, incredibly professional, very flexible, and certainly went above and beyond the call of duty in terms of services provided. To top it all off, the food was AMAZING! All of our guests were commenting on how GOOD the food was! Not to mention the fact that we took home lots of leftover pig, and even reheated in the microwave it's astonishingly delicious.

One of the things I loved about Rocklands was that they let us tweak our order until just a few days before the wedding. This was very helpful when we added another guest at the last minute. The staff at Rocklands also did a great job helping us select food. We had several allergies to consider, and they were fantastic about providing us allergy information.

The wait staff at the wedding went above and beyond what the contract said they would do in so many ways. They were friendly and personable, and throughout the night made sure that my new husband and I had enough drinks and food. They cleared the plates from tables when guests had finished, took out trash, filled/refilled the ice and lemonade/water buckets (even though we were providing all the drinks), and they cut the cake for the guests free of charge (even though we were providing the cake as well.)

I couldn't be more thrilled with the service Rocklands provided us, and I would have them cater another event like this in a heartbeat in the future.
Services Used: Catering
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dea
Wedding:
8/12/2011
4.9/5.0
We had a summer wedding in my parents' backyard, and Rocklands really helped make it a fantastic party. Carmen helped us choose a buffet spread for 80 guests, of course including the brisket and pulled pork. The team adapted to the layout of the house to make the service easy and unobtrusive, the bartender improvised a variation on Pisco Sour (my wife is from Peru) which was an instant hit, and the cooks gladly grilled up a few bean burgers for the vegetarians. Everything went off without a hitch -- and there were delicious leftovers for several days after.

The value was the best of anything we looked into. We rented the serving equipment -- flatware, utensils, etc. -- from Allied instead of through Rocklands, which also helped keep costs down a bit.
Services Used: Catering
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Private User
Wedding:
5/3/2014
4.8/5.0
We truly enjoyed working with Rockland's BBQ Catering staff. There was a minor mishap with the chair rentals but the staff took care of it and our final invoice was even revised accordingly reflecting the changes.

Our wedding guests all LOVED the delicious food and they all had a lovely time.

Thank you!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
Very professional! The catering staff was wonderful, and were very accommodating to last minute changes.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.8/5.0
They were more anticipatory than responsive. Needs we hadn't brought up yet would be addressed. Besides the food itself, they handled the rentals for all seating and were very good about integrating the cakes from the baker we chose and the drinks we supplied ourselves.

Many changes and tweaks couldn't be avoided even as the date approached, but Rocklands took them all in stride, keeping great records and a great attitude.

Every last one of the 10 or so staff at the event itself were pleasant and professional and attentive. The office contact was responsive and the employee sent to do the walkthrough was clearly experienced and asked all the right questions, always made sure to get confirmation.

A wonderful melding of a place with actual good food and the ability to run an event rather than marked-up pageantry and mediocre food with flowery names.
Services Used: Catering
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Peter
Wedding:
10/5/2012
4.8/5.0
Your staff was incredible and extremely nice. The food was not as hot as I would typically enjoy Rocklands at but that may have been better as it was a mixed group with children to play it safe, it was certainly not cold though.

I would absolutely use Rocklands again for catering a small event such as this.

Thank you and your staff for making the whole experience great for us and our guests.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.8/5.0
Our woodsy/barbecue/campfire wedding was “rustic,” but we also wanted it to be nice! We did a lot of searching for a caterer that could provide both tasty barbecue AND full event service, and Rocklands really delivered on both. I was especially pleased with how elegant our wedding reception was! The staff members all looked spiffy and were very courteous to our guests. The tables, bars, and buffets were lovely. And of course the food was amazing.

My husband is weirdly particular about barbecue (as many North Carolinians are), and Rocklands had no problem adjusting the menu to his wishes. We sent them his mom’s recipe for East Carolina-style sauce, with specific instructions for chopping and marinating the meat, and they made it exactly like he wanted. There were a lot of discerning barbecue enthusiasts among our guests, and everyone raved about the food.

Communication with Rocklands went just like everyone said it usually goes with caterers. Lots of calling and e-mailing around the time we signed the contract, then a bunch of months of silence, then as the wedding approached, lots more calling and e-mailing as we made last-minute adjustments to the contract. I never had a problem getting my changes made or questions answered.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.7/5.0
The staff were very polite. Loved the food.
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Faith
Wedding:
10/15/2011
4.7/5.0
We are so thrilled that we chose Rocklands for our catering! We were going for an upscale BBQ vibe and Rocklands provided the perfect food -- simple, classy and most importantly, delicious. I was a little nervous about serving BBQ since half of our guests were from Texas, but they loved Virginia BBQ and were raving about how good it was. Wayne, Carmen and the rest of the staff were fantastic -- flexible, responsive and totally professional. The only reason Rocklands didn't get a perfect score was because we had one bartender who really didn't know what he was doing, which Rocklands management addresses as soon as they found out about it.
Services Used: Catering
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speechifier
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.7/5.0
We were very satisfied with Rocklands' service and food for our wedding reception. Their staff was very professional, flexible and accommodating at every turn. The food was great, grilled right on the premises. They worked with us and our wedding planner and made the whole day go very smoothly. We are very appreciative of all that Rocklands did to make our event a success!
Services Used: Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Page
Wedding:
5/3/2014
4.6/5.0
Our family is delighted with services and food from Rocklands. Our Chinese guests especially enjoyed the flavor of the BBQ meats, fruit cobblers and sides.
Thanks for making our wedding celebration fun. We felt that all the servers helped make it a easy time for the hosts.
Services Used: Catering
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Caitlin
Wedding:
5/21/2011
4.4/5.0
Food was amazing! Many guests commented on how great the service was of the staff and how good the food was. If I had to do it over again I would absolutely use Rocklands.
Services Used: Catering
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Alex
Wedding:
8/6/2011
4.2/5.0
We hired Rocklands for our wedding to do catering. We had a change of plans a few weeks before the event and needed a crew instead of just having the food delivered. We were supposed to get two servers and only got one, but he was the hardest working guy I've ever seen. It was like there was four of him, and he never stopped or hung around. He did a great job, and I only wish I had learned his name. The food was great and we had a great time. I would definitely do this again, for an event.
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Adian
Wedding:
9/13/2008
4.0/5.0
The food was very good, though it could have been a bit warmer. The reps don't always respond to you- they were more likely to respond to my fiance for some reason. The servers were very attentive to the tables.
Services Used: Catering
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/4/2011
3.9/5.0
Rocklands was great. The food was delicious and fit perfectly with our casual garden wedding. We got so many compliments on the food. The staff was attentive and friendly. They even designated a specific server to make sure that we (bride and groom) had food and drinks immediately following ceremony and pictures.
We had two complaints: First, we had some troubles with communication and e-mailing leading up to the wedding. Sometimes days and days would go by without a response from Rocklands. Our second complaint: We had lots of left over beer afterward. We only listed the cocktails on the menu (we had a limited bar) and forgot to list the beers. We ran out of some of the alcohol for the cocktails and wish the bartenders would have made people more aware of the kegs. Other than that, they were great. They provided tables, linens, dishes, glasses, etc. They had everything we needed. We ordered BBQ pork, chicken, and brisket, mac n cheese, green beans, corn bread, spinach salad. Everything was to die for delicious.
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Rentals & Photobooths
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Adam
Wedding:
2/5/2011
3.8/5.0
The food was great! All our guests raved over it. Everything was cooked to perfection, served hot and was delicious. Rocklands quantity estimates were off for the different items that were served, the side dishes ran out very fast and the entree meats had a lot leftover. We did get to keep the extra food which was nice but maybe we could have cut down on cost by not ordering as much. There were a few bumps in the road during the menu preparation and how to execute a few of the dishes but in the end they all turned out great. The service was also great. The bartenders, waiters, and the rest of the staff were all professional.
Services Used: Catering
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.3/5.0
GOOD
- Good whole hog BBQ, well done to everyone for that
- Service staff was very good, prompt and friendly
- Delivery of tables and equipment was excellent

Not so good
- Corn Chips - cheap and way too salty for the price. Clearly huge margin here; guac also salty as heck -- choose one or the other to be salty.
- Jalapeno corn muffins had zero jalapeno
- Pork was supposed to come with "Lemon leaves and fruit" on decorated board. There was a zucchini in its mouth.. that's it.
Services Used: Catering

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