Smokehouse Catering catered my wedding a few weeks ago and everything was exactly what I wanted. I would book them again in a heartbeat. Their prices are great, We paid only $24 a person for tri-tip, chicken, sides, and salad. Their tri-tip is delicious and the mac and cheese a must. I worked with Lauren to set everything up and she was great in answering all my questions, no matter how many times I asked her to modify the menu. She even called me two weeks prior to walk through my menu and a timeline of the event. Besides the great pricing, I also loved that they offer a complimentary tasting of their basic menu (a main dish and a side). One thing I noticed is there is no one available to answer their phone when you call. Every-time I called I had to leave a message. Their call back time was quick, so it was not a big deal, and Lauren was always very nice when we spoke. I would guess that they do not have office hours and the number is directed to a cell phone, but I never asked because I always got a call back with no problems.
Everything went smooth the day of the wedding as well. The caterers showed up on time and were very professional. My day of coordinator had nothing but good things to say about the two guys that were there setting up, cooking, and serving. I paid extra to have the caterers help clean up after the wedding and they went above and beyond to help. They kept asking how else they could help rather than just bailing as soon as the bulk of the work was done.
I also hired a bartender through Smokehouse. The bartender was very nice as well. I think that the tip jar on the bar should have been discussed prior to the wedding though. That was a surprise but in the grand scheme of things, not a big deal. I am so happy I went with Smokehouse catering and would recommend them to any bride to be or event planner. Their food is delicious, prices are good, and they get the job...
Smokehouse catered our wedding and the food was delicious!!!! We were so happy with how everything turned out and we were so glad that we actually had time to eat their delicious food on our wedding day! They were knowledgeable and nice to work with, however, there were some small things that probably could have gone better. At the tasting they said that it would take around 30 minutes for 135 guests to get through the buffet line, but in reality, it took much longer and I felt kind of bad for the last few tables since it was so long before they could eat. Also, they said that they would bring ice, but on the day of there was no ice so my wedding coordinators had to run out and get some for the bar. Lastly, when we first started to work with them, the rentals were through them, but half way through, they called me and told me that I would now need to contact the rental company myself and pay the invoice separately. None of these things were a big deal or deal breakers and I would still recommend them because their food is so good! Lauren was great to work with and she was fast to respond and help with any request or question that we had. Overall, my experience with Smokehouse was great and anybody who wants BBQ food for their wedding should use them!
When I compared prices between Smokehouse to other vendors I was wandering why they had cheaper prices. We scheduled a testing and was extremely surprised by how wonderful the food was. We did the tri-tip, salmon and chicken all was very amazing. We paid extra to have a bartender and have them help set up before the wedding. The provided amazing services with a very friendly saff. If you want a great catering for a great price you know you picked the right company.
I love this place and weeks later people are still raving about the food.
Patrick was my go to guy the day of and he worked very hard to make sure everything was set up just the way we wanted. We also had hired them for the rehersal dinner as well and Patrick was there as well. SO I got to do a walk through with him the night before and he was able to set up and take the stress off of me. I did not catch the other staffs names but they were all great.
Great food at a great price.
We were sold from the start. Ron offered to make us a complete dinner while we discussed our wedding needs, and it was soooo good!! Unlike many caterers we talked to, he wasn't put off by the fact that we were having a smaller wedding (30-40 people). Our wedding was a destination wedding, and he gladly included a "welcome dinner" the night before our wedding for all our guests! The food, price, caterers all were excellent! The servers were fun and friendly as well. I couldn't have asked for anything more!!!
Vendor response to review
Thanks you were great to work with
My wife and I were very please to have Ron and his team at Smokehouse Catering as our Caterer. Ron and his wonderful staff were very responsive by either phone, email as well as in person. Their website was very helpful and any question that needed attention was quickly answered. Ron was quick to answer any questions we had and worked with us within our budget. In interviewing potential other caterers, Smokehouse stood out from others by being attentive to our requests as well as showing passion for culinary quality and professional product. While there were several caterers which provide excellent service, Smokehouse has combined it with great BBQ and can keep it classy. Ron and his staff were very professional through the entire process and made our wedding fun from our great tasting to the actual day. I think I received more complements on the food than I did on the wedding and venue together! I didn’t give 5’s all around only because of their current party supply company used to outsource linens and glassware etc were not super professional. While they don’t have anything to do with Smokehouse, ultimately it did reflect on the entire experience. However, I would highly recommend Smokehouse Catering services for any venue wedding and parties alike and will look forward to utilizing his company in my future catering needs through the years to come! PS, Order the mashed potato martini bar! Huge hit! Thanks Ron!
~Ryan and Katie
Vendor response to review
Thanks for the kind words, we love what we do and we love our customers.
This caterer is amazing! We had the tri-tip and chicken with a pasta side dish, 2 salads, and mixed vegetable. The meat was cooked to perfection, the pasta was delicious (even impressed the groom and family from New York!), the salads were amazing.. and the service was fantastic. They were very professional and on top of everything. They cooked the meat on site and had carving stations so it was so fresh and delicious! They provided all of the tables, chairs, and linens so we didn't have to find another vendor, cut and served the cake, served the champagne for the toast.. everything went so smoothly. They really helped make our day extra special! Recommend times 10!!
Vendor response to review
:-) when I read what you said xoxo thanks
We used SmokeHouse Catering for my wedding on Oct. 22, 2011. Everything was PERFECT! I had some "trouble guests" that I was worried would be upset with a grilled dinner like this, but I ended up having LOTS of compliments from my guests. Everyone loved the food (the horseradish is AMAZING, even if you don't normally like horseradish!) The tri tip was cooked perfectly and the pork sliders were delicious!! The servers and bartenders were very friendly and took great care of our guests.
I can't wait to have another big party just so I have a reason to get SmokeHouse out to cater for me again!
Vendor response to review
Hurry up and have a big party we can handle 3000 guest, lol. Thanks again
Smokehouse catered my September 30th wedding. They promoted an elegant BBQ and boy did they deliver. They put a bride at ease through the whole process. The entire staff was wonderful to work with. I made the best choice for having them cater my wedding. Every guest commented on how well the food was. Bride and groom went back for seconds. I highly recommend Smokehouse for any event! They'll make it special and yummy!!!!
Smokehouse Catering was amazing. The food was delicious, the service was amazing, and they are just great people. We were operating on a budget and got a GREAT price on the catering for our wedding, but we also got fantastic food. Our guests raved about all of it and we enjoyed the leftovers they left with us for days to follow. We were so happy with the food and service that we have since used them for other family celebrations and they will be our go to caterers should we ever need catering in the future.
We could not recommend them more...
We had Smoke House do the catering for our wedding and they did a fantastic job. i'll be honest, the first thing that drew us to them was the price. compared to some of these caterers that charged *insane* amounts for food and then threw in hidden fees everywhere, Smoke House was very reasonably priced. plus, the quote that we got from them was very detailed so we knew exactly what we were paying for.
the one thing that seemed a little hit an miss was the level of communication back and forth. at times, they answered emails quickly and attentively... however there were some times where the replies were not very prompt. especially when it's only *2 weeks* until the wedding, the last thing you want is to be stressing about why you haven't heard back from your caterer for a few days. also, on the day of the wedding, there was a little or no confusion.
Other than those few small things, Ron *really* came through.
The food was really good! actually, we had lots of people come up and tell us that too. IT WAS GOOD, TRI TIP out of this world. I have to point they didn't have much to work with as the kitchen was smalllllllll. they made it work AWSOME JOB
I hired Smokehouse Catering to cater my June wedding and they did a fantastic job with the food. Usually wedding food isn’t always the best, especially since it’s made in mass quantity. My husband and I wanted something different. We wanted something fresh and something edible and delicious. Smokehouse delivered all of that. I worked mostly with Joe, hammering out the details for the menu. He was not only a joy to work with but very helpful and flexible.
The best part of Smokehouse is that they BBQ the food right at your location so all the guests could smell the yumminess. The only thing I would complain about is that the lead or banquet captain that was in charge the day of my wedding, wasn’t the best with thinking on his feet or eager to solve problems. My friend, who helped me with the day was there to help with the set up for the reception and her impression was that the guy “in charge” was really just there to cook. So it seemed like there wasn’t really anyone to go to if there was a problem. For example, at one point, we were missing a good number of forks. My friend asked the guy if he’s seen any of them and he told her that I must not have ordered enough. She didn’t accept his answer and didn’t give up. She looked under every table and found a crate that contained some of the missing forks. The girls who were part of the service staff at the buffet line were very sweet and pleasant but I wasn’t too keen on having photos of them in my photobooth (I don’t think they knew that I would get a copy of all the photos taken).
Overall, if you want delicious food at a reasonable price…Smokehouse is a great choice. All my guests still rave about it!
Vendor response to review
Thanks for you input Diane, Sorry we had a hick up here. At this venue we were hired to just do the food. We did not set up the tables or supply the rentals. If we had been in charge of these things we would of had the answers you were looking for. Hope you have a great time
Food and presentation was different to what was presented at the tasting. Lousy service - no help with table set up, no drink pouring, no help with tables clean up. They forgot the water and brought cheap white plastic forks with paper plates instead of promissed high quality plastic dishes. The piece of cake that we asked to be saved was left outside sitting on the sun.
Vendor response to review
Hi Rita, In response to your trashing of our company. When you contracted with us it was for food service only and you rented Chairs, Flatware & Champagne Flutes from us. At that time you said you wanted our Chinett Paper plates. You also rented space heaters from my rental company on my account with out my permission. You were rude to our staff the entire event. Our price of $24 per person is based on food with standard service. If you wanted us to setup your entire event you have to pay extra for this service. As you did pay extra for the clean up & break down, you were aware of the extra cost for different services. I'm sorry about the misunderstanding, all this was in the contract with us. Good luck to you in the future.
Thanks, Ron Depaul
Everyone at our wedding LOVED the food. The service was awesome too!
It has been a year since Smoke House catered my wedding, and I still remember it well enough to write a review! Now thats saying something!
Ron and his team are fabulous! My husband and I had 3 other tastings that we were less than impressed with before our tasting at Smoke House. We showed up late for our tasting (because we thought we were heading to their downtown address) and they were very understanding and super friendly. My husband wanted to "settle" with the first caterer we tried UNTIL he tasted this food. We were in love and even gave a fork high five during our tasting. We didnt even have to talk about it, we already knew we were using them!
They were wonderful throughout the entire planning process, seriously. I was shocked that they would answer my calls and make me feel like I was a priority even though I knew they were super busy. I even received returned calls at 7 pm after just leaving a message so they could answer silly questions I had. They are very devoted to their business and it seems like they are always able to be reached.
And boy do they know how to cook meat! Yum! Our guests loved the food, as did we AND it was affordable! Loved the option of the fresh carved meat station and baked potato bar! Delish options for vegetarians too...my sister said the veg pasta was great! Everything is so tasty!
Also rented all of the flatware, plates, glasses, tables and linens from them. It made life much easier to work directly with one business for all of these rentals.
The only one thing I could say wasnt perfect, was that the head table didnt have champagne poured during the toasts. Im not gonna get all twisted into a bunch over this because everything else was perfect, it was just an honest mistake. We had wine to toast with, no biggie!
Hire these guys for your wedding, you wont be disappointed! They are reliable and they are just good, friendly down to...
Dear Chefs at Smoke House Catering,
Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job for our Wedding party held
at Naval Air Station North Island. Our guests commented on how great the food was! We were happy we went the extra mile in offering our
guests better options for fresh, properly prepared food on site, as opposed to using standard “catering out of a box” as so many weddings seem
to use. In the end it turned out to be more cost effective and twice as good!
We wanted the food to have as much thought and care as we put
into our special event, and it did. You didn't let us down. We liked the staff as well, friendly and helpful.
Our sincere thanks for doing a great job!
CDR J & M Tucker
USN San Diego, CA
Finally slowing down long enough to thank you and your wonderful staff for the Smith Wedding you recently catered and made it a total
success! I had many, many compliments including more than one person say it was truly the “best catered meal they had ever had”. Ron, you
were great in every way including being flexible enough to go with the change of locations with less than 24 hour notice. I know we will be
using you again and have told tons of people about your professionalism and top-of-the-line delicious food.
I ate way more than I should have, and I knew I was doing it at the time, but I couldn’t resist eating more. The tri-tip was some of the best I’ve ever had, and even though the cake looked simple, it too was incredible. The general consensus from everyone who was there is pretty much the same. Great job!
The food delectable, the service unsurpassed (special appreciation for your daughter and son-in-law), the set-up perfect, and the clean-up
immaculate! Thank you so very much for your attention to detail, customizing the menu and personal interest that made our event a
spectacular celebration. Please feel free to use me at any time as a reference without notice. FANTASTIC JOB!
My husband and I are backyard BBQ people, not formal sit-down dinner people, so we knew exactly what we wanted when we were planning our wedding. Basically, we tasted their food, looked at the cost (<$20/person!), and we were hooked. They served tri-tip, chicken breast, veggie lasagna, and multiple salads. They cook the meat on-site, so it’s not dried out. The tri-tip was cooked perfectly. My friends who don’t typically like chicken breast because it can be dry, went back for seconds. Heck, my vegetarian friend even ate their meat! We also added on appetizers (yummy), lemonade, and iced water. They helped with the champagne pour, cake cutting, and clearing the tables (including re-packing the dishes for the rental company). It’s a nice family business, and Ron (the owner) is great! Possible downside is that they only have (high-quality) disposable dishes, but this didn’t deter us, as we rented them separately.
for my daughter's wedding on Saturday June 28, in Bonsall! Everyone loved
the food -- it was fresh, delicious and plentiful! It was perfect--the way you come in, cook, serve, clean up and leave! You guys are the best! I've recommended you already to
a coworker - Jennifer Thomas! I'd be happy to be a reference if you
ever need it. Take care and best wishes for your continued fantastic
success! I'm already planning another party for next summer and you will
definitely be part of it! Take care!
Everyone loved the food, we had 80 people show up and ordered for 100 and everyone went back for 2nds and 3rds.
Great food, very reasonable price. They even charge less for kids than adults. Cooked right on site so it was super fresh. Allowed us to wait until a week before to finalize our numbers. Delicious!! We got lots of compliments on the food. We had a BBQ at the in-laws instead of a sit-down rehearsal dinner (glad we did - much less formal and a good way for people to mingle) and they catered that as well.
Only complaint was that they forgot the coffee at the reception so the coordinator had to run out and buy some and they forgot the cake at the rehearsal dinner. didn't charge us for either one, but was still a little annoying. Still - even with that, I would definitely use they again - like I said, delicious and reasonably priced.
SmokeHouse is Elegant BBQ Catering,
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We can handle any size wedding from 30 to 3000.
Call or Click today for a FREE tasting (800) 737-3619 or smokehousecatering.com
In most cases the deposit amount is %50. You are welcome to pay by cashier’s check, business or personal check, cash or credit card. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express.
Do I need to schedule an appointment for wedding tasting?
Yes, please call us (the sooner the better) to set up a tasting with our chef, tasting are limited to 1 or 2 a day.
Is there an extra charge for waiter or servers?
No. Almost all services are included in catering charge. We will provide all forks, plates (heavy duty paper), napkins, cutting knives and spatulas as well as handle the cake cutting at no additional cost to you. If you use an outside party rental, we will scrap and prepare plates for pick-up. Service is subject to change.
How many servers will be at the wedding?
This all depends on the number of guests, the type of event, the menu and the location of your event. After we've determined these factors, we will be happy to let you know how many servers we will provide you for your event.
Can you provide bar services for my event?
Yes call us at (800) 737-3619
When do you need to know how many people will attend the wedding?
In most cases, your guaranteed minimum guest count is due the week of your event.
The venue I am using needs me to provide a lot of information and paper work for the caterer I want to use. I don’t really understand what they need. Can you help me with that?
You, have enough on your plate planning your wedding; you don’t need to worry about this, too. Just have your venue contact us directly and we can send them all the appropriate information they need.