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UCSD Catering

La Jolla , CA
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LOCATION

9500 Gilman Drive, MC0351
La Jolla, CA 92093 US (map)

PHONE

858-822-4159

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ABOUT US

UC San Diego Catering is a full-service catering and event planning company dedicated to providing you with exquisite cuisine and fantastic customer service. We offer a variety of menus... Read more
UC San Diego Catering is a full-service catering and event planning company dedicated to providing you with exquisite cuisine and fantastic customer service. We offer a variety of menus and design options, for everything from box lunches to full-service plated dinners. Click the appropriate link below to reach the area of Catering that can serve you best. However you choose to do it, you'll be able to relax and enjoy as our creative professionals make your next event a smashing success. Read less
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INFO FOR CATERING

What event services do you provide?
Clean Up, Delivery, Set Up
What catering services do you provide?
Buffet, Cake Cutting, Family Style, Hors d'oeuvres, Plated, Server(s), Stations, Tastings
What types of cuisine do you cater?
American, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Latin American, Local, Mediterranean, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Southern, Southwestern
What dietary needs can you accommodate?
Gluten Free, Kosher, Lactose Free, No Pork, Nut Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian
Which of the following items can you provide?
China

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.8/5.0
We had to go with UCSD catering because of our venue.
Overall, the food was good and the service was great. I was also extremely happy with how smoothly everything went the day of.

My main issue was with the billing and lack of communication within UCSD catering as well as between UCSD catering and our venue, the great hall.

There were also a lot of issue with billing.
Before the event, when we were putting down a deposit, we told UCSD catering that we wanted to put down $5,000. Because our coordinator couldn't take the payments, someone else from UCSD catering called us to take payment but only charged us a few hundred. A week later, we were charged another $5,000 without any notification.

When we wrote to the manager, we did not receive an e-mail response back. Our coordinator was apologetic and threw in a free upgrade to china plates, but this was still frustrating.

After the event, we were told that we would be charged for 8 extra people. When I told them this was incorrect, they then said we would be charged for 5 extra people. I told them that this was still incorrect because we did not have any extra people, they decided to charge us for 2 extra people. Because we didn't want to keep going back and forth, we decided just to pay the bill. The prices that they were charging also kept fluctuating which was frustrating.
We had to go with UCSD catering because of our venue.
Overall, the food was good and the service was great. I was Read more...
We had to go with UCSD catering because of our venue.
Overall, the food was good and the service was great. I was also extremely happy with how smoothly everything went the day of.

My main issue was with the billing and lack of communication within UCSD catering as well as between UCSD catering and our venue, the great hall.

There were also a lot of issue with billing.
Before the event, when we were putting down a deposit, we told UCSD catering that we wanted to put down $5,000. Because our coordinator couldn't take the payments, someone else from UCSD catering called us to take payment but only charged us a few hundred. A week later, we were charged another $5,000 without any notification.

When we wrote to the manager, we did not receive an e-mail response back. Our coordinator was apologetic and threw in a free upgrade to china plates, but this was still frustrating.

After the event, we were told that we would be charged for 8 extra people. When I told them this was incorrect, they then said we would be charged for 5 extra people. I told them that this was still incorrect because we did not have any extra people, they decided to charge us for 2 extra people. Because we didn't want to keep going back and forth, we decided just to pay the bill. The prices that they were charging also kept fluctuating which was frustrating. Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Matt
Wedding:
5/2/2015
4.5/5.0
The Great: the food! Innovative dishes using local ingredients beautifully presented. An unsolicited comment from one of our guests: the food was DELICIOUS!!! Wow, UCSD! What a splendid location and I honestly can't remember better wedding food in my life!! I went to get seconds, it was so good!! And the appetizer bread was delicious too!! I loved how we could put our own toppings! And my fiance, being vegan, was able to get full too. (He actually took too much and couldn't finish!)...Last wedding we went to he could only eat rice and he was so hungry after it was over!

The Good: the price was very reasonable and a great value for the quality. It was difficult to optimize our menu because we weren't given itemized pricing until very near the end, but there were plenty of options to fit our budget.

The Less-Good: Julie Meola is very enthusiastic but her email communication sometimes lacked organization and clarity - we would often email with questions and receive a response several days later that only partially answered a few of the questions. That said, she's GREAT in person so if you're a local we recommend doing as much of the planning in person as you can (we were planning from the east coast).

We'd absolutely recommend them for any event in the future!
The Great: the food! Innovative dishes using local ingredients beautifully presented. An unsolicited comment from one of Read more...
The Great: the food! Innovative dishes using local ingredients beautifully presented. An unsolicited comment from one of our guests: the food was DELICIOUS!!! Wow, UCSD! What a splendid location and I honestly can't remember better wedding food in my life!! I went to get seconds, it was so good!! And the appetizer bread was delicious too!! I loved how we could put our own toppings! And my fiance, being vegan, was able to get full too. (He actually took too much and couldn't finish!)...Last wedding we went to he could only eat rice and he was so hungry after it was over!

The Good: the price was very reasonable and a great value for the quality. It was difficult to optimize our menu because we weren't given itemized pricing until very near the end, but there were plenty of options to fit our budget.

The Less-Good: Julie Meola is very enthusiastic but her email communication sometimes lacked organization and clarity - we would often email with questions and receive a response several days later that only partially answered a few of the questions. That said, she's GREAT in person so if you're a local we recommend doing as much of the planning in person as you can (we were planning from the east coast).

We'd absolutely recommend them for any event in the future! Read less
Services Used: Catering
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Kristen_4-4-09
Wedding:
4/4/2009
4.0/5.0
We were forced to use this vendor due to the reception site we booked. Fortunately, the food is amazing! I feel we got a good value - good food - reasonable price. You automatically get a wedding coordinator by using their catering service. Our coordinator, Julie, was very nice, professional, and gave us a lot of great ideas. The main difficulty we had with her was things changing at the last minute. About 4 months before our wedding - we had a FINAL meeting to do a tasting and finalize the quote, etc. We thought we had it all figured out, but about 5 days before the wedding, there were suddenly lots of changes. She did hook us up with discounted chiavari chairs, which was awesome, but there were some costs ($300 in extra linens) that she "forgot" to put on the quote. It ended up working out okay, but I hated having to be firm with a woman that I had come to love and trust so much. I would email her very specific changes, and then all of the sudden something else, which we had not even discussed would be changed. I couldn't tell if she was making lots of typos, or if she was trying to pull the wool over my eyes. In the end, I still reviewed this vendor very positively, but I would caution you to be very careful and on top of your quotes so you don't get hit up with "changes" like we did at the last minute - which was VERY stressful.
We were forced to use this vendor due to the reception site we booked. Fortunately, the food is amazing! I feel we got a Read more...
We were forced to use this vendor due to the reception site we booked. Fortunately, the food is amazing! I feel we got a good value - good food - reasonable price. You automatically get a wedding coordinator by using their catering service. Our coordinator, Julie, was very nice, professional, and gave us a lot of great ideas. The main difficulty we had with her was things changing at the last minute. About 4 months before our wedding - we had a FINAL meeting to do a tasting and finalize the quote, etc. We thought we had it all figured out, but about 5 days before the wedding, there were suddenly lots of changes. She did hook us up with discounted chiavari chairs, which was awesome, but there were some costs ($300 in extra linens) that she "forgot" to put on the quote. It ended up working out okay, but I hated having to be firm with a woman that I had come to love and trust so much. I would email her very specific changes, and then all of the sudden something else, which we had not even discussed would be changed. I couldn't tell if she was making lots of typos, or if she was trying to pull the wool over my eyes. In the end, I still reviewed this vendor very positively, but I would caution you to be very careful and on top of your quotes so you don't get hit up with "changes" like we did at the last minute - which was VERY stressful. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Planning, Rentals & Photobooths
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lulali
Wedding:
4/19/2008
4.7/5.0
UCSD Catering was great - they worked with our specifications, created new dishes for us, were inexpensive and everyone LOVED the food. Great choice!
UCSD Catering was great - they worked with our specifications, created new dishes for us, were inexpensive and everyone Read more...
UCSD Catering was great - they worked with our specifications, created new dishes for us, were inexpensive and everyone LOVED the food. Great choice! Read less
Services Used: Catering

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