Laurels
Best Caterers in
Washington
2017

Why These Caterers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored caterers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best caterers in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Bistro Cacao

Bistro Cacao is a French restaurant in Washington DC that can be hired for catering events. Winner of the OpenTable Diners’ Choice award in 2015, the restaurant has been mentioned in the Washingtonian, The Epicurianist, and The Washington Post. One customer stated in their review, “Bistro Cacao is one of DC’s newest little gems, and is sure to remain a favorite for its creative elegance and romance.”

Washington, DC(202) 546-4737

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Catering by Alan Weiss

Catering by Alan Weiss is a kosher catering company under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington and the Star-K in DC. The company was founded in 1989, and quickly became recognized as “the top kosher caterer in Baltimore and Washington.” Typical events include weddings and B’nai Mitzvahs. Party planners are also available for assistance with no additional cost to the customer.

Owings Mills, MD(443) 394-8338

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Catering by Seasons

Catering by Seasons is a La Prima Food Group company that is Green Restaurant Certified and serves its clients in DC. Following the company’s local and environmentally friendly goals, the Seeds to Celebrations program launched in 2012. As one client stated, “The food was exceptional from start to finish, and many guests provided immediate feedback about how delicious everything was.”

College Park, MD(301) 477-3515

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Eat and Smile Catering

Eat and Smile Catering is a locally sourced caterer that opened in 2007. The company buys from farmers within 150 miles of its location in Washington. Following its many principles of locality, the caterers include a “strong core of environmental friendliness and sustainability” in as many aspects of its function as possible. WeddingWire and The Knot gave the company multiple Couples' Choice Awards.

Washington, DC(202) 733-3106

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Heirloom Catering and Event Design

Heirloom Catering and Event Design offers catering services for weddings, corporate events, and social celebrations. Personalized designs are also available, from the menu to the overall theme of the event. The company has been featured on Healthfully Ever After, Let’s Talk Live, StyleBistro, WeddingWire, and Washington Life Magazine. One customer stated, “The food was probably the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted, definitely not your typical catering food.”

Falls Church, VA(703) 534-0938

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Juice Joint Café

Juice Joint Café is a healthy choice juicing café that was founded in 1997 and is available for catering around its location in Washington DC. Because the company believes in healthy catering, all meals are prepared entirely from scratch. The café serves the capital’s “healthiest quick-service dine-in and professional catering fare.”

Washington, DC(202) 347-6783

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Mai Thai Restaurant

Mai Thai Restaurant has been serving authentic Thai cuisine in DC for over 20 years. Along with the dine-in experience, customers can also hire the restaurant to cater personal and professional events. Three separate locations are available to call upon for service.

Washington, DC(202) 337-2424

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Occassions Caterers

Occasions Caterers has been open in DC for 30 years. In 1993, the catering company had the honor of being selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee to cater for President Clinton’s inauguration after-party. Since then, the business has been hired to service many events hosted at the White House. The Washington Business Journal named the company Top Caterer in 2007.

Washington, DC(202) 546-7400

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Old Glory BBQ

Old Glory BBQ is an “All-American Barbecue” style restaurant in DC. Catering services are available for events such as weddings, parties, picnics, sports, and corporate events. The menu includes pulled pork, brisket, chicken thighs, burger sliders, barbecue chicken, and St. Louis' ribs. The restaurant earned a 2016 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

Washington, DC(202) 337-3406

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Purple Onion Catering

Purple Onion Catering was founded in 1990 with the goal to “provide exceptional food and service” to DC. Typical events are weddings, corporate, and private parties. Menus are custom made, while event details are individually personalized for each client. The company is a member of ISES, as well as SESMA, ICA, and NACE. It was also awarded 2010 Best of Weddings by The Knot, Best of the Best in 2014 by The Wedding Look Book, and Couples’ Choice 2016 by WeddingWire.

Vienna, VA(703) 631-0050

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Putting On The Ritz

Putting on the Ritz has almost 30 years of experience catering to the Baltimore and DC area. The company has earned many awards over the years, such as Howard Magazine Caterer of the Year, Bride’s Choice and Couple’s Choice Awards, first prize in the Catersource Summer Symposium Buffet Competition, and Restaurant Association of Maryland Caterer of the Year.

Laurel, MD(800) 213-7427

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Quickstep Catering

Quickstep Catering is a company in DC that caters weddings and corporate events. Services include bar setup and bartending, professional waitstaff, rental of furniture, and delivery and setup. One customer stated, "Quickstep's fare is a step above with interesting flavors and some excellent combinations."

Washington, DC(571) 969-6674

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R and R Catering

R and R Catering has won honors from popular medias, such as Washingtonian Magazine, since its founding in 1989. The company designs and caters to weddings, private parties, and corporate events. A previous client stated, “R and R went above and beyond for us in every way possible. They deserve ten out of five stars!”

Springfield, VA(703) 451-2798

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Red Hook Lobster Pound DC

Red Hook Lobster Pound DC is a lobster themed food truck in DC that can be hired to cater business and social events. Local businesses may also rely on the company for Hook Ups, where the company will “bring the food and followers” and will “provide a place to eat.” The truck's menu includes many different dishes based on the crustacean, such as lobster mac and cheese, lobster roll meal, and lobster BLT.

Washington, DC(202) 341-6263

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Ridgewells Catering

Ridgewells Catering has an astounding 85 years of experience catering in DC. The company donates to nonprofit organizations in support of “a variety of health, education, women, and children’s issues.” Typical events include not only weddings and corporate events, but birthday parties, mitzvahs, baby showers, and anniversary celebrations, as well. Along with multiple titles from ISES, the company has been awarded Caterer of the Year by Event Solutions Magazine and the Volunteer Service Award for its contributions to the National Kidney Foundation.

Bethesda, MD(301) 652-1515

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Rito Loco

Rito Loco is a burrito company in DC. Both the restaurant location and the food truck offer catering. Corporate events, parties, celebrations, weddings, and reunions are all events the company serves with its full-service catering. As one reviewer stated, “You won’t find rice, beans, or sour cream in Rito Loco’s burritos. Each is jam-packed with your filling of choice.”

Washington, DC(202) 751-4645

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Root and Stem

Root and Stem is a catering and events company in Washington DC. The Green Restaurant Certified company is split into two divisions that cater to corporate clients and those seeking services for more private social events. Because of its focus on Green practices, the caterers use locally grown produce, offer customers reusable ware, and recycle as much waste as possible.

Falls Church, VA(703) 289-1281

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Well Dunn Catering

Well Dunn Catering has over 30 years of experience catering from its location in DC. The company services weddings, corporate, and social events. Along with the menu, decor and management are supplied for the occasion. The business follows the Green Initiative and sources its ingredients and supplies from local organizations whenever possible. Unused food and other raw food staples get donated to “charitable groups who operate soup kitchens and other facilities” in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Washington, DC(202) 543-7878

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Wicked Waffle

Wicked Waffle is a soup and sandwich shop in Washington. The restaurant believes in a “no butter, no syrup" philosophy, and emphasizes the “600-year-old European treat” by using waffles in replace of bread. A dedicated waffle iron gets utilized for the gluten free waffles on the menu. Customized menus, linens, décor, equipment, and service staff along with its catering services.

Washington, DC(202) 944-2700

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Windows Catering Company

Windows Catering Company has been catering events in DC since its founding in 1987. Weddings by Windows, Full-Service Events, and Corporate Express are the divisions offered to assist with customers’ needs. The company has been awarded the Catersource Achievement in Catering Excellence and is a Certified Green Restaurant. In association with the its "green catering" philosophy, the company uses Energy Star appliances, environmentally friendly cleaning products, high-efficiency light bulbs, and low-flow water sink valves.

Alexandria, VA(703) 519-3500

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