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Based in Imperial Beach, California, El Tapatio Catering offers a variety of services all throughout San Diego. In business since 1979, this family-owned restaurant has been built on providing the best quality products and services. Since 2001, they have been offering catering services for weddings, corporate events, and private events. They would be honored to be part of your special day.

Before the big day, El Tapatio Catering offers tastings so you can perfect your menu. They boast a wide variety of menus that can be customized to suit your needs. Wedding packages are completely customizable.

For weddings, El Tapatio Catering offers buffet services, plated dinners, and late-night snacks. Specializing in taco stations, El Tapatio expanded and brought a fun new experience with a taco truck. This taco truck can be used as a dinner option or a simple late-night snack.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned

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Which of the following are included in the cost of your full service wedding catering?

Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting

What is the starting price per person for bar service?


Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Open Bar
House Beer
House Wine
Specialty Wine

What event services do you provide?

Set Up
Clean Up

What catering services do you provide?

Breakfast / Brunch
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Custom Menu
Hors d'oeuvres

What types of cuisine do you cater?

Latin American

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Nut Free

What bar services do you provide?

Open Bar
Champagne Toast

Which of the following items can you provide?

Chocolate Fountain
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Reviews of El Tapatio Catering

4.9 out of 5 rating
4.9 out of 5 rating
5 Reviews
98% recommend it
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    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
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  • Value
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  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
Chris Sent on 07/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Taco Bar experience!

El Tapatio's taco bar was hands-down the best choice we could have made for our wedding. The food was excellent - we had numerous guests tell us after the event that the food was delicious and so cool to see the caterers hand-making the tortillas on the back patio. The food options also allow flexibility with numerous food allergies, as we had gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan guests, as well as a few guests with other allergies (including some very picky eaters...) and the taco bar accommodated all of them. Carolina was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process and everything went off without a hitch. El Tapatio also provided all linens and napkins as well as champagne flutes - made everything super easy for us. And all this at a very reasonable price - we couldn't be happier!
Adrian G. Sent on 04/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

March Wedding

Thank you to Carolina, Carla and the El Tapatio team they all did a fantastic job making our big day run beautifully! They made all of our requests come to life with no worries.

We wanted to make sure our guests left full and they delivered! We had a variety of charcuterie boards as apps, buffet style dinner, churros and crepes carts for dessert, hot coffee, and their taco truck as a late night snack. All was provided by El Tapatio catering. They have everything in house making our experience so easy. Overall, we were more than satisfied with the service provided before, during, and after our wedding!

Thank you!

- Adrian G.
Nicole Sent on 07/17/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Great REAL Mexican food

We hired El Tapitio for our wedding and they did a fantastic job. The food was great! Only thing I would say is to not hold out on the bussing service, we tried to save money and cut it down to I think 3 people and we really needed more for 80 guests. Overall the food was great and the employees were very sweet! They gave us exactly what we wanted and more.
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