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Setting the gold standard for event catering in San Diego

How does Abbey Catering consistently deliver five-star hospitality and incredible experiences? It comes down to our passionate team, customized approach, and relentless dedication to wowing guests.

Our secret starts with customization. No two events are alike, so we tailor everything from draping to menus to entertainment to match our clients' tastes. Our relationships with vendors across San Diego allow us to hand-pick options that fit seamlessly into any venue. The result: Pinterest-worthy events that surprise and delight.

Next, we obsess over every detail from start to finish. We perfect the location layout for smooth flow. Our acclaimed chefs dish up Instagram-worthy fare. Florals and décor transform spaces into gorgeous backdrops. We know perfection lies in the details.

Events are about people, so we invest in our team. We seek out friendliness, creativity, and an intuitive service mentality. Team members undergo extensive training to master logistics and showcase our hospitality principles. From servers to chefs to planners, they are friendly faces devoted to transforming YOUR vision into reality.

Our passion, customization, and relentless dedication enable Abbey Catering to consistently craft celebrations that inspire and memories that endure. That's why we’re trusted as San Diego's premier caterer.

Based in La Jolla, California, Abbey Catering & Event Design Co is a wedding catering service.

Frequently asked questions

What is the average catering price per person for plated service?

$80

What is the average catering price per person for buffet service?

$77

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$80

What is the average catering price per person for hors d'oeuvres?

$50

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$15

What event services do you provide?

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Buffet
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What types of cuisine do you cater?

American
Asian
French
German
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Open Bar
Champagne Toast
Signature Drink

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chairs
Tables

Which of the following items can you provide?

Barware
China
Chocolate Fountain
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
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4.9 out of 5 rating
99 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    4.9 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.9 out of 5 rating
98% Recommended by couples

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99 Reviews
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The Abbey Catering and Event Design has received outstanding reviews from multiple reviewers. The staff has been described as responsive, helpful, and attentive throughout the wedding planning process. The All-Inclusive Package offered by the venue is highly appreciated, making the planning process less stressful. The food is praised as delicious, and the service during the event is commended for being seamless. The event coordinator, Petr, is highlighted as a standout, going above and beyond to ensure a perfect wedding day. Overall, customers highly recommend the Abbey for weddings and praise the professionalism and quality of service provided by the venue and its staff.

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The Abbey Catering and Event Design has received outstanding reviews from multiple reviewers. The staff has been described as responsive, helpful, and attentive throughout the wedding planning process. The All-Inclusive Package offered by the venue is highly appreciated, making the planning process less stressful. The food is praised as delicious, and the service during the event is commended for being seamless. The event coordinator, Petr, is highlighted as a standout, going above and beyond to ensure a perfect wedding day. Overall, customers highly recommend the Abbey for weddings and praise the professionalism and quality of service provided by the venue and its staff.

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Christine Sent on 11/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Definitely recommend

We had the perfect day thanks to the team at Abbey, there’s not a single thing I would have changed. We did the package and it made planning so much less stressful. Troy was really helpful at the start to answer any questions about the package, and was really transparent about pricing for each of the extra options we might want. The vendors were all very professional, experienced, and had worked with each other before so the day went so smoothly. Petr our coordinator and Sean our catering lead went above and beyond to make the day perfect. I messed up some of the seating chart, no problem they were able to fix it up. Petr from the start was so unbelievably helpful. I remember leaving our first meeting and both of us breathing a sigh of relief and instantly feeling more prepared. At the rehearsal and wedding he was clear with us all what to do and when, had so many good tips, and took a bunch of really fun pictures for us to have the next day. He also did a great job setting up all of our decor and was able to help us re-purpose our ceremony florals to decorate our head and cake tables. I’m sure so many things happened behind the scenes but we had no clue because it was all running perfectly for the guests. I was able to sit back and really enjoy my night without worrying about a thing. We are so happy we went with the Abbey wedding package for our wedding!
Haley
Haley J. Sent on 11/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The most incredible experience

The Abbey Catering and Event Design made our day absolutely incredible. We were blown away by how responsive and helpful they were from the very beginning. We don’t live in San Diego, so I was concerned about planning a wedding out of town. Every step of the way was a breeze. From the initial phone call, to discussing details with our coordinator, the catering tasting, all the way to the wedding day… the Abbey was such a joy to work with. My husband and I didn’t have to worry about a single detail on our wedding day. The vendors they partner with as part of their package are all top notch as well. I would definitely recommend the Abbey to anyone planning a wedding. (Photo credit to our photographer Peyton Michelle)
Susan
Susan C. Sent on 06/14/2023
5 out of 5 rating

First Rate Service and Food was Fantastic

This was a great experience. I would highly recommend. The booking process and planning was easy and straightforward. They responded quickly to questions and just gave us the feeling that they would take care of things - not to worry which is great when you're planning a million details. Then when it came to the reception, I was blown away by the crew, from set up to clean up. The food was delicious and presentation lovely. Our event captain, Petr, made sure it flowed seamlessly. I would give him a 15 on a scale of 1 to 10.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2010 Winner

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Joanne & Michael
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Team

Megan Lessert
Megan Lessert
General Manager

At Abbey Catering, we're a family united by the love of hospitality. Megan's warm and welcoming approach sets the tone for our interactions with each other and our valued guests. Her boundless enthusiasm for crafting joyful gatherings is truly impressive, and she motivates us to pour our hearts into every occasion, always striving to exceed expectations.

In the heart of San Diego, Megan and her team transform spaces into stunning backdrops for celebration. Our culinary artists carefully design menus that will tantalize your taste buds, while our client team offers genuine, heartfelt hospitality to make every guest feel cherished and appreciated. The attention to detail displayed by our logistics crew is simply unmatched, ensuring that each event is flawlessly executed.

We take pride in delivering the trademark excellence of Abbey Catering time and again. Whether it's a wedding, corporate event, or any special occasion, we go above and beyond to make it unforgettable for you and your guests. So, come join us in creating magical moments and wonderful memories right here in our beloved San Diego!

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Abbey Catering & Event Design Co frequently asked questions

Abbey Catering & Event Design Co offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Abbey Catering & Event Design Co offers the following catering services for weddings:
  • Breakfast / Brunch
  • Buffet
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Custom Menu
  • Hors d'oeuvres
  • Plated
  • Server(s)
  • Stations
  • Tastings
At Abbey Catering & Event Design Co, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • American
  • Asian
  • French
  • German
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Abbey Catering & Event Design Co, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Abbey Catering & Event Design Co provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Open Bar
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Abbey Catering & Event Design Co offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Abbey Catering & Event Design Co is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 4.9 in quality of service, 4.9 in average response time, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism and 4.9 in value.

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