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Five Star Catering is a catering company based in Watsonville, California. The company has been part of the wedding industry since 1998, catering events in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties. Our team of culinary experts specializes in made from scratch, local, and sustainable cuisine. We feature a number of inclusive wedding packages which take the headache out of wedding planning and simplify costs. Our professional, experienced catering team assures that each couple will enjoy a stress-free wedding event.


Services Offered
Five Star Catering is all about customizing your menu to fit your vision and budget. We offer buffet style, family style, wandering appetizers, and formal seated service. We love to come up with creative ways to wow your guests.

Cuisine
We believe that wedding food should be FANTASTIC, not just "good for wedding food". We use many local organic ingredients, and make everything from scratch. Once you've booked your event, we offer a no-charge tasting so that we can work together to create a memorable delicious menu that represents you.

Areas Served
Five Star Catering caters all of Santa Cruz County, most of Monterey County (we do not travel to Big Sur), and most of San Benito County. We do not travel North of Pescadero or to the Los Gatos (unless it's south of the Summit), San Jose, Saratoga areas.

  • Hispanic or Latinx-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

$95

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

$75

What is the average catering price per person for stations?

$90

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

$90

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

Delivery
Set Up
Clean Up
Cake Cutting
Cocktail Reception
Server(s)
Tastings
China
Linens
Flatware
Glassware

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$5

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

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast

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?

African
American
Asian
BBQ
Caribbean
French
German
Greek
Indian
Italian
Latin American
Local
Mediterranean
Mexican
Middle Eastern
Seafood
Southern
Spanish

What dietary needs can you accommodate?

Gluten Free
Lactose Free
Kosher
Nut Free
Organic
Vegan
Vegetarian

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
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
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Maren C. Married on 08/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

5 Stars, More Like 10 Stars!

We could not be happier with our experience working with 5 Star! In our initial meetings with Laura to work out the menu we were able to make 2 special requests for items off the menu (a salad and an appetizer). All through the planning process we were SO excited about our menu and couldn鈥檛 wait to share with our guests. And having 5 Star come with all the rentals we needed made it so easy. Our guests were blown away by the food, and the service. Everyone was complimenting 5 Star throughout the day. We had our wedding at our church, which entailed rapidly re-setting the space from ceremony to lunch, and the 5 Star team did it perfectly and on schedule. They made everyone feel taken care of, especially our celiac guests. And they were phenomenal with clean up and resetting the space. In short, our wedding day would not have been possible without this team. We cannot express our gratitude and thanks enough. Look no further, 5 star has it all covered!!
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Claire F. Married on 07/22/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Five Star Catering

I give Five Star Catering 10 stars! So many wedding guests raved about how delicious the food was. Laura was really easy to work with in planning and coordinating the menu. The staff were beyond nice. They were incredible all the way around!
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Huy P. Married on 05/28/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Amazing Job by Five Star Catering!!!

We cannot say enough about the amazing job that Laura, Caitlin, and their Five Star Catering team did for our May wedding at Waterfall Lodge and Retreat in Ben Lomond! Laura was so easy to communicate with and so very flexible with the menu. When we did our pre-wedding planning, it was so easy to bounce ideas off of her and to work with her to craft our unique menu based on recommendations she had. When it was time for our in-person tasting, she was very attentive to the details that we wanted and was very accommodating when it came to subtle changes we wanted to make to the wedding menu so that we could accommodate all of our guests. Also, when we expressed our interest in designing custom signature cocktails, Caitlin at Five Star was very open to the idea and very helpful in coming up with unique recipes that fit the vision for our special day.

When the wedding day rolled around, wow! The appetizers and dinner buffet were amazing! Such delicious food and so much of it! Our guests raved the entire night and for weeks after the wedding about how delicious the wedding food was and how full they were from the buffet-styled set-up we had! They were all so happy with the food and the service that Five Star provided! And the signature cocktails were so popular! People loved the uniqueness of the drinks and kept coming back for more!

As for us, the newlyweds, we were busy running around with the photographer getting photos taken for much of the afternoon. But that didn鈥檛 stop Five Star from sending two attendants out to us with our signature cocktails and warm appetizers so that we could have them fresh! That little gesture was so nice and really telling of how great and detail oriented the team at Five Star Catering is! They really take good care for you and everyone else at the wedding.

And at the end of the night, Five Star cleaned up and left nicely packaged leftovers from the wedding so that we could enjoy our delicious wedding food (that we didn鈥檛 really have a chance to eat during the wedding) for a few days! It was very nice to know that the food wouldn鈥檛 go to waste and that they would take care of making sure everything was cleaned up and packaged accordingly.

We had heard so many good things about Five Star when looking for wedding caterers. Because how many things they offered as part of the wedding package, how cost effective they were in many ways, how good their food was, and how great their staff were. It鈥檚 crazy to think that despite knowing all of that, they really did an awesome job and exceeded our expectations! So thankful to Laura, Caitlin, and the team for their amazing job! Can鈥檛 recommend them enough for anyone looking for a caterer that fine tunes things and caters to your needs and takes care of you with great food and amazing service!
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Very professional, and always excellent service. Love working with them!

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Great catering services with local, fresh cuisine - the best!

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Five Star Catering is incredible to work with. They are responsive, courteous and great team players. The entire staff works really hard to create seamless transitions throughout the event. (I appreciated how they were always one step ahead of me on the last event we worked together!) From planning meetings before the event all the way through cleanup after the event was over, I was impressed by the professionalism and great attitude shown by everyone involved...of course the food was excellent as well :) Overall, Five Star Catering delivered what they promised, offering an incredible value for the food and service provided. I highly recommend Five Star Catering!

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Five Star Catering frequently asked questions

At Five Star Catering, the cost of the full wedding catering service includes:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
  • Cake Cutting
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Server(s)
  • Tastings
  • China
  • Linens
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
The bar service starting price at Five Star Catering includes:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
Five Star Catering offers the following event services for weddings:
  • Delivery
  • Set Up
  • Clean Up
Five Star Catering 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 Five Star Catering, you can find the following types of cuisine:
  • African
  • American
  • Asian
  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Latin American
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Middle Eastern
  • Seafood
  • Southern
  • Spanish
At Five Star Catering, the following dietary needs can be accomodated:
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Kosher
  • Nut Free
  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
Five Star Catering provides the following bar and beverage services for wedding events:
  • Bartender(s)
  • Champagne Toast
  • Signature Drink
To cater to all tastes, Five Star Catering offers the following food and beverage items:
  • Barware
  • China
  • Chocolate Fountain
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
Five Star Catering is recommended by 98% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 4.9 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.7 in average response time.

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